The Power of the Word

(Excerpt from The Voice of Knowledge by Don Miguel Ruiz)

Grandfather went on to say, "Miguel, all of the drama you suffer in your personal life is the result of believing in lies, mainly about yourself. And the first lie you believe is you are not: You are not the way you should be, you are not good enough, you are not perfect. We are born perfect, we grow up perfect, and we will die perfect, because only perfection exists. But the big lie is that you are not perfect, that nobody is perfect. So you start to search for an image of perfection that you can never become..."

You can transform you entire story just by practicing the Four Agreements...

The first agreement, be impeccable with your word, means you never use the power of the word against yourself in the creation of your story...When you believe in lies, you are using the power of the word against yourself. When you believe that nobody likes you, that nobody understands you, that you will never make it, you are using the word against yourself.

Many philosophies around the world have known that lies are a distortion of the word, and some traditions call this distortion evil. I prefer to say that we are using the word against ourselves because we do not call it evil when we judge ourselves and find ourselves guilty. We do not call it evil when we reject ourselves and treat ourselves much worse than the way we treat our pets. When you are impeccable, you never speak against yourself, you have no beliefs that go against yourself, and you never help anybody else to go against you...

Remember, the word is your power because you use the word for the creation of your virtual world. You use the word to create the main character of your story. Every self-opinion, every belief, is made by words: 'I am smart, I am stupid, I am beautiful, I am ugly.' This is powerful. But your word is even more powerful because it also represents you when you interact with other dreamers. Every time you speak, your thought becomes sound, your thought becomes the words, and now it can go into other people’s minds. If their minds are fertile for that kind of seed, they eat it, and now that thought lives inside of them, too...

How do you know when you are using the word impeccably? Well, you are happy. You feel good about yourself. You feel love. How do you know when you are using the word against yourself? Well, when you are suffering with envy, with anger, with sadness..."