There were parts of this book that I really liked. Most of all, I was interested in the Toltec wisdom that the book cover promised to send my way.
I was a bit surprised to find out that I was already familiar with many of the concepts contained within. For example, the “Dream of the Planet” is a very Jungian concept, something that I already buy into to large degree. It’s similar to the idea of spiritual archetypes, although in Ruiz’s interpretation, the archetypes are essentially negatively reinforced rather than being part of a collective unconscious. Regardless, I’m sold on that concept and it was interesting to see a different take on it.
Also, the concept of living in a heaven or hell on earth of our own creation is one I’ve seen floated by other western philosophers.
I also liked the Four Agreements themselves: Be Impeccable with Your Word, Don’t Take Anything Personally, Don’t Make Assumptions, and Always Do Your Best. This is all good stuff.
But as you may have guessed from my opening paragraph, I have a couple of complaints. First, I feel like the repetition was just too much. Ruiz hammers home those concepts mercilessly at times. Second, the book at points devolves into a New Age self-help book. I’m not into that one bit. Like I said, I’m much more into the Toltec philosophies. After all, the cover of the book does have “A Toltec Wisdom Book” written on it. In the end, there just wasn’t enough of that in there for me.
Final say: 2/5 Stars. It’s a short read, maybe a few hours, tops. I’m glad I read it for the gems that were in there. But I could have done without the New Age’y “love yourself and feel the love of the universe reflecting back onto you” vibes.
The Four Agreements
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Amber-Allen Publishing (November 7, 1997)
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