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Beethoven & The Blind Girl

“Assume a virtue, if you have it not”*

In the context in which I’m using it here, a virtue can be any empowering feeling or emotion that enhances your abilities. In this example – enthusiasm.

It takes enthusiasm to succeed in most worthwhile endeavours, and the lack thereof can doom you to failure before you even begin, or at least guarantee mediocrity.

By using the law of assumption, you assume a state of mind, then act accordingly, then your subconscious mind kicks in along with universal laws, and soon you are one with the feeling.

In Pushing To The Front {<Free Copy} Orison Swett Marden shares a story that I love from the biography of Beethoven. It’s about how the great composer came to write my favorite classical piece “Moonlight Sonata”. It’s also a great example of the power of enthusiasm.

“One moonlight evening in winter, we were walking through a narrow street of Bonn. ‘Hush!’ said the great composer, suddenly pausing before a little, mean dwelling, ‘what sound is that? It is from my Sonata in F. Hark! how well it is played.’

“In the midst of the finale there was a break, and a sobbing voice cried: ‘I cannot play anymore. It is so beautiful; it is utterly beyond my power to do it justice. Oh, what would I give to go to the concert at Cologne!’

‘Ah! my sister’, said a second voice; ‘why create regrets when there is no remedy? We can scarcely pay our rent.’ ‘You are right,’ said the first voice , ‘ and yet I wish for once in my life to hear some really good music. But it is of no use.’

“‘ Let us go in,’ said Beethoven. ‘Go in!’ I said; ‘what should we go in for?’ ‘I will play to her,’ replied Beethoven in an excited tone; ‘here is feeling, – genius, – understanding! I will play to her, and she will understand it.

‘Pardon me,’ Beethoven said as he opened the door and saw a young man sitting by a table, mending shoes, and a young girl leaning sorrowfully upon an old-fashioned piano; ‘I heard music and was tempted to enter. I am a musician. I – I also overheard something of what you said. You wish to hear – that is, you would like – that is – shall I play for you?’

“‘Thank you,’ said the shoemaker, ‘but our piano is so wretched, and we have no music.’

”No music!’ said the composer; ‘how, then, does the young lady – I – I entreat your pardon,’ he added, stammering as he saw that the girl was blind; ‘I had not perceived before. Then you play by ear? But where do you hear the music, since you frequent no concerts?’

“‘We lived at Bruhl for two years; and, while there, I used to hear a lady practicing near us. During the summer evenings her windows were generally open, and I walked to and fro outside to listen to her.’

“Beethovem seated himself at the piano. Never, during all the years I knew him, did I hear him play better than to that blind girl and her brother. Even the old instrument seemed inspired. The young man and woman sat as if entranced by the magical, sweet sounds that flowed out upon the air in rhythmical swell and cadence, until, suddenly, the flame of the single candle wavered, sank, flickered, and went out. The shutters were thrown open, admitting a flood of brilliant moonlight, but the player paused, as if lost in thought.

“‘Wonderful man!’ said the shoemaker in a low tone; ‘who and what are you?’

“‘Listen!’ replied the master, and he played the opening bars of the Sonata in F. ‘Then you are Beethoven!’ burst from the young people in delighted recognition. ‘Oh, play to us once more,’ they added, as he rose to go, – ‘only once more!’

“‘I will improvise a sonata to the moonlight,’ said he, gazing thoughtfully upon the liquid stars shining so softly out of the depths of a cloudless winter sky. Then he played a sad and infinitely lovely movement, which crept gently over the instrument, like the calm flow of moonlight over the earth.

This was followed by a wild, elfin passage in triple time – a sort of grotesque interlude, like the dance of the fairies upon the lawn. Then came a swift agitated ending – a breathless, hurrying, trembling movement, descriptive of flight, and uncertainty, and vague impulsive terror, which carried us away on its rustling wings, and left us all in emotion and wonder.

‘Farewell to you,’ he said, as he rose and turned toward the door. ‘You will come again? asked the hosts in a breath. ‘Yes, yes,’ said Beethoven hurriedly, ‘I will come again, and give the young lady some lessons. Farewell!’

Then to me he added: ‘Let us make haste back, that I may write out that sonata while I can yet remember it.’ We did return in haste, and not until long past the dawn of day did he rise from his table with the full score of the Moonlight Sonata in his hand.”

Can you get inside of it and feel it?

– The Unknown Musician.

Quotes – * William Shakespeare




10 Steps To A Positive Mental Attitude

Since thoughts and feelings have a magnetic pull that attract like unto themselves out of the quantum field, the benefits of developing and maintaining a PMA are many.

In fact, stripped of all non-essentials, life itself boils down to two major divisions: good and bad, positive and negative, heaven and hell.

Logically, it makes sense that any activity undertaken with a PMA will go a lot better than with a NMA, yet still most people struggle. And that’s because of negative past conditioning that became habit.

But, like everything else in life, developing a PMA is learnable. Then through frequent use it becomes a habit.

Here’s 10 Steps to a PMA.

1.Take Control Of Your Own Mind.

Realize that you have the power to choose which thoughts you entertain and dwell upon. If you’re in the habit of thinking negatively then decide today to change it. When a negative thought enters your mind shake it off, and say, “change it.” Then focus on the good in every situation.

2. Stay Determined To Focus Your Mind Only On What You Want.

It’s the basics of the law of attraction that your dominant thoughts usher in related feelings. Then those thoughts and feelings attract more of the same into your life. Therefore, when you focus on what you don’t want – you only get more of it. So, train your mind to focus only on what you want.

3. Flush Negative Thoughts From Your Mind By Monitoring Your Feelings.

Since your thoughts determine your feelings, the best way to monitor your thoughts is to be aware of how you’re feeling. When you find yourself feeling discouraged, depressed, frustrated, or unhappy, laugh at yourself for letting negative thoughts enter your mind – then flush them into the void.

4. Set Goals.

Decide exactly what it is that you want to be, do, and have. Then put it in writing. The true power of goals lies in the fact that they get you to focus on what you want – not on what you don’t want.

5. Meditate And Visualize.

Now that you’ve defined what it is that you want, dream about it frequently. Relax deeply, especially upon awakening and before falling asleep. Then in your mind’s eye see your goals, and feel them as though they have already come true.

6. Decide To Be Happy.

The best way I’ve found to be happy is simple – ask yourself what you have to be happy about and grateful for. Go for a brisk walk, and come up with long lists of answers for both questions. By the end of your walk, you’ll be on top of the world. Of course, when you’re happy, you’ll also make others happy.

7. Learn To Forgive And Be Tolerant.

We’re all only human. Therefore, we’ve all done stupid and mean things, and we’ve all made mistakes. When you can forgive yourself and others, the wounds heal. When your tolerant with yourself and others, you are more relaxed. Then in your wisdom, you manifest positive things.

8. Use Positive Affirmations.

W. Clement Stone, who along with Napoleon Hill, co-wrote my favorite self-help book Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude {<Free Copy} was well known for saying, “I feel healthy! I feel happy! I feel terrific!” Repeated affirmations tap into the power of your subconscious mind, making the affirmation become your reality. It’s no surprise that Stone lived to be 100 years old.

9. “Assume A Virtue If You Have It Not.”*

It’s the basics of the law of assumption that when you act enthusiastically, for example, you then become enthusiastic. So, when you start to act as though you are happy – you then become happy. Stand tall, breath deeply, and put a smile on your face, then ask yourself what you have to be happy about.

10. Use The Power Of Prayer.

Even if you don’t believe in a God of some sort, you can still pray to your subconscious mind. Praying is incredibly powerful when done with the faith and gratitude that your prayer has already been answered. When done properly, you are sure to get what you pray for, or something even better. Of that you can be …positive.

Have a great day, – Herb.

Quotes – William Shakespeare.





How To Overcome Fear

“Fear Is The Mind-Killer”*

Deep within you whispers a desire to accomplish something great. Your dreams beckon, and your heart aches for its expression, but then the quarrel within starts.

Fear of failure rears its ugly head, or perhaps it’s fear of success, ridicule, or one of the others – you don’t even know. But next thing you do know, before you even get to work on making your dreams come true, you’ve already given up.

Therein lies the reason that most people die with their music still in them. The desire that calls to them from within is like an Angel of God telling them what their purpose for being here is, yet instead they listen and give in to their fears.

“Fear Is The Great Paralyzer”*

To kill the fear thought that challenges your desire, you must face it courageously by taking action despite your fear.

You must learn how to believe that you can do a thing, before you can do it. Develop the tremendous forces of faith and courage to help insure that your desire sees the light of day.

Because the Infinite Intelligence of the Universal Mind is just and kind, the burning desire of your longing to do a thing is proof that you can do it, for God never mocks us.

“Courage Is Resistance To Fear, Mastery Of Fear, Not Absence Of Fear”*

You must breath life into your dreams of a better life that haunt you. When you wake up and when you go to sleep, seize hold of your imagination and direct it by visualizing your dreams made manifest.

Tap into the treasures of your subconscious mind which is In Tune With The Infinite {<Free Copy} by Ralph Waldo Trine, and creative ideas will just seem to flow through you.

The end is the beginning, therefore harness the powers of the law of assumption by acting as though you are already the type of person that you long to be. Then your subconscious mind will find the ways to make it so.

“Every Action Must Be Prompted By A Motive”*

Define specifically what it is that you want. Then turn the fire of your desire into a blazing inferno by making a list of the reasons why you want it.

Since only 3% of the population put their goals in writing, and those same 3% own more wealth than the other 97% combined, put your major definite purpose down on paper along with the plans for its obtainment.

Then follow through by doing what you plan to do, and you’ll break on through to the other side of fear where success has been waiting for you all along.

“I Learned That Courage Was Not The Absent Of Fear, But The Triumph Over It”*

When we harbor a fear thought, for example the fear of poverty, the fear thought fuses itself into the very texture of our existence, and thus makes us a magnet that attracts even more poverty into our life.

Resolve that you will break through your fears by taking action, and the fear will wither and die. And conversely the courage and momentum from taking action will rise up to the challenge growing stronger still.

Hold on tenaciously to your dreams, to your purpose, to your ideal, and the Universe will help you to achieve what you long for.

Every great achievement was first born in the mind of its creator. Then by chipping away at the stone blow by blow, and day by day, a masterpiece was created.

“Be Ye Transformed By The Renewing Of Your Mind”*

It might seem like a miracle to the unenlightened, but really it is just an exact success formula that is governed by the laws of mind.

Isn’t it time to stand up and claim your birthright as a remarkable human being? I know that you can do it my friend, so just do it now.

All the best, – Herb.

Quotes – *Frank Herbert, *Herb Norcott, *Mark Twain, *Leonardo Da Vinci, *Nelson Mandela, *Romans 12:2.