Don Miguel Ruiz is a shaman and author of several popular self help books.
His most notable work is "The Four Agreements," which held
a spot on the New York Times best seller list for seven years. His
work is heavily influenced by his family's ancient Toltec traditions
and the writings of Carlos Castaneda.
The Background Of Don Miguel Ruiz
Don Miguel Ruiz was born in 1952 in
Mexico. His birth name is Miguel Ángel Ruiz. He grew up in a simple rural
village with 12 other siblings.
His family taught him the ancient Toltec
traditions as he grew, but he decided eventually that he would
rather go to medical school and learn about science and the brain.
He was a
successful neurosurgeon when he had the realization that his patients not only
needed their physical brains healed, they also needed to heal their minds in
order to lead full and happy lives. Don Miguel Ruiz decided to return home to
his roots and finish his training in the Toltec traditions.
As a shaman, Ruiz
was able to heal minds and hearts in ways he could not when applying surgery and
physical science alone.
Don Miguel Ruiz has had health obstacles to
overcome that helped direct his path towards shamanism and spiritual healings.
He was in a car accident that nearly took his life and thrust him into a state
of pure awareness outside of his physical body. Ruiz has also had heart problems
that left him in a coma for weeks and should have left him disabled. He
eventually had a heart transplant.
Through out all his adversities, he continued
to live life joyfully and carry on his work as a spiritual teacher, healer,
author, and shaman.
Don Miguel Ruiz and "The Four Agreements"
"The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom
" was published in 1997 and became an international bestseller.
has sold over five million copies and was discussed by Oprah on her show, which
brought Don Miguel Ruiz even more fame. This self help book offers readers tips
on how to transform their lives by using ancient Toltec wisdom.
Miguel Ruiz teaches the importance of dreams and the dream state. He believes
unhappiness and suffering results from the agreements we have made with
ourselves. By altering the agreements, he believes it is possible to overcome
limitations, expand spiritual growth, and increase happiness.
" was selected as one of the most important self help books of its
decade. Don Miguel Ruiz claims the principles he teaches in the book have
transformed many lives over the years he has been sharing them.
• Be Impeccable With
• Don't Take Anything Personally.
• Don't Make
• Always Do Your Best.
By applying these agreements,
Ruiz believes we can lead happier, more authentic lives filled with love. This
work is available as a book, ebook, and audio book narrated by Peter Coyote
Other Books by Don Miguel Ruiz
• "The Mastery of
Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship (Toltec
" was first published in 1999 and is available as
an ebook, book, and audio book. In this book, Don Miguel Ruiz
offers his wisdom on human relationships.
He explains how fear
based beliefs lead to unhappiness and relationship drama. He
teaches readers about the three Toltec Masteries that includes
awareness, transformation, and love, and how these can be used
to create loving bonds. The book is filled with stories that
help explain the power of self love.
• "The Four
Agreements Companion Book : Using the Four Agreements to
Master the Dream of Your Life
" was published in 2000 and is
available as an ebook or traditional book. This is meant to be
a companion guide to the best selling self help book by Don
Miguel Ruiz, but it can also be used alone by anyone seeking
to transform their life. It offers teachings and strategies
for increasing happiness.
• "Prayers: A Communion with
Our Creator (Toltec Wisdom)
" is a work by Don Miguel Ruiz that
was published in 2001 and is available as a book or ebook. The
book contains a collection of prayers meant to encourage and
inspire readers. They touch on human conditions such as
forgiveness, love, healing, happiness, wisdom, courage,
integrity, truth, and freedom.
• "Wisdom from the Four
Agreements (Charming Petites)
" was published in 2003 and is
available as a small book or on cards. This work contains
excerpts from his work as taught in "The
Four Agreements" book that are accompanied by beautiful
illustrations. This makes a nice gift book or one that can be
read a little each day to keep the practice of the agreements
fresh in mind.
• "Wisdom from the Mastery of Love
" was published in 2003. This mini book
makes a nice gift or it can be used as a daily refresher on
the teachings of Don Miguel Ruiz as they relate to nurturing
• "The Voice of Knowledge: A
Practical Guide To Inner Peace
" was published in 2004 and is
available as a book, ebook, and audio book. In this, Don
Miguel Ruiz expands on his teachings of impeccability of the
word. He explains how to say what you mean and how to
transform negative inner thoughts.
• "The Fifth
Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery
" was published in
2010 and is available as a book, ebook, and audio book. This
book was written by Don Miguel Ruiz in collaboration with his
son. The fifth agreement concerns being skeptical while
remaining open to learn. It teaches readers how to regain
their authentic selves in order to live their truths. It
further promotes the principles of the four agreements that
make up the basis of Ruiz' work, while elaborating on becoming
who you were born to be.
The Work of Don Miguel
Don Miguel Ruiz continues to teach workshops and
hold retreats where he teaches students the principles of the
He appears on talk shows and maintains a blog
and YouTube channel so he can keep in touch with spiritual
seekers interested in his work. Transcripts of many of his
media appearances are available on his website where he also
hosts the Academy of Awareness, a subscription based community
that offers classes and fellowship with other self help
enthusiasts and truth seekers.
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