Don Miguel Ruiz is the international bestselling author of a powerful series of books including The Four Agreements, which stayed on The New York Times bestseller list for seven years and became the 36th bestselling book of the first decade of the 21st century.
He has dedicated his life to sharing the wisdom of the ancient Toltec through his books, lectures, and journeys to sacred sites around the world. His other bestselling books include: The Mastery of Love, The Voice of Knowledge, Prayers, and The Fifth Agreement, a collaboration with his son don Jose Ruiz.
Don Miguel Ruiz was born into a humble family with ancient traditions in rural Mexico, the youngest of 13 children. His parents, don Jose and doña Sarita, as well as his grandfather, don Leonardo, all believed that Miguel would continue their legacy in the centuries old Toltec tradition. Instead, don Miguel attended medical school, and became a surgeon.
For several years he practiced neurosurgery with his brothers, and ultimately he realized that what needed to be healed was not only the physical brain, but the human mind, as well.
A near-fatal car accident changed the direction of don Miguel’s life. He experienced himself as pure awareness outside of the constraints of his physical body. He realized that the Toltec wisdom of his family contained all of the tools needed for transforming the human mind. As a result, don Miguel promptly returned to his mother to finish his training and he became a shaman.
Don Miguel moved to the United States to share his wisdom, and spent the next 15 years exploring ways to heal and inspire transformation. He witnessed his students struggling to quiet their minds and sought to create tools to assist them. The result of this quest was The Four Agreements®. The book contains a specific series of practical steps which can result in consistent and long-term personal transformation.
In February of 2002, don Miguel suffered a near-fatal heart attack. The damage from the heart attack and subsequent coma left him with a heart functioning at only 16% of capacity and in constant pain. Don Miguel would not accept his doctor’s prognosis that he would be restricted to an inactive life of resting at home. He personally embodied the message he shares—that all things are possible--by continuing to joyfully live his life, sharing his message through books, lectures and journeys. Though he was enjoying life, he also knew that he was slowly dying and focused on preparing his sons to carry on his legacy.
In 2009, don Miguel’s body began to rapidly deteriorate and he applied for a heart transplant. In August 2010, he was put on the transplant waiting list, and on October 9, don Miguel successfully received his new heart. For don Miguel, this was a new beginning, and with deep gratitude and generosity, he continues to eagerly share his message with all of humanity.
In the tradition of the Toltec, a Nagual (shaman) guides an individual to personal freedom. After exploring the human mind from a Toltec, as well as scientific perspective, don Miguel has combined old wisdom with modern insights and created a new message for all mankind, based in truth and common sense. He has dedicated his life to sharing this new message through practical concepts that promote transformation. His message is simple, and when implemented, changes lives.
Don Miguel is highly respected throughout the world. He has received numerous recognitions for his books and his teachings, including a U.S. Air Force challenge coin engraved with The Four Agreements. He is considered a National Treasure of Mexico.
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