The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho is the most beautiful piece of storytelling meshed with spiritual insight I have ever read. When I finished reading it, I wanted to restart.
I have had to hold myself from copying and pasting every bit of the book into my favorite quotes section in Evernote.
For anyone who wants to listen to his or her heart and achieve (in Alchemists’ speak) his or her Personal Legend, you need, nay MUST read this piece of heaven. It’s a short read. It took me under 12 hours.
The book is solemn, funny, tension-filled, cloaked with anticipation, foreboding, frustration, and a story of true love, self-mastery and the discovery of God. Paolo has masterfully expressed his path to personal enlightenment is this literary jewel. Here are three of my favorite quotes (spoiler alert!):
1. “I make my living forecasting the future for people,” he said. “I know the science of the twigs, and I know how to use them to penetrate to the place where all is written. There, I can read the past, discover what has already been forgotten, and understand the omens that are here in the present.
“When people consult me, it’s not that I’m reading the future; I am guessing at the future. The future belongs to God, and it is only he who reveals it, under extraordinary circumstances. How do I guess at the future? Based on the omens of the present. The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better. Forget about the future, and live each day according to the teachings, confident that God loves his children. Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity”.
2. They ate in silence. The alchemist opened a bottle and poured a red liquid into the boy’s cup. It was the most delicious wine he had ever tasted.
“Isn’t wine prohibited here?” the boy asked
“It’s not what enters men’s mouths that’s evil,” said the alchemist. “It’s what comes out of their mouths that is.”
3. Two nights later, as he was getting ready to bed down, the boy looked for the star they followed every night. He thought that the horizon was a bit lower than it had been, because he seemed to see stars on the desert itself.
“It’s the oasis,” said the camel driver.
“Well, why don’t we go there right now?” the boy asked.
“Because we have to sleep.”
Man…I could copy and paste the whole book here just out of excitement. But, not only would that be illegal, but I would be preventing you from knowing your heart.
You can find the book on amazon.
Read, enjoy and share your experience. As for me, I am going back to page one.