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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




How To Use The Law Of Visualization

“The World Is But A Canvas To Our Imagination”*

There is a very real universal law of mind that makes the dream of the dreamer come true. This law of visualization calls into being in the outer world that which is made real in the inner world.

At the root of the law of cause and effect, imagination pictures the thing desired, but having vision reaches beyond mere dreaming into the conception of what can be.

There is virtually nothing that you truly desire that cannot be made manifest on the physical plane of reality through the 3 steps to the art of visualization:

  1. See it in your mind’s eye in vivid detail.
  2. Believe in the possibility of its obtainment.
  3. Feel it and be grateful for it as though it was already yours.

This is using the law of assumption, and also how to get what you pray for. The more frequently you do these steps, the quicker your visions will be made tangible.

“Fiction Reveals Truths That Reality Obscures”*

This law brings into being your deepest desires. This is the kind of mental training that gives Olympians the edge over their competitors, and wins them the gold. This is the right use of your mind.

See things as you would have them be instead of as they are. Close your eyes and make mental pictures of exactly what it is that you want. See it, feel it, and live it as you would in reality, and you breath life into it.

It is dreaming, but with a purpose. Write it down in detail because only 3% of the population ever write down their goals, and this same 3% own more wealth than the other 97% combined.

Writing your goals down activates the power of your subconscious mind which is in tune with the Universal Mind. Plus it sets in motion the powerful law of attraction.

What do you want? A new car, a house, a better job – whatever it is – define it as best you can. Then meditate upon it, and visualize it when you wake up, before you go to sleep, and as often as you can throughout the day.

Pray for it to a higher power, and to your subconscious mind with the faith that your wish has been fulfilled. Then prepare to receive it by working towards it as it flows towards you. This is how you complete the miracle process.

Imagine The Possibilities

All that you see around you was once first an image in the field of the imagination. Every invention, novel, movie, song, etc. – it all started as a seed in the mind of its creator. Therefore, you can invent the life that you long for by first creating the vision of it in your mind’s eye.

As Einstein proved energy and matter are interchangeable; thus your imagination emits incredible amounts of mental magnetic energy that attracts unto itself that upon which it dwells – until it is turned into matter.

“When An Oak Is Felled The Whole Forest Echoes With Its Fall, But A Hundred Acorns Are Sown In Silence By An Unnoticed Breeze”*

Just like a great sculpture is given beauty by chipping away at the stone, blow by blow with hammer and chisel. So it is with all great works of art, and of humanity in all its forms.

You are a divine work of art yourself, yet you must use and improve your innate gifts and talents by consciously directing your mind’s eye.

Here’s FREE links to my Top 10 Self-Help Books For Developing The Imagination:

  1. Creative Visualization {<Free Copy} by Shakti Gawain
  2. The Magic Of Believing {<Free Audiobook} by Claude Bristol
  3. The Power Of Intention  {<Free Video} by Wayne Dyer
  4. The Power Of Awareness  {<Free Copy} by Neville Goddard
  5. The Key To Living The Law Of Attraction {<Free Audiobook} by Jack Canfield
  6. The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind {<Free Copy} by Joseph Murphy
  7. The Secret Of The Ages   {<Free Copy} by Robert Collier
  8. Think And Grow Rich  {<Free Copy} by Napoleon Hill
  9. The Science Of Getting Rich  {<Free Copy} by Wallace D. Wattles
  10. The Strangest Secret  {<Free Audiobook} by Earl Nightingale

“Imagination Will Often Carry Us To Worlds That Never Were. But Without It We Go Nowhere”*

The only limits to your possibilities are the ones that you place upon yourself. Draw upon the universal abundance of supply at will through the power of controlled imagination.

The possibilities that are available in the Universal Mind are as countless as the stars in the night’s sky, so shoot for the moon because you deserve the best. Happiness, wealth, health, success, all are yours to claim.

Life will give you all that you desire, but you must first pay the price for its obtainment by training your mind. Awaken the sleeping giant within you, and claim your birthright as a truly incredible human being.  Your destiny awaits.

I turned my life completely around, and made many of my dreams come true by using what I learned from hundreds of self-help books. If I did it – you can do it too.

All the best – Herb

Quotes –  *Henry David Thoreau, *Jessamyn West, *Thomas Carlyle, *Carl Sagan





Top 10 Goal Setting Tips

“Most People Go To Where The Puck Is, I Go To Where It’s Going To Be”*

Writing your goals down on paper seems like such a simple step, but less than 3% of the population ever bother to do it. Yet those same 3% own more wealth than all of the other 97% combined.

It’s power lies in the fact that before you can achieve anything worthwhile, you must know exactly what it is that you want. After all how can you make your dreams come true if you’re unclear about what they are?

The law of cause and effect states that you always reap what you have sown. In other words, whatever you plant in the fertile soil of your imagination with clarity of vision, then nurture with action, will inevitably reap you a bountiful harvest.

“As You Think, So You Become”*

By putting your goals on paper, you activate The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind {<Free Copy} by Joseph Murphy. Which then sets in motion the law of attraction because whatever you think about the most starts to flow towards you as you move toward it.

“Think Little Goals And Expect Little Achievements. Think Big Goals And Win Big Success”

My Top 10 Goal Setting Tips have helped me to achieve many things that I used to think were impossible. They helped put me on the track to personal success, and they can do the same for you.

1- Figure out what you love to do, then find a way to do it

  • Commit to excellence in your chosen field
  • Master your craft
  • Do your homework
  • Go the extra mile
  • Commit to being in the top 10%
  • Turn your car into a university on wheels

2- Define exactly what it is that you want

3- Put it in writing

4- Set a date

  • Set 1 month, 1 year, 2 year, 5 year, and long term goals
  • Break each goal down into simple steps
  • Create a plan for achieving every goal by sitting for ideas
  • Think long term, but…chip away at the stone every day
  • Remember the power of compound interest in taking consistent action

5- Always prioritize

6- Take consistent action

  • Welcome the disciplines
  • Link pain to not taking action
  • Link pleasure to taking action
  • Get addicted to the endorphin rush of achievement
  • Use the Dickens Pattern
  • Go with the flow of momentum
  • Instead of debating it “just do it now”
  • Always schedule in some play time
  • Take one day off to enjoy life every week

7- Work at least one half hour everyday on your major goal

  • Whether it’s playing an instrument
  • Or writing a book
  • Just get started
  • Stay motivated
  • Become a Lord Of Self-Discipline
  • Take one day off per week
  • Enjoy the journey

8- Visualize it often

9- Act the part

10- Reward yourself for every success

  • Remember that it’s not what you get
  • It’s the person that you become
  • Pat yourself on the back
  • But don’t rest on your laurels

Remember “You Miss 100% Of The Shots That You Don’t Take”*

See you at the finish line, – Herb.

Quotes – *Wayne Gretzky, *Bruce Lee, *David Schwartz, *Wayne Gretzky