Don Miguel Ruiz is a Mexican Toltec shaman and teacher. Writings about Toltec shamanism came into popularity decades ago with the writings of Carlos Castaneda. But Ruiz makes his teachings relevant to everyone, not simply to students of the esoteric. Like Eckhart Tolle, he gained significant exposure for his work from Oprah Winfrey. While his credentials may be as a shaman, his popular books and teachings are quite practical and down-to-earth.
His first book was The Four Agreements, which focuses on four key principles to recover spiritual power in our life. These are not strange esoteric principles, although Ruiz invests them with spiritual power. They are, in fact, things your mother might have told you. I won’t be giving anything away if I tell you what they are.
1. Be Impeccable With Your Word.
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally.
3. Don’t Make Assumptions.
4. Always Do Your Best.
If those sound a bit simplistic, you need to read his books. His explanations of these simple principles are actually quite spiritually sophisticated. They are not all what you might think. In the section on being impeccable with your word, for example, he discusses the magical power that words have over the human consciousness. Cruel or overly critical talk, for Ruiz, is basically a case of black magic, and many of us are black magicians without realizing it. We use the power of our words to destroy rather than to help.
Ruiz is an excellent author for someone of shamanistic inclination, or simply someone who wants good practical advice and techniques for improving life and gaining happiness, freedom and spiritual power.
Here’s a brief video of Don Miguel Ruiz: