Born in Mexico / August 27, 1952 / Author, Teachter ,Shaman Don Miguel Ruiz was born into a family of healers and raised in rural Mexico by a curandera (healer/ medicine woman) mother and a nagual (shaman) grandfather. Although the family could sense that Miguel was next in line to carry on the ancestral Toltec lineage of the Eagle Night, he became distracted by the modern world and chose instead to become a surgeon and medical doctor. A near-death experience changed his life forever and he began an intensive practice of self inquiry. He devoted himself to the mastery of the ancient ancestral wisdom, studying earnestly with his mother, Dona Sarita and completing an apprenticeship with a powerful shaman in the desert. In the tradition of the Toltec, a nagual guides a person to personal freedom. Combining new insights with old wisdom, don Miguel has dedicated his life to sharing the ancient Toltec wisdom by translating it into practical concepts that promote transformation through truth and common sense. He is the author of numerous books including The Four Agreements, The Mastery of Love and The Four Agreements Companion Book. For more information go to