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Finding your Bliss – The Alchemist

The inspirational book (fable) called The Alchemist, by Brazilian author and translator Paulo Coelho has been a runaway bestseller for over 20 years. The charming tale of Santiago, a shepherd boy, who dreams of seeing the world, is compelling in its own right, but gains resonance through the many lessons Santiago learns during his adventures. He journeys from Spain to Morocco in search of worldly success, and eventually to Egypt, where a fateful encounter with an alchemist brings him at last to self-understanding and spiritual enlightenment. The story has the charm, dramatic tension and psychological intensity of a fairy tale, but it’s full of specific wisdom as well, about becoming self-empowered, overcoming depression, and believing in dreams. The cumulative effect is like hearing a wonderful bedtime story from an inspirational psychiatrist.

All of us need to be aware of our personal calling. The reason why we are here on earth. Whenever you do something that fills you with bliss and fulfills your dreams.

What is standing in your way of finding your bliss?

It is fairly well known that some of the exact same obstacles for each one of us, may in fact be the cause of our not reaching these dreams.

1) We are told during childhood and onward that we can’t have everything we want/do everything we wish to. Our dreams become buried inside of us, filling us with guilt or fear perhaps for even desiring them.
2) Next comes our fear of hurting those we love. What would happen if we decided to go within and find our bliss? What if it would require abandoning everything that we are doing now and going after something entirely different? Would we be rejected by those we love? We need to turn this thought process around and realize that those you love will support you and love you no matter what you decide. Most importantly, they want you to find your bliss!
3) Next of course, is our fear of failure in our pursuit of our dream. What if I fail? Here is where you must realize that it is not supposed to be an easy road. That is why we are here on earth. To live it, to experience all of it, successes, failures and all. It’s your dream, no one else’s. You can’t learn if you haven’t any defeats to overcome. Besides, your endeavor has never been done before, has it?! Believe in yourself, and like the children’s book “The Little Train the Could”, say to yourself over and over “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can..”

You might be asking yourself, “why do I want to find my bliss when I’m just comfortable the way I am? Then I don’t have to go through all of this suffering to to get there!?”

The answer to that is when you find your bliss you will have such a wonderful sense of euphoria; happiness and a zest for life that you had never felt imaginable. You will be filled with a different sense of confidence and fulfillment than before. One that feels as if you are now living the miracle of life.

4) Surprised there is a fourth obstacle? This is the most important obstacle that you pay attention to once you have reached your dream. Hold on to it! A lot of people start to lose their dream here, back away from their bliss, because of feelings of guilt. “I don’t deserve this”. Remind yourself of everything you went through to get there, all of the hardships you endured. You are not being selfish by being happy, by living a blissful life. You are living as you were intended and you are helping make the world a better place!

So I ask you, what are your dreams and desires? Have you found your bliss? If you are starting to wonder now, a good start would be to read The Alchemist, and of course, the Find Bliss website (www.findbliss.com). You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Blessings and light on your path to finding your bliss. It is out there for each and every one of you. Feel free to write in if you have a story to share.

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