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The Voice of Knowledge: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  2,766 ratings  ·  148 reviews
In this version of the fourth book in the popular series, don Miguel Ruiz reminds readers of a profound yet simple truth: The only way to end emotional suffering and restore joy in living is to stop believing in lies - mainly about ourselves. Ruiz refers to the forbidden tree of knowledge, likening the abandonment of the true self to the fall from heaven. This fall, he say ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published March 10th 2004 by Amber-Allen Publishing (first published 2004)
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Donna
Nothing new here, but some good reminders all the same.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: “I don’t need to justify my love. I love you because this is my pleasure. Love coming out of me makes me happy, and it’s not important if you reject me because I don’t reject myself. In my story, I live in an ongoing romance, and everything is beautiful for me.” [p. 166]
Melissa
this book makes me realize how inadequate my words are in so many ways. specifically, any review i can give would pale in comparison to how this book makes me feel and what it makes me realize.

all my life, i have prided myself on being 'smart'. i have been proud of what i know. and lately, i have had a strong awareness of how little i truly know. this book confirms another lesson that i have been learning - my 'knowledge' is frequently a lot of lies & assumptions. and my clinging to it cause
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Gina
A great spiritual book, that guides you towards going beyond identification with your mind, ego, and false beliefs. Ruiz calls the ego mind the "storyteller," and he points out it is telling lies. The book helps tame this voice in your head. The author also describes his own spiritual journey and awakening, where he reencountered love, returned to common sense, and regained his own authenticity.

The book is great for overcoming negative thoughts, and false limiting beliefs: so you can move from f
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Sue Smith
A very short and sweet story that really knows how to pack a punch. One that makes you sit up and think anyways. Certainly it's one that will help you retain your consciousness when you're making decisions. Because ultimately, it's all about conscious choice. Not always an easy thing to be aware of. It's really about trying to learn to be in the now and accepting who you really are without assessing yourself and others by seeing through jaded eyes. This book isn't a one time read either. I thin ...more
Devika Koppikar
I am intrigued by the concept where Ruiz states: everything we know is a projection of our perception and internalization of socialization. His analogy of comparing a painter’s art piece to our brain’s projection was amazing.

While reading this book, I was going over a unit about internal dialogue in my Speech Communication class…and the subject resonated well. In fact, I recommended it to my students as suggested reading.

However, I didn’t like that Ruiz kept referring to our internal dialogue a
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Hugo
"The way to transform what you believe about yourself is to unlearn what you have already learned. When you unlearn, your faith returns to you, your personal power increases, and you can invest your faith in new beliefs."

"The best way to write your story is with love. Love is the material that comes directly from your integrity, from what you really are."

"When you enjoy the presence of yourself, you love yourself not because of the way you are, but because of what you are. The more you love your
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Wholenewlight
If it's true that to effect the revolution "you've got to free your mind instead" as John Lennon said, then this book is a worthy place to begin. It offers a brief reprise of his first book The Four Agreements toward the end that sheds a helpful perspective on those agreements. This book is a tonic that hopefully will seep into the veins of us all.
Michele Harrod
Fantastic. If only everyone could take hold of this concept and embrace it - we would indeed be living in heaven on earth and doing nothing but enjoying our own personal stories, and allowing others to enjoy the perfect creation of theirs. A blissful concept that I will try to embrace.
D'Arcy
Just finished this up in two days. Many of the words echo his past works, many are new perspectives, including one on the Adam and Eve story that I found a bit compelling. You just go away from Ruiz's works feeling lighter and more alive.
Vaishali
I kept with this til the end, even though half-way through I was thinking "This book is over." Many swamis, gurus, and authors have spoken these words, so Ruiz is saying nothing new. Absolutely nothing. Ruiz intros and ends the book with Adam and Eve. HELLO -- we're living in a global world now, Mr. Ruiz ; not everyone is monotheistic, and pandering to the Walmart majority is really passe, really insulting. Someone needs to tell this guy that the internet exists. The Four Agreements offered read ...more
Thanh
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy? -Albert Einstein
Kat Klavon
Another gem for my treasure chest of books! Real clarity on the four agreements, in ways that are so perfect! I'm blessed to have been able to read this series of books. I think it is the ultimate on wisdom and will be a factor in the authentic life that I am having, so i can be happy without needing a reason to be. I want my beloveds to read this book. I hope to plant the seeds in my family because life is too amazing to be anything but unhappy! This is not a self help book, and yet, it is a tr ...more
Doug
Sep 04, 2009 Doug rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
I am so disappointed in this book, that it is almost not worth the effort to jot down a review. For more than the first half of the book, the English is so bad that is it hard to follow and what you can follow seems to fold back over itself numerous times. Most of the time I was lost and I'm pretty sure that the author was too ... but that didn't seem to stop him from trying to move forward. At times it felt like I was reading a strange movie script, where not only does the main character consta ...more
David C. Mueller
A very modernistic, new-age take on the Toltec Wisdom Tradition. Since I had no previous knowledge of this tradition, I cannot gauge how well the author has updated the teachings of this tradition for modern readers interested in self-improvement. I can say that the author's insights match my own life-experience in many ways. While written in a quite compassionate tone, the book offers a strong counterpoint to the stories most of us carry inside of us; stories usually full of inaccuracies about ...more
Jen
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Emily Madill
'The Voice of Knowledge ~ A Practical Guide to Inner Peace', was written by Don Miguel Ruiz. He is also the author of the International Bestseller 'The Four Agreements'. I really enjoyed reading this book and have actually read it twice; each time I found I learned new ways to adopt the principles in my own life. This guide is based on Ancient Toltec Wisdom, which I found to be informative, intriguing and to have great depth without being too complex. Don Miguel Ruiz wrote in a way that was easy ...more
Alicia
This is a great book. It helps that I have already read "The Mastery of Love" and "The Four Agreements," but I think it would be fine to read this one first if you don't have the others. The thing I like about already being familiar with this author is the way I was able to start putting into practice his ideas. When I first read his other books I thought that his ideas made sense, but I didn't realize until reading this time that I hadn't started putting them into practice. Now I am finding it ...more
Cennet
I recommend this book which is also similar to Eckhard Tollerts book 'A new earth'.
'The Voice of Knowledge' is a great spiritual book, that guides you towards going beyond identification with your mind, ego, and wrong beliefs. Don Miguel Ruiz calls the ego mind the "storyteller," and he points out it is telling lies. The book helps to tame this voice in your head. The author also describes his own spiritual journey and awakening.

The book is great for overcoming negative thoughts, and false limi
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Jessica
Such a disappointment! Ruiz was all over the place. It's like he just got really excited to write this book & his mind started jumping from one thing to the next without any order. There are some very solid points (that I have heard before), but it's just such a jumbled mess that it ruined the whole reading experience for me.
Ruby
In this book, Mr. Ruiz delves into how we, as humans, have fallen victim to the negative inner voice that tells us we’re not good enough; strong enough; beautiful enough; or valuable enough. He talks of how we fall prey to believing that voice, and the voices of those in our external world, making us feel that we are not enough. This is an enlightening book that offers suggestions for silencing the inner negative voices that can often do more harm than good. This is a good read for anyone who wa ...more
Tiffany
I don't agree with his premise that Satan lives in the tree of knowledge in our minds or that knowledge is bad & my life is actually a dream BUT he had some great points about how we listen to the part of ourselves that tells us how awful we are & how we believe it even though it's a lie. This book really makes you think about what you are thinking & points out that we need to respect ourselves & love ourselves & not poison ourselves or those around us with self-hatred. Thoug ...more
Ginger Leroy
Much better than Mastery of Love. I feel refreshed after reading this small book. It, like the Four Agreements, is a keeper. It will be reread and referred to, often.
Scott
Feb 01, 2009 Scott is currently reading it
don Miguel tells us that the voice that we hear, speaking inside our heads, seeming to be our thoughts, is not our own voice. It is not I. I have read SO many books that make mythologies, elaborate structures, and dense explanations leading to something like this same conclusion.

He is from the same school of thought as Carlos Castenada, but much more straight forward. Both writers emphasize the importance of "stopping the internal dialogue". A time or two, I have done that. And I'm always amazed
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Jennifer
From the start of the book he gives us his own retelling of a classic biblical story. I didn't quite agree with his take on it, I've heard other retellings that I really resonated with, and this one just didn't do it for me. I decided to skip ahead in the book a bit to see if there were other gems of wisdom to be found, but again I started reading a passage I just couldn't connect with.

I highly recommend "The Four Agreements" and personally enjoyed "Beyond Fear", but this one just doesn't make
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Amy
I will reread this book because it is a classic
Tanya
I really enjoyed this book it makes you look at life in a different way and you are able to stop worrying so much about what others do and say.
Joelle Anthony
So far, this one spoke to me the most.
Sandy
It's a book that makes you reflect.
Stacy
Apr 08, 2014 Stacy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked "The Four agreements", and "The Mastry of Love"
Shelves: spiritual
I like what Ruiz has to say about "The Storyteller". This is the idea that we are all here writing our own story. The way your story unfolds is entirely up to you, and everyone else is also writing their own story. Another person's perception of life is up to them to write the way they see it. It is not your job to change their beliefs. The key is to focus on your own life, perform your own goodness in this world with your own pen, and love people in whatever story they are writing.
Jwhetstone
Disagree with the philosophy but the essential point of allowing others to be who they are without personalizing their choices helps deal in relationships. I got a lot out of the basic jist of the book even though I disagreed with the religion. Some truths rang true...everyone makes up their own world by what they think and choose to believe, therefore we have choices that affect how we see and feel in life. We are much more in control of our feelings than we think.
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The 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.

In the tradition of the Toltec, a Nagual guides an individual to personal freedom. Combining new insights with old wisdom, don Miguel has
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