The Paradigm of the Mirror – A model for self discovery

We are all like pristine mirrors when we are born. If you look upon us, you see yourself. If you smile, we smile. If you frown, we frown.  We are your mirror.

Then, as we grow (in a healthy environment) we amass beautiful memories that decorate and cover up our mirror. This collection of memories becomes our identity and to some extent our personality.

Once this happens we can no longer reflect you, nor can you, reflect us. So in time, we sense that something is missing. That there is part of us we don’t know… or that we’ve forgotten.  So we start to peel away our accouterments and accumulations. And if we are fortunate, we manage to finally restore the pristine mirror that we once were.  This is called enlightenment.

Those whom have experienced severe childhood trauma, however, and succumb to mental illness may end up never getting to clear their mirror because it was never covered or decorated to begin with. No attachments were formed as none were worth the risk.    But because of this, they never learned to carry the weight of identity and therefore spent their life reflecting the identity of others.

My dear child, it is imperative that you know that you are a mirror.  Beautiful and naturally reflective.  Therefore, take special care of those you surround yourself with as they will be your guide.

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