Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to see your own creative gifts? To figure out what you’re really good at?
Paulo Coehlo’s book, The Alchemist, is a fable about a seeker who sets out on a long journey in search of treasure — only to find that what he searched the ends of the Earth for was right in his own backyard the whole time.
“Remember that wherever your heart is,
there you will find your treasure.”
— Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
This is a metaphor for the inner treasure that is right beneath our nose, almost too close to see because it dwells inside of us.
Wherever your heart is…
Does this mean that we can really trust the deep longings within our heart?
Dare we follow where our heart is telling us to go?
This is what I’m wrestling with as I map out the structure for a new memoir. The archetypes of the Hero’s Journey are helping me imagine what universal forces are at play in my personal story.
One of my editors pointed out was that a big part of the story has to do with the creative tools I used (keeping my art journal style sketchbooks) to navigate a harrowing journey. It other words, the book isn’t so much about the solo pilgrimage I took from Alaska to Mexico, but about how my creativity helped me find my way home.
It’s so easy to overlook this inner treasure. It’s hard to see what is always right there, hidden in the heart.
Why is that?
Maybe getting to the heart center, where the treasure is, requires a different approach. One beyond the logical mind.
…you will find your treasure
Treasure. What we really value. What we can’t live without. What we want so much it’s hard to even speak it aloud. Even to ourselves.
Writing Prompts for Your Journal
What treasures are you searching for that already lie within?
Where is your heart urging you to go?
What do you want so much, it remains secret even to yourself?
All of these questions are good to ponder, even better to use as journaling or writing prompts.
Our theme for this month’s Magic Book is inner treasure.
The prompts and projects in Magic Book help you excavate, discover, and delight in everything that makes your life so rich, right where you are now. This is true wealth, real treasure. You can get your copy right here.
Besides working in art journals, one of my all-time favorite resources for mining inner treasure is A Course in Miracles — a set of three books of spiritual psychotherapy, one of which is daily meditations.
As I typed in the Paulo Coelho quote, above, it reminded me of one of my favorite quotes from A Course in Miracles, because it says almost exactly the same thing:
Remember that where your heart is,
there is your treasure also.
— A Course in Miracles
What are your favorite books and stories about finding treasure within?
If you want to see where I’m writing this (and working on the memoir), pop over here to see my writing cabin in Mexico. Come say hi, tell me what you’re working on right now.
And if you want to come to Mexico and create with me, the latest offerings are here.
It feels so good to be hunkered down and writing, as part of my summer work retreat.
Preparations are also happening for an upcoming pilgrimage this Fall. This hero’s journey exploration has me wanting to go directly to the source. Can you imagine where on Earth that might be?