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Ancient Wisdom, Modern Parenting & Finding Freedom With Don Miguel Ruiz Jr

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Imagine growing up with one of the world’s most famous spiritual teachers as your dad… Would you feel overshadowed? Would it cause you to rebel? And what kind of insider info would you glean when your whole life’s been steeped in spiritual traditions? I was beyond excited to ask these questions — and so much more — of today’s incredible podcast guest, Don Miguel Ruiz Junior.

Don Miguel Ruiz Senior — a.k.a. his father — has sold more than 10 million books, is the author of the bestselling The Four Agreements (among many others), and is considered a ‘national treasure’ in his native Mexico.

But far from resting on his dad’s laurels, Don Miguel Ruiz Jr has emerged as a spiritual leader in his own right — with books (including The Mastery of Self, and my personal fave, his Little Book of Wisdom), a radio show, and hugely popular speaking gigs around the globe.

After apprenticing to his dad and grandma for ten years, Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. has built on the lessons and philosophies he grew up with, to define and embody his own concept of personal freedom while achieving peace with all of creation. Fusing ancient Toltec wisdom with modern spirituality, this is a soul with much to share and a huge passion for empowering others.

So if you want lightbulb moments on topics as wide-ranging as conscious parenting, personal freedom, and achieving true success, slide in those ear buds and press play… there’s soul-gold aplenty in this one!

In this episode we chat about:

  • His journey, and what it was like growing up with a father who is one of the most famous spiritual teachers of our time (06:59)
  • Who his biggest spiritual teachers are (15:32)
  • What is the Toltec tradition? (17:35)
  • How he parents and inspires his children (24:18)
  • The truth about personal freedom and how to find it (27:49)
  • What to do if your child is rebelling (28:54)
  • Why letting your children learn their own lessons is the most powerful way to parent (31:46)
  • How to love and accept yourself unconditionally and why it’s imperative for inner freedom (41:56)
  • What he attributes his success to (50:16)
  • How to consciously parent (51:05)
  • Plus so much more!

Episode resources:

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Black Panther
Coco
Demian by Hermann Hesse
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
Open Wide by Melissa Ambrosini

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