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The four forces

Author: Paulo Coelho

By Paulo Coelho

Father Alan Jones says that in order to build our soul we need the Four Invisible Forces: love, death, power and time.
We must love because we are loved by God. We must have an awareness of death in order to understand life fully.
We must struggle in order to grow, but without becoming entrapped by the power that is gained through that struggle, because we know that power is worthless.
Finally, we must accept that our soul, although eternal, is at this moment caught in the web of time, with all its opportunities and limitations. We must therefore behave as if time existed and do everything we can to value each second.
These Four Forces cannot be treated as problems to be solved because they are beyond our control. We must accept them and let them teach us what we need to learn.

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