The Five Agreements and Netiquette

In The Four Agreements Don Miguel Ruiz reveals everything we do is based on agreements and provides and inspirational code for living an authentic life. In The Fifth Agreement Ruiz teaches how to discern the truth behind words, especially when we don’t agree what has been said.

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Ruiz’s teachings come from the study and practice of ancient Toltec wisdom of the native people of Southern Mexico. Though it is not a religion, it honors all the spiritual masters who have taught on the earth. Though it does embrace spirit, it is most accurately described as a way of life.

Everything we do is based on core beliefs and agreements we have made – agreements with ourselves, with other people, with life. But the most important agreements are the ones we make with ourselves. In these agreements we tell ourselves who we are, how to behave, what is possible, what is impossible. One single agreement is not such a problem, but we have many agreements that come from fear, deplete our energy, and diminish our self-worth.

Blogging: Online presence and authenticity

Authenticity is the degree to which one is true to one’s self, despite the demands of society or one’s conditioning. For bloggers it’s equally important that we manage our online presence in a manner that’s respectful of others, while still remaining true to ourselves.

The simple ideas of The Five Agreements provide an inspirational code for living an authentic life; a personal development model for communications and relationships.

  1. Be impeccable with your word.
  2. Don’t take anything personally.
  3. Don’t make assumptions.
  4. Always do your best.
  5. Be skeptical but learn to listen.

Ruiz’s Five Agreements are universal guides for communicating authentically without deliberately causing harm. If you are new to blogging you may not be aware of  Netiquette. There are some extras that are specific to online communication but they are easily learned.

zero-to-hero-badge In a nutshell, if you are courteous off-line then behaving the same way online is natural. Practicing courtesy online means you will naturally consider the power of words and their meanings before you publish them. And that means your communication will be aligned with The Five Agreements.

32 thoughts on “The Five Agreements and Netiquette

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  3. Oh, my. Somehow I missed the 5th Agreement entirely since it was published! Thank you so much for telling us about it. “Be skeptical, but learn to listen” is indeed simple yet helpful advice. It reminds me of how one of my readers, a British nurse, described my writing recently: “Critical, but warm-hearted and funny.”

    It was that “warm-hearted” part that meant the most to me . . .
    Thanks again for this!

    • Hi there,
      Be skeptical but learn to listen describes you perfectly, Carolyn. :)
      So does “Critical, but warm-hearted and funny.”

      P.S. I ♥ having your heart sisters link in my sidebar. You are your blog are number 1 with me.

  4. Each one of those agreements has Truth as their common thread. Thank you so much for sharing that. And reminding us of that Brené Brown quote in your comment here.

  5. Ha! Great minds. I am posting a manners post tomorrow about a slightly different topic… Great points! I tried to read that book, but couldn’t get into it. I guess I could try again!

    • You are so right about simple wisdom not being easy to apply. We have entered such a huge number of negative agreements by the time we are adults. When I was in my early thirties I uncovered some lingering negative core beliefs and I replaced them with positive ones and that was not an easy process.

  6. Excellent wisdom–that applies well to the blogosphere. Though I’m not sure I’ve done as well recently as I should.

    Hope you are doing well, my friend. I have been so busy and not able to keep up with blogging. I do have a new post scheduled for tomorrow, but SO little time to read blogs. I’m sorry to have been absent this week. I tried something new in the creation of this piece, and it ate up way too much time–time as in days. Why do I do this to myself? LOL

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

    • Hi Kathy,
      I wouldn’t say Ruiz’s four agreements were life changing for me but they were life affirming. That first book validated the path I was on was the correct one. It mirrored some life lessons I had learned and had failed to learn back to me. When I read the fifth agreement I laid it down near my computer and later decided to blog this ie. that the 5 agreements are a simple inspirational code for communication.

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