Don Miguel Ruiz

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Fast Facts
Other Names and Nicknames: 
Don Miguel Ángel Ruiz
Shamanism, Toltec, Eagle-Knight lineage
Main Countries of Activity: 
Mexico, USA
Date of Birth: 
Place of Birth: 
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Other Related Gurus: 
Don Jose Ruiz - his sun and successor in the lineage


Don Miguel Ángel Ruiz is a Mexican author, shaman, and spiritual teacher.

He went to medical school and was a surgeon until a near-death experience impelled him to seek answers in ancestral traditions of the Toltec in which his mother was a curandera (healer), and his grandfather a nagual (shaman) who, after death, continued to teach Ruiz in his dreams.

His most famous and influential work, The Four Agreements, was published in 1997 and has sold around 4 million copies.

In 2002 he suffered a massive heart attack, but has since recovered.

He has handed the Eagle-Knight lineage over to his son Don José Luis.


The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements book which is Ruiz's main work advocates personal freedom from beliefs we have created within ourselves that are causing limitation and unhappiness in our lives. Ultimately, it is about finding one's own integrity, self-love, and peace within this reality through following 4 agreements.

The Four Agreements are (quote from the book):

  • Be Impeccable With Your Word.
    Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love
  • Don't Take Anything Personally.
    Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
  • Don't Make Assumptions.
    Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
  • Always Do Your Best.
    Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

Atlantis, New Age, Pyramids

Ruiz expresses his belief in the legend of Atlantis; his belief that the sun entered its sixth age on January 11, 1992, which should lead to a new age for humanity; and his belief in the spiritual power of the pyramid of the sun at Teotihuacan.


Don Miguel Ruiz often lectures and leads retreats in Mexico and the United States.

Currently, all events and retreats are conducted only by his son, Don Jose Ruis and his wife Dona Judy without the participation of Don Miguel.

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Books & Media

Recommended Books: 
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The Voice of Knowledge: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace

by Don Miguel Ruiz, Janet Mills


In The Voice of Knowledge, Miguel Ruiz reminds us of a profound and simple truth: The only way to end our emotional suffering and restore our joy in living is to stop believing in lies — mainly about ourselves. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, this breakthrough book shows us how to recover our faith in the truth and return to our own common sense.

Ruiz changes the way we perceive ourselves, and the way we perceive other people. Then he opens the door to a reality that we once perceived when we were one and two years old — a reality of truth, love, and joy.

“We are born in truth, but we grow up believing in lies. . . . One of the biggest lies in the story of humanity is the lie of our imperfection.”  —  don Miguel Ruiz


Recommended DVD & Video: 
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"En Mi Tierra"/"In My Homeland"


Don Miguel Ruiz gives a live teaching lecture in Baja California, the land where he grew up. He is the international bestselling author of: The Four Agreements, The Mastery of Love, and The Voice of Knowledge.

Recommended Audio: 
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Whispers of Happiness

(Audio CD)

Whispers of Happiness

Pro Opinions

The four agreements...

MAI's picture

Have very recently come across The Four Agreements,by accident,but then there are no accidents..!!


justopinions's picture

Don Miguel Ruiz is an interesting author. His four agreements remain a classic to be read.