The Warrior of the Light and His Skill

By Paulo Coelho
For The Bali Times

Inspiration and experience

A warrior of the light does not only use his strength; he also uses his opponent’s energy.

Upon entering a combat, all he possesses is his enthusiasm, and the moves he learned during training; as the fight progresses, he discovers that his enthusiasm and training are not enough to win: experience is necessary.

So he opens his heart to the Universe, and asks God to inspire him, so that each of the enemy’s blows is also a lesson in defense for him.

His companions comment: “See how superstitious he is. He has stopped the fight in order to pray, and respects his adversary’s tricks.”

The warrior of the light pays these provocations no attention. He knows that without inspiration and experience, none of his training will bear fruit.

Action and repetition

A warrior of the light notices that certain moments repeat themselves.

He often finds himself faced with the same problems and situations as before.

He becomes depressed. He begins to think he is incapable of making progress in life, the difficult moments having returned.

“I’ve already been through this,” he complains to his heart.

“It is true, you have been through it,” replies the heart.  “But you never went beyond it.”

The warrior then understands that the repetition of experiences have one single purpose: to teach him that he has not yet learned.

He begins to seek out a new solution for each repeated struggle – until he finds a way of conquering.

Fighting with who deserves it

A poet once said: “The warrior of the light chooses his enemies.”

The warrior knows what he is capable of. He does not need to go out into the world talking about his qualities and virtues. However – like in the old West – someone is always appearing wanting to prove he is better than him.

The warrior knows that there is no “better” or “worse”: each one has the talents necessary for his individual path.

But certain people insist. They provoke, they offend and they do everything to irritate him. They criticize each of his actions, and always try to prove that his choices are wrong.

At that moment, the warrior’s heart says: “Don’t accept the insults; they will not increase your skill. You’ll get tired over nothing.”

A warrior of the light does not lose time listening to provocations; he has a destiny to be fulfilled.

© Translated by James Mulholland

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