Miguel Ruiz was born into a family of
healers and raised in rural Mexico by a curandera
(healer) mother and nagual (shaman) grandfather.
The family anticipated don Miguel would embrace
their centuries old legacy of healing and
teaching and as a nagual, carry forward the
esoteric Toltec knowledge. Instead, distracted
by modern life, don Miguel chose to attend
medical school and later teach and practice
as a surgeon.
Miguel began teaching in the United States,
with his mother, the Curandera, Sarita in
1987. He taught small groups of people in
a small room in Logan Heights, CA. Working
with Sarita, he first began with healing practices.
As his knowledge of English grew, he realized
that he preferred to share his lineage through
oral tradition, rather than a healing tradition.
Miguel's students grew in numbers and his
mythologies and guidance grew with them. He
appeared in lectures in Santa Fe, NM, Los
Angeles, CA, Sacramento, CA, Santa Rosa, CA
and in many other locales. He began to share
the wisdom that resulted in the creation of
The Four Agreements®, when he witnessed
his various students struggling to quiet their
minds. don Miguel created a specific series
of practical tools, that when used by anyone,
can result in consistent and long-term personal
tools shared by don Miguel are based on common
sense and shared with such simplicity, that
the universal message underlying his teaching
is recognized by many. don Miguel's message
is simple, practical and when implemented,
even incrementally, changes lives.
the tradition of the Toltec, a Nagual guides
an individual to personal freedom. Combining
new insights with old wisdom, don Miguel has
dedicated his life to sharing the ancient
Toltec wisdom by translating it into practical
concepts that promote transformation through
truth and common sense.
February of 2002, don Miguel survived a near-fatal
heart attack. The impact of the heart attack
on his physical body prevents him from returning
to wide-spread public speaking and lecturing.
He intends to complete several, limited appearances,
he knew that he could not return to public
touring, don Miguel turned to his son, don
Jose Luis, and witnessed the passage of a
young man into the new Nagual in the Eagle-Knight
lineage; don Jose.