The Mastery Of Love – Don Miguel Ruiz
Genre: Non-fiction, Spiritual, Self-Help
Release Date: January 1999
I enjoyed this book. It was a quick and easy read that offered some very insightful advice regarding self love. One of the main topics that are discussed throughout the book is the importance of self love. Ruiz talks about love and creating meaningful relationships, not just a relationship/love between two people but the relationship you have with yourself. I like how Ruiz explains that we shouldn’t seek love, happiness, validation etc from our partners, our friends, our family or anybody we have a relationship with. When we rely on these things coming from an outside source we will never feel satisfied. We will always feel like it’s not enough. We have to find it from within and when we do that, we are able to build not only a better relationship with ourselves, but also better relationships with people because we already have what we want in abundance and we don’t have the expectation of anyone else having to give it to us.
The other topic that was consistent throughout this book was the idea that we have the power to create what we want. It talks about an interesting concept of how our mind and our body are separate from each other and have different needs, but the mind confuses the needs of the body with its own to create a sense of identity, but when we become self aware, we are able to create what we really want. I found this idea very interesting to read about and it really made me stop and think for a moment about how the body and mind are separate from one another.
This book is probably one of my new favourite self-help books I’ve read. After reading The Four Agreements I really wanted to read more of Don Miguel Ruiz’s work, so I picked up this one and I’m so glad I read it. I found this book insightful and easy to read and I liked that it included old tales/stories to give examples of the author’s ideas.
The biggest take away from this book for me is that we have the power within us to create and rule our own lives. I highly recommend that everyone give this a read.