Before we learn to speak, our true nature is to love and be happy, to explore and enjoy life. As little children, we are completely authentic. Our actions are guided by instinct and emotions, we listen to the silent "voice of our integrity". Once we learn to speak, the people around us hook our attention and program us with knowledge. The "voice of knowledge" comes alive inside our head, and what is that voice telling us? Mostly lies. That voice never stops talking, judging, gossiping, and abusing us. It constantly sabotages our happiness and keeps us from enjoying a reality of truth and love.
Ruiz shows us how to recover the silent voice of our integrity and find inner peace. When the voice of knowledge no longer controls us, our life becomes an expression of our authentic self, just as it was before we learned to speak. Then we return to the truth, we return to love, and we live in happiness again.
©2004 Migeul Angel Ruiz and Janet Mills; (P)2005 Amber-Allen Publishing
I can't get enough of the book. I have listened to it 5 or 6 time so far. This is great understanding of ourselves and others, which in turn helps us to better relate to each other. It is such a peaceful listen.
Learn or rather relearn to be authentic. This book is a lie but the emotions it brought out while I listened were authentic. I love this book. I will keep it close for the rest of my life and look forward to listening to more of Miguel Ruiz's books.
This audio seems geared toward an anger management class or addiction recovery. The author provides a masculine paradigm to explain problems with emotions and self-esteem, offering a face-saving explanation to people (men?) without a spiritual compass. Excellent for its purpose but not challenging for those who have read a lot of self-help/spiritual texts.
Simple, clear and easy to understand -- yet this is one of the most profound models answering the question "who am I? what am I?" that I have come across.
This is Carlos Castaneda's material, super condensed, with all the mysticism and fantasy stripped away only to be replaced with a bigger load of crap -- "Christianity." I misled myself with false hope and expectations into thinking that author was just using Christianity as a comparison until the last few sentences when it was clear that this work, and the author's ideology, are just platforms for proselytizing the biggest money making scam in history. The last word in this book, "amen," serves as fitting punctuation like the stench from the back of a passing garbage truck. Aside from the parts about "just believe it's true because you can feel it," the book actually has some excellent principles and ideas in it. Again, it is unfortunate that the author took a good idea and used it to promote a self-serving deceptive agenda.
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