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.
- Be impeccable with your word.
- Don’t take anything personally.
- Don’t make assumptions.
- Always do your best.
- 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.
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.