As I mentioned last week, I am re-reading The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. The chapter I read this week was on the Second Agreement: Don’t Take Anything Personally.
I must admit this agreement is even tougher for me than the first one. If you travel through the world optimistically, with an open heart, as I do – but don’t learn to practice this agreement – you will experience some real suffering.
Nevertheless, I have been making a concerted effort to remind myself of this agreement when I find myself reacting to the perceived negativity of others. Rather than paraphrase, I will include the quote from the chapter that I am holding in my heart:
“As you make a habit of not taking anything personally, you won’t need to place your trust in what others do or say. You will only need to trust yourself to make responsible choices. You are never responsible for the actions of others; you are only responsible for you. When you truly understand this, and refuse to take things personally, you can hardly be hurt by the careless comments or actions of others.
“If you keep this agreement, you can travel around the world with your heart completely open and no one can hurt you. You can say ‘I love you,’ without fear of being ridiculed or rejected. You can ask for what you need. You can say yes, or you can say no – whatever you choose – without guilt or self-judgment. You can choose to follow your heart always. Then you can be in the middle of hell and still experience inner peace and happiness. You can stay in your state of bliss, and hell will not affect you at all.” (P. 60-61 of The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz).
Mr. Ruiz said all that needs to be said on the subject. Join me this week in not taking anything personally.
Until next time, peace and richest blessings on your path towards your most authentic self.
Love and Light,
My art this week has mainly consisted in working on my next painting in the Wicca series on the Wheel of the Year. I was hoping to be done by Imbolc but it may not happen. The above is just some sketching I was doing to keep up my drawing.