Beyond Fear: A Toltec Guide to Freedom and Joy – The Teachings of Don Miguel Ruiz

Beyond Fear: A Toltec Guide to Freedom and Joy – The Teachings of don Miguel Ruiz is more expansive and in-depth than The Four Agreements.

Beyond Fear contains information on life after death, prophecies about the evolution of humanity, and exercises and ceremonies to walk readers through the process of shedding fear and becoming spiritually and emotionally alive.

Fear is the source of all of the negative agreements we’ve made with life. It can alienate us from the joy that is our birthright. When we are able to look at our lives without fear or judgments, we realize that reality can be whatever we want it to be. Beyond Fear leads seekers of the Toltec way of freedom and joy on their spiritual journey into a state of empowerment.

In order to practice the Four Agreements, before we can achieve the Mastery of Love, we must move Beyond Fear. Fear is the source of all the negative agreements we’ve made with life. It can alienate us from the joy that is our birthright. When we are able to look at our lives and our worlds without fear or judgments, we realize that this dream we are dreaming – reality – can be whatever we want it to be.

It has been my privilege to know don Miguel Angel Ruiz, and his lovely wife Gaya, for several years. Miguel and I have shared numerous conversations in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and in Teotihuacan, Mexico.

On each occasion, I became aware, for the duration of our talk, that we had been in another dimension where the possibilities for transformation are boundless. In this other place, where Gaya also dwells, affirmation, a positive viewpoint and a profoundly holistic sense of the sacred prevail. My task has been to collect, record and shape don Miguel’s wisdom.

Though I am neither an apprentice nor a shaman, through the years of writing this book my imagination has been penetrated by nagualism with its eternal promise of heaven on earth, and I am grateful.

Mary Carroll Nelson

Don Miguel Ruiz, trained as a medical doctor and surgeon, is also a nagual (one with the ability to guide others to spirit), initiated as a Master of Intent in the Toltec tradition. His wisdom derives from a vision of Teotihuacan, “the place where Men become Gods.” Seekers of the Toltec way to freedom and joy follow a ritual procession along the main passageway in Teotihuacan as they move beyond fear into a state of empowerment. Many students have made this journey with don Miguel. This comprehensive guide to the teachings of don Miguel Ruiz includes:

  • the basic elements of Toltec wisdom and the spiritual practice that is the basis of The Four Agreements
  • Tools for Transformation – exercises and ceremonies to walk readers through the process of shedding fear, judgment, and guilt
  • an imaginary journey to Teotihuacan, the sacred center of nagual teaching
  • information on life after death, and prophecies about the evolution of humanity
  • biographical information on don Miguel Ruiz and his training with his curandera mother, the famous healer, Mother Sarita

The knowledge contained in this life-changing volume has the power to replace fear with joy.

Beyond Fear: A Toltec Guide to Freedom and Joy is available for doownload from amazon.com.

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Prayer for Gratitude

This prayer, the Prayer for Gratitude is an excerpt from Prayers: A Communion with our Creator by don Miguel Ruiz.

“Today, Creator of the Universe, my heart is filled with gratitude for the gift of life you have given me. Thank you for the opportunity to experience this beautiful body and this wonderful mind. Today, Lord, I want to express my gratitude for everything I have received from you.

I know the way to say thank you for life is by fully enjoying every moment of my life. And the only way to enjoy every moment is to love. Today, I will express all the love and happiness that exist in my heart. I will love your creations, I will love myself, and I will love the people who live with me. I know that life is too short to waste in misery and drama with the people I love. I will enjoy the presence of the people I love, respecting their choices in life as I respect my own.

Today, I will graciously receive your gifts by enjoying your gifts, by enjoying the beauty of all your creation. Help me to be as generous as you are, to share what I have with generosity, just as you share your gifts so generously with me. Help me to become a master of gratitude, generosity, and love so that I can enjoy all of your creations.

Today, Lord, help me to manifest my creation as you manifest the universe, to express the beauty of my spirit in the supreme art of the human: the art of dreaming my life. Today, Lord, I give you all of my gratitude and love because you have given me life. Amen.”

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Prayer for Forgiveness

This prayer, the Prayer for Forgiveness is an excerpt from Prayers: A Communion with our Creator by don Miguel Ruiz.

“Today, Creator, grant me the courage and the will to forgive the people I love the most. Help me to forgive every injustice I feel in my mind, and to love other people unconditionally. I know the only way to heal all the pain in my heart is through forgiveness.

Today, Creator, strengthen my will to forgive anyone who has hurt me, even if I believe the offense is unforgivable. I know that forgiveness is an act of self-love. Help me to love myself so much that I forgive every offense. Let me choose forgiveness because I don’t want to suffer every time I remember the offense.

Today, Creator, help me to heal all the guilt in my heart by accepting the forgiveness of everyone I have hurt in my life. Help me to sincerely recognize the mistakes I have made out of ignorance, and give me the wisdom and determination to refrain from making the same mistakes. I know that love and forgiveness will transform every relationship in the most positive way.

Thank you, Creator, for giving me the capacity to love and forgive. Today I open my heart to love and forgiveness, so that I can share my love without fear. Today I will enjoy a reunion with the people I love most. Amen. “

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The Four Agreements Companion Book

The Four Agreements Companion Book: Using the Four Agreements to Master the Dream of Your Life by don Miguel Ruiz is a must-read, not only for those who enjoyed don Miguel’s first book – The Four Agreements – but for anyone who is ready to leave suffering behind, and to master the art of living in our natural state: happiness.

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The Four Agreements introduced a simple, but powerful code of conduct for attaining personal freedom and true happiness.

In The Four Agreements, Mexican shaman Miguel Ruiz built his teachings around four agreements:

  • be impeccable with your word;
  • don’t take anything personally;
  • don’t make assumptions;
  • always do your best.

Now The Four Agreements Companion Book takes you even further along the journey to recover the awareness and wisdom of your authentic self.

Now Ruiz offers readers a companion guide, making practical mysticism out of the ancient Toltec tradition.

On the one hand, this is an eloquent introduction to Toltec teachings, offering a fascinating discussion of how one’s life is a dream (and a dream that’s often dictated by others) and how “domestication” is the root of human suffering.

On the other hand don Miquel has also written a Toltec self-help book, offering specific tools, exercises, and suggestions to help readers live their own dreams, become more attentive and make conscious agreements with themselves. For readers who feel aligned with the Toltec tradition, this will certainly be a powerful ally as they begin the dream of transformation.

The Four Agreements Companion Book: Using the Four Agreements to Master the Dream of Your Life is available for download from amazon.com.

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Voice of Knowledge

In The Voice of Knowledge: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace, don Miguel Ruiz explores the concept of impeccability of the word as a simple, yet potent prescription for countering the judgmental inner voice of knowledge.

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The Voice of Knowledge is the fourth book in the Toltec Wisdom series.

With The Voice of Knowledge, don Miguel Ruiz continues to lead us more deeply into the depths of our inner universe, allowing us to see more clearly if we but look. don Miguel Ruiz reminds us of a profound yet simple truth: The only way to end emotional suffering and restore joy in living is to stop believing in lies – mainly about ourselves.

He refers to the forbidden tree of knowledge, likening the abandonment of the true self to the fall from heaven. This fall, he says, occurred because of the loss of “the impeccability of the word,” that simple yet potent prescription for countering the judgmental inner “Voice of Knowledge.”

Adhering to “the word” – saying only what one means, refusing to speak against one’s self – allows anyone to quiet those inner tyrannical thoughts so that we can become aware of our Voice of Integrity. Knowledge then becomes an ally, and life becomes an expression of the authentic self.

The Four Agreements is written in such a way that we seem, almost instantly, to remember what we are being told; to immediately understand.

The Voice of Knowledge is a bit trickier than that but also, I think better for that. It too is a revelation. This is a book that one picks up and immediately feels the clicking of light-bulbs over the head….but they are not necessarily shades of light we are comfortable sitting in. This is a book of questions and some people are not comfortable with questions, particularly when they are questions they seem to somehow remember, just as the Agreements are answers we somehow remember.

Within this book, you will find great wisdom. And by applying this wisdom, which is very simple actually, you can stop sabotaging yourself, stop beating yourself up, dispel whatever negativity you have accumulated. It’s true. And, as he says,

We are born in truth, but we grow up believing in lies…one of the biggest lies in the story of humanity is the lie of our imperfection.

The Four Agreements opens a door for us.

The Voice of Knowledge opens our ears and our eyes and is available for download from amazon.

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The Mastery of Love

In The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship,
don Miguel Ruiz, illuminates the fear-based beliefs and assumptions that undermine love and lead to suffering and drama in our relationships.

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Using insightful stories to bring his message to life, Ruiz shows us how to heal our emotional wounds, recover the freedom and joy that are our birthright, and restore the spirit of playfulness that is vital to loving relationships.

In the Toltec tradition, three fundamental masteries guide us to our true nature, which is happiness, freedom, and love.

Mastery of Awareness

The first is the Mastery of Awareness. This mastery teaches us to be aware of what we really are. It is the first step toward freedom because we cannot be free if we don’t know what we are, or what kind of freedom we are looking for. The Toltecs said, “Let us see ourselves with truth”, and they created a mastery just for awareness.

Mastery of Transformation

The second is the Mastery of Transformation, which teaches us how to become spiritual warriors and stalk our actions and reactions so we can break free of the knowledge that enslaves us. This mastery shows us how to change the dream of our life by changing our agreements and beliefs.

The Mastery of Love is the result of the first two masteries.

From the Toltec perspective, everything is made of Love. Love is Life itself.

When we master Love, we align with the Spirit of Life passing through us. We are no longer the body, or the mind, or the soul; we are Love. Then every action we take is an expression of Love, and Love in action can only produce happiness.

When we master Awareness, Transformation, and Love, we reclaim our divinity and become one with God. This is the goal of the Toltec.

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Prayers: A Communion with Our Creator

In Prayers: A Communion with Our Creator, don Miguel Ruiz introduces his favorite prayers and meditations.

Don Miguel begins each of his lectures and classes with a prayer or guided meditation to inspire and invoke a receptive frame of mind and to reinforce the concepts being introduced.

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Readers can use this book as a source of inspiration in times of need or as daily encouragement.

Prayer fulfills the need humans have for God, for inspiration, for affirmation of our own spirits. In prayer, we communicate with the essence of everything that exists, including our own essence.

To pray is an act of power because it is an agreement between the human and the divine, and we invest our faith in that agreement. Through our faith, we gain we gain the courage to take action, and thrugh action, we move one step closer toward the manifestation of our desires.

The Prayers in Prayers: A Communion with Our Creator

Prayers has chapters for the following prayers:

  • Prayer for Truth
  • Prayer for Forgiveness
  • Prayer for Love
  • Prayer for the Physical Body
  • Prayer for Gratitude
  • Prayer for Humanity
  • Prayer for Divinity
  • The Circle of Fire – written for a group
  • El Circulo de Fuego

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