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The Mastery of Self: A Toltec Guide to Personal Freedom Hardcover – May 23, 2016
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The Toltec Wisdom Series - by don Miguel Ruiz Jr.
A Toltec Guide to Personal Freedom
In The Mastery of Self, bestselling author and teacher don Miguel Ruiz Jr. takes the Toltec philosophy of the Dream of the Planet and offers you a road map to reclaiming your Authentic Self. He reveals how the tools of awareness, understanding, and unconditional love can free you from any inhibiting beliefs, stories, or ideas that are keeping you from living the best life possible.
This book can help you discover who you really are at the deepest level, which often lies just beyond any conditioning or domestication you have acquired throughout your life.
Ancient Wisdom for the Modern World
In this groundbreaking work, don Miguel Ruiz Jr. writes that we have all unwittingly made agreements about how we choose to live our lives and what we believe our personal truths are.
But what we may not realize is that each one of these agreements represents an attachment, a limiting filter on who we think we are, and what the future could hold.
Armed with the awareness of which beliefs and ideas you are most attached to, you can better navigate the recurring situations in your life that cause you suffering and release any unhealthy beliefs that are no longer serving you.
Daily Meditations on the Toltec Path
You are invited on a six-month journey of daily lessons with don Miguel Ruiz Jr. that are designed to inspire, nourish, and enlighten adherents as you travel along the Toltec path.
Drawing on years of apprenticeship under his father and grandmother, don Miguel Ruiz Jr. shares Toltec lessons on Love, Faith, Agreements, and most importantly: Awareness. The purpose of each meditation is to guide readers into a deeper understanding of his or her self, as well as the world in which we live.
Essential Teachings of don Miguel Ruiz
don Miguel Ruiz is the author of The Four Agreements, The Mastery of Love, and numerous other best-selling books. He is also one of the most influential spiritual teachers on the planet, having touched the lives of millions of people around the globe.
No one has been more affected by his teachings than his own son, don Miguel Ruiz Jr., who has compiled his father’s wisdom into one small but extremely powerful book.
The essential teachings in this comprehensive work come from don Miguel’s recorded lectures, workshops, interviews, and most importantly, the private moments between a father and his son.
If you are one of the many people who love The Four Agreements, this book offers in-depth teachings that are designed to bring more insight, inspiration, and joy into your daily life.
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About the Author
don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. is a Nagual, 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. By combining the wisdom of his family's tradition with the knowledge gained from his own personal journey, he now helps others realize their own path to personal freedom. Visit him at www.miguelruizjr.com.
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As I read this new book from don Miguel Ruiz Jr, I was inspired to question those agreements I unconsciously made and take back my power. He explains in The Mastery of Self, "Toltec means artist of life."
Ruiz weaves a fascinating tapestry from threads of his ancestral tradition and stories from his own journey of self discovery.
I love that he doesn't teach from an elevated position. Instead, he illustrates how it is possible to see my life as one of the many "dreams of the planet" that is creating the world at this very moment. He leads as a sort of fellow dreamer or fellow traveler with us all.
After I read the last few lines of this book, I walked outside my house and saw the world around me with new eyes. I saw the possibilities to paint on the canvas of my life and create from the deep river of my own passion.
As Ruiz teaches it, mastery is not some esoteric path reserved for mystics or renunciates in a monastery. Mastery is the practice of coming present every day, releasing outdated agreements about reality, and creating my own work-of-art life one creator's choice at a time.
I feel more powerful and committed to my "life as art" after reading this beautiful book.
“Domestication is the primary system of control in the Dream of the Planet. Starting when we are very young, we are presented with either a reward or a punishment for adopting the beliefs and behaviors that others in the Dream of the Planet find acceptable.”
Miguel uses many wonderful examples to explain how domestication occurs in our lives (both in good and bad ways), and explains how when we aren’t aware of our own domestication (all the little ways we have bought into the “system” without investigation) we end up making choices and decisions that really aren’t are own, but rather the ones we have been programmed to make. Or as Miguel writes, “without awareness of our domestications and attachments then any notion that we have a choice is an illusion.”
This is something I struggled with for years, pursuing things that really weren't me, all because I thought I was "supposed" to. While I had already dealt with many of these issues, I appreciated how Miguel explained them, it felt like a vindication, and I also found a few new areas I need to look at too.
Lastly I also really liked the variety of exercises that are included in this book, but especially the ones which are designed to help us spot our own domestication, because once we are aware of it we can decide if we want to keep it or not.