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Coehlo, Paulo - The Alchemist - The Master Work

Identifier

002901

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Paulo Coehlo – The Alchemist

The book that most interested the boy told the stories of the famous alchemists.  They were men who had dedicated their entire lives to the purification of metals in their laboratories; they believed that, if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties and what was left would be the Soul of the World.  This Soul of the World allowed them to understand anything on the face of the earth... they called that discovery the Master Work – it was part liquid and part solid...

the alchemists spent years in their laboratories observing the fire that purified the metals.  They spent so much time close to the fire that gradually they gave up the vanities of the world.  They discovered that the purification of the metals had led to a purification of themselves

The source of the experience

Coelho, Paulo

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Fire
Metal
Purgatory

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

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