5 Lessons From The Alchemist

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So, I'm probably one of few who hasn't read "The Alchemist." I've heard it being referenced over the years but never felt interested enough to read it. The title alone made it seem like it was going to be a boring read but I guess you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover or in this case, a title.

Recently, I was reading an inspirational article about a young woman in pursuit of dreams. Already being in awe of her journey, she referenced a quote from the book and I decided that I had to read it. I put myself on a wait list for it at my local library and wasn't expecting to get it until at least two weeks since they wait list was already long. To my surprise, less than 12 hours from me requesting the book I had received notification from my local library that it was ready for me to pick. I took it as a sign from the Universe that I was meant to read this book.

Without necessarily spoiling the entire book for those who haven't read it, here are 5 lessons that I've learned from The Alchemist:

Everyone has a personal legend aka a dream that they want/must achieve.
We all have dreams. Every single one of us. No matter where we are or where we've been, there's at least one goal we want or wanted to achieve out of life. I hear so many people say that they wish they had followed their dream. They wished they haven't settled. They wish fear wouldn't held them back. I hear the sadness and regret in their voices and it made me want to pursue my dream even harder. Or at the very least die trying.

When you want something, all of the universe will conspire for you to get it.
I believe that we live in an abundant universe that always provides. I believe that there is so much power in our thoughts that most times we're actually creating our reality. I've been guilty of having my thoughts on autopilot or thinking negatively to the point it's my reality. But when we focus on what truly want in a positive way, the universe latches on to that energy and creates ways for you to achieve it.

There will be times where you may want to give up on your dreams.
I've been there several times and still find myself back there some days. A lot of times when we have dreams, our conscious mind finds ways to get us to believe that we can't reach those dreams. They're not real, they're not attainable, you're going to fail our rational mind says. Sometimes we fall victim to that thinking and start drifting away from our dreams especially when we see the path to take isn't exactly what we imagined.

Following your dreams won't always be an easy path.
Speaking of taking paths, some paths we will take will not be fun. But the entire journey will not be. Referring to the previous lesson, we will want to give up, especially if the path is too hard. But nothing worth having is easy. You have to work for it. You must continue on the path no matter what. You'll never know what happens or what you will get at the end of the path. You owe to yourself to at least find out if it was all worth it in the end.

We are all connected and are one with Divine Spirit.
So, I'm going to try to explain this without giving away an essential part towards the end. But there's constant references of being connected; how we're all one. God created everything and a piece of Him (or Her) lies in those creations. By grounding yourself and opening yourself up, you'll started see and feel that connection; that connection that will guide toward your dream.

For those who have read "The Alchemist," what did you learn?


  1. I absolutely love that book! I have read it several times! I'm glad that you finally dove in and experienced it too...doesn't it make you not feel so crazy now, whenever you're trekking toward your goals and dreams?

    1. I really loved reading this book! I know it's going to be something I will read over and over again because it's so inspiring which means I need hurry up and buy a copy lol it doesn't make me feel crazy now because dude went through A LOT to follow his dream and he ultimately achieved it. It now has me knowing that no path is easier than the next and sometimes you gotta do some crazy things to make those dreams a reality!


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