The First Agreement: How To Be Impeccable With Your Word
The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz is one of my favorite books of all time. Every time I pick it up I am reminded of the power of of our words and why it is important to be impeccable with your word.
The first agreement in the book is a simple but very powerful agreement: Be Impeccable With Your Word.
But, what does it mean to Be Impeccable With Your Word?
Speak with integrity, honesty and truthfulness
Say only what you mean
Say only what you desire
Avoid using words to speak negatively about yourself or to gossip about others.
Use your words in positive direction of truth and love.
In the book Don Miguel Ruiz presents the idea that YOUR WORDS ARE MAGIC. He further explains that you can use your words for white magic; to create good in the world, or as black magic; to create chaos and spread negativity. Being Impeccable with your word means using your words for White Magic and to create good in the world.
Let’s Explore How To Be Impeccable With Your Word:
As I’ve been practicing this first agreement I’ve noticed when I go back to my old agreements and using my words to speak something negative, (even if it’s as simple as “I’m so tired and busy,”) my whole day shifts to being tired and busy as I believe those words and live from that intent.
When I wake up and choose to say, “I am so grateful for today, I have so much time to get everything done and so much energy to do it with,” my day shifts to that place and somehow I become more efficient.
Try it for one day and listen to yourself and try to replace every word you speak with words full of love, positivity and gratitude VS words of negativity, guilt, anger, jealousy, or hate. I use to believe this was hard, but it’s not; (that was a false belief of mine!) It’s reprogramming old and unconscious behaviors and beliefs with new ones, (self chosen ones), that serve you and this world better.
Once you witness how it shifts your perception and the actual world around you, it becomes more natural to do it on a consistent basis and soon you’ll find yourself living from that place more often than not.