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?
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
- Spend at least five minutes a day making personal eye contact, your surrounding environment should be quiet and still.
- Listen quietly paying attention to the thoughts that come into your head and the emotions and feelings you see and sense in your eyes.
- 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.
- 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.