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Have You Found Your Treasure Yet?

J.P. Hicks
Waking Times

“Wherever your heart is, that is where you’ll find your treasure.” — Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist

We are all in search of a treasure. Maybe life may not seem as exciting as following clues on a map where “X” marks the spot of hidden riches, but it really isn’t much different. Nor should it be.

Do you believe you are here for a purpose?  Are you following your destiny?

Sadly, most people do not believe they have a destiny to fulfill, but everybody is born with a personal treasure map.

Some people get up every day full of passion to explore the world in pursuit of their treasure and they usually find it. But this treasure is not always defined as physical riches; the true treasure is happiness.

Yet somehow the laws of the universe are such that when one finds happiness in their endeavors, the universe will reward them with ample physical sustenance. “It’s true: life really is generous to those who pursue their Personal Legend,” Coelho wrote in The Alchemist.

In other words, personal riches is not the goal of the quest, rather it is a byproduct of living out your destiny.

Have you ever met someone who is genuinely passionate about what they do? They’re probably some of the most confident and happy people you know. They’re also likely to be the wealthiest people you know.

You may think of these people as extraordinary, and you may even be jealous of them. However, they are just normal people following the path that makes them happy. And the only reason you would feel envy is because you’re not doing what you love.

What is keeping you from listening to your heart and doing what you love?

A great majority of people never find their treasure mainly because they don’t listen to their hearts. Instead they are guided by false fears that their mind tricks them to believe are real. These fears are what trap us into a life not of our choosing. A life that usually leads to misery.

Ask yourself, how would I spend my days if I already had all the money I ever needed?  Or, what would be your dream occupation? This is your Personal Legend where you will find your treasure.

You may not know the answer right away and that’s okay. Your heart will provide clues for you during your journey. The key is listening to your heart and having the courage to follow the clues.

But what about the real world: I have bills to pay and food needs to be bought, you may ask. No one ever said life is without its challenges and, although those bills are real, fear of them is an illusion.

Another story in The Alchemist illustrates this point:

A boy sought out the wisest man in the world to learn the secret of happiness. He arrived at the grand estate of the wise man to find that he was very busy giving advice to others. The wise man gave the boy a teaspoon with two drops of oil and told him to explore the palace and return in four hours, but that he mustn’t drop any of the oil from the spoon. So the boy, terrified to disappoint the wise man, went about the property only concentrating on keeping the oil on the spoon.

When the boy returned proud to have the oil in the spoon, the wise man asked him what he had seen and thought of the marvels of his property. The boy couldn’t recall a thing because he was so focused on not dropping the oil.  So the wise man sent him away again requesting a full report on what he enjoys about the property.

The boy couldn’t believe all of the majestic things that he previously missed because he was concentrating so hard on the oil in the spoon. When he returned to the wise man he gave a detailed report of the things he loved most about his journey through the amazing property. Only, in his enthusiasm for discovery, he realized that his spoon was completely empty of oil.

The wise man said, “The secret of happiness is to see all of the marvels of the world, and never forget the drops of oil on the spoon.”

In other words, follow your dreams and enjoy the marvels of the world to the fullest, but simultaneously maintain your focus on reality and you shall find happiness and your treasure as well.

Now go out and listen to your heart. Your treasure awaits you.

About the Author

J.P. Hicks is an info-activist, entrepreneur, pro blogger, editor of Blog Tips and author of a book about blogging. Follow @ Twitter, or like on Facebook and get the FREE ebook SEO For Bloggers.

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  • Bob

    I find that reality changes along with you and so does the truth as well, both the same thing your reality and your truth, they change your perspective in so many ways, no not to worry, challenge your reality and keep living the in the enchanted magic, but it could get lonely, keep going.

  • Victor Gagnon

    First of all everything that has been written here is true. My intent is not to make anyone wrong but to simply add to these wonderful words. I remember reading “The Alchemist” and it is a brilliant book with very inspiring words. It gave me great joy and insight in life.
    As written, physical riches is really not important though we are led to believe that having to pay our bills and to have more than others creates happiness, the materialistic world has its hold.
    How does one create happiness and is the physical world part of that creation or is it simply that we create happiness in our own minds, then who makes the decision on your happiness? You or the world.
    I believe that the real question for most of us is to define our “Reality”. There is a physical reality that you can touch, (materialism, out there) and many live in this realm, and then there are your thoughts about that reality. Which one is true? Which one do you live by? Those who live in a jungle or a remote area and live off of the land, are they as happy as those who live in the city Jungle? Those that can pay their bills and have a good job. What about those who can’t? Can they be happy? Can it be a journey they choose? In most cases we must get to the root cause of life to answer many of these questions. Most conversations start with todays reality in what I call mid stream. For instance the big questions are “What is the purpose of life” and “Why are we here” and a few others. Do we have a pre genetic destiny or do we create our own destiny? I believe the physical world taints our true inner world and only because that is what we are taught from the so called social consciousness and its not wrong. We are not taught that we have choices in life.
    So if the real world (physical world) is not real then what is real? Could they both be real?
    For me my journey is to seek knowledge and that knowledge is simply the seed of experience for me and the experience becomes my truth. My opinion and no one else’s.
    Then if that is the case then my journey is to make known the unknown and to experience life at its fullest. Should that be everyone? So is the answer to life that everyone has their journey and that everyone is right about life?
    When I say to people that I will live to be 200 years old and more and I will simply get younger and healthier. Is that true? Many disbelieve me but that is my reality my choice. Is that true? I accept their truth why is it difficult for them to accept my truth? or does the materialistic world play a part in their belief system?
    To question everything that has been taught us is of the utmost importance, and I mean everything. Believe nothing you have been taught. A great truth. To not question life is to live as sheep do, to be simple followers. To change is the greatest challenge we will ever have as a human race and it will challenge us at every step because we do not like change.
    It is easier to die than it is to live and actually we are in a hurry to die.
    To conquer mind is to conquer self.
    I love this site and I love the people who write on this site as it is very inspiring for me. Thank you to all for sharing your life and your wisdom. To make known the unknown is to learn from everyone no exceptions. I love you all unconditionally. Thank you for taking the time to share your lives and your wisdom with me, it is a great honour.

  • AJ Jones

    Both Accepted & Enjoyed at the same time the read with a candlelight glowing smile. Healthy Exciting Wordsworth: Personal Treasure Map —Personal Legend —True Treasure is Happiness — Enjoy the Marvels of Life with the drops of Reality.

    Thank you…

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