The Alchemist: #12 The Beauty of Narcissus

The Alchemist Posts …when Narcissus died, the goddesses of the forest appeared and found the lake, which had been fresh water, transformed into a lake of salty tears. “Why do you weep?” the goddesses asked. “I weep for Narcissus,” the lake replied. “Ah, it is no surprise that you weep for Narcissus,” they said, “for … Continue reading The Alchemist: #12 The Beauty of Narcissus

The Alchemist: #7-11 The Obstacle of Realizing the Dream

The Alchemist Posts  “Having disinterred our dream, having used the power to nurture it and spent many years living with the scars, we suddenly notice that what we always wanted is there, waiting for us, perhaps the next day. Then comes the fourth obstacle: the fear of realizing the dream for which we fought all … Continue reading The Alchemist: #7-11 The Obstacle of Realizing the Dream

The Alchemist: #4-6 The Obstacle of Fear

The Alchemist Posts Paulo Coelho’s words about the third obstacle we encounter when pursuing our dreams helped me stay strong during my own struggles. “Once we have accepted that love is a stimulus, we come up against the third obstacle: fear of the defeats we will meet on the path. We who fight for our … Continue reading The Alchemist: #4-6 The Obstacle of Fear

The Alchemist: #3 The Obstacle of Love

“If we have the courage to disinter dream, we are then faced by the second obstacle: love. We know what we want to do, but are afraid of hurting those around us by abandoning everything in order to pursue our dream. We do not realize that love is a further impetus, not something that will prevent … Continue reading The Alchemist: #3 The Obstacle of Love

The Alchemist: #2 The Obstacle of Impossibility

“There are four obstacles. First: we are told from childhood onward that everything we want to do is impossible. We grow up with this idea, and as the years accumulate, so too do the layers of prejudice, fear, and guilt. There comes a time when our personal calling is so deeply buried in our soul as to … Continue reading The Alchemist: #2 The Obstacle of Impossibility

The Alchemist: Introduction and #1 Personal Calling

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho An alchemist is a person who changes a common substance into a substance of great value. I knew before opening the book, I was going to love what was inside. As a matter of fact, after I read the introduction, I knew The Alchemist was a book I needed to slowly … Continue reading The Alchemist: Introduction and #1 Personal Calling