Reflections of the Warrior of the Light – When evil appears

By Paulo Coelho

Sometimes evil pursues the warrior. So, he calmly invites it into his tent.

The warrior asks evil: “do you want to injure me, or use me to wound others?”

Evil pretends not to hear. It says it knows the warrior’s soul inside out. It touches unhealed wounds, and calls for revenge. It reminds him that it knows many subtle tricks and poisons, which will help the warrior destroy his enemies.

The warrior of the light listens. If evil becomes distracted, he makes it talk some more, asking for details of all of its projects.

After listening to everything, he stands and leaves. Evil has spoken so much, is so tired and so empty, that it hasn’t the strength to follow him.

A warrior must pay attention to evil, if he wishes to do Good.

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Reflections of the Warrior of the Light – In difficult moments of silence in life

By Paulo Coelho

The warrior knows that sometimes the combat is interrupted. It is no use forcing the struggle; one must be patient, wait for the forces to confront each other once again.

In the silence of the battlefield, listen to your heartbeat. Note how tense it is. That it is afraid.

The warrior takes inventory of his life: he sees that the sword is sharp, the heart satisfied, and faith fires his soul. He knows that maintenance is just as important as action.

There is always something missing. The warrior makes the most of moments in which time slows down, to better equip himself.

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Reflections of the Warrior of the Light – Accepting one’s duty

By Paulo Coelho

A warrior of the light is reliable. He makes some mistakes, and sometimes considers himself to be more important than he really is. But he does not lie.

When people gather around the fire, he talks to his male and female companions. He knows that the words he utters will be kept in the memory of the Universe, as a record of what he thinks.

And the warrior reflects: “why do I say so much, if I am often unable to do everything I say?” This is an important matter for reflection.

The heart replies: “when you publicly defend your ideas, you will have to be strong in order to live up to them.”

It is because he thinks he is that which he says, that the warrior ends up becoming exactly that.

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Reflections of the Warrior of the Light – The small things

By Paulo Coelho

The warrior of the light pays attention to small things, because they can get in the way.

A thorn, however small, causes the traveler to interrupt his journey. A small and invisible cell can destroy a healthy organism. The memory of an instant of fear in the past, can often cause cowardice to return each morning. A fraction of a second is enough to lower the guard for the enemy’s fatal blow.

The warrior is attentive to small things. Sometimes he is hard on himself, but he prefers to act in this way.

“The devil resides in small things,” says an old proverb of the Tradition.

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