Dan Cope, Dec. 3, 2014 I am a 63-year-old retired carpenter. I have painted all my life; never had lessons, I just love to paint. The interplay of randomly placed colors and shapes intrigues me. I want to use my art to bring some good to this world.
This painting was inspired by The Four Agreements, a book by Don Miguel Ruis, which I read and found to be very inspiring. I have summarized what Ruis said about the four agreements, which he takes from ancient Toltec spirituality. You can see more of my work at https://dan-cope.fineartamerica.com
The Four Agreements
1. BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of the Word in the direction of truth and love.
- DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the actions and opinions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
- DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
- ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstances, simply do your best and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse, and regret.