Declaration of principles


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1] All human beings are different. And should do everything possible to continue to be so.

2] Each human being has been granted two courses of action: that of deed and that of contemplation. Both lead to the same place.

3] Each human being has been granted two qualities: power and gift. Power drives a person to meet his/her destiny, his gift obliges that person to share with others which is good in him/her. A human being must know when to use power, and when to use compassion.

4] Each human being has been granted a virtue: the capacity to choose. For he/she who does not use this virtue, it becomes a curse – and others will always choose for him/her.

5] Each human being has the right to two blessings, which are: the blessing to do right, and the blessing to err. In the latter case, there is always a path of learning leading to the right way.

6] Each human being has his own sexual profile, and should exercise it without guilt – provided he does not oblige others to exercise it with him/her.

7] Each human being has his own Personal Legend to be fulfilled, and this is the reason he is in the world. The Personal Legend is manifest in his enthusiasm for what she/he does.
Single paragraph – the Personal Legend may be abandoned for a certain time, provided one does not forget it and returns as soon as possible.

8] Each man has a feminine side, and each woman has a masculine side. It is necessary to use discipline with intuition, and to use intuition objectively.

9] Each human being must know two languages: the language of society and the language of the omens. The first serves for communication with others. The second serves to interpret messages from God.

10] Each human being has the right to seek out joy, joy being understood as something which makes one content – not necessarily that which makes others content.

11] Each human being must keep alight within him the sacred flame of madness. And must behave like a normal person.

12] The only faults considered grave are the following: not respecting the rights of one’s neighbor, letting oneself be paralyzed by fear, feeling guilty, thinking one does not deserve the good and bad which occurs in life, and being a coward.
Paragraph 1 – we shall love our adversaries, but not make alliances with them. They are placed in our way to test our sword, and deserve the respect of our fight.
Paragraph 2 – we shall choose our adversaries, not the other way around.

12A] We hereby declare the end to the wall dividing the sacred from the profane: from now on, all is sacred.

14] Everything which is done in the present, affects the future by consequence, and the past by redemption.

15] The impossible is possible

Paulo Coelho


  1. Andrea says:

    Has The Warrior of the Light symbol always been there? I have been following your blog for a few months and I just noticed it.

  2. Kadeem says:

    Paulo you are already aware but there are many of us ready to bring about the next stage in the human race’s journey. As we let our light shine other people cannot help but liberate themselves. It seems your principles were plucked directly from my brain and I’m sure many others feel the same way because we are all being fed from the same source. Your principles here for me are a demystified account of the hermetic principles for the modern ear. It’s exciting times… Thank you for reinforcing so eloquently what is reinforced everyday in our lives as we grow closer to the transition. See the signs, there is no such thing as coincidence.

  3. Fredericka says:

    Dear Paulo ,
    the Alchemist was the first book of yours I read . It made a great change within me . I recommended it to as many people as i could ,bringing changes in them to . Ever since that , I have read most of your books . Best wishes with Love & Light

  4. Emuke says:

    Exonorating, placating and impelling at once.
    I can’t resist a comment, as for the benevolant wisdom of these words as for the compelling need to find out the coulour and shape of the small pattern beside mine.

  5. Rana says:

    I would like to add:
    One should thank God for His blessings each and every day and to constantly remind oneself of God’s grace. Even when one feels one of those blessings taken away, that should not stand in the way of thankfulness: it’s only when we fall sick that we realize the blessing that is health.

  6. Ivo Antov says:

    The impossible is possible!

  7. julia says:

    I like principal no 9 the most.

  8. Azine says:

    Thanks, your books have helped me through a hard period in my life.

    But while I was reading point number 9, I thought, don’t you need to know 1 other language too : the language of your heart?

    Greetings Azine

  9. cynthia pugh says:

    So true thank you Paulo. You are a true person. You are my inspiration.x

  10. Rishabh Bhasin says:

    I like what you said, we shall choose our adversaries and not the other way around.
    This post just shows the great mental level you are on.

  11. waged mohamed says:

    We need a universal justice …we are consumed by the world desires …. Yes we are free to decide how to leave this world with dignity or … but that’s not the time to be different again and seek for our safety … We are a revolution that waste time to win but never waste a work for it …

  12. Theodore Alexiou says:


    1] Όλα τα ανθρώπινα όντα είναι διαφορετικά. Και θα πρέπει να καταβάλουν κάθε δυνατή προσπάθεια για να συνεχίσουν να είναι έτσι.
    2] Σε κάθε άνθρωπος έχουν χορηγηθεί δύο κατευθύνσεις δράσης: Αυτή της Πράξης και αυτή του Συλλογισμού. Και οι δύο οδηγούν στο ίδιο μέρος.
    3] Σε κάθε άνθρωπος έχουν χορηγηθεί δύο ιδιότητες: Ισχύς και Δώρο. Η Ισχύς οδηγεί ένα άτομο να ανταποκριθεί στο πεπρωμένο του, το Δώρο τον υποχρεώνει να μοιραστεί με άλλους ότι καλό έχει μέσα του. Ένας άνθρωπος πρέπει να ξέρει πότε πρέπει να χρησιμοποιήσει την Ισχύ και πότε για να χρησιμοποιήσει τη Συμπόνια.
    4] Σε κάθε άνθρωπος έχει χορηγηθεί μια αρετή: η ικανότητα να επιλέγει. Για όποιον δεν την χρησιμοποιεί, αυτή την αρετή γίνεται κατάρα και οι άλλοι θα επιλέγουν πάντα για αυτόν.
    5] Κάθε άνθρωπος έχει το δικαίωμα σε δύο ευλογίες, οι οποίες είναι: η ευλογία να κάνει το σωστό, και η ευλογία να σφάλει. Στην τελευταία περίπτωση, υπάρχει πάντα μια πορεία μάθησης, η οποία οδηγεί στον σωστό δρόμο.
    6] Κάθε άνθρωπος έχει το δικό του σεξουαλική προφίλ το οποίο θα πρέπει να ασκεί χωρίς ενοχές – εφόσον αυτό δεν υποχρεώνει τους άλλους να το ασκήσουν μαζί.
    7] Κάθε άνθρωπος έχει το δικό του Προσωπικό Μύθο που θα πρέπει να εκπληρωθεί και αυτός είναι ο λόγος που αυτός βρίσκεται στον κόσμο. Ο προσωπικός μύθος είναι έκδηλος στον ενθουσιασμό του για αυτό που κάνει.
    Ο Προσωπικός Μύθος μπορεί να εγκαταλειφθεί για κάποιο χρονικό διάστημα, εφόσον το άτομο δεν τον ξεχνά και επιστρέφει το συντομότερο δυνατό.
    8] Κάθε άντρας έχει μια θηλυκή πλευρά, και κάθε γυναίκα έχει μια αρσενική πλευρά. Είναι απαραίτητο να χρησιμοποιήσετε την πειθαρχία με διαίσθηση και τη διαίσθησή αντικειμενικά.
    9] Κάθε άνθρωπος πρέπει να γνωρίζει δύο γλώσσες: τη γλώσσα της κοινωνίας και την γλώσσα των οιωνών. Η πρώτη εξυπηρετεί την επικοινωνία με τους άλλους. Η δεύτερη χρησιμεύει για να ερμηνεύσει τα μηνύματα από το Θεό.
    10] Κάθε άνθρωπος έχει το δικαίωμα να αναζητήσει τη χαρά, τη χαρά η οποία νοείται ως κάτι το οποίο δίνει σε κάποιον περιεχόμενο, όχι απαραίτητα αυτό που δίνει στους άλλους περιεχόμενο.
    11] Κάθε άνθρωπος πρέπει να κρατήσει αναμμένη μέσα του την ιερή φλόγα της τρέλας. Και πρέπει να συμπεριφέρεται σαν κανονικός άνθρωπος.
    12] Τα μόνα λάθη που θεωρούνται σοβαρά, είναι οι εξής: Ο μη σεβασμός των δικαιωμάτων του συνανθρώπου, το να αφήσει κάποιος τον εαυτό του να παραλύσει από φόβο, το αίσθημα ενοχής, η αντίληψη κάποιου ότι δεν αξίζει το καλό και το κακό που του συμβαίνει στη ζωή, και το να είναι κάποιος δειλός.
    Θα πρέπει να αγαπάμε τους αντιπάλους μας, αλλά όχι να κάνουμε συμμαχίες μαζί τους. Βρίσκονται στον δρόμο μας για να δοκιμάσουν το σπαθί μας και αξίζουν τον σεβασμό της μάχης μας.
    Εμείς θα επιλέξουμε τους αντιπάλους μας, όχι το αντίθετο.
    12A] Με το παρόν δηλώνουμε το τέλος του τείχους που ξεχωρίζει το ιερό από το βέβηλο: από τώρα και στο εξής, όλα είναι ιερά.
    14] Οτιδήποτε γίνεται στο παρόν, επηρεάζει το μέλλον ως συνέπεια, και το παρελθόν ως λύτρωση.
    15] Το αδύνατο είναι δυνατό

    Paulo Coelho

  13. Manuel Crepin says:

    What happened to number 13?

  14. Bhawna says:

    Nice explaination about smaller but real aspects of life.

  15. olmio says:

    I would like to add, that everybody has the right to exercise religion the way one wishes – without obligating other people to exercise it too.

    Also; everybody should be honest for themselves. I believe that if people listened their hearts and pondered their thoughts, all crimes, war and famine would cease within a week.

  16. Tina Louise says:

    Beautifully said x

  17. ernesto says:

    oh by the way, my restlessness has prolonged. another thought has come- it is about balancing the world..
    .. we have yes-no
    .. we have black-white
    ..we have man-woman
    ..we have small-large
    we have beautiful-ugly
    and then we have love..? whats the opposite?

    like has opposed hatred..and love is not just liking and would logically never be the opposite of hatred.

    how’s that?

    1. Hiram says:

      Ernesto, you bring a good point up.

      It can be said that the opposite of love is fear. If you start looking at the world around you, you will see that most actions are occurring as a result of those two basic emotions. Love or Fear. All other emotions are then a branches of those two. Positive and negative,.

      Courage, from Love, Hate from Fear, etc.
      A smile is a small gesture of Love, An insult is a small gesture of Fear.
      Love makes you feel comfortable, Fear makes you feel threatened.


    2. Daniel says:

      I’d say that the opposite of Love is Fear.

  18. ernesto says:

    should we renounce the thought of life being understood is a frame of misinformation? ( zahir) maybe everyone has to be a everything, anything, something, someone, somebody, anybody etc..

    paulo, i have been in the shadows of your wisdom and i still like to dwell on it even until now. i’ts just so boggling to realize if the things that we think is right might not be right at all. or the things that we think is evil, could not be so evil at all..

    i somehow allow what is evil to happen to pave goodness, however, i can’t bear that someone has to suffer in all my decisions that i made.

    more likely i was stunned to the unfolding reality that maybe i think so much about life, how can it be better and wise, but ending up to the point of thinking something really irrelevant. then suddenly i though of having ignorance as a blissful thing that could happen. but who’s someone wanted to be ignorant.. i thought so… :)

    crazy thoughts of somebody who is sleepless,


    p.s. your words allow me to breathe a little better. keep evolving.

  19. litekultur says:

    When the power of love overcomes the love for power, the world will be in peace. Jimmy Hendrix

  20. Hi to everybody, since many years I´m a student of the wisdom of Kabbalah, and I learned from my teachers ,that the only purpuse our soul chose to come to this world, is to l e a r n to love my neighbour like myself. And when all people in this world are One in Unity so we were One in soul of Adam, then our world will be heaven on earth, because when we see the the big picture of what we do and say then we know also the consequenes for us and our life, then we`ll never blame anyone else.

  21. Well says:

    In order to follow wholesome paths, we need to understand the language of our bodies, understand the signs that are being sent to us through our bodies. To ignore them, to suppress and to numb and to distract ourselves from what is essential, is harmful and also a mirror of our mental states. Everyone is responsible for maintaining his/her own health.

  22. Diana C. Gonzalez says:

    You inspire joy, light, positivity, equality, fairness, compassion, forgiveness, acceptance, dreamer fuel, and amplify the omens.

    God Bless your light and personal legend

  23. Kristina says:

    Thank you. Just what I needed… Thank you.

  24. Arun says:

    Amazing and Real

  25. chrystabel says:

    thanks for this wonderful principles!

  26. Hicham says:

    impressive objective

  27. Sandra K. says:

    thank you, I hereby sign to never forget the principles, love

  28. mimi caruth says:

    Thankyou for crystallising what is in all our hearts. sometimes its not easy to hear your heart and what it really wants. can anyone help me with this. mabey i just have to be patient. I’m at the lights, stuck on orange, or i’m not stuck. mabey i just need to trust that i will know what to do when the right time comes, love mimi x

    1. Kristina says:

      Just remember that you are never alone. All you need to know is how to ask for something, and beleive and expect

  29. Tatiana says:

    Amazingly objective, your words are nothing but the truth!

  30. Hanz says:

    So…very…how I’m feeling…it…could be..lets just try and this…spirit

  31. Deepa says:

    I read somewhere that collective consciousness can change the world. Good to see this list. Surprisingly and funny it may sound, before this post came up, i too was making a list. A list of the similarities i observed between Paulo Coelho and myself. There were 16 points. Now i need to add the 17th point. That i too make lists like Paulo Coelho. Though this sounds silly.. :-)

  32. Cyan says:

    I always wondered about text like this. Keep writing please!

  33. Ambika Mukund says:

    Dear Mr. Coelho, few people have the ability to combine such beautiful lists of principles of humanism, apt for our generation. You have brought it out at a time when the world needs it, quite similar to how religious scripts like Bhagavat Gita, or Torah or Quran or Bible came into being. Someone just might call you a messenger of God in the centuries to come!
    I am sure quite a few young minds will print and put this up on their walls, I will :). God bless and please keep inspiring us!

  34. Jessica Levy says:

    Perfectly expressed and excellent guidance Paulo. Compassion bravery and hope are some of the qualities I find in your words. And also in the world, if one engages in the ways you outlined. Thank you for writing and thinking and living.