We claim what we want and we get what we claim.
Last night we watched a terrific PBS documentary on the life of “Napoleon,” written and directed by David Grubin. It was a magnificent spectacle, in some regards, of stark, naked ambition and an unwavering, straightforward march to attain his sought-after title of Emperor of France—and thus in his self-serving Path to subjugate as much of Europe as he could conquer. In fact, at the height of his achievements in the early 1800’s, the scope of his dominion spanned the largest breadth of lands since the Roman Empire.
Born into undistinguished circumstances on the island of Corsica, a homeland he held dear to his heart all his life, Napoleon’s father obtained a coveted scholarship so his son could be trained in the military arts of the day. In his early 20’s, as a young, untried officer, his remarkable genius at military strategy on the field of battle and his cunning courage—strike fast and hard in surprising ferocity—came to the fore rather quickly. Napoleon’s meteoric rise was a combination of his innate brilliance and his destiny of being in the right place at the right time. Without hesitation, he capitalized on every military and political opportunity that came his way, all the while masterminding a public relations campaign that made him the indispensable Head of State of France—crowned and glorified like the Roman Caesars before him.
The well-known psychiatrist, Dr. Karl Menninger, once said that “attitude is more important than facts,” and this was exemplified in the life of Napoleon in his ascension from an obscure beginning to virtually the most powerful person on the globe. Early on, when he began to win stunning victories on the battlefield, defeating one foe after another, he believed he had a “lucky star.” Some of the paintings he commissioned for the celebrated battles he fought had a 5-pointed star with the letter “N” in the upper right hand corner of the picture. He felt highly fortunate in all his endeavors, thus the results were more often than not extremely fortunate and in his favor! He sent out the vibration of a winner, expecting to be a winner, and he was a winner, much to the great dismay of the leaders of Britain, Europe, and Russia!
After the British exiled him to the island of Elba, he engineered a gutsy escape. Napoleon returned to France and once again ascended to the pinnacle of power, taking the reins of France’s destiny in his hands. But the tides eventually turned on him as the military forces on the continent and Britain amassed to depose him, intending to end his powerful grip. Prior to a head-on conflict, in his final battle at Waterloo, Napoleon’s keen instincts, bold offenses, and visionary strategy failed him. His confidence was badly shaken because he no longer felt assured his lucky star would prevail. His instincts and reactions were thus off, and he was defeated. His belief had faltered.
Thoughts always precede the result and predetermine it with great accuracy. The Universal Law of Attraction operates undeviatingly. As a classic demonstration, Napoleon accomplished all that he did because he believed he could. And so he did. The moment he became unsure and unclear was the exact moment that a different effect or result came into being in his sphere. Each thought is a powerful and precious thing.
Who has overcome the world? He who has conquered his own mind.
Text © by Zane Maser, 2011. All rights reserved worldwide.
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