The Voice Of Knowledge Summary discusses why we should not believe the liar inside our heads and reject all the false notions and superstitions to get closer to the truth.
Let’s learn one or two things about the author.
Miguel Don Ruiz has written lots of books on Toltec wisdom or philosophy:
- The Four Agreements
- The Mastery Of Love
- The Circle Of Fire
The author was born in Mexico.
His parents were practitioners of Toltec mythology.
Miguel combined Toltec wisdom with science and common-sense.
So in this book he shares the filtered version of Toltec wisdom that doesn’t stray from science or real life.
In other words, you can apply the knowledge from this book in your daily life.
Who should read The Voice Of Knowledge Summary?
Anyone who is on the path of spirituality and seeking truth should definitely read this book summary.
Since it’s based on both ancient and modern science, it will help you understand complex topics like love, truth, lies, unity, mind, etc.
This book will also teach you ways you can stop believing in the lies. That’s why people who are researching Spirituality are ideal to read this book.
Any normal person can also read this book summary as this book encourages the reader to pursue the truth and seek spiritual wisdom.
The Voice Of Knowledge Summary [PDF]
In this book summary, I’ll share the best lessons I learned from this book.
If you are in a hurry, you can save your time by watching the animated book summary below.
And if you prefer reading, then go ahead. You will get to learn an extra bonus lesson which I have not shared in the video. 🙂
So without further ado, let’s dive right in.
Lesson #1: We all are storytellers and liars.
Believe it or not, we all tell stories.
The author says that the moment we utter something or express ourselves, we tell a story.
A story that is not necessarily true.
Whatever we say is always based upon what we think and believe.
And one can’t think without believing in something.
Beliefs are the foundation.
Even the language we speak is based on the vocabulary we know.
If you don’t have the proper words in your memory, you can’t even express yourself.
The key idea here is:
Stories are the lies.
Stories form the concepts in our minds.
We remember stories more than we do facts.
The problem is:
Just because we can tell a story, it doesn’t mean that we are speaking the truth.
In the first chapter, the author discusses how Adam and Eve were forbidden from heaven after they ate the fruit from The Tree Of Knowledge.
Today, we think that knowledge is good.
But if you believe in the Adam and Eve’s story, you will find that Knowledge is evil.
Most of your self-conflicts are because you have acquired knowledge.
Just look at a 2-year-old child.
He doesn’t have any knowledge. He doesn’t worry about anything.
He doesn’t feel jealousy.
Where there is no hatred, there is love.
There is a sense of peacefulness.
But as we grow up, we are told stories and concepts.
We are told how to live our lives.
Right from the start, our parents tell us about the way of life.
They have their own version of this world. Which is not necessarily theirs.
Their minds were conditioned too.
Most parents don’t even realize this thing.
And so do we.
We fail to differentiate between the stories and the truth.
We are not talking about true stories or fake stories.
Every story has false elements.
And because most stories don’t always tell the truth, we end up in self-related conflicts.
We get confused.
We lose our trust.
We believe in stupid ideologies that don’t make any sense.
In our lives, many things don’t make any sense. But still, we tell ourselves a story and make sense of it.
How? Yes, it’s because we lie to ourselves.
Imagine what would happen if we all told truth — always.
Things would be simple.
You might say, is it even possible? Well, yeah.
But it’s not going to happen any soon.
For that to happen, every person must understand love to try to see without any stories.
If every person becomes authentic, the planet would become beautiful.
Even this is a story.
Isn’t our planet beautiful already?
Can you see how I told you a story?
We are always telling stories.
Lesson #2: The root of most conflicts is the differences between the stories we tell ourselves.
Do you know why there are always problems in any relationship?
Why does one person try to control the other person?
It’s because of the stories we tell ourselves.
We all have an image of ourselves.
You too have an image of yourself in your mind.
And that image doesn’t reflect the real You.
Yes, it’s a false image.
You don’t know who you are.
The moment you say that “I’m like this only,” you have fallen victim to your own stories.
As we discussed, stories don’t always tell the truth.
We all have different opinions.
You may like Football… Your friend may like Cricket… Your friend’s friend may like Hockey.
We all differ when it comes to tastes and preferences.
Although we all are humans, we keep telling ourselves stories.
Everyone has a different story.
In any relationship, we want our partner to be exactly like the image we have created inside our minds.
And when the partner doesn’t stand up to that image, we feel bad.
And then we try lots of tactics to assert control. Which is kind of pointless. Because your partner has his own story.
He or she has his own ideal image.
The problem is:
When you are telling any story, most of it is biased. And it makes you a liar.
Sure, you don’t do it deliberately. But you automatically become a liar when you go far from the truth.
Even when you try to tell the truth, it’s a lie.
Because the knowledge that you have gathered all these years has conditioned your brain or mind.
We are all experts at telling lies.
That’s because we have been doing this ever since we were born.
We want to make sense of everything that happens in our lives.
There is always a conflict when a person’s story doesn’t align with other’s.
As long as we have differences in opinions, the conflicts won’t end.
Does this mean we should all have the same opinions?
No, it’d be ridiculous and stupid. It’s not possible.
We should not try to fit our stories and align them with other people’s stories.
Instead, we should practice looking at the truth.
You don’t need to do anything special.
Just try to see things without any bias or conditioning.
Don’t judge everything you see.
Be simple and authentic. Be honest.
That’s how you see the truth.
You don’t have to search for the truth. It’s always there.
Just eradicate all the false stories you have told yourself.
People always try to force their beliefs and opinions on others.
But it’s not good at all.
We should all be simple.
Simplicity always finds its way to the truth.
Stop judging yourself all the time.
The question is:
Why don’t we keep quiet and why our mind is always chattering?
Let’s find out…
Lesson #3: The silent voice in your head isn’t always true.
So now you know that most stories should not be believed blindly.
Because most stories aren’t true.
Instead, you should be authentic to both yourself and others.
This is also the key to solving our mind-related issues.
If you have even a little bit of self-awareness, you might have asked this question:
Where is the switch to turn off all the chattering in my mind?
The worst thing is:
It doesn’t just chatter. It holds you back from using your full potential.
For instance, it will tell you that you don’t deserve to be happy.
Or you don’t deserve success.
But this is not true.
Not everything that the silent voice in your head says is true.
It’s also a story.
Did you create it?
If you didn’t create that voice, then who did?
Think about it. When did it first arrive?
Probably, when you learned your first language and got a little older, it arrived.
Its presence is not the problem.
The problems begin when it takes charge of your life — when it guides you at every single step.
People think that it’s a gift.
But the author says that it’s The Prince Of Lies.
It’s a parasite that possessed you when you were young.
Sound like a horror movie, right?
Don’t be afraid.
Allow me to explain.
When you accept any idea or concept, it becomes a part of your story.
That liar inside of your head is a master storyteller.
On top of that, he talks in your language, the author says.
Truth doesn’t talk like the liar in your head.
Truth is experienced in silence.
But that liar voice in your head needs to justify itself as it’s usually not true.
What can you do?
You can ignore that voice if it doesn’t tell the truth.
But how do you find out if it’s telling the truth or not?
First, assume that it’s telling a lie. After all, it’s the prince of lies.
Second, check the reality. Look at the facts.
To do that, you will have to realize you are not that voice in your head.
You are somebody else, but your mind.
This way, you will be able to distant yourself from that voice and judge it properly.
The author, Miguel, says that if you follow that voice with blind faith, you will be done. It means your life will become miserable.
A life lived with false hopes and ideas is pathetic.
We don’t want that, right?
We want to live a life filled with truth, love, and happiness.
Lesson #4: “Common sense is your sword against lies.”
If you ever find yourself stuck in a situation, just use common sense.
I don’t know why, but people underestimate the power of common sense.
The author says that common sense is wisdom.
And he is right.
But the first thing is, you should eradicate the lies from your life. Only then common sense will help you.
Using common-sense while living in illusion is like a blind man trying to cross a road full of traffic and thinking that he is smart.
But as we know, it’s not smart. it’s stupid.
Unfortunately, many people do this thing.
They are full of false beliefs and unrealistic ideas. And then they expect happiness and love to come to them.
But it never happens.
Because their expectations are unreal.
Love and Happiness aren’t things to be achieved.
When you destroy your false notions, you realize that love is already there. It was just covered with mud.
How do you know if you are making any progress and attaining wisdom?
The first sign of gaining is wisdom is:
You start getting clarity in your thoughts. You are able to differentiate between truth and lies.
Even if the lies present themselves disguised as truth, you spot them and ignore them.
Truth doesn’t need any discovery. It’s the foundation.
Lies need nourishment.
When you keep reinforcing lies, they take more ground in your mind.
Does this mean that the truth is weak? No. Not at all.
Truth is the strongest in this world.
It doesn’t matter how strong a lie is. It will die once you realize the truth.
That’s the truth!
But often when you lose track of life, lies overpower you.
Then you start seeing lies as truth.
You see that other people are also doing the same things. So you think that maybe you are wrong and agree to false beliefs.
When you do this, you invite confusion to your life.
You think that you are doing the right thing and still not enjoying your life.
And why would you?
You invited all those lies. You agreed to them without questioning anything.
That’s why one should be skeptical before agreeing to any idea.
Use common sense as a sword.
Especially, when it comes to religion, people follow superstitions without ever questioning if they even work or not.
They have blind faith.
They think that just because it has been written in a book, it’s true.
They believe that God handed over that book to humans to save them from suffering.
But if this were true, why did God create suffering in the first place?
God is the creator, right?
No religious book ever answers this question.
When you blindly believe such ideas, you become a part of the cult that blindly believes anything — even if it doesn’t make any sense.
Does this mean you don’t have to follow any religious books?
No. All I’m saying is that you use your common sense.
Reading religious books is amazing. You learn lots of lessons about LIFE and some of those books are goldmines for wisdom.
As long as you are not following illogical practices, you should be fine.
After all, the goal of any religion is to bring you closer to the truth.
And those who deny this don’t understand religion at all.
Anyway, it’s your life. You have to choose what you agree or disagree with.
Lesson #5: Heaven can be on earth if you destroy all your lies.
Most people imagine that heaven is somewhere beyond the clouds. And the hell is below the earth.
It doesn’t make sense at all.
Why can’t heaven exist right here and now?
Do we even need heaven?
What is it that makes this place feel like if something is missing?
The thing is:
We all want love and peace.
But it’s hardly found these days.
People just care about themselves.
They don’t understand “LOVE” at all.
There are boundaries. There is inequality.
So it’s natural to think that a place must exist that is filled with luxuries — where there is no sadness.
Nobody knows if it exists or not.
But we can create heaven right on this earth.
If only we stop believing in lies and start realizing the truth…
If only we stop listening to that liar inside our head and reject everything that doesn’t make sense…
If only we try to be simple and authentic…
…we will be able to create a heaven here and now.
Lesson #6: Truth is simple. Lies need justification.
Once you lie, you have to lie more.
You need more lies to protect older lies.
But when you speak the truth, you don’t need to protect it.
Only lies need protection.
Sure, these days lies are far more than truth.
Most people prefer to listen to sweet lies.
For instance, when someone tells us our weaknesses, we tend to avoid that discussion. Instead, we prefer talking about stuff that doesn’t have much meaning.
We avoid talking about complex issues when they hurt our feelings.
We don’t want to hear the truth.
Truth is bitter. So we avoid it.
That’s when we give power to lies.
By not addressing the truth, we give more power to lies.
In fact, you can use this knowledge to spot the lies.
If you want to find out whether a person is genuine or not, simply notice how he speaks.
Does he overcomplicate simple concepts?
If he does, then chances are he is hiding something.
So truth not only makes you authentic, but it also makes you smarter.
It also helps you open your spiritual eyes, says the author.
Remember that the truth is the basis of the creation.
Only lies die over time.
You may see the lies triumph over the truth. But that’s only in the short term.
In the long term, nothing can beat the simplicity of the truth.
And this is what wise people call wisdom. This is true wisdom.
A wise person doesn’t chase either the lies or the truth. He simply knows the truth.
That’s the beauty of it!
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The Voice Of Knowledge Quotes
Here are a few notable quotes from this book by the author of this book:
“One of the biggest assumptions we make is that the lies we believe are the truth.”— Don Miguel Ruiz
“The truth is that we only know what we know, and the only thing we really know is our story.”— Don Miguel Ruiz
“Once I interpret, qualify, or judge what I perceive, it is no longer real; it is a virtual world.”— Don Miguel Ruiz
“One of the biggest lies in the story of humanity is the lie of our imperfection.”— Don Miguel Ruiz
The Voice Of Knowledge Review
Here is the critical review and analysis of this book…
- The book has mixed ancient Toltec wisdom with modern science.
- The author is authentic.
- No hatred against any specific ideology or religion.
- The book teaches the true meaning of Love.
- The author rejects the superstitions, which is a good thing.
- Key points are provided at the end of each chapter.
- Not enough actionable insights.
- The author doesn’t go too deep.
- A bit repetitive in the middle and last chapters.
- Not for those who aren’t interested in spirituality or self-help. A beginner may find it harder to understand.
Anyways, these are my personal opinions.
The cons aren’t that serious.
Overall, this is a great book.
I would give this book a rating of 8/10
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There you have it: The Voice Of Knowledge Summary.
I hope this book summary helped you attain some wisdom from Toltec tradition.
A bonus tip:
Tradition doesn’t matter much when it comes to truth. It doesn’t matter where it comes from. You should always reject lies and believe only in what’s true based on common sense.
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