Don Miguel Ruiz Toltec Master
About don Miguel Ruiz
(excerpted directly from his website and unaltered here)
don Miguel Ruiz was born into a family of healers and raised in rural Mexico by a curandera (healer) mother and nagual (shaman) grandfather. The family anticipated don Miguel would embrace their centuries old legacy of healing and teaching and as a nagual, carry forward the esoteric Toltec knowledge. Instead, distracted by modern life, don Miguel chose to attend medical school and later teach and practice as a surgeon.
don Miguel began teaching in the United States, with his mother, the Curandera, Sarita in 1987. He taught small groups of people in a small room in Logan Heights, CA. Working with Sarita, he first began with healing practices. As his knowledge of English grew, he realized that he preferred to share his lineage through oral tradition, rather than a healing tradition.
don Miguel's students grew in numbers and his mythologies and guidance grew with them. He appeared in lectures in Santa Fe, NM, Los Angeles, CA, Sacramento, CA, Santa Rosa, CA and in many other locales. He began to share the wisdom that resulted in the creation of The Four Agreements®, when he witnessed his various students struggling to quiet their minds. don Miguel created a specific series of practical tools, that when used by anyone, can result in consistent and long-term personal transformation.
The tools shared by don Miguel are based on common sense and shared with such simplicity, that the universal message underlying his teaching is recognized by many. don Miguel's message is simple, practical and when implemented, even incrementally, changes lives.
In the tradition of the Toltec, a Nagual guides an individual to personal freedom. Combining new insights with old wisdom, don Miguel has dedicated his life to sharing the ancient Toltec wisdom by translating it into practical concepts that promote transformation through truth and common sense.
In February of 2002, don Miguel survived a near-fatal heart attack. The impact of the heart attack on his physical body prevents him from returning to wide-spread public speaking and lecturing. He intends to complete several, limited appearances, each year.
When he knew that he could not return to public touring, don Miguel turned to his son, don Jose Luis, and witnessed the passage of a young man into the new Nagual in the Eagle-Knight lineage; don Jose.
By way of recommendation, I would support anyone in reading The Mastery Of Love, and of course don Miguel's other books. I mention The Mastery Of Love, because I believe that everyone should study it at least one time in their lifetimes, especially before entering into a relationship!
Don Miguel Ruiz's Homepage
I have included one of don Miguel's students below by way of example of Toltec possibilities for both learning, and healing:
"As a personal note, I have worked directly with Sheri at a time when I most needed guidance, and she was the friendly voice at the other end of the line, easing me out of a most difficult period of being stuck. Her grace and abilities as a true master go unquestioned through my direct experience of who she is. Thank you Sheri!" Tom Wright
About Dr. Sheri Rosenthal
Sheri Rosenthal DPM is devoted to sharing in a practical way, the wonderful esoteric teachings from the Toltec tradition. Using her unique background she transforms these teachings into clear concepts peppered with wry humor and lots of love! She delights in bringing forth these teachings and watching people transform before her eyes.
It is her pleasure to bring you the Toltec teachings in a most up to date, clear and pragmatic fashion. Bringing these esoteric teachings forth in a way that we can incorporate them into our busy lives is the key to this process - especially since very few of us are likely to live in a monastery.
Sheri's personal adventure began some nine years ago when she was going through a challenging time in her life. She realized on some level that she had never been truly happy in her life. After changing husbands, cities, podiatric practices and friends, she still had no real joy in her life. A leap of faith was the last resort. The practice and home were sold and the residency program she was director of was closed. Everything she owned went into storage or was sold.
During this time she received a copy of don Miguel's book The Four Agreements® in her soft covered book club. She saw there was a spiritual journey to the sacred site of Teotihuacán coming up and she figured traveling there would solve her problems - so to speak! The journey was profound and she discovered there wasn't anything outside of herself that needed changing at all - instead it was what she believed about herself and her world that needed changing! It was the first time she saw herself as a reflection of the divine and she realized her pain stemmed from her basic lack of self love and a whole lot of limiting beliefs.
The most important thing that Sheri has learned on her journey is that everyone has the same opportunity for transformation; it just takes discipline, will, courage, persistence and a whole lot of self love!
Sheri is now a Master Toltec Teacher trained by don Miguel Ruiz, the author of "The Four Agreements®" and has apprenticed with him for the past 9 years. She was a Podiatrist for 16 years in her pre-Toltec days and the director of a surgical residency program. From 2000 to 2002 she acted as Executive Director of Sixth Sun Foundation, a Toltec non-profit corporation. There Sheri had the opportunity and privilege to design and run don Miguel Ruiz's power journeys, and co-teach with him at his workshops. Sheri is passionate about spiritual journeys and is owner of Journeys of the Spirit® (www.journeysofthespirit.com) a tour company that specializes in adventures that open the heart and heal the mind.
Sheri is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Toltec Wisdom, a wonderful book which includes everything you could possibly want to know about everything Toltec! and Banish Mind Spam: Four Steps for Deprogramming Self-Limiting and Self-Sabotaging Beliefs. In addition, Sheri is the co-author of the e-book WITH Forgiveness - Are You Ready?
Over the past years Sheri has had profound experiences that have ripped the structure of her life apart and changed the way she sees this reality. It is her goal to share the possibilities of that reality and the light of the divine to all those she meets. Participating in the active creation of the dream of heaven on earth is her idea of personal freedom.