What will make a difference in the messages you deliver? The answer is awareness. Just have the awareness of the kind of messages that you've delivered and received your entire life. Once you are aware of the messages that you're delivering, and the messages that other people are delivering to you, your point of view will shift completely. The moment will come when you clearly see the effect of your words, the effect of your actions, the effect of your presence on other people. You will see exactly what kind of messenger you are, and you will clearly see what kind of messengers the other people are.
Once you become aware of the power of your word, you can change the way you communicate with yourself and with other people. Perhaps you've misused the word because you were innocent, because you didn't have awareness. But once you have awareness, you cannot claim innocence anymore. You know exactly what you're doing, and whatever you're doing is perfect, but now it's your decision; it's your choice.
Now the question becomes: What kind of message do you choose to deliver? Is it truth or is it lies? Is it love or is it fear? Our choice is to deliver a message of truth and love. What is yours?
Don Miguel Ruiz is the international best-selling author of "The Four Agreements" -- a New York Times best seller for more than seven years. Now "The Fifth Agreement" has been written by don Miguel Ruiz and his son, don Jose Ruiz, with Janet Mills. The sequel has already garnered worldwide interest and has been translated into 17 languages. Both Miguel and Jose lecture and lead classes across the United States, and at sacred sites around the world. For more information about current programs offered by don Miguel Ruiz and don Jose Ruiz, please visit www.miguelruiz.com. Janet Mills is the founder and publisher of Amber-Allen Publishing. For information about other bestselling titles from Amber-Allen Publishing, please visit www.amberallen.com.