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The Five Levels of Attachment: Toltec Wisdom for the Modern World Hardcover – February 21, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hierophant Publishing (February 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938289080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938289088
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Don Miguel Ruiz Jr.'s beautifully written mini-guide, The Five Levels of Attachment, is intended to follow up his father's bestseller, don Miguel Ruiz Sr.'s The Four Agreements.

Both authors are known as naguals, masters of transformation of the ancient system of Toltec wisdom, specifically the "Eagle Night" lineage. The Five Levels of Attachment cites a collection of Ruiz Sr. quotes, Don Quixote passages, and personal adventures of the author himself to illustrate his points and help readers relate.

The five levels addressed are: Authentic Self, Preference, Identity, Internalization, and Fanatacism. Ruiz Jr. very simply lays out how our personal belief systems are conditioned from a very early age. We naturally develop preferences and make judgments as well. This book will walk readers through essays to question their own beliefs and look outside the box of their personal attachments. Ruiz Jr. provides simple steps for readers to take action, pausing before jumping to conclusions and giving them permission to experience an alternate story to their conditioned "attachments" that can be applied in any situation.

The concepts discussed are not new, but Ruiz Jr. brings a fresh, very masculine and straightforward approach to changing thoughts and behavior that will result in powerful spiritual growth."--Allyson Gracie, Wellness Specialist, Retailing Insight, March 2013



"Don Miguel Ruiz Jr., my first son, belongs to a new generation of artists (Toltecs) who are transforming the way of life of our beloved humanity." -don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements

About the Author

don Miguel Ruiz, Jr., is a Nagual, or a Toltec Master of Transformation. He is a direct descendant of the Toltecs of the Eagle Knight lineage, and is the son of don Miguel Ruiz, Sr., author of the Four Agreements. He lives in Sacramento, California with his wife and two children.

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Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr conveys ancient message throught the lToltec teachings using simple metaphors helping readers relate to his message.
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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Rach on February 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book! It is like a continuation and expansion of the teachings in The Four Agreements.

I have read a lot about the importance of "detachment" from people, things, and material possessions, etc., but this book focuses on the way we become attached to our beliefs and ideas, or what the author refers to as "our knowledge." He asks this question at the beginning of the book: "Are you using knowledge, or is knowledge using you?"

Great question!

Miguel Ruiz says that as we become more attached to knowledge, "who I am" becomes directly linked to "what I know." When this happens, we are "blinded" to all the options and possibilities in front of us, and our pre-existing beliefs keep recreating the same situations in our lives. He also points out that we often do this without even realizing it. This is a very powerful book about becoming aware of your beliefs, and how to release the ones that are causing you suffering.

I also really enjoyed the background the author shared about his father and grandmother, the wisdom keepers of the Toltec tradition. It was all quite fascinating.

In short, this is another great Ruiz book!
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Anderson on February 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I was told to read 'The Four Agreements' during a Tolle Book club meeting and added it to my list of 'Books To Read'. The book was brought to my attention many more times. Years later on 11-11-11 my honey and I were married in a cabin in Red River Gorge. When we opened the cabin door upon arrival there on the table was a copy of The Four Agreements! I said, "OK GOD! I get it! I'll read it!" I glanced through the book and liked what I saw and said I'd order it when we returned home. Then I forgot! I opened Facebook that day and the 1st post I saw was the 2nd Agreement from the book, "Don't Take Anything Personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering." That was exactly what I needed to read! I was having many issues with my son's girlfriend and was really upset over it. I immediately ordered the book. The changes in my outlook, attitude, and stress levels were incredible! So I ordered ALL don Miguel Ruiz's books for myself and my kids! Our family was dramatically changed for the better! When I saw that Ruiz's son had written a book I ordered it and devoured it upon arrival! This book would be life changing on it's own. You would not need to have read the 'Agreement' books to benefit from this book as Ruiz Jr. reviews important points and explains how the agreements we make become attachments. I like the examples he uses as it made it so clear for me! The Ruiz family are truly a blessing to our planet! Their teachings on Toltec Wisdom have changed my life so much!
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jacob A. Nordby on February 21, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
We live in a world which is changing so rapidly that our perceptions are challenged every day. This leaves most of humanity feeling fearful, since we can no longer hold on to what once seemed so certain.

That is why I love this book by don Miguel Ruiz, Jr so much. He translates ancient wisdom of the Toltecs into modern language and makes it more relevant than ever.

Like his father, who wrote The Four Agreements, the author uses simple stories to illustrate deep concepts. This book was highly readable, but packs a lot of meat on its bones.

I underlined many passages and will re-read this book soon. I especially appreciate his explanation of the Toltec way of life: "Toltec means 'artist', and according to our teachings, the canvas for our art is life itself... The Toltec tradition is not a religion, but rather a way of life in which our great masterpiece is living in happiness and love."

What a beautiful way to lead a new direction for humanity. Thank you, don Miguel Ruiz, Jr.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By maryannfromtexas on March 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I found this book to be as engaging as the author is in person. It has helped me learn how to "let go" of my attachments and find my true self instead of relying on others opinion on me.
Great book and I would highy reccommend it!
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Twig on April 12, 2013
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I'm in a bit of a pickle here, since there isn't really a way to separate a review for the content of the book from a review of the audio.

But I do want to caution people to try and hear a sample of the audio if they can, to be sure they're okay with the reading style.

It really sucks to feel like I'm criticizing the person who's reading this, because he's probably a great guy, etc. But, personally, I found his voice really distracting. He reading style has a strange, clipped quality, sort of "grand" sounding, with a peculiar theatrical emphasis and a curious accent that again, I personally, found extremely distracting.

(I think he's putting too much emphasis on creating "characters." He makes Don Miguel Ruiz Sr. sound like some sort of noble patriarch, the grandmother sound like a hissing gypsy, and Jr. sound like a sulking brat. As if this is a novel, not a spiritual book.)

I guess the voice I'd always heard in my "head," based on reading the books, was very simple, humble and straightforward. Whereas this reading, to me, couldn't be any more contrapuntal to the contents of the book, which is why I probably found it so distracting.

Anyway, that's just my two cents. I'm going to just go ahead and buy the book now. Sort of a pity, and I hope it's just a subjective thing and others don't find the voice distracting, as I did.

And I hope some find this review helpful.
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