The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

10 Mar

The Alchemist presents a simple fable, based on simple truths and places it in a highly unique situation. And though we may sense a bestselling formula, it is certainly not a new one: even the ancient tribal storytellers knew that this is the most successful method of entertaining an audience while slipping in a lesson or two. Brazilian storyteller Paulo Coehlo introduces Santiago, an Andalucian shepherd boy who one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. And so he’s off: leaving Spain to literally follow his dream.

Along the way he meets many spiritual messengers, who come in unassuming forms such as a camel driver and a well-read Englishman. In one of the Englishman’s books, Santiago first learns about the alchemists–men who believed that if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left would be the “Soul of the World.” Of course he does eventually meet an alchemist, and the ensuing student-teacher relationship clarifies much of the boy’s misguided agenda, while also emboldening him to stay true to his dreams. “My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy confides to the alchemist one night as they look up at a moonless night.

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself,” the alchemist replies. “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.”

I hope you enjoy!

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Lili Jalo


One Response to “The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream”

  1. Shawn Evans April 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    This book was filled with lessons and great statements of wisdom about life. It kept me wondering what was going to happen next. The main point I took from the book was we should never avoid our passions, dreams, and purpose. It’s still true today, that people have a clear vision of what they would love to do, but allow fear and other wrong thinking to keep them from following their heart’s desires. Even if you “fail” or don’t get what you think you should, the purpose, greater gift and awesome experiences come from the journey of stepping out on faith and going for it! The learning experiences, knowledge, people you meet along the way and things you would have otherwise never know are priceless and well worth it in the end. The book stated over and over again “When you really want something, all the Universe conspires to help you achieve it”. I took several lessons from this book, I smiled after the reading the last page.

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