Hear What the Universe Is Telling You
do you remember the day you realized you were alive..?
i realized i was alive.. and that i wasn’t the center of the universe.. and i realized there was a lot of things going on outside of my childish world.. so i said, i’m going to pay attention
Paulo Coelho (Portuguese: [ˈpawlu kuˈeʎu]; born August 24, 1947), is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. He is the recipient of numerous international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. The Alchemist, his most famous novel, has been translated into 80 languages. The author has sold 190 million copies worldwide and is the all-time bestselling Portuguese language author.
finally. so many years after Gus‘s suggestion.. reading the alchemist. and adding this page.
and notes as i read:
10 yrs on (2002):
1\ told what we want to do is impossible.. so much that it gets so buried in our soul as to be invisible.
2\ 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. (but this love is a stimulus – they will come with us)
3\ fear – of defeat – yet – intense unexpected suffering passes more quickly than suffering that is apparently bearable; the latter goes on for years and, without our noticing, eats away at our soul, until one day we are no longer able to free ourselves from the bitterness and it stays with us for the rest of our lives.
having disinterred our dream, having used the power of love to nurture it and spent many years living with the scars, we suddently notice that what we always wanted is there, waiting for us, perhaps the very next day. then comes the fourth obstacle:
4\ the fear of realizing the dream fro which we fought all our lives. oscar wilde: each man kills the thing he loves. and it’s true.the mere possibility of getting what we want fills the should of the ordinary person with guilt. we look around at all those who have failed to get what they want and feel that we do not deserve to get what we want either. we forget about all the obstacle we overcame, all the suffering we endured, all the things we had to give up in order to get this far. i have known many who when their personal calling was within their grasp, went on to commit a lot of stupid mistakes and never reached their goal.. when it was only a step away.
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 ti will be impossible for them to realize their personal legend.
there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. it’s your mission on earth… to realize one’s personal legend is a person’s only real obligation…and when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
but bakers are more important people than shepherds. bakers have homes, while shepherds sleep out in the open. parents would rather see their children marry bakers than shepherds…..in the long run, what people think about shepherds and bakers becomes more important for them than their own personal legends.
there must be a language that doesn’t depend on words.. i already found it with sheep and now i’m finding it with people.
no words ness
if i can learn to understand this language without words, i can learn to understand the world.
but the sheep had taught him something even more important: that there was a language in the world that everyone understood, a language the boy had used throughout the time that he was trying to improve things at thethe shop. it was the language of enthusiasm, of things accomplished with love and purpose, and as part of a search for something believed in and desired.
the boy was beginning to understand that intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life, where the histories of all people are connected, and we are able to know everything, because it’s all written there.
if you can concentrate always on the present you’ll be a happy man.
i don’t know why these things have to be transmitted by word of mouth, he thought. it wasn’t exactly that they were secrets; god revealed his secrets easily to all his creatures.
he has only one explanation for this fact: things have to be transmitted this way because they were made up from the pure life, and this kind of life cannot be captures in pictures or words.
because people become fascinated with pictures and words, and wind up forgetting the language of the world. (the alchemist)
he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke – the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. it was love.
but maybe people who felt that way had never learned the universal language. because, when you know that language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city. and when two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. there is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. it is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world.
actually, it wasn’t that those things, in themselves, revealed anything at all; it was just that people, looking at what was occurring around them, could find a means of penetration to the soul of the world.
if what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil. and one can always come back.
how do i immerse myself in the desert.
listen to your heart. it knows all things. because it came from the soul of the world, and it will one day return there.
the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. .. no hear ha ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with god and with eternity.
when i have been truly searching for my treasure, i’ve discovered things along the way that i never would have seen had i not had the courage to try things that seemed impossible for a shepherd to achieve.
everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him, his heart said. we, people’s hearts, seldom say much about those treasures, because people no longer want to go in search of them. we speak of them only to children. …. most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.
so, we, their hearts, speak more and more softly. we never stop speaking out, but we begin to hope that our words won’t be heard: we don’t want people to suffer because they don’t follow their hearts.
why don’t people’s hearts tell them to continue to follow their dreams? the boy asked the alchemist.
because that’s what makes a heart suffer most, and hearts don’t like to suffer.
from then on, the boy understood his heart. he asked it, please, never to stop speaking to him. he asked that, when he wandered far from his dreams, his heart press him and sound the alarm. the boy swore that, every time he heard the alarm, he would heed its message.
when you possess great treasure within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.
on – silence and focus and the weariness of it.. and the trustworthiness of your heart. ie: as long as you are following your dream.
your eyes show the strength of your soul.
anyone how interferes with the personal legend of another will never discover their own.
you taught me the language of the world.
i only invoked what you already knew.
Coelho wrote The Alchemist in only two weeks in 1987. He explained he was able to write at this pace because the story was “already written in [his] soul.
The book’s main theme is about finding one’s destiny. According to The New York Times, The Alchemist is “more self-help than literature.” An old king tells Santiago, “when you really want something to happen, the whole universe will conspire so that your wish comes true.”
Paulo Coelho is a strong advocate of spreading his books through peer-to-peer file sharing networks. He put his own books on file-sharing networks like BitTorrent, and noted that The Alchemist received a boost in sales due to this. He stated that “I do think that when a reader has the possibility to read some chapters, he or she can always decide to buy the book later
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