THE TOLTEC ART OF LIFE AND DEATH
BY DON MIGUEL RUIZ AND BARBARA EMRYS
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ABOUT THE BOOK
In 2002, don Miguel Ruiz suffered a near-fatal heart attack that left him in a nine-week-long coma. The inward journey he experienced while suspended between this world and the next forms the heart of The Toltec Art of Life and Death, a profound and mystical tale of spiritual discovery. As his body lies unconscious, Ruiz dreams about the people, ideas, and events that shaped him, and shares his remarkable insights into the nature of life and death – or energy and matter.
The Toltec Art of Life and Death invites readers into the mind of a spiritual master, offering an unparalleled and intimate glimpse into his own evolution. In this culmination of a lifetime’s learning, don Miguel Ruiz shares with us the innermost workings of his heart and mind, and allows us a deeper understanding of the ancient Toltec masteries of Awareness and Transformation.
“Another classic that will bring joy and enlightenment to the world.” – Deepak Chopra, author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
“Once again, Miguel Ruiz delivers the deepest truths in the most relevant ways. In The Toltec Art of Life and Death, his poetry, his wisdom, and his depth are as profound as ever.” – Marianne Williamson, author of Return to Love and A Year of Miracles
“An inspiring book with many great lessons.”— Wayne Dyer
“Love, death, tragedy, pyramids, shamans, and an unforgettable spiritual journey-it is all here but mostly you will remember the new lens by which you see your own world after reading this amazing story.” — Dr. Joe Dispenza,New York Times bestselling author of You Are the Placebo
“Don Miguel Ruiz is simply one of the greatest distillers of truth alive today.” — Mike Dooley, New York Times bestselling author of Infinite Possibilities
“The ultimate vision quest . . . . A powerful look into the metaphysical life of a spiritual teacher. It provides insight into ancient Toltec wisdom that is seldom available in written form, or to the uninitiated.”— Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight
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DON MIGUEL RUIZ/LONG BIO
Don Miguel Ruiz is a renowned spiritual teacher and internationally bestselling author. He has spent the past three decades guiding students to personal freedom through his profound insights regarding the nature of human reality. His forthcoming book, THE TOLTEC ART OF LIFE AND DEATH: A Story of Self Discovery (HarperElixir/HarperCollins) written with Barbara Emrys will be published October 27, 2015.
The youngest of thirteen children, don Miguel Ruiz was born in rural Mexico to parents who were healers and practitioners of ancient Toltec traditions. As a young adult, he graduated from medical school in Mexico City and practiced neurosurgery with his older brother in Tijuana. A near-fatal car crash forever changed the direction of his life, however, causing him to leave medicine and to examine the essential truth about life and humanity. With his mother’s help, and through her ancestral teachings, he discovered his own path to awareness, which evolved into a deep understanding of the physical universe and the virtual world of the mind.
Combining Toltec mythology and scientific perspectives, don Miguel has been able to merge ancient wisdom with modern physics and practical common-sense, forging a new philosophy for seekers of truth and personal authenticity. His landmark bestselling book, The Four Agreements, contains practical steps for long-term, personal transformation and has been read by millions around the world.
First published in 1997, The Four Agreements has since sold over five million copies in the United States and seven million worldwide. It has been translated into 38 languages, appeared on the New York Times bestseller for over seven years, and was the 36th bestselling book of the decade. Don Miguel is also the author of The Mastery of Love, The Voice of Knowledge, Prayers, and the New York Times bestseller, The Fifth Agreement, a collaboration with his son, don José Ruiz. Each of his books are international bestsellers.
The wisdom don Miguel has brought to the world has earned him respect around the globe. He has dedicated his life to sharing his message through practical concepts in order to promote transformation and ultimately change lives for the better. Don Miguel is the recipient of numerous recognitions, including a U.S. Air Force ‘challenge coin’ engraved with “The Four Agreements.” He is the recipient of an Honorary Degree in Cultural and Social Education from the American Cultural Institute of Mexico, and referenced as a “national treasure” in his native country.
For more information visit: www.miguelruiz.com
DON MIGUEL RUIZ/SHORT BIO
don Miguel Ruiz is the international bestselling author of a series of books including The Four Agreements -over 7 years on The New York Times bestseller list- and the 36th bestselling book of the decade.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. Other books include: The Mastery of Love, The Voice of Knowledge, Prayers, Beyond Fear and The Fifth Agreement, a collaboration with his son don Jose Ruiz.
For more information visit: www.miguelruiz.com
Born in France as the child of an American diplomat, Barbara grew up in Europe, Africa and the West Indies. Her writings reflect this diverse cultural upbringing and a personal sense of the universality of human behavior and feeling. Her love and appreciation for language has given her works a clear yet poetic style. As young adult, Barbara had an extensive career as an actress, starring in daytime dramas as well as on stage and in film. She has worked both in front of the camera and as a writer and co-producer of independent movies.
Twenty years ago, she suspended her acting career to raise her son in New Mexico. There, she met don Miguel Ruiz and began an intense apprenticeship with him. Her shamanic training, as well as her subsequent work as a teacher of transformation and awareness, have provided her with unique perspectives on the mind and on human relationships. She describes her teaching as “using knowledge to transcend knowledge” in the process of detaching from one’s personal and collective stories. Her own studies and collaborations with don Miguel have led to heightened creativity and inspiration in all aspects of her life.
Barbara has written several nonfiction books and illuminating novels, including one based on her own experiences as a teenager living in Africa, titled The Red Clay of Burundi. A second book, Dreams of Mirabal, tells of a young woman’s shamanic journey and the guidance she receives from a mysterious and charismatic teacher. Barbara has many literary projects in development and looks forward to finding more ways to share an inspired wisdom.
Aside from writing books that encourage higher awareness, Barbara offers classes to students who are eager reclaim their authenticity. It has been her privilege to teach for so many years, beginning with the simplest lessons from ancient Toltec tradition and culminating in the mastery of awareness and a loving relationship with all of life.
Barbara Emrys and don Miguel Ruiz are co-authors of The Toltec Art of Life and Death, which will be published in October 2015 (HarperElixir/HarperCollins). More at www.barbaraemrys.com.
DON MIGUEL RUIZ AUTHOR Q&A
The dream landscape of your coma was fertile ground for discovering deeper meaning in your life beyond limited knowledge in a universal truth. Where can readers look to find examples of truth in their own lives?
The story of my life is a reflection, allowing everyone else to see that their life is also just a story.
In this version of the story I am the hero and the villain, just like they are in theirs. In my life, I created the main character of Miguel. This character represents everything I know, so you can also call him Knowledge. Every reader creates the main character of his or her story; every reader has to face his or her own lies and redeem himself.
The reader is taken on a magical journey—both in the narrative of your story and in the opportunity to relate your revelations to their own lives. There are moments of new discovery juxtaposed with moments of deep remembering. Now years after the experience, which feelings still resonate the strongest for you, adventure or remembering?
Both memories and adventures are important to me; I see them as tools for sharing my message. I love to use human imagination to create beautiful stories. If we don’t invest all our emotional energy in the stories, we can see clearly what they are trying to tell us. The message of life is one of love, truth, and unity. There is only one being; nothing else is real. This one being is alive, and everything, including each of us, is a part of it.
One of the lessons of the story is that “the privilege of knowledge is to serve the message of life.” How do you practice this? How can readers better serve and cultivate their own expressions of this universal message?
You can tame your knowledge. Words can obey life. You are life. The challenge is to transform “Me,” the main character, and make him or her our ally—life’s ally. He or she can now serve the human being, instead of being the tyrant. I tell all of my readers, "You don't have to be you! The character you imagine yourself to be is not real. You are life."
Legacy and lineage are critical to understanding your experience of your coma. We meet generations past and glimpse future generations. What is your hope for the future of your lineage and teaching?
Hope is the last demon that escaped from Pandora’s box. Hope is wishing for something to happen in the future, and there is no future. There is only now. But we can imagine the future; so we take action today and whatever happens is fine. My legacy is my teaching and my love. Humans learn to love with conditions. That’s how they love themselves and everybody else. That’s also the reason behind the need for control, and for all the violence, injustice, abuse, and war. I can say, without a doubt, that God is “hopeless”… and resides in unconditional love.
My dear friend and colleague, @don Miguel Ruiz, has written a beautiful and compelling new book that takes us to the heart of his personal shamanic teachings, his family’s traditions and the ancient Toltec wisdom at the core of his international best-selling work, The Four Agreements. I was fortunate to be able to read an early copy, and I highly recommend this master work: http://www.miguelruiz.com/the-toltec-art-of-life-and-death/ [attached book cover image should be uploaded as the accompanying image for this post]
Beloved, compassionate, and powerful spiritual teacher @Don Miguel Ruiz has written a new narrative book filled with a cast of characters to illustrate and support his spiritual struggle with the forces of truth and knowledge. This interplay invites us all to examine our own process of personal transformation, and I hope you'll consider buying a copy and sharing your thoughts: http://www.miguelruiz.com/the-toltec-art-of-life-and-death/ [attached book cover image should be uploaded as the accompanying image for this post]
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I’m writing to you today after having just finished an advanced reading copy of The Toltec Art of Life and Death. It is a story of wisdom, mysticism, and personal transformation that will be released this October.
My dear friend and colleague, don Miguel Ruiz, has written a rich and compelling narrative offering an intimate tale that takes us to the heart of his personal shamanic teachings, his family’s traditions and the ancient Toltec wisdom at the core of his international best-selling work, The Four Agreements.
Just over a decade ago, don Miguel survived a near fatal heart attack, leaving him in a coma for nine weeks. The Toltec Art of Life and Death is the story of his spirit’s journey through the liminal state between life and death. It is a story that illuminates the tension created by our attachment to knowledge in conflict with the universal truth of the energy that drives all of creation.
The book weaves a beautiful dream landscape filled with a cast of characters to illustrate and support don Miguel’s spiritual struggle with the forces of truth and knowledge. This interplay invites us all to examine our own process of personal transformation. Woven through this biographical and philosophical exploration of his life, his loves, and his family, are messages of inspiration and hope.
I highly recommend this master work from a most beloved, compassionate, and powerful spiritual teacher. I hope you'll buy the book (available October 27th, but you can pre-order it here ( http://www.miguelruiz.com/the-toltec-art-of-life-and-death/ ), and join don Miguel's legions of fans sharing their thoughts and questions on his Facebook page.