Reflections of the warrior of the light

By Paulo Coelho

The two boards

A warrior of the light shares his world with the people he loves. He wishes to encourage them to do what they like, but hasn’t the courage.

At these times, the adversary appears holding two boards.

Written on one board: “Think more of yourself. Keep your blessings to yourself, otherwise you will lose everything.”

The other board reads: “who are you to help others? Can’t you even see your own defects?”

A warrior of the light knows he has defects. But he also knows he cannot grow alone, and distance himself from his companions.

So he throws both boards to the ground, even though he believes they contain some truth deep down. They turn to dust, and the warrior continues to help those near him.

About the way

The wise Lao Tzu speaks about the warrior of the light’s journey:

“The Way includes respect for all that is small and subtle. Always know the right moment to take any action necessary.

“Even if you have fired a bow and arrow many times, continue to pay attention to how you place the arrow, and how you draw the bow.

“When the beginner is aware of his necessities, he becomes more intelligent than the wise man who is distracted.

“To accumulate love means luck, to accumulate hatred means a calamity. Whoever does not recognize the door to problems will one day leave it open, letting tragedy in.

“The combat has nothing to do with the fight.”

True tension

“When my bow is drawn,” says Herrigen to his Zen master, “a moment comes when, if I do not fire immediately, I feel that I will run out of strength.”

“As long as you try to trigger the moment to fire the arrow, you shall not learn the art of archery,” says the master. “The hand which draws the bow must open up like the hand of a boy. What sometimes hinders the shot’s precision is the overactive will of the archer.”

A warrior of the light sometimes thinks: “that which I do not do, shall not be done.”

That is not quite the case: he must act, but he must also allow the Universe to act at the right time.

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  1. Yajna says:

    Dearest Paulo

    I absolutely loved the first story.
    Thank you :)

    Thank for being
    Yajna

  2. Monika says:

    Trouble with the adversary – unpleasant situation!
    I know it very well – you can be content if he is showing you only two boards!
    The best solution is to tell your adversary to shut up for some time and then you go to sleep or relax completely. Then you ask him again – you will see in most cases he is less confusing and more conciliatory.

    Moreover:
    1.Why should you lose everything if you think of friends? When they are real friends you can only win!
    2. Why should you not be able to help others even when you are not perfect? Another time you will get this help back!

    Trouble with “problematic doors”?
    Of course you have to be careful and think about how to deal with these doors, but this is no reason not to dare to open them, when you expecting something of value for your life!

    And at least:
    True tension needs a lot of patience!

    Love
    Monika

  3. wanbliska says:

    -The two boards

    There’s quite a difference in drawing plans, and living in intuition; guided by. Maybe he doesn’t know what ask from themselves. So he responses to their stimuli. But is it fair?

    “Think more of yourself. Keep your blessings to yourself, otherwise you will lose everything.” / “who are you to help others? Can’t you even see your own defects?”

    Exactly. How to be lost… How to be alone, not knowing how to do. Tell or not to tell. Also because, blessings=madness in so many Other’s eyes. So, one day, the warrior can close the door.

    Then, it’s true that he feels sad without his companions. That’s why he can’t leave far from them for a very long time. He needs love around: The path is so difficult, that he sometimes fall in Nadir. At this time, his friends are among other things, his fuel to fight.

    -About the way

    Thank you Lao Tzu.
    I follow my heart, that tells me how to react. He knows. Of course it doesn’t mean I do it “with eyes closed”. Nor that my skill is perfect.
    Still, not easy to “recognize all the door to problems”. Cause sometimes I’m blind.

    -True tension

    What is “the overactive will of the archer”?

    “That is not quite the case: he must act, but he must also allow the Universe to act at the right time.”
    I’ve been experimenting to follow all that comes from my Heart, consciously, since two days I read these words of you. Deciding to let it all live. There’s a real meaning here. And now, I can detect quickly, when I change the way, my Heart wants to live. Thank you.

  4. Agnieszka says:

    “So he throws both boards to the ground, even though he believes they contain some truth deep down. They turn to dust, and the warrior continues to help those near him.”

    yes…
    he helps others with their suffering, with their moments of doubt, and sorrow.

  5. Tania says:

    so very true , everything happens at the right time ,in the right way ,right moment .
    The warrior knows once he has made his decisions and has put things in place ,its just a matter of time ,he then slowly and carefully distances himself from the companions and puts the energy now into those closet to him ,be it children etc ,close friends who do not judge the warrior in any shape or form . And when the universe acts at the right time all will fall into place , under grace . Love and Light Tania