The Four Agreements
Matthew Dekay Lyrics


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What you are seeing and hearing right now is nothing but a dream.
You are dreaming right now in this moment.
You′re dreaming with the brain awake.
Dreaming is the main function of the mind,
And the mind dreams twenty-four hours a day.
It dreams when the brain is awake,
And it also dreams when the brain is asleep.
The difference is that when the brain is awake,
There is a material frame that
Makes us perceive things in a linear way.
When we go to sleep we do not have the frame,
And the dream has the tendency to change constantly.
Humans are dreaming all the time.
Before we were born the humans before us created a big outside
Dream that we will call society's dream or the dream of the planet.
The dream of the planet is the collective dream of billions of
Smaller, personal dreams, which together create a dream of a family,
A dream of a community, a dream of a city,
A dream of a country, and finally a dream of the whole humanity.
The dream of the planet includes all of society′s rules, its beliefs,
Its laws, its religions,
Its different cultures and ways to be,
Its governments, schools, social events, and holidays.
We are born with the capacity to learn how to dream,
And the humans who live before us teach
Us how to dream the way society dreams.
The outside dream has so many rules that when a new human is born,
We hook the child's attention and
Introduce these rules into his or her mind.
The outside dream uses Mom and Dad,
The schools, and religion to teach us how to dream.
Attention is the ability we have to discriminate
And to focus only on that which we want to perceive.
We can perceive millions of things simultaneously,
But using our attention,
We can hold whatever we want to
Perceive in the foreground of our mind.
The adults around us hooked our attention and
Put information into our minds through repetition.
That is the way we learned everything we know.
By using our attention we learned a whole reality, a whole dream.
We learned how to behave in society:
What to believe and what not to believe;
What is acceptable and what is not acceptable;
What is good and what is bad;
What is beautiful and what is ugly; what is right and what is wrong.
It was all there already — all that knowledge,
All those rules and concepts about how to behave in the world.
When you were in school,
You sat in a little chair and put your
Attention on what the teacher was teaching you.
When you went to church,
You put your attention on what the
Priest or minister was telling you.
It is the same dynamic with Mom and Dad,
Brothers and sisters: They were all trying to hook your attention.
We also learn to hook the attention of other humans,
And we develop a need for
Attention which can become very competitive.
Children compete for the attention of
Their parents, their teachers, their friends. "
Look at me!
Look at what I'm doing!
Hey, I′m here."
The need for attention becomes very
Strong and continues into adulthood.
The outside dream hooks our attention and teaches us
What to believe, beginning with the language that we speak.
Language is the code for
Understanding and communication between humans.
Every letter, every word in each language is an agreement.
Once we understand the code,
Our attention is hooked and the energy
Is transferred from one person to another.
It was not your choice to speak English.
You didn′t choose your religion or your moral
Values - they were already there before you were born.
We never had the opportunity to choose
What to believe or what not to believe.
We never chose even the smallest of these agreements.
We didn't even choose our own name.
As children, we didn′t have the opportunity to choose our beliefs,
But we agreed with the information that was passed
To us from the dream of the planet via other humans.
The only way to store information is by agreement.
The outside dream may hook our attention,
But if we don't agree, we don′t store that information.




As soon as we agree, we believe it, and this is called faith.
To have faith is to believe unconditionally.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Matthew Dekay's song "The Four Agreements" give us an insight into the human mind and its ability to dream. According to the lyrics, humans are constantly dreaming, both when their brains are awake and when they are asleep. The difference is that when the brain is awake, there is a material frame that makes us perceive things in a linear way, while in sleep, the dream has a tendency to change constantly, without any frame. The dream of the planet, which is the collective dream of billions of people, is made up of the society's rules, beliefs, laws, religions, and different cultures, and it teaches us how to dream the way society dreams. From birth, we are taught what to perceive, believe, and how to act in society. This process of teaching is done through repetition, and it is the way we learn everything we know.



Thus, language is the code for understanding and communication between humans, and every letter and word in each language is an agreement. As children, we did not have the opportunity to choose our beliefs, but we agreed with the information that was passed to us from the dream of the planet via other humans. The only way to store information is by agreement, and if we don't agree, we don't store that information. To have faith is to believe unconditionally.


Overall, the song's lyrics tell us that we have the power to choose what to believe and what not to believe, regardless of the information society and people around us have passed on. The lyrics emphasize the importance of being aware of our own thoughts and beliefs and not simply accepting everything that has been passed down to us.


Line by Line Meaning

What you are seeing and hearing right now is nothing but a dream.
You are dreaming right now in this moment.


You′re dreaming with the brain awake.
Dreaming is the main function of the mind, and the mind dreams twenty-four hours a day. It dreams when the brain is awake, and it also dreams when the brain is asleep.


The difference is that when the brain is awake, There is a material frame that Makes us perceive things in a linear way.
When the brain is awake, there is a physical structure that limits our perception to a linear time and space, whereas when we are asleep, there are no such limitations and the dream can constantly change.


Humans are dreaming all the time.
Humans are constantly dreaming and are born with the capacity to learn how to dream from the society around them.


The dream of the planet is the collective dream of billions of Smaller, personal dreams, which together create a dream of a family, A dream of a community, a dream of a city, A dream of a country, and finally a dream of the whole humanity.
The dream of the planet refers to the collective dream of all of society's beliefs, cultures, and ways of being at different levels of organization, starting from a family and progressing to the ideals of humanity as a whole.


The dream of the planet includes all of society′s rules, its beliefs, Its laws, its religions, Its different cultures and ways to be, Its governments, schools, social events, and holidays.
The dream of the planet encompasses all of society's institutions, traditions, and ideologies that are passed down to individuals to learn how to dream the way society dreams.


Attention is the ability we have to discriminate And to focus only on that which we want to perceive.
Attention is the faculty that enables us to selectively process information and focus on what we want to perceive.


The adults around us hooked our attention and Put information into our minds through repetition.
As children, we were taught the societal rules and beliefs through repetition that was passed down by adults, which shaped our understanding of reality and led to the internalization of those beliefs.


It was all there already — all that knowledge, All those rules and concepts about how to behave in the world.
All the societal knowledge and rules about how we should behave in the world were already present before we were born and were passed down by the people around us.


The need for attention becomes very Strong and continues into adulthood.
The need for attention becomes a competitive factor in our lives as children and continues into adulthood.


Language is the code for Understanding and communication between humans.
Language is the tool for human communication and understanding, and is made up of agreements between people with respect to symbols and their meanings.


It was not your choice to speak English. You didn′t choose your religion or your moral Values - they were already there before you were born.
The choice of language, religion, and moral values that a person learns is not entirely up to them as they are taught to them by the society that they are born into.


We never had the opportunity to choose What to believe or what not to believe.
As children, we don't have the opportunity to choose what to believe or not believe, as our beliefs are inherently shaped by the institutions and ideologies of the society we are born into.


The only way to store information is by agreement.
The only way for humans to store and internalize information is by agreeing with it.


The outside dream may hook our attention, But if we don't agree, we don′t store that information.
The societal dream can attract our attention, but we have the power to disagree and not internalize that information.


As soon as we agree, we believe it, and this is called faith.
Once we agree with a particular piece of information, we internalize it as truth, and this is called faith.




Writer(s): Jonathan Grant, Zoe Johnston, Paavo Siljamaeki, Don Ruiz, Anthony Mcguinness

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