Archives for August 2016

The heart of the warrior

All the world’s roads lead to the heart of the warrior; he plunges unhesitatingly into the river of passions always flowing through his life.

The warrior knows that he is free to choose his desires, and he makes these decisions with courage, detachment and – sometimes – with just a touch of madness.

He embraces his passions and enjoys them intensely. He knows that there is no need to renounce the pleasures of conquest; they are part of life and bring joy to all those who participate in them.

But he never loses sight of those things that last or of the strong bonds that are forged over time.

A warrior can distinguish between the transient and the enduring.



Paulo Coelho

I correspond a lot by e-mail with Stephan Rechtschaffen, a doctor who founded the successful Omega Institute in New York. I was invited to give a talk there but I had to cancel it at the last moment. Then Stephan and I were contacted to talk together in Vienna, Austria, and this time I decided to cancel because I found the price they were charging absurdly high. The fact is that these upsets, instead of separating me from him, have ended up drawing us closer (the world has very odd situations).

In one of these exchanges, he told me he was going to send his book. I read it in one afternoon and have re-read it several times more, since all of us, every day of our lives, always have some problem with this theme. In the text Stephan offers some comments that I have listed below (edited on account of the size of the column).

Time is not a measure: but rather a quality. When we look at the past we are not rewinding a tape but remembering a gift of our passage on Earth. Time is not measured like a road is measured, since we take gigantic leaps backwards (memories) and forwards (projects).

Managing is not living: “time is money” is nonsense. We have to be aware of each moment and know how to take advantage of each single moment in what we are doing (with love) or in just contemplating life. A day has 24 hours and an infinity of moments. If we slow down, everything will last much longer. Of course, washing the dishes can take longer too, but why not use that time to think about pleasant things, singing, relaxing, being happy at just being alive?

In tune with life: Arthur Rubinstein (one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century) was once approached by an ardent admirer, who asked him: “How can you use the notes with such mastery?” The pianist answered: “I use the notes the same way that others do, but the pauses … ah! That’s where the art lies.” My divorce process was extremely painful and I thought that by keeping busy I would manage to get over the difficult moments, but it did not work out as foreseen because I could not see the pain in my soul. As of a certain moment I began to “use the pauses” – sit down, let the pain come and reach me and then pass. Little by little I re-structured my life and understood better the reasons for the separation. Today my ex-wife works with me in the Omega Institute – because I was able to face pain, not just hide it behind my work.

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Learn to Stop Feeling Jealous

Author: Chetan Dalv (to read the full post, click here)

A star is not jealous with other star shining nearby. A rain drop does not envy with its peer. A leaf fallen on the ground doesn’t stops wishing well for other leaves still hanging. A thorn does not backbite about the rose.

People feel jealous when they see someone else living the life or having the thing they desire for themselves. It is natural to feel jealous and it is nothing wrong about it, as long as the jealousy is leading the person to the racing track. Then the person can work onto his sweats to get what he desires in life. This kind of jealously every winner has experienced once or more in his life.

However if the feeling of jealousy is developing anger, envy & anxiety within you, then you are not just jealous, you are feeling helpless & you are understating your ability to get something which other person possess. Jealously would kill you from inside, if you water the plant of jealousy with anger instead of hard work. You could either grow the cactus within yourself or the cashew, out of jealousy.

Jealousy is some type of energy which grows or collapses as per your feelings. If you continue feeling jealous, it would continue growing. Rather when you feel jealous out of proportion, then take a moment and speak to your jealously.

“This feeling is wrong. I should not be feeling so jealous with somebody. We all have equal powers and I can achieve more than I am watching and feeling jealous right now. Almighty, help me to not to feel this way.”

Mata Hari: trailer – Het Nationale Ballet | Dutch National Ballet

A Espiã / The Spy

The Spy – Paris 1920s


High profiles – Paulo Coelho

You have said that it took you just 14 days to write your best-seller The Alchemist. Was that because (as you have recently remarked) it was already written in your soul?
Let me try to explain myself better. I believe that each one of us has a spark of the divine light to manifest. It is our task here on this earth, and our human condition demands – demands – that we do it, to justify ourselves. So, my dream since I was very, very young was to be a writer, though I – well, I was procrastinating, because sometimes you fear to face your reason to be here.
When I decided to burn my ships and start writing, I was 40 years old. I wrote about my first experience on the road to Santiago [de Compostela, in The Pilgrimage1]. And then, for my second book, I decided to write a metaphor of my life, never knowing, of course, that this was going to touch many souls. So, The Alchemist [1988] was just a matter of looking back and finding a good story, finding a metaphor, for me to understand myself. And then it took me, yes, two weeks to put it down on paper; but the book was there long before, because it is my life.

Is writing for you simply a matter of finding the treasure that is buried within you? Or is it more a matter of craft, a labour of love?
I would say that [love] has to do with everything we do. First, you have to hear this call. You know, when you are close to something that justifies your life – it can be gardening, it can be cooking, it can be driving a taxi, it can be whatever you do with love – the clue is exactly that: love. I don’t think that a writer is better than anybody else. Everything that you do with enthusiasm, you are really manifesting God.
The next step is to learn the craft. So, for writing, first I had to read. You don’t learn writing from courses or workshops – I don’t believe in them. You learn how to write by reading other writers, people who have tried to share their souls, their experiences, whatever they have, with their fellow human beings. Then you have to make some choices: What shall I write about? What are my main questions? And then you start to develop your own technique. You start innovating, in the sense that you try not to repeat what other people are doing.
In my case, basically my challenge was to simplify. I used to read very complicated authors and sometimes I was grabbed by the story but I thought, ‘Oh my God, they are complicating so much! Why are they using one paragraph, one page? One sentence is enough.’ So, I start learning how to cut, and now this is what I do. The first version of any book of mine has three times more pages than the final one. It is like cutting your own flesh, but you need to do it.

You have said you are not a spiritual writer. Do you find ‘spirituality’ an unhelpful term?
I believe that each one of us has a spark of the divine light to manifest. It is our task here on this earth, and our human condition demands that we do it
Just because I write sometimes about my main question and it is in the spiritual world does not make me a spiritual writer. If you write about war, it does not make you a general. If you write about spies, it does not make you a spy. But when you are labelled a spiritual writer, people think: Oh, he has some answers, or he has a better connection, or… No! If there is one thing I really hate, it’s the New Age. The New Age for me is this melting pot of all types of religions created by people who do not have the courage to assume one religion.
So, I’m not a Catholic writer, I’m a writer who happens to be Catholic, uh? Sometimes I totally disagree with the Pope. I respect the missionaries of my church, of my religion, but – how can I say this in English? I want to go beyond my religion in the sense that I think spiritual insight is not only for the privileged, or Catholics or whoever: you have to discuss with people from different faiths.
In Eleven Minutes [2003], Maria says about herself: ‘Although she was very capable of writing very wise thoughts, she was quite incapable of following her own advice’ –
It is my case – sometimes. But I try to be as close as I can to my words, because mostly I write for myself. I write to… yeah, to have a better glimpse of who I am. I’ve just finished a new book and I realise, my God! these things were there and I couldn’t see them. Like when Jesus heals the blind man, he goes to the synagogue and says, ‘Hey, he healed me!’ And they say, ‘Oh, come on! He’s a fake, he’s a charlatan.’ And the man says: ‘I don’t care. I was blind but now I see.’ So, this is a little bit my case: sometimes I’m blind to myself but the answer is in my soul and all of a sudden I start seeing.

I have heard this comment a lot of times. Let me tell you my impression. I have two ways to meet my readers: at my book signings and on the internet. Probably one person out of a thousand asks me what to do. At my signings, never. On Facebook or Twitter, eventually they’ll say, ‘Oh, today I’m like this…’ – but like I say to my wife, ‘Oh, today I don’t feel very enthusiastic about this,’ not because she has the ultimate answer for my life but because I feel like sharing my problems with her. My readers don’t ask me, ‘Paulo, what is the meaning of my life?’ They know I don’t have the answer.
Nonetheless, for many of them The Alchemist has been one of those books that transform one’s life or the way one sees the world. So, even if you never set out to do so, you have played a role in many people’s lives –

CONVERSA COM O MAGO (por Bruno Astuto)

Escrevo normalmente de dois em dois anos, e este ano estava decidido a não escrever. Mas, de repente, senti uma presença, algo forte que me indicou coisas na minha vida em que sempre quis me aprofundar e nunca me aprofundei, como é o caso da Mata Hari. Comecei a pesquisar sobre ela e descobri que era
uma mulher muito mais interessante que a imagem que temos dos filmes ou dos livros de história. E veio a coincidir que, no ano que vem, seu fuzilamento completará cem anos.

Eu sempre desperto meu lado feminino quando escrevo e, no caso de Mata Hari,foi uma catarse. Ela era o que era: fria, pragmática, manipulou os homens de forma magistral. Por isso não tentei redimi-la. Ela sabia de seu poder, de sua sexualidade, de sua sensualidade e usou a inteligência para chegar aonde queria.


Ela era uma gastadora compulsiva, o que mais amava na vida era a moda. Eu me visto de preto porque tenho uma preguiça fora do comum de pensar em que roupa vou usar. É uma das minhas falhas, reconheço. Mas sei apreciar uma pessoa bem-vestida, uma pessoa com classe, o que não tem nada a ver com grife.

Numa tarde, depois de terminar o livro, eu estava deitado e, de repente, ouvi Mata Hari falar comigo. Ela me chamou. Minha primeira reação foi: “Tô fora, não vou publicar mais. O que ela quer comigo?”.
Mas, depois, refleti sobre essa mulher que foi acusada injustamente, baseado em documentos, testemunhos e cartas que me mostraram que não havia prova concreta nenhuma de sua traição à França. Existem muitas pessoas inocentes que pagam até hoje por crimes que não cometeram, e Mata Hari paga por essa fama injusta há cem anos.


Tenho acompanhado muito esse movimento, não só no Brasil, onde o machismo é um horror, mas no mundo inteiro. Eu sou um homem, mas também sou uma mulher, pois assim me sinto quando escrevo. O livro toca nessa questão porque mostra como uma mulher pode ser insultada, destruída e aterrorizada quando ela exerce sua liberdade. Mata Hari não seria fuzilada hoje, mas certamente seria desmoralizada,o que pode ser às vezes pior que a morte.

(publicado originalmente na edição de Agosto da Revista VOGUE. “A Espiã” estará em todas as livrarias brasileiras e portuguesas dia 6 de setembro)