- October 28, 2015
- 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister Street)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Don Miguel Ruiz first introduced us to Toltec wisdom in The Four Agreements which has sold over 5.2 million copies, spent 7 years on The New York Times bestseller list as well three other books, which combined have sold 7 million copies.
In his previous books don Miguel distilled ancient Toltec wisdom to simple practices and principles. Now, in The Toltec Art of Life and Death, he offers the master class. In it he reveals the deeper teachings he has only shared with his personal students in courses and lectures and at sacred sites in Mexico and South America.
In 2002, don Miguel suffered a near-fatal heart attack that left him in a coma. During the nine weeks as he was suspended in this dream state between life and death, he went on a mystical journey of self-discovery as his spirit encountered the people, events and ideas that shaped him and his life's work. Now for the first time, Ruiz is sharing the story of that journey and the lessons he learned in The Toltec Art of Life and Death. Through his journey, we also learn about the nature of our own life's calling, that we are often seduced by knowledge that blocks us from truth, but that ultimately we are all filled with endless potential to change, grow, and love and to take control and to shape our own destiny.
Over ten years in the making, it is the culmination of a lifetime's learning. Written with the help of his long-time student, Barbara Emrys, the book is mystical, compelling, and profound and offers a rare look into the spiritual formation of this master.
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.
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.
All of his books are international bestsellers.
Co-author Barbara Emrys 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.
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).
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