Special Tribute to don Miguel Ruiz
by Allan Hardman
In early 1995, I had this dream:
I was leaving a simple cafe, probably in Mexico. As I walked past
a booth, I saw a man earnestly speaking to his young companion.
My instant thought was “That is a Nagual, talking to his apprentice.
That is the teacher I want!” I hesitated, then heard they
were speaking Spanish, and, in disappointment, continued out the
When I got outside, I realized
that I could understand what the teacher was saying, it was English!
I turned to return to the cafe, but the door was locked, and I could
not get back in.
In the dream, I vowed never to
let that happen again. If the Nagual/ teacher appeared again, I
would not walk away.
A few weeks later, someone told
me that there was a Toltec Nagual teaching in Sacramento, 2 hours
from my home in Northern California. Within a short time, I found
myself in the presence of don Miguel Ruiz.
I did not walk away. I stayed.
I joined every teaching opportunity. In addition to the many workshops
he offered at that time, I traveled with don Miguel to countless
sacred sites -- Teotihuacán, Oaxaca, Palenque, Chichen Itza
and Tulúm in Mexico, the Mayan temples of Honduras and Guatemala,
the Great Pyramids of Egypt, Machu Picchu, Peru, and even Mt. Shasta.
In time, he began to ask many
of his early apprentices to teach with him. More and more people
were being drawn to his message, and it was our turn, now. Clearly,
teaching was the new way of learning for many of us. Then it was
time to go solo. He had faith in us, and always great love for us.
He had faith in me, and huge patience, as I have described in “Allan,
the Reluctant Apprentice” in my Joydancer Notebook.
For that patience and love, don
Miguel, I will always be grateful beyond words. You have given me
Life. You have shown me the power of a Life lived in acceptance
and love for Creation and Creator. You have shown me the key to
living in a happiness that is purely mine, and that no one can take
away from me. What you have given me, you have offered to the world,
through your books and tireless travel. You have given us You, so
that we might find what You are, within us. You have given us the
ultimate gift of pure Love. Thank you, Miguel Ruiz.
Several years ago, I asked don
Miguel “How can I ever show you my gratitude for what you
have given me?” His answer was simple: “Share with others
what you have become through this experience with me.”
And that is what I have done ever
The pages that follow share some
favorite photo memories of my journey with don Miguel, and the gang
of fellow apprentices that traveled with me. I am grateful to you,
too, my Toltec brothers and sisters, for this journey would not
have been possible without your love, laughter, tears, companionship,
courage, and support. I honor you here as well.
Continue to the Photo
Album of Miguel.
For more information about my fellow teachers
on this path,
see the Joydancer Links and Resources pages.