My word is impeccable
quotes & comments
– Words are symbols used to create the story of your life (i.e., the virtual reality complex within consisting of assumptions, hearsay, learned or perceived knowledge … related opinions, beliefs … and ensuing feelings).
– “The word, as a symbol, has the magic and power of creation because it can reproduce an image, an idea, a feeling, or an entire story in your imagination. Just hearing the word horse can reproduce an entire image in your mind. … Just by saying two words, The Godfather, a whole movie can appear in your mind.” p35
– “The story of you is everything that you (think you) know about you … what you believe you are, not … you, the human, what you really are.” p29
– “The real you is unique and it’s beyond everything that you know, because the real you is the truth. You, the human, are the truth. Your physical presence is real. p33
– The virtual you “only exist because of the agreements you made with yourself (in your head) and with the other humans (their opinions in their heads) around you.”
– “Our opinions are not the truth; they’re just a point of view.” p39
– “Whatever you believe is creating the story that you’re experiencing; whatever you believe is creating the emotions that you’re experiencing. And you may really want to believe that you are what you believe, but that image is completely false. It’s not you.” p33.
– Being impeccable “really means never use the power of the word against yourself.” p38
– “When you’re impeccable, you’re not going to tell yourself, I’m old. I’m ugly. I’m fat. I’m not good enough”. p37
– When you’re impeccable “Your voice of knowledge is not going to use the word to judge you, find you guilty, and punish you. Your mind is so powerful that it perceives the story that you create. If you create self-judgment, you create inner conflictthat’s nothing but a nightmare. Your happiness is up to you, and it depends on how you use the word.” p38.
– “What you believe about yourself is not real, and it’s not important unless you want to create a better story for yourself. … it’s just a story, and it’s as close to the truth as you can get by using symbols.” p33
– “Words are your paintbrush, and your life is the canvas.” p34
– “What you paint (using words) is your life, and how it looks will depend on how you are using the word.” p34
– “Remember, you are the creator of your own life story. If you use the word impeccably, just imagine the story that you are going to create for yourself. You’re going to use the word in the direction of truth and love for yourself. You’re going to use the word to express the truth in every thought, in every action, in every word you use to describe yourself, to describe your own life story.” p39.
– “The word is pure magic, and when you adopt the first agreement, magic just happens in your life. Your intentions and desires come easily because there is no resistance, there is no fear; there is only love. You are at peace … ” p40
– “Always be aware of how you are using the word, and be impeccable with your word.” p40
Never attack yourself. Also, be careful you don’t feed other people word ammunition that helps them attack you or establish a negative opinion of you. This is the same as attacking yourself.
Though you may seek the real truth remember it is not your job to feed negative words about yourself to your own mind or to other minds. You are not the prosecuting attorney whose is paid to say whatever words it takes to bring charges and convince the jury (yourself & others) that you are guilty of anything. Your virtual beliefs are rarely true natural laws; and, nature will take care of the punishment her laws. You are not the judge and executioner whose job it is determine and execute a punishment, often repeatedly (e.g., feeling guilty, self-sabotaging, etc.) for the same crime.
Indeed, whenever you are feeling badly about yourself (i.e. internal punishment) then rationally test, question, and vigorously dispute your internal beliefs (laws) and self-administered punishment (self damaging feelings & behaviors) with facts, logic and common sense. E.g.,
– who says I, or any other human, must always be perfect
– where is it written in stone that I must be perfect or be a bad person
– exactly why am I feeling badly … does a clear rational reason even exist
– was there really even a serious crime committed or is this just an irrational punishment
– was the crime truly worth such horrible and repeated punishment (e.g., always feeling I am a bad or inadequate person)
– who said I must never ever make a mistake? Don’t humans make mistakes?
– how often and how badly should I be punished for an ignorant mistake?
– how often must I feel guilty (or otherwise punish myself) for even a purposeful mistake?
– The Fifth Agreement by Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz. The page numbers reference this book which provides far more detail.
– The Four Agreements by Don Ruiz.
– How to Stubbornly Refuse to Make Yourself Miserable about Anything by Albert Ellis.