Reflections of the Warrior of the Light

By Paulo Coelho

The transitory and the definitive

All paths in the world lead to the warrior’s heart; he dives without hesitation into the river of passions, which flows unceasing through his life.

The warrior knows he is free to choose that which he desires; his decisions are taken with courage, detachment, and – at times – with a certain amount of madness.

Accept your passions and delight in them intensely. Know that one must not renounce the enthusiasm of the conquests; they are part of life, and please all who take part in them. But never lose sight of the enduring things, and the solid ties created by time.

A warrior knows how to distinguish between that which is transitory, and that which is definitive.

A type of strategy

A Chinese wise man says of the warrior of the light’s strategies:

“Make your enemy believe he will not benefit greatly, should he decide to attack you; thus, you diminish his enthusiasm.

“Do not be ashamed to withdraw temporarily from the battle, if you notice that the enemy is stronger; the important thing is not the single battle, but the outcome of the war.

“Nor should you be ashamed, if you are strong enough, to pretend to be weak; this will cause the enemy to be imprudent, and attack too soon.

“During a war, one’s capability to surprise the adversary is the key to victory.”

When to take risks

A warrior of the light, before entering an important combat, asks himself: “up to which point have I developed my skills?”

He knows that the battles fought in the past always provided him with a lesson. However, many of these teachings caused the warrior to suffer more than necessary. More than once, he wasted his time fighting for a lie.

But the victorious do not repeat the same mistake again.

A warrior cannot refuse to fight; but he also knows that he must not risk important feelings, in exchange for benefits which are not worthy of his love.

This is why the warrior only risks his heart from something worthwhile.

Belonging to the world

The warriors of the light maintain the glint in their eyes.

They are in the world, are part of the lives of others, and begin their journey with neither a bag nor sandals. Often they are cowardly. They do not always act correctly.

The warriors of the light suffer for useless things, act niggardly, and sometimes believe they are incapable of growing. They frequently think they are unworthy of any sort of blessing or miracle.

The warriors of the light are not always sure about what it is they are doing here. They often stay up all night, thinking their lives have no meaning.

This is why they are warriors of the light. Because they err. Because they question. Because they seek a reason – and they will surely find it.

The best and the worst

A poet says: “the warrior of the light chooses his enemies.”

The warrior knows what he is capable of. He does not need to go around telling others of his qualities and virtues. Nevertheless – just like in the Old West – someone always comes along wanting to prove that he is the better man.

The warrior knows there is no “better” or “worse”: each has the gifts necessary for his individual journey.

But some people insist. They provoke, offend, do everything they can to irritate him. This is when then warrior’s heart says: “do not accept the insults, they will not increase your ability. You will tire unnecessarily.”

A warrior of the light does not waste his time listening to provocations; he has a destiny to fulfill.

Using one’s own madness

A warrior of the light studies very carefully the position he wishes to conquer.

However difficult his objective may be, there is always a way to overcome the obstacles. He verifies the alternative routes, sharpens his sword, and seeks to fill his heart with the perseverance necessary to face the challenge.

But, as he advances, the warrior realizes there are difficulties he had not foreseen at the outset.

If he waits for the ideal moment, he will never move from his position; he sees that a little madness is needed for the next step.

The warrior uses a little madness. Because – in war and in love – one cannot foresee everything.

Moving forward

The warrior of the light does not always have faith. There are times when he does not believe in anything at all.

And he asks his heart: “Will all the effort be worthwhile?”

But the heart remains silent. And the warrior must decide for himself.

So he seeks an example. And he remembers that Jesus endured something similar – in order to live the human condition in all its fullness.

“Take this cup away from me,” said Jesus. He too lost heart and his courage, but he did not stop.

The warrior of the light remains faithless.

But he moves forward nevertheless, and his faith will return.

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  3. wanbliska says:

    I just can’t understand all that love brought to that hatred at the end.

    My pain can’t go.

  4. raj says:

    Thank you so much for giving us such a wonderful knowledge. It will takes me one week to churn and understand this things.

  5. Daniel says:

    Light is not the hand, nor is it the sword….
    light is inside, and it is what helps you to see your shadows and know yourself….
    I know where to find a warrior of light. competition and strategy are part of my life, and its easy to understand the shallow details, but as you get used to apply what you learn to your life, you have to take the reins of the horses of your priorities to know where the north is. As you get used to read and act, you will find answers to 1000 questions of life in 10 words that you have been developing

    Gracias Paulo, tus palabras probablemente me empujaran a seguir mi norte, y terminar de escribir en el diario que un dia se cerrara, y que con tanta delicia han satisfecho algunas de peticiones de mi corazon …

    gracias por captar nuestra atencion hacia lo que puede reorientar nuestra voluntad

    el hombre no fue hecho para ser feliz sino para crear una energia en armonia…

  6. tom says:

    I certainly have the madness part figured out!
    but sometimes when I have little or no faith in my goal, I no longer feel anything towards it, I feel like giving up, then as I carry on with my own will, my faith does return and so does the feeling towards that goal.

  7. wanbliska says:

    The transitory and the definitive

    What could be definitve but actions we did?
    Transitory is about moments that don’t last.
    So we have to make it happy, joyful, stillness, good thinking. Yes, that’s what I was.

    Even if conditions are bad. We’re alive to make our work, that’s at least the most important.
    I’d like human on Earth to be compassionnal and free, but that’s not the case. As I’m not myself.

    It’s very hard not to even satisfy oneself of what we did. But I won’t change my life for another.

    And of course, I don’t think I deserve to call myself as a warrior, when I read:

    A type of strategy

    Enemy is a word I have problem to pronounce. And yet, if I had used better my eyes, I could see I let enter mean people in my life. I let people hurt me. People that betrayed me, while I was in total confidence with.
    And I spent half my life, fighting just one. Well…
    Love your enemy as yourself does not mean he’s good.

    So tactics of combat did not interest me. Though I really appreciate martial arts.
    Still my brain does not hear them for now.

    When to take risks

    That’s true, I know when I go on path that would be darker and darker. But I hoodwinked myself. Enemy has sometimes face of love.

    I repeat mistake sometimes. I noticed summer last year, it always appear in the same dance. I haven’t been confronted with since that year. But I knew it would be back, as I did not solve the problem. The eternal return.

    Belonging to the world

    The warrior of the light knows now what is transitory. He learned he had the right to be himself. And now, contrary from his childhood to that point, he knows his dream is at his reach. Because it’s him.
    And moreover, he has a lot of brothers and sisters he could not imagine, that speak quite the same language.
    So, indeed it’s no need suffering too long, however tears and pardon wash the heart. But it’s useless thinking I won’t cry anymore, and that’s not the idea here.

    Then the warrior has cried enough, he thinks about the goal he left alone, a long time ago.
    Well, let’s see how does it look now?
    Oh but it’s still there! Just because of a sentence? One only sentence, one person told you? Because you thought all people was talking the words you said from your heart?
    Nothing in the words he used couldn’t be true. Why did you took them from granted?
    Maybe because it suits to one part of you. The part he knew he could talk to. And you let him done.

    Thank you Paulo, for the Light you spread in our Life.

    Have all a good sunday evening.

  8. Yousef says:

    Mr. Paulo,

    Some of your “friends” concern me. How loyal are they



    Date: 29 Mar 2008, 18:34
    Subject: Paulo Coelho blames the worlds problems on President Bush
    Body: This bulletin was just posted by a famous Author Paulo Coelho, mind you while you read this he is not an American, he is Brazillian. And also lives in France., yet many of his readers and fans are Americans, I find this offensive and also he is so proud of this letter as you see, you judge, you may write him, he remains in my top friends long enough for you to find him and write him if you like. Then he comes down. I no longer admire him.

    Oh he does say it is not meant to be anti American, but once reading it his flowery words are lost in the first paragraph.


    Saturday, March 29, 2008 BY PAULO COEHLO THE GREAT AUTHOR

    Thank you Mr.


  9. Yajna says:

    Dearest Paulo,

    Just wanted to say, as much as i love these quotes, too much just drowns each meaning. I find myself agreeing with Aditya. Just a suggestion, just take it easy, and keep it a bit simple, maybe one story or lesson a day :)

    Thank you for being

  10. aditya says:

    Hi Paulo !

    why this sudden overdose of ‘gyan’, so mnay lessons for a day, or perhaps u had in mind that a wol works 7 days a week, no breaks allowed !! cut it man !! once in a while one needs to stop trying to be a wol and just be, whatever one is. so overdoses, extra homework for weekends — Not allowed. OK !!


  11. gemini says:

    I now know the way to San jose

  12. Joël says:

    It’s very beautyfull,but in practice isn’t very
    easy. How many people will act like a real
    warior?I met one warrior of light in this world. We are so very few.

  13. Tania says:

    Bingo !! To loose heart is to let go , but nothing is ever lost remember ,its just a process towards finding More of the truly ,madly, deeply warrior woman that you are.( .Zena )lol..and all of the things u mention ,but let us not forget that a warrior who can laugh at the drop of a hat ..also knows when to cry ,rest ,recharge and is not ashamed of any of these things as it important to feel every emotion ..because we have such compassionate hearts and it takes courage , brains and heart to walk the yellow brick road to emerald city ,and yes we know we have a destiny to fulfill ..and a true warrior never gives up ..or looses sight of the goal ,but its also about the journey to the goal ..just as the destination is important but the journey getting there is half the fun …Now I am off to see the wizard …Blessings Tania
    Have a mad weekend yourself..reflection//

  14. Agnieszka says:

    yes…life is all of that and more…
    brings you unexpected moments, shakes your existence with love, fools you so much…you don’t know nothing anymore..
    and yet…is beautiful… it’s magical…exciting…
    but… should you take a risk and plunge into the unknown…
    should you play with fire..
    what if it’ll destroy you… what if you’ll lose yourself…what will you find…?
    so many questions, no answers…

    the warrior of light should be brave…


  15. jsr says:

    I loved the Warrior of the Light way. Its a great guide to help to keep your track in professional life. Some paths brights with their light, even are usually harder, but much better on the long run. This is quite true in this fast liquid days of today.

  16. Monika says:

    Wow! This evening you celebrate a real “Warrior of the Light Festival”. Great!
    Very motivating!

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