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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 with The Fifth Agreement/>The
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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 y
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Shellie
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
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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.
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Jennifer
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,
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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
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Kelly
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... symbols...got it...I got it the first 20 times....Doubt is your friend...got 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 nee
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King
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
Jen
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 Knowledge 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 reminder that we are perfect, because perfection is all that exists. I like the reminder to be impeccable with the word: Never use the word against myself or others. I like the reminder that the real self is different than the self that sometimes talks in my head. I like the way it made me think differently about the world around me.
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Perry
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 ha
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Barbara
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
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Kathy
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
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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.
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
Quiver
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.
Max
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...
Jitita
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..
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
Susan
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The books about encouraging live-in-the-moment Mindfulness
keep finding their way into my library these days.
Some parts were a tad hard to grasp, but I got the general idea.
Mo Moses
“It’s obvious that humans ate the fruit of the tree of death”

O....okay.
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:
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Sassy C
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-best
Great life message and guides! It's an easy read and the agreements ring so profound yet seem to be common sense. If practiced I feel that the agreements can change your perspective and life in profound ways.

- "If you can see yourself as an artist, and you can see that your life is your own creation, then why not create the most beautiful story for yourself?"

- "Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves."

- “God is life. God is lif
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Shawna Endres
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not as good as The Four Agreements. It got a little repetitive but definitely still a great read.
Ray
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
As a fan of the 4 agreements, I found the 5 agreements a good companion but not a replacement. It could and should have been released as a stand alone!

I was lucky enough to find this book in a friends house around the time of reading the Four Agreements. The book's explanation of the Four Agreements just derailed me further, I think.
The new explanation of the 4 agreements in this book are not as clear or as profound.

However the author describes these agreements as gifts, and I coul
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Debby
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Having read and benefited from The Four Agreements, I was eager to find out what the fifth one was, and I was not disappointed. Part of this book is a review of the first four agreements, but I didn't feel like it was a waste to have already read the earlier book; in fact, I had just reread it within the past month, and the review in this one felt like it hit the agreements from a different angle that deepened my insights, so personally, I think it's beneficial to read both. As in the earlier book, there's ...more
Herlinda
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
IN KEEPING WITH THE SPIRIT AND MESSAGE OF THIS BOOK, I SHALL MAKE MY REVIEW SHORT AND SPEAK MY TRUTH WITH AS LITTLE WORDS AS POSSIBLE. AS ALWAYS ,DON MIGUEL RUIZ ALONG WITH HIS SON DON JOSE FAIL TO DISAPPOINT WITH THE FIFTH AGREEMENT, ANOTHER INSPIRING GUIDE TO NOT ONLY CHANGE YOUR LIFE BUT CHANGE THE WORLD ONE LIFE AT A TIME. THE GIFT THEY HAVE GIVEN US ALL BY SHARING ANCIENT TOLTEC WISDOM IS PRICELESS! MY ADVICE TO EVERYONE IS TO BUY THESE BOOKS IN HARD COVER BECAUSE I GUARANTEE THAT YOU'LL WA ...more
Keionna
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The fifth agreement by Don Miguel Ruiz coauthored with Don Jose Ruiz and Janet Mills. Is the next book and this is all about the additional agreement to the 4 agreements. The fifth agreement is kind of hard to explain but to sum it up it main focuses on the way we communicate with others and it shows the significance of the means through which we communicate which are with words or symbols. And through the concept of symbols, we learn how all of the agreements are integrated. This book promotes ...more
Melissa
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stress-happiness
While a lot of people might suggest skipping reading The Four Agreements and heading straight to this book, I disagree. I think a lot of valuable insight can be gained from relearning the four agreements. Part II of the book, which focused on the fifth agreement, confused me at first. It wasn't until the end of the book that I started to grasp the point the authors were trying to get across, so after I finished, I went back and reread the first half of Part II. Doing so helped me understand the ...more
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The tools shared by don Miguel are based on common sense and shared with such simplicity, that the universal message underlying his teaching is recognized by many. don Miguel's message is simple, practical and when implemented, even incrementally, changes lives.

In the tradition of the Toltec, a Nagual guides an individual to personal freedom. Combining new insights with old wisdom, don Miguel has
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“You are here just to be, for no reason. You have no mission except to enjoy life, to be happy. The only thing you need is just to be the real you. Be authentic. Be the presence. Be happiness. Be love. Be joy. Be yourself; that’s the main point. That’s wisdom.” 19 likes
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