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Brida (1990)

The book “Brida” (Coelho, 1990) refers to Coelho’s experience with RAM and the feminine side of his personality. While walking the Road to Rome, Coelho met a woman whose experiences were close to his own magical and spiritual path. He described his personal and their common experiences in “Brida”. Coelho highlighted: “In some way, Brida is that woman I was looking for inside myself” (Arias, 2001, p. 93). To extend the feminine way, a person needs to pay attention to his/her intuition and her/his dreams, since dreams might be ancestrally linked to the feminine soul (Arias, 2001, p. 94). In “Brida” (Coelho, 1990) described the spiritual development of a woman seeking answers regarding life. She travelled on her journey saying, “I would like to learn magic” (Coelho, 1990, p. 10). The author described Brida’s spiritual journey by introducing a female master, called Wicca, who finally initiated her into the moon tradition. Besides that, Brida learnt parts of the sun tradition through a wizard she met in the nearby forest in Ireland, who finally turned out to be one of her soulmates and one of her lost soul parts from former incarnations. Coelho presented in Brida parts of his own way of initiation towards the traditions of RAM. It was about learning to see and accept the bridge between the visible and the invisible world (Coelho, 1990, p. 201) and about taking risks in life to walk the way a person is supposed to walk (Coelho, 1990, p. 203).

In the book, Coelho (1990) described many rituals of the RAM practices, He started with a warning that in “The pilgrimage” (Coelho, 1987) he had changed two spiritual exercises to awareness exercises and that his master had told him that one is never allowed to change the tradition of the RAM practices. At the same time, Coelho warned his readers not to engage in these exercises without the guidance of a master (Coelho, 1990, Warning).

The core topics that are closely related to the search for spiritual fulfilment are the splitting of the soul across lifetimes and the search for the other part of the soul. The finding of this lost part requires an individual to go on a (spiritual) journey. Each incarnation gives opportunities to the individual to meet one of the lost parts at least once in a lifetime (Coelho, 1990, p. 37). However, the book also describes the search for and the way to God through “the heart” and through happiness (Coelho, 1990, p. 217). It thereby touches on many of Coelho’s life topics and in the end refers to the topic of accepting to become a warrior of the good fight (Coelho, 1990, p. 240), finding and living life’s dream (Coelho, 1990, p. 237). It is also about the recognition and acceptance of the connection of the body and the soul (Coelho, 1990, p. 224). In addition, it is a book about love that brings freedom and about the fact that love can only exist when it is set free (Coelho, 1990, p. 224).

“Brida” (Coelho, 1990) is a fable and at the same time a fairytale that deals with love, self-discovery, commitment, passion and spirituality. It is a story about the “spiritual side of erotic and the erotic side of spirituality.” (Brida, 1990, cover), but it is also just about following a female approach of the moon tradition, which is based on female intuition and change, as well as the male approach to spirituality that is seen in gaining knowledge. In the book, Coelho describes the God that is found in nature, in cosmic resonances and happiness and in love and he describes it as a God that integrates a female and a male side. The story explains that each and every person is born with a special gift, a special talent, that needs to be searched for and then applied in “God’s garden” to make life meaningful (Coelho, 1990, p. 57).

 
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