I invite you to participate in a new dream for humanity, one in which all of us live in harmony, truth, and love. In this dream, people of all religions and philosophies are not just welcome, but respected. It doesn’t matter whether you believe in Christ, Moses, Allah, Brahma, Buddha, or any other being or master. Each one of us has our own beliefs, our own point of view. There are billions of different points of view, but it’s the same force of life behind each one of us. 

If you feel the truth in these words, then I invite you to open your heart and help me to change the world. Of course, the first question is: How are you going to change the world? The answer is easy. By changing the world that exists in your head. You cannot change the world if you don’t change your own world first. 

The change begins with you, and the easiest way to change your world is to practice these Five Agreements:

Be impeccable with your word. 
Don’t take anything personally. 
Don’t make assumptions. 
Always do your best. 
Be skeptical, but learn to listen.

These are the tools to change your world, and they are nothing but pure common sense. If you practice these agreements, if you make them your way of life, there won’t be any more war in your head. There won’t be any more war with your loved ones. There will be peace. 

You deliver a message every time you speak. Do you deliver the truth, or do you deliver lies? When the message you deliver comes from truth and love, you are happier. And just by being happier, everyone benefits because your happiness is contagious. When you are happy, the people around you are happy, too, and it inspires them to change their own world.

Let’s enjoy this world. Let’s enjoy one another. We are meant to love one another, not to hate one another. Let’s stop believing that our differences make us superior or inferior to one another. Let’s not be afraid that our different colors make us different people. Who cares? It’s just a lie, and we don’t have to believe all the lies and superstitions that control our lives. We can return to the truth and be messengers of truth. It’s incredible what we can do if we really want to do it. All we need is to be aware of what we are doing and to return to the authenticity we were born with. 

Help me to change the world is an invitation to be authentic, to follow your heart, to be free of superstitions and lies. And I’m not asking you to try to change the world. Don’t try: just do it. By adopting The Five Agreements, you will create peace in your head, in your own world, and thereby help to create peace in the entire world.

Don Miguel Ruiz is the international bestselling author of The Four Agreements (a New York Times bestseller for over seven years). The sequel to this book, The Fifth Agreement, (written by don Miguel Ruiz and his son, don Jose Ruiz, with Janet Mills) has garnered worldwide interest and has been translated into twenty-five languages. Don Miguel Ruiz and don Jose Ruiz both lecture and lead classes across the United States and at sacred sites around the world. For more information about current programs offered by don Miguel Ruiz and don Jose Ruiz, please visit: 


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