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The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery

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Since 1997, The Four Agreements has transformed the lives of millions of people around the world with a simple but profound message.

Now bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz and his son, don Jose Ruiz, collaborate with this powerful sequel The Fifth Agreement.

The Four Agreements provides the foundation for breaking thousands of agreements that create needless suffering and wi
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published December 15th 2009 by Amber-Allen Publishing
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Janice After reading this book, the world became a much quieter place. listening more and choosing your words carefully become the new norm. Now I understand…moreAfter reading this book, the world became a much quieter place. listening more and choosing your words carefully become the new norm. Now I understand why things can get so distorted when in reality, they don't need to.(less)

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Lynne Tull
Oct 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Skip The Four Agreements (Ruiz' first book).
Go directly to The Fifth Agreement!

You get all Five Agreements for the price of one!
1. Be impeccable with your word-
Never use the power of the word against yourself.
2. Don’t take anything personally-
All humans live in their own world, in their own movie/story/dream and you in yours.
3. Don’t make assumptions-
Most assumptions are not the truth; they are fiction.
4. Always do your best-The only thing you can “do”;
the first three will naturally follow.
5. B
Dragos Roua
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-improvement
I was really curious when I first saw this, being an avid supporter of the four agreements. Unfortunately, "The fifth agreement" is just a rehearsal of the initial book, with a little bit of sugar on top. The fifth agreement, that is: doubt stuff, not just take everything for granted (including the book itself). Nevertheless, despite the way too complicated approach, the repetitions and the inconsistency in style (the book is written together with Miguel' son), I still give it 5 stars.

I live by
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
As far as "Better Yourself" books go, I only found a few lines in this one that were even nod-provoking, let alone new and insightful. If you have heard that THE FOUR AGREEMENTS is profound, definitely skip straight to THE FIFTH AGREEMENT because it summarizes the four and just tacks on one more for the price of a whole new book.
Basically, the father and son Ruiz team are telling us that life has true perfection before we create our "virtual reality" by putting words, symbols, meaning, and judg
Oct 13, 2011 rated it liked it
It is a good book to make you evaluate your life and get rid of needless worry. Basically, it is saying your life can be anything you make it. Just look at things in the light you want to have it. The 5th Agreement is the follow up to The 4th Agreement. All are good points, but I would just skip to this book because he goes over everything from the 1st book in some detail, but adds the 5th agreement which is doubt. I think that for me that is the most meaningful one. It is something that is hard ...more
Jeff Maziarek
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book. Although there is some repeat of information from Ruiz's book "The Four Agreements," there is also a lot of new and very insightful content. As such, I highly recommend The Fifth Agreement as a spiritual growth resource. Here's one of my favorite passages:

"Let’s say you’re living with guilt and shame for a mistake you made ten years ago. The excuse for your suffering is, “I made a terrible mistake,” and you’re still suffering for something that happened ten years ago,
Brittany Lee
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
These agreements will challenge the tyrant, judge, and victim in your head.

Toltec Wisdom is not a religion, while it does embrace Spirit. It is described as a way of life with ready accessibility of happiness and love.

When a book speaks what your soul sings!

Before domestication, our tendency was to explore, express creativity, seek pleasure, and avoid pain.

I have read no better book to describe how we are conditioned from birth. How it's easy to feel we have lost ourselves along the way under ma
Jan 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
I was given this book as a gift by my sister for Christmas. I am not sure if she read this or not, but I am assuming the primary motivation for its purchase was that it had a big neat number 5 on it's cover. That's my favorite number. And that's pretty much the only thing I like about this book. If it seems interesting to you, I suggest saving the 20 bucks(seriously, at that price I have to say it's a POS), and just read the dust jackets flaps. All you need to know about this book is there. The ...more
Ghada Zakaria
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
Great review of the Four Agreements and tying it in with the the Fifth Agreement which takes you more in depth into self awareness, the unconscious behaviours and perhaps the perpetual attitudes and clearly defines the choices and options we do have to work with to bring about the change we seek, always enhancing the state of awareness and of course in the process providing us with better skills in understanding ourselves and others..
It is the process of unlearning what we have previously learnt
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
***Spoiler Alert*** The Fifth Agreement is.....

Be Skeptical But Learn To Listen.

Thank goodness because the gems of this book are buried underneath wayyyy too much repetition. The symbols you put so much faith and meaning into are just that... it...I got it the first 20 times....Doubt is your it....

Among the gems however, is the call to let go of the shame from your past, both from your own actions and the actions of others, they don't need to rule your life now and yo
Madalina Lacatis
Even though the book is simply written it challenges important beliefs regarding gods, religion & society. It also promotes rewriting the stories we tend to tell to ourselves and the opinion we have about others.

The book promotes a simple way of living, yet filled with happiness, wisdom, and power; power upon our thoughts, our actions, our words.

The five agreements are:
1. Be impeccable with your words - be kind and speak only what you truly believe. Spread joy and happiness.
2. Don't take anyt
Sep 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really liked Four Agreements,The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, A Toltec Wisdom Book and I loved The Voice of KnowledgeThe Voice of Knowledge: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace. This book just reiterated and repeated what those books said. I didn't feel like there was anything new.

You'd think that would frustrate or bore me, but it didn't. I liked reading the same information again. I think I needed to read it again, but I wouldn't pick up the same books.

I like the remi
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love the book and I love the audio book.
This book really has the power to transform you, it has the power to change your feelings about things
necessarily things that bother your inner emotions, it puts a halt to all the racing thoughts that are corrupting reality inside of your brain. It is helping you cope with things that really do not matter in the real world, all the unnecessary lies that slow our day down day by day by day. If it is difficult for you to understand or if you have problems
Apr 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Second verse, same as the first... Geez, this guy must get paid by the word. By the way, if you missed the first book, not to worry, it's all again in this one.

Personally, these are the only words I would have paid for, and they came from the inside front jacket cover:

Be Skeptical, But Learn to Listen
Don't believe yourself or anybody else. Use the power of doubt to question everything you hear: Is it really the truth? Listen to the intent behind words, and you will understand the real message.
Apr 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
A good review of the 4 agreements, plus the 5th: Be skeptical; listen with respect.
All sound advice, although I thought it was interesting that even though one of the "agreements" is "Make no assumptions," the author seems to assume that the reader is having a terrible life and has suffered some terrible past that needs to be forgiven and/or forgotten. Otherwise, a decent perspective.
Rachel Fleming
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
I expected to resonate more with this book than I did. I found the concept of truth problematic. It appears that aside from objects in the world and universe around us, truth is relative. We each have our dream; you have your truth and I have my truth. However, the world is either round or flat, and the unseen either exists or does not just like objects, so the idea of relative truth is a strange one to me.

I like the idea of each of us as artists creating our world, and recognize that we all ha
Christine Fay
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Life-changing. Read it. This father and son have written practical Toltec guides to transform lives. If you keep in mind the agreements, your life will be better. I’ve worked it, and it’s true. Be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, always do your best, and finally, be skeptical but learn to listen. Learn to listen to the truths of other people, but be skeptical because each person is living their own dream. No one truly knows who you are except for ...more
Patricia Carpio
Apr 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
Fluff. And blah blah blah. More fluff. Even more blah blah blah. Meh.

I felt like this was a self-mastery for dummies book. Put in only the simplest of terms, using pithy and effusive language. I had a hard time with this one.

Why are so many self-help books so fluffy and insubstantial? Give me something meaty to sink my teeth into and actually work on self-HELP! Ugh.
Judy Phin
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just like the first book "The Four Agreements", this book was filled with so much wisdom, executed through fantastic story telling. The ideas in the Fifth Agreement are a little more spiritual and may be harder to grasp for some as it does delve into the mystical realm of a virtual world. The message is explained through many examples which helps the reader understand the concept on a deep level. An easy ready, always a pleasure to glide through Miguel Ruiz's books. ...more
Gedion Gebreyesus
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Making assumptions and then taking them personally is the beginning of hell in this world. Almost all of our conflicts are based on this, and it’s easy to understand why. Assumptions are nothing more than lies that we are telling ourselves. This creates a big drama for nothing, because we don’t really know if something is true or not. Making assumptions is just looking for drama when there’s no drama happening. And if drama is happening in someone else’s story, so what? It’s not your story; it’ ...more
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In the Fifth Agreeement, the "Messenger" for don Miguel et all is the "listener"--Listening respectfully to the multi-surfaces of self and other and perhaps beyond, to the Angels and into the "non-human" animal and plant realms, and wider still--into the songs of the rocks and molecules. This dictum to "listen" invites us all to embrace the ultimate challenge of the heart--opening to the entire Cosmos, in all of its mystery of design, at last, carrying us far into what we remember as Truth... ...more
Sends a clear, deep message that is not heeded often enough.

The language is simple, almost too simple in places, which might make it sound more wishy-washy than it should. That said, this book is an excellent starting point for anyone who feels there's something wrong with their life, but can't quite decide what. Then comes the hard work of accepting, modifying, internalising, and practising the advice.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought The Four Agreements by the same author already covered it all but how much was I mistaken! The fifth agreement (life rule) embraces the first four and gives them a whole new dimension. Books by Don Miguel Ruiz are so simple, yet ravishingly clever.. Every human being on this planet should read them and this world would be a much nicer place to live..
Dec 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
I've read this book because the four agreements are probably one of the most popular books, and I loved it.

This book tho, is pure garbage. It's a money-making machine for author (or co-authors) and there is nothing new.
Mo Moses
“It’s obvious that humans ate the fruit of the tree of death”

Roy Khadra
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review is about both books: "The four agreements" and "The fifth agreement", since I considered them as a sequel about five agreements one must follow as a spiritual guide. Usually, I am not a fan of this type of books that promise some high spiritual-improvement. But I gave myself the chance to be informed about "Don Miguel Ruiz" philosophy, and to be honest it wasn't easy to put down each of the books and stop reading. Here are the five agreements "Don Miguel" recommend practicing:

1) Be i
May 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I struggled with this book, not because I don't want peace in my life, but because of how it was written. The language was so fantastical that I spent more time thinking of how the text would be far more effective with my edits than it was as published.

There were some ideas in the book that I liked and tend to carry with me as I trek through life, but there were other claims that I really struggled with accepting. There were segments in the book where it sounded as if there was no alternative.
Isabel D'Elia
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Every december I re-read the 4 agreements to find a new nugget of wisdom and ground myself once more. This year all the library copies were checked out so I picked this one up instead with no expectations. I am glad I did. It gave me so much peace, this book was exactly what I needed. It can be repetitive, but the message is not any less important. If you have read the 4 agreements and value the message in the book, this book will be great for you. It’s a very quick read, you can probably read i ...more
Dec 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Part emotional/mental awareness and part religious blasphemy. Read with salt.
Isa Alhajri
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great read. I found myself rereading certain chapters just to digest the amount of mind-blowing/eye-opening content. Yes, some parts are just there as fillers (which can sometimes be confusing), but overall it's a fantastic book that's very much worth reading. ...more
Liam Polkinghorne
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The five agreements break thousands of limiting agreements we have made with ourselves. The human mind is nothing but a virtual reality - it is not the truth, but our interpretation of the truth. What is truth is truth for everyone, but the virtual reality of our mind is our personal creation, it’s our art. It could be a clear reflection of the truth, or completely distorted. If we become better artists, our virtual reality becomes a better reflection of the truth and we can create a masterpiece ...more
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