Mastery of Self

“The Mastery of Self” by Don Miguel Ruiz Jr


Members of the reading group loved this short book saying how amazed they were by the wealth of personal growth material in so few pages. They felt that it was laid out in such a way that it appeared they were being taken on a journey back through their past and around into the present. Some readers struggled with the chapters on unconditional love and understanding emotions, realizing that they still had some way to travel in their own personal development. Others found they could easily relate to the chapters on the multiple masks they wear and the habit of beating themselves up when it comes to goal setting. They thought that the exercises at the end of each chapter were surprisingly deep and they agreed that it was a book to dip into again and again whenever the need for healing arose.

Favourite Quote

A Master of Self recognizes that any negative emotions that are arising are really a gift, an opportunity for discovery, as no one else is responsible for your emotional reactions except you. This last sentence bears repeating: No one else is responsible for your emotional reactions except you. Others can say and do anything they like, but what happens inside you is only the result of what you are thinking and feeling.


The ancient Toltecs believed that Life as we perceive it is a dream. We each live in our own personal dream, and all of our dreams come together to make the Dream of the Planet. Problems arise when we forget that the dream is just a dream and fall victim to believing that we have no control over it… Read more

Self-Help Spring Season Reading list (Apr – Jun 2017)

“Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive” by Jack Canfield, et al
“What I Know For Sure” by Oprah Winfrey
“The Mastery of Self: A Toltec Guide to Personal Freedom” by Don Miguel Ruiz Jr.

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