We live in our minds. We all do. Most of the time, we do not see that what we believe about ourselves or about the world is influenced by our attachments – thoughts and beliefs that we cling onto and have said, “yes” to that have a tendency to distort our perceptions. Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. in The Five Levels of Attachment: Toltec Wisdom for the Modern World discusses what these are and why we choose to live this way. He explains the five levels of attachments in great detail: authentic self, preference, identification, internalization, and fanaticism. He also summarizes how our beliefs are tied to our identity and how that identity is created based on the opinions and judgments of others. Ruiz helps us understand how we create our own superstitions and become fanatics of our own attachments and more. In conclusion, he offers solutions to help us identify our attachments, where we are stuck in our thinking, how we can alter our attachments, and how to change our beliefs and become unhindered by judgment and free to live our true life’s calling.
I found don Miguel Ruiz Jr.’s Five Levels of Attachment fascinating, challenging, and inspirational. It is a book I want to keep on my shelf and refer to often. It has helped me realize my own attachments and how they do and have influenced my beliefs and actions. Ruiz Jr. has made me realize that I have work to do in releasing some of my own current attachments that hinder my beliefs. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a way to live a more authentic, loving, open, and joyful life. It will help you see your own setbacks in your thinking and beliefs and help you move to a more healthy and loving nature.
At the age of fourteen, don Miguel Ruiz Jr. apprenticed to his father, don Miguel Sr. and his grandmother, Madre Sarita. From that early age, he was called upon to translate Madre Sarita’s prayers, lectures, and workshops from Spanish to English. Through this experience, he saw first-hand how she manifested her intent to heal people both physically and spiritually. He then discovered his own attachments and a journey of healing began. Don Miguel Jr.’s apprenticeship lasted ten years. In his mid-twenties, his father intensified his training.
Today, don Miguel Jr. is married and has two young children. As a Nagual, he has become ready to pass along the wisdom and the tools of his family’s traditions in helping others to achieve their own personal freedom and optimal physical and spiritual health. The wisdom of his grandmother and of his father, don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements, continues to be his greatest influence and catalyst for conscious healing and change. Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. is also the author of Living a Life of Awareness and The Mastery of Self.