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The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship

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In The Mastery of Love, don Miguel Ruiz illuminates the fear-based beliefs and assumptions that undermine love and lead to suffering and drama in our relationships. Using insightful stories to bring his message to life, Ruiz shows us how to heal our emotional wounds, recover the freedom and joy that are our birthright, and restore the spirit of playfulness that is vital to loving relationships.

In the Toltec tradition, three fundamental masteries guide us to our true nature, which is happiness, freedom, and love.

The first is the Mastery of Awareness. This mastery teaches us to be aware of what we really are. It is the first step toward freedom because we cannot be free if we don't know what we are, or what kind of freedom we are looking for. The Toltecs said, "Let us see ourselves with truth", and they created a mastery just for awareness.

The second is the Mastery of Transformation, which teaches us how to become spiritual warriors and stalk our actions and reactions so we can break free of the knowledge that enslaves us. This mastery shows us how to change the dream of our life by changing our agreements and beliefs.

The Mastery of Love is the result of the first two masteries. From the Toltec perspective, everything is made of Love. Love is Life itself. When we master Love, we align with the Spirit of Life passing through us. We are no longer the body, or the mind, or the soul; we are Love. Then every action we take is an expression of Love, and Love in action can only produce happiness.

When we master Awareness, Transformation, and Love, we reclaim our divinity and become one with God. This is the goal of the Toltec.

©1999 Migeul Angel Ruiz; (P)2002 Amber-Allen Publishing

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    Helen Olmsted San Diego, CA, US 05-15-06
    Helen Olmsted San Diego, CA, US 05-15-06 Member Since 2010
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    "Didn't Master It"

    I've read very few "philosophy of relationships" books, but I can say that this one is interesting. It was a little too new age/free-to-be-you-and-me/I-am the-center-of-the-universe/all-I-can-do-is-accept-you-for-who-you-are for my own tastes. I can't claim that the book changed my life like some other reviewers claim, but it did get me thinking about relationships in a new way. To me that made it worth while.

    The reading style is ok. The male and female reader read alternate chapters, which I found a little distracting.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Libros Libros y mas Libros 10-12-15

    Conquistame

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    "4 star Narration 2 star Material."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    My reaction after I completed the book: Well, that was .....{o_0}..... I think ..... I need a moment to compose my thoughts....This is not my usual choice of reading material. However, I stumbled upon a discussion about this book & its merits & became intrigued with the concepts being discussed. So much so as I walked out of the room I immediately purchased the audible version of the book. The narrators Jill Eikenberry & Michael Tucker did a decent job reading the material. They had soothing voices throughout & had steady pacing. The listening length was 2 hours & 33 minutes. I rate the narration 4 stars. That done on to the review on the actual material/lessons. (As of 10/2015) This book has 600+ reviews on Amazon with a nearly perfect 5 star average. I hate to admit the discussion I previously mentioned was more lively & enlightening then the material itself truly deserved. Let's start with the fundamental concept this book revolves around: Your life is a dream."Your whole life is nothing but a dream. You live in a fantasy where everything you know about yourself is only true for you. Your truth is not the truth for anyone else, and that includes your own children or your own parents".-OK.- So my first thought was "What like the 1999 movie The Matrix The Matrix Reloaded: Screenplay or like the Revler series Darkness Falls?" I immediately think I need to call on my suspense of disbelief. Which I find extremely odd being I started this book with the preconception it is what amounts to a self help book.Whatever. As Oat Willie used to say, “Onward! Through the fog!”I'm going to throw in a few additional quotes just reiterate the fact your world is a fantasy of your own creation. "Your life is the manifestation of your personal dream. If you can transform the program of your personal dream, you can become a dream master. A dream master creates a masterpiece of life. But to master the dream is a big challenge because humans become slaves of their own dreams. The way we learn to dream is a setup. With all the beliefs we have that nothing is possible, it's hard to escape the Dream of Fear. In order to awake from the Dream, you need to master the Dream"."When you are aware that everyone around you has emotional wounds with emotional poison, you can easily understand the relationship of humans in what the Toltecs call the dream of hell. From the Toltec perspective, everything we believe about ourselves, and everything we know about our world, is a dream".OK now that we've established our reality amounts to one big fantasy of our own creation let's move on to the 2nd concept. Welcome to HELL. *evil laughs “If you look at any religious description of hell, it is the same as human society, the way we dream. Hell is a place of suffering, a place of fear, a place of war and violence, a place of judgment and no justice, a place of punishment that never ends.” -OK-Well, I suppose like religion & its many holy books all things are open to interpretation. Many people use some variation of the phrase living in hell/this is hell. Whatever. (Notice I continuously revert to the ever popular HS gibberish "Whatever" throughout this review.)I'm going to throw in a few additional quotes just to reiterate the fact your life is a dream/fantasy of your own creation known as H-E-L-L-.*more evil laughs“There are humans versus humans in a jungle of predators; humans full of judgment, full of blame, full of guilt, full of emotional poison — envy, anger, hate, sadness, suffering. We create all these little demons in our mind because we have learned to dream hell in our own life.” "Life brings to you exactly what you need. There is perfect justice in hell. There is nothing to blame. We can even say that our suffering is a gift. If you just open your eyes and see what is around you, it’s exactly what you need to clean your poison, to heal your wounds, to accept yourself, and to get out of hell.” -OK, got it i'm responsible for my own fantasy hell & I should be happy for it. Whatever, let's move on.Third concept: I'm so sorry to inform you you've been infected with an undignoused disease. Yes, ladies & gentlemen, this has progressed to you're being infected with a mental disease. Let's recap not only are you causing your fantasy dream world to be hell you're now diseased. “human mind is sick with a disease called fear. Just like the description of the infected skin, the emotional body is full of wounds, and these wounds are infected with emotional poison. The manifestation of the disease of fear is anger, hate, sadness, envy, and hypocrisy; the result of the disease is all the emotions that make humans suffer.” “The manifestation of the disease of fear is anger, hate, sadness, envy, and hypocrisy; the result of the disease is all the emotions that make humans suffer.” -At this point I'm losing interest. I'll not continue to quote this man & his many concepts. More than likely, most of you have picked up on the fact my review is what amounts to scoff. This material feels like a bunch of at best new age mumbo jumbo. At worse & the more likely scenario the author had a bad acid trip while reading about the historical archaeological Mesoamerican culture & its beliefs system. Unfortunately for us he documented his rantings & it was published. What's worse I have paid good money to hear it. Don't pretend you don't know what i'm talking about. The majority of us who attended any higher learning institution have come across the potheads who think themselves full of wisdom they're bursting to share with you. Well, I recommend you buy this book if you want to reminisce. If you happen to be the majority of people who loved this book please remember the teachings you've just learned & apply them here: “You don't need to justify your love, you don't need to explain your love, you just need to practice your love. Practice creates the master.” That said don't attempt to convice me to love this book. Rating 2 stars.


    What could don Miguel Ruiz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Quit the continual repeating


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The alternate world filled with skin disease & how it applies to us.


    Did The Mastery of Love inspire you to do anything?

    IDK how this has such high ratings. I kept going back to Amazon/Audible & reading reviews. I kept trying to give this book some lee-way under the guise of abstract thinking but this was just a hot mess. I kept finding myself muttering @ the narrator "whatever" & rolling my eyes. In the end my guess is an alternate reality/dream is to blame for such a different reading experience. lol


    Any additional comments?

    Disclaimer: Not all the material in this book is ludicrous, obtuse, & repetitive. Some of the concepts are practical. Just to name a few love yourself, your responsible for your own happiness & not an outside source. You're only responsible for your half of a relationship. BC it's only fair, I'll include quotes below.“Every human being has a personal dream of life, and that dream is completely different from anyone else’s dream. We dream according to all the beliefs that we have, and we modify our dream according to the way we judge, according to the way we are victimized. That is why dreams are never the same for any two people. In a relationship, we can pretend to be the same, to think the same, to feel the same, to dream the same, but there is no way that can happen. There are two dreamers with two dreams. Every dreamer is going to dream in his own way. That is why we need to accept the differences that exist between two dreamers; we need to respect each other’s dream.” “Humans hunt for love. We feel that we need that love because we believe we don’t have love, because we don’t love ourselves. We hunt for love in other humans just like us, expecting to get love from them when these humans are in the same condition as we are. They don’t love themselves either, so how much love can we get from them? We merely create a bigger need that isn’t real; we keep hunting and hunting, but in the wrong place, because other humans don’t have the love we need.”

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Austin Otto Manhattan 06-25-15
    Austin Otto Manhattan 06-25-15 Member Since 2014

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    "The best"

    Overall best most enlightening book I've read and I've been through many of the most popular.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-03-15
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    "that's it??"

    this "book" is 2 chapters. and expensive. sad. when an author that is well off still chooses to charge so much for a book that's not really a book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Crutchfield 07-23-15
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    "buying this for everyone I know"

    This book helped me in the exact moment I needed it. It truly helped me look within and love externally. I will purchasing this book for every person In my family

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Ikonn Toronto, ONTARIO, Canada 07-21-15
    Alex Ikonn Toronto, ONTARIO, Canada 07-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Life changing book!"

    This is one of my favourite books of all time. Great lessons of love, relationships, and life. This should be taught in school.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Oz Pariser 07-17-15
    Oz Pariser 07-17-15 Member Since 2015

    Oz

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    "Amazing"

    Truly beautiful piece on love and relationships. There's a lot to take from this. I highly recommend it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alice 06-24-15
    Alice 06-24-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent"

    Well written. Beautifully narrated. Simple concepts. Profound wisdom. I highly recommend it. Don Miguel Ruiz never disappoints.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. West 06-01-15
    T. West 06-01-15
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    "Love the book!"

    Love the book. The female narrator had a soft gentle voice yet I would've preferred the male voice through out. Though having both does give the message in the book the balance that is necessary.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ruthym 05-28-15
    ruthym 05-28-15
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    "Awesome book!"

    What a beautiful message, everything resonated so true. Even if you're not religious, just look for the message.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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