Brida is a book by Paulo Coelho. I bought it quite a few years ago and like most of Paulo Coelho’s books, only when the time is right do I usually reach out for his books. I still have three of his books sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. Brida was one of the “hardest” books I’ve read, because it scared me. I don’t know why, but Brida reminded me of me. And that to me, was scary. I’m glad to say though, that I did complete the book and though I have not gone back to it, it’s still one of my favourites from this author.
I would like to share a really good read from Paulo Coelho’s blog:
When Joseph Campbell 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, is also working on this theme. He says that in his lectures he asks those who are dissatisfied with their work and seventy-five percent of the audience raise their hands. Cohen has created a system of twelve steps to help people to rediscover their “blessing” (he is a follower of Campbell):
In the book Alchemist by Paulo Coelho the Shepherd realizes his destiny in the form of a dream. He was to look for treasure at the pyramids. In the story, he meets an old man– the King of Salem in disguise who influences the shepherd to follow the path to his destiny. As the Sheppard had no money to pay for his voyage across to Africa, he had to sell his sheep. He thought it might be difficult to do so but as he says to the old man he was surprised to see how fast and how easy it was for him to find that person to buy the sheep.
“That’s the way it always is,” said the old man. “It’s call the principle of favourability. When you play cards for the first time, you are almost sure to win. Beginner’s luck.”
“Why is that?”
“Because there is a force that wants you to realize your destiny; it whets your appetite with a taste of success”