The Alchemist - fourth obstacle
The fourth obstacle is fear too but this time it's fear of realizing the dream.
Sounds counter-intuitive, doesn't it, but think about this: if we get what we've been dreaming, desiring, programming and working for then what does that say about the people around us who aren't achieving their dreams?
Actually it doesn't say anything about them because we aren't dreaming their dream. However if this kind of thinking kicks in it may cause us to feel guilty.
With the goal within sight, within reach, we may pull back because we're - at least unconsciously - feeling guilty or undeserving.
Ever feel that you have sabotaged yourself in some way?
My friend says she shoots herself in the foot every time her life gets too good. IT'S TRUE. She does. And I've done it myself as well as watching others do the same thing. Think about it: do you?
Coelho says "This is the most dangerous of the obstacles because it has a kind of saintly aura about it: renouncing joy and conquest. But if you believe yourself worthy of the thing you fought so hard to get, then you....help the Soul of the World, and you understand why you are here."
Think about it. Examine your patterns. Root out old, limiting 'programs' and replace them with optimistic, exciting and joyfilled dreams and desires. Turn those into the objects of your programming and become all you can be!