As Within, So Without: Creating Powerful Spaces
Magic mirror on the wall, you see the truth, you show it all. How many times have you looked in the mirror today? Why do you keep going back to look again, has your face really changed that much? I stumbled upon a recent post that states:
“The Japanese say you have three faces.
The First face, you show to the world.
The Second face, you show to your close friends and family.
The Third face, you never show anyone,
It is the truest reflection of who you are.”
“There is a lot of raw truth to be found when you take a look at quick public exchanges, because generally people in passing have no real tie to one another.”
What is most interesting about that statement is that the face that you never show anyone is the only one that actually exists. Why is it that if you smile at someone, they’re highly likely to smile back? Try this experiment the next time you are somewhere in public. Count the number of people that you smile at and keep track of how many people smile back at you.
There is a lot of raw truth to be found when you take a look at quick public exchanges, because generally people in passing have no real tie to one another. What I’ve observed is that a person has no advantage for wanting to smile at the general public other than to want to receive a smile in return. In that sense, we subconsciously want to be smiled at, and therefore smile at people. Think about it. We are “pre-programmed” with the notion that what we do will in turn happen to us.
The Law of Reflection
“Every time we adopt a new truth, we can suddenly find it in plain sight where it didn’t exist before. This is what many call, The Law of Reflection.”
The universe acts as a hall of mirrors. We are living out each moment peering at constant reflections of our own personal history, our own convictions, ourselves. Every time we adopt a new truth, we can suddenly find it in plain sight where it didn’t exist before. This is what many call, The Law of Reflection. Nobody can outrun their own energy. What we think about is reflected to us in the world. Every concept we hold to be true re-affirms itself again and again.
Wouldn’t you agree that the people closest to you seem to experience the same types of scenarios in their life, over and over again? “ Why does this always happen to me?” Many question as if there’s a puppeteer or voodoo master crafting their existence.
I was recently talking with an acquaintance and in passing he mentioned how he surprised himself by showing up to his son’s school Christmas concert in an obnoxious blazer.
“Yeah” he said while shaking his head and laughing, “I was that asshole.”
“What about the patterned jacket made you an asshole?” I asked.
He responded, “because every time I see a guy walk into a room with an outfit like that I think to myself, ‘Gee, what an asshole!’”
Case in point. What he interpreted with great conviction and emotion as truth about others was merely a reflection of how he viewed himself. It is crucial therefore that we work primarily to love and be gentle with our inner face. What we think and feel with great emotion expands. Like a pebble thrown into still water, a single thought has a rippling effect that impacts everything it touches…but with the most intensity it impacts the thinker. You may now understand why so many people that live with perpetual self loathing, constantly express exuberant hatred for so many things?
A groundbreaking study took place by Japanese Scientist, Dr. Masaru Emoto, regarding the impact that words have on the structures of water. In his experiments, specific words were written and taped to glasses of water, then spoken several times to the filled glasses. Drops of water were then extracted from each, placed on a petri dish and frozen, then observed under a microscope. Every water sample associated with a positive word produced a beautifully symmetrical crystallization, while negative word samples produced a distorted and incomplete image. I would encourage you to take a look at this remarkable research. It will make you think twice about how you think and what you say.
But what about the notion that our spaces impact us? Living in harmony happens when our environment aligns with our inner face and true purpose. Take it from someone who has moved over 2,000 miles twice in under three years. All three of my living spaces, though ranging dramatically in location, have kept the same calm, inspiring feeling of home. It is impressive how we take a certain type of environment with us wherever we go. It’s also impressive how dramatically our environment impacts how we think and feel.
Marie Kondo, best selling author and creator of the KonMari Method, has developed life-changing strategies on how to organize our spaces so that we can live only with things that inspire our inner face. Her simple method includes taking an item that you own in your hands and waiting to see if it sparks joy. If it can spark any joy keep it, and if it doesn’t spark joy, kindly thank it for being a part of your life and remove it from your home immediately. Her reach has been profound.
One woman has even given credit to the KonMari Method for the recovery of a chronic illness. These inspiring stories prove that unless our spaces and purpose align, we will never experience true peace. There’s a reason that when we’re preparing for a guest to come stay with us, we strive to create the best possible environment for them. We instinctively know that the environments we create are a reflection of who we are.
Keep your home and work spaces the way they would be as if the most important person in your life were coming to stay, because they are. You are the most important person in your life and the mirror you’ve hung on the wall is here to stay.
Note how each of these elements impacts your environment:
Resonance, vibration, setting the mood- music has impact!
PRAYER: The people you surround yourself with, your and their intentions have incredible impact.
NATURAL WATER: This element of nature is more powerful than you might have thought. Look at how natural bodies and flowing water has an affect.
Painting, sculpture, music, literature and the other arts, it has been said, are considered the repository of a society’s collective memory.
The Toltecs believe that everyone is an Awakened One, but it is the Shamans whose eyes are open to this realization.
I decided to paint women, each one as if they came back from traveling with a key, a revelation, a secret of transformation.