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Oprah and don Miguel Ruiz Discuss The Four Agreements
Posted: Sun 08/18/2013 02:00 PM
Don Miguel Ruiz was born one of 13 children in central Mexico in 1952. His mother and grandfather were spiritual healers committed to following the teachers of the Toltecs, an ancient Mexican culture that inspired the Aztecs centuries later.
Don Miguel was expected to embrace his heritage and become a spiritual teacher. Instead, he chose a life of science and became a medical doctor.
In the late 1970s, don Miguel was in a near fatal car accident. In that accident, he says he had a transcendent experience and realized his consciousness existed beyond his physical body. More recently, he suffered two more life-threatening events: a massive heart attack in 2002 and a heart transplant in 2010. He says each of those experiences opened him up to more profound levels of spiritual awareness.
Inspired to guide others on a spiritual path, don Miguel wrote The Four Agreements in 1997. Four simple rules, he says, can help you live a life of happiness, truth and freedom. The book went on to become a New York Times bestseller.
Oprah first learned about the book in 2001 when Ellen DeGeneres spoke about it on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah read it and loved it so much she featured it in O magazine and chose it as one of her Favorite Things. "When I opened my school in South Africa, it is the first book that I gave to my girls as a gift for them," Oprah says. "I've taught from this book. I've shared it with as many people as I know. And now I have the privilege of speaking to the author the first time."
Watch the clips below to see Oprah and don Miguel's discussion about each one of the four agreements.
Agreement #1: Be Impeccable with Your Word
Agreement #2: Don't Take Anything Personally
Agreement #3: Don't Make Assumptions
Agreement #4: Always Do Your Best