Always Be Impeccable with Your Word

The magic of “The Four Agreements” that don Miguel Ruiz brought to the world in 1997 is that they can be used to explore and change our lives at whatever depth we choose. Some people read them, find them interesting, and put them aside. Others use them to ruthlessly cleanse their minds of all the limiting beliefs and agreements that have been programmed into their minds throughout their lives.

The agreement to be “impeccable with your word” is perhaps the most misunderstood of The Four Agreements. Many people confuse impeccable with older meanings of “integrity” or “honesty” such as always telling the truth or not stealing. It is important to remember that don Miguel defines being impeccable with your word as “not using your word against yourself.” That is huge. It means that you never judge yourself and deny your fundamental perfection as a manifestation of the Divine.

To never go against yourself demands absolute self love and acceptance of yourself just the way you are. It means that you never see yourself as a powerless victim of any person, event, institution or natural phenomenon. Through this acceptance of yourself, you come to accept all of Creation as perfect, also. In that acceptance, there is perfect peace.

From: The Four Agreements — A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom.
A Toltec Wisdom Book by Miguel Ruiz.


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Allan Hardman is an author and expert on personal and spiritual transformation, relationships, emotional healing-- and a Toltec Master in the lineage of don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements.™ Allan teaches in Sonoma County, CA, and from “The House of the Eagles,” his winter home in Chacala, Nayarít, Mexico. He guides Journeys of the Spirit to sacred sites in Mexico, and hosts wellness vacations in Chacala. He is the author of The Everything Toltec Wisdom Book, and co-author of two books with Deepak Chopra, Caroline Myss, Dr. Andrew Weil, Prince Charles, and others. Visit Allan’s extensive website at, and TACO, his online spiritual membership community.