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Summary

In The Voice of Knowledge, don Miguel Ruiz reminds us of a profound and simple truth: The only way to end our emotional suffering and restore our joy in living is to stop believing in lies, mainly about ourselves.

Before we learn to speak, our true nature is to love and be happy, to explore and enjoy life. As little children, we are completely authentic. Our actions are guided by instinct and emotions, we listen to the silent "voice of our integrity". Once we learn to speak, the people around us hook our attention and program us with knowledge. The "voice of knowledge" comes alive inside our head, and what is that voice telling us? Mostly lies. That voice never stops talking, judging, gossiping, and abusing us. It constantly sabotages our happiness and keeps us from enjoying a reality of truth and love.

Ruiz shows us how to recover the silent voice of our integrity and find inner peace. When the voice of knowledge no longer controls us, our life becomes an expression of our authentic self, just as it was before we learned to speak. Then we return to the truth, we return to love, and we live in happiness again.

©2004 Migeul Angel Ruiz and Janet Mills (P)2005 Amber-Allen Publishing

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Life changing

I love this book. it's such a different take on truth and knowledge. I listened to it most nights before going to sleep. the narrator has the most soothing voice and I keep going back to it when I need to be reminded to check my head

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Only one point and not a new one but a good one

If you find other Buddhist or Yogic presentations hard to hear and a South American/Christian presentation might work for you then maybe this would stand out amongst other similar titles for you. It’s short and sweet, he only really has one thing to say but to be fair it is probably the most important out of the several different pieces of advice you’d get in a longer book. For me, I’d recommend Michael Singer over this one, starting with The Untethered Soul but all his stuff is great if you can deal with his style (that book is not read in the author’s voice, which can take some getting used to, so that’s why I’d recommend that one first). For those who prefer Christian stuff also check out Anthony De Mello.

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Loved it

I learner so much from this book and will go back to it time and time again
A definite must read

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enlightening

loved this book, can't stop listening to it..want to listen to it over and over. happiness is inside you. this life is a gift.

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Thought Provoking

Simply written, enjoyable and thought provoking.
a different approach to life and how to live it.
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Sublime

Freedom from the lies holding you down and reconnection with your own true source. Returning to this beautiful book frequently brings you home.

Don Miguel Ruiz & Peter Coyote is a match made in heaven! (Literally)

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Outstanding

As a follower of the Three Principles. I found it Amazing these words of wisdom originate as far back as the 10th century such a simple philosophies that we all need to follow in this very hectic modern world. The Author almost has a Hypnotic tone to his voice .!! Which helps the chapters resonate even more.

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A truly wonderful book. A wonderful writer with beautiful insight into what makes us human and who we are

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Wonderful truth

An absolutely insightful message delivered in a wonderfully simple way. A book filled with knowledge that everyone would benefit from reading.

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Beautiful Truth

These beautiful words will change me and the way I respond and interact with others. One to be read over and over.

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  • Lea Zimmerman
  • 29-04-11

lovely but abridged

I loved the other Don Miguel Ruiz audios and they are transforming me... but I would not have ordered this one had I realized it was abridged. The others are not, so I didn't even check. With that said, I still gleaned a lot from the book but wanted to mention the abridgement in case that is important to other potential listeners.

You will feel much more in touch with your real 'Self' after listening to Toltec wisdom.

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  • Victoria Evangelina
  • 26-09-12

change the story!

Change the story in your head and stop believing all the lies you have told yourself, and other people have told you. Believe in light and love and kindness; pray to be shown the way. A very inspirational book!!!

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  • CBG BRAIDS
  • 12-02-19

why did I waited so long!!!

I was advised by a dear friend to read the Four agreements about 5 years ago. after listening/reading the four agreements. I knew I had to read all Ruiz books.They have healing powers. I have being going through a great deal of different levels of anxiety ,depression with love ones also with every day challenges that life as to offer. throughout this journey I lost my faith in God,in my self. I couldn't understand what was happening. One day after trying to make sense of the pain, the anxiety ,sleeplessness night . I remember the voice in my head said "read the 4 agreement " okay! I am thinking to myself why not! I can do better I will listen to it! that's much better. My hands are always in someone's hair. So I start to listen it and i have applied those words and advice to my daily life. I have been free from all the emotional toxins ,wheather it was from someone else or self inflicted and all the domesticated habits ,the lies my father told me as a little girl, the sexual abuse from family members, I mean endless and ongoing pain after pain years after years now I am free ! free to be me free to love without judging . No one says it was going to be easy but I have found myself. the Voice of knowledge was the icing on the cake !!! can't wait to read all Ruiz book! I am in love again!!!!

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  • Alison
  • 27-05-09

A new way to see yourself and others

This is a beautiful and gentle way of seeing others and yourself in a much more compassionate way. Knowing that everything we are programmed with is just a habit that has been deeply entrenched over the millenia. The beauty about a habit is that it's changeable when you do another behaviour instead.

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  • Jeff Redondo
  • 19-06-18

Gets better in the second haf

I found the first half to be a set-up for the second half. I felt the last half was we're all the meat was. Reframing the story of Adam and Eve was a highlight of the book.

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  • Tim Moore
  • 22-05-17

absolutely incredible has changed my life

The Four Agreements and the fifth agreement and the Book of Knowledge is absolutely the most incredible I opening thing I have ever listen to or read in my entire life it completely and I mean completely changed everything on how I think and how I feel and what I know thank you Don Miguel Ruiz you are a gift that is worth more than $1000000 thank you from the bottom of my heart I live by this and I have been trying to get other people to listen to it because it is the greatest gift I could ever give anybody ever so help me God I swear thank you thank you thank you mr. Don Miguel Ruiz

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  • Kelly
  • 05-09-20

Evil is real

It contradicted itself a few times, but over all not bad. The advise applies to a small group of people in my opinion. Sticking your head in the sand about the evils of the world is condoning it.

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  • Ian
  • 12-05-09

This resonated with me

I found the first chapter to be kind of a strugle but it definitely got better from there.

The author's metaphore is simple and altruistic.

I liked his view of the "Truth" and "lies" and found it refreshing and simple way of dealing with one's self and surroundings.

I hope I can silence the "lies" as he puts it.

Easily worth the time and money for me.

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  • Epilogue
  • 28-01-06

Beautiful and profound

This is a must for all seekers. There are no words to explain, what Miguel does in this book.

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  • 17-04-18

You create your story

This author explains why we see things the way we do, from our past experiences.

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