Some of you may be familiar with the well known book, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. And others may have read the books of Carlos Castaneda and his relationship with Don Juan, the Yaqui shaman.
Anyway I found this interview by the 2nd son of Don Miguel Ruiz Sr. very relevant. This last week I was in hospital after I took an overdose of anti depressant pills. I was in intensive care for several days and my mother’s love, compassion, prayer and belief carried me through this dark time. And I have made a commitment to myself to work much harder on my spiritual life, and learn to apply the simple basics we have all learned from the great shaman’s and teachers who pass by this world.
At the age of 14, Don Miguel Jr. apprenticed to his father Don Miguel Sr. and his grandmother, Madre Sarita.
From that early age, he was called upon to translate Madre Sarita’s prayers, lectures and workshops from Spanish into English. In this way, through constant repetition and review, he learned the content of her teachings in both languages.
Don Miguel Jr.’s apprenticeship lasted 10 years and through interpreting for Madre Sarita, Don Miguel Jr. came to understand the power of faith. He saw first-hand how she manifested her intent to heal people, both physically and spiritually. When he reached his mid-20’s, his father intensified his training. At the apex of this power journey Don Miguel said to his eldest son, “Find your way out. Go home and master Death by becoming alive.”
For the past six years, Don Miguel Jr. has applied the lessons learned from his father and grandmother to define and enjoy his own personal freedom while achieving peace with all of creation.
Today, Don Miguel Jr. is married and has two young children. And so, as a Nagual (shaman) he begins once again to pass along the wisdom and the tools of his family’s traditions in helping others to achieve their own personal freedom and optimal physical and spiritual health.