Back in 2012, a friend of mine offered to gift me anything under 2000 INR on my birthday. And at that time I used to buy a book every month if possible. I was working away from home, and during that time, I have cultivated a hobby of reading. So as the offer stands I have an option to buy anything from Amazon or Flipkart for under 2k, what I did was order books, yes you heard me and those books were necessary as I may have to wait for another six months to get them if it wasn’t an option.
“The alchemist” was one of the books that I have received on that day, and the essential part was a unique message on each page.
And that time the first book I finished was “The Alchemist” and I must say it’s not a book, yes! A book once completed is hardly used again, but this one I read every time I need some guidance, every time following my heart looks difficult. For me, it’s more than a book.
Paulo Coelho writes the Alchemist in 1988, and in his interview, he said it only took him two books to write this book. Yes, two weeks because, as per him, the book was already written on his soul.
So what makes this book so unique? The Alchemist is a story of a shepherd boy who became a shepherd because he likes to travel, and one day he dreams about a hidden treasure. At first, he doesn’t take it seriously, but what happens afterward made him go after it.
So basically, it’s about his journey towards his dream, and it’s just magical. On each page, there is something worth mentioning. Every conversation the boy makes with himself makes it more magical. As per me, the book has three parts, so let me begin with them.
Part One: The leap of faith.
This boy had everything, and he had a balanced life, a routine. There was no reason for him to leave everything and start a journey that he knows nothing of. The only thing he knows is his dream that there is a hidden treasure somewhere near the pyramids. He just leaps of faith. He doesn’t start his journey right away. He fights with himself, he observes his life, and he observes the omens nature is giving him. He interprets the message and decides to leave a certain life for uncertainty.
It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting
Everyone, when they are young, knows what their destiny 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 destiny
If you start by promising what you don’t even have, You will lose your desire to work towards getting it.
He never realized that people are capable, at any time in there lives, of doing what they dreamed of.
God always gives us signs, watch out for them, take them seriously, they will show you what to do, everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him, master the lessons you learn towards achieving your dream.
Part Two: The Surprise
In this part, the boy has started his journey, crossed the desert, and still have enough money to finish off his journey. That’s when tragedy strikes, and he got robbed, now he is on foreign land with no money, no food, and nowhere to go.
At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.
And, when you can’t go back, you have to worry only about the best way of moving forward.
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.
Something needs to be exchanged for value (Value has a price, it’s what you do with that value that is priceless). Everything in life has its price.
This part was about re-establishing himself after losing everything. About surviving and when survival is in mind, the journey gets delayed and sometimes forgotten. The boy starts working in a shop and does wonders, earned enough to start a shop himself, and we can say again settle. So will he restart his journey again? Will, he again starts the path of uncertainty. This part is about keeping your destination always in mind and restarting the journey back.
Part-3 The Journey.
Now the boy restarts his mission, again leaving everything he has created Because sometimes you have to lose small to win big. In this part lots of things happen, the boy finds his love of life, he met with an alchemist, he starts understanding the hidden meaning of omens and now he can talk with nature.
But this journey was not easier; it’s the output of each obstacle that made him stronger. By the end of the book, he was robbed again beaten to death, that’s when he finds the treasure.
When the war between forces fighting for the balance of power and not good versus evil, God is on both sides, this war takes longer, be patient, and ask for directions and strategies of engagement.
Don’t give in to your fears”, said the alchemist, in a strangely gentle voice. “If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.
Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.
The Alchemist is a magical book, and it changes the way we perceive life. And the key is to focus on the present, start improvising it, read the omens, and have a treasure worth finding.