it is not because they are understood, it is because they are familiar

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“Very strange, very wonderful, seemingly very improbable phenomena may yet appear which, when once established, will not astonish us more than we are now astonished at all that science has taught us during the last century,” Charles Robert Richet, Nobel laureate in physiology, has declared.  “It is assumed that the phenomena which we now accept without surprise do not excite our astonishment because they are understood.  But this is not the case.  If they do not surprise us, it is not because they are understood, it is because they are familiar; for if that which is not understood ought to surprise us, we should be surprised at everything – the fall of a stone thrown into the air, the acorn which becomes an oak, mercury which expands when it is heated, iron attracted by a magnet.

“The science of today is a light matter… Those amazing truths that our descendants will discover are even now all around us, staring us in the eyes, so to speak, and yet we do not see them; we do not wish to see them – for as soon as an unexpected and unfamiliar fact appears, we try to fit it into the framework of the commonplaces of accepted knowledge, and are indignant that anyone should dare to experiment further.”

Statement by Charles Robert Richet found in Paramahansa Yogananda’s book, The Autobiography of a Yogi

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“Some people try to be tall by cutting off the heads of others!”

– Sri Yukteswar

We can all relate to this quote given by Paramahansa Yogananda’s guru, Sri Yukteswar. Throughout our lives we come across people who are constantly bringing down others in order to make themselves feel better.  We see this in schools across the world when bullies attack their prey, we see this in the workplace where co-workers find it necessary to criticize each other in order to get ahead, and we see this in our everyday lives on the street while in the car or even in the grocery store.  What people don’t seem to realize is if we can all support each other we will all grow in a way we never thought possible.  If we as humans can lift each other up in every aspect of our lives we will gain understanding and peace.  Bringing down others will only bring down ourselves and in the end more people will be hurt than healed.  Let’s all begin to cut back on the snood remarks and criticism we feel is necessary to give.  Starting today, let’s try to become more peaceful beings so our world can live in a more harmonious way!

some people try to be tall

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“I can’t give you a surefire formula for success but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.”

– Herbert Bayard Swope

 
This quote always rings true to my heart.  Whenever I feel down or held back I take a look at what I am doing with my life.  Am I living accordingly to others standards or expectations?  Do I make choices based on information given by friends or family?  Am I living my life the way I want to live it?  If I am feeling down or held back the answer to all of these questions usually unravels itself out to yes.
If we can try to understand this concept each day when we wake up our lives will be filled with happiness and joy.  I know I feel much more open and free when I am living by my own expectations and standards.  We will ultimately please others by making sure we are stable and content with who we are and what we’re doing, no matter what it is.
Don’t worry about making others happy at the expense of your own happiness.  Find what you want to do and commit to it 100% and I assure you, success will begin to show itself more and more.
 
Peace, love, and happiness!

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Be diligent to rise to higher levels,

Have more and more good friends and loved ones,

Collect flowers of excellence,

Endow yourself with good qualities,

Increase your self-reliance,

Sharpen and enlighten your mind,

Increase experience,

And awaken your discreet wisdom.

– Anonymous

awaken your discreet wisdom

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“Patience and timing… everything comes when it must come.  A life cannot be rushed, cannot be worked on a schedule as so many people want it to be.  We must accept what comes to us at a given time, and not ask for more.  But life is endless, so we never die; we were never really born.  We just pass through different phases.  There is no end.  Humans have many dimensions.  But time is not as we see time, but rather in lessons that are learned.”

Stated by a Poet Master in Chapter 8 of Brian L. Weiss’ book, Many Lives, Many Masters

everything comes when it must come