Olvidar es una actitud equivocada

Un lector destaca algunas de mis frases que las he compartido en mis libros. Aquí algunas de ellas:

-Trata de dejarte llevar por la noche de vez en cuando, observa las estrellas e intenta embriagarte con la sensación de infinito. La noche, con todos sus sortilegios, también es un camino hacia la iluminación. Igual que el pozo oscuro tiene en el fondo el agua que sacia la sed, la noche, cuyo misterio nos acerca a Dios, esconde en sus sombras la llama capaz de iluminar nuestra alma.

-Todo hombre feliz era un hombre que llevaba a Dios dentro de sí. Y que la felicidad se podía encontrar en un simple grano de arena del desierto.

-Lo peor era escoger, y pasarse el resto de la vida pensando si se escogió bien. Ninguna persona era capaz de escoger sin miedo.

-Si no tenemos miedo de las tinieblas, es porque somos compañeros de la luz.

-Dios está cerca de nosotros, independientemente de las oraciones que digamos.

-Es bueno hablar de flores en otoño. Nos da la esperanza de la primavera.

-Dios está aquí, ahora, a nuestro lado. Podemos verlo en esta bruma, en este suelo, en estas ropas, en estos zapatos. Sus ángeles velan mientras dormimos, y nos ayudan cuando trabajamos.

-Para escuchar las palabras del Amor, es necesario dejar que se acerque.

-Siga sus sueños, transforme su vida en un camino que conduzca hasta Dios. Realice sus milagros. Cure. Realice profecías. Escuche a su ángel de la guarda. Transfórmese. Sea un guerrero, y sea feliz en el combate. Corra sus riesgos.

-Olvidar es una actitud equivocada. Lo correcto es afrontar.

-Es bueno que aprendas que todo en la vida tiene un precio. Y esto es lo que los Guerreros de la Luz intentan enseñar.

-¡Ay de los que nunca han sido vencidos! Tampoco serán vencedores en esta vida.

-No existe la tragedia, sino lo inevitable. Todo tiene su razón de ser: solo necesitas saber distinguir lo que es pasajero de lo que es definitivo.

Si este camino no me enseña nada nuevo a partir de ahora, por lo menos habré aprendido algo importante: es preciso correr riesgos.

-Es mejor tomarse los desafíos como una fuente de conocimiento y no como nuestros enemigos.

-Son las contradicciones las que hacen crecer el amor. Son los conflictos los que permiten que el amor siga a nuestro lado.

-Para encontrar la paz en el cielo, hay que encontrar el amor en la Tierra. Sin él, no valemos nada.

-Amémonos los unos a los otros, pero no intentemos poseernos los unos a los otros.

-El que no comparte con los demás las alegrías y los momentos de desánimo jamás conocerá sus propias cualidades ni sus defectos.

-Los victoriosos no repiten el mismo error. Por eso el Guerrero solo arriesga su corazón por algo que vale la pena.

-Y los que creen que la aventura es peligrosa que intenten la rutina: mata antes de tiempo.

-La sabiduría y la experiencia no transforman al hombre. El tiempo no transforma al hombre. Lo único que nos transforma es el amor.

-El amor puede llevarnos al infierno o al paraíso, pero siempre nos lleva a algún sitio. Es necesario aceptarlo, pues es el alimento de nuestra existencia.

-El mensaje del amor está en la manera de vivir mi vida, no en mis palabras o en mis actos.

-Cuando quiera algo, mantenga los ojos bien abiertos, concéntrese y tenga muy claro lo que desea.

-Ama. Porque serás el primero en beneficiarte de ello.

7 powerful quotes from “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

 

With 65 million (* update from the blog: over 80 mio copies) copies sold and translated close to 80 languages, the Alchemist remains to be seen, one of the best selling books in history. Written in 1988 by Paulo Coelho, the story is an allegory about a young shepherd in search of his treasure. According to Coelho, he wrote this profound spiritual novel in just 2 weeks. When asked, he explained that he was able to write at this pace because the story was “already written in [his] soul.”

I chance upon this novel every few years and every time I read it, I glean something different from it. Captivating and stupendously uplifting, no book list is complete without this gem. And let me share some of the more endearing quotes from the book which is reason alone for you to pick it up for your reading list.

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” — Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

When we want something in life, then it’s our responsibility to get up and do something about it. Too often in life, we let fate decide our day to day actions and hope all too much that things will work out in the end. Here’s a small excerpt from the book which captures the quintessence of this little thought.

“What is the world’s greatest lie?” the little boy asks. The old man replies, “It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate.

But who knows? If we do our part, maybe the universe does so too?

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” — Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

If we get everything we want in life, the minute we want it, then what is the point? Maybe some things aren’t meant to come to fruition no matter how hard one tries. But hey? Isn’t that what makes it all the more interesting and worth trying for. The possibility that it can come true?

“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

This made me reminisce about a poem I came across a few years back. This magical little piece reminds us to appreciate and not take granted, the simple things we have in life and find joy and wonder in the so-called ordinary.

“Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.” — William Martin, The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents

“Why do we have to listen to our hearts?” the boy asked.
“Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you will find your treasure.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Popularized in pop culture by the Harry Potter series. In the book “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by J. K. Rowling, it is written that the inscription on the tombstone of Ariana Dumbledore reads

“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”.

The most basic interpretation of this would be that the things that are truly treasures, things that have true value are the things you love: family, friends, etc.

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

A reminder to keep pushing forward no matter what adversities we face. Because at the end of the day, we only miss the shots we don’t take. So keep dreaming and keep trying until your goals become a reality.

Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.” — Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Take this opportunity to cultivate gratitude for all the blessings in your life. We may not realize it but the lives we lead today are distant dreams for many. And taking it for granted is the last thing we ought to be doing in such dire times.

“I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now”Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Coelho, in this beautiful passage, urges us to be more mindful of the present. How we spend our days is quite frankly, how we spend our lives and the quality of our lives does depend on the quality of our days. If happiness is what we’ve been striving for all along, then there isn’t a more helpful, insightful answer than this.

Life goes by in the blink of an eye. And trust me, you will not regret picking up this masterpiece.

 

 

 

 

 

1 min read: the fisherman and the businessman

There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small Brazilian village.
As he sat, he saw a Brazilian fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish.
The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, “How long does it take you to catch so many fish?”
The fisherman replied, “Oh, just a short while.”
“Then why don’t you stay longer at sea and catch even more?” The businessman was astonished.
“This is enough to feed my whole family,” the fisherman said.
The businessman then asked, “So, what do you do for the rest of the day?”
The fisherman replied, “Well, I usually wake up early in the morning, go out to sea and catch a few fish, then go back and play with my kids. In the afternoon, I take a nap with my wife, and evening comes, I join my buddies in the village for a drink — we play guitar, sing and dance throughout the night.”

The businessman offered a suggestion to the fisherman.
“I am a PhD in business management. I could help you to become a more successful person. From now on, you should spend more time at sea and try to catch as many fish as possible. When you have saved enough money, you could buy a bigger boat and catch even more fish. Soon you will be able to afford to buy more boats, set up your own company, your own production plant for canned food and distribution network. By then, you will have moved out of this village and to Sao Paulo, where you can set up HQ to manage your other branches.”

The fisherman continues, “And after that?”
The businessman laughs heartily, “After that, you can live like a king in your own house, and when the time is right, you can go public and float your shares in the Stock Exchange, and you will be rich.”
The fisherman asks, “And after that?”
The businessman says, “After that, you can finally retire, you can move to a house by the fishing village, wake up early in the morning, catch a few fish, then return home to play with kids, have a nice afternoon nap with your wife, and when evening comes, you can join your buddies for a drink, play the guitar, sing and dance throughout the night!”
The fisherman was puzzled, “Isn’t that what I am doing now?”


classic Brazilian story, probably also present in other cultures. Someone found the English version, but I could not identify the translator

30 frases (Portugues)

Quem tentar possuir uma flor, verá sua beleza murchando. Mas quem apenas olhar uma flor num campo, permanecerá para sempre com ela. Você nunca será minha e por isso terei você para sempre.

Quem tentar possuir uma flor, verá sua beleza murchando. Mas quem apenas olhar uma flor num campo, permanecerá para sempre com ela. Você nunca será minha e por isso terei você para sempre.

Paulo Coelho (Brida, 1990)

 

Por detrás da máscara de gelo que as pessoas usam, existe um coração de fogo.

Paulo Coelho (crônica Saber escutar um ‘não’, G1, 2010)

Você foi a esperança nos meus dias de solidão,a angústia dos meus instantes de dúvida, a certeza nos momentos de fé.

Você foi a esperança nos meus dias de solidão,a angústia dos meus instantes de dúvida, a certeza nos momentos de fé.

Paulo Coelho (Brida, 1990)

O amor não é apenas um sentimento; é uma arte. E, como qualquer arte, não basta inspiração, é preciso também muito trabalho.

Paulo Coelho

Existem certos sofrimentos que só podem ser esquecidos quando podemos flutuar por cima de nossas dores.

Existem certos sofrimentos que só podem ser esquecidos quando podemos flutuar por cima de nossas dores.

Paulo Coelho (Manual do Guerreiro da Luz, 1997)

Sempre que possível, seja claro. Mas que sua clareza não seja o motivo para ferir o outros.

Paulo Coelho (Twitter, 2012)

 

Cobrimos os gestos bons com ironia e descaso como se o amor fosse sinônimo de fraqueza.

Paulo Coelho

Esperar dói, esquecer dói, mas não saber se deve esperar ou esquecer é a pior das dores.

Esperar dói, esquecer dói, mas não saber se deve esperar ou esquecer é a pior das dores.

Paulo Coelho (Na Margem do Rio Piedra Eu Sentei e Chorei, 1994)

Ficar em silêncio não significa não falar, mas abrir os ouvidos para escutar tudo que está a nossa volta.

Ficar em silêncio não significa não falar, mas abrir os ouvidos para escutar tudo que está a nossa volta.

Paulo Coelho (crônica A reflexão, G1, 2007)

 

O amor é arriscado, mas sempre foi assim. Há milhares de anos as pessoas se buscam e se encontram.

Paulo Coelho (Palavras Essenciais, 2007)

Mensagens inteligentes para você refletir

Por mais que algumas pessoas torçam o nariz para as obras de Paulo Coelho, é inegável o seu talento para escrita. Membro da Academia Brasileira de Letras há mais de 15 anos, o autor foi um dos principais compositores das músicas de Raul Seixas, um dos homens mais influentes do rock nacional.

Reflexões inteligentes e espiritualistas rondam suas obras, selecionamos algumas de suas melhores frases “cabeça”.

“Não existe nada de completamente errado no mundo, minha filha”, disse o seu pai, olhando o relógio. “Mesmo um relógio parado consegue estar certo duas vezes por dia.”

“Não existe nada de completamente errado no mundo, minha filha”, disse o seu pai, olhando o relógio.
“Mesmo um relógio parado consegue estar certo duas vezes por dia.”

Paulo Coelho (Brida, 1990)

Poucos aceitam o fardo da própria vitória; a maioria desiste dos sonhos quando eles se tornam possíveis.

Paulo Coelho

Saímos pelo mundo em busca de nossos sonhos e ideais. Muitas vezes colocamos nos lugares inacessíveis o que está ao alcance das mãos.

Saímos pelo mundo em busca de nossos sonhos e ideais. Muitas vezes colocamos nos lugares inacessíveis o que está ao alcance das mãos.

Paulo Coelho (Manual do Guerreiro da Luz, 1997)

Deus usa o silêncio para ensinar sobre a responsabilidade das palavras.

Paulo Coelho (Manual do Guerreiro da Luz, 1997)

Não se deixe intimidar pela opinião dos outros. Só a mediocridade é segura, por isso corra seus riscos e faça o que deseja.

Não se deixe intimidar pela opinião dos outros. Só a mediocridade é segura, por isso corra seus riscos e faça o que deseja.

Paulo Coelho (O Aleph, 2011)

Lembre-se de que o primeiro caminho direto até Deus é a oração. O segundo caminho direto é a alegria.

Paulo Coelho (Brida, 1990)

Quantas coisas perdemos por medo de perder

Quantas coisas perdemos por medo de perder

Paulo Coelho (Brida, 1990)

A felicidade às vezes é uma bênção – mas geralmente é uma conquista.

Paulo Coelho

Por medo de diminuir, deixamos de crescer. Por medo de chorar, deixamos de rir.

Por medo de diminuir, deixamos de crescer. Por medo de chorar, deixamos de rir.

Paulo Coelho (Manual do Guerreiro da Luz, 1997)

 

Tudo que acontece uma vez poderá nunca mais acontecer, mas tudo o que acontece duas vezes, certamente acontecerá uma terceira.

Paulo Coelho (O Alquimista,1988)

Escute seu coração. Ele conhece todas as coisas, porque veio da Alma do Mundo e um dia retornará para ela.

Escute seu coração. Ele conhece todas as coisas, porque veio da Alma do Mundo e um dia retornará para ela.

Paulo Coelho

Assim como o lutador, o guerreiro da luz conhece sua imensa força; e jamais luta com quem não merece a honra do combate.

Paulo Coelho (Manual do Guerreiro da Luz, 1997)

 

Quem deseja ver o arco-íris, precisa aprender a gostar da chuva.

Quem deseja ver o arco-íris, precisa aprender a gostar da chuva.

Paulo Coelho (O Aleph, 2011)

A linguagem de seu coração é que irá determinar a maneira correta de descobrir e manejar a sua espada.

Paulo Coelho

As coisas mais simples da vida são as mais extraordinárias, e só os sábios conseguem vê-las.

As coisas mais simples da vida são as mais extraordinárias, e só os sábios conseguem vê-las.

Paulo Coelho (O Alquimista, 1988)

Não tenha medo do sofrimento, pois nenhum coração jamais sofreu quando foi em busca dos seus sonhos.

Paulo Coelho

Isto é a liberdade: sentir o que o seu coração deseja, independente da opinião dos outros.

Isto é a liberdade: sentir o que o seu coração deseja, independente da opinião dos outros.

Paulo Coelho (O Alquimista, 1988)

É preciso correr riscos. Só entendemos direito o milagre da vida quando deixamos que o inesperado aconteça.

Paulo Coelho

Acerte em tudo que puder acertar. Mas não se torture com seus erros.

Acerte em tudo que puder acertar. Mas não se torture com seus erros.

Paulo Coelho (Manuscrito Encontrado em Accra, 2012)

Imagine uma nova história para sua vida e acredite nela.

Paulo Coelho

Descubra sua própria luz, ou passará o resto da vida sendo um pálido reflexo da luz alheia.

Descubra sua própria luz, ou passará o resto da vida sendo um pálido reflexo da luz alheia.

Paulo Coelho (Coleção Contos do Alquimista)

 

Lembre-se que é preciso muita ousadia para chegar às alturas e, ao mesmo tempo, muita profundidade para agarrar-se ao chão.

Paulo Coelho

Feche algumas portas. Não por orgulho ou arrogância, mas porque já não levam a lugar nenhum.

Feche algumas portas. Não por orgulho ou arrogância, mas porque já não levam a lugar nenhum.

Paulo Coelho (O Zahir, 2005)

Os inimigos nem sempre são maus, pois suas críticas negativas nos animam e nos desafiam a provar o quanto somos capazes.

Paulo Coelho

Todos nós, cedo ou tarde, vamos morrer. E só quem aceita isso está preparado para a vida.

Todos nós, cedo ou tarde, vamos morrer. E só quem aceita isso está preparado para a vida.

Paulo Coelho (Veronika Decide Morrer, 1998)

Uma coisa é você achar que está no caminho certo, outra é achar que o seu caminho é o único. Nunca podemos julgar a vida dos outros, porque cada um sabe da sua própria dor e renúncia.

Paulo Coelho (Na Margem do Rio Piedra Eu Sentei e Chorei, 1994)

Quando você quer alguma coisa, todo o universo conspira para que você realize o seu desejo

Quando você quer alguma coisa, todo o universo conspira para que você realize o seu desejo.

Paulo Coelho (trecho adaptado de O Alquimista, 1988)

Toda bênção que não é aceita transforma-se numa maldição.

Paulo Coelho

A possibilidade de realizarmos um sonho é o que torna a vida interessante.

A possibilidade de realizarmos um sonho é o que torna a vida interessante.

Paulo Coelho (trecho adaptado do livro O Alquimista, 1988)

Quando alguém encontra seu caminho precisa ter coragem suficiente para dar passos errados. As decepções, as derrotas, o desânimo são ferramentas que Deus utiliza para mostrar a estrada.

Paulo Coelho (Brida, 1990)

O guerreiro da luz aprendeu que Deus usa a solidão para ensinar a convivência. Usa a raiva para mostrar o infinito valor da paz.

O guerreiro da luz aprendeu que Deus usa a solidão para ensinar a convivência. Usa a raiva para mostrar o infinito valor da paz. Usa o tédio para ressaltar a importância da aventura e do abandono. Deus usa o silêncio para ensinar sobre a responsabilidade das palavras. Usa o cansaço para que se possa compreender o valor do despertar. Usa a doença para ressaltar a benção da saúde. Deus usa o fogo para ensinar sobre a água. Usa a terra para que se compreenda o valor do ar. Usa a morte para mostrar a importância da vida.

Paulo Coelho (Manual do Guerreiro da Luz, 1997)

50 citas en español

 

 

Trata de dejarte llevar por la noche de vez en cuando, observa las estrellas e intenta embriagarte con la sensación de infinito. La noche, con todos sus sortilegios, también es un camino hacia la iluminación. Igual que el pozo oscuro tiene en el fondo el agua que sacia la sed, la noche, cuyo misterio nos acerca a Dios, esconde en sus sombras la llama capaz de iluminar nuestra alma.

Adulterio

 

Todo hombre feliz era un hombre que llevaba a Dios dentro de sí. Y que la felicidad se podía encontrar en un simple grano de arena del desierto.

El Alquimista

 

Lo peor era escoger, y pasarse el resto de la vida pensando si se escogió bien. Ninguna persona era capaz de escoger sin miedo.

Brida

 

Si no tenemos miedo de las tinieblas, es porque somos compañeros de la luz.

Adulterio

 

 

Dios está cerca de nosotros, independientemente de las oraciones que digamos.

Aleph

 

 

Aprovechasteis la oportunidad que la tragedia os brindó, y no cualquiera es capaz de hacer esto.

La Quinta Montaña

 

Es bueno hablar de flores en otoño. Nos da la esperanza de la primavera.

Adulterio

 

Dios está aquí, ahora, a nuestro lado. Podemos verlo en esta bruma, en este suelo, en estas ropas, en estos zapatos. Sus ángeles velan mientras dormimos, y nos ayudan cuando trabajamos.

Para encontrar a Dios, basta con mirar alrededor.

A orillas del río Piedra me senté y lloré

 

 

Para escuchar las palabras del Amor, es necesario dejar que se acerque.
El manuscrito encontrado en Accra

 

 

Ante los ojos de Dios, nada en este mundo está de más.

El manuscrito encontrado en Accra

 

Siga sus sueños, transforme su vida en un camino que conduzca hasta Dios. Realice sus milagros. Cure. Realice profecías. Escuche a su ángel de la guarda. Transfórmese. Sea un guerrero, y sea feliz en el combate. Corra sus riesgos.

A orillas del río Piedra me senté y lloré

 

Olvidar es una actitud equivocada. Lo correcto es afrontar.

Adulterio

 

No se le puede decir a la primavera: «Ojalá que llegues pronto, y que dures bastante.»

Solo se puede decir: «Ven, bendíceme con tu esperanza, y quédate todo el tiempo que puedas.»

Once minutos

 

 

Es bueno que aprendas que todo en la vida tiene un precio. Y esto es lo que los Guerreros de la Luz intentan enseñar.

El Alquimista

 

 

¡Ay de los que nunca han sido vencidos!
Tampoco serán vencedores en esta vida.

El manuscrito encontrado en Accra

 

No existe la tragedia, sino lo inevitable. Todo tiene su razón de ser: solo necesitas saber distinguir lo que es pasajero de lo que es definitivo.

La Quinta Montaña

 

Si este camino no me enseña nada nuevo a partir de ahora, por lo menos habré aprendido algo importante: es preciso correr riesgos.

Brida

 

¿Qué es el pecado? Pecado es impedir que el Amor se manifieste.

La bruja de Portobello

 

Es mejor tomarse los desafíos como una fuente de conocimiento y no como nuestros enemigos.

Adulterio

 

 

Había que correr riesgos, seguir ciertos caminos, y abandonar otros.

Brida

Son las contradicciones las que hacen crecer el amor. Son los conflictos los que permiten que el amor siga a nuestro lado.
La vida es demasiado corta para esconder en nuestro corazón las palabras importantes.
Palabras como «Te amo».

El manuscrito encontrado en Accra

 

Se ama porque se ama. No hay ninguna razón para amar.

El Alquimista

 

Para encontrar la paz en el cielo, hay que encontrar el Amor en la Tierra. Sin él, no valemos nada.

Adulterio

 

 

Amémonos los unos a los otros, pero no intentemos poseernos los unos a los otros.

Once minutos

 

El guerrero jamás pierde de vista las cosas duraderas, y los lazos creados con solidez a través del tiempo.

Un guerrero sabe distinguir lo que es pasajero de lo que es definitivo.

Manual del guerrero de la luz

 

 

El que no comparte con los demás las alegrías y los momentos de desánimo jamás conocerá sus propias cualidades ni sus defectos.

El manuscrito encontrado en Accra

 

Los victoriosos no repiten el mismo error. Por eso el guerrero solo arriesga su corazón por algo que vale la pena.

Manual del guerrero de la luz

 

 

La fe y la transformación son la única manera de acercarnos a Dios.

El manuscrito encontrado en Accra

 

Y los que creen que la aventura es peligrosa que intenten la rutina: mata antes de tiempo.

El manuscrito encontrado en Accra

 

 

 

La sabiduría y la experiencia no transforman al hombre. El tiempo no transforma al hombre. Lo único que nos transforma es el amor.

Adulterio

 

 

El amor puede llevarnos al infierno o al paraíso, pero siempre nos lleva a algún sitio. Es necesario aceptarlo, pues es el alimento de nuestra existencia.

A orillas del río Piedra me senté y lloré

 

Olvidamos todo lo que nos enseñaron respecto al amor, porque cada encuentro es diferente y trae consigo sus propias agonías y éxtasis.

El manuscrito encontrado en Accra

 

 

El mensaje del Amor está en la manera de vivir mi vida, no en mis palabras o en mis actos.

Adulterio

 

 

El sentido de mi vida era el que yo le quisiera dar.

La Quinta Montaña

 

 

Sabiduría es conocer y transformar.

Brida

 

Cuando quiera algo, mantenga los ojos bien abiertos, concéntrese y tenga muy claro lo que desea.

El Demonio y la señorita Prym

 

Yo te amo porque todo el Universo conspiró para que yo llegara hasta ti.

El Alquimista

 

Vivir es tomar decisiones y asumir las consecuencias.

Adulterio

 

Ama. Porque serás el primero en beneficiarte de ello.
El manuscrito encontrado en Accra

My 25 most important points

 

 

Paulo Coelho’s fans often refer to his books as inspiring and life-changing. His words speak to everyone in a different way and everyone has their own favourite passages – as demonstrated by the number of quotes from his books that can be found all over the internet.

Photo: Alex Stephen Teuscher

1. When you want something, the whole universe conspires to make it happen.

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

2. Detach from all things and you will be free.

“When I had nothing to lose, I had everything.”

Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

3. We are all here for a purpose.

“No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.”

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

 

“Everybody has a creative potential and from the moment you can express this creative potential, you can start changing the world.”

4. The only thing standing between you and your dream are your fears.

“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

5. Mistakes are part of life.

“Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn’t have the courage to say “yes” to life?”

From: Eleven Minutes

6. Really important meetings are planned by the souls long before the bodies meet.

“Really important meetings are planned by the souls long before the bodies see each other. Generally speaking, these meetings occur when we reach a limit, when we need to die and be reborn emotionally. These meetings are waiting for us, but more often than not, we avoid them happening. If we are desperate, though, if we have nothing to lose, or if we are full of enthusiasm for life, then the unknown reveals itself, and our universe changes direction.”

From: Eleven Minutes

7. Every experience, either good or bad, comes with a lesson.

“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.”

From: The Fifth Mountain

8. Do not seek for love outside of you.

“Love is not to be found in someone else but in ourselves; we simply awaken it. But in order to do that, we need the other person.”

From: Eleven Minutes

9. When you change, the whole world changes with you.

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

From: The Alchemist

10. No reason is needed for loving.

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”

From: The Alchemist

11. Mind your own business.

“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”

From: The Alchemist

12. When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive.

“No one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it.”

From: Eleven Minutes

13. Love is an untamed force.

“When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.”

14. Wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.

“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”

From: The Alchemist

15. Judge not.

“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.”

16. Children have valuable lessons to teach you.

“A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.”

From: The Fifth Mountain

17. Appreciate the contrast of life.

“’Never be ashamed,’ he said. ‘Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.’ ‘How will I know which is which?’ ‘By the taste. You can only know a good wine if you have first tasted a bad one.’”

From: Brida

18. Nobody’s responsible for how you feel or don’t feel.

“In love, no one can harm anyone else; we are each responsible for our own feelings and cannot blame someone else for what we feel.”

From: The Alchemist

19. Your beliefs shape you and make you who you are.

“You are what you believe yourself to be.”

From: The Witch of Portobello

20. Let go of the need to explain yourself.

“Don’t explain. Your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe you.”

21. Love changes everything.

“It is not time that changes man nor knowledge; the only thing that can change someone’s mind is love.”

From: Eleven Minutes

22. Don’t mistake elegance with superficiality.

“Elegance is usually confused with superficiality, fashion, lack of depth. This is a serious mistake: human beings need to have elegance in their actions and in their posture because this word is synonymous with good taste, amiability, equilibrium and harmony.”

23. When you do work from your soul, the critics won’t hurt you.

“I write from my soul. This is the reason that critics don’t hurt me, because it is me. If it was not me, if I was pretending to be someone else, then this could unbalance my world, but I know who I am.”

24. Each day brings a miracle of its own.

“You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.”

25. Embrace your authenticity.

“You are someone who is different, but who wants to be the same as everyone else. And that in my view is a serious illness. God chose you to be different. Why are you disappointing God with this kind of attitude?”

From: Veronika Decides to Die

 

“If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule – Never lie to yourself.”

HAPPY 2021 !

10 Powerful Life Lessons from The Alchemist

by The Utopian Life

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is one of the best-selling books in history, with over 65 million copies in 56 different languages. The story of Santiago, the shepherd boy on a journey to realize his “Personal Legend” has inspired people all over the world to live their dreams.

Here are ten of the most popular passages and lessons to apply to your life:

1. Fear is a bigger obstacle than the obstacle itself.

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.

Any new pursuit requires entering uncharted territory — that’s scary. But with any great risk comes great reward. The experiences you gain in pursuing your dream will make it all worthwhile.

2. What is “true” will always endure.

If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil. And one can always come back. If what you had found was only a moment of light, like the explosion of a star, you would find nothing on your return.

Truth cannot be veiled by smoke and mirrors — it will always stand firm. When you’re searching for the “right” decision, it will be the one that withstands the tests of time and the weight of scrutiny.

3. Break the monotony. 

When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.

Gratitude is the practice of finding the good in each day. Life can easily become stagnant, mundane, and monotonous, but that changes depending on what we choose to see. There’s always a silver lining, if you look for it.

4. Embrace the present.

Because I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man.

There’s no point dwelling in the past and letting it define you, nor getting lost and anxious about the future. But in the present moment, you’re in the field of possibility — how you engage with the present moment will direct your life.

5. Your success has a ripple-effect.

That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.

Growth, change, and evolution are weaved into the fabric of reality. Becoming a better version of yourself creates a ripple effect that benefits everything around you: your lifestyle, your family, your friends, your community.

6. Make the decision.

When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he has never dreamed of when he first made the decision.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the unknowns and finer details of your dreams. Actions will flow out of having confidence in your decision; sitting on the fence will get you nowhere.

7. Be unrealistic.

I see the world in terms of what I would like to see happen, not what actually does.

Some of the greatest inventions would not have happened if people chose to accept the world as it is. Great achievements and innovations begin with a mindset that ignores the impossible.

8. Keep getting back up.

The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.

Because the eighth time could be your breakthrough. Some of the greatest novels in history were published after receiving hundreds of rejections. Thankfully, those authors never gave up.

9. Focus on your own journey.

If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.

It’s easy to be influenced by others, but you’ll be miserable if you end up living someone else’s life. There’s nothing wrong with taking advice and learning from others, but make sure it aligns with your desires and passions.

10. Always take action.

There is only one way to learn.
It’s through action.

You can study, read, and listen until you turn blue in the face, but the full experience is when you take action, and let the rubber meet the road. Once you’re done aiming, pull the trigger.

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2021

Why did I write The Archer?

(The Archer already in USA and in India  

You’re an archer yourself – what drew you to the sport? 

  • I thought it was very elegant when I was young. I said to myself, One day, I am going to do this. So I started living in the Pyrenees, where I had a small house, and I met someone by chance. This person started teaching me how to use the bow and arrows, and he taught me the basics of archery. It is going from an extreme tension to a total relaxation, in the very moment you open your hand. And it is indeed elegant, because you need the posture to shoot well. It is about learning how to focus and doing this kind of exercise not for the sake of doing exercise, but for the sake of doing something you want to do. And so I learned.

How did your experiences with archery inform your writing of this book?

  • It was, in a way, a breakdown of my experience in archery. And, of course, I had to have a guideline, a story. As you read, you learn everything I learned, everything I needed. Shooting arrows is not simply to hit a blank target, but really to try to see the world through the bow. The moment of total tension before you open your hand, the connection. Whether you reach the target or not is irrelevant. But what is relevant is to become the bow, the arrow, and the target its

Did a particular experience inspire you to write THE ARCHER?

  • One day I was sitting in my house in the Pyrenees and I thought how incredible it was, the archery, and I wanted to write a book about my experience. I wanted to write it at least for me to read, or to condense for myself. I tried to teach myself what I learned instinctively. Sometimes, when you learn, you have to sit down and understand what it was that you learned. In doing so, I wrote the book. It is in your hands now.

 How do you feel the Santiago de Compostela has influenced your books, and specifically, this one?

  • The Santiago de Compostela [pilgrimage] is this: you know your target, and you go towards there. It influenced me a lot in the sense that I knew I had to focus on one point and move ahead.

THE ARCHER provides simple guidelines for a life well lived. Do you think a fable or allegory is the most effective mode for teaching what you’ve learned about life’s essential truths?

  • It is a short book, you don’t need to complicate things.*Laughs* In fact, life is simple. We complicate a lot. And a fable or allegory talks to the hidden parts of ourselves. You learn the essence of life by paying attention to the simple things that surround you. This is basically the idea of THE ARCHER. I’m talking about everything from friendship and beyond: the importance of the bow, the importance of concentration. At the end of the day, it is life. You learn by living your life fully

Have you ever had a mentor like Tetsuya? If so, what teachings did you learn?

  • Not in the metaphorical sense that I use in my book. I had a mentor in the sense that I needed to learn the basics of how to shoot, how to avoid harming myself. I am very grateful to him because he was the one who taught me what I know. But at the end of the day, like I said, you learn by doing something. Something that you love. So really, you don’t need a mentor – you just need the steps. Once the steps are taken, you can move ahead, and you repeat and repeat until one day, it’s not that it becomes automatic, but somehow, your subconscious takes over yourself and go on

Do you try to follow Tetsuya’s example when you mentor younger writers?

  • I don’t mentor younger writers. Who am I to mentor anyone about anything? Of course, I get invitations for Master Classes, but I never accept because I have nothing to teach. I think writing is an experience in and of itself.

Can you tell us about the spiritual and religious influences on your writing?  How do you feel about THE ALCHEMIST being used by many readers as a spiritual guide, and do you see readers turning to THE ARCHER in the same way?

  • Of course, I hope that in the steps of THE ARCHER, people will see the same journey that exists in THE ALCHEMIST. Of course, they are different. THE ALCHEMIST is a travelling book and, though THE ARCHER is too, I hope people use THE ARCHER to help them learn the basics of life. I really do hope this.

What do you hope readers will get out of THE ARCHER?

  • It is impossible to tell what he or she hopes, because all readers experience the book in different ways. I get a lot of letters about my books, and sometimes, they see things that I didn’t see, and tell me about them. I am very glad to read these, because I learn from them. I learn with them, about myself.

 

 

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Paulo Coelho

“Aku mencintaimu karena segenap alam semesta bersatu membantuku menemukanmu” – Novel Sang Alkemis

“Hanya ada satu hal yang membuat mimpi tak mungkin diraih: perasaan takut gagal” – Novel Sang Alkemis

“Lupakanlah masa depan, dan jalanilah setiap hari sesuai ajaran. Percayalah bahwa Tuhan mencintai hamba-hambaNya. Tiap-tiap hari pada dirinya membawa keabadian” – Novel Sang Alkemis

“Dan pada saat engkau mengiginkan sesuatu, seluruh jagat raya bersatu padu untuk membantumu meraihnya” – Novel Sang Alkemis

“Kau harus belajar menanggung beberapa penderitaan dan kesedihan, sebab penderitaan dan kesedihan akan menjadikanmu orang yang lebih baik” – Novel Seperti Sungai yang mengalir

“Kalau kita berusaha menjadi lebih baik, segala sesuatu di sekitar kita akan ikut menjadi lebih baik” – Novel Sang Alkemis

“Tuhan telah memberiku alasan untuk hidup, bekerja, dan berjuang di lembah air mata ini” – Novel Sang Penyihir dari Portobello

“Yang membuat hidup ini menarik adalah kemungkinan untuk mewujudkan impian menjadi kenyataan” – Novel Sang Alkemis

“Katakan pada hatimu, rasa takut akan penderitaan justru lebih menyiksa daripada penderitaan itu sendiri. Dan tak ada hati yang menderita saat mengejar impian-impiannya, sebab setiap detik pencarian itu bisa diibaratkan pertemuan dengan Tuhan dan Keabadian” – Novel Sang Alkemis

 

 
 
 

“Rasa takut akan penderitaan justru lebih menyiksa daripada penderitaan itu sendiri” – Novel Sang Alkemis

“Menumpuk cinta membawa keberuntungan, menumpuk kebencian membawa bencana. Setiap orang yang gagal mengenali masalah sama saja membiarkan pintu terbuka bagi masuknya tragedi.”-Kitab Suci Ksatria Cahaya.**

As much as it can be impulsive to worry about the future

 
 
 

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Paulo Coelho. Credit: Das Blaue Sofa / Club Bertelsmann. (Flickr/creative commons)

Before I came across Paulo Coelho’s works, I assumed reading novels was a waste of time.

And as the biased human that I am, I look for evidence to support my naive assumptions. “My grades are heading rapidly down the pit.” “I don’t have enough money to buy the things I want.” “There’s a high rate of unemployment, how am I going to get a good enough job?” These are real problems, and the last thing I need to waste my time on is a figment of someone’s imagination. Or so I thought.

But as anyone who understands and loves to read great novels can tell, these are all flimsy excuses. In fact, the remarkableness of novels is in the ability of the writers to use their own experiences; moments of pain, joy, regret, ecstasy, to create a world in which we all can relate.

They bring all of us into their story, so we can see that, though we are all different physically, our wants, fears, struggles are similar. We read our stories even as we read theirs. The clarity and instructive nature of Coelho’s writings have made him win his place as one of the best novelists. I’ve learned a great deal from him, both from his personal life and his books, as both are usually intertwined. Here are five remarkable lessons I’ve learned from Paulo Coelho.

Success Is Less Attractive When You See How It’s Made

“‘So you’re going to give me electric shock treatment,’ I said to Dr. Benjamin Gasper Gomes…The next moment a curtain seemed to fall over my eyes; my vision quickly narrowed to a single point, and then everything went dark.”

This is an excerpt from Coelho’s diary which he wrote during his second stay in a mental hospital in 1966. As he revealed on the inspiration behind his book, Veronika Decides to Die, by the time he was 16, he had already been committed to a mental institution twice. Why? He just wanted to be a writer.

Apparently, in Brazil at that time, the word “Artist” was synonymous with homosexual, drug addict, communist, and layabout. It wasn’t cool. So when his parent’s attempt to suppress his devotion to literature failed, they took his rebelliousness as a sign of mental illness.

Coelho’s time in the mental institution was one of his worst points, but there were others. Before going on a pilgrimage to Santiago, he also went into the “hippie life,” doing drugs and living aimlessly. He was jailed three times for his political activism and subjected to torture in prison. The story about his early days wasn’t pretty.

Interviews are great to watch. Fame is very attractive. These things stimulate us to want to succeed. But the mere fact that only a few still succeed shows how we don’t realize success isn’t as attractive as it appears after it’s achieved. When we imagine being a bestseller, we don’t imagine being treated with an electric shock or being jailed three times. We see a fancy office and the signing of autographs.

This realization, no doubt, might strip away some of the mystique of the things you already love. But maybe if we focused more on what the “behind the scenes” looks like, we’ll have more patience, hope, tenacity, and the path to success will be more accessible.

Don’t Worry About How Your Dreams Will Come True

A major concept in Coelho’s novels is how his characters (like Santiago in The Alchemist and Maria in Eleven Minutes) have a strong sense of what they want but yet have no idea how they would get it.

The same can be said for Coelho, wanting to be a writer but having no idea what to write about. It’s a common theme in the life of everyone. We all feel we need to do something, make a contribution in some way, but often, we either don’t know which step to take or are too apprehensive about what the future holds.

What we should do (what Coelho tries to demonstrate with his characters) is to pay attention and take whatever step appears to be right today. As Arthur Schopenhauer said,

“Our life is like a journey on which, as we advance, the landscape takes a different view from that which is presented at first, and changes again, as we come nearer.”

There’s no way we can really comprehend what the future holds, or how much change we are going to undergo in the next few years or even weeks. Before Coelho went on his pilgrimage, he still was yet to decide what he wanted to write about. He just wrote lyrics for musicians. It was after his journey he wrote The Pilgrimage, building a unique style, using his own personal experiences to instruct through his characters.

As much as it can be impulsive to worry about the future, it’s only through paying attention that we can know the appropriate steps to take as our preferences and view of life changes.

The Process Itself Is the Reward

Though Santiago’s aim, in the novel The Alchemist, was to discover his treasure in the Egyptian pyramids, the real treasure was the process he had to go through first. In his quest to search for his treasure, he ended up working for a crystal merchant for years. He met an Englishman (who became his traveling companion), The Alchemist, and also fell in love with a woman to whom he proposed marriage.

Do not be in a hurry to get to the finish line. Do not let your need to quickly “make it big” make you miss the wonderful lessons and people that life will bring your way. When we become too fixated on only the end result, everything in between usually becomes drudgery; just a means to an end.

Therefore, cultivate your mind to see your daily rewards. Be grateful for that new connection. Be happy about the new lesson you learned from meeting one of your mentors. What about the person you’re becoming because of the struggles and challenges you’ve overcome so far? Let that mean something to you.

If Santiago never discovered his treasure, it probably wouldn’t have mattered that much to him. Why? The reward he got from the process, pales in comparison to whatever treasure that was in the Egyptian pyramids.

Follow Your Own Rhythm

In his collection of thoughts and experiences which he published in the book Like the Flowing River, Coelho tells of an experience he had with a pilgrim, Begoña. After giving a talk on The Road to Santiago, Begoña walked to him saying there was something he didn’t mention. Intrigued to know what this could be, Coelho invited her for a cup of coffee. She said,

At the start of my pilgrimage, I tried to keep up with my group, but I got tired. I was demanding too much of myself. I was tense all the time and ended up straining the tendons on my left foot. I couldn’t work for two days after that, and I realized that I would only reach Santiago if I obeyed my own rhythm.”

Sometimes we may want to go through life quickly, not because we are in a hurry, but because we want to impress. Even though we feel stressed and overworked and the tendons on our left foot are burning, we smile and keep up. The result? A high rate of stress and mental, emotional imbalance. As Goethe said,

“It is only men of practical ability, knowing their powers and using them with moderation and prudence, who will be successful in worldly affairs.”

Forget about keeping up and understand your own rhythm. Follow it and be content at your own pace. It took Begoña longer to reach Santiago. Sometimes she had to walk alone for long stretches. But it was only by respecting her own rhythm that she managed to complete her journey.

Accept That Those Who Can’t Hear Your Music Will See Your Dance as Insane

“If someone isn’t what others want them to be,” Coelho wrote, “the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about theirs.”

Indeed, Coelho’s life is a manifestation of this remark. Being completely misunderstood and thought to be insane by his parents who, assuming they knew what was best for him, were only bent on making him into what they wanted.

Anyone who is driven to achieve anything will face the risk of being misunderstood, or even worse, being seen as a threat. When Paul Graham, co-founder of Y Combinator, launched his first start-up Viaweb, many thought it a stupid idea because they didn’t fully understand how it worked. As he revealed in one of his 2008 essays, Six Principles for Making New Things,

When we launched Viaweb, it seemed laughable to VCs and e-commerce ‘experts’… Since Viaweb was the first web-based app they’d seen, it seemed to be nothing more than a website… It sounded serious and difficult.”

But yet, Viaweb ended up crushing all its competitors. “Any great idea,” Goethe said, “is a tyrant when it first appears.” But not just great ideas. People will always push against anything they don’t understand.

This, however, doesn’t mean you’ll have huge success whenever you go against what’s conventional. But it means you’ll learn a priceless skill of referring less to others when you want to decide what’s best for you. It means you’ll be decisive; you’ll own your decisions, making you learn from them even when things don’t work out.

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

Conclusion

All the lessons I’ve learned from Paulo Coelho couldn’t possibly be compressed into an article. But I hope these five will be helpful to you as you continue to live your own personal legend.

  • Success is less attractive when you see how it’s made.
  • Don’t worry about how your dreams will come true.
  • The process itself is the reward.
  • Follow your own rhythm.
  • Accept that those who can’t hear your music will see your dance as insane.

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Emotional independence

“At the beginning of our life and again when we get old, we need the help and affection of others. Unfortunately, between these two periods of our life, when we are strong and able to look after ourselves, we don’t appreciate the value of affection and compassion.  As our own life begins and ends with the need for affection, wouldn’t it be better if we gave compassion and love to others while we are strong and capable?”

The above words were said by the present Dalai Lama. Really, it is very curious to see that we are proud of our emotional independence.  Evidently, it is not quite like that: we continue needing others our entire life, but it is a “shame” to show that, so we prefer to cry in hiding. And when someone asks us for help, that person is considered weak and incapable of controlling his feelings.

 There is an unwritten rule saying that “the world is for the strong”, that “only the fittest survive.” If it were like that, human beings would never have existed, because they are part of a species that needs to be protected for a long period of time (specialists say that we are only capable of surviving on our own after nine years of age, whereas a giraffe takes only six to eight months, and a bee is already independent in less than five minutes).

We are in this world, I, for my part, continue – and will always continue – depending on others.  I depend on my wife, my friends and my publishers. I depend even on my enemies, who help me to be always trained in the use of the sword.

Clearly, there are moments when this fire blows in another direction, but I always ask myself: where are the others? Have I isolated myself too much? Like any healthy person, I also need solitude and moments of reflection.

But I cannot get addicted to that.

Emotional independence leads to absolutely nowhere – except to a would-be fortress, whose only and useless objective is to impress others.

Emotional dependence, in its turn, is like a bonfire that we light.

In the beginning, relationships are difficult. In the same way that fire is necessary to put up with the disagreeable smoke – which makes breathing hard, and causes tears to pour down one’s face. However, once the fire is alight, the smoke disappears and the flames light up everything around us – spreading warmth, calm, and possibly making an ember pop out to burn us, but that is what makes a relationship interesting, isn’t that true?

I began this column quoting a Nobel Peace Prize winner about the importance of human relationships. I am ending with Professor Albert Schweitzer, physician and missionary, who received the same Nobel prize in 1952.

“All of us know a disease in Central Africa called sleeping sickness. What we need to know is that there is a similar disease that attacks the soul – and which is very dangerous, because it catches us without being noticed. When you notice the slightest sign of indifference and lack of enthusiasm for your similar, be on the alert!”

“The only way to take precautions against this disease is to understand that the soul suffers, and suffers a lot, when we make it live superficially. The soul likes things that are beautiful and profound”.

Meditation: warrior of the light

Paulo Coelho responde com ironia aos piromaníacos

Diario de Noticias, Portugal

“Primeiro compraram, depois queimaram”, escreveu Paulo Coelho na sua conta na plataforma Twitter, ao comentar um vídeo em que um casal de apoiantes de Jair Bolsonaro rasga e queima um livro do escritor brasileiro.

“E o bigodinho do cara [vocabulário informal usado no Brasil para descrever pessoas do sexo masculino] não deixa esconder a origem da ideia”, acrescentou, numa alusão histórica à figura de Adolf Hitler.

Vídeos de pessoas a queimar livros de sucesso do autor brasileiro, como O Alquimista, publicado em 1988 e com mais de 150 milhões de exemplares vendidos em 70 idiomas, proliferaram nos últimos dias entre os seguidores do presidente brasileiro.

Em quase todos os vídeos, Paulo Coelho é acusado de ser “comunista”, “socialista” e “antipatriota”, e é convidado a ir viver “em Cuba ou na Venezuela” devido à sua postura crítica sobre o Governo de Bolsonaro.

Paulo Coelho observou noutra mensagem no Twitter: “A queima de livros se refere à destruição ritual pelo fogo e geralmente vem da oposição cultural, religiosa ou política aos materiais em questão. A queima de livros pelo regime nazista em 10 de maio de 1933 é o mais famoso da história.”

Paulo Coelho nasceu no Rio de Janeiro em 1947 e mora há anos em Genebra (Suíça), onde já estabeleceu a sua residência.

Desde 1982, quando Arquivos do Inferno, seu primeiro livro, foi publicado, o escritor escreveu cerca de 20 títulos.

Em 2002, Paulo Coelho foi nomeado membro da Academia Brasileira de Letras e desde meados de 2018, quando já havia a sensação de que as eleições daquele ano seriam vencidas por Jair Bolsonaro, que o escritor se posiciona contra o avanço dos movimentos de extrema-direita no Brasil e no mundo.

Nota Oficial do PEN CLUBE

 

NOTA OFICIAL DO PEN CLUBE DO BRASIL   EM SOLIDARIEDADE AO ESCRITOR PAULO COELHO

O PEN Clube Internacional – seção Brasil, cumpre o dever de vir a público para se solidarizar com o associado Paulo Coelho, por conta de agressão intolerável de que não apenas ele acaba de ser vítima se não a literatura brasileira e o próprio país.

O fato de ter seus livros queimados em público por um casal que se diz em defesa da Federação Brasileira e de seu Presidente pelo fato (???) de que o mais reconhecido escritor brasileiro teria criticado posições adotadas pelo Presidente Bolsonaro.

O PEN Clube do Brasil, único órgão internacional de que dispomos em defesa irrestrita tanto da liberdade de expressão de quem escreve e emite opiniões, quanto de seus escritores e jornalistas, não apenas presta solidariedade ao seu mais traduzido escritor como repudia com veemência e asco a insanidade histórica do ato de queimar livros impensável violência aplicada ao se abrirem as trevas nazistas no sangrento ano de 1933.

Tanto a solidariedade a Paulo Coelho, integrante da Academia Brasileira de Letras e de clubes literários de todo planeta, quanto o gesto de usar a bastardia de tal censura, cujas origens medievais são sobejamente reconhecidas, não podem, em nenhum momento serem ignorados por nossa sede em Londres e por seus duzentos clubes associados nos cinco continentes.

Ricardo Cravo Albin

Presidente do PEN Clube do Brasil

Warrior of the light meditations

If you have read one book by Paulo Coelho, I would guess it was, The Alchemist. The book has sold millions of copies all over the world and has been printed in many languages.

I picked up the book, Warrior of the Light, thinking that it would tell a story about strength and overcoming, similar to the Alchemist.

But the book was different than my expectations. Reading the Warrior of the Light I felt like it was a book that paired well with the Alchemist.

The book reviews how a Warrior of the Light builds him or herself to that standard.

The Manual

As I was reading the book, I picked up on many of the principles Paulo Coelho talked about. I also thought about different principles that were important to me.

Below I would like to share with you 101 principles, attitudes, believes and philosophies to help you overcome negative thoughts, feelings, actions and mindset.

I am in the process, and continue to be in the process, of learning how to apply these lessons to my life. Each day we face new challenges and the lessons below are opportunities for us.

 

101 Lessons from Warrior of the Light

  1. Sometimes you need to step away from the things that you obsess about before they can be realized.
  2. Show your gratitude to others and for others.
  3. Let others judge you. They are going to do it anyway. You keep doing what you know if right.
  4. It is important to have life experience versus theory from books.
  5. First prepare and then take action.
  6. If you have weaknesses, admit it. Only then are you ready to improve.
  7. [bctt tweet=”Every situation is a chance to learn something new.” via=”no”]
  8. Learn to be disciplined.
  9. Developing new abilities is the key to overcome old habits.
  10. Pick and choose battles carefully.
  11. It is nice to relax but do not have many days that repeating.
  12. Are you predictable?
  13. Play your role until you can get out of your circumstances.
  14. Do you have expectations of others? Don’t.
  15. What’s your purpose in life?
  16. The words you use when talk to yourself need to be positive.
  17. Talk to yourself and make sure you are doing what you need to do.
  18. Asking a higher power for advice.
  19. Be humble even when you do not want to be.
  20. Are you sharing your success with others? Why?

  21. Reflecting on the past.
  22. Pass the torch to the next generation.
  23. Do your goals keep you awake?
  24. Complaints do not go a long way. Why do you complain?
  25. What remains after you have worked all day?
  26. Your journey is different for the journey of everyone else.
  27. [bctt tweet=”New challenges are there once you get over the old ones.” via=”no”]
  28. Know your faults.
  29. Know your strengths.
  30. Looks at your opportunity not the opportunities of others.
  31. Motive others when you can.
  32. Show compassion for others.
  33. What do you fear? Why?
  34. Don’t focus on betrayal.
  35. Are you trying to walk someone else’s path?
  36. Do not focus on the trivial things.
  37. If you have no believe in yourself. Then your first job is to build it.
  38. Are you forgetting God?
  39. Who do you say Yes to and No to?
  40. Think about those you hurt in love.

  41. How are you improving yourself?
  42. Always finish what you start if it serves a purpose.
  43. Who is your teacher, mentor or coach?
  44. Share your heart with others.
  45. Share your thoughts with others.
  46. Who is not your teacher?
  47. Helping others is important.
  48. Help yourself first then help everyone else.
  49. Why do you fight with others?
  50. Use silence as your partner in guiding your direction.
  51. [bctt tweet=”Remember it will be done by you or someone else.” via=”no”]
  52. Do you show your pain?
  53. Where does your joy come from?
  54. How do you prepare to take action?
  55. What is your daily routine and why?
  56. Where are you going to be in 5 years?
  57. Take action on your thinking.
  58. Make mistakes and learn. Do not be discouraged at the first sight of failure.
  59. Be a strong foundation for others.
  60. Fight for what you believe in.
  61. Do you make up excuse in defeat?

  62. Be patient and enjoy the journey.
  63. Do not let real opportunities slip away while you focus on the wrong things.
  64. Remember you will be tested, so do not lose your heart in the journey.
  65. Remove hate from your heart.
  66. Look at the ways others carry themselves.
  67. Believe your intuition.
  68. Stick to what you believe in but be willing to change.
  69. Ensure you take care of the details.
  70. Don’t lose hope. Keep the faith.
  71. Never place blame on others.
  72. Use fear to motivate you not stop you.
  73. Know even when you are not doing anything, billions of things are still happening.
  74. [bctt tweet=”Believe wholeheartedly in the good you know about yourself.” via=”no”]
  75. Understand the tools you have and how to use them.
  76. Be a child at heart and a warrior on your journey.
  77. Deal with challenges and let go of negative feelings.
  78. Allow yourself to understand the decision, before you make it.
  79. Stand for justice. This means justice for all not just a few.
  80. People are always watching your actions.

  81. Become the master of your thoughts and emotions.
  82. Be the same with everyone.
  83. Who are your friends and why?
  84. Don’t give up. Fall and get up one more time.
  85. Understand the battle ahead.
  86. Are you selfish or do you practice selflessness?
  87. Be a slave to your dream.
  88. Know when and how to work with others.
  89. [bctt tweet=”Who inspires you from the past and in the present.” via=”no”]
  90. Do you give others second chances?
  91. Get wisdom from those who lived before you.
  92. Where do you get courage from?
  93. The first step is important.
  94. Do you know how to feel?
  95. Have faith in God and yourself.
  96. What will you leave the next generation?
  97. Timing is everything
  98. Surround yourself with the best people you can find.
  99. What strategy do you consider before you take action?
  100. Do you have self-trust?

  101. Know the world is random insanity.

Summary

The 101 lessons are only a small part of the knowledge you get from the book, Warrior of the Light. Everyone is going through something different and your situation can help you see the wisdom in a different light.

I recommend you focus on one principle each day. In one year, you focus on each principle at least 3 times. Continue to find new ways to apply the lesson in this book.

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Citations de Paulo Coelho

– Un peu de folie est nécessaire pour faire un pas de plus.

– Le courage est la peur qui fait ses prières.

– On ne s’aperçoit pas toujours que l’on parcourt chaque jour un nouveau chemin.

– Toutes les batailles de la vie nous enseignent quelque chose, même celles que nous perdons.

– La meilleure manière de connaître et de détruire un ennemi, c’est de feindre de devenir son ami.

– Ecoute ton coeur. il connaît toute chose, parce qu’il vient de l’âme du monde, et qu’un jour il y retournera.

– L’homme a rarement le pouvoir de prendre une décision.

– Le bonheur est quelque chose qui se multiplie quand il se divise.

– Si tu ne veux pas t’attirer d’ennuis, partage toujours la responsabilité.

– Seule l’explosion intérieure permet de briller.

– Tout comme les rivières changent leur cours, l’idéal des hommes est aussi sujet à transformations.

– La conscience de la mort nous incite à vivre davantage.

– Le bon combat est celui engagé parce que notre coeur le demande.

– De toutes les armes de destruction inventées par l’homme, la plus terrible (et la plus puissante) était la parole.

– Tous les malheurs ont une fin. ainsi en est-il aussi des gloires et des tragédies du monde.

– C’est justement la possibilité de réaliser un rêve qui rend la vie intéressante.

– Il n’y a qu’une façon d’apprendre, c’est par l’action.

– De toutes les manières que l’homme a trouvé de se faire du mal à lui-même, l’amour est la pire.

– Même la plus grande sagesse peut être occultée par l’éclat de la vanité.

– Quand on aime, on n’a aucun besoin de comprendre ce qui se passe, car tout se passe alors à l’intérieur de nous…

– C’est grave de s’obliger à ressembler à tout le monde : cela provoque des névroses, des psychoses, des paranoïas.

– Rien dans ce monde n’arrive par hasard.

– Tout le monde est faible devant la souffrance.

– L’être humain ne s’offre le luxe d’être fou que lorsque les conditions sont favorables.

– L’enthousiasme se manifeste normalement de toute sa puissance pendant les premières années de notre vie.

– Tout homme a le droit de douter de sa tâche et d’y faillir de temps en temps. la seule chose qu’il ne puisse faire, c’est l’oublier.

– La jeunesse est ainsi, elle établit ses propres limites sans demander si le corps supporte.

– Celui qui désire mener le bon combat doit regarder le monde comme s’il s’agissait d’un trésor inépuisable, qui attend d’être découvert et conquis.

– Nous sommes tous fous d’une façon ou d’une autre.

– Les gens ont toujours tendance à vouloir aider les autres, uniquement pour se sentir meilleurs qu’ils ne sont en réalité.

– La vie peut être courte ou longue, tout dépend de la façon dont nous la vivons.

– Qu’est-ce qui pousse une personne à se détester ? peut-être la lacheté. ou l’éternelle peur de se tromper, de ne pas faire ce que les autres attendent.

– Un marteau n’a pas de raison d’être s’il n’existait des clous pour qu’il les martèle.

– Le destin des montagnes doit être terrible. elles sont obligées de contempler toujours le même paysage.

– Si tu t’en vas en promettant ce que tu ne possèdes pas encore, tu perdras l’envie de l’obtenir.

– Bien des gens commentent les horreurs qui frappent les autres comme s’ils étaient très soucieux de les aider, alors qu’en réalité ils se complaisent à la souffrance d’autrui, par ce qu’elle leur permet de croire qu’ils sont heureux.

– On n’a pas besoin de gravir une montagne pour savoir si elle est élevée.

– C’était cela la liberté : sentir ce que son coeur désirait, indépendamment de l’opinion des autres.

– Tout le monde peut écrire ce qu’il veut ; mais personne ne parvient à se souvenir de choses qui n’ont jamais existé.

– L’être humain a deux grands problèmes : le premier est de savoir quand commencer, le second est de savoir quand s’arrêter.

– L’amour est une force sauvage. quand nous essayons de le contrôler, il nous détruit. quand nous essayons de l’emprisonner, il nous rend esclaves. quand nous essayons de le comprendre, il nous laisse perdus et confus.

– Il suffit de prêter attention ; les leçons viennent toujours quand vous êtes prêt, et si vous êtes attentif aux signes, vous apprendrez toujours tout ce qui est nécessaire pour l’étape suivante.

– Le désert est une femme capricieuse, qui parfois rend les hommes fous.

– Dans la contradiction, l’amour se renforce. dans la confrontation et la transformation, l’amour se préserve.

– L’âge ne fait perdre le rythme qu’à ceux qui n’ont jamais eu le courage d’avancer tout seuls.

– Il est toujours bon d’avoir une activité lente avant de prendre une décision importante.

– Quand on voyage vers un objectif, il est très important de prêter attention au chemin. c’est toujours le chemin qui nous enseigne la meilleure façon d’y parvenir, et il nous enrichit à mesure que nous le parcourons.

– Les rêves donnent du travail.

– L’extraordinaire se trouve sur le chemin des gens ordinaires.

– L’homme ne pourra jamais cesser de rêver. le rêve est la nourriture de l’âme comme les aliments sont la nourriture du corps.

– La peur va jusqu’où commence l’inévitable ; dès lors, elle n’a plus de sens.

– Personne n’aime demander beaucoup à la vie, parce qu’il a peur de l’échec.

– Dans la vie, tout est signe.

– L’intuition n’a rien à voir avec la routine, elle relève d’un état d’esprit qui est au-delà de la technique.

– La coupe des souffrances n’a pas la même taille pour tout le monde.

– Le futur a été créé pour être changé.

– Essayer d’expliquer, c’est vouloir expliquer le mystère – impossible.

– Les dieux jettent les dés et ne demandent pas si nous avons envie de jouer.

– L’heure la plus sombre est celle qui vient juste avant le lever du soleil.

– La seule utilité réelle de la cravate, c’est qu’on la retire, sitôt rentré chez soi, pour se donner l’impression d’être libéré de quelque chose, mais on ne sait pas de quoi.

– La réalité est ce que la majorité considère qu’elle est. ce n’est pas nécessairement le meilleur, ni le plus logique, mais ce qui s’est adapté au désir collectif.

– Le meilleur soldat est celui qui ressemble à une pierre. sans sortir la lame du fourreau, il réussit à prouver que personne ne pourra le vaincre.

 Plus que la faim, la soif, le chômage, la souffrance d’amour, le désespoir de la défaite, le pire de tout, c’est de sentir que personne, mais absolument personne en ce monde, ne s’intéresse à nous.

– La richesse n’est pas la quantité d’argent qu’on a mais la façon dont on l’utilise.

– Chaque être humain est unique, il a ses propres qualités, ses instincts, ses formes de plaisir. cependant la société impose une manière d’agir collective, et les gens ne cessent de se demander pourquoi ils doivent se comporter ainsi.

– Emporte dans ta mémoire, pour le reste de ton existence, les choses positives qui ont surgi au milieu des difficultés. elles seront une preuve de tes capacités et te redonneront confiance devant tous les obstacles.

– Peut-être dieu a-t-il créé le désert pour que l’homme puisse se réjouir à la vue des palmiers.

– Dieu n’abandonne jamais ses enfants, mais ses desseins sont insondables, et il construit notre route à l’aide de nos propres pas.

– Quand on ne peut revenir en arrière, on ne doit se préoccuper que de la meilleure façon d’aller de l’avant.

– Dans les contes pour enfants, les princesses donnent des baisers aux crapaud. dans la vie réelle, les princesses embrassent les princes et ceux-ci se transforment en crapauds.

– Seul celui qui est heureux peut répandre le bonheur autour de lui.

– Quand nous avons de grands trésors sous les yeux, nous ne nous en apercevons jamais. et sais-tu pourquoi ? parce que les hommes ne croient pas aux trésors.

– Un homme doit choisir. en cela réside sa force : le pouvoir de ses décisions.

– Les hommes qui se croient sages sont indécis à l’heure de commander et rebelles à l’heure d’obéir. ils pensent qu’il est honteux de donner des ordres et déshonorant de les recevoir.

– Avez-vous jamais rencontré quelqu’un qui se soit demandé pourquoi les aiguilles d’une horloge tournent dans un sens, et non dans le sens contraire ?

– Il n’y a qu’une chose qui puisse rendre un rêve impossible, c’est la peur d’échouer.

– Une chute du troisième étage fait tout autant de dégâts qu’une chute du centième étage. si je dois tomber, qu’au moins je tombe de très haut.

– L’homme est né pour trahir son destin.

– Peu importe le nombre d’années que l’on a ; quand la nuit tombe, elle apporte avec elle des peurs cachées dans notre âme depuis l’enfance.

– La danse est l’une des formes les plus parfaites de communication avec l’intelligence infinie.

– Ce qui noie quelqu’un, ce n’est pas le plongeon, mais le fait de rester sous l’eau.

– A un moment donné de notre existence, nous perdons la maîtrise de notre vie, qui se trouve dès lors gouvernée par le destin. c’est là qu’est la plus grande imposture du monde.

– Celui qui est capable de maîtriser son coeur est capable de conquérir le monde.

– Dieu peut tout. s’il se limitait à faire ce que nous appelons le bien, nous ne pourrions pas le nommer tout-puissant.

– Combien de fois abandonnons-nous notre chemin, attirés par l’éclat trompeur du chemin d’à côté ?

– Qu’est-ce qu’un prophète ? c’est un homme qui écoute encore les voix qu’il entendait lorsqu’il était enfant et qui croit toujours en elles.

– Excepté quelques cas pathologiques graves, les gens deviennent fous quand ils essaient d’échapper à la routine.

– Le bonheur est parfois une bénédiction – mais, le plus souvent, c’est une conquête.

– Nous sommes notre plus grande surprise.

– La folie, c’est l’incapacité de communiquer ses idées.

– Tout le monde croit savoir exactement comment nous devrions vivre.

– Quand quelqu’un prend une décision, il se plonge en fait dans un courant impétueux qui l’emporte vers une destination qu’il n’a jamais entrevue, même en rêve.

– Une quête commence toujours par la chance du débutant. et s’achève toujours par l’épreuve du conquérant.

– – l’amour est dangereux, dit-il. – très, renchérit l’ange. et alors ?

– Ce n’est pas un pêché que d’être heureux.

– Lorsque l’on tarde pour la cueillette, les fruits pourrissent. mais quand on repousse les problèmes, ils ne cessent de croître.

– Tout est écrit dans les sons. le passé, le présent et le futur de l’homme. un homme qui ne sait pas entendre ne peut écouter les conseils que la vie nous prodigue à chaque instant. seul celui qui écoute le bruit du présent peut prendre la décision juste.

– On ne peut se fier à un homme si l’on ne connaît pas la maison qu’il habite.

– Les hommes rêvent du retour plus que du départ.

– Le silence n’équivaut pas toujours à un assentiment : en général, il révèle simplement l’incapacité des gens à réagir sur le coup.

– La seule manière de sauver nos rêves est d’être généreux avec nous-mêmes.

– Des millénaires de civilisation ont fait du suicide un tabou, un outrage à tous les codes religieux : l’homme lutte pour survivre, pas pour renoncer.

– Le présent est toujours très bref, même si certains croient posséder un passé où ils ont accumulé des choses, et un avenir où ils accumuleront plus encore.

– Il existe deux choses qui empêchent une personne de réaliser ses rêves : croire qu’ils sont irréalisables, ou bien, quand la roue du destin tourne à l’improviste, les voir se changer en possible au moment où l’on s’y attend le moins.

– Les gens veulent tout changer et, en même temps, souhaitent que tout continue uniformément.

– Des démons surviennent et repartent à tout moment, sans que les choses soient nécessairement perturbées par leur présence.

– Quand on veut une chose, tout l’univers conspire à nous permettre de réaliser notre rêve.

– Ce qui importe ce n’est pas celui qui donne une bonne réponse, mais celui qui a raison.

– En ce moment, beaucoup de gens ont renoncé à vivre. ils ne s’ennuient pas, ils ne pleurent pas, ils se contentent d’attendre que le temps passe. ils n’ont pas accepté les défis de la vie et elle ne les défie plus.

– Une ville est une femme capricieuse, il lui faut du temps pour se laisser séduire et se découvrir complètement.

– Lorsqu’une chose évolue, tout ce qui est autour évolue de même.

– Sur le chemin, comme dans la vie, la sagesse n’a de valeur que si elle peut aider l’homme à vaincre un obstacle.

– En général, la mort fait que l’on devient plus attentif à la vie.

– Aimer, c’est perdre le contrôle.

– La liberté n’est pas l’absence d’engagement, mais la capacité de choisir.

– Le monde trouvera sa vérité quand l’homme saura aimer – jusque-là, nous vivons en pensant que nous connaissons l’amour, mais sans avoir le courage de l’affronter tel qu’il est.

– Clore des cycles, fermer des portes, finir des chapitres – peu importe comment nous appelons cela, l’important est de laisser dans le passé les moments de la vie qui sont achevés.

– Une fois résolu, un problème est d’une simplicité atterrante.

– L’amour est petit, il n’y en a que pour un ou une, et attention ! toute tentative pour dire que le coeur est plus grand que cela est considérée comme maudite.

– Tous les abrutis devraient avoir écrit sur leur carte de visite qu’ils sont des abrutis. comme ça, on saurait à qui l’on s’adresse.

– La condition humaine nous fait partager seulement ce que nous avons de meilleur, parce que nous sommes toujours en quête d’amour et d’acceptation.

– Un monde sans abrutis, ce serait le chaos ! au lieu de chômeurs comme on a aujourd’hui, il y aurait du travail en trop, et personne pour travailler !

– Personne ne peut fuir son coeur. c’est pourquoi il vaut mieux écouter ce qu’il dit.

– Il faut lutter pour ses rêves, mais il faut savoir également que quand certains chemins se révèlent impossibles, mieux vaut garder son énergie pour parcourir d’autres routes.

– Travailler est une bénédiction quand cela nous aide à penser à ce que nous sommes en train de faire. mais cela devient une malédiction quand cela n’a d’autre utilité que de nous éviter de penser au sens de notre vie.

– Une action est une pensée qui se manifeste.

– La liberté, si durement acquise, n’est autre qu’un exil déguisé.

– Quand un homme marche vers son destin, il est bien souvent forcé de changer de direction.

– Très souvent, au cours de notre existence, nous voyons nos rêves déçus et nos désirs frustrés, mais il faut continuer à rêver, sinon notre âme meurt.

– Le bon combat est celui qui est engagé au nom de nos rêves.

– L’homme ne naît pas, et il ne meurt jamais. il s’efforce d’exister, il ne cessera jamais de le faire, car il est éternel et permanent.

– Tout ce qui est fait dans le présent affecte l’avenir en conséquence, et le passé par rédemption.

– La diplomatie est aussi l’art de reporter les décisions jusqu’à ce que les problèmes se résolvent d’eux-mêmes.

– A tout être humain ont été concédées deux qualités : le pouvoir et le don. le pouvoir conduit l’homme à la rencontre de son destin ; le don l’oblige à partager avec les autres ce qu’il y a de meilleur en lui.