13 Dec The Four Agreements – Lesson 5 of 10 – The Second Agreement: Don’t Take Anything Personally
This lesson from the Online Course presents the second of The Four Agreements: Don’t take anything personally. The key to this agreement is the awareness and understanding that each of us lives in our own world, our own movie, our own story. The way we see the world is according to the agreements we have made. Our opinions and points of view come from our own belief system, from all the knowledge we have stored in our memory, and it’s no one’s truth but ours.
Immunity in the interaction we have with the secondary characters in our story is the gift of the second agreement. When we have the awareness that all people live in their own world, there’s nothing to prove to anyone. When other people are speaking, we respect whatever they say. We listen and we understand all the words, but the words no longer affect us. Read the book, take the course, and unlock the power of these deceptively simple agreements.
QUOTES from don Miguel Ruiz:
“Taking things personally is a set up for suffering. It makes you easy prey for other people’s emotional poison; they can hook your attention with one little opinion and feed you whatever poison they want.”
“When we take things personally, we feel offended, and our reaction is to defend our beliefs and create a conflict. We make a big drama out of something so little.”
“When you truly understand this and take nothing personally, it doesn’t matter who gossips about you, who blames you, who rejects you, who disagrees with your point of view. Whatever people say doesn’t affect you because you are immune to their opinions and their emotional poison.”
QUESTIONS FOR YOU:
Do you take things personally, feel deeply hurt or angry, and say things that you later regret?
Do you lie awake at night reliving unpleasant conversations or situations in your life that make you feel angry, anxious, and upset?
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