The Alchemist is one of my favorite books of all time and has had a huge influence in my life along with many others. It is an inspiring story about chasing your dreams and being attentive to the language of life (omens) in order to find your greatest treasure which is considered to be your Personal Legend. Your Personal Legend is the thing you’ve always wanted to accomplish in life, your deepest desire that originates from the soul of the universe. It is your mission on earth.

Now I’m not sure if you believe in Personal Legends and to be honest, I’m not entirely convinced either but ever since I was fourteen years old I’ve had visions of this one story constantly occupying my mind. It’s a mythological story inspired by the music of OutKast and is easily the single greatest influence in my life outside the care of my parents. I consider it my Personal Legend because even though I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the story for the past two decades, it is my deepest desire I want to fulfill. It is as much a part of me as anything else in life.

The Soul of Suw is my Personal Legend. It’s a mythology based on music which needs to be experienced through film. I say experienced rather than presented because I envision the story being a form of Living Art where the audience are more than passive observers but rather, active participants in the story.

According to the Alchemist, when one pursues their treasure or Personal Legend, they are transformed. This transformation is the true intent of the quest, not the treasure. In essence, you are the destiny you seek. It is through the process of living out your Personal Legend where you create who you are in following your heart’s deepest desire. If you are just given your desire, you won’t grow and the treasure of life is in the growth.

An additional note to Personal Legends is, though they may be personal, they are not exclusively about you. Those who are able to discover their treasure and better themselves, end up enriching all those around them. As corny as it may sound, you become a treasure to the rest of the world and your actions or your Great Work becomes an inspiration souls across the globe you may never meet. As The Alchemist has done for me, my hope and intent is that one day Soul of Suw will do the same for you.

This website is meant to provide a brief overview of my story, Soul of Suw, along with introducing you to the inspirations, purpose and deep seated themes within the story. Along the way you’ll discover the significance and importance of mythologies in ancient times, become introduced to the World of Suw, come to understand the concept of Living Art and reconsider/explore the purpose of human existence.

But First Stop Joseph Campbell

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