The Celestine Prophesy has got me thinking about every interaction I have – what is the message here? What am I supposed to learn from this?
It kicks off with the main character meeting his friend Charlene in a restaurant. She says she has just come back from Peru where she was investigating this mysterious manuscript that is thought to further the teachings of Christianity. She thought that he would love to hear about it so she got in touch. He has just quit his job and living out in the woods. He got disheartened by the “rat race” and became cynical. The story of the manuscript sparked something dormant in him – curiosity, enthusiasm and spontaneity.
So he jumps on the plane and off goes to Peru to find more about the manuscript. And as soon as he gets off the plane, he is met with resistance… and this is the bit that I don’t get: the church and the Peruvian military are opposed the Manuscript and are chasing down, arresting and in some cases kill people who have copies… Seems a tad far-fetched.
Anyway he goes to Peru and has a load of coincidental experiences that lead him from one insight to another, and from one adventure to anther. The story is a little silly but it is just the delivery tool for the author’s message.
Reading this book, it has got me thinking about the opportunities all around us. Every encounter is an opportunity to learn. If we read into the encounters, we might come up with something we never thought of. The book talks about these encounters have a pre-determined meaning, but I think we determine the meaning. And if we work on the assumption that we can derive meaning from each experience, we are more likely too. And it’s not hard, it’s just a matter of thinking, “what can I learn from this?”.
Another positive idea in the book came from the eight insight which discussed human relationships. Basically this was a reminder to treat other people as you would like to be treat (big shout out to JC for that one…). Approach people positively and it will be a more enjoyable experience for all.
So while the story is a bit simple, it’s still a good read. And you’ll get a few nuggets of wisdom out it.