Invictus!

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Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gait,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

-William Ernest Henley

Intuition

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The Warrior of the Light knows the importance of intuition. In the midst of battle, he does not have time to think about the enemy’s blows, so he uses his instinct and obeys his angel. In times of peace, he deciphers the signs that God sends him. People say: “He’s mad.” Or: “He lives in a fantasy world.” Or even: “How can he possibly believe in such illogical things?” But the Warrior knows that intuition is God’s language and he continues listening to the wind and talking to the stars.

Excerpt from The Warrior of Light

Scars

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“Take pride in your scars. Scars are medals branded on the flesh, and your enemies will be frightened by them because they are proof of your long experience of battle. Often this will lead them to seek dialogue and avoid conflict. Scars speak more loudly than the sword that caused them.”

Waterfall Effect

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The warrior knows about the ‘waterfall effect’.
He has often seen someone mistreating another person who lacks the courage to respond. Then, out of cowardice and resentment, that person vents his anger on someone weaker than himself, who takes it out on someone else, in a veritable torrent of misery. No one knows the consequences of his own cruelty.
That is why the warrior is careful in his use of the sword and only accepts an opponent who is worthy of him. In moments of rage, he punches a rock and bruises his hand.
The hand will heal eventually, but the child who got beaten because his father lost a battle will bear the marks for the rest of his life.

Excerpt from The Warrior of Light – Paulo Coelho

Small words

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The warrior knows that the most important words in all languages are the
small words.
Yes. Love. God.
They are words that are easy enough to say and which fill vast empty spaces. There is, however, one word – another small word – that many people have great difficulty in saying: no.
Someone who never says no, thinks of himself as generous, understanding,
polite, because ‘no’ is thought of as being nasty, selfish, unspiritual.
The warrior does not fall into this trap. There are times when, in saying ‘yes’ to others, he is actually saying ‘no’ to himself.
That is why he never says ‘yes’ with his lips if, in his heart, he is saying ‘no’.

 
Excerpt from The Warrior of Light – Paulo Coelho

Small miracles

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The warrior of light concentrates on the small miracles of daily life.
He is capable of seeing what is beautiful because he carries beauty within
himself, for the world is a mirror and gives back to each man the reflection of his own face. The warrior knows his faults and limitations, but he does all he can to maintain his good humor in moments of crisis.
The world is, after all, doing its best to help him, even though everything
around him seems to be saying the opposite.

 
Excerpt from The Warrior of Light – Paulo Coelho

Perspective

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The warrior of light pays close attention to a text that the Soul of the World transmitted to Chico Xavier:
‘When you have managed to overcome grave problems in a relationship, do not spend time remembering the difficult times, concentrate on the joy of having passed yet another of life’s tests. When you emerge from a long period of medical treatment, do not brood on the suffering you endured, think instead of God’s blessing that allowed you to be cured.
Carry in your memory, for the rest of your life, the good things that came out of those difficulties. They will serve as a proof of your abilities and will give you confidence when you are faced by other obstacles.’

Excerpt from The Warrior of Light – Paulo Coelho

Courage

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The most important quality on the spiritual path is courage,’ said Gandhi.
The world seems threatening and dangerous to cowards. They seek the false security of a life with no major challenges and arm themselves to the teeth in order to defend what they think they possess. Cowards end up making the bars of their own prison.
The warrior of light projects his thoughts beyond the horizon. He knows that if he does not do anything for the world, no one else will.
So he fights the Good Fight and he helps others, even though he does not quite understand why.

Excerpt from The Warrior of Light – Paulo Coelho

Take care with your thoughts

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When somebody wants something, the whole Universe conspires in their
favor. The warrior of light knows this.
For this reason, he takes great care with his thoughts. Hidden beneath a whole series of good intentions lie feelings that no one dares confess to himself: vengeance, self-destruction, guilt, fear of winning, a macabre joy at other people’s tragedies.
The Universe does not judge; it conspires in favor of what we want. That is why the warrior has the courage to look into the dark places of his soul in order to ensure that he is not asking for the wrong things.
And he is always very careful about what he thinks.

Excerpt from The Warrior of Light – Paulo Coelho

Defeat

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The warrior of light knows how to lose.
He does not treat defeat as if it were a matter of indifference to him, saying things like ‘Oh, it doesn’t matter’ or ‘To be honest, I didn’t really want it that much’, He accepts defeat as defeat and does not try to make a victory out of it.
Painful wounds, the indifference of friends, the loneliness of losing – all leave a bitter taste. But at these times, he says to himself: ‘I fought for something and did not succeed. I lost the first battle.’
These words give him renewed strength. He knows that no one wins all the
time and he knows how to distinguish his successes from his failures.

Excerpt from The Warrior of Light – Paulo Coelho