Prayer for Gratitude

This prayer, the Prayer for Gratitude is an excerpt from Prayers: A Communion with our Creator by don Miguel Ruiz.

“Today, Creator of the Universe, my heart is filled with gratitude for the gift of life you have given me. Thank you for the opportunity to experience this beautiful body and this wonderful mind. Today, Lord, I want to express my gratitude for everything I have received from you.

I know the way to say thank you for life is by fully enjoying every moment of my life. And the only way to enjoy every moment is to love. Today, I will express all the love and happiness that exist in my heart. I will love your creations, I will love myself, and I will love the people who live with me. I know that life is too short to waste in misery and drama with the people I love. I will enjoy the presence of the people I love, respecting their choices in life as I respect my own.

Today, I will graciously receive your gifts by enjoying your gifts, by enjoying the beauty of all your creation. Help me to be as generous as you are, to share what I have with generosity, just as you share your gifts so generously with me. Help me to become a master of gratitude, generosity, and love so that I can enjoy all of your creations.

Today, Lord, help me to manifest my creation as you manifest the universe, to express the beauty of my spirit in the supreme art of the human: the art of dreaming my life. Today, Lord, I give you all of my gratitude and love because you have given me life. Amen.”

Prayer for Forgiveness

This prayer, the Prayer for Forgiveness is an excerpt from Prayers: A Communion with our Creator by don Miguel Ruiz.

“Today, Creator, grant me the courage and the will to forgive the people I love the most. Help me to forgive every injustice I feel in my mind, and to love other people unconditionally. I know the only way to heal all the pain in my heart is through forgiveness.

Today, Creator, strengthen my will to forgive anyone who has hurt me, even if I believe the offense is unforgivable. I know that forgiveness is an act of self-love. Help me to love myself so much that I forgive every offense. Let me choose forgiveness because I don’t want to suffer every time I remember the offense.

Today, Creator, help me to heal all the guilt in my heart by accepting the forgiveness of everyone I have hurt in my life. Help me to sincerely recognize the mistakes I have made out of ignorance, and give me the wisdom and determination to refrain from making the same mistakes. I know that love and forgiveness will transform every relationship in the most positive way.

Thank you, Creator, for giving me the capacity to love and forgive. Today I open my heart to love and forgiveness, so that I can share my love without fear. Today I will enjoy a reunion with the people I love most. Amen. “

The Four Agreements Companion Book

The Four Agreements Companion Book: Using the Four Agreements to Master the Dream of Your Life
by don Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements Companion Book is a must-read not only for those who enjoyed don Miguel’s first book, but for anyone who is ready to leave suffering behind, and to master the art of living in our natural state: happiness.

Four Agreements Companion Book: Using the Four Agreements to Master the Dream of Your Life (Toltec Wisdom Book)...
The Four Agreements introduced a simple, but powerful code of conduct for attaining personal freedom and true happiness.

In The Four Agreements, Mexican shaman Miguel Ruiz built his teachings around four agreements:

  • be impeccable with your word;
  • don’t take anything personally;
  • don’t make assumptions;
  • always do your best.

Now The Four Agreements Companion Book takes you even further along the journey to recover the awareness and wisdom of your authentic self.

Now Ruiz offers readers a companion guide, making practical mysticism out of the ancient Toltec tradition. On the one hand this is an eloquent introduction to Toltec teachings, offering a fascinating discussion of how one’s life is a dream (and a dream that’s often dictated by others) and how “domestication” is the root of human suffering.

On the other hand don Miquel has also written a Toltec self-help book, offering specific tools, exercises, and suggestions to help readers live their own dreams, become more attentive, and make conscious agreements with themselves. For readers who feel aligned with the Toltec tradition, this will certainly be a powerful ally as they begin the dream of transformation.

Four Agreements Companion Book: Using the Four Agreements to Master the Dream of Your Life (Toltec Wisdom Book)...

Voice of Knowledge

The Voice of Knowledge: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace
by
don Miquel Ruiz

The Voice of Knowledge is the fourth book in the Toltec Wisdom series. Don Miguel Ruiz explores the concept of impeccability of the word as a simple, yet potent prescription for countering the judgemental inner voice of knowledge.

With The Voice of Knowledge, Don Miguel Ruiz continues to lead us more deeply into the depths of our inner universe, allowing us to see more clearly if we but look. don Miguel Ruiz reminds us of a profound yet simple truth: The only way to end emotional suffering and restore joy in living is to stop believing in lies – mainly about ourselves.

He refers to the forbidden tree of knowledge, likening the abandonment of the true self to the fall from heaven. This fall, he says, occurred because of the loss of “the impeccability of the word,” that simple yet potent prescription for countering the judgmental inner “Voice of Knowledge.”

Adhering to “the word” – saying only what one means, refusing to speak against one’s self – allows anyone to quiet those inner tyrannical thoughts so that we can become aware of our Voice of Integrity. Knowledge then becomes an ally, and life becomes an expression of the authentic self.

The Four Agreements is written in such a way that we seem, almost instantly, to remember what we are being told; to immediately understand. The Voice of Knowledge is a bit trickier than that but also, I think better for that. It too is a revelation. This is a book that one picks up and immediately feels the clicking of light-bulbs over the head….but they are not neccessarily shades of light we are comfortable sitting in. This is a book of questions and some people are not comfortable with questions, particularly when they are questions they seem to somehow remember, just as the Agreements are answers we somehow remember.

Within this book you will find great wisdom. And by applying this wisdom, which is very simple actually, you can stop sabatoging yourself, stop beating yourself up, dispel whatever negativity you have accumulated. It’s true. And, as he says,

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.

The Four Agreements opens a door for us.

The Voice of Knowledge opens our ears and our eyes.

The Mastery of Love

The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship
by don Miquel Ruiz.

Wisdom self help book...
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.

Mastery of Awareness

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.

Mastery of Transformation

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.

Wisdom self help book...

Prayers: A Communion with our Creator

Inspiration and Guided Meditations for Living in Love and Happiness
by Don Miquel Ruiz.

In The Four Agreements don Miguel Ruiz touched the lives of millions of people with his four guided principles for life transformation.

In Prayers he introduces his favorite prayers and meditations.

Don Miguel begins each of his lectures and classes with a prayer or guided meditation to inspire and invoke a receptive frame of mind and to reinforce the concepts being introduced. Similarly, readers can use this book as a source of inspiration in times of need or as daily encouragement.

“Prayer fulfills the need humans have for God, for inspiration, for affirmation of our own spirits. In prayer, we communicate with the essence of everything that exists, including our own essence.

To pray is an act of power because it is an agreement between the human and the divine, and we invest our faith in that agreement. Through our faith, we gain we gain the courage to take action, and thrugh action, we move one step closer toward the manifestation of our desires.”
Prayers has chapters for the following prayers:

  • Prayer for Truth
  • Prayer for Forgiveness
  • Prayer for Love
  • Prayer for the Physical Body
  • Prayer for Gratitude
  • Prayer for Humanity
  • Prayer for Divinity
  • The Circle of Fire – written for a group
  • El Circulo de Fuego

The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)
by
Don Miguel Ruiz

The simple ideas of The Four Agreements provide an inspirational code for life; a personal development model, and a template for personal development, behaviour, communications and relationships.

Sit at the foot of a native elder and listen as great wisdom of days long past is passed down. In The Four Agreements shamanic teacher and healer Don Miguel Ruiz exposes self-limiting beliefs and presents...
In this powerful book that has remained on The New York Times Bestseller List for over five years, don Miguel reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. When we are ready to change these agreements, there are four deceptively simple, yet powerful agreements that we can adopt as guiding principles. The Four AgreementsTM offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

Everything we do is based on agreements we have made – agreements with ourselves, with other people, with God, with life. But the most important agreements are the ones we make with ourselves. In these agreements we tell ourselves who we are, how to behave, what is possible, what is impossible. One single agreement is not such a problem, but we have many agreements that come from fear, deplete our energy, and diminish our self-worth.

For many, The Four Agreements is a life-changing book, whose ideas come from the ancient Toltec wisdom of the native people of Southern Mexico. The Toltec were ‘people of knowledge’ – scientists and artists who created a society to explore and conserve the traditional spiritual knowledge and practices of their ancestors. The Toltec viewed science and spirit as part of the same entity, believing that all energy – material or ethereal – is derived from and governed by the universe.

In these agreements we tell ourselves who we are, how to behave, what is possible, what is impossible.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

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Don Miguel Ruiz

Don Miquel Ruiz is a Toltec Nagual. In the tradition of the Toltec, a Nagual guides an individual to personal freedom. Combining new insights with old wisdom, don Miguel has dedicated his life to sharing the ancient Toltec wisdom by translating it into practical concepts that promote transformation through truth and common sense.

Don Miguel Ruiz was born into a family of healers and raised in rural Mexico by a curandera (healer) mother and nagual (shaman) grandfather. The family anticipated don Miguel would embrace their centuries old legacy of healing and teaching and as a nagual, carry forward the esoteric Toltec knowledge. Instead, distracted by modern life, don Miguel chose to attend medical school and later teach and practice as a surgeon.

Don Miguel began teaching in the United States, with his mother, the Curandera, Sarita in 1987. He taught small groups of people in a small room in Logan Heights, CA. Working with Sarita, he first began with healing practices. As his knowledge of English grew, he realized that he preferred to share his lineage through oral tradition, rather than a healing tradition.

Don Miguel’s students grew in numbers and his mythologies and guidance grew with them. He appeared in lectures in Santa Fe, NM, Los Angeles, CA, Sacramento, CA, Santa Rosa, CA and in many other locales. He began to share the wisdom that resulted in the creation of The Four Agreements, when he witnessed his various students struggling to quiet their minds. Don Miguel created a specific series of practical tools, that when used by anyone, can result in consistent and long-term personal transformation.

The tools shared by don Miguel are based on common sense and shared with such simplicity, that the universal message underlying his teaching is recognized by many. Don Miguel’s message is simple, practical and when implemented, even incrementally, changes lives.

In the tradition of the Toltec, a Nagual guides an individual to personal freedom. Combining new insights with old wisdom, don Miguel has dedicated his life to sharing the ancient Toltec wisdom by translating it into practical concepts that promote transformation through truth and common sense.

In February of 2002, don Miguel survived a near-fatal heart attack. The impact of the heart attack on his physical body prevents him from returning to wide-spread public speaking and lecturing. He intends to complete several, limited appearances, each year.

When he knew that he could not return to public touring, don Miguel turned to his son, don Jose Luis, and witnessed the passage of a young man into the new Nagual in the Eagle-Knight lineage; Don Jose Luis.

Books by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements Companion Book

The Mastery of Love

Prayers: A Communion with our Creator

Voice of Knowledge

Your job search business card

When you are engaged in a job search you need to have a Job Search Business Card to hand out to everyone you meet … it is a micro resume on a business card.
Looking for work, conducting a job search, is in fact a job.

When you are looking for work you are selling … you.

Every sales person has a business card and so should you.

Your Job Search Business Card should have the following information:

  • Your name
     
  • Your degrees and any certifications
     
  • Keywords about your IT experience
     
  • Your email address
     
  • Your telephone number – it needs to have voice mail
     
  • A link to your web based resume and profile
     

This is an especially useful tool to hand-out to all of your family and friends. After all you cannot really expect them to remember what your information technology skillset is. And give 5 or 10 copies. Ask them to hand them out to their friends. Build your network of people who know about you.

Richard E. Ward
Sounding Board & Guide | Personal Coach | Consultant