These are uptight times of conflict all over the planet,
in our own neighborhood,
maybe in our own home.
We all want peace.
We all want happiness.
We have been evolving toward a more peaceful world.
Humanity has improved and joined together, somewhat.
Remember how obtuse things used to be?
Popular culture has changed since my childhood. Last week we caught some Disney movies of the late 50s and early 60s. We cringed at the “joyful fist fight” scenes, where rabid grinning friends cheered on the protagonists.
Was that really a thing?
Our grown kids were appalled, and rightly so.
Unfortunately, I can remember when open bigotry was common.
You would bump into offensive jokes every few days. (Remember?)
Yes, it was sad.
It hurt the heart.
(I cannot even speak to the massive racial inequities and suffering.)
Eventually the phrase “politically incorrect” was born.
Eventually people became more respectful toward each other.
Eventually more acceptance and cooperation emerged.
But man, oh man, “eventually” is a freaking slow process.
We have a long way to go yet.
We feel helpless to enforce peace on the planet.
The only thing we have charge of is ourselves.
We can only and ever change our own behavior. Nobody else’s.
That’s why my friends and I looked again at The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.
We need the reminder to relax and remember that we each have our own integrity.
We don’t need to encroach on others.
We need to respect boundaries.
In any given moment, we do have a choice to maintain our own truth and honor.
And our vibration impacts the neighborhood and world.
- Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.
- Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
- Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
- Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.
Take a look at Ruiz’s excellent insightful videos too.
Have you tried these Four Agreements?
What do you think and feel about them?
Diane Stallings RN does distance healing, EFT tapping, and/or Biofield Tuning on the phone, energy healing sessions, Chakra Balancing, and health coaching. She gives you practical ways to lift your wellbeing. Make an appointment in Phoenix or Fountain Hills or on the phone anywhere.