Amazon describes the book “The Four Agreements” as offering a powerful code of conduct that can
rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. The author reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering.
I describe is as the “best book per word” I have ever read. This series is on the subsequent book “The 5th Agreement.”
Where they cover and expand upon the original 4 agreements – and add new wisdom.
THE DREAM OF THE SECOND ATTENTION
In the dream of the first attention, the authentic self has no chance; it’s a complete victim. We don’t rebel; we don’t even try. But now we no longer want to be the victim, and we try to change our world.
The World of the Warriors is the world of trying. We try to change the world that we don’t like, and we keep trying, and trying, and trying, and the war looks endless.
In The Dream of the warriors, we are in a war, but that war is not against other people. It has nothing to do with the outside dream.
The whole thing is happening inside our mind. It’s a war against the part of our mind that makes all the choices that guide us into our personal hell. It’s a war between the authentic self and what we call the tyrant, the Judge – our faulty belief system.
It’s a war between ideas, between opinions, between beliefs. It’s a war to KNOW that they are all distortion, all lies.
Humans are the only animals on earth who punish themselves a thousand times or more for the same mistake. Remember that this is Using you Word against yourself.
The Word is a force you cannot see, but you can see the manifestation of that force, the expression of the word, which is your own life. The way to measure the impeccability of your word is by your emotional reaction.
Are you happy or are you suffering? If you’re enjoying your dream or suffering your dream, it’s because you’re creating it that way. With the Law of Attraction this is called your Emotional Guidance System. Which – summarized – is using “does this feel good, does it feel right” as your guide. If you don’t feel right about it – not just nerves – you are probably going off track
You don’t have to pretend to be a certain way. You don’t try to be what you are not. Whatever you are is what you will be in that moment. In that moment, you accept yourself just the way you are.
You no longer abuse yourself by using the symbols against yourself.
In the Dream of the Second Attention, the warrior tries to find out how the symbols took power over the human. The whole war of the warrior is against the symbols, against our own creation, and it’s not because we hate the symbols.
When we give all our power to those symbols, we become powerless, and we need to be rescued. We need a savior because we don’t have the power to make it on our own.
Then we look outside ourselves and say, “Oh God, please save me.” But it’s not up to God or Jesus or Buddha or Moses or Muhammed or any master, shaman, or guru to save us. No one else can change our world, because that world only lives in our head. You are your own savior, but there are teachers who give you tools to help you recover awareness and win your personal war.
There’s no one to blame for this.
It’s just the way it is.
If we blame, it’s our emotional poison that makes us blame. Instead of blaming, we can take responsibility for our own healing.
The War of The Warrior begins the moment comes you start to see your whole creation from another point of view. You start to realize that you are the artistic creator of your life.
And you say, “The story I’m creating is beautiful, but I don’t believe it anymore. I don’t believe my story or anybody else’s story. I can see that it’s just art.” Great. That’s the fifth agreement. Come back to common sense, to the truth, to the real you. Be skeptical, but learn to listen.
These are the tools for transforming your dream, for mastering your dream, and it’s up to you what you do with these tools. The only chance you have to unlearn the lies in your knowledge is by use of the attention. You use the attention to put your first dream together, and you use the attention to unlearn that dream.