Monthly Archives: August 2013

Don Miguel Ruiz’s – The Four Agreements

Don Miguel Ruiz’s – The Four Agreements

Don Miguel Ruiz’s book, The Four Agreements was published in 1997. For many, The Four Agreements is a life-changing book, whose ideas come from the ancient Toltec wisdom of the native people of Southern Mexico. The Toltec were ‘people of knowledge’ – scientists and artists who created a society to explore and conserve the traditional spiritual knowledge and practices of their ancestors. The Toltec viewed science and spirit as part of the same entity, believing that all energy – material or ethereal – is derived from and governed by the universe. Don Miguel Ruiz, born and raised in rural Mexico, was brought up to follow his family’s Toltec ways by his mother, a Toltec faith healer, and grandfather, a Toltec ‘nagual’, a shaman. Despite this, Don Miguel decided to pursue a conventional education, which led him to qualify and practice for several years as a surgeon. Following a car crash, Don Miguel Ruiz reverted to his Toltec roots during the late 1970’s, first studying and learning in depth the Toltec ways, and then healing, teaching, lecturing and writing during the 1980’s and 90’s, when he wrote The Four Agreements (published in 1997), The Mastery of Love (1999), The Four Agreements Companion Book (2000), and Prayers (2001). Don Miguel Ruiz survived a serious heart attack 2002, since when his teachings have been largely channelled through seminars and classes run by his followers, notably his sons Don Jose Luis and Don Miguel Ruiz Junior. Like many gurus and philosophical pioneers, Ruiz has to an extent packaged, promoted and commercialised his work, nevertheless the simplicity and elegance of his thinking remains a source of great enlightenment and aspiration. The simple ideas of The Four Agreements provide an inspirational code for life; a personal development model, and a template for personal development, behaviour, communications and relationships. Here is how Don Miguel Ruiz summarises ‘The Four Agreements’:

My Experiences with the Emotion Code

My experiences with The Emotion Code (as taught by  Dr Bradley Nelson from the book – The Emotion Code)


When researching the emotions for our coaching manual in 2008, I miraculously came across the book and have subsequently taught it to all my students. I have subsequently used on myself to release heart walls, hidden, trapped or inherited emotions. The whole system is dependent on the body’s accurate answers to a series of questions devised by Dr Bradley.

There are many sceptics to this method and in some cases, individuals bodies fail to respond to the questioning. That is okay as there are always sceptics. I and many of my clients and students have experienced the amazing relief when these blockages are removed are able to move ahead with their lives with inner joy, peace and happiness.

Building Trust – 10 Actions Leaders can take to build Trust

Building Trust
From Built on Trust: Strengthening Leadership Culture training course

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10 Actions Leaders Can Take to Build Trust

1. To build mistrust: Talk with others about problems you are having with a peer without doing everything reasonably possible to solve the problem through direct communication with that peer.

To build trust: Solve problems through direct communication at the lowest equivalent level: yourself and peers; yourself and your direct manager; yourself, your manager and her manager.

2. To build mistrust: Take credit for yourself, or allow others to give you credit for an accomplishment that was not all yours.

Our Facilitators

The Academy of Life Coaching has a pool of highly trained, committed, dedicated and experienced facilitators who are all life coaches as well:

Fatima Dawjee Osman is a Master EFT Practitioner, besides being a community worker in the drug-related field for almost 20 years. She is a devoted, accredited and experienced life coach and a certified facilitator.

Tahsheen Salie holds a Professional Degree in Education – B.A. (Human Ecology) Ed UWC and certifications – accredited Life Skills Coach, Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner, Facilitator and Outcomes-based Assessor. As an ex-educator and mother of two adolescent boys she knows the importance of giving the youth a strong foundation of Life Skills. It is her aim to empower others to build a solid personal foundation to use as a launch to live their BEST LIFE.

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