Don Miguel Ruiz Jr., is a nagual or shaman, a Toltec master of transformation, and a direct descendant of the Toltecs of the Eagle Knight lineage.  He is the author of many books, including The Five Levels of Attachment, Living a Life of Awareness, The Mastery of Self, and The Don Miguel Ruiz’s Little Book of Wisdom. He also co-authored the book, The Seven Secrets to Healthy, Happy Relationships with his dear friend, HeatherAsh Amara.

Miguel begins our conversation with a powerful story about the impact of fear in our lives.  It was a story originally told to him by his uncle, and it’s called Hercules and the Plague.

Miguel says that respecting fear helps us find peace.  To do this, it’s critical to distinguish between the concept of fear and the function of fear.  The function of fear is clear: “Fear protects you and takes care of you when there’s a real danger.”

Later, Miguel offers the profound teaching that “today is the youngest day of your life.”   He reminds us that as long you are alive, you can still transform your life.  As he says: “I am still the infinite possibility because I’m alive”

For Miguel, it’s never too late to change your life: “I’m the youngest I will ever be, how do I want to live this life, how do I want to engage it.”  And he adds: “This is an opportunity right now to let go of that which does not serve me and find the thing that does.

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