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(e) Problem-solving and creativity

J. teaches Coelho that he has to travel in space and in time (Coelho, 2011, p. 11) to return to the present moment and to recreate his future (Coelho, 2011, pp. 8-9). He advises Coelho to go on a journey, find out what he has left unfinished and com?plete the task (Coelho, 2011, p. 12). Coelho is aware that problems that occurred in previous lives and remained unresolved need to be creatively resolved in other incarnations, “in order to finish something that was left incomplete” (Coelho, 2011, p. 106). He strives for completeness, for wholeness to recreate his wellness. He knows that creative and new solutions can only be found and applied when they do not rely on previous experiences and when a person has freed him/herself from earlier memories. Only then can a person connect to the universe that integrate all the problems and all the solutions possible (Coelho, 2011, p. 126). This means that, for creative conflict resolution, a person has to connect to a greater and universal energy, to find new ways of dealing with challenges by connecting to the collective (un)consciousness that is free of space and time. This relates to the assumption that challenges a person encounters are bound to problems that the same person had in a previous life and that reappear in the current incarnation (Coelho, 2011, p. 185). The reappearance of problems from a former life are seen by mystics as part of the “wheel of time” and need to be resolved. This resolution process can sometimes take several incarnations (Coelho, 2011, p. 185). It aims at the overall objective to “separate and bring together” (Coelho, 2011, p. 186). This process of “solve et coagula” (Coelho, 2011, p. 186) is a basic principle of God and the universe, which “contracts and expands”, separates and brings together to grow and develop. In the book “Aleph” the creative resolution of problems within and across incarnations becomes the basis for development and growth of the individual and the collective.

The path of peace integrates a strategy to resolve problems creatively by connecting to the person’s energy and by calling “upon an infinite variety of responses” (Coelho, 2011, p. 149) to keep open-minded. Besides the principle of calling upon various responses, another aspect of creative resolution is “non-resistance”, which is described by Yao in the context of aikido (Coelho, 2011, p. 172). By using the principle of non-resistance, a person uses the energy of his/her opponent to turn the energy against him/herself. Through the use of the opponents’ energy, the energy of the person grows stronger without the loss of his/her own energy (Coelho, 2011, p. 172).

Coelho’s problem-solving and creativity are highly developed and support him in regaining his holistic wellness. He uses holistic approaches to resolve challenges and draws on varies traditions of problem-solving approaches, such as individual, physical, spiritual and psychologocial ones, to recreate his wellness.

 
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