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Stilling the mind stills also the thoughts and feelings which when active appear as obstacles. Questers are to take the Ideal for suggestion or the Exemplar for imitation, not to torment themselves with the continual thought of the impossibility of success, not to try in hopelessness and despair to create a perfect human being, but because this exercise has the practical value of lifting them, however little, from their present condition.

-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation > Chapter 6: Advanced Meditation > # 126

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