Coehlo is a Brazilian novelist and lyricist who has touched billions of souls in the universe, albeit if you know his life story, Coehlo was institutionalized by his parents at least 3 times, before he even reached the age of 20 years old. The third book in his inimitable career is none other than The Alchemist. If you have not been as fortunate as I am to have chanced upon this magnificent fable, I recommend it to be a MUST-READ in this lifetime.
Like many of us, his first attempts at writing and dreaming to become a writer, was beset with a series of setbacks. His failures in life never stopped Coehlo to pursue what his heart desires. The Alchemist, allows the readers to vicariously acquire the power of listening to our hearts and to seek our own Personal Legends. Coehlo's style is simple, its beauty is the simplicity itself. I have read books with over a thousand pages and this book is not even 200 pages, but each page you savour, for they are filled with timeless wisdom that is not only fulfilling to the dreamers, but awakens the dreamer within us. It is about venturing and searching, only to find that wherever your heart is, that is where you will find your greatest treasure.
I chose one of Coehlo's famous quotes pulled out from The Alchemist mainly because I see the world today to be made up of people who tend to rationalize and intellectualize life's ageless emotion. LOVE.
I am beginning to think there are fewer and fewer people who believe in love. Love's potency, power, constancy.
What can LOVE do that can not be done by all the other forces of the universe? Let me quote:
"When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too."I hate to say it but people have become so cynical and jaded about love, mainly because of the unwillingness to give up their egos, and the potential risk of pain, suffering and getting hurt. What can be so hard to throw oneself away for the sake of a moment of happiness, happiness you have sought for, in an entire lifetime? Isn't it that when we try to avoid that moment, that is precisely the time when we feel so much pain? Can you embrace the fact that whilst we have individual bodies, our souls are not designed to be alone? Why deprive your soul of its nature? Alas, we tend to forget, we are NOT a body with a soul, but we are a soul with a body.
We opened our eyes to a world full of material trappings and conflicting belief systems, we grow up fearful and distrusting of others, even of our own selves. We embrace power and fame over faith and love purely on the basis that it makes more business sense and seems much more pragmatic and purposeful.
Reading Coehlo's Books have kept my search for life's true meaning and the pursuit of my dreams, more daring and determined. He has allowed me to hold on to the fundamental truth that all the power I need in this world, lies within me. And those that are infinitely precious and can not be taken away from me, lies within my soul.
"In love, no one can harm anyone else; we are each of us responsible for our own feelings and cannot blame someone else for what we feel. It hurt when I lost each of the various men I fell in love with. Now, though, I am convinced that no one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it."