: something valuable (such as money, jewels, gold, or silver) that is hidden or kept in a safe place
: something that is very special, important, or valuable
: a person who is greatly loved or valued especially because of being very helpful
Treasure (n.): mid-12th century, tresor, from Old French tresor “treasury, hoard, treasure,” from Gallo-Roman tresaurus, from Latin thesaurus “treasury, treasure,” from Greek thesauros “store, treasure, treasure house” (thesaurus). In Middle English also thresur, etc.; modern spelling is from 16th century. Replaced Old English goldhord. General sense of “anything valued” is recorded from c. 1200. Treasure hunt is first recorded 1913.
“Gold makes monsters of men.”
Erin Bowman (young adult author, type nerd, coffee addict, and Harry Potter enthusiast, among other things; best known for “Vengeance Road”)
“What we spend, we lose. What we keep will be left for others. What we give away will be ours forever.”
David McGee (international speaker, evangelist, musician, pastor, and author)
“As he was about to climb yet another dune, his heart whispered, ‘Be aware of the place where you are brought to tears. That's where I am, and that’s where your treasure is.’”
Paulo Coehlo (born Paulo Coehlo de Souza in 1947, Brazilian lyricist and novelist, best known for writing “The Alchemist”)
“I'd rather have a heart of gold
Than all the treasure of the world.”
Ana Claudia Antunes (bestselling author in the United Kingdom and Spain for historical fiction, mystery, and nonfiction; best known for “Memoirs of An Amazon”)
“No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.”
L. Frank Baum (1856-1919, Lyman Frank Baum, author chiefly known for writing “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and “The Lost Princess of Oz”)
“He had his treasure, but finally all he wanted was his family. And peace.”
Louise Penny (b. 1958, Canadian author of the award-winning Armand Gamache series of murder mysteries)
“Though every man naturally abhorreth sorrow, and loves the most merry and joyful life; yet few do love the way to joy, or will endure the pains by which it is obtained; they will take the next that comes to hand, and content themselves with earthly pleasures, rather than they will ascend to heaven to seek it; and yet when all is done, they must have it there, or be without it.”
Richard Baxter (1615-1691, prominent churchman of the 1600s, who sought unity among the Protestants, independent thinker, author, and at the center of every major controversy in England during his lifetime)
“As he was about to climb yet another dune, his heart whispered, ‘Be aware of the place where you are brought to tears. That’s where I am, and that’s where your treasure is.’” — Paulo Coehlo
We must focus to stay present and aware of those precious moments in our lives, those divine experiences that stir our souls and shakes us to our core. If we don’t, we may fall asleep and miss the locations of the treasure chests, which may hold the clues to our life missions.
Prospecting our inner gold is very much like gleaning for those divine precious jewels that may only exists in the realms of possibilities and potentialities. It’s an exercising of truly seeing what we look for.
When I was a freshmen and sophomore in college, I wasn’t that happy where I was. The university’s culture, at that time, focused more on the status, class, and skin color of a student rather than that person’s character or integrity. Although I was surrounded by good people who cared a great deal about me, I became disenchanted by an environment that tolerated mean-spiritedness and divisiveness.
I decided I needed to get away, broaden my scope, and see other parts of the world. Once I made the decision, all types of opportunities popped up. I found a student summer program in Africa, Central and South America. And when that opportunity fell through another popped up to West Africa, where I was able to study entrepreneurs in Senegal and Gambia. Coincidentally, while on line to get food in the student union, I happened upon a flyer on the wall offering scholarships to travel to Taiwan and to study Mandarin Chinese for a year. On both trips I was able receive college credit and was able to graduate on scheduled.
Once we are able to focus and to put ourselves in the vicinity of what we want, treasure troves of information and opportunities are afforded beyond our wildest dreams.
However, as we become more spiritually connected and more enlightened, we will need to listen and feel more to our emotional indicators in order to perceive The Universe’s subtle deliveries of our divine gifts.
Be well and prosper, sojourners!
Written with Love, Tonya