I recently had a conversation with Don Miguel Ruiz in New York.
He is a Mexican author, shaman, and teacher, who was a surgeon until a near-death experience impelled him to seek answers in ancestral traditions of the Toltec. Within the Toltec tribe, 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. It was featured on the Oprah television show, and advocates personal freedom from agreements and beliefs that we have made with ourselves and others that are creating limitation and unhappiness in our lives. Ultimately, it is about finding one’s own integrity, self-love, and peace within this reality.
Along with a companion workbook to the Four Agreements, Ruiz also wrote several other books, including The Voice of Knowledge, Prayers, and The Mastery of Love.
He often lectures and leads retreats in the United States, as many of his students are American.