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The Voice of Knowledge: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  7,242 ratings  ·  302 reviews
In THE VOICE OF KNOWLEDGE, Miguel Ruiz reminds us of a profound and simple truth: The only way to end our emotional suffering and restore our joy I living is to stop believing in lies - mainly about ourselves. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, this breakthrough book shows us how to recover our faith in the truth and return to our own common sense.

Ruiz changes the way we perc
Paperback, 234 pages
Published March 10th 2004 by Amber-Allen Publishing (first published 2000)
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Jan 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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]
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sue Smith
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Kat Klavon
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Devika Koppikar
Oct 22, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Nov 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
"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
Carlina Pappo
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
The lies in our story are not important. "WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS TO ENJOY OUR TIME IN THIS REALITY, TO LIVE IN HAPPINESS WHILE WE ARE ALIVE." There is no reason for our life to be controlled by fear and lies. This book is a MUST READ. Not the type of book you want to read quickly but the type you want to take your time reading to soak up all the knowledge it has to offer. This book makes me view life a lot differently. During this read I had many moments of clarity.. it opened my eyes and it felt ...more
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-improvement
Skip this... Not nearly as timeless, intelligent, or practical as his agreements books.
R.W. Erskine
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it
not a bad read but he repeats himself a lot to try and make a point.

for a book as the title implies should be the less said the more is said.

Dec 31, 2019 added it
For me, sort of an unratable meh. It was in my path, I read it. I was justly rewarded for the laziness? compulsiveness? of my choice.
Marilyn Bahena
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Voice of Knowledge
The Voice of Knowledge is a non-fiction book by Don Miguel Ruiz. This book is mainly about how to stop believing lies that we believe and tell ourselves. It’s a guide to change the way we perceive ourselves and change the way we look at others. The purpose of this book is to take us back to the way we perceived the world when we were two years old.
This book begins with teaching the reader that we have our own Tree of Knowledge which is our personal belief system; it’s ba
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: spirituality
I found this book to be much less useful than The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom . In this book the author seems to somewhat be making a cash grab based on previous success. The main reason I am saying this is that this book doesn't feel like its filled with love as did The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom. Also the book seems to say only one thing: that people create stories that are interpretations of reality and not reality. Hearing variations of ...more
Dec 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I struggled with this book more than his others because he used such heavy Judeo-Christian imagery, and kept using the word "knowledge" like it was a bad thing/full of lies. I tried to see past that and found some kernels of wisdom.

I think the basic idea he's trying to convey is that we are born innocent, and then as we grow up we are socialized and taught about how to behave, etc., which turns us into different people than our true authentic selves. My only problem with this idea is that he se
Constance Cates
Apr 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
For a book that’s supposed to be a “practical guide”, there was nothing practical about this nonsensical rambling mess of pages. I gave up reading the whole thing and just read the bullet points at the end of each chapter, and still it had no clear picture of what the hell it was supposed to be going on about. Oh, you want inner peace? Well too bad, you can’t trust yourself because of Adam and Eve.
It seemed way too pessimistic for something I thought would be soothing and relaxing (and frankly,
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Aug 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Michele Harrod
Aug 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy? -Albert Einstein
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Read, "The four agreements" by the same author. All other books by this author are not good enough. ...more
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020, dharma
Excellent! In this one we Miguel Ruiz explores the "disease" of the human mind. Specifically the narrative one's own ego creates.
Sidney (aka Sidsbooks)
The Voice of Knowledge by Don Miguel Ruiz eludes to the judgement we carry daily within our mind. The one that sets us up to fear, rationalise and form assumptions. While this book wasn't my favourite of Ruiz I can respect how he focused on the mind as an integral part of our internal suffering. One must learn to balance all three components that make up who we are; our mind, body and soul. This should be part of our practice. ...more
Sep 04, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 30, 2011 rated it liked it
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. Though his religious beli ...more
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I had a real cognitive disconnect while reading this book. Ruiz uses the word "knowledge" to describe what I (and others) term ego. For me 'having a knowing' is to be connected with my inner higher self--a place beyond faith.

I appreciated his book, but if you want a book about connecting with the watcher inside who experiences the emotions that hook you, cause you to react, and create delusions to shield you from your fears, read The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael Singer
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fantastic read! This is the first time I’ve read a novel quite like this! I definitely feel clarity upon reading certain passages and strength to find inner peace. While I read it all the way through, I am sure others can read chapters whenever they feel like it. You don’t need to read it from beginning to end to receive Don Miguel Ruiz’s message. Unfortunately, I found myself rushing through this to finish it, which may have prevented me from fully enjoying its contents. I know I’ll ...more
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read most of his books and all though he does talk about similar topics, he rewords it differently and I was able to get new insights.

I decided to write down all of my favorites quotes from this book!
If you are wondering whether to read this or not, I hope my quotes sharing helps you to decide!
James Williams
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I did not want to put this book down. This is a life-changing, and it probes deep into the story of Adam and Eve. Readers will learn to stop the mitote inside one's mind and learn to live a life full of unconditional love and respect. I recommend this book to anyone who believes in God because it goes beyond any religion or spiritual understanding of God.

Dr. James Arthur Williams
Truc-Vien Nguyen
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mind
Excellent wisdom to end our emotional suffering and restore our faith, confidence and joy. Everything the others think about us is just an image in their thoughts. Everyone builds an image for each person in their lives. This book shows us the way to recover our pristine conception, our faith in the truth and return to our own nature..
Tomungo X
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has some esoteric thinking in it. Its a good read, with heavy reflections and some even deep conscious and subconscious upper level spiritual thinking, thought provoking and enticing teachings to live with love and tranquility. And a touch of seeing multiple universes and seeing more than oneself. I dunno, mAybe im reading way into it.
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