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Four Agreements. Don Miguel Ruiz. Toltec Legend of the Smokey Mirror

The Four Agreements

In my youth i once traveled to the Teotihuacan pyramids in Mexico. Teotihuacan means “The city of the Gods”, and i found a pamphlet that i kept for years, and what impressed me most of it was the title, and a verbal quote that the tour guide pointed. He said, “Teotihuacan means, the city where men come to become Gods, where they meditate for that…”
I said, What???.. And with the time i have come to a nicer approach of this truth, of what kind of wonderful multidimensional beings we are, and how meditation helps us integrate ourselves with what appears to be a huge impenetrable universe. And it is very uplifting to find these kind of mystic legends, like “The Smokey Mirror“, a great opening to Don Miguel Ruiz’s, The four agreements.

The Smokey Mirror
Three thousand years ago, there was a human just like you and me who lived near a city surrounded by mountains. The human was studying to become a medicine man, to learn the knowledge of his ancestors, but he didn’t completely agree with everything he was learning. In his heart, he felt there must be something more.One day, as he slept in a cave, he dreamed that he saw his own body sleeping. He came out of the cave on the night of a new moon. The sky was clear, and he could see millions of stars. Then something happened inside of him that transformed his life forever. He looked at his hands, he felt his body, and he heard his own voice say, “I am made of light; I am made of stars.”

He looked at the stars again, and he realized that it’s not the stars that create light, but rather light that creates the stars. “Everything is made of light,” he said, “and the space in-between isn’t empty.” And he knew that everything that exists is one living being, and that light is the messenger of life, because it is alive and contains all information.

In my work as a missionary i could talk to some people who had this kind of experience. It is somehow natural. People may experience themselves like when they see a static black and white screen, with spots of light and black moving.. then they realize these spots really are stars, then they see that the stars give shape to a body, and they realize it is their own body. When the mind bringing this understanding to the logic consciousness, the logic consciousness shocks and brings the person out of that dimensional experience. I could find 4 people who told me those kind of dreams or experiences in my tours through Central and South America.

 

Then he realized that although he was made of stars, he was not those stars. “I am in-between the stars,” he thought. So he called the stars the tonal and the light between the stars the nagual, and he knew that what created the harmony and space between the two is Life or Intent. Without Life, the tonal and nagual could not exist. Life is the force of the absolute, the supreme, the Creator who creates everything.

This is what he discovered: Everything in existence is a manifestation of the one living being we call God. Everything is God. And he came to the conclusion that human perception is merely light perceiving light. He also saw that matter is a mirror — everything is a mirror that reflects light and creates images of that light — and the world of illusion, the Dream, is just like smoke which doesn’t allow us to see what we really are. “The real us is pure love, pure light,” he said.

These paragraphs do go along with the yogic conception of the creator-creation interactivity. It is curious the toltecs had this wisdom on the very other side of the planet. The toltec, was one of the most important groups in the Mesoamerican culture. The wise ones, along with the Mayans and a few others.

This realization changed his life. Once he knew what he really was, he looked around at other humans and the rest of nature, and he was amazed at what he saw. He saw himself in everything — in every human, in every animal, in every tree, in the water, in the rain, in the clouds, in the earth. And he saw that Life mixed the tonal and the nagual in different ways to create billions of manifestations of Life.

In those few moments he comprehended everything. He was very excited, and his heart was filled with peace. He could hardly wait to tell his people what he had discovered. But there were no words to explain it. He tried to tell the others, but they could not understand. they could see that he had changed, that something beautiful was radiating from his eyes and voice. They noticed that he no longer had judgment about anything or anyone. He was no longer like anyone else.

He could understand everyone very well, but no one could understand him. They believed that he was an incarnation of God, and he smiled when he heard this and he said, “It is true. I am God. But you are also God. We are the same, you and I. We are images of light. We are God.” But still the people didn’t understand him.

This whole legend is so uplifting. A common person in a sincere search may have this kind of approach, and actually all mystic legends and tales are full of this freshness. It may happen to anyone in the world, whatever education or formation he or she has. The common factor is the sincere search or the sincere questioning, that brings this kind of responses from the universe.

He had discovered that he was a mirror for the rest of the people, a mirror in which he could see himself. “Everyone is a mirror,” he said. He saw himself in everyone, but nobody saw him as themselves. And he realized that everyone was dreaming, but without awareness, without knowing what they really are. They couldn’t see him as themselves because there was a wall of fog or smoke between the mirrors. And that wall of fog was made by the interpretation of images of light — the Dream of humans.

This is the sweetest description of how all misunderstandings are going on in this world. Very true.

Then he knew that he would soon forget all that he had learned. He wanted to remember all the visions he had had, so he decided to call himself the Smokey Mirror so that he would always know that matter is a mirror and the smoke in-between is what keeps us from knowing what we are. He said, “I am the Smokey Mirror, because I am looking at myself in all of you, but we don’t recognize each other because of the smoke in-between us. That smoke is the Dream, and the mirror is you, the dreamer.”

This is kind of the sad fate, that our worldly duties make us forget our highest dreams, even such a high and fresh revelation like this. This may be a teaching that revelations come to us in a natural way; it is just as the universe communicates with us, in multi-dimensional ways. Only we have to be aware of our multi-dimensional nature and develop it. I think meditations greatest help is to make us aware of our natural communication with the universe; i would say, integration with the universe.

I would love to have your feedback, please write your comments. Thank you for reading, and thank you Don Miguel Ruiz for bringing and sharing without altering, this beautiful legend.

If you would like reading an exclusive interview with Don Miguel Ruiz and The Four Agreements, please go here http://meditationstomeditate.com/2012/04/from-skepticism-to-umbreakable-faith/

 

 

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