The word as a symbol has the magic and power of creation, because it can reproduce an image, an idea, a feeling or a whole story in your imagination. Only hearing the word horse can reproduce an entire image in your mind. It is the strength of a symbol. But it can be more powerful than that. In a nutshell, The Godfather, a whole movie can appear in your head. It`s your magic, your creative strength, and it starts with the Word. The word is not just a written sound or symbol. The word is a strength; it is the power that you must express and communicate, think and create events in your life. (…) The word is the most powerful instrument you have as a man; It is the tool of magic.
But like a two-sided sword, your word can create the most beautiful dream, or your word can destroy everything around you. The fourth agreement seems very easy to do with ourselves, if we allow ourselves to stop judging and not to make assumptions about our capabilities. But there is another element of this agreement which, according to Ruiz, greatly increases our chance: I first heard the four agreements in the form of an audiobook, and then I bought the book of the fifth chord, which is basically the same, mentioning precisely that additional part @tine. Should he reread it, it was a really good and beautiful book to read “There is only one agreement left, but it is the one that makes the other three deeply rooted habits. The fourth agreement is about the action of the first three: always do your best. In all circumstances, do your best, no more and no less. […] But remember that your best will never be equal any moment. Everything is alive and changing all the time, so the best will sometimes be of high quality, and sometimes it won`t be so good. The first agreement seems simple. But he understands a few different notions. Literally, it means “sinless.” Don Miguel Ruiz invites us to be in our sinless words, as the first way to replace our old chords with new ones. Both the words we speak to each other and the words we say to others.
When we love ourselves, we use friendly words for ourselves, instead of committing the “sin” of acting against yourself. We take responsibility for our actions, but we are not guilty. When we love others, we will not applaud or speak badly of them, but we share our common humanity. This is how all this refers to the four agreements that Ruiz proposes in hindsight. Because we create a gap between ourselves and the world, the universe, and because we create the dichotomy of the judge/victim within ourselves, we live in tension, we feel non-etheistic and dishonest. We make toxic agreements with ourselves and our relationships with others.