The following is an overview of the meaning of each of The Four Agreements, based on the writings of don Miguel Ruiz.
Impeccable means “without sin” and a sin is something you do or believe that goes
against yourself. It means not speaking against yourself, to
yourself or to others. It means not rejecting yourself. To
be impeccable means to take responsibility for yourself, to not
participate in “the blame game.”
Regarding the word, the rules of “action-reaction” apply. What you put out energetically will return to you. Proper use of the word creates proper use of energy, putting out love and gratitude perpetuates the same in the universe. The converse is also true.
Impeccability starts at home. Be impeccable with yourself and that will reflect in your life and your relationships with others. This agreement can help change thousands of other agreements, especially ones that create fear instead of love.
We take things personally when we agree with what others have
said. If we didn't agree, the things that others say would not
affect us emotionally. If we did not care about what others think
about us, their words or behavior could not affect us.
Even if someone yells at you, gossips about you, harms you or yours, it still is not about you! Their actions and words are based on what they believe in their personal dream.
Our personal “Book of Law” and belief system makes us feel safe. When people have beliefs that are different from our own, we get scared, defend ourselves, and impose our point of view on others. If someone gets angry with us it is because our belief system is challenging their belief system and they get scared. They need to defend their point of view. Why become angry, create conflict, and expend energy arguing when you are aware of this?
When we make assumptions it is because we believe we know what others
are thinking and feeling. We believe we know their point of view,
their dream. We forget that our beliefs are just our point of
view based on our belief system and personal experiences and have
nothing to do with what others think and feel.
We make the assumption that everybody judges us, abuses us, victimizes us, and blames us the way we do ourselves. As a result we reject ourselves before others have the chance to reject us. When we think this way, it becomes difficult to be ourselves in the world.
Take action and be clear to others about what you want or do not want; do not gossip and make assumptions about things others tell you. Respect other points of view and avoid arguing just to be right. Respect yourself and be honest with yourself. Stop expecting the people around you to know what is in your head.
Doing your best means enjoying the action without expecting a reward. The
pleasure comes from doing what you like in life and having fun, not
from how much you get paid. Enjoy the path traveled and the
destination will take care of itself.
Living in the moment and releasing the past helps us to do the best we can in the moment. It allows us to be fully alive right now, enjoying what is present, not worrying about the past or the future.
Have patience with yourself. Take action. Practice forgiveness. If you do your best always, transformation will happen as a matter of course.