The Circle of Fire Prayer

The Circle of Fire Prayer

by don Miguel Ruiz with Janet Mills

Many years ago, after finishing a cycle of teaching with my apprentices, we created the first Circle of Fire ceremony. The ceremony was for those who had recovered their will, their faith, and their love. All the people at the ceremony had experienced their divinity, but the challenge for them was to stay in heaven. They asked me, “Miguel, how can we stay there? Why do we have to come back?”

My answer was, “You aren’t staying in heaven because you still need to purify the mind. Your faith is powerful, but it is invested in what you believe you are, and most of what you believe about yourself is a lie. Take your faith out of the lies! Free your faith, and you will see how powerful you become.”

If there is anything in your life that takes away your happiness, you have all the power you need to change it. You don’t have to live with anger, or sadness, or jealousy. You don’t have to judge yourself, make yourself guilty, and punish yourself.

Words and prayers are powerful agreements, and you need to see what kind you are using every day: “Oh Lord, I am guilty, I should be punished for my sins.” What kind of prayer is that? If you believe you are guilty and deserve to be punished, you are asking for it!

Suffering and drama begin when you lie to yourself, even if you don’t realize you are lying. You can recover the truth of what you really are. When you finally see yourself as you are, when you finally take responsibility for your creation, you will cleanse the lies from your own creation. You will free yourself from emotional drama by uncovering all the lies you believe in. It is a process of unlearning the lies. It is a period of cleansing, and it has nothing to do with the dream of society. How can we change the dream of society if we can’t even cleanse the lies from our own dream?

“The Circle of Fire” prayer is enough for you to go to heaven and stay there. But first, you need to take the agreement, live the agreement, and make it yours. To say a prayer doesn’t take more than a minute, but you need the discipline to do it. Say the prayer first thing in the morning when you open your eyes; then say it again before you go to sleep. Dream the prayer. Feel the prayer with your emotional body. Be the prayer; align your faith and intent with the prayer until your whole life is based on this prayer.

Today, the day of the Lord
when the divinity returns to me
when living my free will, and with all the power of my spirit
I decide to live my life in free communion with God
with no expectations

I will live my life with gratitude, love, loyalty, and justice
beginning with myself
and continuing with my brothers and sisters

I will respect all creation
as the symbol of my love communion with the One who created me
to the eternal happiness of humanity

Living this prayer is about being alive, being in love, being who you really are. Every word in this prayer has the intent to heal your mind completely. It can heal every wound in your emotional body, and help you detach from whatever keeps you in drama and suffering.

You can change the story of your life at any time. You are the artist, and your art is your life. Today is the most wonderful day of your life – the day you agree to a new relationship with Life. This is the moment when you return to love by deciding to live in communion with our Creator, and that is heaven.


Adapted from The Circle of Fire: Inspiration and Guided Meditations for Living in Love and Happiness. Copyright © 2001 by Miguel Angel Ruiz, M.D., and Janet Mills. Reprinted by Permission of Amber-Allen Publishing, Inc., San Rafael, California.

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