Mickie Mueller reveals how your looking glass can transform your confidence and well-being
Mirror work is a great way to communicate with yourself on deep levels and heal your mind, body and spirit through reflection. We may look in the mirror every day, but how often do we take the time to really see and reflect upon who we are and what we want to be? We often use mirrors as critical tools to examine our bodies and pick out the tiny lines and imperfections we wish weren’t there. Mirror work is an opportunity to become friends with your own reflection. When you can do that, you become grounded in your own power and much happier and positively mindful in your life. Mirror work is a great way to build self-esteem, change negative self-talk and learn to love the person looking back at you instead of finding flaws. When we can do this, we can achieve a sense of freedom and power that we can utilise in everyday life.
You can work with mirrors for different purposes, but the most popular reasons are for healing the spirit or manifesting goals. A simple place to start with mirror work is to gaze into the glass and repeat an affirmation or round of mantras, saying each one a set number of times. These kinds of experiences can allow you to reprogram your mind to focus on positive intentions, creating a more harmonious life. You can also use mirror work techniques to see auras and for deep meditation, or for training yourself to experience astral projection. Many people like to journal their experiences to examine how they feel and what they notice. In addition, you can use a mirror to radiate love, light, protection and healing into your living space through its position in a room (in the same way that you might use a crystal). Many spiritualists also use mirrors to reflect away negative energy and boost their magic in addition to mirror work for personal development.
Love who’s looking back
So, how can it help you with your confidence? We often internalise lots of negative internal monologue, and, while some people do it more often than others, no-one is impervious to it. When we’re able to replace this self talk with positive words while looking in the mirror, our confidence grows because the person we trust the most (the person looking back at us in the glass) is telling us that we’re good enough, smart enough and strong enough. Over time, we begin to accept this as the truth. Once that happens, our self-esteem can really begin to blossom.
Get started in 5 simple steps!
1 Decide on the outcome that you want – whether it’s healing a specific emotion, unlocking a psychic power or achieving a goal.
2 Decide on a positive affirmation you want to use to represent that goal – it should be short and simple, yet carefully worded to represent what you really desire. Try turning this statement around so it is more positive in order to better manifest a target. For example, instead of saying, “I don’t want to be afraid to face this challenge,” try, “I have courage in the face of this challenge.”
3 Focus on your own reflection. Instead of ‘looking’ in the mirror, really ‘see’ who you are by focusing deeply on your pupils. You’re not examining your physical features – this exercise is to get you to look deeper into your own spirit.
4 Once you’ve found that spiritual gaze, repeat the mantra that you’ve prepared while looking deeply into your eyes. See your reflection mirroring the statement back to you and repeat the affirmation as many times as you need. You’ll find it’s exactly what you need to hear, and is coming from the most reliable of sources – you!
5 Breathe deeply as you take the message in and allow it to become part of your being. Remain with your reflection for as long as you wish. Smile, be grateful and laugh if you feel the urge. Remember that the most powerful influence in your life is the person in the mirror.
•Sit in front of a mirror with your eyes closed and recall an event in your life when you were on top of the world. This could be a moment of great success, a big achievement or an occasion when you were full of joy and uplifting power was radiating from your spirit. Once you’ve found one of those moments in your memory, hold it in your solar plexus and visualise the moment turning into golden light that fills your entire body.
•Frequently tell yourself in the mirror, “I know who I am.” This exercise can create an intense inner boost in confidence because you’re recalling a moment when you reached your potential.
•The next time you experience a powerful moment where you feel exhilaration, pop by a mirror and share that joy with yourself.
Mickie Mueller is an artist, illustrator and author from Missouri, USA. She has a growing business which focuses on magical fantasy art. Her work has been viewed in magazines and books internationally, and her prints are also sold in catalogues all over the world. She is the author of The Witches Mirror (£15,50, Llewellyn), and also has an expanding line of silver jewellery. For more information, visit mickiemuellerart.com