This is the first in a brief series of summaries and reviews of “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz.
The Smokey Mirror Summary- Three thousand years ago there was a man who was studying to become a medicine man. He dreamed of being more, however. He had a transformative experience through nature that made him realize that everything exists together as life and light. Life is the force of the absolute. Everything is “God.” Life is light perceiving light. Matter is a mirror that reflects light. The world of illusion, of dream, is like smoke that does not allow us to see what we are. We are pure love and light. This man called himself the smokey mirror because he looked and could see himself in all things. The smoke, he said, is what kept others from recognizing that they were like him, a part of everything. If we open ourselves up to the possibilities, we as people can be mirrors. We can see ourselves in everything – every plant, animal, person, in all of nature, in all of light. If we accept this, we can lose judgement and become new people. Few may understand us, because with this acceptance we realize that we are “God.” God is in everything. Is everything. Because everything is part of one life force.
Review – To those of us rooted in pagan or earth-based spiritual paths, none of this is necessarily new. To those that consider themselves pantheists, this introduction to Don Miguel Ruiz’s book The Four Agreements is a comfortable assessment. God is not always viewed as a supreme being who watches over everything we “lowly” humans do. No – God can be everything. Exchange the word God for the Universe, Great Spirit, Goddess, Energy, Life-Force. It is all the same.
Energy, which this “account” of an ancient medicine man calls light, is what everything is made of. When we begin to accept that everything is made of the same energy and that we are a part of everything and everything is a part of us, it can transform how we look at the world and others. We (under normal circumstances) do not wish to hurt ourselves. Therefore, we should not wish harm on others or any part of the world, because it is all a part of us.