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  • What the Ancient Masters Can Teach Us About Love and Life
  • By: Don Jose Ruiz
  • Narrated by: Charlie Varon
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)

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By: Don Jose Ruiz
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Summary

For generation after generation, Toltec shamans have passed down their wisdom through teaching stories. The purpose of these stories is to implant a seed of knowledge in the mind of the listener, where it can ultimately sprout and blossom into a new and better way of life.

In The Wisdom of the Shamans: What the Ancient Masters Can Teach Us about Love and Life, Toltec shaman and master storyteller Don Jose Ruiz shares some of the most popular stories from his family's oral tradition and offers corresponding lessons that illustrate the larger ideas within each story.

Ruiz begins by explaining that contrary to the stereotypical image of "witchdoctor", the ancient shamans were men and women who fulfilled several roles within their communities: philosopher, spiritual guide, medical doctor, psychologist, and friend.

According to Ruiz, their teachings are not primitive or reserved for a chosen few initiates but are instead a powerful series of lessons on love and life that are available us all. To that aim, he has included exercises, meditations, and shamanic rituals in an effort to help you experience the personal transformation these stories offer.

The shamans taught that the truth you seek is inside of you. Let these stories, lessons, and tools be your guide to finding the innate wisdom that lives within.

©2018 Don Jose Ruiz (P)2018 Don Jose Ruiz

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My favourite Don Ruiz’s book

Loved all the Don Ruiz’s family books but this one by Don Jose Ruiz is my favourite. I curl up and read it and go right back home. There just something about this book that awakens something up within me. Love the stories and the techniques have massively helped myself and others I have used it on. I used one of the techniques on someone who was having panic attacks, they are no longer having attacks and it also helped them overcome their fear of dogs to the point they now have a huge dog. Beautiful written book with great practical tools that anyone can use.

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Powerful insight, at the right time in my life

I am currently studying shamanism and reading lots of different books along side my study with my teachers.

I found this book because of the 4 agreements which my teacher gave to me very early on in my journey.

I found the fables and teachings very insightful and helpful in ways more than I imagine were intended.

I have recently been through a series of bereavements which have impacted my life and listening to the wisdom of the shamans have given me the prefect message at the perfect time, to remember that I am not dead, I need to learn to celebrate those who are no longer here by living my life to the full and also by learning to love and accept myself fully.

A short but powerful book with great insights that will no doubt help anyone struggling with self love or loss.

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loved this book!

I found this book very inspiring and loved the teachings about life and also advice about dealing with grief that were in it.

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Perfect for your spiritual journey

Fully enjoyed and was engaged with this book.It is short but shows you the tools that are already in you. Definitely recommend this if you are on a spiritual journey in your life.

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Everyone should read this!

I wish they taught things like this at school. Amazing book loved listening to it.

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uplifting and inspirational

it's like remembering what you had forgotten, listen with an open heart and mind

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Magnificent book

I would definitely recommend this book to read at least once in your life. It definitely changes your perspective on life.

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very interesting & enlightening

Had several Haha moment when things became clear to me. Well worth a listen / read

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The way to a better life

This audio book is well worth listening too.
Great ancestral practices passed down the line priceless!

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Wise word.

This book is very easy to follow and contains some real gems. A very nice peek into the Toltec tradition.

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  • nicole tillman
  • 28-07-18

Wooowzers

I’ve listened to it 3x now!!! Sooo many applicable methods! Definitely going to apply them and live my BEST life!

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  • Leonard Suarez Jr
  • 11-07-18

UNDERSTANDING|BEYOND|ME

The Understanding of life has always been beyond my understanding. Seeing life for what it is and excepting the idea of being perfect could sometimes be unfamiliar to me. After practicing the reflection part of this book of not judging my appearance, but excepting the truth that I am perfect has change my inner gratitude. This book is simply freeing and a gentle reminder that our perception changes the amount of joy we receive from life.

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  • Kirby
  • 23-01-20

Wonderful message

The author does a great job of presenting ancient stories and then explaining the deep and meaningful lessons being taught.
I have read The fifth agreement, Mastery of Love and Mastery of self and i still got a lot out of this one. Many of the messages are similar or repeated from the others, but there is also new stuff or different ways of presenting the wonderful messages from the others.

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  • Sue P.
  • 26-06-18

Another great book!

Great reminders for everyone for creating the dream of heaven on Earth. I love to listen to these books in the car on my daily commute. it makes that time of my day productive and sometimes life-changing.

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  • Saba Says
  • 25-01-20

Everyone should listen to this book multiple times

So much wisdom here. It feels so good to hear the stories. The messages ring true and leave you feeling refreshed, aware and present. just finished the book, and will definitely begin again!

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  • Josh G.
  • 10-12-18

Waking up from delusion: the non-spooky approach.

Ever heard the phrase "There's nothing new under the sun?" The underlying truths that exist in this world have always existed and the Aboriginals, Native Americans, etc. knew this. But our interpretation of that truth is what creates some distortion. I have "read" via audiobooks the Toltec wisdom trilogy (4 agreements, voice of knowledge, mastery of love) as well as the 5th agreement, 5 levels of attachment, et al. And they have all proven that those ancient awakened teachers/Shamans/priests were quite sofisticated in their understanding of the interconnectiveness of nature and how that relates to the larger "dream of the planet."

I like that he pays homage to the ancestors while at the same time admits that certain rituals will "die" or transform to keep up with the modern timecycle. I think this is particularly relevant to some afrocentric communities. The past can offer insights, but only to the point where it is relevant NOW (current circumstances).

And I also like the fact that none of the Ruiz family talks DOWN to their readers. He readily acknowledges that not everyone will choose his [families] particular brand of Shamatic/Toltec wisdom. But that you are welcome to use the tools and examples provided as a guide post to your awakening.

I am amazed at how deep our 'domestication' goes to subjugate our will (whether it be conformity to the external rules of outside society or "self-domestication"). But more importantly that we can adapt our reaction to a particular situation if we don't like it. And we can transform without having to shame or spook other people. José Ruiz shows us how with examples from past awakened 'beings' and his own life experiences.

Narration was acceptable IMO; perhaps each member of the Ruiz family is experimenting with different narrators.

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  • Denise Miner
  • 27-01-20

Immerse yourself.

I love the wisdom. It makes me feel good and reminds me of who I am.
The narration was good.
I want to listen to this book again and again. It's like your Grandmother telling you a story to help you to think and live life from the most authentic place.

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  • Aaron
  • 08-01-20

Loved this book

the message in this book was great I loved it and want to practice its teachings in my daily life.
peace..

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  • Alfonso Cuevas
  • 07-02-20

Simple e inspirador

Te permite conocer sobre una tradición espiritual prácticamente desconocida para mí como el chamanismo.

Cargado de historias y ejercicios prácticos que inspiran cambios.

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  • Aloha Jersey Girl
  • 16-12-21

Wisdom Geared Toward Those New to the Path

I found a few nuggets in here for my spiritual growth, but if you've already been on a path of awakening for a few years, you are likely to find this book pretty elementary. I like that there are writing practices, and I hope to go back and try them, since I wasn't able to do them as they came up. I also like the stories, both from Ruiz's own family life and the allegories passed down in his tradition. I would highly recommend The Wisdom of the Shamans for those who are new to the path of awakening.

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