„The next three agreements really came from the first agreement. The second agreement is nothing to take personally. If the agreements are sometimes too simplified, it is still a big little book with some heavy ideas. Focusing on one of these chords can dramatically improve your life and reduce stress; Focusing on all four can really change a lot of people`s lives. If followed in a general and non-fanatical way, these proposals can help you reduce a large amount of stress by helping you avoid patterns of thought and behavior that create frustration, accusations, hurt emotions and other negative emotions. With consciousness and understanding comes forgiveness. I`m sorry for our past and for the persistent „mistakes“ we still have in relation to the agreements we still have. Forgive us for letting ourselves and the people around us suffer because of these illusions. I`m sorry for the suffering that others cause because of their illusions. The most damaging of these agreements confirm that you are never enough; That you are constantly lagging behind a strange ideal. The result? The agreements you have made, knowingly and unknowingly, are the fundamental source of suffering and aspiration in your life. Worse, they make you a vector of suffering in the world around you. Be immaculate with my own words, don`t take things personally, don`t speculate and always do my best, these four promises are hard to keep, but once I became aware of these four promises, things started to move in a positive direction. Reminds me of a Buddhist idea.
A Vietnamese Buddhist professor named Thich Nhat Hanh says we all have a memory consciousness, a place from which seeds form in our daily thoughts. These seeds can be healthy or harmful. So we need to feed the seeds healthy so that they stay in our minds longer. We must also bring back harmful seeds (such as anger, ignorance and greed) into our camp consciousness. If you want to learn more about these great Buddhist ideas, read our summary of Thich Nhat Hanh`s The Heart of the Buddha`s Teachings. The four agreements show us that there is another way. By freeing ourselves from the structures and expectations of society, we can enter into new agreements for ourselves. Although it wasn`t perfect, it inspired millions of people to become stronger and healthier. Personally, his films were also a big part of my childhood. If you want more knowledge of how Arnold thinks, take a look at our summary of his totally autobiography Recall.