Thank you for sharing your perspective, Coleen. I continue to recommend all books written by members of the Ruiz family. Miguel Ruiz`s latest book (The Toltec Art of Life and Death) is a little different. He continues to teach some of the same lessons presented in his previous books, but in the context of a somewhat romanticized account of his experiences when he was close to death after his heart attack. He looks back at the events of his childhood, which gives a better insight into his thinking. I also look forward to Miguel Ruiz Jr.`s next book, The Mastery of Self: A Toltec Guide to Personal Freedom. So that`s the deal. As for your question about “impeccable” in your answer, I refer you to “The Four Agreements” to understand what Miguel Ruiz means when he uses this term. Most people miss its explanation because they read “impeccably” and distort it into other concepts already stored in their heads. There is a BIG difference! Cccc`s comment seems to come from a person who is something high-end.
Being really kind and generous doesn`t mean you have to let selfish people crush you. When this happens, you`re probably not as “enlightened” as you think. Seeking what you want in life is neither selfish nor hurting others. Cccc`s point of view seems, quite honestly, very dependent on the code. If your beliefs create deep happiness in you, then I say: Keep them. When they cause trouble, when the beliefs of others are different, the awareness of them can give you the choice of what you believe and what you let go. So many of our beliefs, concepts, agreements were given to us as “truth” when we were young, and we accepted them literally and completely. The beginning of the Four Accords is about how we were domesticated by our caregivers in a “dream” of life. The only dream they had was the one they lived, which they got mainly from THEIR parents, etc. I`m in the third book and I understand the concepts because they explain a lot of the methods I`ve learned to make changes.
It`s not manipulation, it`s that the result of a particular situation changes depending on how you perceive it, how you feel and react. .