A Practical Ouide to trie Art of Relationship
Introduction 1 Domestication and the Dream of the Planet 1 2 The First Agreement Be Impeccable with Your Word 25 3 The Second Agreement Don't Take Anything Personally 47 4 The Third Agreement Don't Make Assumptions 63 5 The Fourth Agreement Always Do Your Best 75 6 The Toltec Path to FreedomBreaking Old Agreements 93
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Usin3 the Tour Agreements to Master the Dream of /our Life LOS CUATRO ACUERDOS Una guia practica para la libertad personal A Practical Ouide to Personal Freedom
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DON MIGUEL Ruiz
AMBER-ALLEN PUBLISHING SANRAFAEL, CALIFORNIA
I WOULD LIKE TO HUMBLY ACKNOWLEDGE MY mother Sarita, who taught me unconditional love; my father Jose Luis, who taught me discipline; my grandfather Leonardo Macias, who gave me the key to unlock the Toltec mysteries; and my sons Miguel, Jose Luis, and Leonardo. I wish to express my deep affection and appreciation to the dedication of Gaya Jenkins and TreyJenkins. I would like to extend my profound gratitude to Janet Mills — publisher, editor, believer. I am also abidingly grateful to Ray Chambers for lighting the way. I would like to honor my dear friend Gini Gentry, an amazing "brain" whose faith touched my heart. I would like to pay tribute to the many people who have given freely of their time, hearts, and resources to support the teachings. Apartial list includes: Gae Buckley, Ted and Peggy Raess, Chris-tinea Johnson, Judy "Red" Fruhbauer, Vicki Molinar, David and Linda Dibble, Bernadette Vigil, Cynthia Wootton, Alan Clark, Rita Rivera, Catherine Chase, Stephanie Bureau, Todd Kaprielian, Glenna Quigley, Allan and Randi Hardman, Cindee Pascoe, Tink and Chuck Cowgill, Roberto and Diane Paez, Siri Gian Singh Khalsa, Heather Ash, LarryAndrews, Judy Silver, Carolyn Hipp, Kim Hofer, Mersedeh Kheradmand, Diana and Sky Ferguson, Ken Kropidlowski, Steve Hasenburg, Dara Salour, Joaqum Galvan, Woodie Bobb, Rachel Guerrero, Mark Gershon, Collette Michaan, Brandt Morgan, Katherine Kilgore (Kitty Kaur), Michael Gilardy, Laura Haney, Marc Cloptin, Wendy Bobb, Ed Fox, Yari Jaeda, Mary Carroll Nelson, Amari Magdelana, JaneAnn Dow, Russ Venable, Guand Maya Khalsa, Mataji Rosita, Fred and Marion Vatmelli, Diane Laurent, V.J. Polich, Gail Dawn Price, Barbara Simon, Patti Torres, Kaye Thompson, Ramin Yazdani, Linda Lightfoot, Terry Gorton, Dorothy Lee, J.J. Frank, Jennifer and Jeanne Jenkins, George
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Copyright © 1997 by Miguel Angel Ruiz, M.D. Published by Amber-Allen Publishing, Inc. Post Office Box 665 7 San Rafael,California 94903 Editorial: Janet Mills Cover Illustration: Nicholas Wilton Cover Design: Michele Wetherbee
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Ruiz, Miguel, 1952The four agreements : a practical guide to persona] freedom/Miguel Ruiz. p. cm. — (A Toltec wisdom book) ISBN I-878424-31-9 (alk.paper) I. Conduct of life. 2. Toltec philosophy — Miscellanea. I. Title. II. Series: Ruiz, Miguel, 1952- Toltec wisdom book. BJI58I. 2. R85 1997 97-18256
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