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What can an ancient tradition teach me about life?
Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2016
It is so easy to feel powerless in this world. It's easy to feel like a victim of the pressures that scream for my attention. The voices are many, loud, and urgent. Sometimes I wonder how to keep my sanity and create a life worth living when the demands of the world seem to drain my vital energy every day.
As I read this new book from don Miguel Ruiz Jr, I was inspired to question those agreements I unconsciously made and take back my power. He explains in The Mastery of Self, "Toltec means artist of life."
Ruiz weaves a fascinating tapestry from threads of his ancestral tradition and stories from his own journey of self discovery.
I love that he doesn't teach from an elevated position. Instead, he illustrates how it is possible to see my life as one of the many "dreams of the planet" that is creating the world at this very moment. He leads as a sort of fellow dreamer or fellow traveler with us all.
After I read the last few lines of this book, I walked outside my house and saw the world around me with new eyes. I saw the possibilities to paint on the canvas of my life and create from the deep river of my own passion.
As Ruiz teaches it, mastery is not some esoteric path reserved for mystics or renunciates in a monastery. Mastery is the practice of coming present every day, releasing outdated agreements about reality, and creating my own work-of-art life one creator's choice at a time.
I feel more powerful and committed to my "life as art" after reading this beautiful book.