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Posted: Fri 03/01/2013 08:00 AM
Photo: Noel Cianci, 2012
The authors of The Four Agreements and The Fifth Agreement, about the Toltec principles that lead to peace and self-understanding, explain why skepticism can help open your life to a new kind of happiness.
By don Miguel Ruiz and don Jose Ruiz with Janet Mills
Have you ever asked yourself if something you heard was actually true? Have you ever wondered if someone was lying to you? Or worse yet, have you ever wondered, “Am I lying to myself?” Do you believe those voices in your head that are always giving you opinions? Do you tend to believe other people’s opinions?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will understand when being skeptical is a good thing.
Right now, you’re delivering a message to yourself and to everyone around you. You’re always delivering messages and you’re always receiving messages from one mind to another mind. But the most important messages are the ones you deliver to yourself. What are those messages? The word is a force you cannot see, but you can see the manifestation of that force, the expression of the word, which is your own life. The way to measure the impeccability of your word is to ask yourself: Am I happy or am I suffering? If you’re suffering it’s because you’re telling yourself a story that isn’t true, but you believe it.
When you look at yourself in a mirror, do you like what you see, or do you judge your body and use the word to tell yourself lies? If you believe that you are not attractive enough, then you believe a lie, and you are using the word against yourself, against the truth.
Is it really true that you are too heavy or too thin? Is it really true that you are not beautiful? If you’re telling yourself, “I’m fat. I’m ugly. I’m old. I’m not good enough. I’ll never make it,” then be skeptical. Don’t believe yourself because none of these messages come from truth, from life. These messages are distorted; they’re nothing but lies. The truth is, there are no ugly people. There’s no universal book of law where any of these judgments are true. Every judgment is just an opinion — it’s just a point of view — and that point of view wasn’t there when you were born.
Everything you think about yourself, everything you believe about yourself, is because you learned it. You learned the opinions from Mom, Dad, siblings, and society. They sent all those images of how a body should look; they expressed all those opinions about the way you are, the way you are not, the way you should be. They delivered a message, and you agreed with that message. And now you think so many things about what you are, but are they the truth?
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Posted: Fri 03/01/2013 08:00 AM
Don Miguel Ruiz is a Toltec teacher. The Toltecs were artists and spiritual seekers who thrived in Mexico hundreds of years ago and hid their ancestral wisdom after European conquerors arrived. Now, don Miguel is taking us to a mystical place where he finds inspiration—the ancient city of pyramids in Teotihuacan, Mexico.
Posted: Tue 02/26/2013 08:00 AM
In 1999, Ellen DeGeneres stumbled upon a book that changed her life—The Four Agreements by Toltec teacher don Miguel Ruiz. (The Toltecs were artists and spiritual seekers who thrived in Mexico hundreds of years ago and hid their ancestral wisdom after European conquerors arrived.) Ellen was so moved by The Four Agreements that she recommended it to Oprah, who read the book that night, bought 500 more copies for her friends and colleagues, and then made it one of her Favorite Things in 2000. Ellen actually met don Miguel for the first time when she interviewed him for the October 2001 issue of O, the Oprah Magazine. Read their complete conversation here!.
Now, it's Oprah's turn to talk with don Miguel! Don't miss her candid interview with don Miguel, airing Sunday, March 3, at 11 a.m. ET/PT. You can also join our worldwide simulcast that day at 11 a.m. ET and again at 11 a.m. PT on Oprah.com, Facebook.com/supersoulsunday or Facebook.com/OWNTV.
Posted: Sun 02/24/2013 02:00 PM
If you haven't heard the name Panache Desai before now remember: you heard it here first! Panache is a next generation thought leader who says we all have unique gifts—we just need to learn how to tap into them. He's here, he says, as an old friend to remind us just how brilliant we really are.
Born and raised in London to a highly spiritual family, Panache says he always knew he was different. Even as a young boy, he felt a deep connection to the people around him. During his last year of university, Panache felt a calling and traveled to the United States, where he began six months of intense meditation and prayer. It was the first step on a powerful spiritual journey. Panache continued to evolve, soaking up wisdom from as many teachers as he could. Soon, the student began sharing his own lessons and helping others.
Now, Panache is answering some of your questions—and going soul-to-soul with Oprah!
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Soul to Soul with Panache Desai
Posted: Fri 02/22/2013 12:00 AM
When artist Matthew Hoffman moved to Chicago in 2003, he wanted to spread some love. Little did he know that good intention would become a worldwide movement.
Then 23 years old, Matthew set out to craft a simple, easy-to-share message. "I wanted to create the perfect positive message that you could share with everyone—brighten your day or give you a high five," he says.
After playing around with various phrases, Matthew struck gold with three little words: You are beautiful. "When the phrase hit me, I just felt like it was the absolute perfect thing," he says. "Everyone's beautiful in their own way."
He printed 100 stickers and started posting them in common areas around the city. "I had them ordered green so that they would sort of blend into lampposts, but they came back brown," he says. "They were kind of terrible, but I ran with it and handed them out among friends."
Despite the initial design flaw, Matthew says, the stickers were a hit. "The reaction was surprisingly positive," he says. "It just gave people a smile and a little extra burst of energy."
From there, Matthew posted a single-page website where people could request their own batch of stickers by mail. Soon enough, Matthew started seeing his message everywhere—including other countries. "In the first batch of 100 stickers, some made it all the way to China," he says. "People would put the stickers up, send in photos, and all of a sudden I began receiving photos from all over the world."
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