So, I’m reading Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” right now and I had to post this quote:
“The camel driver understood what the boy was saying. He knew that any given thing on the face of the earth could reveal the history of all things. One could open a a book to any page, or look at a person’s hand; one could turn a card, or watch the flight of birds…whatever the thing observed, one could find a connection with his experience of the moment. Actually, it wasn’t that those things, in themselves, revealed anything at all; it was just that people, looking at what was occuring around them, could find a means of penetration to the Soul of the World” (106)
I love that. Whenever I do a tarot reading for someone and it really clicks with them and they stare at me in some kind of admiration or wonder, I tell them that the cards are just a reflection. We (people) are just reflections of each other. Now here’s a passage about this Soul of the World to give some context:
“The book that most interested the boy told the stories of the famous alchemist. They were men who had dedicated their entire lives to the purification of metals in their laboratories; they believed that, if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left would be the Soul of the World. This Soul of the World allowed them to understand anything on the face of the earth, because it was the language with which all things communicated. They called that discovery the Master Work–it was part liquid and part solid” (84).
Now I’m off to read more. It’s definitely the kind of book you have to savor because every page has a truth or wisdom revealed within it. The story is surprisingly simple, yet elegant. It’s full of musings without being ponderous. It’s not hyerbole to say that this is one of the most important books I’ve read in a long time and I’m not even finished yet!