WITH PLEASURE AND WITHOUT GUILT

A 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 neighbour 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.


HE PERSEVERES UNTIL THE END

A warrior of light does not postpone making decisions.

He thinks a good deal before he acts; 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 light perseveres until the end.

THE CHESSBOARD IS THE WORLD

The warrior always listens to the words of certain thinkers, such as these by T.H. Huxley:

‘The consequences of our actions are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men.’

‘The chessboard is the world; the pieces are the gestures of our daily lives; the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us, but we know that his play is always fair, just and patient.’

The warrior simply has to accept the challenge. He knows that God never overlooks a single mistake made by those he loves, nor does he allow his favourites to pretend ignorance of the rules of the game.

HE IS AFRAID OF GOING INTO BATTLE

Every warrior of light has felt afraid of going into battle.

Every warrior of light has, at some time in the past, lied or betrayed someone.

Every warrior of light has trodden a path that was not his.

Every warrior of light has suffered for the most trivial of reasons.

Every warrior of light has, at least once, believed that he was not a warrior of light.

Every warrior of light has failed in his spiritual duties.

Every warrior of light has said ‘yes’ when he wanted to say ‘no’.

Every warrior of light has hurt someone he loved.

That is why he is a warrior of light, because he has been through all this and yet has never lost hope of being better than he is.

LIFE TEACHES EVERYONE

The warrior of 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: ‘Some people are so ungrateful.’

The warrior is not discouraged by this. And he continues to encourage other people because this is also a way of encouraging himself.

SIGNS OF TOXIC PEOPLE

It’s hard to find good people and make acquaintance with them for longer period of time. Many of the people around us are not our well-wishers.

Here are some signs of toxic people:

  • They turn sweet and mean
  • They don’t respect your decisions, instead they manipulate you into doing things you don’t want to do
  • They disappear when you’re in trouble
  • They give you poor treatment as if they don’t really care
  • They constantly make you apologise to them for things that you didn’t do wrong to them
  • They feel threatened by your friendship with others
  • They discourage you for your plans for the future
  • They laugh at you for having a goal
  • They trivialize your successes as if it seems least important to them
  • They only approach you sweet when they need something

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FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE

A warrior of light knows his own faults. But he also knows his qualities.

Some of his companions complain all the time that ‘other people have more opportunities than we do’.

Perhaps they are right, but a warrior does not allow himself to be paralysed by this; he tries to make the most of his virtues.

He knows that the gazelle’s power lies in its strong legs. 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: faith, hope and love.

If these three things are there, he does not hesitate to go forward.

– Paulo Coelho

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TOUCH OF MADNESS

A warrior of 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 realises that there are difficulties he had not reckoned with.

If he waits for the ideal moment, he will never set off; he 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.

– Paulo Coelho

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NEW IDEAS NEED SPACE

From now on – and for the next few hundred years – the Universe is going to help warriors of light and hinder the prejudiced.

The Earth’s energy needs to be renewed.

New ideas need space.

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. However, it is not the warrior’s responsibility to judge the dreams of others, and he does not waste time criticizing other people’s decisions.

In order to have faith in his own path, he does not need to prove that someone else’s path is wrong.

– Paulo Coelho

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HE RECOGNISES THE PATH

The moment that he begins to walk along it, the warrior of light recognizes the Path.

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.

Then, accepting the help of God and of God’s Signs, he allows his Personal Legend to guide him towards the tasks that life has reserved for him.

On some nights, he has nowhere to sleep, on others, he suffers from insomnia. ‘That’s just how it is,’ thinks the warrior. ‘I was the one who chose to walk this path.’ In these words lies all his power: he chose the path along which he is walking and so has no complaints.

– Paulo Coelho

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