• Annmarie Throckmorton, M.A.

Surmounting Disgrace Or Ridicule

The following is a foolproof technique to surmount personal disgrace or ridicule. I learned it long ago when I took some obscure religious training, and adapted it a little. The ancient religion did not suit me, but this technique was invaluable. It only requires one application to understand how to strengthen oneself against disgrace or ridicule.

Step 1. Compose yourself. This is difficult, serious work that requires the focus of all of your faculties.

Step 2. Find a private place in which to do this work of self-adjustment. This work is your own concern, it is between you and your mind. Other people are not required, and they might hinder you.

Step 3. Recall the harshest, most reviling things you have ever been called, and add to them every evil thing anyone has ever been called, and then call out those things upon yourself. Say these cruel, unkind things about yourself out loud and hear it. “I am the worst...” Notice immediately how your mind defends itself by saying, “No, I am not as evil as that. No, not true, I am better than that. No, I have these good qualities....” Encourage your mind to find those defenses.

Step 4. Hold onto and understand your defenses, your spontaneous mental denials of disgrace or ridicule. That is your strength of self, it will protect you. Keep it, nurture it, and use it to surmount disgrace or ridicule.

One exercise of this technique is enough. Repeating it is not necessary and might be detrimental. Also, there is probably no need to tell anyone how or why you did this.

क्या तुम्हें समझ में आया?

Caption: Surmounting Disgrace Or Ridicule

by Annmarie Throckmorton 2018

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