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An opportunity to know don Miguel Ruiz more intimately
Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2016
I have been a fan of Ruiz's writings ever since I read The Four Agreements. What I like about his work is that it has both a practical, down-to-earth component that can be immediately tested in real life, and also a more metaphysical component that reflects a Mesoamerican worldview. The practical component has always resonated with me because his psychology of of self-understanding and self-improvement aligns nicely with established ideas in modern psychology. As for the metaphysical part, most days the best I can say about it is, "Wouldn't that be interesting if that were true?"
The Toltec Art of Life and Death departs somewhat from Ruiz's earlier books in that he emphasizes the metaphysical aspects of his worldview. Furthermore, he shares how he came to see the world the way he does by revisiting various turning points in his life. At the same time, he clearly states that what he is presenting is a *story*, which means that not everything needs to be taken literally. So it is up to the reader to decide whether some aspect of Miguel Ruiz really left his body during the weeks he spent in a coma, interacting in a sort of spirit-world with his mother (who entered that world through a trance) and with other beings who are not part of our physical world. I found his story absolutely, fully engaging, and I feel like I know Miguel Ruiz much better now after reading this book. He is even more human and more nagual to me now than he has ever been.