“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?’
The mirror doesn’t ever lie to this question in a well-known fairy tale. In reality, a mirror can answer far more enlightening questions and there are ways to harness its powers for your self-growth, instead of such vanity. According to Louise Hay, “Mirror work is the most effective method I’ve found for learning to love yourself and see the world as a safe and loving place.”
Some of us obsess over our physical features in the mirror but many of us cannot even face ourselves in the mirror. We can transcend either of these not-so-healthy relationships with our mirrors to a more meaningful relationship of love, support, care and growth; using mirror therapy.
The mirror can act as your best friend that doesn’t shy away from helping you reflect on your true feelings and facing them with courage and support. For me, Mirror work is a version of self-talk. It helps to give yourself pep talks, whisper words of encouragement and well meaning advice, rather than seeking validation outside you. Mirror work helps you look deeper within you and make Affirmations seem more doable and genuine. It converts Affirmations from an auditory experience to a Visual one that have a greater impact on our learning and beyond.
What is Mirror Work?
The late Louise Hay, the queen of Affirmations and the founder of Hay House Publishing believes in the power of Mirror Work, saying it is the most powerful method of self love and to see the world as a safe and loving place. Saying affirmations out loud in front of the mirror, amplifies the affirmations .
Louise Hay says on her website, ‘Because the mirror reflects back to you the feelings you have about yourself. It makes you immediately aware of where you are resisting and where you are open and flowing. It clearly shows you what thoughts you will need to change if you want to have a joyous, fulfilling life.
As you learn to do mirror work, you will become much more aware of the words you say and the things you do. You will learn to take care of yourself on a deeper level than you have done before.
When something good happens in your life, you can go to the mirror and say, “Thank you, thank you. That’s terrific! Thank you for doing this.” If something bad happens to you, you can go to the mirror and say, “Okay, I love you. This thing that just happened will pass, but I love you, and that’s forever.”
For most of us, sitting in front of a mirror and facing ourselves is difficult at first, so we call this process mirror work.
But as you continue, you become less self-critical, and the work turns into mirror play. Very soon your mirror becomes your companion, a dear friend instead of an enemy.’
We think this is simple yet so powerful.
How to do Mirror work?
Rather than us telling you how to do mirror work, why not hear it from the horse’s mouth itself? You can buy Louise Hay’s Mirror Work- 21 days to Heal your Life pdf book for $8 (price is valid at the time of this post).
Each day has a Mirror exercise, a Journaling exercise and thought for the day. There is also a guided meditation for each of the 21 days of the Mirror Work program and the book has the link to download the daily meditation audios.
This book is must read, especially if you suffer from negative thoughts and self talk. Perhaps it will make you discover your hidden beliefs, identify and heal negative thought patterns that you are oblivious to. The mirror practices in this book are transformational, yet very easy to follow since they are broken down into simple daily exercises.
So if you think that people who talk to themselves are crazy or if you have the habit of talking to yourself, know that science says such people are in fact geniuses. So take out your mirrors and get talking!