Don Miguel Ruiz
In eager anticipation of seeing don Miguel Ruiz speak this weekend in Austin, TX I have dedicated the last two TLT posts to his teachings, and today, to him.
I was first introduced to the teachings of don Miguel Ruiz around 1999. It only took one fact to catch my attention: Surgeon turned Shaman. Okay. I’m listening…. Tell me more.
The more I read, the more fascinating this man appeared to me. After suffering a massive heart attack, he remained in a coma for nine weeks. Years later, after his body began to deteriorate more rapidly, he applied to be placed on a transplant list and finally received a heart transplant.
One might assume, after reading more about his physical struggles, that he’s a real fighter — he must be to have such a will to live. To be in a coma for that amount of time, to endure the physical pain he did for so many years, and eventually survive a heart transplant. Yet, when I hear his voice and look into his eyes I sense pure love, not a fighter.
All of my encounters thus far with don Miguel Ruiz, the spiritual teacher, have been in books, on TV, or over the internet, so perhaps I’m wrong about what I sense in his voice and in his eyes. I hope to get close enough to him this weekend to feel what I’ve sensed. I believe to feel his energy, would be… magical. (And there are not many people I can say that about — the ‘magical’ part. Can you tell I’m looking forward to hearing him speak??)
On that note, I’ll leave you with some of my favorite don Miguel Ruiz quotes:
“Forgive others. When you can touch a wound and it doesn’t hurt, then you know you have truly forgiven.”
On the Fourth Agreement:
“Doing your best is taking the action because you love it, not because you’re expecting a reward. Most people do exactly the opposite: They only take action when they expect a reward, and they don’t enjoy the action.”
“The truth is silent. The truth doesn’t come with words. It’s something that I just know; it’s something that I can feel without words, and it’s called silent knowledge.”
On Why We Make Assumptions:
“We have millions of questions that need answers because there are so many things that the reasoning mind cannot explain. It is not important if the answer is correct; just the answer itself makes us feel safe. This is why we make assumptions.”