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keep knocking on doors… the story behind The Alchemist

The Alchemist has been one of the most influential books in my life. I read it the first time years ago when I was traveling alone in Thailand. I’ll never forget sitting on the patio of my tiny beach hut, looking out at the ocean, reading The Alchemist for the first time. When I recommended it to an Australian friend who was on her own world tour, years later, her download onto her kindle came with an inspiring introduction by Paulo Coelho himself.

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expanding the scope of imagination

In my twitter feed this morning I came cross the brainpickings of the day, entitled: ‘Ursula K. Le Guin on Power, Oppression, Freedom, and How Imaginative Storytelling Expands our Scope for the Possible.’ No other book has expanded my scope for the possible than her famous ‘The Left Hand of Darkness,’ so I had to read on.

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A few years ago I was in Seville, Spain. I was sitting at a cafe looking over brochures for flamenco. I’ve always gotten very lucky when traveling, with locals guiding me, always someone there to help. This was one of those times, and the waiter looked at my brochures and said, no no no. That is not flamenco. He drew a map, directing me to Triana, the city across the river from Seville, historically known as home to many gypsies. He told me I’d find real flamenco, and there, I would experience the Duende.

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