Identifies four self-limiting beliefs that impede one's experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. The struggle to make sense of the modern world can seem overwhelming without some kind of guidance. In this simple yet deep-reaching book, Don Miguel Ruiz presents a framework through which the reader can create a smoother path through life. Ruiz was raised in Mexico by a shaman grandfather and a curandera (healer) mother, and studied Western medicine before embracing the traditions of his family. He thus brings an understanding of today's challenges to his instruction from the ages-old Toltec wisdom. His teachings in this volume offer the four specific agreements, which can bring honesty and focus to our lives; the explanation of these agreements will place them in a perspective that makes them so natural they're almost intuitive. They will both simplify and enrich the existence of any willing reader with a desire to understand and embrace life's meaningful and important issues.