Room full of mirrors
“I USED TO LIVE IN A ROOM FULL OF MIRRORS
ALL I COULD SEE WAS ME
WELL I TAKE MY SPIRIT AND I SMASH MY MIRRORS
NOW THE WHOLE WORLD IS HERE FOR ME TO SEE
I SAID THE WHOLE WORLD IS HERE FOR ME TO SEE
NOW I’M SEARCHIN’ FOR MY LOVE TO BE”
This is a verse from the Jimi Hendrix Song “Room full of mirrors”. The reason that I’m bringing up this verse is this is the way most of us live our lives.
The way we perceive the world is more based on a reflection of ourselves than on reality. Our individual mirrors distort reality for us as we try to interpret our lives based on this distorted picture of the world around us.
For instance, when there’s a crime scene and the police are interviewing eye witnesses, one thing that becomes quickly apparent is although they all witnessed the same event, they all perceived it in completely different ways.
They all will tell a slightly different story of what really happened. This is the reason why that eye witness testimony is not really that dependable.
The higher our emotional state the more distorted our perception of reality becomes.
This exercise we are going to use focused concentration with a little twist. Find yourself a surface that gives off a distorted reflection. This could be anything from a mirrored globe that you might find in a garden center to a meditation ball.
It is best to have something that you can use on a regular basis. You will find that it will be easier with practice your focused meditation if you use the same object each time you meditate.
Consistency with the same object will make entering a altered reality through meditation quicker each time you do it.
Burning incense or fragrant oil warmers will help to get in the mood. (smell is a very powerful meditative influence)
Put on some music. It doesn’t matter what type of music, but not the radio. You need the music to be familiar and with no chatter. Some prefer soft classical or nature sounds like the sound of the ocean surf, myself I usually put on a Black Sabbath CD. (yeah I know, not really considered meditation music, but it really works for me.
Soft light is important. This helps prevent visual distractions. I use candle light for its ambiance and the flickering light seems to help me enter a meditative state a lot quicker.
Get into a comfortable seated position (I prefer the half lotus position on a comfortable pillow on a yoga mat.) .
Set the mirror ball in front of you and gaze into it. You want to concentrate on the image and breathe slow deep breaths. Allow your entire body to relax and just fix your entire attention on the distorted reflection on the ball.
The important thing is to not let yourself get distracted, but at the same time don’t try to control your thoughts. Just relax and focus and let your thoughts take you on a journey into your mind. This can bring you some really amazing realizations.
While you can’t avoid it entirely, nor would you want to. I try to minimize blinking while meditating in this way.
Just 15-30 minutes and you will feel a sense of well being and be in a very relaxed state of mind. So, take your spirit and smash your mirrors and the whole world will be there for you to see.