Inspiring archive for 2015-03-18

Amazing Digital Art by Jason Engle

(4 years ago)
Jason Engle has been creating art for the publishing and entertainment markets for the past 16 years. His work has also been included in some of the most notable books of collected fantasy and digital art, both the Spectrum and Expose series, D’Artiste, and Fantasy Art Now.Read More

Anime Art by Alice Jing

(4 years ago)
Alice Jing is a freelance illustrator based in Toronto, Ontario. She specializes in character design, background art, and sequential illustrations. Alice loves reading manga, playing with her cat and dog, preparing for possible zombie apocalypses, and drinking soy milk.Below you may scroll through some of her artworks.Read More

1 MIN READ: all your secrets

(4 years ago)
An old hunter of foxes, considered to be the best in the region, decided finally to retire. He gathered together his belongings and resolved to set off for the south of the country, where the climate was milder. However, before he could finish packing up his things, he received a visit from a young man. […]

In the place desired

(4 years ago)
C. Martins comes over to serve our table in a café in San Diego, California. I met Cláudia in Brazil four years ago, and I tell my friends about the life she leads in the United States, getting only three hours sleep a day, working at the café until late at night and then as […]

Intercultural dialogue

(4 years ago)
UN News Centre: Why are you so committed to intercultural dialogue… with your readers and through your work with the UN? Paulo Coelho: It is because of my personal history. I lived in a dictatorship in Brazil and I was arrested three times. I felt in my flesh what it is to live under such […]

On the Jewish Day of Pardon

(4 years ago)
On the day of Yom Kippur, Rabbi Elimelekh of Lisensk took his disciples to a bricklayer’s workshop. “Notice how this man behaves,” he said. “Because he manages to communicate well with the Lord.” Without noticing that he was being observed, the bricklayer ended his work and went to the window. He took two pieces of […]

12 Steps To Fulfillment

(4 years ago)
When Joseph Campbell, today’s most famous scholar of mythology (and author of the excellent “The Power of Myth”) created the expression “follow your blessing,” he was reflecting an idea that seems to be very appropriate right now. In “The Alchemist,” this same idea is called “Personal Legend.” Alan Cohen, a therapist who lives in Hawaii, […]

The universe conspires

(4 years ago)
There is sometimes a bit of confusion in regards to a passage of my book The Alchemist “When you really want something, the world conspires to make a dream come true”. Mind you, some people don’t truly want something or sometimes want things that in the end won’t truly help them. The Universe is a […]

On the art of the sword – Finding the right master

(4 years ago)
Many centuries ago, in the days of the samurais, a text was written in Japan on the spiritual art of wielding the sword: “Impassive comprehension”, also known as “The Treatise of Tahlan”, the name of the author (a fencing master and Zen monk). Below are an extract that I have adapted: “Our path will always […]

Explaining God – Beginning at the beginning

(4 years ago)
It’s no use asking for explanations about God. You might hear lovely words, but deep down they are all empty phrases. Just as you can read a whole encyclopedia about love and not know what it is to love. No-one is ever going to manage to prove that God exists, or that he doesn’t exist. […]

Bhagavad Gita (Chapter II, 16-26)

(4 years ago)
: “Man is not born, nor does he ever die. For ever he tries to exist, he will never stop doing this, because this is eternal and permanent.” “Just as a man casts off his old clothes and starts to wear new ones, the soul casts off the old body and takes on a new […]

The right speed

(4 years ago)
  A warrior of the light needs patience and speed at the same time. The two greatest faults of a strategy are: acting too soon, or allowing an opportunity to slip too far away. In order to avoid this, the warrior deals with each situation as if it were unique, and does not apply formulas, […]

The art of retreat

(4 years ago)
By Paulo Coelho A warrior of the light who trusts too much in his intelligence ends up under-estimating the power of the adversary. One must not forget: there are moments when strength is more effective than sagacity. And when we find ourselves faced with a certain kind of violence, no brilliance, argument, intelligence or charm […]

Question by Ruth

(4 years ago)
In your novels, you transmit a wonderful magical world, full of spirituality and goodness, and you insist that goodness is not limited to a place, religion or group. How did you reach this conclusion, especially with all that you went through earlier in your life? The cost is always high but worth it. If I […]

Dieting already?

(4 years ago)
One of Brazil’s great philosophers, Tim Maia, once said: “I decided to go on a strict diet. I cut out alcohol, all fats and sugar. In two weeks I lost 14 days”. The worst of it all is that at each and every moment there appears a new way to lose weight: eating calories, then […]

Gestalt: Four People & Middle column

(4 years ago)
A gestalt has two or more parts (like figure and ground) that are so integrated together that we perceive them as one object. Think of teaching “the whole child,” and you have the idea behind gestalt. The perception of oneness from many is the basis of gestalt. It derived from the 1890 German philosophy of […]

O passageiro e o definitivo

(4 years ago)
Todos os caminhos do mundo levam ao coração do guerreiro; ele mergulha sem hesitar no rio de paixões que sempre corre por sua vida. O guerreiro sabe que é livre para escolher o que desejar; suas decisões são tomadas com coragem, desprendimento, e – as vezes – com uma certa dose de loucura. Aceita suas […]

A warrior does not rely on strength alone

(4 years ago)
A warrior of light does not rely on strength alone, he makes use of his opponent’s energy too. When he enters the fight, all he has is his enthusiasm and 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: […]

The law as a metaphor

(4 years ago)
I am someone who believes in the judicial system despite all the drawbacks we see. The United States Supreme Court disqualifying torture as an interrogation method, for example, even when the president of the country and his VP have, through legal artifices, tried to justify it. Nonetheless, my belief is not shared by many people. […]

Leitura de domingo 15 Fev

(4 years ago)
Pode uma folha, quando cai da árvore no inverno, sentir-se derrotada pelo frio? A árvore diz para a folha: ‘Este é o ciclo da vida. Embora você pense que irá morrer, na verdade ainda continua em mim. Graças a você estou viva, porque pude respirar. Também graças a você senti-me amada, porque pude dar sombra […]

The master and the combat

(4 years ago)
By Paulo Coelho The aikidô master demanded intensive training but never allowed his pupils to compete with other martial-arts academies. They all complained among themselves but no-one ever had the nerve to bring up the subject in class. And then one day one of the boys dared to ask: – We have dedicated ourselves wholeheartedly […]

O grande silêncio

(4 years ago)
Diz a freira Balbas Miguel, do Mosteiro de Huelgas: “San Juan de La Cruz nos ensina que o silêncio tem sua própria música; é o silêncio que nos permite ver a nós mesmos e as coisas que nos cercam. “Eu gostaria de acrescentar: existem palavras que só podem ser ditas em silêncio, por mais absurdo […]

A tale by Khalil Gibran

(4 years ago)
I was walking on the gardens of an insane asylum when I met a young man reading a philosophy book. For his manners and the health he portrayed, he didn’t quite match with the patients there. I sat beside him and asked: “What are you doing here?” He looked at me surprised. But as he […]

Choosing with confidence

(4 years ago)
By Paulo Coelho The warrior of the light always manages to balance Rigor and Mercy. To attain his dream he needs to have a strong will – as well as an immense capacity of self-surrender. Although he has an objective, the road to reach it is not always the one he imagines, so he has […]

The right to choose

(4 years ago)
Dr. Victor Frankl, survivor of the concentration camp in Auschwitz, wrote in his diary: “Those who lived in these places of death can still recall that at night, some of those who were there, would go from tent to tent, comforting the most desperate, many times offering a piece of leftover bread or potato.” “Only […]

2 Min De Leitura: O Círculo Do Amor

(4 years ago)
Certo dia, um camponês bateu com força na porta de um convento. Quando o irmão porteiro abriu, ele lhe estendeu um magnífico cacho de uvas. – Caro irmão porteiro, estas são as mais belas produzidas pelo meu vinhedo. E venho aqui para dá-las de presente. – Obrigado! Vou levá-las imediatamente ao Abade, que ficará alegre […]

Warrior of the light necklace

(4 years ago)
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The hole in the sidewalk

(4 years ago)
Adapted from a text by Portia Nelson (in Stories for the Heart):  â–  I walk along the street. There is a hole in the sidewalk. I am distracted, thinking about myself, and fall inside. I feel lost, unhappy and incapable of asking for help. It wasn’t my fault, but the ones who dug that hole […]

10 sec reading: Forgiveness

(4 years ago)
One of Napoleon’s soldiers committed a crime — the story doesn’t tell which crime — and he was sentenced to death. On the eve of his execution, the soldier’s mother implored that the life of her son be spared. “Dear lady, what your son did doesn’t deserve clemency.” “I know,” said the mother, “If it […]

How orgasms can affect you and your health

(4 years ago)
|(the post below is the edited version of an article  written by a dear friend of mine, Alex Sandra Miles. If you want to read it fully, please CLICK HERE )   The feeling of an orgasm is one of the greatest sensations our bodies can experience. Women are thought to have up to 11 […]

The dragon killer

(4 years ago)
Zhuangzi, a renowned Chinese author, tells the story of Zhu Pingman, who went after a master in order to learn the best way to kill dragons. The master taught Pingman for 10 years uninterrupted, until his pupil was able to develop — to perfection — the most sophisticated technique to kill dragons. From then on, […]


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