Excerpt from The Voice of Knowledge: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace, by don Miguel Ruiz (page 143). I've been in a workshop led by Ruiz in Teotihuacan, Mexico in 2003. As best I can tell from inner knowing, he walks his talk.
"You have seen how you create a virtual reality, the dream of your life, and you know that your life is a story. Now with that awareness, the question is: Are you happy with your story? Something important to understand is that you can be whatever you want to be because you are the artist and your life is your creation. It’s your story. It’s your comedy or your drama, and if the story is changing anyway, then why not direct the change with awareness?
Now that you are an artist with awareness, you can see if you like your art, and you can practice making it better. Practice makes the master. But it’s action that makes the difference. When I discovered this, my action was to take responsibility for my art and purify my program. As an artist I started exploring the possibilities—-every action and every reaction. And by the way, this is our real nature: to explore. Explore what? Life! What else can we explore?
To change the story of life is what the Toltec call the mastery of transformation. It’s about transforming you, the storyteller, the dreamer. Life is changing so fast, and you can see that you are always transforming, but you master transformation when you no longer resist change. Instead, you take advantage of change, and you enjoy change.
To master transformation is to live in the present moment, all the time. Life is an eternal now because the force of life is creating everything right now, and it is transforming everything right now.
How are you going to change your story? Well, now you know that you are creating your story according to what you believe about yourself. The way to transform what you believe about yourself is to unlearn what you have already learned. When you unlearn, your faith returns to you, your personal power increases, and you can invest your faith in new beliefs.
If you want to know the truth, if you are ready to take your faith out of the lies, then remember: Don’t believe yourself, and don’t believe anybody else. This will give you clarity about many things. But you may need a little support to stop believing the lies, and to start breaking all of the agreements that go against yourself.
The Four Agreements offer this support. They are just for you, the main character of your story. These four simple agreements can take you all the way to your integrity: Be impeccable with your word.Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best."
This is a companion blog for longer book excerpts that are cited from the main blog, Crossroads Dispatches, by Evelyn Rodriguez.