About the Author
Author don Miguel Ruiz
was born into a family of healers. He was raised in rural Mexico by a curandera
(healer) mother and nagual
(shaman) grandfather. The family anticipated that don Miguel would embrace its legacy of healing and teaching and, as a nagual
, carry forward its esoteric Toltec knowledge. Instead, distracted by modern life, don Miguel chose to attend medical school and became a surgeon. He began teaching in the United States with his mother Sarita in 1987 in Logan Heights, CA. Working with Sarita, he first began with healing practices. As his knowledge of English grew, he realized that he preferred to share his lineage through an oral tradition, rather than a healing tradition. don Miguel's students grew in numbers. He lectured in Santa Fe, NM, Los Angeles, CA, Sacramento, CA, Santa Rosa, CA, and in many other locales. He began to share the wisdom that resulted in the creation of The Four Agreements
when he witnessed his students struggling to quiet their minds. He created a specific series of practical tools, that when used by anyone, can result in consistent and long-term personal transformation. The tools are based on common sense, related with simplicity, and have a universal message recognized by many. don Miguel's message is simple, practical, and when implemented even incrementally changes lives.