If you have not read the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, then you should and do it soon. The Alchemist tells the story of a young man who meets a mysterious king named the king of Salem in Tarifa convinces him that he has succeeded in discovering his Personal Legend. The old king tells the young man that following his Personal Legend to its conclusion is a person’s only real obligation in life. The young man listens to his heart and decides to go on a dangerous search for the treasure. Along the way, he learns to listen to his heart and, more importantly, realizes that his dreams, or his Personal Legend, are not just his but part of the Soul of the Universe.
So many things have occurred that have lead to my journey of my Personal Legend. It is yet ongoing and has recently taken an interesting direction. So this has lead to a reflection of how I got to this point. In the Alchemist, the King who guided the young man only arrives, in different forms, when the young man cannot find the path or is off the path of his Personal Legend. So I looked back at the last number of years to see if I could recognize when I was visited by “my King”. I would have to say that I am going to give props to a few of those who have helped me along the way. I truly believe I these people found me or the Universe attracted me to them so that I could find my direction. The first time the “King” visited me he came in the form of my friend and mentor Andrew. It was uncanny how we met, but I truly believe I was meant to meet and work with Andrew. He guided me on this Holistic path that I am on. I have him to thank for a lot of who I am today.
The second time the “King” arrived he came as the form of my instructor J.P. for my HLC1 course. Through him I found how deep my emotions and scars could run. But he showed me the path to healing. The problem was I was not fully ready for that change, so I stumbled on the path. I made progress, but it was much slower that the Universe intended.
And with that stumbling the “King” came again in the form of HLC2 instructor Josh. It was to be another instructor, but at the last minute cancelled. Josh was the replacement. But I look at is as an omen. I was meant to meet him, listen and learn. Everything he said lit lights that helped to illuminate the path. However as in the Alchemist, the King will not appear when he believes you can make the journey on your own. He wants you to trust your instincts and make your own path.
And thus my “King” is not here to teach me. And why do I write this. I have had the opportunity of a life time presented to me. The one goal I have been chasing for 12 years has landed in my hands. Yet I look at the opportunity and look at the situation. Is it the right situation or the situation… but not right now? I should be jumping at the opportunity, yet I questions whether this is my own Personal Legend or a lesson on the path. Am I meant for this situation or is there a greater purpose for me? At the moment, I feel that there is something big for me, that my world is about to burst full speed ahead, but down which path? My goal for you reading this is to look back at your journey, and recognize the “King” in your life. Second, is look around because the clues to following your path are all around you. WE just don’t look hard enough. Right now I know in my heart if I focus, I will take the right path. My intuition will tell me, and the Universe will attract me.