Considering the huge challenges and difficulties facing the world in the present day, not to mention the personal anxiety that some people are now experiencing, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you the following four steps, or more-so, four agreements taken from the book The Four Agreements: Practical Guide to Personal Freedom written by Don Miguel Ruiz.
Rooted in traditional Toltec wisdom beliefs, four agreements in life are essential steps on the path to personal freedom.
The Toltec culture created these simple precepts of wisdom for the people to adopt daily towards helping them to liberate the mind from ignorance, improve relationships and avoid any self-imposed difficulties.
Ultimately, the agreements provided guidance for one to negotiate life with a more wise, practical and common sense approach. The Toltec perhaps hoped that these precepts would not only benefit the individual in their lifetime but would also produce peace and harmony within the community as a whole.
However, there is nothing stopping the rest of us, in these uncertain times, learning something of worth from these agreements, and perhaps adopting them for the betterment of our own lives and securing a more wiser, peaceful and stress-free future globally.
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As much as I love the Christmas period with all the food and drink you can consume, as well as spending quality time with loved ones, there are times when it can all become a stress-filled, conflict-ridden and decadent exercise which can do more harm than good to one’s mind, body and spirit.
Everyone, I guess, is entitled to self-indulge (within reason, mind) at least once a year, but we must be careful not to enter the new year carrying too much weight, anxiety and damaged relationships.
Christmas should be a time to reinvigorate ourselves and to reconnect with friends and family who we have, directly or indirectly, long since neglected.
Surely, we’re not too busy for the important things in life?
Just to let you know that I don’t belong to any religious faith whatsoever, but felt the need to propose the following ten commandments (with a bit of humour thrown in for good measure) of my own for you to adopt towards having a happy Christmas of moderation. So no belief in God or morality are required.
These precepts or maxims may or may not help you to negotiate life more wisely, as well as put you in very good stead for the coming New Year and beyond. Just remember to have fun along the way.
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This post is part of the ‘Ancient Egyptian Wisdom’ series, please read the following first part: Ancient Egyptian Wisdom: Egypt – Source of All Knowledge and Wisdom?
Ptahhotep, (flourished 2400 bce), vizier of ancient Egypt who attained high repute in wisdom literature. His treatise “The Maxims of Ptahhotep,” probably the earliest large piece of Egyptian wisdom literature available to modern scholars, was written primarily for young men of influential families who would soon assume one of the higher civil offices. Ptahhotep’s proverbial sayings upheld obedience to a father and a superior as the highest virtue, but they also emphasized humility, faithfulness in performing one’s own duties, and the ability to keep silence when necessary.
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In a series of posts I will take you way back to some of the earliest Egyptian philosophers and sages in antiquity who imparted their writings (mostly in hieroglyphic form), maxims and quotes displaying their wisdom and virtues that have stood the test of time.
First we will discover the wise maxims of Ptahhotep, sometimes known as Ptahhotpe or Ptah-Hotep, who was an ancient Egyptian official during the late 25th century BC and early 24th century BC.
I will then share with you the quotes of wisdom of Akhenaten, who scholars described as the most progressive of pharaohs, and who took Egypt one step ahead of its time.
Then we will focus on Hermes Trismegistus who was the eponymous author of the writings that were attributed to him. Hermes, who was suppose to be a contemporary of Moses, was also recognised as being the Greek god Hermes, and the Egyptian god Thoth.
Impact of Ancient Egypt on the World
As for the contributions towards humankind’s progress by some of the earliest known civilizations, it is fair to say that the modern world should be indebted for much of the knowledge it now possesses, most of which was derived from ancient Egypt and Greece.
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