If your convictions create deep happiness in you, then I say: keep them. If they cause trouble, if the beliefs of others are different, consciousness can give you the choice of what you believe and what you let go. So many of our beliefs, concepts, agreements were fed to us as “truth” when we were young, and we accepted them literally and completely. The beginning of the four chords is how our animators domesticated us in a “dream” of life. The only dream they had at our disposal was the one they lived, which they received most often from their parents, etc. I know it was written a few years ago. And I still have to take into account some of the author`s misunderstandings about wisdom in “The Four Accords.” Note that the beginning of the book on domestication and dreams is an important preface to understanding the power of new chords. If I have to call four self-betrayals that I usually do to myself, will they be? One downside of the book is that some chords are too extreme and, if you take them at your fingertips, can cause additional problems in your life if taken without a proverbial grain of salt. However, with a little balance and a sense of openness, these chords can be transformed and re-stressed. Here is a statement on each of the four agreements. At the end of the day, I think it is important that your own agreements lead to the consequences you want. I have not read this book and I do not intend to read it. I saw these four conventions on the wall in a yoga teacher`s house and laughed.