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For generation after generation, Toltec shamans have passed down their wisdom through teaching stories. The purpose of these stories is to implant a seed of knowledge in the mind of the listener, where it can ultimately sprout and blossom into a new and better way of life.

In The Wisdom of the Shamans: What the Ancient Masters Can Teach Us about Love and Life, Toltec shaman and master storyteller Don Jose Ruiz shares some of the most popular stories from his family's oral tradition and offers corresponding lessons that illustrate the larger ideas within each story.

Ruiz begins by explaining that contrary to the stereotypical image of "witchdoctor", the ancient shamans were men and women who fulfilled several roles within their communities: philosopher, spiritual guide, medical doctor, psychologist, and friend.

According to Ruiz, their teachings are not primitive or reserved for a chosen few initiates but are instead a powerful series of lessons on love and life that are available us all. To that aim, he has included exercises, meditations, and shamanic rituals in an effort to help you experience the personal transformation these stories offer.

The shamans taught that the truth you seek is inside of you. Let these stories, lessons, and tools be your guide to finding the innate wisdom that lives within.

©2018 Don Jose Ruiz (P)2018 Don Jose Ruiz

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Wooowzers

I’ve listened to it 3x now!!! Sooo many applicable methods! Definitely going to apply them and live my BEST life!

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UNDERSTANDING|BEYOND|ME

The Understanding of life has always been beyond my understanding. Seeing life for what it is and excepting the idea of being perfect could sometimes be unfamiliar to me. After practicing the reflection part of this book of not judging my appearance, but excepting the truth that I am perfect has change my inner gratitude. This book is simply freeing and a gentle reminder that our perception changes the amount of joy we receive from life.

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Another great book!

Great reminders for everyone for creating the dream of heaven on Earth. I love to listen to these books in the car on my daily commute. it makes that time of my day productive and sometimes life-changing.

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I had the Pleasure of meeting Don Jose

The book was as great as it was meeting Don Jose and his Father and Brother in Az.in May.Most loving family you could ever meet.Words of wisdom and love that I will always cherish.There words and actions and love shine through to your very soul. 💓

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More of the same!

Like all of the families works,it was an easy read, practical and worth reading multiple times.

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  • Josh G.
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Waking up from delusion: the non-spooky approach.

Ever heard the phrase "There's nothing new under the sun?" The underlying truths that exist in this world have always existed and the Aboriginals, Native Americans, etc. knew this. But our interpretation of that truth is what creates some distortion. I have "read" via audiobooks the Toltec wisdom trilogy (4 agreements, voice of knowledge, mastery of love) as well as the 5th agreement, 5 levels of attachment, et al. And they have all proven that those ancient awakened teachers/Shamans/priests were quite sofisticated in their understanding of the interconnectiveness of nature and how that relates to the larger "dream of the planet."

I like that he pays homage to the ancestors while at the same time admits that certain rituals will "die" or transform to keep up with the modern timecycle. I think this is particularly relevant to some afrocentric communities. The past can offer insights, but only to the point where it is relevant NOW (current circumstances).

And I also like the fact that none of the Ruiz family talks DOWN to their readers. He readily acknowledges that not everyone will choose his [families] particular brand of Shamatic/Toltec wisdom. But that you are welcome to use the tools and examples provided as a guide post to your awakening.

I am amazed at how deep our 'domestication' goes to subjugate our will (whether it be conformity to the external rules of outside society or "self-domestication"). But more importantly that we can adapt our reaction to a particular situation if we don't like it. And we can transform without having to shame or spook other people. José Ruiz shows us how with examples from past awakened 'beings' and his own life experiences.

Narration was acceptable IMO; perhaps each member of the Ruiz family is experimenting with different narrators.

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Toltec Wisdom

after reading this book I have determined you should absolutely go find out for yourself!

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Love it

As a traditionally trained ceremony leader I hold Jose in the highest esteem. Wonderful teachings, authentic lineage and truly useful to anyone!

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FANTASTIC

My heart is full with joy, beautiful piece of love. Thank you Don Jose for this gift.

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Beautiful!

I loved this book! I recommend to anyone who is ready to transform their life and end their addiction to suffering!