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5.0 out of 5 stars All the Universe can be observed in a single grain of sand, March 12, 2001
This review is from: The Illustrated Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream (Hardcover)
I checked this book out from the library, but I'm going to buy a copy and re-read it at regular intervals.

I read it over the course of one day, thought "nice fable" & began reading another book as soon as I finished this one. But I found that the lessons contained in this simple story of a shepherd boy seeking treasure, won't be dismissed so easily. They must have taken up residence in my subconscious and kicked up some dust, because my mind keeps returning to the lessons of the story to find new and more subtle insights having formed.

These are lessons that we all know in our hearts, but that we forget as we get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of our material lives. Lessons about listening to our hearts and following our dreams. Lessons about living in the moment, the transient nature of possessions and the illusion that we can even "possess" something to begin with. Lessons about freeing ourselves from fear and about understanding our lives as part of the energy of the Universe and understanding that everything will work out the way it was intended to. Lessons about trusting in signs, knowing that our lives have a grand purpose and that the forces of the Universe will conspire to help us fulfill that purpose. And the lesson that all of the fortunes and misfortunes we encounter in life are part of our spiritual education, and that it's not the earthly "treasure" we seek that's important but the lessons learned while in pursuit of it.

If you like to ponder the meaning of life, then let your mind and spirit mull over the lessons in this book. It's a quick and enjoyable read that will provide some new insights, or remind you of some old one's that you've forgotten.
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Initial post: Sep 10, 2012 8:39:18 PM PDT
Tyler P says:
I agree i believe i wil also read this book often as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012 10:11:58 AM PST
John Mosey says:
me too.

Posted on Mar 8, 2014 10:06:08 PM PST
S. Carey says:
Excellent summary and lovely advice. Thanks
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