(c) Realistic beliefs

The journey is not only a journey on the Road to Santiago; it is a journey that guides Coelho inside himself. It leads to reflection on and rethinking of Coelho’s beliefs and he tests and rethinks his assumptions during discussions with Petrus, but also while experiencing the exercises. He becomes aware, for example, of the fact that everybody can walk the Road to Santiago, even the common people (Coelho, 2003b, p. 25). The narration makes the reader aware that Coelho had implicitly believed that the Road could only be walked by outstanding individuals. Coelho learns about the “true path of wisdom” (Coelho, 2003b, p. 25) through the exercises and thereby changes his realistic belief in magic, in approaching the world through agape, the practical application of RAM in his life and the fact that the path (of RAM and the Road) can be followed by anyone. Throughout the book, Coelho refers to the changes in his own and personal belief and finally understands on an intellectual, as well as emotional, level his own changes of realistic belief and creates a new belief: “And when I think about it, I guess it is true that people always arrive at the right moment at the place where someone awaits them” (Coelho, 2003b, p. 226). This trust in the course of life, in God and in the new belief contributes to Coelho’s holistic wellness.

 
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