Origin of the Quote: Paul Coelho, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Joseph Campbell
This quote has been attributed to many different sources. It appears in The Alchemist, by Paul Coelho, which was published in 1988, but the origin is actually much older.
It also appears in Joseph Campbell’s book Follow Your Bliss, but it is also commonly attributed to transcendentalist author and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson.
The idea. however, is actually quite common, appearing in many ancient religious and spiritual texts, including versions in The Bible and The Qu’ran.
Meaning and Interpretation
Regardless of the specific phrasing you prefer, the meaning of this quote is quite simple:
You have the power to create your own reality. Your conscious intention shapes the world around you, and as you choose what it is you want to experience, the world will unfold before you in order to make it happen.
This is the essence of The Law of Attraction.
The Law of Attraction states that you receive the energy that you emit. When you set a clear intention to experience something in the physical world, your thoughts and energy begin to construct that experience, and – if you maintain your positive focus on it – you WILL experience it in the physical world.
Many people like to interpret this idea spiritually, and there are many forms of this concept with religious underpinnings, for example: “Ask, and you shall receive.” It also aligns with the philosophy that every child is a part of God and, since man was “made in the image and likeness of God,” has creative power over the world before him.
Neville Goddard explains this religious interpretation in his books. Click here to learn more about Goddard’s writings on living from the wish fulfilled.