I have heard the raves about the book the Alchemist, so when I read it at first I was slightly disappointed. I did not get the new spiritual enlightenment that everyone else seems to get from this book. But as the days went by, slowly my mind started to meditate on the ideology of the book and I began to like it a lot.
I am a Christian and the book is a spiritual book, not really a Christian one. But if you believe in a higher power then you can get something from the book. I think that the book took a spin into other spiritual levels that I was not familiar with, and that is the reason that I did not connect with what it was saying right away. But none the less it does have some life lessons that we can all relate to and take away.
- God gives us dreams for a reason.
The main character has this reoccurring dream. It is pretty transparent that he must travel and go and find “treasure” at a location that is in Egypt. And he is in Spain, with no way to get to Egypt. The point is that no matter how impossible our dreams seem to reach, God has put them in our heart for a reason. No matter how big the obstacles are, we can reach our dream if we are willing to follow them.
- Stepping Out On Faith
The dream that the character seems impossible. He has two choices. To try to reach his dream or to sit there in a comfortable place and do absolutely nothing. The character may have not had a bad life doing nothing, but since he chose to step out on faith he has an even more awesome life and is rewarded beyond his imagination.
- All things Work for the Greater Good.
Once the character decided to follow his dreams, he was robbed. Although it seemed like he was broke this lead him working for someone, learning a new trade, language, and being able to take his skills with him along the way to pursue his dream. Toward the end of the book, the character was beat up and his money stolen again, but it was only through almost being beat to death that the character truly learn where the treasure was. A dream is never easy to follow and there are bumps along the way, but what was meant bad, can actually turn out to be good.
- Never settle.
In the book the character meets two people that has a dream but they never went after them due to being fearful or allowing time to pass them by. Meaning that they passed over a great destiny and settle for an ordinary life. Toward the beginning of the book, the character was going to settle for being a shepherd and some girl that he really did not like but he was going to ask her to marry him anyway. But since he decided to follow his dream, he found a woman that he loved. One in which he felt was made just for him and he was given a new job, much more prominent than being a shepherd, in the land in which his woman lived.
- Look At The Bigger Picture
When the boy was chasing his dream, he met another man chasing his dream. The man was looking for the alchemist. The man felt that once he found him, the alchemist could teach him to turn any metal in to gold. Needless to say the main character found the alchemist and the man never did. Sometimes when we get tunnel vision and focus only on finding “gold,” we miss the bigger picture. The bigger picture is not the gold, but what we can learn from the person making the gold. Even though we want the treasure, the lessons that we learn while looking for the treasure are the most important. And if we are too focused on material gains, then we will miss the lessons that build up our spirits. Life wants to give us “gold” but more importantly life wants us to become a person of value. Because in the end, the “treasure” the main character was seeking, was right back at home where he started. God could have just told him the treasure was under his noise in Spain. But instead he wanted to take him around the world so that he can grow and meet people who he was to have an impact on and vice versa.