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Paulo Coelho: How to Hear What the Universe Is Telling You

Season 5 Episode 520
Aired on 09/07/2014 | CC tv-pg
In Paulo Coelho's masterpiece novel The Alchemist, a young shepherd named Santiago sets out on a journey to discover his destiny. To do so, he must recognize and follow certain signs.

Paulo calls this learning the language of omens. "You can only learn this language by making mistakes and by paying attention," he says. "So the universe is there teaching you the correct signs. And sometimes you'll take the wrong step, but then it will correct it."

Paulo continues his conversation with Oprah by opening up about how he personally began to learn the language of the world around him. In the video above, he reveals the moment that changed everything.

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