This week I had the opportunity to finally meet with myself and the amazingness that is “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. Yes I said meet with myself because in the name of self love, its soooo important to sit with yourself, gather thoughts, process emotions, reflect and grow. No phone, social media, or any other type of outside influence, just you and yourself. In this meeting, I decided to ingest this amazing story I’ve heard about for years, and like the true academic I am, I made to sure to take notes while writing. I’m a firm believer in paying forward epiphanies and lessons because “All things are one”- Paulo Coelho.
We are all connected. We are connected through love, our pain, our success, our lessons, and through all that shapes our human experiences.
I don’t plan on doing a review, you can look the book up for that. Essentially, The Alchemist is a fable of a Spanish Shepherd who goes to a dream interpreter after having a reoccurring dream of finding treasure at the foot of an Egyptian Pyramid. With her blessings, he embarks on the journey to find this treasure. Along the way he meets people, one being "The Alchemist," and run in to some difficult experiences that teach him about the importance of connecting to and following through on your life’s purpose, understanding love, and learning how to trust your deepest highest self. It’s a great story full of wisdom’s you may have heard through elder knowledge, religion or spirituality, but also poses reflective insight and questions.
Of course there were so many jewels but I wanted to share a couple of with you along with a little reflection!
“One’s Personal Legend is what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is. “At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their Personal Legend….whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth”
This is a clear reminder that children are truly the most powerful and insightful Beings out of all of us! They know no such thing as “impossible”. In general,they are fearless and believe in getting what they want whether it’s a rock star lifestyle or that piece of candy they’re denied. See we know what are purpose is. We know what our life’s calling is, but somewhere in time we become jaded, doubtful and fearful of pursuing such things. We pay more attention to possible obstacles rather than looking at all the possible paths to get to where we want. Fear stills lives, and the cemetery becomes a land of treasures dreams that were never realized.
“Before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which most people give up. It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one 'dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.”
Just because you realize a dream and can envision its execution, it does not keep you immune from experiencing the natural trials that will come across your path on the journey. This quote sat with me so much because I have had a tendency in the past to walk away from something just because it didn’t work out in the timeline I desired. No matter what, you HAVE to keep going. You never know when a breakthrough will occur. It reminds me of the Eagle and a metaphor my Pastor used. The reason an “Eagles Eye” is so powerful, is because even if flies in the midst of a storm, it’s eye stays so focus on moving forward that it can actually see past the storm. We must learn to look past difficult times when we are fighting for our dream. Know that test will come, and try your best to past them. They only way you fail is if you give up.
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
For years I’ve heard this phrase but never knew it’s origins. It is so true that NOTHING is coincidence or random. If your desires are aligned with a higher of state of your existence, the Universe will always assist in you allowing things to come to pass; whether in people, signs, or opportunities.
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity.”
The mind is a powerful force in our lives. It has the power to paint a beautiful or really dark picture of life’s possibilities. Fear is a construction of your mind; it does not reflect what is in your heart, and when you let fear overcome you, you cannot live the life that is available to you. Often, people can become fearful of their own visions; afraid of success or the responsibility and sacrifices they must make to follow through on an aspiration. No matter what you experience in pursuit of your dreams’ its all worth it. You become the person you need to become to be the vessel that you are meant to be. Even if you had no money in the bank, the treasure in being aligned with your true purpose is more invaluable than a wo(man)’s bank account who thieves, manipulates and hates what they do. When you are aligned with a vision felt from deep down inside, it is God that you connect with, and it is God that will always provide.
“Every search begins with beginners luck and ends with the victor’s being severely tested.”
This landed so much with me because there are times in which I felt that greatness was happening and then a major dry spell; in the midst of the dry spell, I’d get discouraged and feel desperate to turn around and walk another path. The reality is, it’s not about how you start, who stays in the fight, and stays standing until the end. No journey is easy, and even when it seems that times are easy, there will absolutely be not so easy.
"When you possess great treasures within you and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed. "
Can I get an Amen! Of course some people talk about "Haters" but I genuinely believe we are all limited in our thinking to a certain extent, and some allow their own limiting thinking to cast shadow over your life's possibilities. The truth is people stop believing in possibility because of their own missed opportunities, doubts, and fears; we are all one, therefore they think their limitations are also your limitations. Never the case. Don't believe. Just Do You and say to your say, "Don't believe me just watch!" Bam!
There are pages of lessons, but this will do for now . Go check out the book. If you're not a reader, search for the audiobook form! I guarantee, it won't disappoint. I'm glad we can continue to learn, grow and transform!
By: Tiffany W.