It is my belief that once you awaken, and you start on your own spiritual path, you begin to see that every religion and every tradition teaches almost exactly the same universal truths; they just all go about it in different ways. This is a great thing, because as I mentioned before, different modalities will resonate for different people. It is up to you to find the one that will open the door for you.
And so here are some resources that will take you along the Toltec path.
The best known modern teachings of the ancient Toltec wisdom are the Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz.
This book is a terrific quick read. The concepts are seemingly simple, but when you try to put them into practice, you’ll see that it’s really hard work.
If you haven’t done a lot of meditative inquiry, you might also find some ideas to be revolutionary. My favorite one is don’t take anything personally. At first you think “ok. sure. I can try not to take things personally.” But when you dive deep with that one, and you really try not to take anything at all personally, you start to bump up against your value system, which makes you wonder if there are some things that should be taken personally – which is exactly the point. When you’ve gotten a handle on the Four Agreements, there is the Fifth Agreement, which will take you deeper into the mastery of awareness, transformation, and intent. These are the three pillars of the Toltec tradition.
I first came upon Don Miguel through the teachings and interpretations of Gary Van Warmerdam. Gary studied for many years with Don Miguel, and ultimately developed his own program based on many of the Toltec principals. It was Gary’s podcasts and Self Mastery program that opened the door for me. There are other former students of Don Miguel, who help to explain the ideas and put the principals into practical terms. (Susan Gregg, and her books Dance of Power: A Shamanic Journey, and The Toltec Way are terrific. I highly recommend them!)
I’m very excited to share with you that I’m currently doing a spiritual apprenticeship program with Gaya Jenkins; a spiritual master in her own right; who was also don Miguel’s wife for many years. I can’t begin to tell you how much I love our sessions and how wonderful it is to have Gaya in my life. Once you’ve done a lot of the heavy lifting through meditation and inquiry, you’ll want to find a teacher (in whatever tradition you decide works for you). I wish for you all that you find one as wise, as honest and as loving as Gaya.