One of my favorite books is The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. I have read it more than once and listened to it countless times (the audiobook is brilliantly narrated by Jeremy Irons).
Nothing I have ever read has resonated with me like The Alchemist. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking fiction or non-fiction, this book speaks to me like no other.
It is not a long book. But it is very, very deep.
Although it is a work of fiction, many of the points it touches upon are realistic.
Everyone has the ability to follow their heart to live out their dreams and realize what Coelho calls one’s “personal legend”. We are all capable of communing more with nature, listening to our hearts, and following the signs and omens laid out for us as we move forward in our life.
Every time I re-read or re-listen to this book, I become inspired. I want to follow the omens and listen to my heart and live out my own “personal legend”. It is my fondest desire to take the necessary chances to find my own “treasure”, wherever it is buried. I want to live each day intensely, to know that my time on this planet has not been wasted but rather well spent and that I desire to be content and happy with my life.
The Alchemist is all about the journey. It’s another example of Joseph Campbell’s “Heroes’ Journey.” But it also touches upon ideas of The Law of Attraction as well as conscious reality creation and living in the moment in the most approachable way I have ever encountered.
A source of inspiration
I am not the only person for whom this book has an impact. The Alchemist is one of the bestselling novels of all time. It’s been translated into numerous languages and has become a beloved allegory.
I made my own attempt to write my own story, inspired by The Alchemist. My Vortex Pilgrimage is an homage to Coelho’s allegory, imbedded in an alternate reality to our own and written from a 1st person perspective (which is not my normal style). It is an embellishment of my own travels to visit the energy vortexes in Sedona, AZ.
I have read much of the rest of Coelho’s works. They are all excellent, but none has stuck with me as The Alchemist does. It feels to me as if each time I read or listen to it, it makes me feel content and reinvigorates me and my creative drive.
What has this got to do with my own work as an artist? I would like to be as inspiring as Paulo Coelho is. It’s not just The Alchemist, the rest of his works are also inspiring. In addition to his books he blogs and Tweets frequently, and shares his wisdom freely.
He has endured a lot of hardship in his life and has risen above it to become one of the bestselling authors of all time, as well as an influential figure overall.
Seeking and finding like worth
I am not one for hero-worship, but I guess if I have any hero at all, Paulo Coelho would be it. There are many other writers who inspire me, whom I would like to emulate in some form or other, like Neil Gaiman, Jen Sincero, Andy Weir and others; and on Medium Ayodeji Awosika, Darius Foroux, Shannon Ashley and more. But Coelho is a man I deeply admire.
It is my desire to help people imagine, dream, and see the world as a place of possibility, excitement, and potential. I hope to help people be empowered so that they can take responsibility for their own lives, and find more happiness and peace.
Why is this so important to me? Because I believe that we can only make the world a better place for everyone if we each individually find our own way.
It’s not easy, and there are days when it feels terribly daunting. But everyone is capable of taking control of your own life, your thoughts, feelings, and ultimately your actions.
How? By practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness is the conscious awareness of your own perception of life, the Universe, and everything. It is the practice of being in the here-and-now to live as fully as you can.
When you do that you can choose to seek out your dreams and live as fully as possible, just like the boy Santiago in The Alchemist does.
Practicing being mindful
Yes, I desire to ultimately be a successful author, speaker, and inspiration. I want my work to inspire people’s self-empowerment and imagination. It’s my desire that articles such as this have a positive impact on people, and to help them see a world of expansion and hope rather than compression and fear.
We are all more capable than we are led to believe. We can all listen to our hearts and seek our dreams, and live each day with excitement and passion.
I know this can be hard, but when I have done it and work on doing it I am so much happier for who I am and how my life is. This is what I desire most to achieve with my life. I desire to be as whole, happy and able to share as I possibly can be.
When you are mindful you are aware of your mindset. You get influence and control over your life, experiences, and from there can take steps to go wherever you may desire to.
Everybody experiences ups and downs in life. That’s part of being human, part of our everyday existence. What we often neglect is our ability to take control, to make choices and to seek out a better destiny than the one we think has been set before us.
The Universe is a place of abundance, not lack. I believe this to be the truth. This is what I want to focus on.
The possibilities are many, the potential is vast. My life is a work in progress. I have shared this aspect of what inspires me on my journey to help you find what may inspire you.
You are worthy and deserving of using your mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done you and I matter, whatever inspires us.