- Has anyone else read books by Paulo Coehlo? I re-read "The Alchemist"
recently, as an antidote to another, more materialistic novel. It was the
first book of his that I ever read, about three years ago, and I must admit
that I wondered what all the fuss was about. I then read "The Pilgrimage" (I
had bought them as a job lot!) and was extremely inspired and moved by it,
enough to read almost all the rest of his "novels", all of which I loved
("The Fifth Mountain" is particularly good for anyone who is teaching about
Elijah). I haven't read "The Valkyries" or "The Devil and Miss Prym".
Anyway, the point being, when I re-read "The Alchemist", not only did I
enjoy it a lot more, but I was amazed to find how much "Anthroposophy" there
is in it, especially as I am studying "Higher Worlds" atm. I know that
Alchemy has some kind of link to Esoteric Christianity / Rosicrucianism /
Anthroposophy (call it what you will) - but it made me think. This book has
been on the best-sellers shelf at WHS Smiths for at least the two years that
I was frequenting it at Victoria Station, and probably still is. There must
be an awful lot of people reading it!!
Then I re-read "By the River Piedra I sat down and wept" and discovered
that, not only is it a beautiful love story and a moving exploration of the
battle to reconcile spiritual love with physical / emotional (Earthly) love,
but it explores the experience of the feminine side of the godhead (which I
think in Anthroposophy is called the Wisdom Sophia principle). Other things
as well which tie in with what I have been reading in Steiner's Luke
lectures - funny how that happens!
I haven't yet allowed myself to buy Coehlo's autobiography "Confessions of a
Pilgrim", but I do wonder if he has any connection with Anthroposophy, or
whether all this comes from some other branch of the stream?