Based on the book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

This summary of main messages in The Alchemist is part of our quick read, inspirational review series in our Life Coaching Program.



Alchemy is about penetrating to the Soul of the World, and discovering the treasure that has been reserved for you, Your Personal Legend.

The Greatest Lie

The Alchemist helps debunk the ” worlds greatest lie” - That at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what is happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate.

The One Great Truth

When we were young, we knew your life purpose, because at a young age we are not afraid to dream. From childhood, mysterious forces come into play to show you how to achieve your Personal Legend by preparing your spirit and your will. It reveals the "one great truth" ; whoever you are or whatever you want to do, when you really want something, it is because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.


Omens are Conspiracies Sent to Help You

When you want something, all the forces of the Universe conspire to help you achieve it. Omens will appear as solutions to problems, opportunities, information etc. We need to learn to recognise omens and follow them.

Everything in life is an omen, there is a universal language that connects all to one. We must continue to focus on where we want to travel, not where we are heading at the moment. If we concentrate on the moment, we will stay at that point, we can only hope to achieve the path we choose if we keep our focus on it.

Often our enthusiasm at the start of a journey, concentrates such force that we attract things that assist us on our way – ‘beginners luck’. As we travel the path toward our Personal Legend, we encounter more tests of persistence and courage. If we push forward impulsively we may fail to see the omens that will guide us directly to our Personal Legend.

The Universe places the omens along our paths to act as guideposts for us to follow. Be patient and follow them. That is the quickest and the most correct route. The things one learns along the correct path, will assist in recognising the value of the Personal Legend.



Courage is the most essential element. Life attracts Life – if you generate activity, other activity will follow, in line and supporting your Quest. Everything one needs to know is learnt through action.

Keep listening to your heart through all emotions, love, despair, passion. When the heart is afraid, and tells you not to go on, it is telling you, you are afraid you may lose everything you have, in pursuit for what you might have in the future.

If you do not go on, however, your heart will never be quiet – it will lead you down a path of unawareness, of not wanting to see the omens, and eventually you will not see the omens and never find your treasure, Your Personal Legend.

People are afraid to pursue their hearts dreams as they fear they do not deserve them or will not achieve them. The heart is often afraid of suffering, BUT the fear of suffering is always worse than the suffering itself.


Define and Follow Your Path

Very few people follow their dreams, their Personal Legends; instead they let life just happen around them, in its own direction, to its own fate. If one sees the world as a threatening place, then so it will be. Only the pursuit of a dream can lead to happiness.

Ask the heart to tell you when you are wandering too far from the path of your dreams. Listen to it. Only your heart and the omens can lead you to your treasure.


Overcome Difficulties on the Path

Before a dream is realised, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way: It does so not to make us suffer but to master the lessons we have learned on the path to our dreams. It is at this point that most people give up. Every search begins with beginners luck and ends with the victors being severely tested. “the darkest hour of the night comes just before the dawn”.

Remember that is something comes along that slows your path, it is for good reason. It is saving you from a fate, should you had proceeded or teaching you a lesson you will need to proceed.

When you possess great treasures within you, others will seldom believe you. Anyone who interferes with the Personal Legend of another will never find their own.

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve – fear of failure.

Your eyes show the strength of your soul. Where your treasure is, there also will be your heart.

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