Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

Although you didn’t like the compulsiveness of the religious practice, that you have known ever since you were a child, something happened, in your youth, when you decided to reconsider your attitude. I know that you have never revealed the identity of that man who must have been the one that brought about the change I was speaking about. However I insist, by asking you: was it not one of those rare meetings with a warrior of light?

The warrior of the light, who can change your life, is everywhere. It may be a taxi driver, a person that you met by chance in the bus, if you are attentive to the signs – this person, even if you never see him/her again, will give you the right input to take the decisions that you are postponing. Therefore, all we need is to be attentive to signs and open to people.

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By Paulo Coelho

A Warrior of Light is reliable.
(Manual of the Warrior of Light)

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Reflections of the Warrior of the Light – Like a child

By Paulo Coelho

The warrior of the light behaves like a child.

People are shocked. They forget that each one of us must have fun, play, be a little irreverent, ask importune and immature questions, and say foolish things that we ourselves don’t even believe.

People are outraged: “Is that the spiritual path? He is simply not mature! He’s more like a child.”

The warrior is proud of this comment, because he knows that the logical consequence of maturity is decay. Thus in nature, so it is in life.

And he preserves his innocence and joy, without ever losing sight of his mission.

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By Paulo Coelho

The Warrior of Light knows that everyone is afraid of everyone else.
(Manual of the Warrior of Light)

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Reflections of The Warrior of The Light – Accepting Pardon

By Paulo Coelho

The warrior of the light has learned that it is better to follow light. He has betrayed, lied, strayed from his path, courted darkness. And everything continued to work out – as if nothing had happened.

However suddenly the abyss comes. One can take a thousand safe steps – and one single step too much can destroy everything.

It is this consciousness which causes the warrior to change the course of his steps.

Upon making this decision, he hears four comments: “You always acted wrongly. You are too old to change. You are no good. You are not worthy.”

So he looks skywards. And a voice says: “well, dear friend, everyone has done wrong. You are forgiven, but I cannot force this pardon. You must decide.”

The true warrior of the light accepts the pardon.

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By Paulo Coelho

The Warrior of Light has learned that it is best to follow the light.
(Manual of the Warrior of Light)

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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

You have tried many ways of expressing yourself through art. Why have you finally chosen writing?

It was in fact my first choice, but I postponed it for several decades, thinking that it was impossible to be a writer. Finally, after the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, I decided to quit everything else and pay the price of the only dream that I truly had.

Warrior of the Light Newsletter no.174

Read the new issues from “Warrior of the Light Online” :

Issue nº174 : The Warrior of Light and renunciation

Edií§í£o nº 174 : O guerreiro da luz e a renúncia

Edición nº 174 : El guerrero de la luz y la renuncia

Édition nº 174 : Le guerrier de la lumière et le renoncement

Edizione nº 174 : Il guerriero della luce e la rinuncia

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By Paulo Coelho

The Warrior of Light is a believer.
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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

Your novel The Alchemist, which came into being in the space of two weeks, is one of the most amazing sales successes in literary history. How long did it take you to write your novel Eleven minutes which will appear in the coming weeks?

Three weeks. After ten years I wanted to once again write about sexuality but I had neither a workable story nor main character. Therefore, several attempts failed. At a book signing session in Geneva a Brazilian woman said to me: “I have read The Alchemist. Your book changed my life because I decided to move to Europe.” As I thanked her, she interrupted me: “I became a high-class prostitute here.” Then, out of curiosity, I met with her several times. Around sixty per cent of my book is based on her life story.

Conversations with the master – the strategy

By Paulo Coelho

(Here I continue to transcribe notes made during conversations with J. between 1982 and 1990)

– Bernard Shaw was right – said J. – He wrote that people take morbid pleasure in complaining all day long about the conditions in which they live. I agree with him: true men and women are those who seek out ideal conditions, and – if they are unable to find them – end up creating them.

– How does one create the conditions needed?

– A Chinese man wrote about this, thousands of years ago: by respecting the five fundamental points. However, before speaking of the five points, it must be said that the starting point is respect for oneself. One can achieve anything, but not everything; so one must know what it is one desires.

– How can we know what we desire?

– When we feel well after carrying out a certain task. Consequently, everything which causes us to lose our enthusiasm and self respect, is harmful; even if it means power, money or success. I have seen so many people suffocated by success, making mistakes which ended up destroying years of work, yielding to heavy drinking, becoming aggressive, tough, bitter. These people are distant from themselves, and distant from others.

– Tell me about the Chinaman.

– He wrote a book about war, but the five points he mentions in it apply to any task carried out by mankind.

“Item one: the law of the will. We just talked about this: one should only do that which truly fills our hearts with enthusiasm. If we brush this aside, if we put off the moment to live that which we dream of, we lose the energy necessary for any important transformation in our lives. Someone once put this most succinctly: “I don’t know the secret of success – but the secret of failure is to always try to follow the will of others.”

“Item two: the law of the seasons. Just as a war fought in winter demands different behavior and equipment from a war in the summer, human beings must learn to respect their own seasons, and not try to act when it is time to wait, not try to wait at a time of action. However, in order to make progress in anything, we must make the first move – from then on, our personal rhythm and intuition will show us how to conserve his energy.

“Item three: the law of geography. A battle in a ravine is different from one fought in a field: in the same way, one can only achieve favorable conditions by paying attention to what is going on around, to the space one is occupying, what must be done to increase it, where there may be an ambush waiting, how to escape if a momentary retreat is necessary.

“Item four: the law of the allies. No one can fight alone; friends are necessary to give us strength when we need it, people who can advise us without being afraid of what we will think. As a poet once said: “no bird can fly high, if it only uses its own wings.”

“Finally, the fifth item: the law of creativity. There is only one way of understanding things – when we try to change them. We do not always succeed, but we do learn, for we seek a path no one has been down – and the world is full of such paths. The problem is, everyone is afraid of virgin forests, uncharted seas. As one enters the unknown, one fears that one may lose oneself.

“But no one gets lost – the hand of the merciful God always lies on the heads of courageous men and women, those who dare to be different because they believe in their dreams.”

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By Paulo Coelho

The Warrior of Light recognizes the silence that precedes an important battle.
(Manual of the Warrior of Light)

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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

Why is your novel called “Eleven minutes” ?

According to my research, customers stay on average 45 minutes with a prostitute. For the actual sex, eleven minutes are allotted.

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By Paulo Coelho

For the Warrior of Light, there is no such thing as an impossible love.
(Manual of the Warrior of Light)

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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

You tell the story of a Brazilian woman called Maria who works in a luxury brothel in Geneva. One night she falls in love with a much admired artist, who has fame, money and women in abundance. His problem: he is not interested any more in sex.

This person Ralf is my alter ego. I also know of times when my libido is zero. Because sex is in itself a value, for a long time I had a bad conscience about not being interested in sex. I believe that people have never before had so little sex as today. In the Internet, no search expression is entered as frequently as “sex”, and we see pictures everywhere which should make us horny, but the horniness which it produces goes into emptiness. Maria’s problem is that she is a victim of the most dangerous myth of sexuality: she believes that a woman has to have an orgasm through penetration – and this is something she cannot achieve. Maria and Ralf learn that sex is like a foreign language: if you don’t try it you also don’t learn anything. At the end they understand to perceive one’s own desire as true sexual lust.

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By Paulo Coelho

The Warrior of Light is always trying to improve.
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By Paulo Coelho

In the intervals between battles, the Warrior of Light rests.
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