All four deals© were released in 1997 and have sold about 9 million times. It`s been on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly a decade. Everything we do is based on agreements we have made – agreements with ourselves, with other people, with God, with life. But the most important agreements are those that we encounter ourselves. The fourth agreement allows readers to better understand the progress made in achieving their life goals. This agreement implies the integration of the first three agreements into daily life and the full potential of exploitation.  It`s about doing what`s best to manage individually, which is different from the different situations and circumstances the individual may face. Ruiz believes that if you avoid self-judgment and do his best at every given moment, he will be able to avoid regrets.  By integrating the first three chords and giving the best of themselves in all facets of life, the individual will be able to lead a life free of sadness and self-extinction.  If your convictions create deep happiness in you, then I say: keep them. If they cause trouble, if the beliefs of others are different, consciousness can give you the choice of what you believe and what you let go.
So many of our beliefs, concepts, agreements were fed to us as „truth“ when we were young, and we accepted them literally and completely. The beginning of the four chords is how our animators domesticated us in a „dream“ of life. The only dream they had at our disposal was the one they lived, which they received most often from their parents, etc. One of the most important wisdom teachings of the Tolèque tradition is that we all dream – a unique vision and experience of the universe. It`s at the beginning of „The Four Chords“ and my experience is that a lot of people slip through that part and go to the chords. Agreeing with ourselves not to take things personally (#2) offers us the opportunity to look inward and find and change the old agreements and beliefs – mostly lies of our childhood adherence – that emotionally captivate us and push us to react. The author of the article describes precisely the „dream“ of people that distorts what people say or do. It is a powerful gift of Totec wisdom. I have not read this book and I do not intend to read it.
I saw these four conventions on the wall in a yoga teacher`s house and laughed. These tenants are what Saniel Bonder, the founder of Waking Down In Mutality, would call hypermasculine ideas to improve ourselves. They might actually improve our lives for a while, but like all self-improvement projects, they imply that we need to be fixed and ultimately lead to more self-judgment.