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The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship, A Toltec Wisdom Book [Paperback]

don Miguel Ruiz
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April 1 1999 Toltec Wisdom Series
In a refreshingly honest investigation of the true nature of love, don Miguel Ruiz brings to light the commonly held fallacies and misplaced expectations about love that permeate most relationships. In the tradition of Carlos Castaneda, he uses inspirational stories to impart the wisdom of three fundamental Toltec masteries (Awareness, Transformation, and Love). The themes explored include the Toltec wisdom of the heart, the track of love, and the war of control.

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Don Miguel Ruiz lives in San Diego, CA. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The human mind is afflicted with a disease called fear--a chronic vigilance about being hurt that causes negative behaviors. The author says that awareness, freedom, and love are the essence of who we really are, and are central to the Toltec tradition, which was practiced in southern Mexico by ancient artists and scientists. There are both mental health and spiritual aspects to these teachings, which emphasize the ways we distort life's potentials and diminish our own power. Though Ruiz is an excellent and compact writer, his message of opportunity falls short of inspiring in this recording by two otherwise talented actors. The narration makes the work sound uneven and overly intellectual. T.W. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will change your life! March 5 2004
By Nick
Format:Paperback
I have read both this book and The Four Agreements several times now and each time I learn something new. After reading this book, you feel that you are completely in control of your life, and of the consequences of the choices you make. This book not only teaches you how to improve the relationships of people in your life, but, more importantly, it teaches you how to improve the relationship you have with yourself. It is well written and read very easily in a few days time. Each time I start to read this book, I don't want to put it down.
When I review a book, I usually like to at least say at least one thing that could be improved about the book. However, with this book, I can only say good things. It's well worth the money, and well worth the time to read. I have recommended it to several of my friends, telling them if it doesn't change their life, I will reimburse them for the cost of the book. So far, I haven't had to reimburse a single person!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should Be Required Reading July 14 2003
Format:Paperback
Some reviewers complain that this book repeats what was written in the Four Agreements. I've read the Four Agreements as well as this book. I appreciated both in their focus on different aspects of the same concept. My suggestion is to realize what subject you're seeking advice on. I'm sure each book is written so as to be stand-alone, therefore, it will teach the same basic principles in each one.
I really like the books, and highly recommend them. It was a surprise to find that it reaffirmed my own self-discoveries. I never even heard of the Toltecs until I found these books. It makes my own personal journey toward happiness that much easier.
I think this book should be required reading for everyone. I would only change the order in which these books should be read. In school, you learn theory before you learn the practical application. My opinion is that you read the Mastery of Love first, then the Four Agreements. The Mastery of Love is the theory, how and why we should love, and what benefits derive from this love. The Four Agreements teach us guidelines in achieving this mastery of love, and any other mastery the Toltecs ascribe to. Read this book and share it with everyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK FOR SELF-LOVE Feb. 4 2004
Format:Paperback
THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ ON SELF LOVE.
The author really makes one think about the lack of self-love we have and how we have been domesticated from such an early age to shelter our true self to be what we think others want for us to be. This book was so profound for me at a time in my life, when I realized that I needed to be myself, and love myself regardless to if others loved and accepted me...this book was a real eye opener...Buy this one a re-read as needed...it is worth every penny.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I would give it ten stars if I could Aug. 9 2002
Format:Paperback
I love this little book! There have only been two or three books in my entire life which have had as much practical and personal impact as this one.
It is written lucidly and directly. What is more important in this world than learning about love: love of yourself and love in all of our relationships? This isn't like most hokey-pokey "love" books out there. Mr. Ruiz cuts through the bull, the illusions, the old patterns, and really gets to the heart of what it means to have love as a powerful presence in your life. He gives analogies which are very helpful, and he doesn't just tell us what we want to hear. We are responsible for the state of our relationships. This book comes from a place of self-responsibility for the state/the dream of mature relationships.
I first read this book when I was going through a divorce. This book heals, and not just by hand-holding and patting you on the back. It comes from a place of love, so the book is kind, but like I said... it uncovers the truth. It's a quick, powerful read. When I feel like the clarity I have about my relationships is fuzzy, I return to his words. They help me to cut out the nonsense and get to the source. I feel clearer, lighter, stronger and wiser every time I pick up it up and start to consider his words. Ruiz is compassionate about his presentation. He understands where we are at and how we got here. He also has a vision for how relationships of love can be that inspires me completely and feels true.
This book is like a reverse infection. It spreads from person to person, but the infection is a healing one--medicine for our spiritual and emotional wounds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING April 29 2014
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What a great book! Gives you a different perspective on life with great storytelling… Recommended for anyone that is open minded and that wants to become a better person… Talks a lot about how to be with yourself and others…I mean, how many relationships do we have in this world??? LOTS so this is a great way to be free with every relationship you have, including the relationship with yourself.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read April 10 2014
By Shadin
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Must read for anyone looking to improve their outlook on life and love themselves.
First review I've ever written about a book and I'm proud to say its amazing
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great bedside or coffee table book March 9 2014
By Merle
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've read this book twice through already and find myself constantly referring to it in everyday life, and revisiting certain sections to remind me of certain things. Highly recommended for those who are interested in creating and fostering human relationships.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing
Very simple ideas help one to rejoice in life, let go of hurt,and trust our being. A path to true harmony in life with or without anyone else. VERY EMPOWERING.
Published 8 months ago by M solomon
3.0 out of 5 stars A Review
This book is NOT my usual type of reading. I did enjoy reading it and found some insight into some of the issues I was facing in my own life. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Andrea C. Paterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading this book has been a life changing experience
I am grateful that books like this have come way and enlightened my life! Thanks Miguel Ruiz for sharing your wisdom.
Published 11 months ago by Dom
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of wisdom
I have read other books by Miguel and have done a webcast course with him and his family. It was really wonderful so chalked full of down to earth wisdom and deep insights.
Published 11 months ago by worddiva
5.0 out of 5 stars This should be recommended reading for all people
This is the greatest book I've ever read! Everyone needs to read it! It completed changed my perspective on life and my relationship with my boo.
Published 11 months ago by Erika Lucivero
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so good
I really could not get into this book, the author does from a very black and white perspective on this and made too many assumptions for my liking.
Published 15 months ago by Kim Taylor McCarrol
5.0 out of 5 stars A new favorite
This book is really opening my eyes to new truths about my relationships, how much more I can love myself, and how to live a better life.
Published 17 months ago by Dobes Vandermeer
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as clear, clean and simple as The Four Agreements.
Too much discussion of negative aspects of the world's dream and also too much focus on the negative aspects of how we are raised. Difficult to get through it.
Published 17 months ago by Tamar Drushka
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven here on Earth
This book really spoke to me. I have always thought that "Hell" is what we create here on this earthly plane. It is all under our power by the thoughts that we think. Read more
Published on May 26 2011 by Susanne Alexander-Heaton
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Reminder to be Gentle with the Ones You Love
This book was an awesome reminder to be gentle with the ones we love. For my full review, click here:

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