Paulo Coelho – meet the master teacher

Paulo Coelho – meet the master teacher

Paulo Coelho: meet the teacher with soft words for hard lessons


I was in high school, my first year, when our literature teacher gave us a different assignment. Instead of having to read the usual titles in the curriculum, she showed us the book “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho.


Then the frenzy began. At that time, we had to rely on brick and mortar book shops. Ordering books online was not yet an option and the main public libraries only had one or two copies that were always already given. In total, everybody in our class had access to 3 or 4 copies. We created a network for sharing the book and within two weeks, almost everybody among the 30 people had read the book.


This was a phenomenon! Please understand that we were talking about 15 year olds that barely read what was mandatory and then, only 20 pages or so. Exception were the people who loved reading, but they were I guess 3 or 4 in our class. But this time, everybody was so interested, we had our special thing connecting us: have we had the “initiation” yet? Have you read it? Did you understand?


Fast forward 15 years, I believe our teacher made us one of the greatest gifts ever: introducing us early on to a sophisticated yet easy to understand work of art on spirituality. Not just another book that you read in a single night, but something that makes you wonder. Something that makes you ask your own questions and, perhaps, gives you some answers.


The Alchemist is one of those works that opens the door towards your own self discovery. Paulo Coelho is, for me, one of those master teachers that do an exceptional work at introducing us to the journey of self discovery. He is, and this is meant to be a praise, the best teacher for the “first grade” of self-development work. Why? Because he does an excellent job with the most important thing that we need in order to become our best selves: wondering what else is out there. Only that he successfully – and gently – shows that the answers are not “out there” but inside each and every one of us.


Since then, I believe I have read more than half of everything Paulo Coelho wrote, and I find it interesting every time. He has a gentle touch with words, making serious life questions seem… easy to tackle. Also, the way he writes is very “fluid”, you read with pleasure and fast. It is very easy to stop and reflect whenever you find something that speaks to your heart.


I will describe below, very shortly, my favourite titles from his work.


The Manuscript found in Accra (2012) – this is a jewel! You need to read this! It has so much wisdom and it manages so well to put complex soul issues into simple words.  His stories heal hearts! It is one of the books I have gifted to many people, because I thought it is he most valuable present I could offer. So much wisdom in a 5  hour read and not to mention – for less than 10$!

Aleph (2010). You must, right now, go and search on Google Aleph and look carefully at the cover. I think it is the best cover I have ever seen on a book! It is so well connected to the messages that the author is trying to transmit. I was so impressed by this story and the links to so many questions I had in my life at the time.

It is a wonderful source of opportunities for self discovery. While reading it, you simply will feel the urge to understand more about particular things that are standing out FOR YOU. Depending on what stage you are in your development, different things will ring bells for you. For example, for me then, those questions rushed in: have we been here before? What is that, when you meet people for the first time and it feels like you have known them forever? Is there such a thing as soul mates? If you want to go in depth with other works that answer those questions, check out my post here.


The Alchemist (1988). Yes, this is famous and for good reason. This is one of the first viral sources of “soul food”. This is the book where the famous Paulo Coelho first quotes appeared, that traveled round the world and round the web on Instagram 🙂 “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” “So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.” “Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” Those brought inspiration to millions. They opened the  door towards the soul to countless people. They made us look towards the sky and then within, again. I will not spoil here the content, I only say this: you have to try The Alchemist by yourself!


Have you read any of Paulo Coelho’s books? What stood out for you?


I wish you a pleasant reading! I am sure you will fall in love with his work, so you can check his official website also, at


All the best!

8 thoughts on “Paulo Coelho – meet the master teacher

  1. Hi,
    Yes, I too have, late in life, just read the Alchemist, I am a convert of The Secret, but I read a great deal. Regarding The Alchemist, I agree with your comments, it is so simple when you get to it, and it has, like The Secret, changed my life…. again. I am about to purchase his other work as well. His writing has an easy flow to it, which I enjoy. I am just discovering what life is all about, I have started again and I have found that I can write, I have started on a series of stories which will be in hopefully six books, and more, the first was on Amazon last Year and the reissue is due November with the second early February, I blog, I love life, my age, oh that’s not important its just a number and as Einstien told us, Time is an illusion, but one other thing I am…. Grateful. Good to read your Blog, Bless You…John

    1. admin

      Hi, John! You are right, The secret is also a big “wake up call” kind of resource! (I remember, after watching it, I had a warmth in my chest and a joy inside me that lingered for days!) I wish you inspiration with your writing! May that bring out the best in you and to give a heartwarming experience to your readers! I will check out Padistan Bear, I’m looking for a good bedtime reading for my son!

  2. Bhumika Sood

    I have read Alchemist when I was in my early 20’s then 11 minutes and Brida got me addicted to his work. Till date whoever asks me what should I read, my first answer is Alchemist. I have gifted my friends and family almost all these books. And yes truly a gem. When my spiritual journey started and even before that, his quotes always gave me a sign to all my dilemma. Miraculously the perfect quote would come up and answer me. I owe the initiation into spirituality to their great man!!! I fall short of words expressing my gratitude to him.

    1. admin

      Indeed, it is amazing how some written words can play the role of a wise uncle (which you maybe never had). As he mentions in one of his books, “when the student is ready, the master will appear” – if I recall well, in Brida. I LOVED Brida because he put the whole story of withches in a non-dark story, which at the time was my first encounter with this kind of theme… a good initiation.

  3. for me, warrior of the light … the warrior of the light sometimes behaves like water, flowing around the many obstacles he encounters.

    at certain times, resistance means to be destroyed. at such times he adapts to the circumstances. he accepts, without complaint, that the rocks along the way forge his path down the mountains.

    such is the force of water: it can never be broken by a hammer, or wounded by a knife. the most powerful sword in the world is incapable of leaving a scar on its surface.

    the water of a river adapts to the path which is possible, without forgetting its objective: the sea. fragile at its spring, it gradually acquires the strength of the other rivers it encounters.

    and, after a while, its power is absolute.

    1. admin

      How true! This excerpt is a perfect example of the healing power of simple words.. of complex concepts put in phrases that speak to your soul!

  4. khondokar rahman

    I wish I read The Alchemist when I was 15, wonderful experience . I read it few times, every time experienced some thing new . I wish author appoint someone to translate into Bengali which is mother tongue of 196 million people in the world . I don’t why Paulo’s work is not available to this large number of people . I hope someday there will be . Stay healthy Paulo , like to see you live long past Rabindranth our beloved poet , live 100 plus years and write

    1. admin

      Khondokar, in this age where we have access to information so easily.. you may try to translate it yourself, if you enjoy giving the gift of your time and dedication in this way. Surely you can find a friend to double check with accuracy of translation! Glad to have you reading this post!

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