Agreement #3 Dont take everything personally by Miguel Ruiz | paigemarshall23's Blog
Whatever happens around you, don't take it personally. Using an
earlier example, if I see you on the street and I say, "Hey, you are so
stupid," without knowing you, it's not about you; it's about me. If you
take it personally, then perhaps you believe you are stupid. Maybe
you think to yourself, "How does he know? Is he clairvoyant, or can
everybody see how stupid I am?"
You take it personally because you agree with whatever was said. As
soon as you agree, the poison goes through you, and you are trapped
in the dream of hell. What causes you to be trapped is what we call
personal importance. Personal importance, or taking things personally,
is the maximum ex
assumption that everything is about "me." During the period of our
education, or our domestication, we learn to take everything
personally. We think we are responsible for everything. Me, me, me,
Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of
themselves. All people live in their own dream, in their own mind; they
are in a completely different world from the one we live in. When we
take something personally, we make the assumption that they know
what is in our world, and we try to impose our world on their world.
You eat all their emotional garbage, and now it becomes your
garbage. But if you do not take it personally, you are immune in the
middle of hell.
Immunity to poison in the middle of hell is the gift of this agreement.
When you take things personally, then you feel offended, and your
reaction is to defend your beliefs and create conflicts. You make
something big out of something so little, because you have the need
to be right and make everybody else wrong. You also try hard to be
right by giving them your own opinions. In the same way, whatever
you feel and do is just a projection of your own personal dream, a
reflection of your own agreements.
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