Mirror, mirror on the wall: what do you see when you look into the mirror?

Looking in the Mirror

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What do you see when you look into the mirror?

Take a moment now to look into the mirror, what do you see?

Did you look at your hair?
Your clothes?
Your body?
Your face?

We have eyes yet we do not see.

Why am I saying this?

This week my husband went to view the body of his recently deceased uncle, the corpse looked exactly like his dead uncle but looking at the body it was clear that it was just an empty shell.  The vital energy, the spirit of his uncle, that which made his uncle who he was had left the body.

For Life is more than food and the body  more than clothing.

Luke 12: 23

When we look in the mirror we focus on our physical appearance and who can blame us for doing so.  But in focusing on the physical we lose sight of the simple truth that we are far more than what we see.

God is God of both spirit and flesh ie. the unseen and the seen.

Beyond the skin, the bones, the muscles and nerves, beyond the physical there is a spiritual realm.  Yeshua explained that Elohim was God of the living and not God of the dead, those who we no longer see physically are still alive spiritually.  They have moved across to the spiritual realm where they wait for the end of days as spoken of in the Book of Revelation.  But the spiritual realm is a lot closer to us than we can even imagine.

Take another look in the mirror, what do you see?

You probably notice that your focus returns to your face, most specifically to your eyes.  When we speak to someone face to face, our focus goes back time and time again to their eyes.  Babies, people who suffer with impaired mental functioning and even some animals  look at the eyes to assess those around them whether they are friend or foe.  So much information can be found within the light of the eyes.

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye be single, your whole body shall be full of light.

Matthew 6: 22

The eyes are the literal window to your soul, it is the doorway to the inner you.  Your eyes express the truest sense of who you are, that which is beyond the physical.

Look into the mirror, what do your eyes say about you?  
What emotions can you see in their depths?
Sadness, anxiety, fear, anger, mistrust?
Happiness, peace, joy, love, security?
A mixture of both maybe?

It might seem strange to just stare into your own eyes, it feels almost supernatural to do so but it is one of the quickest and simplest ways to access your inner self.  For some people this activity will be almost overwhelming, as they experience the sudden bombardment of information which calls out from the depths of them.  When all we have learnt to pay attention to is our outward being, the voice of our inward man can be disarming.

Have you noticed how some people avoid eye-contact or wear clothes or accessories which darken or hide the eyes?  It is usually people who are broken in some way who tend to do so; people who have experienced prison life learn the hard way to avoid eye contact and disaffected youth pull hooded sweats close over their heads to shadow their eyes.  I have from their lips just how difficult eye contact is, is this self-protective behaviour?

I believe that personal eye-contact can go along way to aiding inner healing, not simply by sitting and looking into our own eyes but by entering into a dialogue with our inner self, a bit like inner spiritual meditation.  You might have even done this before at a time after a personal crisis or trauma, when with tears of pain or sadness in your eyes you stared into their depths and spoke to the person on the other side of the mirror.  You spoke words that mirrored your thoughts and emotions and spoke words that calmed your inner turmoil.  This type of behaviour is so natural for us, even though we do not realise it.   Young children also do this except they don’t need to be sad, they can be happy or just do it to pass away the time, speaking to themselves in the mirror comes so naturally to them; is this a cause or a consequence of their innocence?

Personal eye contact activity

  1. Spend at least five minutes a day making personal eye contact, your surrounding environment should be quiet and still.
  2. Listen quietly paying attention to the thoughts that come into your head and the emotions and feelings you see and sense in your eyes.
  3. If the thoughts and emotions are negative, ambivalent or unfocussed speak appropriate words to edify and heal using Biblical affirmations.  If the thoughts and emotions are positive, nurture and strengthen them using the Word of God.
  4. Bring these emotions and thoughts to God during your times of prayer and meditation, listening for His voice to lead you in how to deal with these thoughts and emotions.
 

xxx

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Comments

  1. Natalie says

    Very good and thought-provoking post! Thank you for this, Achama. I am going to try it. I think you are right…I will feel weird, but I think this could be really good. Thank you for sharing these insights and using your gifts for God’s glory and to serve Him and His people.

    Gratefully yours in Christ,

    Natalie

    • says

      Hi Natalie, thank you for stopping by again 🙂 When doing this I often feel strange at first and have problems focusing, but after a little while I begin to settle in and listen more than anything which allows me to begin the process of dialogue with myself. xxx

  2. says

    Hi Florence,

    Thank you for this post. I definitely agree that our eyes reveal who we are and what we carry inside. In very painful seasons, I avoided looking at my eyes in the mirror because it broke my heart to see the pain. On the other hand, I love catching a glimpse of His light sparkling through when I am full of His grace and joy. And I love love seeing His light in others! He is the beauty we carry. May we love others into that place.

    Love you friend. Great post.
    Amy

  3. Jeannie Pallett says

    Hi Florence, sometimes it is hard to look people in the eyes, in waiting rooms when they are afraid…it makes me realize anew how much Jesus has given me to share with them and I pray that my eyes would reflect His love and my words His grace and compassion.

    • says

      I can imagine how hard that must be, especially when you can see the mixture of fear and pain intermingled with glimpses of hope and trust. It is beautiful that you get to share the truest and most secure Word of Hope with them, and I pray alongside you that they will be able to see His love shining through your eyes.

  4. says

    Florence, I love how you talk about not only what we see in the eyes of others, but in our own eyes as well. I know that when I have off days, I find it much harder to make eye contact with others. You are right, babies and children do love to look at themselves in the mirror. Sad that we get that bullied, tormented, shamed out of us. You are absolutely right, we try to take the focus off our eyes by dressing them and ourselves up to put the focus elsewhere. I am definitely going to do the exercise you outlined. I must admit I’m a bit nervous about it, but I have no doubt God will reveal great lessons to me.

    • says

      Hi Kristina, there is a lot of wisdom in your words I never thought about how bullying/abuse can effect us from an eye contact perspective and also about dressing up our eyes to take emphasis away at looking in them to looking at them – very powerful truths!!!

      The exercise is a difficult one to be sure, I find it difficult particularly if I am in not such a good place or if there is too much going on around/inside me. I am trying to build at least 5 minutes of this into my day. xxx

  5. says

    Hi Rita, thank you for stopping by 🙂 I think it’s so much easier to look at the external because it can be more easily changed then to look deeper at things which are much more difficult to!!! It’s good that you are able to help people work through their issues in a safe place/way.

  6. says

    Hi Mel, it makes complete sense and is the first sign of true listening. Making eye contact causes you to come outside of egoistic self to your deeper more truer you which is how trust is developed. If someone can look into your eyes and see the faultless law there then they are reading God’s truth in you. xxx

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