You tube with quotes from Prayers, A Communion With Our Creator -Don M.Ruiz
Moving to some light reading on the blog today, I’ve decided to post one of my favourite passages from “Prayers – A Communion With Our Creator,” by Don Miguel Ruiz. I love this little book of homilies and always keep it on my desk by the side of the computer. Don has a writing style that hits at the heart and opens it through his loving words. I could have chosen to write the passage from the book on “Love” for it is beautifully witten, but instead, after the story-telling effort of my previous post, I’ve decided to write instead on “Humans As Artists” and Story-Tellers, because that is what we are. The great teacher Nisargadatta Maharaj once said this: “To expound and propagate concepts is simple, to drop all concepts is difficult and rare.” I believe that Don Miguel has in the chapter posted here, explained maharaj’s reasoning in a way that is is quite understandable.
Every human is an artist, and our greatest art is life. Humans perceive life and try to make sense of life by expressing what we perceived with music, and other expressions of art. We perceive life and then create a story to justify, describe, and explain our perception and emotional reaction. All humans are storytellers, and that is what makes us artists.
Everything we believe about ourselves is a story we create that is based in reality, but is just our point of view. Our point of view is based on our experience, on what we know, on what we believe. And what we know and believe is just a programme; it is nothing but words, opinions, and ideas we learn from others and from our own life experience. Humans perceive truth, but the way we justify and explain what we perceive is not truth; it is a story. I call this story a dream. The human mind mixes perception, imagination, and emotion to create a dream. But the story doesn’t end there, because every mind of every human mixes together and creates the mind of the planet Earth – the dream of the planet.
The dream of the planet is the dream of all humans together. We can call it society, we can call it a nation, but the result of the creation of the mind, individual and collective, is a dream. The dream can be a pleasant dream that we call heaven, or it can be a nightmare that we call hell.. But heaven and hell only exist at the level of the mind..
~Don Miguel Ruiz
About Don Miguel Ruiz
Don Miguel is highly respected throughout the world. He has received numerous recognitions, including a US Air Force challenge coin engraved with The Four Agreements, and he is referenced as a National Heirloom of Mexico.
The Four Agreements®, published in 1997; was a New York Times bestseller for more than 7 years and the 36th bestselling book of the decade. Other books have followed; The Mastery of Love, The Voice of Knowledge, Prayers, Beyond Fear and The Fifth Agreement, a collaboration with his son Don Jose. All of his books are international bestsellers.
‘Please help us to change the world’! Only you can change the world that you create, and by changing your world, the world will change… ‘and that is the Truth that will set you free’.
For further reading of the wonderful writings of Don Miguel Ruiz