Friends and Inspiration
Throughout our travels and studies, we have discovered some amazing teachers, mentors, creative friends, and wonderful people to help us grow, expand our consciousness, and help us move towards being better as a society.
This community page is dedicated to sharing those people and resources - and is ever building... please check back often. For now, here are some great places to start if you want to join us on our journey with the people who are changing our lives for the better every day.
don Miguel Ruiz - Spiritual Teacher
Don Miguel Ruiz is a renowned spiritual teacher and internationally bestselling author of the “Toltec Wisdom Series,” including “The Four Agreements,” “The Mastery of Love,” “The Voice of Knowledge,” “The Four Agreements Companion Book,” “The Circle of Fire,” and “The Fifth Agreement.” The Toltec Wisdom books have sold over 10 million copies in the United States, and have been published in 40 languages worldwide.
don Miguel has spent the past three decades guiding students to personal freedom through his profound insights regarding the nature of human reality. His newest book, THE TOLTEC ART OF LIFE AND DEATH: A Story of Self Discovery (HarperElixir/HarperCollins) written with Barbara Emrys was published October 27, 2015.
The youngest of thirteen children, don Miguel Ruiz was born in rural Mexico to parents who were healers and practitioners of ancient Toltec traditions. As a young adult, he graduated from medical school in Mexico City and practiced neurosurgery with his older brother in Tijuana. A near-fatal car crash forever changed the direction of his life, however, causing him to leave medicine and to examine the essential truth about life and humanity. With his mother’s help, and through her ancestral teachings, he discovered his own path to awareness, which evolved into a deep understanding of the physical universe and the virtual world of the mind.
Combining Toltec mythology and scientific perspectives, don Miguel has been able to merge ancient wisdom with modern physics and practical common-sense, forging a new philosophy for seekers of truth and personal authenticity. His landmark bestselling book, The Four Agreements, contains practical steps for long-term, personal transformation and has been read by millions around the world.
First published in 1997, The Four Agreements has since sold over six million copies in the United States and seven million worldwide. It has been translated into 40 languages, appeared on the New York Times bestseller for nearly ten years, and was the 36th bestselling book of the decade.
Don Miguel is also the author of The Mastery of Love, The Voice of Knowledge, Prayers, and the New York Times bestseller, The Fifth Agreement, a collaboration with his son, don José Ruiz. Each of his books are international.
The wisdom don Miguel has brought to the world has earned him respect around the globe. He has dedicated his life to sharing his message through practical concepts in order to promote transformation and ultimately change lives for the better. Don Miguel is the recipient of numerous recognitions, including a U.S. Air Force ‘challenge coin’ engraved with “The Four Agreements.” He is the recipient of an Honorary Degree in Cultural and Social Education from the American Cultural Institute of Mexico, and referenced as a “national treasure” in his native country. Today, don Miguel Ruiz lives in Nevada.
Janet Mills - Author, Editor & Publisher
Janet Mills is the founder and president of Amber-Allen Publishing, and the co-author (with don Miguel Ruiz) of the international bestselling “Toltec Wisdom Series,” including The Four Agreements Companion Book, The Mastery of Love, The Voice of Knowledge, Prayers: A Communion with our Creator, and The Fifth Agreement (with don Miguel Ruiz, and don Jose Ruiz).
Janet is also the editor and publisher of Deepak Chopra’s classic international bestselling title, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, and eleven world-renowned “Seth Books” by Jane Roberts. She credits the books she publishes for inspiring her belief system and transforming her life. Her personal mission is to share universal wisdom with others, and to help inspire others to live the life of their dreams. She lives in San Rafael, California.
Saskia Koerner - Photographer
Photographer Saskia Koerner started out as a fashion designer when she launched her own label 'Misfit' at the age of 18. Shops opened in Cape Town, Europe and Bali. After years of being on set at her own product shoots, Saskia decided to pursue her lifelong passion for photography when she began taking the shots herself.
Furthering her dream, Saskia graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Photography from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California in 2014. She recently moved back to Bali after living in New York City where she worked with Mary Ellen Mark, Nan Goldin and Kenneth Willard, and in her free time exploring the concrete jungle.
Realizing real jungles are her true environment and surfing is her ultimate passion, Saskia is focusing on fine art portraiture, fashion and lifestyle photography in Bali and throughout the Indonesian archipelago.
Currently you can find her working on a fine art palm tree series for a New York exhibit and a portrait series on single fin female surfers around the world.
Saskia Koerner - Photographer
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I discovered John Burgos and Beyond The Ordinary in their 6th Season during a very difficult time in my life. I just felt very heavy, and was going through tumultuous emotions of anger and sadness about different things in my life. One day I was working on my computer editing photos and wanted something to listen to and stumbled upon Beyond The Ordinary.
I was so moved and inspired and felt my vibration rising that I stopped my work and just listened. I was brought to tears of joy and I have listened loyally ever since. John Burgos is a visionary who has brought together an incredible panel of light-workers. I find I always hear exactly what you need, exactly when I need it. Replays are available for a week after each call if you are unable to tune in to the live call. I find it amazing to listen to lying in bed before I sleep as there are almost always guided meditations or activations on the calls.
I highly encourage you to join and listen in as often as you can.
HeatherAsh Amara - Author
HeatherAsh Amara is dedicated to inspiring depth, creativity, and joy by sharing the most potent tools from a variety of world traditions. She studied and taught extensively with don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements, and continues to teach with the Ruiz family. Raised in Southeast Asia, HeatherAsh has traveled the world from childhood and is continually inspired by the diversity and beauty of human expression and experience. She brings this openhearted, inclusive worldview to her writings and teachings, which are a rich blend of Toltec wisdom, European shamanism, Buddhism, and Native American ceremony. She loves traveling and sharing warrior glitter and goddess wisdom.
don Jose Ruiz - Author
don Jose Ruiz was born in Mexico City, Mexico and was raised in Tijuana, Mexico. When he was 21 he came to live in the U.S. with his father, don Miguel Ruiz. From a very young age don Jose was guided by many teachers present in his life including, his mother and father, his grandmother Sarita, and several other Naguals.
Through masterful guidance by his teachers and amazing life experiences with precision synchronicity, Jose came to 'silent knowledge'; he witnessed the world as it is, without any story. In his early twenties, don Jose lost his eyesight. In his process of surrendering, he learned the value of learning to listen; to listen to his inner wisdom and integrity and to see different perspectives, while knowing nothing is personal. He had a renewed love and gratitude for life ~ and he found acceptance, happiness and abundance; he found bliss. He grasped a true understanding of faith, love, gratitude and humility. Through his surrender and faith, in concert with modern medicine Jose recovered his eyesight.
Like his father, combining new insights with ancient wisdom, don Jose Ruiz is dedicating his life to sharing the ancient Toltec wisdom by translating it into practical, everyday life concepts that promote transformation through truth, love and common sense. don Jose teaches and lectures across the United States and around the world: Power Journeys to the pyramids of Teotihuacan, Palenque, Tulum and Coba; workshops with guest don Miguel or other teachers at Omega NY, Austin, and Vancouver.
don Jose Ruiz has now collaborated with his father don Miguel Ruiz on a new book that offers a fresh perspective on the Four Agreements, and a powerful new agreement for transforming our lives into our personal heaven: The Fifth Agreement.
The Universe of Now is an exciting project created by don Jose Ruiz. Use the Universe of NOW to become inspired and enjoy each moment, by living in the NOW. Become more aware of what inspires or un-inspires you, and practice to become an amazing artist of life.
One of don Jose’s newest passions is his band Circle of Shadows. The Circle of Shadows is a collective of artists that formed in 2008, inspired by the dream of different voices coming together to share a common message of truth. Although geographically dispersed, the various members of the collective gather to create, record and tour. In 2009, the group released their first studio album, don Jose Ruiz and The Circle of Shadows, a CD combining music with inspiring words and original artwork. The collective currently includes Jose Ruiz (author and Shaman), Greg Beaton (musician, producer and voice actor), Joe Gasparik (musician and producer), Aaron Landman (visual artist and video producer), and Jed Rees (musician, arranger and actor).
don Miguel Ruiz Jr. - Nagual
At the age of 14, don Miguel Jr. apprenticed to his father don Miguel Sr. and his grandmother, Madre Sarita. From that early age, he was called upon to translate Madre Sarita's prayers, lectures and workshops from Spanish into English. In this way, through constant repetition and review, he learned the content of her teachings in both languages.
Through interpreting for Madre Sarita, don Miguel Jr. came to understand the power of faith. He saw first-hand how she manifested her intent to heal people, both physically and spiritually.
don Miguel Jr.'s apprenticeship lasted 10 years. When he reached his mid-20's, his father intensified his training. At the apex of this power journey don Miguel said to his eldest son, "Find your way out. Go home and master Death by becoming alive."
For the past six years, don Miguel Jr. has applied the lessons learned from his father and grandmother to define and enjoy his own personal freedom while achieving peace with all of creation.
Today, don Miguel Jr. is married and has two young children. And so, as a Nagual he begins once again to pass along the wisdom and the tools of his family's traditions in helping others to achieve their own personal freedom and optimal physical and spiritual health.
Miguel Jr. has taken the lessons of his father and grandmother and discovered his own personal freedom. Being able to apply his teachings to the world around him gave Miguel Jr. a new understanding of the lessons his father and grandmother had passed onto him, once again giving him the desire to pass on his beliefs. After decades of training, Miguel Jr. was finally ready to share everything he had learned. As a Nagual, he now helps others discover optimal physical and spiritual health, so that they may achieve their own personal freedom.
Join Miguel every Tuesday at 10:00 AM PST for his radio show “The Way of The Desert” as he shares his beliefs using both the tools of his family's traditions and the knowledge gained through his own personal journey. You can also access the site to listen or download past archived shows.