Aleph by Paulo Coelho includes inspiration and spiritual musings, as do all his works. I listened to an interview with Paulo Coelho and he elucidated that this book, while described as a personal novel, is an autobiographical journey into the mystery of his past lives, as he travels the Trans-Siberian Railroad. This journey was spurred on by depression, with a need to leave his comfortable, safe cocoon at home and experience new adventures. Like his fiction, Coelho’s new book offers so much wisdom, not by telling others how to find the answers, but in retelling how he finds his answers about life purpose and our place in the cosmos.
One of my favorite passages from the book is Coehlo explaining, “I am on the Path of Peace, and my energy is being poured into that tributary of the river that resists nothing and thus follows its course to the end and reaches the sea as planned.”
I greatly enjoyed Coelho’s magical experience as he lets the universe guide him on his journey, presenting Hilal, a young woman with whom he shared a past life. Going through the “Aleph” or “the point at which everything is in the same place at the same time” with Hilal, enables him to solve a mystery that continued to haunt him in his present life. In the end, the healing power of love, my favorite subject, saves all. As I write my new book, Chakra Secrets, which contains a similar theme of past lives, Aleph has been a great source of inspiration to me, as I believe it will be to everyone who reads it.
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries