Napoleon visited a site were the plague was in full force. I have included a painting of Napoleon, by Antoine-Jean Gros, “Bonaparte Visits the Plague Stricken in Jaffa,” painted in 1804 and hanging in the Louvre, depicting the event. Napoleon walked among the plague victims to demonstrate to his soldiers that he had no fear and the plague could not affect him. Goethe said in his memoirs that Napoleon told him that he went to where the plague was raging and deliberately walked and touched the plague victims to demonstrate that man has power over the plague and not the other way around.
I have made numerous posts regarding the inner power and gifts that we all possess. I have posted many examples of individuals around the world who appeared to do extraordinary things yet what they have accomplished we all have the possibility of also manifesting.
The hang-up, if I might use this term, for most people reading about the near miraculous activities of others is that they don’t really believe that they have the capability or understanding of how to reach this ‘state.’ Throughout the following post I’ve included several keys for you to consider.
Napoleon and Wolfgang Goethe met twice during their lifetimes. Within Goethe’s autobiography, and other books quoting Goethe, we learn of some interesting attributes of Napoleon.
“Napoleon was especially great in that he was at all hours the same, before a battle, during a battle, after a victory after a defeat; He stood always firm, was always clear and decided. He was equal to each situation and each moment.”
“He (Napoleon) really visited those sick of the plague; to prove that he who could vanquish fear could vanquish the plague also, and he was right! I can instance a fact from my own life, when I was inevitably exposed to an infection from a putrid fever, and warded off the disease merely by force of will. It is incredible what power the mortal will has in such cases. It penetrates the body and puts it into a state of activity that repels hurtful influences. Fear, on the other hand, is a state of indolent weakness and susceptibility, which makes it easy for ever foe to take possession. This Napoleon knew well, and he felt that he risked nothing in giving his army an imposing example.”
In an earlier post I mentioned that story of the pilgrim and the Plague. A pilgrim was leaving the city of Constantinople for a trip when he met the Plague coming into the city. The pilgrim said, ‘why are you here? The Plague answered, I am here for 5,000 souls. Two months later the pilgrim was returning to Constantinople and met the Plague as it was leaving the city after 50,000 people had died. The pilgrim said, ‘I thought you said you came for only 5,000 people?’ The Plague responded, ‘I only took 5,000 souls, Fear took the rest.’
Goethe often remarked that he lived in a ‘mad world’ but he was not a part of it. From a journal entry of his written in September 1776, Goethe gave an expression to the high resolve by which he was striving to conduct his life. Under the similitude of a voyager on the high seas he pictures the hopes and fears of himself and his friends regarding his future career. “Long days and nights the ship that was to convey him lay in haven awaiting favorable winds. The auspicious morning at length came and the ship set sail amid the jubilation of his friends on shore. But baffling storms drove the vessel from its course, and his friends anxiously awaited his fate. But, he conclude;, strongly he stands by the helm; winds and waves make sport with the ship, but not with his heart, with the confidence of command he views the grim depths, and places his faith in his gods, whether shipwrecked or safe landing be his doom.”
“In Goethe’s estimation the highest attainment for a person was the art of life – the art which gives ease and confidence in intercourse with one’s fellows, a grace and dignity which ae the expression of an assured inner harmony.”
Another aspect of individuals such as Napoleon, Goethe and even further back to the ancient philosophers was the method in which they extended and deepened their experience of a phenomenon until they reached that element of the phenomenon which is not given externally to sense experience.
The organization or unity of any phenomenon is real and can be experienced even though it may not be evident to sensory experience through a perception by an intuitive experience. The intuitive knowledge can be gained through contemplation of the visible aspect.
Goethe following guidelines from more ancient philosophers decided, “When observing a phenomenon it is necessary to be more active in seeing than what we normally do. We tend to think of an observation as just a matter of opening our eyes in front of the phenomenon, as if it were something that happens to us when visual information flows in through the senses and is registered in consciousness.” Observing the phenomenon has the great teachers of the past would say,” requires us to look, as if the direction of seeing were reversed, going from ourselves toward the phenomenon instead of vice versa. This is done by putting attention into seeing, so that we really do see what we are seeing instead of just having a visual impression. It is as if we plunged into seeing.”
"Psychologist Bruno Klopfer was treating a man named Wright who had advanced cancer of the lymph nodes. All standard treatments had been exhausted, and Wright appeared to have little time left. His neck, armpits, chest, abdomen, and groin were filled with tumors the size of oranges, and his spleen and liver were so enlarged that two quarts of milky fluid had to be drained out of his chest every day. But Wright did not want to die.
He had heard about an exciting new drug called Krebiozen, and he begged his doctor to let him try it. At first his doctor refused because the drug was only being tried on people with a life expectancy of at least three months. Wright was not expected to live that long. Finally the doctor gave in and gave Wright an injection of Krebiozen on Friday, but in his heart of hearts he did not expect Wright to last the weekend.
To his surprise, on the following Monday he found Wright out of bed and walking around. Klopfer reported that his tumors had 'melted like snowballs on a hot stove' and were half their original size. This was a far more rapid decrease in size than even the strongest X-ray treatments could have accomplished. Ten days after Wright's first Krebiozen treatment, he left the hospital and was, as far as doctors could tell by their tests, cancer free. When he entered the hospital he had needed an oxygen mask to breathe, but when he left he as well enough to fly his own plane at 12,000 feet with no discomfort.
Wright remained well for about two months, but then articles began to appear asserting the Krebiozen actually had no effect on cancer of the lymph nodes. Wright, who was rigidly logical and scientific in his thinking, became depressed, suffered a relapse, and he was readmitted to the hospital. The tumors had literally returned all over his body.
This time his physician decided to try an experiment. He told Wright that Krebiozen was every bit as effective as it had seemed, but that some of the initial supplies of the drug had deteriorated during shipping. He explained, however, that he had a new highly concentrated version of the drug and could treat Wright with this. The physician used only plain water and went through an elaborate procedure before injecting Wright with the placebo.
Again the results were dramatic. Tumor masses melted, chest fluid vanished, and Wright was quickly back on his feet and feeling great. He remained symptom-free for another two months, but then the AMA announced that a nationwide study of Krebiozen had found the drug worthless in the treatment of cancer. This time Wright's faith was completely shattered. His cancer blossomed anew and he died TWO DAYS LATER."
Remarkably, Dr. Klopfer would later discover that the original medication that he had received was only a placebo and not the Krebiozen. Some medical professionals have discounted this story because it was ‘all in Wright’s mind.’ Isn’t that the intriguing part of this experience? Isn’t it enlightening that some tumors the size of oranges and others the size of walnuts appeared and disappeared so quickly due to his thoughts?
The following is a slight paraphrase of a true story that Paul Harvey told about 35 years ago. A doctor from Harvard Medical School was making his rounds in the heart ward. He had 6 interns with him. They came to the bed of a patient who was in a coma and was expected to die at any moment. The patient's heart was literally in pieces. The professor placed his stethoscope on the patient and turned to the interns and said, 'Listen to that beat (which was very erratic)...just listen ...to the wholeness.' Each of the interns placed their stethoscope on the patient and remarked that they heard what the doctor was talking about. They continued on their rounds.
The next day the patient came out of the coma...one week later the patient was walking around and two weeks later was checking out. The professor happened to see the patient and remarked...you are a real miracle! The patient said, that's not what you told me doctor. The doctor remarked, 'what did I tell you?' When you told me how whole my heart was, and all the other doctors agreed, I thought I was alright. Now, not only did he think he was all right...but his heart completely rectified itself. He was in a coma! The doctor tells the story so that the young interns know that they don't know everything and are not God.
This is the power of our minds and belief.
With love, in love and through love to you.