Using “The Four Agreements” in high school counseling

by Betsey McGuire

As a high school counselor with a caseload of around 550 students, I assist students with all kinds of issues. Along with the more routine responsibilities of helping kids choose classes, consider post-secondary options, and improve grades, a big part of my job is to atte...

Are you a “normie” or an “addict”?

by Leo Van Warmerdam

When I first started sharing The Four Agreements in group sessions within the recovery field, people in the groups would invariably ask me, “Are you in recovery, or are you a 'normie'?”

The first time I heard the word “normie,” I had to ask what it meant...

The fifth agreement

by don Miguel Ruiz, don Jose Ruiz, and Janet Mills

The fifth agreement is be skeptical, but learn to listen. Be skeptical because most of what you hear isn’t true. You know that humans speak with symbols and that symbols are only the truth because we agree

Why the first agreement is so important

Do you find yourself “showing up” for other people, but rarely keeping the promises you make to yourself? Learn what don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements, and Oprah say about the importance of this first agreement and how honoring it will change your...

Online course sample video (lesson 2)

In this sample video from The Four Agreements online course, we make a distinction between unavoidable suffering and avoidable, or “needless,” suffering. Then we introduce four simple agreements that have the power to eliminate needless suffering from your life: Be impeccable with your word…. Don’t...

Domestication: Part 2 of 2

In the process of domestication, you learn that you need to be a certain way in order to be accepted, and because it’s not okay to be what you are, you start pretending to be what you are not. You form an image of what...


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