the crystal merchant
as many of you know, or may not know, i have had a special connection with the book ‘the alchemist’. i first read it during my world trip which has been the beginning of my spiritual awakening. reading this book during all those huge shifts in my life has really helped me to unfold layers of my soul. i’ll talk about that later, but i really wanted to share this part about the book first. there are two huge lessons in this very short chapter of the book. (honestly i’m mesmerized by how much life lessons paulo can but in only 200 pages or so)
santiago, the boy that’s looking for his treasure, ends up in a crystal shop to work and save up money. he feels as though he is stuck and that he will never pursue his personal legend. he didn’t set out to be selling crystals in a store. but he kept working, getting better at selling crystals and saved enough money to leave for the pyramids and find his treasure.
second, there’s this part in the book: “Well, why don’t you go to Mecca now?” asked the boy. “Because it’s the thought of Mecca that keeps me alive. That’s what helps me face these days that are all the same, these mute crystals on the shelves, and lunch and dinner at that same horrible café. I’m afraid that if my dream is realized, I’ll have no reason to go on living.”
now, what am i trying to say? first of all, it’s okay to sell crystals for a while so you can pursue your personal legend. you’re not doing nothing, you’re learning and you are growing. and you are working towards your goal. i understand that you feel stuck at times, believe me i still do too. but you are growing, working and learning.
second, while you’re reading the crystal merchants quote you’re probably thinking: “fool, go and chase your dreams!”. but honestly, haven’t we all been like the merchant? sometimes we feel comfortable with where we are right now. we are afraid to let our inner fire burn and shine. we like to stay into our comfort zone because we might fear an unknown future.
we don’t like to feel stuck, but sometimes that’s exactly where we push ourselves into. know the difference between planting a seed and crawling back into the comfort of your inner walls.
the seed will grow and blossom. the wall will remain a wall. that is until you decide to break it down, of course.
the seed will grow and blossom. the wall will remain a wall.