The Warrior of Light is always trying to improve.
Each blow of his sword carries with it centuries of wisdom and meditation. Each blow has to have the force and the skill of all the warriors of the past, who still continue to bless the combat. Each movement of the fight honors the movements that previous generations have tried to transmit through tradition.
The Warrior of Light enhances the beauty of his blows. Although he behaves like a child.
People are shocked, because they forget that children need to enjoy themselves, play, be a little irreverent, ask inconvenient and immature questions, say silly things.
And they ask, horrified: "And this is the spiritual path? He isn’t even mature!”
The warrior feels proud at that comment. He keeps in contact with God through his innocence and joy, and acts in this way because at the beginning of his fight he affirms to himself:
“I have dreams.”
After some years he realizes that it is possible to reach where he wants to go. He knows that he will be rewarded.
At that moment the great joy that filled his heart disappears. Because on his travels he has discovered the unhappiness of others, the loneliness and frustrations that afflict so many people. The Warrior of Light then feels that he does not deserve what he is to receive.
When he learns to handle his sword, he discovers that his equipment has to be complete – and that includes armor.
He goes out to look for armor and hears what some vendors propose to him.
"Wear the breast-plate of solitude," says one.
"Wear the shield of cynicism," answers another.
"The best armor is not to get involved in anything," suggests a third.
The warrior, however, does not listen to them. He goes serenely to his sacred place and dons the indestructible cloak of faith.
Faith softens all blows. Faith changes poison into crystal-clear water.
His angel whispers to him: "Yield everything." The warrior kneels down and offers his victories to God.
This deliverance obliges the warrior to stop asking silly questions and helps him to overcome his feeling of guilt.
And if, even so, he still feels unworthy of his reward, a Warrior of Light always has a second chance in life.
Like all other men and women, he was not born knowing how to handle his sword. He makes many a mistake before discovering his Personal Legend.
No man or woman can sit down in front of the fire and tell the others: "I have always acted properly." Those who claim this are lying and have not yet learned to know themselves. The true Warrior of Light has already committed injustice in the past.
But during his journeys he realizes that the people to whom he has acted unjustly always cross his path again.
That is why the Warrior of Light has the impression of living two lives at the same time. In one of them he is obliged to do everything that he does not want to do, fighting for ideas that he does not believe in. But there is another life, one that he discovers in his dreams, readings, and meeting people who think like he does.
The warrior lets both lives draw close to one another.
"There is a bridge that connects what I do with what I would like to do," he thinks. Little by little his dreams take over his routine, until he realizes that he is ready for what he has always wanted.
So, a little bit of daring is enough to transform the two lives into just one.
This is his chance to undo the bad that he caused. A chance that he always seizes without any hesitation.
© Paolo Coelho, Warrior of the Light, a www.paulocoelho.com.br publication.
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