Music of the Heart Will Not Be Silent

Written by Stephanie West Allen

Most of Beethoven’s masterpieces were composed while he was deaf. He had inside him music that would not be stilled by life’s circumstances. His music triumphed over suffering.

The last movement ofrepparttar Ninth Symphony is choral music Beethoven set to Friedrich von Schiller’s poem “Ode to Joy.” Beethoven believed this poem celebratedrepparttar 123900 brotherhood of man.

On May 7, 1824, whenrepparttar 123901 Ninth Symphony premiered, Beethoven was on-stage conducting. Also on-stage was a supplementary conductor necessary because of Beethoven’s deafness. Whenrepparttar 123902 “Ode to Joy” movement was over,repparttar 123903 audience erupted in applause. Beethoven did not turn around as he could not hear them.

Turn Around and See What You Have Created

One ofrepparttar 123904 chorus members broke protocol and moved towards Beethoven. He took hold ofrepparttar 123905 composer’s arm. Beethoven gave him a fierce look butrepparttar 123906 chorus member persisted gently turning him around. By thenrepparttar 123907 applause had subsided.

As Beethoven looked out intorepparttar 123908 audience, they began to rise in standing ovation. First one person and then many and then all. It is said that a single, small tear of joy slipped downrepparttar 123909 composer’s cheek. It is also said that another tiny companion tear rolled downrepparttar 123910 cheek ofrepparttar 123911 chorus member standing next to him.

Some Questions for You

What gift inside of you is so strong that it must triumph over any adversity (or shyness or inactivity or busy-ness) and come out for others to enjoy? Are you still holding it in, sapping creative energy by squelching it? What will it take for this ability, this genius, to flow out of you on a stream of inspiration?


Written by Stephanie West Allen

A magical maxim is WYTUG. You can remember WYTUG because it sounds like “Why tug?” So many of us are tugging at our life, trying to pull it along as if it was an obstinate, stubborn, headstrong mule. Why do that? Your life can be likerepparttar old children’s song:

“Row, row, row your boat Gently downrepparttar 123899 stream Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily Life is but a dream.”

Read on to make your life a merry one full of all that you have dreamed.

Known For Centuries

WYTUG is an acronym for What You Think Upon Grows. That what you think upon or focus upon increases is not a newly discovered fact; many have known it since at least as early asrepparttar 123900 writing ofrepparttar 123901 Bible (Phillippians 4:8).

Many more since then have written about this simple and yet profound principle -- Norman Vincent Peale, Napoleon Hill, Agnes Sanford, Dale Carnegie, Joel Goldsmith, to name just a few.

Our thoughts are very powerful; they are our mental magic wands. What we dwell upon becomes our reality. This simple fact is what makes our thoughts so powerful. If you cast your attention upon poverty, you will attract poverty into your life. If you think about illness, you will get sick.

No matter whatrepparttar 123902 situation — health, wealth, peace, happiness — thinking aboutrepparttar 123903 negative side will get you more ofrepparttar 123904 negative; concentrating onrepparttar 123905 positive will get you more ofrepparttar 123906 positive.

Too simple, you say? It may be simple but it is not easy. Watch your thoughts for a half day. How often do you think ofrepparttar 123907 good andrepparttar 123908 positive, and how often of that which you fear or do not want? Many of us think much more about repparttar 123909 bad things in life and imagine these fears coming to pass.

Not a good move! Fearing a thing invites it to become manifest in your life. Think miracles instead. Wonderful, enchanting, golden miracles.

Fear, Fear Everywhere

Why do many of us find our thoughts drawn not torepparttar 123910 wondrous,repparttar 123911 marvelous,repparttar 123912 triumphant, but torepparttar 123913 pessimistic,repparttar 123914 fatalistic,repparttar 123915 creepy?

Perhaps it is because we are told so often what to fear — diseases, interest rates, crime, foods, chemicals, addictions, politicians, violence, road rage (and allrepparttar 123916 other rages du jour). One potential fear after another.

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