Archives for March 2009

My Favorite Artists : Man Ray

Quote of the Day

Paulo Coelho

People always arrive promptly at the places where they are expected.
(The Pilgrimage)

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Your Space in my Blog: 31th of March 2009

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My Favorite Artists : E. Weston

Quote of the Day

Paulo Coelho

In our obsessive wish to arrive, we often forget the most important thing, which is the journey.
(The Pilgrimage)

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Today’s question by the reader : Josephine

I very much enjoyed ‘A life in the Day – of the Boy from Brazil’ in the Sunday Times Magazine today. It was so different from the many famous people who are usually in this column due to the way in which you have shaped your life in reflective way.
Today in the Sunday Times, you are quoted as saying ‘ but there is a high price to pay for being different. I’ve paid a price for being different ……… I’m proud of my scars; they are like medals’.
Why do you think some of us are called to be different and make a difference and suffer the pain that this brings while others are content not to make a difference and therefore do not suffer the pain? Is this linked to our spirituality?

I’m not so sure about your assumption that people content themselves with what society asks of them. Furthermore, I don’t think they are as placid as you think.
Actually in my book The Pilgrimage I talk about this feeling. Indeed, when you abandon your dream, the first feeling that creeps in is a type of calmness, stillness. This is the first indication that something of precious in your soul is dying.
I would say that it is better to feel – completely – the consequences of your fight because these indicate that you are alive.
Of course, sometimes we wish to reduce the pain – and I think this is part of the battle. Ideally, the best would be to reduce the suffering in the realization of our dreams. Hence the need of allies and most importantly of all: faith.
The most beautiful accomplishment in my eyes is to fight with happiness in our hearts. I prefer this immensely more than some type of mild satisfaction of not taking risks.

Your Space in my Blog: 30th of March 2009

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Your Space in my Blog: 2st of April 2009

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Signs

In many if my books I talk about symbols as I also do in this blog. But we are one step away of becoming paranoiac about the signs interpreting absolutely everything we stumble upon. So readers often ask me what is a sign and what isn’t. And I say that I cannot answer since my signs are not other peoples signs. It is an individual alphabet to talk to God.

So, instead of explaining the signs, I normally try to share my signs. So why don’t you try to share your signs?

I’m not saying it is an universal language that your signs can be imposed to others but you can give us examples of signs when these changed your life.

Your Space in my Blog: 3rd of April 2009

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A window in Delhi

Thanks Lipika! The books has been released so far only in UK, India and Russia. But during the month of April it will be released in US, Greece, France, Holland, Hungary, South Africa, Lebanon and Middle East.
In May: Australia, Iran, Bulgaria, Poland and Slovakia
If you pass by a bookstore and you happen to have a camera on you, if you see the book in a visible place – it would be great that you would take a picture and send an email to : paulocoelho.writer “at” gmail.com. Thank you!

Association of the Week : The House

With the disappearance of the nomad hunters of the glacier age, the house became the symbol of the center of existence for the new sedentary. The house is then disposed most of the time according to cosmic orientations, houses as well as cities being built in relation to the stars.

The eldest houses in the world were discovered in Jericho and at çatal Hüyük in Anatolia. They were built 6500 years B.C, meaning before the appearance of urban civilizations and contemporary to the development of agriculture.

The house then crystallized the beginning of civilizations. It became then the symbol of stability for mankind inside the cosmos. In Buddhism, the house is associated with the body, and one is supposed to destroy the roof in order to evade the material world of illusions.

In psychotherapy, the presence of house in dreams represents the very dreamer: the house can than appear as in construction, new, abandoned…

Now you take the floor: what do you associate with the house? Furthermore, if you were to describe yourself as a house – how would it be?

El Alquimista de las Palabras (2001)

Caros leitores, aqui esta um documentário que foi feito sobre mim em 2001 para o Discovery Channel. Ele dura 46 minutos e esta em portuguíªs com subtí­tulos em espanhol.
Com amor Paulo

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Caros lectores, aquí­ esta un documentario hecho sobre mi para el Discovery Channel. Dura 46 minutos y esta en portugués con subtí­tulos en castellano.
Con amor Paulo

P.S : Dear Marie-Christine – thank you for providing the translation of this documentary in English in the comments below.
Much love
Paulo

The three forms of love: Eros, Philos, Agape

Paulo Coelho

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“Agape is total love, the love that devours those that experience it. Whoever knows and experiences Agape sees that nothing else in this world is of any importance, only loving. This was the love that Jesus felt for humanity, and it was so great that it shook the stars and changed the course of man’s history.”

“During the millennia of the history of civilization, many people have been smitten by this Love that Devours. They had so much to give – and the world demanded so little – that they were obliged to seek out the deserts and isolated places because love was so great that it transfigured them. They became the hermit saints that we know today.”

“For me and you who have experienced another form of Agape, this life here may seem hard and terrible. Yet the Love that Devours makes everything lose its importance: these men live only to be consumed by their love.”

He took a pause.

“Agape is the Love that Devours,” he repeated once more, as if this was the phrase that best defined that strange type of love. “Luther King once said that when Christ spoke of loving our enemies he was referring to Agape. Because according to him, it was impossible to like our enemies, those who do us harm and try to make our daily suffering all the worse.”

“But Agape is a lot more than liking. It is a sentiment that invades everything, fills all the cracks and makes any attempt at aggression turn to dust.”

“There are two forms of Agape. One is isolation, life dedicated only to contemplation. The other is precisely the opposite: contact with other human beings, and enthusiasm, the sacred sense of work. Enthusiasm means trance, ecstasy, connecting with God. Enthusiasm is Agape directed at some idea, something.”

“When we love and believe in something from the bottom of our soul, we feel stronger than the world and we are imbued with a serenity that comes from the certainty that nothing can conquer our faith. This strange force makes us always make the right decisions at the right time, and we are surprised at our own capacity when we fulfill our objective.”

“Enthusiasm usually manifests itself in all its power in the early years of our life. We still have a strong tie with the divinity and we give ourselves with such zeal to our toys that dolls take on a life of their own and little tin soldiers manage to march. When Jesus said that the kingdom of Heaven belonged to the children, he was referring to Agape in the form of Enthusiasm. The children reached him without paying any attention to his miracles, his wisdom, the Pharisees and the apostles. They came happily, driven by Enthusiasm.”

“May you never lose your enthusiasm at any moment for the rest of your life: it’s your greatest strength, intent on the final victory. You cannot let it slip through your fingers just because as time passes we have to face some small and necessary defeats.”

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Cartoon : Being Five

Quote of the Day

Paulo Coelho

The moment we set off in search of love, it sets off in search of us. And saves us.
(By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept)

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Today’s question by the reader : Alex

How do we know if we should try to help someone or if we should walk away?

I think that there’s no true answer for this. But I take it from another perspective : how far are you willing to go for someone who is lost? How far can you walk away from your path in order to “help” someone who doesn’t want to be helped?
In The Alchemist, I use the metaphor of the sheperd : sometimes we sacrifice the whole flock for a single sheep. Is it worth it?