Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Carpe Diem #1326 transformation

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Transformation ... it's something we have seen here several times, it's a kind of path to find your inner truth, your inner beauty or your inner love. And that's the main theme in "Brida" another beautiful novel by Paulo Coelho. "Brida" was published in 1990 and it became a very famous novel within the "wiccan" community all around the world, because the "wiccan" believe (the "religion" of nature, like e.g. Shinto) is were this novel is about.
After "The Alchemist", the first novel I read by Coelho, I read "Brida" and again I was caught by the beauty of the story, a story that was so close to my life. As a haiku poet I am living with nature, I feel one with nature and I know that you, my dear Haijin, have that same feeling, that same connection with nature around us. Nature is the main theme of haiku (and other Japanese poetry).

Wiccan believe (image found on Pinterest)
The above image gives the heart of Wiccan ... and that's what Brida is seeking for in this novel by Paulo Coelho. Let me give you first a short overview of this novel.

Brida is the story of a beautiful young Irish girl and her quest for knowledge. She finds a hermit mage who teaches her to overcome fear and a witch who teaches her how to dance to the hidden music of the world. They see in her a gift, but must let her make her own voyage of discovery. As Brida seeks her destiny, she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to transform herself. The story makes reference to catharism and is woven around marrying the art of witchcraft to contemporary life. (Source: Wikipedia)

fragile wings
pointing the way to transformation -
the summerbreeze

© Chèvrefeuille

Pygmalion's lesson
every man and woman has to be
like a caterpillar
growing to the next level
become a butterfly

© Chèvrefeuille

That tanka shows you, in my opinion, what real transformation means. Transformation is the main theme of "Brida". So let us go on to the quote I extracted from "Brida" to work with.


[...] "She had met people who had lost the glow of being alive because they could no longer fight against loneliness and had ended up becoming addicted to it. They were, for most part, people who believed the world to be an undignified, inglorious place, and who spent their evenings and nights talking on and on about the mistakes others had made. They were people whom solitude had made into judges of the world, whose verdicts were scattered to the four winds for whoever cared to listen." [...] (Source: Brida by Paulo Coelho)

Well ... I hope that this post will inspire you ... it was a joy to create this episode, because it's so close to my believes.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until December 20th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. Have fun!

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