The Four Agreements Religious
Well, according to Ruiz, if we take action against these agreements, we will probably be punished and if we respect the agreements, we will be rewarded. In Ruiz`s presentation of these Toltec concepts, he indicates that every human being becomes his own domesticated and that the result is that we all create our own living hell. And what we do is punish ourselves over and over again. It is a vicious circle, and Ruiz wants to help humanity alleviate some of the suffering we endure. In its premise, no one punishes us or abuses us as much as we do. We have learned to live to satisfy others and get their agreement, but at that point, we refuse ourselves. Why, because we think we are not perfect enough, by the standards of our societies. Ruiz encourages us to make the four chords a habit. Make it a goal and realize that it will take a lot of effort on our parts. He acknowledges that there will be times when we will not live after the four agreements. Learn and be honest with yourself through the process. In those moments, you do it again. No guilt or judgment.
We need to know that failure is part of transformation, and if you live the chords through practice and failure, it becomes easier. If you fall, you`ll go up. The book is based on a series of spiritual beliefs, held by Toltec`s seniors, to help readers transform their lives into a new experience of freedom, happiness and love.  According to the author, everything a man does is based on agreements he has made with himself, with others, with God and with life itself.  In these agreements, we can tell ourselves who they are, how to behave, what is possible and what is impossible.  Some agreements that create individuals may not cause problems, but there are certain arrangements that come from a place of fear and have the power to deplete emotional energy and reduce a person`s self-esteem.  The book states that these self-limiting agreements cause unnecessary suffering.  Ruiz also believes that to find personal joy, one must get rid of socially imposed and fear-based agreements that can unconsciously influence the individual`s behaviour and thinking.  Another fundamental premise of the book suggests that much of the suffering is created and that most people have the ability to transform themselves and the negative thoughts they have about the situations in their lives.
 The author identifies the sources of unhappiness in life and proposes four beneficial agreements that can be concluded with oneself to improve their general state of well-being. By pacting with these four most important chords, an individual is able to dramatically influence the amount of happiness he feels in his life, regardless of external circumstances.  Ruiz calls it „personal significance.“ The concept deals with the idea that we consider ourselves the center of the universe. Especially unconsciously. People think that everything that is going on is about us. But nothing that others do is really above us. That`s true of personal insults. Ruiz recommends that we stay away from the need to be right or to win the argument.