How To Break Free Of Old Habits "Excerpt" ~ by Kevin Schoeninger

The phenomenal success of the book "The Four Agreements" has inspired many to apply Don Miguel Ruiz's insights in all areas of life.

As you've attempted to understand how the four agreements relate to your lifestyle, you've undoubtedly run up against some resistance. It's one thing to understand the four agreements intellectually and even to agree with them and decide to put them into practice. It's another thing to apply them in real-life situations. What do you do when it's a challenge to practice the four agreements? What do you do when you run into resistance? What do you do when old bad habits get in your way?

To begin to answer that question, let's take a look at the Core Values in the Toltec system. The better we understand these values the better we'll be able to put the agreements that flow from these values to work in our lives. The same applies to our own personal philosophy and value system. Unless you are conscious about "who you are" and "what you are about," it will be difficult to realize your highest potential. You'll find yourself living the life the world tells you to live instead of the life you are meant to live. You'll live your life by default instead of by intent.

The Toltec philosophy is based on an energetic view of life. According to the Toltec view we are beings of light. We are each mirrors that reflect the light that is the Life of all beings. It is our task to be the clearest and truest mirror that we can be. In order to do that, we must clear out that which fogs our view. We must become free from the Dream that fogs our mind. We must release ourselves from the lies that we have inherited, been taught, and agreed with. In other words, we must break away from our limiting agreements about what is real and possible.

Only then can we orient ourselves by the values of awareness, truth, freedom, and love. In order to live from these values, we must learn to master three skills. The Toltecs call these The Three Masteries.

Mastery of Awareness: knowing who you are

Mastery of Transformation: having the ability to change

Mastery of Intent: living from freedom, choice, and love

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Raise Your Vibration / Core Energy Meditation

"We first make our habits, and then our habits make us."

~ John Dryden

Habits begin and manifest deep in the mind and they can be friends or foes. Good habits can make our lives easier, helping us to do the more mundane things of life without thinking about them, like automatically depositing your paycheck.

But, as all of us know all too well, habits can also be destructive…to our health, to our finances, to our relationships. It's why we struggle with losing weight, paying off our credit cards or quitting smoking…to name a few "bad habits."

Whether they are a positive force in our lives or obstacles to the goals we want to achieve, habits become ingrained through repeated actions.

As creatures of habit, many people struggle with breaking habits. In Habits Die Hard, it is our intention to help you through this very common, very challenging life experience by giving you 10 keys to replacing destructive habits. Each chapter contains a worksheet to help you identify your specific problem areas and how to improve them. If you have habits you intend to change, you will not be disappointed in this book.

Food for Thought…

I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest asset or heaviest burden.
I will push you up to success or down to disappointment.
I am at your command.
Half the things you do might just as well be turned over to me.
For I can do them quickly, correctly and profitably.
I am easily managed; just be firm with me.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine, though I work with the precision of a machine and the intelligence of a person.
You can run me for profit, or you can run me for ruin.
Show me how you want it done. Educate me. Train me.
Lead me. Reward me.
And I will then…do it automatically.
I am your servant.
Who am I?
I am a habit.

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