Your ideas are criticised and it hurts, really hurts. You feel discarded, rejected, cut open emotionally. Maybe you to try to escape the rawness by being aggressive: how dare they, how rude! Or perhaps you try to numb the pain, becoming distant and unresponsive. But there’s wisdom in that unwanted agitation, alerting you to a severe case of mistaken identity, screaming out ‘you are not a limited fraction of life under threat! You are life itself and beyond!’. It’s when that voice is truly heard that you’re free to feel the discomfort, free to receive the criticism, free to reflect impartially, free to move on.