Understanding Our Reflections

“We live in a house of mirrors and think we are looking out the windows.”~ Fritz Perls

Who are you looking at? Who is looking back at you? Who are you looking for?

The Greek Philosopher Socrates often referred to the pursuit of knowing thyself as the most important part of living. He also declared in many of his writings, that an un-examined life is not a life worth living.

On some level or another, all of us are seeking ourselves whether we realize it or not.

We all have beliefs, ideas, thoughts and attitudes which govern our thinking, our knowing and our living. Changing our thinking, our long held beliefs can dramatically change our daily lives.

Reflecting Back

Try looking at it this way…..We live in a house of mirrors and think we are looking out the windows.

Take a moment to think about what this sentence on self reflection means for you.

It is talking about how we perceive ourselves and our surroundings – how we fail to see that life reflects us back to ourselves.

Because we keep on looking out the windows, many of us take forever to realize that we are looking at ourselves mirrored back to us by others and by the events of our life.

This saying about self reflection helps us to become empowered. In our pursuit of spiritual growth and self refinement this process of “reflecting back” is an imperative one.

If we see that our negative feelings towards others are reflecting back to ourselves, our own sense of negativity then we can do something to help us forward. By continuously looking out the window and putting the ‘blame’ on others we fail to utilize all the power in the moment.

Changing our perception of the problem by seeing the reality as it is reflected by us and to us, brings empowerment, change, discovery and consciousness.

As we learn to look for that reflection in the mirror rather than to project our senses outwards we gain a sense of responsibility for our own lives. Our authentic self begins to shine through.

“Who we are looking for is who is looking.” ~Francis of Assisi

This gorgeous journey towards knowing yourself and healing is what the heart wants and the soul yearns!

There are monsters hiding around every corner and they are mostly the monsters of our own making – our ego self and all its responses to our lived experiences.

One of our deepest psychological needs is our need to return to our truest, purest, positive self, and people are more hungry for it than ever.

Seeking our authentic Self is the best journey we can embark upon.

Next week I will share with you practical ways on how you can make self reflection a daily and fulfilling practice.

What about you? Have YOU journeyed within yet? Do share your self reflections in the comments below.

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9 thoughts on “Understanding Our Reflections

  1. This article help me continue reflecting upon myself. Many thoughts tourmenting inside these days. About myself and life in general. Will wait the second part of it.

  2. Great post. I’ve always said, the treasure we seek is buried in the shadows of our minds and bodies. Follow the trail of clues fearlessly and courageously knowing that our souls have our backs.
    Doing this work isn’t easy but oh so worth it. Thank you for sharing

  3. I love the way you’ve guided us back to look at ourselves, Zeenat. It reminds me of a Kabir Doha we had to learn and explain in 5th grade Hindi roughly translated:

    “I set out to find flawed men and couldn’t find any. When I finally searched within myself, there was no man more flawed than me.”

  4. “The Greek Philosopher Socrates often referred to the pursuit of knowing thyself as the most important part of living. He also declared in many of his writings, that an un-examined life is not a life worth living” This resonates deeply and what life is all about. So much truth to your blog. Much of what you wrote has been coming through divine channeled messages lately. Being Heart Centered and Soul Centered. Know yourself. Connect within. Realize who you really are from your heart and soul. Life is to be lived. Thank you for sharing this.

  5. Very insightful post, Zeenat. It is so correct. We see the world through the subjective lens of our subconscious brain. It is made up mostly of wounds, fears, and pain. To become aware of the lens is the first step in healing.

  6. People want to see a good change in their life but that good change is only possible when one starts living a positive lifestyle and believer in the power of positive perspective.

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