A warrior of light is never predictable


Warriors of light are never predictable.

They might dance down the street on their way to work, gaze into the eyes of a complete stranger and speak of love at first sight, or else defend an apparently absurd idea.

Warriors of light allow themselves days like these. They are not afraid to weep over ancient sorrows or to feel joy at new discoveries.

When they believe that the moment has arrived, they drop everything and go off on some long-dreamed-of adventure.
When they realize that they can do no more, they never blame themselves for having committed a few unexpected acts of folly. Warriors do not spend a single days trying to play the role that others have chosen for them.

They talk out loud to themselves. Someone told them that this is the best way of communicating with the angels, and so they take a chance and try to make contact.

They say things which they do not agree, they talk utter nonsense.
One day, they notice a change in their voice.
They are acting as a channel for some higher wisdom.

The warriors may look mad, but this is just a disguise.

from “The manual of the warrior of light”
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Comments

  1. I needed this story tonight, thank you Paulo.
    Genevieve

  2. Izabel says:

    This has touched me on so many levels. Many of my students consider me “a mad woman…a nut” “Personally”, I tell them, “I prefer the term eccentric!” and with that we laugh and smile at one another. I have, yet again, gained a greater insight into my being and purpose…of sorts xx

  3. pam says:

    !!!!!!!! BOY OH BOY OH BOY OH BOY !!!!!!!! Hope you and Christina are having a wonderful day. love

  4. richard hughes says:

    dear paulo !!
    everytime i read passages from this book ,tears build up in my eyes !
    why ?
    gracias

  5. Empié says:

    Y yo que tengo las sensación de que todo lo vivido, especialmente si es negativo, te transforma…

    También tengo la sensación de que estoy cerca y eso que todos los días no son lo bueno que quisiese, pero hoy por ejemplo, me he dado una vuelta por mi ciudad, y he disfrutado como un enano, como hacía tiempo. Me he comido un helado y me ha sabido a gloria, recupero la nitidez en las sensaciones, era como si todo volviese a ser como antes.

    En cualquier caso, también tengo la sensación de que las cosas llegan a su momento, y si viviera otra realidad no pasaría por las emociones que me hacen crecer, además en cuanto empiezo a estar como siempre se gana perspectiva, si no es hoy, mañana tendré lo que quiero, y lo mejor de todo es que cada vez tengo más confianza en el destino, en cuanto él y no yo decida, todo cambiará.

    Así veo la vida, en cuanto las puertas de esta cárcel mental cedan, todo será fácil y divertido, entre tanto lo que vivo me hace crecer.

    Un saludo, no veas la alegría que me da porder verme como antes de todo esto, en cuanto sane por completo mi vida será muy feliz y muy plena, siento muy intensamente.

    Un saludo, hasta pronto.

    1. toñi says:

      Hola Empié!
      Yo también creo que te va a ir todo bien, gozarás de una vida estupenda, de un trabajo en lo que te gusta y del mundo que te rodea (que es un mundo muy hermoso, bueno yo lo pienso así).
      El otro día me fui con mi hija a pasear por un bosque y llegamos hasta un lugar donde había caballos, muy hermoso, …se puso a llover y nos refugiamos debajo de unos árboles (los árboles es el mejor lugar para morir carbonizado por un rayo jajaja) pero estuvo bien, fue divertido.
      Tienes razón, se necesita muy poco para ser feliz.
      Es verdad que el camino es a veces doloroso pero lo mejor es recuperar lo más importante…a ti mismo.
      Cuando cambia la perspectiva mental y empiezas a estar bien…entonces es cuando uno descubre lo mal que están los demás. Cuando nosotros estamos mal, estamos como están todos y eso nos parece lo normal. Cuando nosotros empezamos a estar bien…entonces vemos que los demás (los que siguen en el ritmo del estrés mundial) pues ellos están mal y además no se dan ni cuenta. Es curioso, pero lo importante es que nosotros estemos bien.
      Esta noche mi hija había soñado con unos zapatos…bueno al llevarla al colegio por la mañana, junto a un contenedor de basura había unos zapatos y mi hija me los ha pedido (son esos los zapatos que he soñado esta noche mamá! cógelos por favor!) Imagínate que vergüenza…coger unos zapatos de la basura! Pues…los he cogido! Y ¿sabes qué?…es para morirse de la risa, los zapatos estaban nuevos, completamente nuevos y además son de su medida! Menos mal que nadie me ha visto porque si no valla vergüenza por mi hija quiero decir, por las madres del colegio y todo eso.
      Si un sueño de mi hija se hace realidad así por circunstancias de casualidades…mis sueños también pueden hacerse realidad y los tuyos Empié también, y los sueños de todas las personas.
      Un abrazo muy fuerte,
      Toñi.

    2. Empié says:

      En tai chi, me dejan mensajes subliminales en las conversaciones, o al menos se amoldan perfectamente a mi mundo secreto, como los superheroes, por una parte soy el chico que se busca la vida como puede y por otra Empié, jajaja. A veces dicen cosas como que la vida tiene dos partes, y entre ellas está el punto donde todo empieza a cambiar, hasta que tu nueva vida, la que siempre soñaste, se convierte en tu vida. También dicen cosas como que primero te odian y luego te aman, que es parecido a lo de primero te reciben con piedras luego con flores o lo de que los últimos serán los primeros.

      Parece todo una locura, pero lo que creo es que este tipo de vidas, está descrito en distintas religiones o filosofías, al menos es lo que creo, supongo que hay cosas que parecen locuras hasta que se demuestran y pasan a ser parte del conocimiento general, como cuando se descubrió América, como cuando los médicos no se lavaban las manos en los partos porque se desconocía la existencia de microorganismos, no recuerdo bien quien fue, no se si Pasteur, pero al principio toda la jerarquía medica de la época se le echo encima porque cuestionaba lo conocido, y en el fondo, el estatus de la élite médica.

      En fin, me están pasando cosas un poco distintas últimamente, creo que estoy en ese punto de inflexión. Espero que tú vea cosas similares en tu vida. Mi día a día es el trabajo en silencio, tanto cultivando mis dones como soportando las emociones negativas cuando toca, pero de vez en cuando hay auténticos chispazos de luz, y gradualmente veo el mundo de otro color.

      Un saludo, hasta pronto Toñi, hablamos.

  6. Marie-Christine says:

    ‘Fais ta partie et ne te soucie pas des autres,. Sois certaine que Dieu leur parle aussi et qu’ils s’emploient autant que toi a decouvrir le sens de cette vie.’
    Thank you for being
    Marie-Christine

  7. Joao Franco says:

    Do you still live at St.Martin ( when not in Rio)??

    1. Paulo Coelho says:

      A warrior of light is never predictable…

    2. Viola Onisro says:

      ….but he keeps “Ithaca” always in his mind. ;-)

  8. Marie-Christine Grimard says:

    Dear Paulo,
    You wrote: “The warrior of light does not worry that, to others, his behaviour might seem quite mad. He talks out loud to himself when he is alone. Someone told him that this is the best way of communicating with the angels, and so he takes a chance and tries to make contact”.
    In this world where one should not leave the herd, and follow the latest trend, without thinking, this kind of behavior exhibited in the best case, to the condescending smiles of others, and, in the worst case to confinement psychiatric.
    By reading you, gradually, we learn to discover and to dare to be ourselves, to become one who will light his way with his own light. This light, when it will shine in our eyes, will illuminate the road of our beloving friends, and those who share our path. Thank you for this teaching and for all this wisdom shared. Blessings to you. M Christine G.

  9. Bottin Nicolas says:

    C’est véritablement vrai, le pire c’est quand les signes disparaissent petit à petit et que le guerrier de la lumière angoisse de les perdrent définitivement. Il fait tout son possible pour suivre son véritable chemin ; sans perdre le reflet de son âme dans ce qu’il vois , c’est ainsi qu’il vie réellement son chemin tracé avec un crayon, bien décider à détruire les racines du mal….

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  12. Knowing who we are, really are and being at peace with ourselves. We out so much energy in hiding who we are, trying to hide our weaknesses behind excuses to be accepted by those around us. In the end we become our worst enemy. We should be really be fighting against our worst enemy. The best way to defeat the enemy is to know him, you will be prepared to stand to your enemy.
    A warrior of light is at peace with himself, knows himself well, is not afraid to stand up and confront his own inner self in the face of challenges.

  13. heart says:

    Yesterday I heard a discussion on the news that made me smile because it matched your point on predictability. Quote; Do you want to follow strategies or be a loose cannon, that can go off at any time? Of course, we’re a little bit of both. Wol’s definitely acknowledge each magic moment and acts according to inner convictions at all times.. Paulo is a loose cannon, who suddenly goes off, when least expected.. hahaha

  14. Pilar de a Orillas del Rio Piedra says:

    Grande Paulo!!! touché! el guerrero es libre y actua como tal, no le importa lo que piensen de él.. muita luz, querido Paulo, besos y bendiciones. en este mes de María. Ella te bendiga. amém.

    con amor

    Pilar

  15. toñi says:

    Muy bonito fragmento éste.
    Creo que el guerrero de la luz es un libro que no he leido de los tuyos, me parece que no,…porque no recuerdo este fragmento y yo tengo memoria fotográfica y lo guardo todo en mis archivos mentales.
    Bueno ¿sabes lo que he hecho? una de mis hermanas me pidió que le hiciese una reserva para un viaje en estos días…así a lo rápido (siempre le hago de secretaria particular gratis) bueno pues…la he mandado a un viaje del inserso en medio de unas montañas en un hotel muy chulo!!!jajaja. Me acaba de llamar ahora mismo…jajaja. Yo creo que los viajes con la tercera edad son muy divertidos, bueno a mi me lo parecen. Tendré que buscar un lugar donde esconderme para cuando regrese del viaje! Saludos. Toñi.

    1. toñi says:

      Que risa de verdad, que risa. Yo sigo con lo mio de los del inserso. Me ha vuelto a llamar mi hermana y dice que se lo está pasando super bien, que los ancianitos de la tercera edad son las personas más llenas de vida, más alegres y más fiesteros que ha visto jamás. Ella nunca se hubiera imaginado que las personas mayores cuando van de vacaciones son tan divertidos, además de que tienen mucha conversación y experiencia “del librito de la vida”. Dice que la próxima vez que tenga vacaciones le tengo que buscar algo parecido a ésto porque se rie a carcajadas y además no le da vergüenza ni bailar, ni cantar, ni hacer excursiones por la montaña…vamos que es super divertido!
      Me salvé por los pelos! jajaja. Saludos. Toñi.

  16. Daniel Horowitz says:

    Beautiful

  17. Susana says:

    I am a warrior of light because I know it is only I that sees what is ahead of me, who knows what feels right inside of me and who understands that I have so much to create in this world I have been given. It’s taken me a long time to get ‘here’ and although I am glad of the journey to get to this place…I know I cannot dwell for too long thinking about the past…this magical life is unfolding and because I am willing it, I know that it will take me to beautiful places and to compassionate people (like here in this blog)..I pray that I just don’t forget to trust and believe. Thank you, once again, Paulo.
    xx

  18. Heimo Kruschinski says:

    A wonderful text. The concept of the warrior of light has impressed me. What is a warrior of light? Someone who walks in the light and only produce shadows ? Or someone who create light? From which light are we talking about? To whom or what, a warrior of light is obligated? Only themselves? Or exists something like community? There seem to exist a few questions, probably several more. It is same with any kind of warrior. One can think about it.

    I wish you a wonderful day

  19. Empié says:

    Lo bueno es notar los cambios que se producen por causa y a lo largo del camino.
    Lo que importaba ya no importa, los pasos se hacen más livianos, y se vuelve a recuperar la alegría de vivir.

    Cunado ya no importa nada, todo cambia.

    Un saludo.

  20. Tara Hamdi says:

    All what you write transfers me to another world, and I need that when I have to very very active girls, who don’t give their mummy some rest.

    Thank you Paulo

    Tara Hamdi

  21. Deniz says:

    Like, like, like….this one is my absolute favourite! I agree with every word. Muito obrigada Paulo! Deniz

  22. New Soul says:

    ~If you fight like a married couple, talk like best friends, flirt like first love, protect each other like siblings, it’s meant to be.

    ~You might feel worthless to one person, but you are priceless to another.

    ~Love doesn’t need to be perfect, it just needs to be true.

    Thank you for your kind attention Paulo

    1. kirti says:

      wow nice said!

  23. mani says:

    Nice !

  24. Brida says:

    I love you Paulo.

  25. Elaine says:

    This never fails to bring an added boost of light to the soul. Thank you. :-)

  26. Tracy says:

    I am warrior! ;)

    1. ADRIANA says:

      Gracias a tus libros me hhhhe detenido minusiosamente en ellos y tú Paulo has sido la respuestas a respuestas en mi vida siempre senti que soy un ser de luz ,hasta que tu le pusiste nombre yo le llamaba algo especial que la vida me habia echo posehedora cada dia es un aprendizaje cada segundo en mi siento la bibracion del aprendizaje mi fraternal abrazo desde lo profundo de mi ser.

  27. Kealan says:

    What comes after being a Warrior of Light…

    1. Heimo Kruschinski says:

      A human!

      I wish you all a wonderful day

  28. Daniel says:

    Merci encore une fois maître Coelho…

    Je n’avais pas retenu la part où penser à haute voix a un sens – je le fais tout le temps et me demande pourquoi, maintenant je ne douterai plus…

    Et ce ressentir que les montagnes et les brins d’herbe comportent un peu de notre propre âme.
    J’ai eu ce sentiment avec les étoiles et les montagnes, si souvent, mais surtout une fois… tout était bleu et nuances de bleu. Un rêve qui semblait né de mon admiration. Et je ne savais pas qu’à ce moment-là nous étions à quelques km, vous en Suisse, moi en Haute-Savoie, et désormais à Paris, près de la culture mais loin du Grand vivant.

    Obrigado.

  29. I Just want to add that in all of my readings my entire life boil down to one of two schools of thought.

    a) That I choose my path and I control my own destiny
    b) Fate we are all actors in a play that isn’t ours

    I take comfort in b. Knowing that things will work out, whether I live or die, speak or obstain, I know that the show will go on. I find it so arrogent to think of myself as the center in which my choice changes the course of history. Some are meant to be great examples of how we would like to live life, others are meant to be examples great examples of living death.

  30. Arjumand Bilal says:

    Touching, moving and awakening is all wats the core of his writings… Mr Coelho u know the art of bringing out a human being out of an animal… n then an angle out of the man :) hats off to u :)

    1. Daniel says:

      Wow!

      I’ll copy this, mr. Bilal (illustrious name!)

  31. Marie-Christine says:

    Bien cher Paulo,
    Merci beaucoup pour l’invitation.Je voudrais savoir si il y aura la possibilite de ranger mon cheval au parking ?:)…………
    J’ai peur de me perdre dans la foret. :)
    ESt ce qu’il y aura du Brie aussi?
    Je celebre ma casa bianca est terminee . C’est beau.
    le 2ie terre bit c’est pas encore au point – ca prend du temps!
    Beijos et merci encore 1 fois a toi Paul von Austria, Juliana, Mustafa et toute l’equipe
    Beijos clippety clippety clo

  32. Marie-christine says:

    Comme j’ai franchi une etape, j’ai decide d’aller plus loin.
    Al et Arn ont eu droit a cet onctueuse potion que l’on appelle Capuccino avec un hint de chocolat en poudre. Imagine!
    Une vraie folie!

  33. Ilva Asote says:

    I will start my journey from the Valday Hills.
    ***
    It was a prediction which I was not able to understand for a long time. But last weekend I experienced a ‘moment of enlightment’ when in my dream I saw the the River Daugava (our national icon; celebrated by poets as “The River of Destiny”). It was enormous like an ocean! Funny, but this river is rising in the Valdai Hills…

    The Daugava also is mentioned in the epic of the Bearslayer (ancient Latvian hero; his story was put to paper by Latvia’s first epic poet Andrejs Pumpurs), in which the genesis of the River is described in the following way: the Daugava is dug by the creatures (birds and animals) on the order of the God of Thunder. Though the Devil tries to reroute the River into a bottomless pit, the River is saved by the intervention of Thunder, who drives the Devil away.

    And that’s true, it is very difficult to predict where the River will flow…
    ***
    What is the weather in Latvia? It’s thundering (quite often). Even in winter.

    Love,
    Ilva

  34. Den Rod says:

    A warrior of light focuses on the path ahead and is always alert. He uses curiosity as a strength to work harder on the path. He is movement and he is also rest at the same time. Now and then he thinks about all ancient wars for freedom down in history. He’s a passbyer. ! He’s walking into the new, forever. !
    Bye. !

    1. Olta Ana says:

      Beautiful!

  35. Eugenia says:

    first, I don’t belive that Mr Paulo want to give his sword and second, to get it, it is so difficult because you have to leave every thing we are doing for taking this aventure.
    I really like but it is impossible.
    But what I will do is to read the four books.

    1. Olta Ana says:

      Dear Eugenia, you definitely have to read those four books.
      And allow yourself to believe in “miracles”.
      You will see that yes, all of it is possible.
      Have a very Joyful time!

      Love & Joy
      Olta

  36. vicky says:

    counting sheep 1,2,3,… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Tt_YpvwrFg

    Lots of love,

    Vicky

    1. Sheela Nandini says:

      Thanks,Vicky.Needed that today:)

      Lotsa love to you,
      sheela

  37. Catherine E.A. says:

    I did not see ‘that’ coming!
    Nice quiz Paulo ;o)

  38. Pull peux says:

    L’aventure de ce matin, j’ai parle avec Monsieur Lust – il a un bon nom -. Il m’a meme dit qu’il avait change plusieurs fois – la routine c’est pas son genre -.Il travaille dans les contrats.Il doit etre multi-task.
    Avec lui, pas de tension, rien que de l’attention.

  39. Monika says:

    It is sacred. – You don’t want it to be desecrated by unsacred comments.

  40. candieb says:

    Well actually lots of things I said,wrote or did doesn’t make much sense too!:)

  41. candieb says:

    It is strange btw that I named my blog The Ancient Sword,almost two years ago.I still don’t know why in fact!

  42. candieb says:

    Ah I know!Like children on Easter!I’m kidding..I don’t know the meaning but it’s a nice sword.

  43. Monika says:

    …but why is this majestic sword caged?
    To use it it has to be free!

  44. I am like Him like the Warrior of light… never scared of love at first sight… never scared to try new things and enjoy the journey in my way… I believe in my own ideas and I defend them in the eyes of humans… It ia an absurd idea… one about love.. I know that no one will believe me… In fact I am sure they will all say that I am mad thinking that he is still here with me…
    But.. what can I do… if the wind blows in my face.. in my nose the smell of him… and my ears are filled with his songs… which words always seek of me… retelling moments from our previous meeting… I know it’s the love of my life… ah, this is the way I like to call him… IT’S HIM … my Blue EYES man… How I longed for his love.. how I miss to be in his company…
    More strange is the fact that I don’t need to be with him for real to feel that he is next to me… and I had this impression for a long time now… I wake up.. and he is somewhere in my room.. watching me… I go to sleep and he is next to me… whispering in me years words so sweet that I feel lost in his arms… I always have a good sleep when I am onto his protecting and loving arms…
    I don’t dwell on the past… What I have lost.. doesn’t compare with what I have found…. And that is YOU, my darling… I want this story to speak to you… directly to your heart… If I could make you at least half as happy as I feel right now… you and me… we will be rich… in our souls…. ‘cause NOTING CAN COMPARE WITH LOVE… as LOVE is the one who stands at the base of our creation…
    Am I like the Warrior…. I might be… ‘cause not less were the days when I was talking alone… about you… I wrote my thought on paper.. and I wish that one day I will through them all away on that desert.. where the boy from THE ALCHIMIST story was searching for his love… for his own destiny… and then, I will wait until the wind will take them one by one and will lay them down in front of you… where you stand on that grass from your beautiful garden… of your land… I know you are smiling reading this… but I hope you will be happy… my love and I hope that you will realize how strong our love is… I will wonder as that boy.. in the dessert.. until you will find me… until you will have opened your heart and come to me… ‘cause you couldn’t resist one more day breathing without me near… Ah…. I am looking in the sky… so clear and blue… I can compare it with your eyes… and I cannot but exclaim seeing all your beauty… You are a miracle for me… and my love for you has no end… The deeper I get into it to can find it… the stronger it becomes…. I yell in the empty desert…your name.. and all I hear is the echo… which brings it back to me… Am I mad… LET IT BE! Let them think that I am… meanwhile I am wearing my mask… until I fill found you… ‘cause these madness I am into.. is much sweeter then their world… their reality … they trick them self believing that that they have earned it all on this Earth… and nothing is yet to be found! Hahahah .. what a joke… I know.. because …angels spoke to me in one night as I was wondering through the desert searching for your love.. and they said: “BELIEVE IN YOUR DREAMS… in YOU.. and THEN, YOU WILL FIND LOVE… your LOVE…” I understood… and I smiled back to them… “THANK YOU”… and I kept walking… I know I WILL FIND YOU.
    xxx Gabriela Romaria

    PS… just a few words from the Book I am writing… :-) it’s kind of.. REAL… :-) Blessings to all of us… and much much LOVE! ……

    1. Cindy Jill North says:

      “Warm and Comforting!” Cindy

    2. littlemiss-p says:

      wow, it’s like some stranger has just gone into my mind and wrote my every thought out here.I know exactly how this feels and I’m wondering if he is feeling the same or am I just been unrealistic and holding onto something that is never going to happen.All I have are my sweet memories and our magic moments but remembering them makes me happy and sad both at the same time. However, I will continue with my journey and try to get through this painful period as it must have been written and I expect I will come out fighting and stronger-I hope.
      thank you for writing this.

    3. Hi Gabriela, this is beautiful!! Wow!

      Love to All, Jane : )

  45. Vardha Khalil says:

    This sword seems to be at a very secret place.. dificult for anyone to find out
    I believe there is hidden sword inside everyone,but we take so much time to find that sword to fight against the bash of time..

  46. Karin Struik says:

    Dear Paulo,

    Have you posted a picture of your sword anywhere online? I live on a farm in Zambia and would love to see it.

    Love
    Karin

    1. Paulo Coelho says:

      THIS IS THE ONLY PHOTO YOU WILL HAVE. BUT THERE IS THE ENIGMA, AND YOU MAY GET IT

  47. Hope says:

    The subject below the picture is “A warrior of light is never predictable” But I am going to write that I do not have an idea about how my life will be in a week and that I hate competitions and I know from my own nature that competitions destroys all the joy and learning for me. I have not the income to leave my job to do this, even if I loose the competition. Because I would do it even if I loose, after the entire sword is not the goal. I want to go home now and cry because I don’t know how to be able to take part. Maybe it is not the time for me. I will ask my partner to participate because he loved your book “The Pilgrimage” and the book changed his life now he has lost his job and this is the perfect time for him to do this. He is also better competitor than I am.
    We love you Paulo! I can not say it enough.

  48. Karin Struik says:

    And the warrior of light has a lot of fun too!

    Love to each warrior!
    Karin

  49. Geetha Anand says:

    Thanks Paulo. I feel like a Warrior of light. Such a wonderful message. No regrets, just happiness for choosing the path of your life. I feel great after reading this!!!

  50. Monika says:

    Great sword! Is it yours?

    1. Paulo Coelho says:

      read the rules. It may be yours

    2. Monika says:

      I think I have already one – but not of steel.

    3. Marie-Christine says:

      C’est ton dernier mot? :)