If your faith creates deep happiness in you, then I say, keep it. If they cause trouble, if the beliefs of others are different, consciousness can leave you with the choice of what you believe and what you let go. Many of our convictions, our concepts, our agreements were nourished to us as “truth” when we were young, and we accepted them literally and completely. The beginning of the four chords is about how we were domesticated by our caregivers in a “dream” of life. The only dream they gave us was the one they lived, which they received most often from their parents, etc. Thank you for sharing your point of view, Coleen. I always recommend all books written by members of the Ruiz family. Miguel Ruiz`s latest book (The Toltec Art of Life and Death) is a little different. He continues to teach some of the same lessons presented in his previous books, but in the context of a somewhat fictionalized report on his experience, when he was about to die after his heart attack. He looks back at events as he grew up, which gives more insight into his thinking.
I`m also looking forward to Miguel Ruiz Jr`s next book, The Mastery of Self: A Toltec Guide to Personal Freedom. The fourth agreement allows readers to have a better understanding of the progress made in achieving their goals in life. This agreement involves the integration of the first three agreements into daily life and the exploitation of its own potential.  It is a matter of doing the best that can be managed individually, which varies from the different situations and circumstances that the individual may encounter. Ruiz believes that if you judge yourself and do your best at all times, you will be able to avoid remorse.  By integrating the first three chords and doing the best in all facets of life, the individual will be able to lead a life without grief or self-awareness.  If I have to name four betrayals that I usually do to myself, will it be? The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz is a wonderful book for stress management and personal growth. It is written in simple language, but deals with complex topics that can help you make far-reaching changes in your life. Not taking things personally does not mean isolation and lack of love. Finally, Miguel Ruiz wrote a book called The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship: A Toltec Wisdom Book. Read it and see if you come to the same conclusion. “The Four Accords” not only gave me the four chords by which I made small positive changes in my life, but the book also helped me understand the process of “domestication” and how this “Domest” shaped my belief systems.
It`s an incisive book, but a provocative and wise book. Not only does it connect to your belief systems, but it also gives you a practical guide to improving these belief systems. I`m on the third book and I understand the concepts because they explain much of the method I learned to create change. It`s not a manipulation, it`s that the result of a given situation changes depending on how it is perceived, how you feel and react. The consequences are always different in the case of positive interaction. We learn all kinds of negative behaviors.