Before we analyze what the mirror actually says, let us do this exercise. Now stop reading and for a minute, close your eyes and think about ‘Mirrors.‘
What did you see? A mirror that you use everyday life to do your make-up is good. A mirror is the best way for self-criticism. A rear-view mirror of your car is cool. The mirrors that used to make a periscope work – wow, you are a scientist!
All About Mirrors
Now, what do you see in these mirrors – Yourself? The reality is that you see what you choose to see! This might seem a little confusing; let us clarify. When you stand in front of your dressing mirror, you see yourself- your face, your clothes! Now in a rear-view mirror, you see the vehicles behind you. These are the purposes of different types of mirrors, which come in different forms.
A normal mirror surface is used to assess human and animal self-recognition, a mirror is sometimes better than a camera lens even though they can’t capture the moment. According to the researchers, if participants can discern that the picture on the reflective surface is indeed them, they have established a cognitive concept of self, you see your face every day and since you come in face to face contact with your true self.
Sometimes, preferably on holiday, stand in front of the mirror and stare into it for a few moments. That is how even I realized that there is more than what it shows. Whatever you see in the mirror is just a reflection, a mirror image with no real life. But when you look in the mirror carefully, it shows you ‘you’! Every decision you make today, how trivial it might seem, makes a huge impact on your tomorrow.
The own reflection that you see is what the decisions you have made, made you into. It is the entire past of yours just in a reflection, which you mostly choose to ignore! A mirror tells you your flaws, not only the flaws on the outside but also reflects the flaws that sit inside.
Think of what your younger self wanted you to become and what you have actually become! Are you successful? The determination in your eyes testifies to the scars on your soul; every time you slipped and fell, it taught you how not to walk, every fall you had made you rise this tall, and every moment of your real life made you what you are today!
What Do Mirrors Tell You?
Usually, you spend a lot of time in front of a dressing mirror, while it’s just a moment you spend looking into the rear-view mirror. The purpose varies, and it is difficult to find the perfect mirror. But wait, what did you use it for? That’s right, not only the historical background, even the physical background is in the mirror!
(Remember those Hollywood movies – use a mirror around the corner to know who is there) Everything happening behind you, your own reflection tells you. You don’t need to look behind you; just its reflection in front gives you a lot of information. Observe the truth, for what happens behind your back is what is real. People show their real selves in real life when they are sure that no one is looking at them!
The more time you spend analyzing the reflections, the more information you get and the more fascinated you’ll be to know that there is so much that a mirror has to offer to us! But that is not how it works. All this I have narrated because it’s all there. Keep looking into the mirror, and you lose yourself in it!
You cannot focus on everything every time! So how you use this wonderful real object defines its purpose and utility. The longer you stare into the past, the more is the chance that you forget reality. The more you stare into the rear-view mirror, the greater the chance of you hitting the vehicle in front of you!
The Science Behind The Mirror
In the most basic sense, it is an item that reflects a certain band of wavelengths at a high percentage. Most home mirrors, for example, reflect the visible band of the electromagnetic spectrum (400-700nm). The percentage of reflection is determined by the type of reflective coating used on them. A metallic covering, such as aluminum, often reflects more than 85% of the light. Mirrors for UV and IR wavelengths are also available.
The technique of reflection is more essential than the proportion of light reflected. A mirror’s surface must be almost flat, and the reflection must be specular rather than diffuse.
That is, a light ray striking the surface must be reflected in such a way that its vector is flipped along an axis same angle to the surface, but the component parallel to the surface stays intact.
If the reflection is diffuse rather than specular, incoming light rays will exit the surface in random directions, giving the lighted surface an evenly brilliant appearance.
However, there will be no reflected image there. If the reflection is specular but the surface is not flat, the reflected picture will be deformed, sometimes in an advantageous way. The picture will seem hazy if the reflection is not properly specular.
A mirror does not reflect your true appearance. When you look in the mirror, you do not see the same person that others do. This is because your brain reverses your reflection in the mirror. When you lift your left hand, your reflection does the same. Our features are not symmetrical, from the way we grin to the way we split our hair. The picture we see in the mirror is not the face we present to the rest of the world.
This also implies that in a mirror, the other items seem to be flipped left to right (including your hair). Moving your right arm or right hand, in reality, would appear to move your left arm in the mirror if everything were switched left to right in the mirror.
A Non-Reversing Mirror (sometimes known as a flip mirror) is a mirror that shows the subject as seen from the mirror. By joining two conventional mirrors at their edges at a 90-degree angle, a non-reversing mirror may be created.
If the join is vertically oriented, an observer gazing into the angle will see a non-reversed picture. This may be observed in public restrooms where two mirrors installed on the walls meet at right angles.
When gazing towards the corner where the two way mirror meets, such an image may be seen. The issue with this sort of non-reversing mirror is that it generally has a line down the centre that interrupts the image.
Try looking at yourself in a True Mirror so you may see yourself as others view you. It received its first patent in 1887. The True Mirror is made up of two mirrors that are set at right angles. It creates a three-dimensional picture that is not inverted.
People who have gazed in the True Mirror have described the sensation as being similar to seeing their self for the first time.
Since we’re talking about mirrors here’s a little tip for when you next go shopping. Carry out the fingernail test. While not fully accurate, your fingernail may be used to detect whether the mirror is a first or second surface mirror. Simply lay your fingertip on the mirror’s surface.
Whenever you touch the fingernail to a second surface mirror, you will perceive a gap formed by the second layer of glass above the mirrored surface, rather than your own reflection. Because there is no additional layer of glass between you and your reflection when you contact a first surface mirror, you may touch it. first
Remember that the mirror shows what is behind you and simultaneously Blocks What is in front of you. careful about what you use it for and how you do it!
The mirror tells back what you tell it. stare at it, your reflection stares back, smile, and you see the most beautiful you in the mirror. This is an important message that mirrors tell you. to be a reflection to most people.
“Treat them the way they treat you!” That is not what I mean to say. show them how bad they look when they are angry or sad, and show them how beautiful they are when they smile. Once they realize the reality, they will change, just like you did!
After all this, there is a very important factor that has the ability to change everything discussed so far!
We have been talking about reflection in mirrors, but what is the genesis of this reflection?
“Light“ The source is the primary element that decides the efficiency of the outcome. A mirror doesn’t speak in the dark. Everything needs a trigger to work! Focus the light rays on the object, and you see its reflection in the mirror. Focus the light on the mirror; all you see is light!
Let us personify the source as the ‘Light of thought.’ the mirror is your memory, giving the reflections of the events on which, you focus your light of thought! You have control over the focus of the mirror and the source! Realizing that is the key to the Most efficient use of the mirror.
So, know the Purpose, choose the proper mirror, adjust your focus, know your control, use the reflective surfaces for the betterment, and never get lost staring into it! Spread happiness and true knowledge. Remember, there is a lot more in this world than you know, and there are many worlds beyond your imagination.
Mirror Gazing or Mirror Meditation
Mirror gazing is an extremely strong technique for confronting one’s unconsciousness.
A 40-minute meditation technique with an introduction to addressing the unconscious mind that you may practice at home before going to bed for 3 days to 3 weeks.
The unconscious is not truly unconscious; it is simply less conscious. So, the distinction between aware and unconscious is really one of degree. They are not diametrically opposed; they are linked.
Second, awareness and unconsciousness are not permanent distinctions. They alter in real-time, precisely like the pupil of your eye. when there is lighter, the pupil narrows; when there is less light, the pupil opens.
It is continuously in balance with the light outside. In the same manner, your consciousness is continually evolving. Understanding the phenomena of consciousness through the analogy of the eye is extremely important since consciousness is the inner eye, the eye of the soul. As a result, your consciousness, like your sight, is continually expanding or contracting.
When I say aware and unconscious, I don’t imply there are clear distinctions between the two. there are none; it is a cyclical phenomenon. It is up to you whether you are less or more conscious. You may develop awareness by training and disciplining yourself to be more or less conscious.
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-Edited by Steffy michael|30/6/22