Archives for November 2008

Today’s Question by Anne-Marie

People in your books are people from real life ? Or do you get inspirated by people you met in your life?

Flaubert once said that he was Mme Bovary, well, I am my books and they are part of my soul. My characters allow me to explore my soul since they incarnate all my doubts and hopes. Athena embodies my feminine side, my compassionate side. But in this case, she is also a real person, a flight attendant that I saw dancing in Transilvania. We started talking, and this is how the storyline was developed.

Weekly Free Association : The Egg

The egg, seen as containing the seed that will give birth to manifestation, runs in all cultures. Indeed the birth of the world from an egg exists in the Celtic, Greek, Egyptian, Phoenician, Tibetan, Chinese, Hindus and Japanese traditions.
It is the process of how this egg evolves that changes from place to place. In Ancient Egypt as well as in China, the egg is spit by a mythical animal and represents the manifestation of the verb. In Hinduism, the egg is born from primeval waters and when it cracks it creates the earth and the sky.
Mircea Eliade, who worked on symbols, sees in all these traditions a common streak – that the egg is an image of totality, usually appearing as the first principle after chaos.
Now you take the floor, what do you associate with the egg?

On the art of the sword – Learning to be the other

Paulo Coelho

Many centuries ago, in the days of the samurais, a text was written in Japan on the spiritual art of wielding the sword: “Impassive comprehension”, also known as “The Treatise of Tahlan”, the name of the author (a fencing master and Zen monk). Below an extract that I have adapted:

Learning to be the other

We are so centred on what we feel is the best attitude that we forget something of great importance: in order to reach our objectives, we need other people. So it is necessary not only to observe the world but also to imagine ourselves in the skin of others and to know how to follow their thoughts.

This holds true for both love and war.

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Image of the Day : Political Cartoons – Stahler

Quote of the Day

Paulo Coelho

The Warrior of light takes responsibility for everything he does, even if he has to pay a high price for his mistake.

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Today’s Question by Susan

What do you think of books like The Secret, in which the authors have been accused of making money out of vulnerable readers?

I don’t think there is anything wrong with making money out of art. There is the idea that to do art you have to starve to death, but why should this be so? What I think is important is you have to be responsible for what you write and know God is watching. If you’re manipulating people, you’re going to pay the price.

On the art of the sword – Letting the heart be present

Paulo Coelho

Many centuries ago, in the days of the samurais, a text was written in Japan on the spiritual art of wielding the sword: “Impassive comprehension”, also known as “The Treatise of Tahlan”, the name of the author (a fencing master and Zen monk). Below are some extracts that I have adapted:

Letting the heart be present

Whoever trusts in his power of seduction, capacity to say things at the right time, and proper use of the body, is deaf to “the voice of the heart.” This can only be heard when we are in perfect tune with the world around us, never when we feel we are the centre of the universe.

This holds true for both love and war.

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Image of the Day : Guido Crepax

“Look what she has become at the age of 26 – Look at her!”

Guido Crepax (born Guido Crepas, Milan, July 15, 1933 – July 31, 2003) was an Italian comics artist, who deeply influenced the European adult comics world in the second half of 20th century. He is most famous for his character Valentina, created in 1965 and very representative of the spirit of the sixties. The Valentina series of books and strips became noted for Crepax’s sophisticated drawing, and for the psychedelic, dreamlike storylines, generally involving a strong dose of eroticism.

Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

The warrior knows an old saying: ‘If regrets could kill …’

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On the art of the sword

Paulo Coelho

Many centuries ago, in the days of the samurais, a text was written in Japan on the spiritual art of wielding the sword: “Impassive comprehension”, also known as “The Treatise of Tahlan”, the name of the author (a fencing master and Zen monk). Below an extract that I have adapted:

Keeping calm

Whoever understands the meaning of life knows that nothing has a beginning and an end, and so he does not become anguished. He fights for what he believes in without trying to prove anything to anyone, keeping the quiet calm of one who has had the courage to choose his destiny.

This holds true for both love and war.

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Image of the Day : Cabu

– “God doesn’t exist”

– “Yes he does!”

Georges Wolinski (born June 28, 1934 in Tunis) is a French cartoonist and comics writer.After discontinuing his architecture studies in Paris, Georges Wolinski began cartooning in 1960, contributing political and erotic cartoons and comic strips to the satirical monthly Hara-Kiri.[1]
During the student revolts of May 1968, Wolinski co-founded the satirical magazine L’Enragé with Siné.In the early 1970s Wolinsky collaborated with the comics artist Georges Pichard to create Paulette which appeared in Charlie Mensuel and provoked reactions in France during its publication.

Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

A Warrior of light does not go into battle without knowing the limitations of his ally.

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Today’s Question by John

If you were offered to one of your dream come true, what would you prefer?

I don’t like to think of “being offered” a dream. I’ve learnt that this is a pointless fantasy. Reality is rather on the side of those that know that they have to “fight for their dreams”. My personal legend has always been to become a writer. I’m glad I can say that i’m fulfilling my dream. But this must not the interpreted as “the end of the line” – on the contrary – I have to commit everyday in order to stay in this path that I’ve chosen. One is constantly challenged – even by success.

Image of the Day : Peanuts by Schultz

Source : Wikipedia

Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, which ran from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000 (the day after Schulz’s death), continuing in reruns afterward. The strip is considered to be one of the most popular and influential in the history of the medium, with 17,897 strips published in all,[1] making it “arguably the longest story ever told by one human being”, according to Professor Robert Thompson of Syracuse University. At its peak, Peanuts ran in over 2,600 newspapers, with a readership of 355 million in 75 countries, and was translated into 21 languages.[2] It helped to cement the four-panel gag strip as the standard in the United States,[3] and together with its merchandise earned Schulz more than $1 billion.[1] Reprints of the strip are still syndicated and run in many newspapers.

Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

A Warrior of light has no ‘certainties’, he jsut has a path to follow, a path to which he tries to adapt depending on the season.

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Today’s Question by Brian

In one of your books you called yourself a wizard. When was the last time you saw a miracle?

Today, waking up.

Warrior of Light is out : Issue nº 185

You can read the new issue below:

The seventh and last cardinal virtue: Equilibrium

Sétima e última virtude cardinal: Equilí­brio

Séptima y última virtud cardinal: Templanza

Septième et dernière vertu cardinale : l’équilibre

Settima e ultima virtí¹ cardinale: Equilibrio