"The Four Agreements" for Living a Life of Care, Respect and Responsibility
Posted by Harold M Rice-Erso, PhD, MSEd, CGP
As a psychotherapist for almost 40 years, the power of care, respect, and responsibility still amazes me as I witness the results in peoples' lives, relationships, and work ― including and especially in my own. During these four decades, I have been studying the world's great wisdom traditions ― philosophy, religion, spirituality, and psychology. Each of these traditions, despite their coming from disparate locations around the world and at different times in history and in the voices of numerous teachers, convey to us the same lesson over and over ― to live with love and respect for all of life.
Our bodies can sense the presence of truth in these teachings. We feel peaceful and calm in their midst. We can see that truth is the same no matter what the language.
Always doing my best to actively live a life of impeccability ― that is care, respect, and responsibility - and dealing with the consequences that result, is a commitment I take from my five years of intensive study with don Miguel Ruiz, the author of the international best-selling book "The Four Agreements." Taking on these world wide wisdoms as a way of life, not just as a philosophy, transforms our lives and the lives of the people with whom we are in close contact.