Years ago, I had a website called the Magical Mirror Machine. It was based on the premise that the world reflects you to yourself. If you’re relaxed and content, you see the world as friendly, even beautiful. You can get so caught up in wonder that you forget you even exist. If you’re grumpy, the whole place is a mess, worthy of your complaints and condemnation. Either way, what you’re seeing isn’t so much what’s “out there” as what’s going on inside you.
It’s really quite amazing how that works. It’s the basis for all synchronicity, this mirror thing. Once you get accustomed to looking at the world as mirror, it becomes a marvelous teacher. In every moment, it stands ready to reflect your thoughts and attitude right back at you, giving you an opportunity to savor or correct.
I was reminded about that as I read through my Twitter stream today. I subscribe to a variety of sites—breaking news, political commentary, one with adorable baby animals, a few with zen quotes, some on positive psychology. Today’s stream happened to be laden with comments generated by this week’s tragic school shooting and most of them were brimming with anger.
I was getting angry myself, just reading them. Then this tweet from Ram Dass popped up: “When I start to get angry, I see my predicament and how I’m getting caught in expectations and righteousness. Learning to give up anger has been a continuous process.”
Oh! There’s that mirror, come to show me where I am and remind me who I want to be. It was a big help to me. It let me get back into my Observer mode, reading to see what others were concerned about, taking the temperature, so to speak, of my social environment in an objective kind of way. I can be more helpful to others when I understand what’s going on with them. I can empathize and relate to them. Then I can gently offer a slightly broader view that lifts them from the discomfort of a too-narrow focus.
The very next Tweet I read, from @hackspiritorg (a great site, which I heartily recommend if you’re a Twitterer) confirmed my experience: “No thought has any power. You have power. And when you identify and believe in the thought you give your power to the thought.”
That reminder packed some wallop for me. It’s one of those statements you can gloss over, thinking you already know what it’s telling you. But I’ve learned that four of the most dangerous words in the English language are “I already know that.” And the message came at exactly the right time. (The mirror is like that.) It underscored the importance of paying attention to what thoughts I’m entertaining—which reminds me of another saying I heard once on the topic: “You can’t stop a thought from knocking at your door, but you don’t have to entertain it.”
I was centered then, awake and relaxed, and I went back to my reading. Haha! The very next one, from @InstantDharma, said “If you become a little alert you will find love, light, and laughter everywhere—Osho.”
That’s because, when you’re truly alert and centered, the mirror shows you your true self.
So shake yourself alert, and let the mirror remind you what a loving, light-filled being you are. “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle,” a Buddhist proverb says. “Happiness never ceases by being shared.”
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