The Development of Coelho from “The Pilgrimage” to “Aleph”

Comparing the autobiographical creative pieces of “The pilgrimage” (Coelho, 2003b) and “Aleph” (Coelho, 2011), holistic wellness and stages of faith develop over the almost 25 years. The following two sub-chapters summarise the differences and similarities in terms of the HWM (Sect. 8.5.1) and the FDT (Sect. 8.5.2) with regard to the context of Paulo Coelho’s life.

“The Pilgrimage" in the Context of Coelho’s Life (1982-1987)

Focusing on the creative act of writing “The pilgrimage” in the context of Paulo Coelho’s life, Coelho felt in 1982 in Dachau that it was the year of the “birth of the writer” (Arias, 2001, p. 141). Only a short time later, he met his master, J., in Amsterdam and became a member of RAM. These two key situations finally made him travel on the Road to Santiago in 1986. After a deep, month-long crisis, Coelho went on a trip into the unknown that initiated his successful career as a writer (Arias, 2001; Morais, 2009). At the beginning of “The pilgrimage” (Coelho, 2003b), Coelho describes the key situation with J who sends him on the journey. With the successful pilgrimage, Coelho becomes a magus of the RAM practices, he moves up in the hierarchy of the RAM order (Morais, 2009) and becomes a writer. However, after Coelho’s return from the pilgrimage he falls into another period of depression and only manages to write the autobiographical work 8 months after his trip. Soon after the publication of the book, Coelho starts promoting his creative work and is successful in combining writing and his spiritual career.

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