by Paulo Coelho

Don’t bother trying to explain your emotions. Live everything as intensely as you can & keep whatever you felt as a gift from god. Living is more important than understanding. The best way to destroy the bridge between the visible & the invisible is by trying to explain your emotions. Emotions are like wild horses, you can never entirely master them. It requires wisdom to control them.

No human being who walked this planet was or is different from the others. Few people were capable of saying out loud that the great teachers from the past had the same qualities & the same defects as all men, and that this is no way diminished their ability to search for God. 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.

Finding one’s soulmate is a divine mission in everyone’s life. Even if, one day, you were forced to part. Love for your soulmate would always be crowned by glory, understanding and a kind of purifying nostalgia.

When we are 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, we can not hide who we are. It doesn’t matter what image we have of ourselves. It doesn’t matter what disguises we put on, what smart answers or honorable excuses we give. During sex it is very difficult to deceive the other person, because that is when each person shows who they really are.

Never stop having doubts. If you ever do, it will because you have stopped moving forward and in that point, God will step in and pull the rug from under your feet. This is his way of controlling his chosen ones, by making sure they always follow their appointed path to the end. If, for any reason we stop, whether out of complacency, laziness or out of a mistaken belief that we know enough, he forces us on. On the other hand, you must be careful never to allow doubt to paralyze you. Always take the decisions you need to take, even if you’re not sure you’re doing the right thing. You’ll never go wrong if, when you make a decision, you keep in mind and old German saying: ” The devil is in the detail”, and you’ll always be able to turn a wrong decision into a right one.

Work with love in your heart. Don’t compare. Play your part and don’t worry about what others do. Believe that the universe also speaks to them, and that they are as engaged as you are in discovering the meaning of life.

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

There were seagulls flying as high as the clouds and as low as the waves. The fish must have asked themselves how they managed to fly, these mysterious creatures who plunged into their world, then left as quickly as they entered. The birds must have asked themselves how the creatures they fed on and that lived beneath the waves, could possibly manage to breathe under water.Birds existed & fish existed. Their universes occasionally collided, but they could not answer each other’s questions.In another universe there is an answer to every question.

Fear, however slight, was always a veil; you could see almost everything through it, yet not the colors. Love is a feeling completely bound up with color, like thousands of rainbows superimposed on on top of the other.
Love does not grow old along with the body. Feelings from part of a world I don’t know, but it’s a world where there is no time, no space, no frontiers.
Finding one important things in your life, doesn’t mean you have to give up all the other important things.

Accept an existence with disappointment & pain or else come to realize that everyone was born to be happy. Having made their choice, they would have no option but to change, and the great struggle, the Jihad, would begin.
Life is about making mistakes. Cells went on reproducing themselves exactly the same way for millions of years, until one of them made a mistake and introduced change into that endless cycle of repetition. It was a mistake that set the world into motion. Never be afraid to make a mistake. Adam & Eve were driven out of Paradise. God knew what he was doing when he drew their attention to the “tree of knowledge of good & evil”. If he didn’t wanted them to eat it, he would never have mentioned it. And he did to set the universe in motion.

If it wasn’t for shame, God would never have discovered that Adam & Eve had eaten the apple. Never be ashamed. Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.

Love is only a bridge between the visible & the invisible known to everyone. It was the only effective language for translating the lessons that the universe taught to human beings every day.

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