The Teachings of the Alchemist

1. “It’s the simple things in life that are most extraordinary” pg.17

2. “If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his her own” pg. 18

- People will have their own depictions of what they want you to be, without having their own shit together. They will try to lead your life and tell you what to do, while their own life is in flames. Individuals like that have no clue of their own Personal Legend but will inflict their negative opinions on yours.

3. “You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his Personal Legend. If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because its wasn’t true love… the love that speaks the language of the World” pg. 124

4. “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse the suffering itself. And that no heart has 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” pg. 134

- Be fearless. You are doing yourself a disservice not following your true passion in life. Every second of your discovery for your dream, God will allow you to learn about your passion guiding you through the process. You are encountering God every second of the way.

5. “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. Later, we simply let life proceed, in its own direction, toward its own fate. But, unfortunately, very few follow the path laid out for them – the path to their Personal Legends, and to happiness. Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place” pg. 135

- We speak dreams onto children but later in life we no longer want to go on the search of what we’ve dreamed about. We go on finding a job, paying bills, and building a family. Making life go on (going with the flow). Usually, people wil forget their Personal Legends to their happiness due to their life already created. People see the world filled with threats and for that, the world turns out to be that.

6. “What you still need to know is this: 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. It’s the point at which as we say in the language of the desert, one ‘dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon” “every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search end with the victor’s being severely tested” pg.136-137


7. “When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed” pg. 138

- Along the way of a joyful life, most people will not be relate to your prized possession. Many people find it rare when a person owns and announces how great their treasures mean to them. Many people will be supportive but, many will envy.

8. Personal Legend

- Your personal legend is your sole purpose on earth. This force may seem negative but actually it is to prepare your spirit and will complete its. This is your mission. People need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want. Do not be scared of change.


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