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COLLI IO PAULO COELHO WARRIOR OF THE LIGHT A MANUAL Translated from the Portuguese by Margaret dull Costa £ HarperCollins e-books For S.I.L. Vision of Life in The Mannual of Warrior of light: The Manual of the Warrior of Light is a collection of Paulo. Coelho's teachings summed up into one volume. beginning, being and ending of all, except uninteresting things. the Manual of the Light. Warrior. As recorded by Episkopos Trishop Epsilon, of the Church of Eris.

Rage is used to show us the infinite value of peace. Silence is used to teach us to use words responsibly. Tiredness is used so that we can understand the value of waking up.

Illness is used to underline the blessing of good health. Fire is used to teach us about water. Earth is used so that we can understand the value of air. Death is used to show us the importance of life. So, a warrior of the light must be prepared to be patient at difficult times, and know that the Universe is conspiring in his favor, even if he does not understand how.

Do not blame others for your own incompetence. We can blame others, look for justification, imagine how our lives would have been different without them.

But none of that matters: From this point on, it is necessary that we review our own lives, overcome fear, and begin the process of reconstruction.

There are times when battles go on longer than necessary, draining him of strength and enthusiasm. At such moments, the warrior thinks: He perseveres in his desire, but knows he must wait for the best moment to attack. A warrior always returns to the fray.

He never does so out of stubbornness, but because he has noticed a change in the weather. Welcome back. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The desert takes our dreams away from us, and they don't always return. We know that, and we are used to it. Those who don't return become a part of the clouds, a part of the animals that hide in the ravines and of the water that comes from the earth.

They become part of everything They become the Soul of the World. One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving. 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.

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

There is only one way to learn … It's through action. It is said that the darkest hour of the night comes just before the dawn. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. The alchemist, p. The wise men understood that this natural world is simply a guarantee that there exists a world that is perfect. God created the world so that, through its visible objects, men could understand his spiritual teachings and the marvels of his wisdom.

That's what I mean by action. Wherever your heart is, that is where you'll find your treasure. NIV translation. It's true that everything has its Personal Legend, but one day that Personal Legend will be realized.

So each thing has to transform itself into something better, and to acquire a new Personal Legend, until, someday, the Soul of the World becomes one thing only. And that's where the power of love comes in. Because when we love, we always strive to become better than we are. Your money saved us for three days. It's not often that money saves a person's life.

But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time. The parents always insisted on telling their child that their secret friends didn't exist — perhaps because they had forgotten that they too had spoken to their angel at one time. Or, who knows, perhaps they thought they lived in a world where there was no longer any place for angels. Disenchanted, the angels had returned to God's side, knowing that they could no longer impose their presence.

Perhaps they needn't even believe — it was enough that they needed angels, and the angels would return gladly.

By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept [ edit ] Na margem do rio Piedra eu sentei e chorei We must never forget that spiritual experience is above all a practical experience of love. And with love, there are no rules. That moment exists — a moment when all the power of the stars becomes a part of us and enables us to perform miracles.

The moment we begin to seek love, love begins to seek us. And to save us. We must never forget that spiritual experience is above all a practical experience of love. As translated by Alan R. Clarke The gods throw the dice, and they don't ask whether we want to be in the game or not. They don't care if when you go, you leave behind a lover, a home, a career, or a dream.

The gods don't care whether you have it all, whether it seems that your every desire can be met through hard work and persistence. The gods don't want to know about your plans and your hopes.

Somewhere they're throwing the dice — and you are chosen. From then on, winning or losing is only a question of luck. The gods throw the dice, freeing love from its cage. And love can create or destroy — depending on the direction of the wind when it is set free. Seek to live. Remembrance is for the old. You have to take risks … We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.

Every day, God gives us the sun — and also one moment in which we have the ability to change everything that makes us unhappy. But if people really pay attention to their everyday lives, they will discover that magic moment.

It may arrive in the instant when we are doing something mundane, like putting our front-door key in the lock; it may lie hidden in the quiet that follows the lunch hour or in the thousand and one things that all seem the same to us. But that moment exists — a moment when all the power of the stars becomes a part of us and enables us to perform miracles.

Pitiful is the person who is afraid of taking risks. Lovers need to know how to lose themselves and then how to find themselves again.

Love is much like a dam: if you allow a tiny crack to form through which only a trickle of water can pass, that trickle will quickly bring down the whole structure, and soon no one will be able to control the force of the current. For when those walls come down, then love takes over, and it no longer matters what is possible or impossible; it doesn't even matter whether we can keep the loved one at our side.

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To love is to lose control. There's nothing deeper than love. In fairy tales, the princesses kiss the frogs, and the frogs become princes. In real life, the princesses kiss princes, and the princes turn into frogs.

Life takes us by surprise and orders us to move toward the unknown — even when we don't want to and when we think we don't need to. Love is always new. Regardless of whether we love once, twice, or a dozen times in our life, we always face a brand-new situation. Love can consign us to hell or to paradise, but it always takes us somewhere.

We simply have to accept it, because it is what nourishes our existence. If we reject it, we die of hunger, because we lack the courage to reach out a hand and pluck the fruit from the branches of the tree of life.

We have to take love where we find it, even if it means hours, days, weeks of disappointment and sadness. If pain must come, may it come quickly. Because I have a life to live, and I need to live it in the best way possible. If he has to make a choice, may he make it now.

Then I will either wait for him or forget him. Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering. Even if loving meant leaving, or solitude, or sorrow, love was worth every penny of its price.

I am going to sit here with you by the river. If you go home to sleep, I will sleep in front of your house. And if you go away, I will follow you — until you tell me to go away. Then I'll leave. But I have to love you for the rest of my life.

The Manual of the Warrior of Light [ edit ] He identifies with the mountains and the streams, he sees something of his own soul in the plants and the animals and the birds of the field. Then, accepting the help of God and of God's signs, he allows his personal legend to guide him toward the tasks that life has reserved for him.

Every Warrior of the Light has suffered for the most trivial of reasons. Every Warrior of the Light has, at least once, believed he was not a Warrior of the Light. Every Warrior of the Light has failed in his spiritual duties.

Every Warrior of the Light has said "yes" when he wanted to say "no. That is why he is a Warrior of the Light, because he has been through all this and yet has never lost hope of being better than he is. Each stone, each bend cries welcome to him. He identifies with the mountains and the streams, he sees something of his own soul in the plants and the animals and the birds of the field.

On some nights, he has nowhere to sleep, on others he suffers from insomnia. Warriors of the light are not perfect. Their beauty lies in accepting this fact and still desiring to grow and to learn.

A warrior of the light never confuses tension with anxiety. A Warrior can distinguish between the transient and the enduring. When he enters the fight, all he has is his enthusiasm, the moves, and strikes that he learned during his training.

As the fight progresses, he discovers that enthusiasm and training are not enough to win: Then he opens his heart to the Universe and asks God to give him the inspiration he needs to turn every blow from his enemy into a lesson in self-defence. He knows that without inspiration and experience, no amount of training will help him. Warrior of the Light never resorts to trickery, but he knows how to distract his opponent.

No matter how anxious he is, he uses every strategy at his disposal to gain his objective. When he sees that his strength is almost gone, he makes his enemy think that he is simply biding his time.

When he needs to attack the right flank, he moves his troops to the left. If he intends beginning the battle at once, he pretends that he is tired and prepares for sleep. His friends say: A Warrior of the Light knows what he wants. And he has no need to waste time on explanations. This will diminish his enthusiasm. They hide their inner strength behind aggression and hide their fear of loneliness behind an air of independence.

They do not believe in their own abilities, but are constantly trumpeting their virtues. He is never taken in by appearances and makes a point of remaining silent when people try to impress him. He uses these occasions to correct his own faults, for other people make an excellent mirror. A Warrior takes every opportunity to teach himself. The Warrior of the Light sometimes fights with those he loves.

The man who defends his friends is never overwhelmed by the storms of life; he is strong enough to come through difficulties and carry on. He does, however, often face challenges from those he is trying to teach the art of the sword. His disciples provoke him into fighting with them And the Warrior demonstrates his abilities: Before embarking on an important battle, a Warrior of the Light asks himself: More than once he has wasted his time fighting for a lie.

And he has suffered for people who did not deserve his love. Victors never make the same mistake twice. That is why the Warrior only risks his heart for something worthwhile. Warrior of the Light respects the main teaching of the I Ching: There are times when battles go on longer than necessary, draining him of strength and enthusiasm. At such moments, the Warrior thinks: He perseveres in his desire, but knows he must wait for the best moment to attack.

A Warrior always returns to the fray. He never does so out of stubbornness, but because he has noticed a change in the weather. Warrior of the Light knows that certain moments repeat themselves. He often finds himself faced by the same problems and situations, and seeing these difficult situations return, he grows depressed, thinking that he is incapable of making any progress in life.

Warrior of the Light is never predictable. He might dance down the street on his way to work, gaze into the eyes of a complete stranger and speak of love at first sight, or defend an apparently absurd idea. Warriors of the Light allow themselves days like these. He is not afraid to weep over ancient sorrows or feel joy at new discoveries. When he feels that the moment has arrived, he drops everything and goes off on some long-dreamed-of adventure. When he realizes that he can do no more, he abandons the fight, but never blames himself for having committed a few unexpected acts of folly.

A Warrior does not spend his days trying to play the role that others have chosen for him. Warriors of the Light always have a certain gleam in their eyes. They are of this world. They are part of the lives of other people and they set out on their journey with no saddlebags and no sandals. They are often cowardly. They do not always make the right decisions.

They suffer over the most trivial things; they have mean thoughts and sometimes believe they are incapable of growing. They frequently deem themselves unworthy of any blessing or miracle. They are not always quite sure of what they are doing here. They spend many sleepless nights, believing that their lives have no meaning. That is why they are Warriors of the Light. Because they make mistakes, because they ask themselves questions, because they are looking for a reason they are sure to find it.

The Warrior of the Light does not worry that, to others, his behavior might seem quite mad. He talks out loud to himself when he is alone. Someone told him that this is the best way of communicating with the angels, and so he takes a chance and tries to make contact.

At first, he finds this very difficult. He thinks that he has nothing to say, that he will just repeat the same meaningless twaddle. Even so, the Warrior persists. He spends all day talking to his heart. He says things with which he does not agree, he talks utter nonsense. One day, he notices a change in his voice.

He realizes that he is acting as a channel for some higher wisdom. The Warrior may seem mad, but this is just a disguise. According to a poet: Nevertheless, there is always someone who wants to prove himself better than he is. But certain people insist. They provoke and offend and do everything they can to irritate him. At that point, his heart says: You will tire yourself needlessly.

The Warrior of the Light remembers a passage from John Bunyan: Now all I have is this sword and I give it to whoever wishes to continue his pilgrimage. I carry with me the marks and scars of battles — they are the witnesses of what I suffered and the rewards of what I conquered. There was a time when I used to listen to tales of bravery.

There was a time when I lived only because I needed to live. But now I live because I am a Warrior and because I wish one day to be in the company of Him for whom I have fought so hard. Each stone, each bend cries welcome to him. He identifies with the mountains and the streams, he sees something of his own soul in the plants and the animals and the birds of the field.

On some nights, he has nowhere to sleep, on others, he suffers from insomnia. He chose the path along which he is walking and so has no complaints.

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Body and soul need new challenges. The future has become the present, and every dream — except those dreams that involve preconceived ideas — will have a chance to be heard. Anything of importance will remain.

Anything useless will disappear. Warrior of the Light carefully studies the position that he intends to conquer. However difficult the objective, there is always a way of overcoming obstacles. He seeks out alternative paths, he sharpens his sword, he tries to fill his heart with the necessary determination to face the challenge. But as he advances, the Warrior realizes that there are difficulties he had not reckoned with.

If he waits for the ideal moment, he will never set off. The Warrior requires a touch of madness to take the next step.

The Warrior uses that touch of madness. For — in both love and war — it is impossible to foresee everything. Warrior of the Light knows his own faults. But he also knows his qualities. The power of the seagull lies in the accuracy with which it can spear a fish.

He has learned that the reason the tiger does not fear the hyena is because he is aware of his own strength. He tries to establish what he can truly rely on. And he always checks that he carries three things with him: If these three things are there, he does not hesitate to go forward. The Warrior of the Light knows that no one is stupid and that life teaches everyone — however long that may take. He always does his best and expects the best of others.

Through his generosity, he tries to show each person how much they are capable of achieving. Some of his companions say: And he continues to encourage others because this is also a way of encouraging himself. Every Warrior of the Light has felt afraid of going into battle.

Every Warrior of the Light has, at some time in the past, lied or betrayed someone. Every Warrior of the Light has trodden a path that was not his. Every Warrior of the Light has suffered for the most trivial of reasons. Every Warrior of the Light has, at least once, believed that he was not a Warrior of the Light. Every Warrior of the Light has failed in his spiritual duties. That is why he is a Warrior of the Light, because he has been through all this and yet has never lost hope of being better than he is.

The Warrior always listens to the words of certain thinkers, such as these by T.

The player on the other side is hidden from us, but we know that his play is always fair, just, and patient. He knows that God never overlooks a single mistake made by those he loves, nor does he allow his favorites to pretend ignorance of the rules of the game. Warrior of the Light does not postpone making decisions. He thinks a great deal before taking action. He considers his training, as well as his responsibilities and duties as a teacher. He tries to remain calm and to analyse each step as if it were of supreme importance.

However, as soon as he has made a decision, the Warrior proceeds: He has no doubts about his chosen action, nor does he change direction if circumstances turn out differently from how he had imagined them. If his decision is correct, he will win the battle, even if it lasts longer than expected. If his decision is wrong, he will be defeated and he will have to start all over again — only this time with more wisdom.

But once he has started, a Warrior of the Light perseveres until the end. Warrior knows that his best teachers are the people with whom he shares the battlefield.

It is dangerous to ask for advice. It is even more dangerous to give advice. When he needs help, he tries to see how his friends resolve — or fail to resolve — their problems.

If he is in search of inspiration, he reads, on the lips of his neighbor, the words that his guardian angel is trying to say to him When he is tired or lonely, he does not dream about distant men and women; he turns to the person beside him and shares his sorrow or his need for affection with them — with pleasure and without guilt.

A Warrior knows that the farthest- flung star in the Universe reveals itself in the things around him. Warrior of the Light shares his world with the people he loves. He tries to encourage them to do the things they would like to do but for which they lack the courage. At such times, the Enemy appears holding two wooden signs in his hand. On one sign is written: But he knows too that he cannot do his growing alone, distanced from his companions.

Therefore, he throws the two signs to the floor, even if he thinks they may contain a grain of truth. The signs crumble into dust, and the Warrior continues to encourage those nearest him.

The philosopher Lao Tzu says of the journey of the Warrior of the Light: Learn to recognize the right moment to adopt the necessary attitudes.

Anyone who fails to recognize problems leaves the door open for tragedies to rush in. He sits in a quiet place in his tent and surrenders himself to the divine light. When he does this, he tries not to think about anything; he shuts himself off from the search for pleasure, from challenges and revelations, and allows his gifts and powers to reveal themselves.

Even if he does not recognize them then, these gifts and powers will take care of his life and will influence his day-to-day existence.

While he meditates, the Warrior is not himself, but a spark from the Soul of the World. Meditation gives him an understanding of his responsibilities and of how he should behave accordingly.

He must act, but he must allow room for the Universe to act too. When a Warrior is the victim of some injustice, he usually tries to be alone, in order not to show his pain to others.

This is both good and bad. Inside each of us there lives an angel and a devil, and their voices are very alike. Confronted by a problem, the devil encourages that solitary conversation, trying to show us how vulnerable we are. A Warrior balances solitude and dependence. A Warrior of the Light needs love. Love and affection are as much a part of his nature as eating, drinking, and a taste for the Good Fight. When the Warrior watches a sunset and feels no joy, then something is wrong. At this point, he stops fighting and goes in search of company, so that they can watch the setting sun together.

If he has difficulty in finding company, he asks himself: Did I receive affection and not even notice? The Warrior of the Light knows that it is impossible to live in a state of complete relaxation.

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He has learned from the archer that, in order to shoot his arrow any distance, he must hold the bow taut. He has learned from the stars that only an inner explosion allows them to shine. The Warrior notices that when a horse is about to jump over a fence, it tenses all its muscles. But he never confuses tension with anxiety. The Warrior of the Light always manages to balance Rigor and Mercy. To attain his dream, he needs a strong will and an enormous capacity for acceptance.

Although he may have an objective, the path that leads to that objective is not always as he imagined it would be. That is why the Warrior uses a mixture of discipline and compassion. God never abandons His children, but His purposes are unfathomable, and He builds the road with our own steps. The Warrior uses that combination of discipline and acceptance to fuel his enthusiasm.

Routine was never the leader of any important new movement. The Warrior of the Light sometimes behaves like water, flowing around the obstacles he encounters. Occasionally, resistance might mean destruction, and so he adapts to the circumstances. He accepts, without complaint, that the stones in his path hinder his way through the mountains.

Therein lies the strength of water: It cannot be touched by a hammer or ripped to shreds by a knife. The strongest sword in the world cannot scar its surface. The river adapts itself to whatever route proves possible, but the river never forgets its one objective: So fragile at its source, it gradually gathers the strength of the other rivers it encounters.

And, after a certain point, its power is absolute. Everything is concrete and everything is meaningful. He does not sit comfortably in his tent, observing what is going on in the world; he accepts each challenge as an opportunity to transform himself. Some of his companions spend their lives moaning about their lack of choice or passing comment on the decisions made by other people.

The Warrior, however, transforms his thinking into action. Sometimes he chooses the wrong goal and pays the price for his mistake without complaint. At others, he swerves from the path and wastes a great deal of time only to end up back where he started. But the Warrior never allows himself to be discouraged. The Warrior of the Light has the qualities of a rock. When he is on flat terrain, everything around him is in harmony and he remains stable.

People can build their houses upon him, and the storm will not destroy them. When, however, he is placed on a slope, and the things around him show neither balance nor respect, then he reveals his strength; he rolls toward the enemy that is threatening his peace. At such moments, the Warrior is a devastating force, and no one can stop him. A Warrior of the Light thinks about both war and peace and knows how to act in accordance with the circumstances. A Warrior of the Light who trusts too much in his intelligence will end up underestimating the power of his opponent.

It is important not to forget that sometimes strength is more effective than strategy. A bullfight is over quickly because the bull quickly learns that it is being tricked, and its next step is to charge the bullfighter. When that happens, no amount of brilliance, argument, intelligence, or charm can avert tragedy. That is why the Warrior never underestimates brute force.

When it proves too violent, he withdraws from the battlefield until his enemy has exhausted himself. The Warrior of the Light knows when the enemy is stronger. If he decides to confront him, he will be destroyed instantly. If he responds to his provocations, he will fall into a trap. So he uses diplomacy to resolve the difficult situation in which he finds himself.

When the enemy behaves childishly, he does the same. When he challenges him to a fight, he pretends not to understand. In such situations, the Warrior remains patient — the enemy will soon go off in search of others to provoke. Warrior of the Light is never indifferent to injustice. He knows that all are one and that each individual action affects everyone on the planet. That is why, when confronted by the suffering of others, he uses his sword to restore order.

But even though he fights against oppression, at no point does he attempt to judge the oppressor. Each person will answer for his actions before God and so, once the Warrior has completed his task, he makes no further comment.

A Warrior of the Light is in the world in order to help his fellow man, not to condemn his neighbor. Warrior of the Light is never cowardly. Flight might be an excellent form of defence, but it cannot be used when one is very afraid.

When in doubt, the Warrior prefers to face defeat and then lick his wounds, because he knows that if he flees he gives the aggressor greater power than he deserves.

In difficult and painful times, the Warrior faces overwhelming odds with heroism, resignation, and courage.

A Warrior of the Light is never in a hurry. Time works in his favor; he learns to master his impatience and avoids acting without thinking. By walking slowly, he becomes aware of the firmness of his step. He knows that he is taking part in decisive moment in the history of humanity and that he needs to change himself before he can transform the world. That is why he remembers the words of Lanza del Vasto: Warrior of the Light needs both patience and speed.

The two worst strategic mistakes to make are acting prematurely and letting an opportunity slip. Then again, I have never gone into a situation and immediately wanted to run straight out again. He believes that nothing can stir in him the emotion he desires. He is forced to spend many nights feeling that he is one of the vanquished, and nothing seems able to restore his enthusiasm His friends say: But he is stubborn and refuses to relinquish his aims.

Then, when he least expects it, a new door opens. Warrior of the Light always keeps his heart tree of any feelings of hatred. When he goes into battle he remembers what Christ said: But he knows that the act of forgiveness does not mean that he must accept everything; a Warrior cannot bow his head, for if he did he would lose sight of the horizon of his dreams. He accepts that his opponents are there to test his valor, his persistence, and his ability to make decisions. They force him to fight for his dreams.

It is the experience of battle that strengthens the Warrior of the Light. X he Warrior remembers the past. It was used for personal ends and has seen its ideas used to defend the most terrible of intentions. The Warrior has heard people ask: The Warrior has no doubts because he follows one infallible saying: Following this rule, he never goes wrong. The Warrior of the Light knows the importance of intuition. In times of peace, he deciphers the signs that God sends him.

People say: The Warrior of the Light sits around a fire with his companions. They talk about his conquests, and any strangers who join the group are made welcome because everyone is proud of his life and of his Good Fight. The Warrior speaks enthusiastically about the path, about how he resisted a particular challenge or the solution he found to one especially difficult situation.

When he tells stories, he invests his words with passion and romance. Sometimes, he exaggerates a little. He remembers that at times his ancestors used to exaggerate too. That is why he does the same thing. But he never confuses pride with vanity, and he never believes his own exaggerations. The Warrior hears someone say: I want to have the freedom to change my mind.

He too enjoys that freedom, but this does not prevent him from taking on a commitment, even if he does not know quite why he does so. A Warrior of the Light makes decisions. His soul is as free as the clouds in the sky, but he is committed to his dream. On his freely chosen path, he often has to get up earlier than he would like, speak to people from whom he learns nothing, make certain sacrifices.

But he knows that an open oven bakes no bread. Xo engage in any activity the Warrior needs to know what to expect, how to achieve the objective, and whether or not he is capable of carrying out the proposed task.

The Warrior of the Light pays attention to small things because they can severely hamper him. A thorn, however tiny, can cause the traveler to halt. A tiny, invisible cell can destroy a healthy organism. The memory of a past moment of fear allows cowardice to be reborn with each new morning. The Warrior is attentive to small things.

Sometimes he is hard on himself, but he prefers to act in way. The Warrior of the Light does not always have faith. There are moments when he believes in absolutely nothing. And he asks his heart: And the Warrior has to decide for himself. He looks for an example and remembers that Jesus went through something similar in order to inhabit fully the human condition.He has tempting proposals and easy alternatives. When the Warrior of the Light starts planting his garden, he notices that his neighbor is there, spying.

He knows that no one wins all the time and he knows how to distinguish his successes from his failures. Lovers need to know how to lose themselves and then how to find themselves again. The Warrior knows an old saying: And love can create or destroy — depending on the direction of the wind when it is set free. A Warrior of Light is not perfect, and more than we could imagine, have more flaws than what eyes can perceive;but a Warrior of Light is not afraid to admit his mistakes and go through about his chosen path with the hope that he will soon find his way to his Personal Legend.

Warrior of the Light never resorts to trickery, but he knows how to distract his opponent. I have only one certainty: there exists a parallel spiritual universe that impinges on the world in which we live.

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