The Naguals—Become Impeccable

Welcome to Part Three of our work with the Toltec teachings.

If you’re joining us for the first time, please read the posts The Naguals—Dreaming and The Naguals—Personal Power before continuing.  Again, this psycho-spiritual work is intense, requiring that we break with routine and challenge our beliefs.

If you are currently suffering from a bipolar or psychotic episode, or if you are experiencing anxiety, please save this work for a more stable time.

To be sensitive is a natural condition of certain people.  In the final analysis sensitivity matters very little.  What matters is that the warrior be impeccable.—Don Juan

Being impeccable is not going against ourselves.  When we are impeccable, we take responsibility for our actions without judgment or blame (no sin!).

To assume responsibility means that we are ready to die for our decisions and actions.  With knowledge of mortality, every act should be performed as if it were the last, every choice a conscious one.  There are no small or big decisions.  We act decisively and completely, but then must take responsibility for those acts.  A warrior knows first why he’s acting, and then proceeds without having doubts or remorse.

Doubt, justification, blame, complaints and timidity make us cling to the Dream.  They lull the mind into maintaining the old agreements instead of breaking out of them.

It is of no use to be sad and complain and feel justified in doing so, believing that someone is always doing something to us.  Nobody is doing anything to anybody, much less to a warrior.  A warrior is not a leaf at the mercy of the wind.  No one can push him; no one can make him do things against himself or against his better judgment.  You are here because you want to be here.  You should have assumed full responsibility by now, so the idea that you are at the mercy of the world would be inadmissible.—Don Juan

The First Agreement—Be Impeccable with your Word

This is the most powerful way to assume responsibility, begin breaking agreements, begin returning personal power, and generating more power.  Our word is our power of creation, of manifestation.  It is a force and a tool.

Opinion is only our point of view created out of our Book of Law, ego and our own Dream.  It is true because we believe it’s true.  We cast spells with our opinions—especially with those we love.  Opinions are hooks for our attention.  Through gossip (about ourselves and others), we use our word to spread our personal poison—anger, jealousy, self-loathing, fear.  Gossip creates a false sense of intimacy.

The extent that we break our commitments to others is directly proportional to the commitments we break with ourselves.  We tell ourselves we don’t have the power to follow through–then we don’t.

The Fourth Agreement—Always Do Your Best

No more, no less.  The definition of “best” constantly changes.  Doing one’s best is action generated from passion, not obligation or expectation.  Mistakes are viewed as opportunities for learning, not causes of guilt, shame or blame.


  1. Before speaking today STOP and pay attention to what you are saying.  Notice when you forget and under what circumstances.  What does this have to do with your personal power?
  2. Before making any commitments STOP and ask yourself if you are really willing and passionate about following through.  Make only those commitments you are ready to keep.  Say no to all others.  If you find yourself saying yes, note what Laws are in operation.  Also note the effect saying yes to something you don’t want to do or won’t follow through on has on your personal power.
  3. Practice doing your best.  No more, no less.


Do some thinking and journaling on these topics

  1. Self-Talk—What do you tell yourself every day?  What catch phrases do you use or hear?
  2. Defending Opinions—Can you think of a time when you defended your opinion?  How did you know you were right?  Why did you need to prove it?  What was the effect on the other person?  How did you feel afterward?
  3. Gossip—Write about a recent experience with gossip.  How did it make you feel?  Why did you enjoy it?  Can you think of compelling reasons to stop?  Can you think of times when gossip caused needless suffering?  What actions can you take to stop?
  4. Commitments—When you give your word, is there a big difference in your intention and your actions?  How important is it to do what you promise?

Agreement to be Impeccable with my Word

(from The Four Agreements Companion Book)

Print this agreement out if it feels important.

THIS agreement is made on ________________ for the purpose of increasing my happiness and personal freedom.  I am responsible for creating my personal dream of heaven on earth, and it begins with the power of my word.

I chose to be impeccable with my word.  I promise to honor myself, to speak with integrity, and to choose my words carefully.  I intend to use the power of my word in the direction of truth and love.  I will pay attention to how I use the word.  I will take action everyday to keep my word impeccable.  I will repeat this action until the habit is firmly established and no longer acquires my attention.



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