Like Don Miguel Ruiz, author of the best-selling book The Four Agreements, author Susan Gregg teaches readers how the ancient Toltec tradition can apply to life in the 21st century. For those who don't know, the Toltecs were an ancient race of people who flourished in Southern Mexico around 800 AD. "They were also a secret society dedicated to preserving the knowledge of the 'ancient ones,' who were great spiritual masters", according to Gregg, who goes on to explain that the Toltec tradition is a way of seeing beyond our perceived sense of reality and into an unlimited world of possibility.
Since Gregg is a dedicated teacher of this exciting (and yes, even faddish) Toltec tradition, she emphasises basic tools and specific examples rather than obscure parables and philosophies. Chapter titles such as, "Letting Go of the Past", "Finding a Happiness that Lasts" and "Where To Go For Support", sound more like self-help chapters than enticing discussions of mystical beliefs, but that is Gregg's point--why make this reality-blowing tradition obscure and inaccessible when its whole purpose is that of spiritual empowerment? As a push-up-your-sleeves-and-get-started primer, it can't be beat. But if you are looking for more lyrical or pensive prose, turn to Don Miguel or Don Juan. --Gail Hudson [via]