Take the time to ponder these words; use them for inspiration for journal topics. The number next to each quote refers to the page number so that you can refer back and get some context. Go through them in order or choose one randomly as your inspiration for the day. Then stay with it. One of the most helpful use of these quotes is to apply them to yourself. Even if you don't believe everything that you read, you can play a game and pretend like you do for a few moments or for an entire day: "What would it mean if it was true that (fill in with one of the quotes)." Then see what happens!!! Bon voyage.  Angelo Campisi


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THE FOUR AGREEMENTS
by Don Miguel Ruiz


INTRODUCTION: THE SMOKEY MIRROR



Teotihuacan... "a place where 'Man Becomes God."
(xii)

I am made of light; I am made of stars. (xvi)

'Everything is made of light... and the place in between isn't empty.' Everything that exists is one living being, and that light is the messanger of life, because it is alive and contains all information. (xvi)

I am in between the stars... So he called the stars the tonal and the light between the stars the nagual, and he knew that what created the harmony and the space between the two is Life of Intent. Without Life, tonal and the nagual could not exist. Life is the force of the absolute, the supreme, the Creator who creates everything. (xvi)

Everything in existence is a manifestation of the one living being we call God. Everything is God. (xvii)

Human perception is merely light perceiving light. (xvii)

Matter is a mirror -everything is a mirror that reflects light and creates images of that light- and the world of illusion, the Dream, is just like smoke which doesn't all us to see what we really are. (xvii)

The real us is pure love, pure light. (xvii)

Once he knew what he really was... he saw himself in everything -in every human, in every animal, in every tree, in the water, in the rain, in the clouds, in the earth. (xvii)

He could understand everyone very well, but noone could understand him. (xviii)

Everyone is a mirror. (xviii)

So he decided to call himsled Smokey Mirror so that he would always know that matter is a mirror and the smoke in-between is what keeps us from knowing what we are. (xix)

CHAPTER 1: Domestication and the Dream of the Planet

When the brain is awake, there is a material frame that makes us perceive things is a linear way. (2)

Humans are dreaming all the time. Before we were born the humans before us created a big out-side dream that we will call society’s dream or the dream of the planet. (2)

Every letter, every word in each language is an agreement. (3)

Children believe everything adults say. We agree with then and… the belief system controls our whole dream of life. We didn’t choose these beliefs… I call this the domestication of humans. (5)

We soon develop a need to hook other people’s attention in order to get the reward…

With that fear of… not getting the reward, we start pretending to be what we are not, just to please others, just to be good enough for someone else. (7)

We rebel because we are defending our freedom. (8)

We are an autodomesticated animal. (9)

The belief system is the Book of Law that rules our mind. Without question, whatever is in that Book of Law, is our truth. (9)

The inner Judge uses what is in our Book of Law to judge everything we do and don’t do, everything we think and don’t think, and everything we feel and don’t feel. (9)

The Victim carries the blame, the guilt, and the shame... “I am not good enough.” The big Judge agrees… “Yes, you are not good enough.” (10)

Whatever goes against the Book of Law will make you feel a funny sensation in your solar plexus, and its called fear. Breaking the rules in the Book of Law opens your emotional wounds… Because everything in the Book of Law has to be true, anything that challenges what you believe is going to make you feel unsafe. Even if the Book of Law is wrong, it makes you feel safe. That is why we need a great deal of courage to challenge our own beliefs. Because even if we know we didn’t choose all these beliefs, it is also true that we agreed to all of them. The agreement is so strong that even if we understand the concept of it not being true, we feel the blame, the guilt, and the shame that occur if we go against these rules. (11)

True justice is paying only once for each mistake. True injustice is paying more than once for each mistake… The human is the only animal on earth that pays a thousand times for the same mistake. (12)

Ninety-five percent of the beliefs we have stored in our minds are nothing but lies, and we suffer because we believe all these lies. (13)

Fire is generated by emotions that come from fear. Whenever we feel the emotions of anger, jealousy, envy, or hate, we experience a fire burning within us. We are living in a dream of hell. (14)

All of humanity is searching for truth, justice, and beauty. (15)

We are searching for justice, because in the belief system we have, there is no justice. (15)

We keep searching and searching, when everything is already within us. This is no truth to find. (15)

Your whole mind is a fog which the Toltecs called a mitote… in India they call the mitote maya, which means illusion. It is the personality notion of “I am.” (16)

Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive – the risk to be alive and express what we really are. Just being ourselves is the biggest fear of humans. (17)

Trying to be good enough for them, we create an image of perfection, but we don’t fit this image… Not being perfect, we reject ourselves. (17-18)

We know we are not what we believe we are supposed to be and so we feel false, frustrated and dishonest… we feel unauthentic and wear social masks. (18)

They are not aware that the problem is that they don’t accept themselves. (19)

The limit of your self-abuse is exactly the limit that you will tolerate from someone else. (20)

The agreements that come from fear require us to expend a lot of energy, but the agreements but the agreements that come from love help us to conserve energy and even gain extra energy. (22)


CHAPTER 2: THE FIRST AGREEMENT – Be Impeccable With Your Word

 

Your word is the power that you have to create. (26)

 

Through the word, you express your creative power.  It is through the word that you manifest everything… your intent manifests through the word. (26)

 

The word is a force; it is the power you have to…create the events in your life. (26)

 

The human mind is like a fertile ground where seeds are continually being planted.  The seeds are opinions, ideas, and concepts.  You plant a seed, a thought, and it grows.  The word is like a seed and the human mind is so fertile!  The only problem is that too often it is fertile for the seeds of fear.  Every human mind is fertile, but only for those kinds of seeds that it is prepared for.  What is important is to see which kinds of seeds our mind is fertile for, and to prepare it to receive the seeds of love.  (28)

 

Every human is a magician, and we can either put a spell on someone with our word or we can release someone from a spell. (28)

 

Impeccability means “without sin.” (from Latin: pecatus) (31)

 

A sin is anything that you do which goes against yourself.  (31)

 

When you are impeccable, you take responsibility for you actions, but you do not judge or blame yourself.  From this point of view, the whole concept of sin changes from something moral or religious to something commonsense.  Sin begins with rejection of yourself.  Self-rejection is the biggest sin that you commit.  In religious terms self-rejection is a “mortal sin,” which leads to death.  Impeccability, on the other hand, leads to life. (31)

 

Being impeccable with your word is not using the word against yourself. (32)

 

Being impeccable with your word is the correct use of your energy; it means to use your energy in the direction of truth and love for yourself. (32)

 

We use the word to curse, to blame, to find guilt, to destroy… Mostly we use the word to spread our personal poison – to express anger, jealously, envy, and hate. (33)

 

 Because the word is the magic that humans possess and misuse of the word is black magic, we are using black magic all the time without knowing that our word is magic at all.  (34)

 

Whenever we hear an opinion and believe it, we make an agreement, and it becomes part of our belief system.  (35)

 

The only thing that can break a spell is to make a new agreement based on truth. (37)

 

Gossip is black magic at its very worse because it is pure poison. …openly giving their opinions about other people… even about people they don’t know. (37)

 

Gossiping has become the main form of communication in human society. (38)

 

Fear and suffering are an important part of the dream of the planet; they are how the dream of the planet keeps us down. (38)

 

Using the analogy of the human mind as a computer, gossip can be compared to a computer virus.  (38)

 

Imagine that every single time that others gossip to you, they insert a computer virus into your mind, causing you to think a little less clearly every time.  (40)

 

…this poisonous virus is what the Toltecs called mitote, the chaos of a thousand different voices all trying to talk at once in your mind.  (41)

 

Even worse are the black magicians or “computer hackers” who intentionally spread the virus.  Think back to a time when you or someone you know was angry with someone else and desired revenge.  (41)

 

Consider how many times you have gossiped about the person you love the most to gain the support of others for you point of view. (43)

 

Your opinion is nothing but your point of view.  It is not necessarily true.  (43)

 

You will only receive a negative idea if your mind is fertile ground for that idea.  When you become impeccable with your word, your mind is no longer fertile grounds for words that come from black magic.  Instead, it is fertile for the words that come from love.  You can measure the impeccability of your word by your level of self-love.  How much you love yourself and how you feel about yourself are directly proportionate to the quality and integrity of your word.  When you are impeccable with your word, you feel good; you feel happy and at peace. (44)

 

Use the word to share you love.  Use white magic, beginning with yourself.  Tell yourself how wonderful you are, how great you are.  Tell yourself how much you love yourself.  Use the word to break all those teeny, tiny agreements that make you suffer.  (45)

 

Impeccability of the word can lead you to personal freedom, to huge success and abundance; it can take away all fear and transform it into joy and love.  (45)


CHAPTER 3: THE SECOND AGREEMENT – Don’t Take Anything Personally

 

 

What causes you to be trapped is what we call personal importance.  Personal importance, or taking things personally, is the maximum expression of selfishness because we make the assumption that everything is about “me.”  (48)

 

 

Nothing other people do is because of you.  It is because of themselves.  (48)

 

 

Even when a situation seems so personal, even if others insult you directly, it has nothing to do with you.  (49)

 

 

When you take things personally, then you feel offended, and your reaction is to defend your beliefs and create conflicts. (50)

 

 

In the same way, whatever you feel and do is just a projection of your own personal dream, a reflection of your own agreements.  (50)

 

 

Either way, it does not affect me because I know what I am.  I don’t have the need to be accepted.  (51)

 

 

Others are going to have their own opinion according to their belief system, so nothing they think about me is really about me, but it is about them.  (51)

 

 

…it is not what I am saying that is hurting you; it is that you have wounds that I touch by what I have said.  You are hurting yourself.  (51)

 

 

And you get mad because you are afraid, because you are dealing with fear.  If you are not afraid, there is no way that you will get mad at me.  If you are not afraid, there is no way that you will hate me.  If you are not afraid, there is no way you will be jealous or sad.  (52)

 

 

If you live without fear, if you love, there is no place for any of these emotions.  If you don’t feel any of those emotions, it is logical that you will feel good.  When you feel good, it is logical that everything around you is good.  When everything around you is great, everything makes you happy.  You are loving everything that is around you, because you are loving yourself.  Because you like the way you are.  Because you are content with you.  Because you are happy with your life.  You are happy with the movie that you are producing, happy with your agreements with life.  You are at peace, you are happy.  You live in that state of bliss where everything is so wonderful, and everything is so beautiful.  In that state of bliss you are making love all the time with everything that you perceive.  (53)

 

 

The mind has the ability to talk to itself, but it also has the ability to hear information that is available from other realms.  Sometimes you hear a voice in your mind, and you may wonder where it came from.  This voice may have come from another reality in which there are living beings very similar to the human mind.  The Toltecs called these being Allies.  In Europe, Africa, and India they called them the Gods.  (54)

 

 

Every agreement is like a separate living being; it has its own personality and its own voice.  There are conflicting agreements that go against other agreements and on and on until it becomes a big war in the mind. (56)

 

 

Only by making an inventory of our agreements will we uncover all of the conflicts in the mind and eventually make order out of the chaos of the mitote. (56)

 

 

Humans agree to help each other suffer.  If you have the need to be abused, you will find it easy to be abused by others.  Likewise, if you are with people who need to suffer, something in you makes you abuse them (57)

 

 

Do not expect people to tell you the truth because they also lie to themselves. (57)

 

 

When we really see other people as they are without taking it personally, we can never be hurt by what they say or do.  Even if others lie to you, it is okay.  They are lying to you because they are afraid.  They are afraid that you will discover that they are not perfect.  It is painful to take that social mask off. (57)

 

 

If someone is not treating you with love and respect, it is a gift if they walk away from you. (58)

 

 

You will find that you don’t need to trust others as much as you need to trust yourself to make the right choices. (58)

 

 

Your anger, jealousy, and envy will disappear, and even your sadness will simply disappear if you don’t take things personally. (58)

 

 

There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally. (59)

 

 

Write this agreement on paper, and put it on your refrigerator to remind you all the time: Don’t take anything personally. (60)

 

 

You will only need to trust yourself to make responsible choices. (60)

 

 

You can ask for what you need… whatever you choose – without guilt or self-judgement.  You can choose to follow your heart always.  Then you can be in the middle of hell and still experience inner peace and happiness.  You can stay in the state of bliss, and hell will not affect you at all. (60)




CHAPTER 4: THE THIRD AGREEMENT – Don’t Make Assumptions

 

 

The problem with making assumptions is that we believe they are the truth. (63)

 

 

All the sadness and drama you have lived in your life was rooted in making assumptions and taking things personally.  Take a moment to consider the truth of this statement. The whole world of control between humans is about making assumptions and taking things personally.  Our whole dream of hell is based on that. (64)

 

 

We only see what we want to see and hear what we want to hear. (65)

 

 

We have the need to justify everything, to explain and understand everything, in order to feel safe. (67)

 

 

It is not important if the answer is correct; just the answer itself makes us feel safe.  This is why we make assumptions. (68)

 

 

And this is why we have a fear of being ourselves around others.  Because we think everyone else will judge us, victimize us, abuse us, and blame us as we do ourselves.  So even before others have a chance to reject us, we have already rejected ourselves. (69)

 

 

You overestimate or underestimate yourself because you haven’t taken the time to ask yourself questions and to answer them.  Perhaps you need to gather more facts about a particular situation.  Or maybe you need to stop lying to yourself about what you truly want. (69)

 

 

Your love will not change anybody.  If others change, its because they want to change, not because you can change them. (70)

 

 

We don’t need to justify love; it is there or not there.  Real love is accepting other people the way they are without trying to change them.  If we try to change them, this means we don’t really like them. (70)

 

 

We have to be what we are, so we don’t have to present a false image.  If you love me the way I am, “Okay, take me.”  If you don’t love me the way I am, “Okay, bye-bye. Find someone else.” (71)

 

 

The day you stop making assumptions, you will communicate cleanly and clearly, free of emotional poison.  Without making assumptions, your word becomes impeccable. (72)

 

 

Information or an idea is merely a seed in your mind.  What will really make the difference is action.  Taking the action over and over again strengthens your will, nurtures the seed, and establishes a solid foundation for the new habit to grow. (73)

 

 

A white magician uses the word for creation, giving, sharing, and loving. (74)

 

 

When you transform your whole dream, magic just happens in your life.  What you need comes to you easily because spirit moves freely through you.  This is the mastery of intent, the mastery of the spirit, the mastery of love, the mastery of gratitude, and the mastery of life.  This is the goal of the Toltec.  This is the path to personal freedom. (74)




CHAPTER 5: THE FORTH AGREEMENT – Always Do Your Best

 

 

If you try too hard to do more than your best, you will spend more energy than is needed and in the end your best will not be enough.  When you overdo, you deplete your body and go against yourself, and it will take you longer to accomplish your goal.  But if you do less than your best, you subject yourself to frustrations, self-judgement, guilt, and regrets. (76)

 

 

Just do your best – in any circumstance in you life. (77)

 

 

 “You are not here to sacrifice your joy or your life.  You are here to live, to be happy and to love.  If you can do your best in two hours of meditation, but you spend eight hours instead, you will only grow tired, miss the point, and you won’t enjoy your life.  Do your best and perhaps you will learn that no matter how long you meditate, you can live, love and be happy.  (78)

 

 

Doing your best, you are going to live your life intensely. (78)

 

 

Doing your best is taking the action because you love it, not because you are expecting a reward.  Most people do exactly the opposite: They only take action when they expect a reward, and they don’t enjoy the action.  And that’s the reason why they don’t do their best. (79)

 

 

…if you take action just for the sake of doing it, without expecting a reward, you will find that you enjoy every action you do. (80)

 

 

(Always Do Your Best) It is not an easy agreement to keep, but this agreement is going to set you free. (80)

 

 

You know you’re doing your best when you are enjoying the action or doing it in a way that will not have negative repercussions for you.  You do your best because you want to do it, not because you have to do it… (81)

 

 

I make everything a ritual, and I always do my best.  Taking a shower is a ritual for me, and with that action, I tell my body how much I love it.  I feel and enjoy the water on my body.  I do my best to fulfill the needs of my body.  I do my best to give to my body and to receive what my body gives to me. (83)

 

 

God is life.  God is life in action.  The best way to say, “I love you, God,” is to live your life doing your best… is by letting go of the past and living in the present moment, right here and now.  Whatever life takes away from you, let it go.  When you surrender and let go of the past, you allow yourself to be fully alive in the moment.  Letting go of the past means you can enjoy the dream that is happening right now. (83)

 

 

You were born with the right to be happy.  You were born with the right to love, to enjoy and to share your love… Don’t resist life passing through you, because that is God passing though you. (84)

 

 

The first three agreements will only work if you do your best. (85)

 

 

By doing your best, the habits of misusing your word, taking things personally, and making assumptions will become weaker and less frequent with time. (85)

 

 

You have to honor the man or the woman that you are.  Respect your body, enjoy your body, love your body, feed, clean and heal your body.  Exercise and do what makes your body feel good.  This is a puja to your body, and that is a communion between you and God. (86)

 

 

Your own body is a manifestation of God, and if you honor your body, everything will change for you.  When you practice giving love to every part of your body, you plant seeds of love in your mind, and when they grow, you will love, honor, and respect your body immensely. (87)

 

 

Every action then becomes a ritual in which you are honouring God.  After that, the next step is honouring God with every thought, every emotion, every belief, even what is “right” or “wrong.”  Every thought becomes a communion with God, and you will live a dream without judgements, victimizations, and free of the need to gossip and abuse yourself.  (87)

 

 

It is so simple and logical that even a child can understand them.  But, you must have a very strong will, a very strong will to keep these agreements.  Why?  Because wherever we go, we find that our path is full of obstacles.  Everyone tries to sabotage our commitment to these new agreements, and everything around us is a setup for us to break them. (88)

 

 

We really need to use every bit of power we have to succeed in keeping these agreements. (89)

 

 

I stood up and kept going.  I fell and I kept going and going, and each time it became easier and easier.  Yes in the beginning it was so hard, so difficult. (89)

 

 

So if you fall, do not judge.  Do not give your Judge the satisfaction of turning you into a victim. (90)

 

 

Your love and self-respect are growing and growing.  You can do it. (90)

 

 

Do not be concerned about the future; keep your attention on today, and stay in the present moment.  Just live one day at a time.  Always do your best to keep these agreements, and soon it will be easy for you.  Today is the beginning of a new dream. (91)






CHAPTER 6: THE TOLTEC PATH TO FREEDOM - Breaking Old Agreements

 

 

True freedom has to do with the human spirit --- it is the freedom to be who we really are.  (93)

 

 

We stop ourselves. (94)

 

 

If we see a child who is two or three, perhaps four years old, we find a free human… The human is completely wild. Just like a flower, a tree, or an animal that has not been domesticated --- wild! …these humans have a big smile on their face and are having fun. They are exploring the world. They are not afraid to play. They are afraid when they are hurt, when they are hungry, when some of their needs are not met, but they don’t worry about the past, don’t care about the future, and only live in the present moment.

 

            Very young children are not afraid to express what they feel. They are so loving that if they perceive love, they melt into love. They are not afraid to love at all. That is the description of a normal human being. As children we are not afraid of the future or ashamed of the past. Our normal human tendency is to enjoy life, to play, to explore, to be happy, and to love.  (94)

 

 

…if they abused you, it was due to their own domestication, their won fears, their own beliefs. (96)

 

 

            There is no need to blame your parents or anyone who abused you in your life, including yourself. But it is time to stop the abuse.  (96)

 

 

We are still children, but we have lost our freedom. (97)

 

 

            The freedom we are looking for is the freedom to be ourselves, to express ourselves. But if we look at our lives we will see that most of the time we do things just to please other, just to be accepted by others, rather than living our lives to please ourselves…And we see in our society and all the societies around the world, that for every thousand people, nine hundred and ninety –nine are completely domesticated. (98)

 

 

The worst part is that most of us are not even aware that we are not free.  (98)

 

           

 

The problem with most people is that they live their lives and never discover that the Judge and the Victim rule their mind, and therefore they don’t have a chance to be free. The first step toward personal freedom is awareness. We need to be aware that we are not free in order to be free. We need to be aware of what the problem is in order to solve the problem.  (98)

 

 

Awareness is always the first step because if you are not aware, there is nothing you can change. (99)

 

The dream of the planet is just a dream. It is not even real. If  you go into the dream and start challenging you beliefs, you will find that most of the beliefs that guided you into the wounded mind are not even true. You will find that you suffered all those years of drama for nothing. Why? Because the belief system that was put inside you mind is based on lies. (99)

 

 

That is why  it is important for you to master your own dream… Your life is the manifestation of your dream; it is an art. And you can change your life anytime if you aren’t enjoying the dream. Dream masters create a masterpiece of life;  they control the dream by making choices. Everything has consequences and a dream master is aware of the consequences. (99)

 

 

To be a Toltec is a way of life. It is a way of life where there are not leaders and no followers, where you have you own truth and live your own truth. A Toltec becomes wise, becomes wild, and becomes free again.

 

 

There are three masteries that lead people to become Toltecs. First is the Mastery of Awareness. This is to be aware of who we really are, with all the possibilities. The second is the Mastery of Transformation --- how to change, how to be free of domestication. The third is the Mastery of Intent,. Intent from the Toltec point of view is that part of life that makes transformation of energy possible; it is the one living being that seamlessly encompasses all energy, or what we call “God”. Intent is life itself; it is unconditional love. The Mastery of Intent is therefore the Mastery of Love.  (100)

 

 

They compare the Judge, the Victim, and the belief system to a parasite that invades the human mind …all humans who are domesticated are sick. They are sick because there is a parasites that controls the mind and controls the brain. The food for the parasite is the negative emotions that come from fear. (101)

 

 

… a parasite is a living being who lives off of other living beings, sucking their energy without any useful contribution in return, and hurting their hosts little by little. The Judge, the Victim, and the belief system fit this description very well. Together they comprise a living being made of psychic or emotional energy, and that energy is alive. Of course it is not material energy, but neither are emotions material energy. Our dreams are not material energy either, but we know they exist. (101)

 

 

One function of the brain is to transform material energy into emotional energy. Our brain is the factory of emotions. And we have said that the main function of the mind is to dream …that the parasite – the Judge, the Victim, and the belief system – has control of your mind; it controls your personal dream. The parasite dreams through your body. It survives on the emotions that come from fear, and thrives on drama and suffering.  (102)

 

 

The freedom we seek is to use our own mind and body, to live our life, instead of the life of the belief system.  (102)

 

 

That is why in all the shamanic traditions people call themselves warriors, because they are in a war against the parasite in the mind. That is the real meaning of a warrior. The warrior is one who rebels against the invasion of the parasite. The warrior rebels and declares a war.  (103)

 

 

Choosing this path gives us, at the very least, the dignity of rebellion, and ensures that we will not be the helpless victim of our own whimsical emotions or the poisonous emotions of others. Even if we succumb to the enemy --- the parasite --- we will not be among those victims who would not fight back. (103)

 

 

Just like hell, heaven is a place that exists within our mind. It is a place where we are happy, where we are free to love and to be who we really are. We can reach heaven while we are alive; we don’t have to wait until we die. God is always present and the kingdom of heaven is everywhere, but first we need to have the eyes and ears to see and hear that truth. We need to be free of the parasite. (103)

 

 

The parasite can be compared to a monster with a thousand heads. Every head of the parasite is one of the fears that we have. If we want to be free, we have to destroy the parasite. One solution is to attack the parasite head by head, which means we face each of our fears, one by one. This is slow process, but it works. Every time we face one of the fears we are a little more free.  (104)

 

 

A second approach is to stop feeding the parasite. If we don’t give the parasite any food, we kill the parasite by starvation. To do this we have to gain control of our emotions, we have to refrain from fueling the emotions that come from fear. This is easy to say, but it is very difficult to do. It is difficult because the Judge and the Victim control our mind.  (104)

 

 

A third solution is called the initiation of the dead. The initiation of the dead is found in many traditions and esoteric schools around the world.  …This is a symbolic death which kills the parasite without harming our physical body. When we “die” symbolically the parasite has to die. This is faster than the first two solutions, but it is even more difficult to do. We need a great deal of courage to face the angel of death. We need to be very strong. (105)

 

 

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THE ART OF TRANSFORMATION: THE DREAM OF THE SECOND ATTENTION

 

 

The process of domestication can be called the dream of the first attention because it was how your attention was used for the first time to create the first dream of your life. (105)

 

 

One way to change your beliefs is to focus your attention on all those agreements and beliefs, and change the agreements with yourself.  …thus creating the dream of the second attention or the new dream.

 

The difference is that you are no longer innocent. (106)


 

Now it’s up to you to choose what to believe and what not to believe. You can choose to believe in anything, and that includes believing in yourself. (106)

 

 

The first step is to become aware of the fog that is in your mind. You must become aware that you are dreaming all the time.  …If you have the awareness that the whole drama of your life is the result of what you believe, and what you believe is not real, then you can begin to change it. (106)

 

 

So the next step is to develop awareness of all the self-limiting, fear-based beliefs that make you unhappy. You take an inventory of all that you believe, all your agreements, and through this process you begin the transformation. The Toltecs called this the Art of Transformation, and it’s a whole mastery. You achieve the Mastery of Transformation by changing the fear-based agreements that make you suffer, and reprogramming your own mind, in your own way. (107)

 

 

Going to the core of those agreements is what I call going into the desert. When you go into the desert you meet your demons face-to-face. After coming out of the desert, all those demons become angels. (108)

 

 

 

“Okay, I will try to sing, even if I do badly.” Then she can pretend that someone is clapping and telling her, ‘Oh! That was beautiful.” (109)

 

 

…for every agreement you break that makes you suffer, you will need to replace it with a new agreement that makes you happy. This will keep the old agreement from coming back. (109)

 

 

Breaking agreements is very difficult because we put the power of the word (which is the power of our will) into every agreement we have made. (109)

 

 

We cannot change an agreement with less power than we used to make the agreement, and almost all our personal power is invested in keeping the agreements we have with ourselves. (110)

 

 

We are addicted to being the way we are. We are addicted to anger, jealousy, and self-pity. (110)

 

 

Repetition makes the master. (110)

 

 

Every human has an emotional body completely covered with infected wounds. Each wound is infected with emotional poison--- the poison of all the emotions that makes us suffer, such as hate, anger, envy and sadness. (113)

 

 

…humans are mentally sick with a disease called fear. The symptoms of the disease are all the emotions that make humans suffer: anger, hate, sadness, envy, and betrayal. When the fear is too great, the reasoning mind begins to fail, and we call this mental illness. Psychotic behavior occurs when the mind is to frightened and the wounds so painful, that it seems better to break contact with the outside world. (114)

 

 

We must forgive those we feel have wronged us, not because they deserve to be forgiven, but because we love ourselves so much we don’t want to keep paying for the injustice. (114)

 

 

Forgiveness is the only way to heal. (114)

 

 

You will know you have forgiven someone when you see them and you no longer have an emotional reaction. (115)

 

 

When someone can touch what used to be a wound and it no longer hurts you, then you know you have truly forgiven. (115)

 

 

The truth is like a scalpel. The truth is painful, because it opens all the wounds which are covered by lies so that we can be healed. These lies are what we call the denial system. It’s a good thing we have the denial system, because it allows us to cover our wounds and still function. But once we no longer have any wounds or any poison, we don’t need to lie anymore. (115)

 

 

It’s pleasurable for the mind to be touched when it is clean. (116)

 

 

It is the emotions that control the behavior of the human, not the human who controls the emotions. (116)

 

 

We must learn to control the emotions so we have enough personal power to changer our fear-based agreements, escape from hell, and create our own personal heaven. (116)

 

 

The warrior has awareness…. We are aware that we are at war, and the war in our minds requires discipline …the discipline of a warrior …the discipline to be ourselves, not matter what.” (117)

 

 

The warrior has control …control over one’s own emotions, control over one’s own self. (117)

 

 

…the victim represses, and the warrior refrains…. To refrain is to hold the emotions and to express them in the right moment, not before, not later …They have complete control over their own emotions and therefore over their behavior. (117)

 

 

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THE INITIATION OF THE DEAD: EMBRACING THE ANGEL OF DEATH

 

 

…that is what the angel of death taught me --- to  be completely open, to know that there is nothing to be afraid of. (119)

 

 

Yes, you are going to have memories of the parasite --- of the Judge, the Victim, and what you used to believe --- but the parasite will be dead. (120)

 

 

When we live in the dream of the planet, it is as if we are dead. Whoever survives the initiation of the dead receives the most wonderful gift: the resurrection. To receive the resurrections is to arise from the dead, to be alive, to be ourselves again. The resurrection is to be like a child --- to be wild and free, be with a difference. The difference is that we have freedom with wisdom instead of innocence. (120)

 

 

The angel of death comes to us and says, “You see everything that exists here is mine; it is not yours. Your house, your spouse, your children, your car, your career, your money --- everything is mine and I can take it away when I want to, but for now you can use it.” (121)

 

 

If we surrender to the angel of death we will be happy forever and ever. Why? Because the angel of death takes the past away in order to make it possible for life to continue. For every moment that is past, the angel of death keeps taking the part that is dead and we keep living in the present. (121)

              GUIDED MEDITATION            


Chapter 7: The New Dream - Heaven on Earth (123-129)


I want you to forget everything you have learned in your whole life. This is the beginning of a new understanding, a new dream. (123)


The dream you are living is your creation. It is your perception of reality that you can change at any time. You have the power to create hell, and you have the power to create heaven. Why not dream a different dream? Why not use your mind, your imagination, and you emotions to dream heaven?


Just use your imagination and a tremendous thing will happen. Imagine that you have the ability to see the world with different eyes, whenever you choose. Each time you open you eyes, you see the world around you in a different way.


Close you eyes now, and then open them and look outside.


What you will see is love coming out of the trees, love coming out of the sky, love coming out of the light. You will perceive love from everything around you. This is the state of bliss. You perceive love directly from everything, including yourself and other humans. Even when humans are sad or angry, behind these feelings you can see that they are also sending love.


Using you imagination and your new eyes of perception, I want you to see yourself living a new life, a new dream, a life where you don’t need to justify your existence and you are free to be who you really are.


Imagine you have permission to be happy and to really enjoy your life. Your life is free of conflict with yourself and with others.


Imagine living your life without fear of expressing your dreams. You know what you want, what you don’t want, and when you want it. You are free to change you life the way you really want to. You are not afraid to ask for what you need, you say yes or no to anything or anyone.


Imagine living your life without the fear of being judged by others. You no longer rule your behavior according to what other may think about you. You have no need to control anyone, and no one controls you, either.


Imaging living your life without judging others. You can easily forgive others and let go of any judgments that you have. You don’t have the need to be right, and you don’t need to make anyone else wrong. You respect yourself and everyone else, and they respect you in return.


Imagine living without the fear of loving and not being loved. You are no longer afraid to be rejected, and you don’t have the need to be accepted. You can say, “I love you” with no shame or justification. You can walk in the world with your heart completely open, and not be afraid to be hurt.


Imagine living your life without being afraid to take risks and to explore life. You are not afraid to lose anything. You are not afraid to be alive in the world, and you are not afraid to die.


Imagine that you love yourself just the way you are. You love your body just the way it is, and you love your emotions just the way they are. You know that you are perfect just as you are.


The reason I ask you to imagine these things is because they are all entirely possible! You can live in the sate of grace, the state of bliss, the dream of heaven. But in order to experience this dream, you must first understand what it is.


Only love has the ability to put you in a sate of bliss. Being in bliss is like being in love. Being in love is like being in bliss. You are floating in the clouds. You are perceiving love wherever you go. It is entirely possible to live this way all the time. It is possible because others have done it and they are no different from you. They live in bliss because they have changed their agreements and are dreaming a different dream.


Once you feel what it means to live in a state of bliss, you will love it. You will know that heaven on earth is truth—that heaven truly exists. Once you know that heaven exists, once you know it is possible to stay there, it’s up to you to make the effort to do it. Two thousand years ago, Jesus told us about the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom of love, but hardly anyone was ready to hear this. They said, “What are you talking about? My heart is empty, I don’t feel the love that you are talking about; I don’t feel the peace that you have.” You don’t have to do this. Just imagine that his message of love is possible and you will find that it is yours.


The world is very beautiful and very wonderful. Life can be very easy when love is your way of life. You can be loving all the time. This is your choice. You may not have a reason to love, but you can love because to love makes you so happy. Love in action only produces happiness. Love will give you inner peace. It will change your perception of everything.


You can see everything with the eyes of love. You can be aware that there is love all around you. When you live this way, there is no longer a fog in you mind. The mitote has gone on a permanent vacation . This is what humans have been seeking for centuries. For thousands of years we have been searching for happiness. Happiness is the lost paradise. Humans have worked so hard to reach this point, and this is part of the evolution of the mind. This is the future of humanity.


This way of life is possible, and it’s in your hands. Moses called it the Promised Land, Buddha called it Nirvana, Jesus called it Heaven, and the Toltecs call it a New Dream. Unfortunately, your identity is mixed with the dream of the planet. All of your beliefs and agreements are there in the fog.


You feel the presence of the parasite and believe it is you. This makes it difficult to let go --- to release the parasite and create the space to experience love. You are attached to the Judge, attached to the Victim. Suffering makes you feel safe because you know it so well.


But there is really no reason to suffer. The only reason you suffer is because you choose to suffer. If you look at your life you will find many excuses to suffer, but a good reason to suffer you will not find. The same is true for happiness. The only reason you are happy is because you choose to be happy. Happiness is a choice, and so is suffering.


Maybe we cannot escape from the destiny of the human, but we have the choice: to suffer our destiny or to enjoy our destiny. To suffer, or to love and be happy. To live in hell, or to live in heaven. My choice is to live in heaven. What is yours? (129)

                   PRAYERS                 



PRAYERS (131-138)

 

Please take a moment to close your eyes, open your heart, and feel all the love that comes from your heart.

 

            I want you to join with my words in your mind and in your heart, to feel a very strong connection of love. Together, we are going to do a very special prayer to experience a communion with our Creator.

 

            Focus your attention on your lungs, as if only your lungs exist. Feel the pleasure when your lungs expand to fulfill the biggest need of the human body    -- to breathe.

 

            Take a deep breath and feel the air as it fills your lungs. Feel how the air is nothing but love. Notice the connection between the air and the lungs, a connection of love. Expand your lungs with air until your body has the need to expel that air. And then exhale, and feel the pleasure again. Because when we fulfill any need of the human body, it gives us pleasure. To breathe gives us much pleasure. Just to breathe is enough for us to always be happy, to enjoy live. Just to be alive is enough. Feel the pleasure to be alive, the pleasure of the feeling of love…

 

 

 

PRAYER FOR FREEDOM

 

Today, Creator of the Universe, we ask that you come to us and share with us a strong communion of love. We know that your real name is Love, that to have a communion with you means to share the vibration, the same frequency that you are, because you are the only thing that exists in the universe

 

Today, help us to be like you are, to love life, to be life, to be love. Help us to love the way you love, with no conditions, no expectations, no obligations, without any judgments. Help us to love and accept ourselves without any judgment, because when we judge ourselves, we find ourselves guilty and we need to be punished.

 

Help us to love everything you create unconditionally, especially other human beings, especially those who live around us – all our relatives and people whom we try so hard to love. Because when we reject them, we reject ourselves, we reject You.

 

Help us to love others just the way they are with no conditions. Help us to accept them the way they are, without judgment, because if we judge them, we find them guilty, we blame them, and we have the need to punish them.

 

Today, clean our hearts of any emotional poison that we have, free our minds from any judgment so that we can live in complete peace and complete love.

 

Today is a very special day. Today we open our hearts to love again so that we can tell each other, “I love you,” without any fear, and really mean it. Today, we offer ourselves to you. Come to us, use our voices, use our eyes, use our hands, and use our hearts to share ourselves in a communion of love with everyone. Today, Creator, help us to be just like you are. Thank you for everything that we receive this day, especially for the freedom to be who we are. Amen.  

 

 

PRAYER FOR LOVE 

 

            We are going to share a beautiful dream together – a dream that you will love to have all of the time. In this dream you are in the middle of a beautiful, warm sunny day. You hear the birds, the wind, and a little river. You walk toward the river. At the edge of the river is an old man in meditation and you see that out of his head comes a beautiful light of different colors. You try not to bother him, but he notices your presence and opens his eyes. He has the kind of eyes that are full of love and a big smile. You ask him how he is able to radiate all that beautiful light. You ask him if he can teach you to do what he is doing. He replies that many, many, many, years ago he asked the same question of his teacher.

 

 

 

The old man begins to tell you his story: “My teacher opened his chest and took out his heart, and he took a beautiful flame from his heart. Then he opened my chest, opened my heart, and he put that little flame inside it. He put my heart back in my cheat, and as soon as my heart was inside me, I felt intense love, because the flame he put in my heart was his own love.

 

            “That flame grew in my heart and became a big, big fire – a fire that doesn’t burn, but purifies everything that it touches. And that fire touched each one of the cells of my body, and the cell of my body loved me back. I became one with my body, but my love grew even more. That fire touched every emotion of my mind, and all the emotions transformed into a strong and intense love. And I loved myself, completely and unconditionally.

 

 

            “But the fire kept burning and I had the need to share my love. I decided to put a little piece of my love in every tree, and the trees loved me back, and I became one with the trees, but my love did not stop, it grew more. I put a piece of love in every flower, in the grass, in the earth and they loved me back, and I we became one. But my love kept growing and growing.

 

 

            “I put a piece of love in every crystal, n every stone in the ground, in the dirt, in the metals, and they loved me back, and I became one with the earth. And then I decided to put my love in the water, in the oceans, in the rivers, in the rain, in the snow. And they loved me back and we became one. And still my love grew more and more. I decided to give my love to the air, to the wind. I felt a strong communion with the earth, with the wind, with the oceans, with nature, and my love grew and grew.

 

 

            “I turned my head to the sky, to the sun, to the stars, and put a little piece of my love in every star, in the moon, in the sun, and they loved me back. And I became one with the moon and the sun and the stars, and my love kept growing and growing. And I put a little piece of my love in every human, and I became one with the whole of humanity. Wherever I go, whomever I meet, I see myself in their eyes, because I am a part of everything, because I love.

 

 

            And then the old man opens his own chest, takes out his heart with that beautiful flame inside, and he puts that flame in your heart. And now that love is growing inside of you. Now you are one with the wind, the water, with the stars, with all of nature, with all the animals, and with all humans. You feel the heat and the light emanating from the flame in your heart. Out of your head shines a beautiful light of different colors. You are radiant with the glow of love and you pray:

 

            Thank you, Creator of the Universe, for the gift of life you have given me. Thank you for giving me everything that I have ever truly needed. Thank you for the opportunity to experience this beautiful body and this wonderful mind. Thank you for living inside me with all your love, with your pure and boundless spirit, with your warm and radiant light.

   Thank you for using my words, for using my eyes, for using my heart to share your love wherever I go. I love you just the way you are, and because I am your creation, I love myself just the way I am. Help me to keep the love and the peace in my heart and to make that love a new way of life, that I may live in love the rest of my life. Amen.