Student: I notice that many of my friends try to convince me that they know what is best for me. That bothers me.
Teacher: It bothers you because you intuitively know that your mind is exclusively yours, to be to uses as you please, not as others please. Declare your mind a “No Fly Zone.”
Student: “No Fly Zone” – what’s that mean?
Teacher: Your mind is a privately owned ‘field of consciousness’. You are the exclusive owner of that precious piece of etheric real estate. It’s not a public airport where everyone gets to land his or her ideas at will. Because of your need for others to like you, you allow others to unduly influence you by landing their ideas there.
Student: What can I do to correct this?
Teacher: Correction comes with quiet self-control. Just calmly say, “No” when someone insists they know better than you what you should believe is true. In a polite way, wave the idea away. Don’t let it land if it doesn’t feel right for you. Take the chance of thinking for yourself. You’ll be delighted with the truth and wisdom that will come to you when you enforce the “No Fly Zone” policy.