The following ‘agreements’ are adapted from a book that celebrates the esoteric wisdom of an ancient Toltec civilization applied to today’s modern world. By improving in the following four ways, your most important relationships (including the one with yourself) can be repaired, grow stronger, and be more supportive in your personal growth and well-being.

1.    Be Impeccable With Your Word.  Speak with integrity and communicate clearly your intentions.  Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or others.  Use the power of word in the direction of truth and love.

2.    Don’t Take It Personal.  What others say and do is a projection of their own reality and may have little to nothing to do with you.  When you immune yourself from the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.  What others think about you is none of your business!

3.    Avoid Assumptions.  Find the courage to ask for clarity and direction, as well as to express what you truly want and need.  Clear communication prevents misunderstandings, sadness and disappointment.  If you are going to make an assumption, it’s best to give the ‘benefit of the doubt’ or otherwise positive and compassionate perspective.

4.    Always Do Your Best.  No matter how hard we try, success is not guaranteed.  By always doing our best we position ourselves for success and eliminate self-judgment and regret.  Ultimately success is in the effort and experience more so than the end result.


Author: adamcoleshapiro

- just a man, father, husband, son, brother, and friend to many trying to make a difference by sharing what i've learned and think will be useful to you. My background: Mr. Adam Shapiro is a Nationally Certified (NCCAOM) and Colorado State Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.), holding a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) from The Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, CA. Prior to becoming an acupuncturist and herbalist, Adam studied several ancient martial arts including Tai Ji, Bagua, Hsing-I, and Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, as well as healing arts known as Qi Gong. Adam's love for these Chinese internal arts paved the way for him to become a hands-on healer and heart-felt teacher sharing the gifts he's gained from his years of dedicated study and practice.

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