Monday, May 26, 2008

Brida by Paulo Coelho

Each person can take one of two attitudes: to build or to plant.

Every moment in life is an act of faith.

That process of finding ourselves is called Love.

"There are many cards," she said, "but they're all part of the same deck. In order to understand their message, we need them all, all are equally important. So it with souls." --Wicca

Brida: "Is it possible to meet more than one soul mate in each life?"
Wicca: "Yes" (with a certain bitterness) "and when that happens the heart is divided, and the result is pain and suffering. Yes we can meet 3 or 4 soulmates because we are many and we are scattered."

Fairy tales had been her first experience if the magical universe that she now so eager to enter and more than once she had wondered why people ended up distancing themselves from that world, knowing the immense joy that childhood had brought to their lives.

The essence of creation is one and one alone. And that essence is called Love. Love is the force that brings us back together, in order to condense the experience dispersed in many lives and many parts of the world.

Because of our selfishness, we will be condemned to the worst torture humankind ever invented for itself: Loneliness.

Humanity learned more easily from vice than from virtue.

We study what we can see, but what we see is not always what exists. --Lorens

It gave her every chance to achieve something, and just when she was close to her objective, the ground opened up and swallowed her.

Learning something means coming into contact with a world which you know nothing. In order to learn, you must be humble.

The whole of man's life on the face of the earth can be summed up by that search for his soul mate. He may pretend to be running after wisdom, money or power, but none matters. Whatever he achieves will be incomplete if he fails to find his soul mate.

That was the glory of man--to nurture and maintain knowledge.

Wisdom means both to know and transform.

People are willing to die for an idea.

But he will never love anyone as he has loved you because you are part of him forever.

And yet no one life is the same as other life. It might be that we will never meet again and I need to know that I've loved you all my life. I loved you even before I met you. You're part of me.

He had never told her certain things, about the women he received as part of the booty of battle, the women he met while he was traveling the world, the women who were expecting him to return one day. He hadn't told her this because he was certain that she knew everything anyway and forgave him because he was her great love and a great love is above the things of this world.

Love was a strange form of war.


Virgin - The Virgin has the power of both man and woman. She is condemned to solitude, but solitude reveals its secrets. That is the price paid by the Virgin--to need no one, to wear herself out in her love for others and through solitude, to discover the wisdom of the world.

Saint - The Saint has the courage of those for whom giving is the only way of receiving.

Don't bother trying to explain your emotions. Live everything as intensely as you can and keep whatever you felt as a gift from God. If you think you wont be able to stand a world in which living is more important than understanding...

It isn't explanations that carry us forward, it's our desire to go on.

Whenever you want to find out about something, plunge straight in.

She wasn't afraid of difficult ties; what frightened her was being forced to choose one particular path. Choosing a path meant having to miss out on others.

She wanted to follow all possible paths and so ended up following none.

You had to take risk, follow some paths and abandon others.

There are people who followed certain paths only to prove that they weren't the right ones but that wasn't as bad as choosing a path and then spending the rest of your life wondering if you'd made the right choice. No one could make a choice without being afraid.

In the end, they would laugh in their initial fears.

Perhaps the time when it goes wrong are teaching you something.

Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong my dear. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

"the most recent time I was here..."

Sometimes certain of God's blessings arrive by shattering all the windows.

He was a Teacher and all he was doing was giving each person the necessary means to acquire knowledge.

Judging oneself to be inferior to other people was one of the worst acts of pride he knew, because it was the most destructive way of being different.

What I've realized is that I could love him still more. Even if I learn nothing new on this path at least I will have learned one important thing: we have to take risks.

Make a choice without feeling afraid.

I know that the path is simple and therefore more difficult than I thought.

"...and you're sad because I'm still incapable of learning through the simple things. What you don't understand is that people suffer, they search and search for love, not knowing that they are fulfilling the divine mission of finding their soul mate.You forget because you're a wise man and don't think about what it's like for ordinary people--that I carry millenia of disappointment within me and I can no longer learn certain things through simple things in life.

God placed his pharmacy in the woods and fields so that everyone could enjoy good health.

What is outside is harder to change than what is inside.

Anyone who comes into contact with sex knows that they're dreaming with something which only happens in all its intensity when they lose control. When we're in bed with someone, we're giving permission to that person not only to commune with our body, but with our whole being. The pure forces of life are in communication with each other, independently of us, and then we cannot hide who we are.

Emotions are wild horses.

When you are in love, you are capable of learning everything and of knowing things you had never dared even to think, because love was the key to understanding of all the mysteries.

Solitary people lose track of time, the hours are long and the day interminable.

..felt at peace, immersed in one of those moments in life where in the only possible alternative is to lose all control.

That was the wisdom of soul mates: they always recognize each other.

True love allowed each person to follow their own path, knowing that they would never lose touch with their soul mate.

Make sure that when you touch the other person, all your 5 senses are working because sex has a life of its own. The moment you begin, you're no longer in control, it takes control of you. And whatever you bring to it--your fears, your desires, your sensibility--will remain. That's why people become impotent. When you have sex take with you to bed only love and your senses, all 5 of them. Only then will you experience communion with God.

Why are we here? The only possible answer to the question is I DON'T KNOW.

We don't look for an answer, we accept, and then life becomes much more intense, much more brilliant because we understand that each minute, each step that we take, has a meaning that goes far beyond us as individual. We realize that somewhere in time and space this question DOES have an answer. We realize that there IS a reason for us being here, and for us, that is enough.

(In Love) He learned things he thought he would never learn: hope, fear and acceptance.

Feelings form part of the world, I don't know, but it's a world where there's no time, no space and no frontiers.

Finding one important thing in your life doesn't mean you have to give up all the other important things.

Love was above everything else and there was no hatred in love, only occasional mistake.

Being human means having doubts and yet still continuing your path.

Love between people is much more difficult to understand than love for Supreme being.

I'm afraid of death but even afraid of wasting my life.

When 2 men are in love with the same woman, it's better that they hate each other than they become friends because if that happened, she would end up losing them both.

Each day, he was better than on the previous day.

Simple things always seem so complicated.

Life is about making mistakes.

Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted, some should only be sipped, but others drink the whole bottle. How will you know which is which? By the taste you can only know a good wine if you have first tasted the bad one.

That is what the forest taught me. That you will never be mine, and that is why I will never lose you. You were my hope during my days of loneliness, my anxiety during moments of doubt, my certainty during moments of faith.

Love is liberty.

I will always remember you and you will remember me, just as we will remember our memories together and all the things we'll always have because we cannot possess them.

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