Holistic Wellness and Faith Development in Selected Creative Works of Paulo Coelho

If you come here, you will find a hidden treasure.

Paulo Coelho, 2002b, p. 14


In this chapter, two selected creative works of Paulo Coelho are analysed in the context of the HWM and the FDT and a “hidden treasure” is lifted (Coelho, 2002b, p. 14).

Conceptual Outline of the Presentation of Findings on Selected Creative Works

In this chapter “The pilgrimage” (Coelho, 1987) and “Aleph” (Coelho, 2011) are selected for analysis.[1] Only selected examples of autobiographical accounts with regard to holistic wellness and faith will be analysed, based on Alexander’s primary indicators of psychological saliency (Alexander, 1988, 1990) and Schultz’s prototypical scenes (Schultz, 2005b), because of the length restrictions of this study. Both creative works are analysed through content analysis and an attempt is made to reconstruct similarities, differences and insights into transformations of Coelho across the years. Both works are understood as direct autobiographical expressions of Coelho’s thoughts, feelings and experiences in terms of holistic wellness and faith development.

These two works have been selected for three main reasons:

  • 1. Both books are based on autobiographical experiences and accounts and have been described as strongly autobiographical (see Chap. 3).
  • 2. “The pilgrimage” (Coelho, 1987) is Coelho’s first successful book about his autobiographical experience of travelling the Road to Santiago. The book is a description of his spiritual self-development and experiences in the context of becoming a master of RAM. It is expected that these experiences described in the book would include indications to Coelho’s holistic wellness and his faith development at the beginning of his career.
  • 3. “Aleph” (Coelho, 2011) is described as one of Coelho’s strongest autobiographical books and has therefore been chosen for analysis. It was published 24 years after the first publication of “The pilgrimage” (1987) and is therefore expected to provide insights into Coelho’s development throughout the years in terms of holistic wellness and faith development.

In the following section, “The Pilgrimage” (1987) will firstly be analysed, followed by “Aleph”, (2011), according to the theoretical framework of the study (Chaps. 4, 5 and 7).

  • [1] An overview of Paulo Coelho’s creative works is provided in Sect. 3.9.9 and most of his creativeworks are set in the context of Coelho’s life throughout Chap. 3. In Chap. 7, Coelho’s creativeworks are used for content analysis in the context of his life and work (referring to Chap. 3) toshow developments and changes in thoughts, ideas, assumptions and feelings. The life as well asthe integration of the creative works are part of the analysis and interpretation in Chap. 7, referringto the analysis of the HWM and FDT throughout Coelho’s life. © Springer International Publishing AG 2017 C.-H. Mayer, The Life and Creative Works of Paulo Coelho, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-59638-9_8
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