“I LOOK IN THE MIRROR”
Mirrors.. it took me a while to understand what mirrors can mean, in a literal, physical, metaphorical and hypothetical sense. I know someone who literally cannot look at themselves in a mirror… well, they have to when they shave, but when I talked to them about everyday and life stuff, I’ve often asked whether they’ve looked at themselves in the mirror. And they can’t. It produces such a feeling of aversion and yet, no matter how strong a character they are, they just can’t do it. They are not ready.
Mirrors to me denote quite a few things. There are the real-life physical mirrors, the ones I look in when I’m brushing my teeth, putting on make-up or wiping over when I’m doing the cleaning. There is the mirror that I show to the world, and for many years it had a huge cover on it, because I couldn’t bring myself to let what was hiding inside out into visibility where anyone could see it because if you do that, you are judged… which can be a painful experience. Then there is the mirror for what we see in the world… you know the one, where what we see is merely a reflection of what’s actually inside us.
The world is a looking-glass,
and gives back to everyone the reflection
of our own faces.
Frown at it, and it in turn will look sourly on you;
laugh at it and with it,
and it is a jolly, kind companion.
~ William Makepeace Thackeray ~
Then there’s the hypothetical mirror… what do I want to project today? Going for an interview, dress and act the part of someone confident, who believes they deserve the job, firm handshake and all! Actually, for many years I used this one and it worked brilliantly!
I’ve also found mirrors to be excellent when doing inner work. Has anyone else done this? When you need to truly know something deep within… no matter how good or bad you are feeling… even with tears streaming down your face… standing in front of that mirror and letting those feelings out, those thoughts out… fear, rage… and very often PAIN… mirrors can be a huge help with such a carthatic process.
And last but not least, mirrors are one of the best ways I’ve found of doing affirmations, especially when they are connected to self-esteem. Standing in front of them… repeating the words like a mantra… staring into your own eyes… and working on getting those beliefs and feelings flowing in harmony… of course that can then also cause the tears and pain mentioned above, because deeply-rooted issues can then be released and come to the fore.
So this week I would ask the following:
What does looking into the mirror mean to you?
How does looking in the mirror feel to you?
What issues come floating to the surface?
How much can you see in the mirror?
Is there anything you are avoiding seeing in the mirror?
If so, what are you avoiding?
And why are you avoiding?
What are you reflecting into the world?
How genuine is that reflection?
What benefit would looking into the mirror bring to you?
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead ♥
© 2012 Michelle Payne