The belief that the wizard would be a sort of warrior of the light who fights for the good against evil is a wrong, but powerful image in our contemporary culture. It is so easy, so seducing to take Coelho’s icon and associate the wizard to a sort of mystical warrior that fights against dark forces or internal and external enemies. But no, it’s not like this.
Warriors of the light make mistakes. ” They are often cowards. They don’t always act right”. Every warrior of the light “has once failed in his spiritual obligations”. Every warrior of light “has once trodden a path that was not his. He has been through all this and has not lost the hope of becoming better than he was”. In other words, warriors of the light are common people in their spiritual quest. Wizards are not common people. They are unique living beings.
The wizard is not a warrior of the light, because he doesn’t fight in battles. Fighting in battles means taking a side, and taking a side means assuming what it good and what it isn’t. Even if the fight is on an interior level, the wizard doesn’t take part of it, because it would mean to be overtaken by his animal instinct, by the primordial Force that is deep inside every human being and that is made of opposites: generation-destruction; attraction-repulsion; terror-desire; formation-dissolution. All these elements are made of irresistible needs and blind, wild yearnings, and they are combined in a fiery mixture that knows no rest.
On the contrary, wizards observe battles. They let them be, and they let them go. Battles are usually made of fears, suggestions, and passions; wizards don’t oppose to them, and they don’t fear them, because they know that the more they oppose them, the more they will feed them; the more they try to drive them out, the stronger they grow. Wizards takes no side in battles, for what they seek is balance and knowledge. Wizards are mystical beings capable to action beyond their needs, instincts, certainties and beliefs.
While they observe the battles, and all the events that occur around them, wizards, flexible like water and resistant like rocks, realize that they are something different than the life that is in them and they learn how to dominate the cosmic nature that is in them. This is their art, the “Science of the Magi”. Magic.
Wizards don’t need to believe: through their will power, they try, they dare. They don’t dream for anything: they just fix their eyes on the goal and never lose sight of it. And then they act. “Free, well balanced, strong, calm, and pure, and having slain desire, they say: “I WANT.” And they get what they want.
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