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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

Author: Paulo Coelho

A lot of people still see The Alchemist and your other work as bibles to live by. How do you look back on your earlier work? Is it still ‘the truth’ for you or have you moved on and adapted new philosophies?

Alchemy is the art of projecting in this world what you have in the non-material world. Therefore, when you are able to manifest physically something, you get a better picture of your feelings. In the case of a book, most of the time I have a subconscious understanding, but I need to write and concentrate it. I would suggest everybody to write diaries, it helps a lot to solve our own conflicts. Besides that, every book is a different one: I love narratives, but I also love to write to answer some questions I have about myself.

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