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The Pilgrimage (Plus) Paperback – September 2, 2008
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I read The Pilgrimage more than once. The first time I read it was when I was traveling in Spain and Morocco. This is the type of books that feeds our souls. Though Paulo has other books perhaps more popular The Pilgrimage remains my favorite. It is more for mature readers. I recommend it to everyone who wants to add a bit food to our spiritual journey and pursue life with enthusiasm, wisdom and courage.
This is one of those books. A friend recommended I read it and I have since read a few more by the author..
I enjoy his writing and he travels to places I can only dream about.
As Paulo journeys to find his "pot of gold" at the end of a rainbow, one is reminded that the journey is the key because life is eternal. No ending just many many beginnings.
But Paulo pushes aside these ideas and forges on with his beliefs and has he stumbles his way up and down the hills and terrain of reaching his destination he meets many on the road ready and willing to help.
Paulo follows his dreams which he realizes that dreams are good for the soul, they give you hope. They help you fight the good fight. Like Don Quixote, he marches on in his quest.
Paulo moves beyond reality, whether good or bad, he dreams bigger, dreams better and his vision is just beyond. Like Martin Luther King Jr.:"I had a dream". Like Jesus: "I had a dream". Beginning each day, each moment, looking for the goodness in one another, looking for the goodness in himself as well as his shadow.
Paulo doesn't want to encounter his shadow, he is fearful but this a a prerequisite to finding our true self, our soul, Paulo's dreams are not like anyone else's dreams but these are the dreams that he must follow, or he will crumble and die. Emotionally, physically and spiritually. No one wants to die defeated.
Too many of us suffer our own self to death. Even if death is at our back door, one does not have to give death the upper hand. One can rise above death, look beyond and see hope, love, joy and the resurrected self. Death is the eternal music. It brings awareness, you become more daring, more loving, more real. This is a transition that we all will face whether we want to our not. By avoiding death, you are avoiding life.
If I choose life (and we all want to choose life, that is why we are so mortified of death, it is such a taboo subject). Agape starts to flourish, I must not be afraid to change my life, I need to allow my creative imagination to sow it's seed. Just like a mustard seed, I will grow in love and wisdom.
I can't be taught, this is only demonstrating what is possible I have to learn this for myself. I can't follow into anyone's footsteps, not even Jesus.
I have to make my own path, make my own mistakes. To change what isn't working in my life, what isn't satisfying. This is not a narcissism endeavor, it is the path that leads to God, the divine, within our-self, within each other.
We are fighting the good fight to change what is wrong with the world. To bring harmony and peace and like Jesus, love. The greatest sin is regret.
Other books for your consideration:
Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
Death Where Is Your Sting by George A. Maloney
Memories, Dreams, Reflections by Carl Gustav Jung
The Music of Eternity: Everyday Sounds of Fidelity by Adrian VanKaamby
If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him! The Pilgrimage of Psychotherapy Patients by Sheldon B. Kopp
The Kingdom Within: The Inner Meaning of Jesus' Sayings by John A. Sanford
Quest: The Life of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross by Derek L. T. Gill
I did not understand this was an autobiographical account until after reading the book. Knowing it was suppose to be non-fiction made me like the book less in that it asks the reader to accept mythology as fact. I can do that with fantasies, but not in realities. If you don't have that hang-up with non-belief in mythology you may enjoy the book more than I did.
The genius of Coelho became very evident to me at the very beginning as I was transformed from the reader to the pilgrim. I learned the lessons as if they were taught to me personally and felt wiser with every turn of every page as I made the journey.