Manual of the Warrior of Light


I love “Manual of the Warrior of Light” by Paulo Coelho. This is the one book that has been thumbed so much over the years that it is worn around the edges. My favorite pages are dog-eared around the corner and just as most people will open their Bible or Quran to refer back to their favorite passage, I thumb through the book, re-reading pages that I have loved so much over the years.

Since today is “April Fool’s Day”, I have been thinking of doing a post on the things that we fool ourselves about.

We fool ourselves into thinking that if you state what you want it makes you selfish. We fool ourselves into thinking that ‘we’ have to fit into society, forgetting that ‘we’ ARE the society. We fool ourselves into thinking that being authentically you is somehow not acceptable. Being different is not acceptable. That somehow we women have to be ‘superwoman’ in order to have it all, family, career, children, friends. We fool ourselves into thinking that being busy with things that bring us no joy is better than sitting idle. We, women, fool ourselves into thinking that being married is better than being a wallflower. We fool ourselves into believing that when others tell us that we are less than them, not protesting is good because protesting creates waves and has fingers pointing at us.

As the saying goes, you can fool some of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all the people at all times. You might buy into these foolish notions, you might choose to remain silent, you might choose not to shine. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that it is not your choice. Your heart, your soul would not accept that lie.

Because it is your choice.

Every day, every moment is a chance to be reborn again. To redefine your reality. To choose anew. To choose better. It IS your choice that makes up the moments that turns into the days and years of your life. If you don’t like what you see, then simply resolve to choose again, then work for it, for however long it takes, however many days or years it takes, walk towards your destination. Take small resolute steps, falter and fall, but pick yourself up repeatedly and keep on moving towards that goal.

And when you need to, remember these words below, they’ll give you the reason you are looking for.

The reason of why you spend sleepless nights, restless in your own soul. Why you are still searching, looking, not knowing what it is that you are looking for. Because these may be the commandments that you are living with when you know in your soul that you shouldn’t.

These are the commandments that no warrior of light can obey. 

First: God is sacrifice. Suffer in this life and you will be happy in the next.

Second: People who have fun are childish. Remain tense at all times.

Third: Other people know what is best for us because they have more experience.

Fourth: Our duty is to make other people happy. We must please them even if that means making major sacrifices.

Fifth: We must not drink from the cup of happiness, we might get to like it and we won’t always have it in our hands.

Sixth: We must accept all punishments. We are guilty.

Seventh: Fear is a warning. We don’t want to take any risks.

These are the commandments that no warrior of light can obey.


Posted on April 1, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. this was an excellent post!! Thanks for sharing with me!


  2. Excellent!


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