In The Alchemist, the Soul of the World is “the principle that governs all things”. It is a “positive force”, a divine energy of a spiritual nature. It is the link that connects our natural forms to the spiritual world.
It is a force that surrounds us, is in everything dead or alive, and it is also in all of us as well. It is the discerner of good and evil, the distinction between dark and night. It is the very essence of our existence.
“The boy reached through to the Soul of the World, and saw that it was a part of the Soul of God. And he saw that the Soul of God was his own soul. And that he, a boy, could perform miracles.”—Paul Coelho, The Alchemist
The concept of the Soul of the World can be found in secular beliefs, scientific theories, and religious theologies. It has many names, but in Christian terms I like to think of it as the Hand of God or the Holy Spirit. It is the Power of God that moves in and around us.
I interpret the original sin, the fall of Eve and Adam, as humanity’s initial disconnect from the Soul of the World. The concept of individualism was born and we began to value our own identity and independence over divine law. We stopped listening to the Will of the Universe.
When we are disconnected from the Soul of the World, we ignore the effect our actions have on all things. We focus on the moment and not the eternal.
We push and pull to make things happen that temporarily satisfy our flesh with no regard for the spirit. We stumble around the dark with blinders thrashing about, laying waste and destruction. We destroy, without edification.
When we are connected to the Soul of the World we are not swimming against the tide, but moving within the ebb and flow of the Universe.
We are not fighting, but living. We become linked with the Soul of the World to find that the truest desires of our hearts become easily fulfilled.
Doors begin to open that we never knew were there. Opportunities arise on their own. We begin to move mountains, literally and figuratively, with little or no effort, because all things natural and spiritual are unified with the Soul of the World and abide by it.
“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.”—Mark 11:23 (NKJV)