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Every Warrior of the Light – Paulo Coelho

I don’t read a lot of fictional writing, but I make an exception for Paulo Coehlo and have several of his books. I enjoy the way he deals with life through his fictional work and sees life as a spiritual journey. There is a deep mystical quality in his writing, both the prose and poetry which meld together.

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Every Warrior of the Light - Paulo Coelho

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In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

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  1. So this means every good guy of the Light had an apotheosis of being the bad guy first ? Many epic heroes of the ancient cultures had to endure trials to achieve purity and stature but others were pure and noble from the beginning.

    • It may go to what the Buddha spoke about and we each have the Buddha character within. It does not always come out in the best way without trial, error, and learning from the trials.

  2. Wow Ivon,

    This has interested me and I would like to share a book, a name, the greatest samurai ever to walk this earth. He was a superhero, undefeated, at 13 killed his first samurai who came to town and posted his lineage.

    He wrote what is still used and is more popular today as a business kindle, the book of five rings.

    The book of the void, is what we call emptiness. Mushashi was self taught, just enough lineage to force the greats of the zendos in 13th century japan to accept his challenges.

    He would say, I am not a father, not a son, not a cousin or uncle, he knew any attachment to the ego was weakness, judgment, slowing of his edge.

    Half his kills were from the greatest samurai so inside their temples who had great complex skills, unbelievable agility, mesmerizing.

    But outside the confines of all that structure and rigidity they find themselves triggered, the adrenal response mechanism, firing rapidly, all of sudden your are frozen, fear grips you.

    Mushashi knew, they had tunnel vision, all fine motor skills were useless, no rules and here is a samurai who move your you, if he saw you were frozen, he moved in and dispatched you quickly.

    If someone was able to be flexible and move, as Bruce lee would say later attack and their first movement. That is as the thought to engage fires a samurai and master meditator as Mushashi knew before you and you were dead, instantly, or 62 who challenged him were.

    He was so perfect, he developed martial arts to practice the discipline but not be lethal. Also an artist.

    He saw a farmer as himself as he developed his skills. One of the two biggest battleships ever built during World War Two was the Mushashi

    He is referred more today then when he walk japan

  3. Wonderfully uplifting poem. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  6. Ivon-san…. Great poem, thanks for the share… and glad to see you over at my site, too… I appreciate it, as I don’t get around much… This is a really fine piece of work, with which I can closely identify, as it parallels a discussion I posted today, a reprint of an older post…. Obviously, it’s good stimulus for dialogue, as well… Take care….

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