I interviewed one of my heroes today, Don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements, which according to his bio “spent 7 years on the NY Times bestseller list and was the 36th bestselling book of the decade”, one assumes in the 1990’s.
Here’s the thing he wrote which was a life-changer for me, from his book “The Voice of Knowledge”:
“I know what I know. Why tell myself what I already know? Does that make sense? It’s just a habit. I don’t waste my time and energy by talking to myself. I no longer have that ongoing voice in my head, and I can assure you that it’s wonderful. You don’t need internal dialogue; you can know without thinking.”
That last sentence about internal dialogue hit me like a ton of bricks when I first read it, because I just knew it was true even though it had never really occurred to me before.
The interview itself was a bit of a let down from my end simply because the audio connection was so bad. You could feel the love and joy pouring off him from the moment he came on the air, but he was on skype and then a cellphone, so I’m not sure how easy it will be to listen to when it goes live in June. It’s part of a series of 100 interviews with 100 thought leaders that Hay House are hosting as a “World Summit”, and while I’d sworn off anything that smacked of Joint Venturing (perhaps a topic for a future post), this one was a no-brainer to be involved with. Essentially, I’m interviewed for the series by Greg Sherwood and I’m interviewing Gregg Braden, Don Miguel Ruiz, Neil Donald Walsch, Iyanla Vanzant, Joe Dispenza, David Hamilton, Robert Holden, Gay Hendricks, and Jack Canfield.
I think I played it cool enough to wait until they finished asking me before saying ‘yes’, but I’m not sure if I quite pulled it off…