Someone remarks, “Have you heard the bad news?” and already you are nervous. Another person glances at you with contempt and you feel a stab of pain. Listen! You can learn to catch and stop a dark suggestion before it enters and hurts you. The secret consists of not living on the level of harmful ideas, of seeing that in Reality they have nothing to do with you. A person dwelling in a peaceful cabin on the mountaintop has no connection with the worries and agonies in the wicked city below.
Here is how to stay in the peaceful cabin. Do not answer the world when it tries to drag you down to its dark level. Do not assume that you must reply when someone tries to make you talk like he talks. There is no law that says you must injure yourself with your habitual and wrong responses. You can detach yourself from memorized self-injury anytime you want. So do it. Do not answer tormenting spirits. Defy their demand that you converse with them. Remain strong.
This exercise will show you how to overcome the world in the right way.