The three Toltec masteries

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The three Toltec masteries

by don Miguel Ruiz and Janet Mills

Thousands of years ago the Toltec created three masteries to guide us out of suffering and return us to our true nature, which is happiness, freedom, and love. The Toltec encouraged us to see ourselves with truth, and they created a mastery just for awareness. The first mastery, the Mastery of Awareness, is the first step toward personal freedom because we cannot be free if we don’t know what we are, where we are, or what kind of freedom we are looking for. In this mastery, we become aware of the fog that is in our mind. We become aware that we are dreaming all the time, and that everybody else is dreaming. The Mastery of Awareness can also be called the Mastery of Truth.

The second Toltec mastery, the Mastery of Transformation, shows us how to change the dream of our life. The goal of the second mastery is to put order into the chaos of all of the voices inside our mind — to face our fears, to transform our fears, and to get results. The result we want is the freedom to live our own life instead of the life of our belief system. The Mastery of Transformation is achieved by changing our agreements and reprogramming our own mind in our own way. The Four Agreements are a summary of the Mastery of Transformation.

The result of the first two masteries is the Mastery of Love or Intent. From the Toltec point of view, love or intent is that part of life that makes the transformation of energy possible. It is Life itself; it is unconditional love. Everything is made with love because everything comes from God or Life. When we master love, we master the dream of our life, and when all three masteries are accomplished, we reclaim our divinity and become one with God. Then every action we take is an expression of the One Being. This is the goal of the Toltec.

Just imagine if you could live in a society where The Four Agreements were a habit for everybody. Imagine living in a society where everybody practiced love until they mastered love. It will happen; it is just a matter of time. There is already a new dream in this world that is ready to be dreamed by humans.

If you practice The Four Agreements, you will master The Four Agreements. Eventually, after many repetitions, these agreements will become a habit, and you will see how your life is transformed. By using The Four Agreements in your own life, you modify your personal dream, and soon your new dream will modify the outside dream. There is no need to actively try to modify the outside dream. This happens naturally as a result of your own transformation. Deciding to focus on your own freedom isn’t selfish; it is the greatest gift you can give to humanity.

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Excerpt from The Four Agreements Companion Book: Using The Four Agreements to Master the Dream of Your Life. Copyright © 2000 by Miguel Angel Ruiz, M.D. and Janet Mills. Reprinted by Permission of Amber-Allen Publishing, Inc., San Rafael, California.

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