“Nothing others do is because of you. It is up to him to choose. All men live in their own dreams, in their own minds; They are in a completely different world than the one we live in. If we take something personal, we assume that they know what`s in our world and that we`re trying to impose our world on our world. Even if a situation seems so personal, even if others insult you directly, it has nothing to do with you. What they say, what they do, and the opinions they give correspond to the agreements they have in their own minds. ~ Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Chords The word is so powerful that a word can change a life or destroy the lives of millions of people. A few years ago, a man in Germany manipulated an entire country of the smartest people using this word. He led them into a world war with the force of his word. He convinced others to commit the most cruel acts of violence. It activated people`s fear with the word, and like a big explosion, there were killings and war all over the world. All over the world, people were destroying others because they were afraid of everyone. Hitler`s word, based on terrified beliefs and agreements, will be remembered for centuries.
By making a pact with these four key agreements, an individual can dramatically influence the amount of happiness they feel in their life, regardless of external circumstances.  Ruiz`s principles are rooted in traditional Tolèque wisdom and in their simplicity these powerful chords are difficult and focus on the idea that the way we think and act is based on agreements we encounter with ourselves.