A HarperElixir Book
The beloved teacher of spiritual wisdom and author of the phenomenal New York Times and international bestseller The Four Agreements takes readers on a mystical Toltec-inspired personal journey, introducing us to a deeper level of spiritual teaching and awareness.
In 2002, Don Miguel Ruiz suffered a near fatal heart attack that left him in a nine-weeks-long coma. The spiritual journey he undertook while suspended between this world and the next forms the heart of The Toltec Art of Life and Death, a profound and mystical tale of spiritual struggle. As his body lies unconscious, Ruiz’s spirit encounters the people, ideas, and events that have shaped him, illuminating the eternal struggle between life—unending energy and truth—and death—matter and subjective knowledge—in which we are all called to engage.
Over ten years in the making, The Toltec Art of Life and Death invites readers into the mind of a master of spiritual seeking, offering an unparalleled and intimate glimpse into the development of a soul. In this culmination of a lifetime's learning, Ruiz shares with readers the innermost workings of his singular heart and mind, and summons us to grapple with timeless insights, drawn from ancient Toltec wisdom, that are the essence of transformation.
About the Author
Don Miguel Ruiz is the international bestselling author of The Four Agreements (over seven years on the New York Times bestseller list), The Mastery of Love, The Voice of Knowledge, and coauthor of The Fifth Agreement. He has dedicated his life to sharing the wisdom of the ancient Toltec through his books, lectures, and journeys to sacred sites around the world.
Barbara Emrys is a spiritual teacher and the author of The Red Clay of Burundi: Finding God, the Music, and Me.
“Another classic that will bring joy and enlightenment to the world.”
— Deepak Chopra, author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
“Once again, Miguel Ruiz delivers the deepest truths in the most relevant ways. In The Toltec Art of Life and Death, his poetry, his wisdom, and his depth are as profound as ever.”
— Marianne Williamson, author of Return to Love and A Year of Miracles
“Love, death, tragedy, pyramids, shamans, and an unforgettable spiritual journey-it is all here but mostly you will remember the new lens by which you see your own world after reading this amazing story.”
— Dr. Joe Dispenza,, New York Times bestselling author of You Are the Placebo
“Don Miguel Ruiz is simply one of the greatest distillers of truth alive today.”
— Mike Dooley, New York Times bestselling author of Infinite Possibilities
“The ultimate vision quest . . . . A powerful look into the metaphysical life of a spiritual teacher. It provides insight into ancient Toltec wisdom that is seldom available in written form, or to the uninitiated.”
— Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight
“Readers will come away with a deeper understanding of life’s complexities.”
— Publishers Weekly