The Alchemist and the Secrets of the World By: Cameron Morey

"You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his Personal Legend. If he abandons that pursuit, it's because it wasn't true love...the love that speaks the Language of the World." (124)

In the book, the alchemist tells Santiago explains that it is important to stick with his quest to the pyramids, which meant leaving Fatima behind. But what is true love if you cannot continue pursuing a personal legend that is specific to YOU. A person, man or woman, cannot be truly happy with someone if they cannot experience and complete goals they have set for themselves. To fully pursue your dreams or "personal legend" you must count on the love of your partner to be stronger than ever during the time of your own trail and tribulation because when you reach your goal, celebrating your success with your loved one is much more sweet than by yourself.

"In order to find the treasure, you will have to follow the omens God has prepared a path for everyone to follow" (31-32)

An omen is an event regarded as a portent of good or evil. Meeting with the old man at noon, Santiago was surprised that his friend bought all the other sheep and that his friend wanted to become a shepherd. The old man talks about the principle of favor ability and how if you play your cards right the first time, you are almost sure to win. The universe wants you to accomplish anything you set your mind to, and omens are one way of knowing just how to complete your goal. I believe that the universe guides you to be successful because the more you have experienced the more you can positively contribute to the world. You need to trust yourself and the path will be laid out in front of your very eyes.

"...When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it." (24)

I believe that illustrates the theme of "Trust your intuition and the Universe will guide you" because it says the universe conspires in helping you to achieve any goal you have. If you really want something and pursuing this goal brings you joy than the Universe will help you if it is really what you want. If you are selfish or aren't fully committed to this goal then the Universe won't help you.

Everyone has different goals for their life and we each have personal legends, and I believe that the universe will help those who are worthy of being happy with their lives.

"People need not to fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want." (79)

Fear is defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. The driver of the caravan was talking about one day from his past. The earth had began to tremble and the Nile River overflowed. He and his wife were afraid of losing their children and their possessions. This was the backstory as to how he became a camel driver and how to understand the word of Allah. Allah is the god in Arabic religions. The word Allah (which was the quote above) connects to the theme of "Beware the destructive danger of fear" because if you fear the unknown, how will you be able to experience anything in life? Becoming a camel driver was this mans personal legend and the storm helped him realize it.

"Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the soul of the world, and will one day return there" (132)

Listening to your heart is the key to accomplishing not only your goals, but solving problems that you may have in your life and is the key to staying happy. To listen to your heart you must want what's best for you, not always wanting the best for others, because when you only try to please everyone else you will end up leading a miserable life. Nobody else in the entire world has your heart or your mind, so nobody else can truly help you complete tasks. Yes they may lead you in the right path, but you and only you can realize what the worlds plan is for your own life. When you listen to your heart accomplishing your personal legend will be utterly easy and you can live the happiest of lives.

Credits:

Created with images by Pexels - "alone camel desert" • 705847 - "skeletal flower congratulations" • Johanna84 - "gold treasure rich" • Pezibear - "treasure chest chest jewellery" • skeeze - "milky way andromeda stars" • Zach Dischner - "Milky Way Wheelie" • dryhead - "Fear" • pyramidtextsonline - "Camel & Khafre" • Olivia Alcock - "Listen to your Heart"

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