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Insights, approaches, and a few penny-drops
Reviewed in Australia on 16 September 2020
A couple of things that I'll take from this book will be with me for life. The second agreement (take nothing personally, nothing at all!) is one, and the idea of denial as a plaster-cast that needs discarding once healing has occurred. There were other interesting takes too. The 4 agreements are a profound prescription for a basis of happy loving living. There’s a lot of repetition and reexpression of points, via different syntax or more examples, but justified in intent obviously. The 3 ways of addressing fear, or “the parasite” as he cleverly calls it, were notable in their clarity also. Also that these fears we are shackled to, and feed through addiction, are more often than not borne from the limited imaginings and understandings of a 4yo trying to explain life’s slings and arrows from a self-centric (by psychological definition) perspective, and their necessary re-examination from a mature POV depends on ability to access them, through either plaster-cast removal or the three ways of addressing fears.