“Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.” ~ don Miguel Ruiz
I was introduced to “The Four Agreements” by don Miguel Ruiz back in 2000. At the time I was a student of A Course in Miracles, and I had been part of the local “new age scene” for several years. Of course, at the time, I believed that the principles in The Four Agreements were a little too simple, and I thought I was a little high and mighty for them… after all, I’d read the likes of Thomas Troward, Joseph Murphy, and Dr. Thurman Fleet. So The Four Agreements was just a little too beginnery for me.
What I didn’t know at the time was I’d fallen into the trap that many spiritual seekers fall into; being unteachable. You just don’t know what you don’t know, right?
From my life 21 years later, I will say that I now believe that “The Four Agreements” is one of the very best books out there on living a truly loving and authentic life, because these four agreements are the means to help you stop living your life as a technician and begin to live your life as an artist; a poet, creating a life you love that is worthy of the light you carry.
An artist lives a beautiful juicy life that they pour their heart into.
A technician is focused on how everyone else is living their lives (and pointing out how they are doing it wrong).
An artist sees the divine in all, and recognizes that God is at work in every person (no matter how they eat, vote, or worship).
A technician believes that their way is the only way.
An artist surrenders to the creative force expressing through them.
The technician is waiting for perfection.
I know that many spiritual seekers like to start with the meaty stuff, the heady stuff; Thomas Troward, Emma Curtis Hopkins, and Charles Fillmore, and this is truly noble! They are deep and thoughtful writers, and I greatly admire them.
However, for myself, when I find I’m focusing more on what other people are doing, and how they are doing it, the heady stuff isn’t where I start. When I’m too busy worrying about how others eat, vote, and worship, I have to acknowledge it’s likely that I’m in one of my unteachable phases (and being a technician).
The Four Agreements always helps me to become teachable again.