The Fifth Agreement
Teacher: don Miguel Ruez
Excerpt from the Book, the Fifth Agreement, Miguel Angel Ruiz, M.D., Jose Luis Ruiz, and Janet Mills http://life.gaiam.com
The messengers of truth The fifth agreement is the most advanced
teaching of the Toltec, because it prepares us to return to what we
really are: messengers of truth.
We deliver a message every time we speak, and if we don’t deliver the
truth, it’s because we aren’t aware of what we really are. Well, the
Four Agreements help us to recover awareness of what we are. They help
us to become aware of the power of our word. But the real goal is the
fifth agreement, because it takes us beyond symbology and makes us
responsible for the creation of every word.
The fifth agreement helps us to recover the power of belief that we
invested in symbols. And when we go beyond symbols, the power that we
find is incredible because it’s the power of the artistic creator, the
power of life, the real us. The fifth agreement is for what I call
messenger training, or angel training, because it’s for messengers who
are aware that they have a message to deliver. Angel is a Greek word
Angels really exist, but not the angels of religion with wings. We
are all messengers; we are all angels, but we don’t have wings, and we
don’t believe in angels with wings. The religious story about angels
with wings is just a symbol, and as a symbol, the wings mean that angels
can fly. Angels fly and they deliver information, a message, and the
real message is life, or truth. But there are so many messengers in this
world who don’t deliver life, who don’t deliver truth.
The world is populated by billions of messengers, with or without
awareness. It’s obvious that the majority are without awareness. They
are programmed to deliver and receive a message, but they don’t know
they are messengers. The majority of the humans on earth have no idea
that the symbols are their own creation.
They have no idea where the power of the symbols comes from, which means that the symbols have complete control over them.
Be skeptical, but learn to listen What kind of messengers are they?
The answer is obvious. You see the consequences in the world. Just look
around, and you will find out what kind of messengers they are.
When you find that out, the fifth agreement makes even more sense. Be
skeptical, but learn to listen. What will make a difference in these
messengers? The answer is awareness. That is what messenger training
does for us. It helps us to become aware of the kind of message that we
are delivering in this world.
The three languages of humans From the Toltec point of view, there
are only three ways to deliver a message, or we can say that there are
only three languages in the world of the humans: the language of gossip,
the language of the warrior, and the language of truth.
1. The Language of Gossip The language of gossip is the one that all humans speak.
Everybody knows how to gossip. When we speak this language, our
message is distorted; we gossip about everything around us, but mainly
we gossip about ourselves. If we go to another country where people
speak a different language, we find that it doesn’t matter what
symbology they use, they speak like us, in the language of gossip, in
what I call the big mitote. In the ordinary dream without awareness, the
big mitote takes over the human mind and creates all the
misunderstandings, all the distortions in the way we interpret the
meaning of words.
The language of gossip is the language of the victim; it’s the
language of injustice and punishment. It’s the language of hell, because
all that gossip is made purely by lies. But humans will always gossip
because we are programmed to gossip until something shifts inside of us
that is also in the program. This is when we rebel against the
gossiping, and the war begins in our head - the war between truth and
2. The Language of the Warrior The second language is that of the
warrior. When we speak this language, sometimes we speak the truth, and
sometimes we speak lies, depending on our awareness. Sometimes we
believe the lies, which takes us directly to hell, and sometimes we
believe the truth, which takes us directly to heaven.
But we still believe, which means the symbols still have the power of
our belief. As warriors, we jump from one dream to the other dream;
sometimes we are in heaven, sometimes we are in hell.
As you can imagine, the language of the warrior is a thousand times
better than the language of gossip, but again, humans are programmed to
shift the language we speak, and to speak one more language.
3. The Language of Truth The third language is the language of truth,
and when we speak this language, we hardly speak. At this point, we
know without a doubt that the symbols we use are our creation. We know
that we give the meaning to all those symbols to communicate with our
own kind, and we use symbols with impeccability, the best we can, to
deliver our message, to deliver ourselves, because we are the message.
Finally, there are no more lies, and there are no more lies because
we have mastered awareness, because we see ourselves as life, as truth.
The language of truth is very exclusive because it’s the language of the
dream master, the artist who has mastered the dream. In the world of
the master, there is always music, there is always art, there is always
beauty. The master artists are always happy. They are at peace, and they
enjoy their lives.
These three ways of communicating are what I call the languages of
1-2-3, A-B-C, and Do-Re-Mi. The language of gossip is 1-2-3 because it’s
simple to learn, and it’s the language that everybody speaks. The
language of the warrior is A-B-C, because the warrior is the one who
rebels against the tyranny of the symbols. The language of truth is
Do-Re-Mi, because it’s for artists who have music in their heads instead
of a big mitote.
The language of Do-Re-Mi is the one that I like to speak. My head is
always full of music because music distracts the mind, and when the mind
is not in the way, it’s pure intent. I know that all that music in my
head is nothing but a dream, but at least I’m not thinking and making a
Symbols tell a story Of course, I can make a story if I want to, and it can be a beautiful story.
I can focus my attention on the symbols, and use the symbols that you
understand to communicate with you. I can also use the symbols to hear
what you say. Usually it is about your own story. You tell me many
things that you believe are true, and I know they are not. But when you
tell me, I listen, and then I know exactly where you are coming from. I
see what perhaps you don’t see. I see the real you, not what you pretend
What you pretend to be is so complicated that I don’t even bother to
try to understand it. I know it is not you. The real you is your
presence, and it’s as beautiful and wonderful as anything on this earth.
When you see a rose, open and beautiful, its very presence makes you
You don’t need to tell yourself how wonderful that rose is; you can
see all the beauty and romance of that rose. You smell the rose, and the
rose never says a word. You understand the message, but not with words.
If you go to a forest, you see birds talking to birds, and trees
talking to trees, with another kind of symbology.
You can see the inner communication of everything around you, and
it’s amazing.There are messengers everywhere in this world, but have you
ever thought about it? Have you ever noticed that since you arrived in
this world, you’ve always been delivering a message? Even before you
were born, when your mother became aware that she was pregnant, your
message was there. Your parents could hardly wait for your arrival, for
the moment of your birth.
They knew that a miracle was happening, and as soon as you were born,
you delivered the message right away with no words. They felt your
presence. It was the birth of an angel, and the message was you.You were
the message, and you still are the message, but you’ve been distorted
by the reflection of the other messengers. It’s not the messengers’
fault, it’s not your fault, and in fact it’s nobody’s fault.
The distortion is perfect because only perfection exists, but then
you grow up, you become aware, and you can choose to deliver a different
message. You can choose to become a better reflection of life by
changing the language you speak. You can change the way you deliver a
message, the way you communicate with yourself and with other people.
Now a simple question for you. I want you to understand the question,
but don’t allow that voice in your head to answer the question. Just
allow these words to go directly into your heart, where you can feel the
meaning and intent behind the words.
This is the question: What kind of messenger are you? This is not a
judgment. It’s just a little doubt for your mind, but it’s a big step
into awareness. If you understand the question, then just this little
doubt can change your whole life.
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