‘If you come here, you will find a hidden treasure.’ And, just as she was about to show me the exact location, I woke up. Both times.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Have you ever had recurring visions or dreams such as this one? Where you are an adventurer in search of a mysterious treasure… And if only you could figure out the location of the said treasure, you would find your fortune.

But the story isn’t that simple. It never is. Our dreams are symbolic, not literal. Even in the story of Joseph in the Book of Genesis, the prophesies come true; but not before a long and arduous journey.

It is during the journey that the dream reaches its full fruition. It is during the journey that the Earth is pregnant and awaiting the fruits of its own hard labours. We can discount and dismiss dreams and visions such as these, but if we have faith in them; we can end up living out our deepest dreams.

A dream is a destination with a beginning and an end. The middle part is the journey. They are the footsteps that will get us to our destination. At some places it is fast, at other places it is slow. And then there is that moment, that foretold moment, where it all happens all at once. It usually happens at the time when we have stopped believing completely.

The boy in the tale went see a fortune-teller. She agrees to interpret the dream for him for free. In exchange, she asks for a tenth of the treasure when he finally finds it. Interpreting dreams such as this one is not easy, for the task is dual-fold: first, having the vision; and second, figuring out what it all means.

Once the dream has been interpreted, the fortune-teller tells the boy that she only interprets dreams; but has no idea how to turn them into reality. It was then that the boy’s quest for his hidden treasure began.

The quest to your treasure thus has three parts: having a dream, interpreting it and then embarking upon the twists and turns that will make it a reality. And of course, staying on course till the very end.


Is beginner’s luck nothing but fool’s gold? Is it a brief and fleeting taste of success that is not meant to last? Perhaps. Or perhaps it is a symbol of what is real from what is fake. That is the first lesson on the quest to gold. We get a taste.

Gold has always been a metaphor for the bounty of wealth and riches. As good as gold, as precious as gems–these are similes we use to describe something that is worth a sizeable sum. In the dusty books from days of old, there were these alchemists who worked obsessively in laboratories as they attempted to transform base metals into gold.

Is the quest for gold an inner or an outer quest? I would say that it is both. Inner transformations and outer transformations go hand in hand. When we focus on one on the expense of the other, we create an imbalance in our lives. What is the imbalance that is created, though?

It seems that the quest is not only finding gold, but becoming gold and possessing the ability to create it. If it was a quest to find gold, alchemists would not have worked in their laboratories trying to transform the worthless into the worthwhile.

The quest for gold, therefore, is to transform something that is seemingly worthless into something that is worthwhile.

It is the quest from the self to the Self.

The Nature of Metal

Gold is not a gem, but a metal. It can therefore be alloyed with other metals. Gold is an excellent conductor of electricity and beyond its ornamental use, gold is found in our cellphones and other electrical appliances. For some, gold is a metaphor for the Sun; while silver is a metaphor for the Moon. Both gold and silver do not rust easily.

It is, however, rare to find jewellery or other objects that are either pure gold or pure silver due to how soft the metals are. They are almost always alloyed with other metals. While silver doesn’t rust, it does tarnish. If not taken care of, it will lose its brilliant gleam and turn black.

Both gold and silver can be melted down and transformed into other objects. Unlike silver, however, pure gold is a noble precious metal–and the least reactive of all metals. Gold does not rust and nor does it tarnish.

That is why it is a metaphor for all that is precious in life.

The Mineral Kingdom

When we bring a crystal, metal or gemstone into our electromagnetic field, two things occur. First, the electromagnetic frequencies carried by that stone will now vibrate with related frequencies in our own energy field.

Secondly, our nervous system will attune itself to these shifts in energy and will transmit this information to your brain. This will create frequencies that stimulate biochemical shifts that affect the physical body, trigger emotional experiences and shift the mind to open you to different experiences.

Electromagnetic fields are present everywhere in our environment, but they are invisible to the human eye. Electric fields are produced by the build-up of electric charges in the atmosphere are associated with thunderstorms.

Due to the earth’s magnetic field, a compass needle orients itself in a North-South direction. This direction is used intuitively by birds and fish for navigation. Besides natural sources, the electromagnetic spectrum also includes fields generated by humans. For instance, X-rays machines, electrical power sockets, TV antennas, radio stations and so on.

Why am I telling you these facts? Because every object has a manifested purpose and dream. A reason for its creation.

The Dream

When you are living the life of your dream, or perhaps a dream you had and nurtured like a young child, it may not feel like you are living the dream at all.

The boy in The Alchemist embarks upon his quest. In the end, he finds his treasure. But on the way…

The mysterious chain that links one thing to another, the same chain that had caused him to become a shepherd, that had caused his recurring dream, that had brought him to a city near Africa, to find a king, and to be robbed in order to meet a crystal merchant, and . . .

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

When we believe in our dreams, they have the possibility of coming true. It is this dream that makes the seemingly worthless worthwhile and worth doing. When you are on the path of your dreams, it doesn’t always all fall into place with a magic wand. But sooner or later, you find your way and you realise that you have become the gold that you were seeking.

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