At one time – years ago – I knew someone, a member of a religious group, whose ordinary greeting was “I see myself in you.” As much as I appreciated it then, these days I appreciate the notion even more.
On some level, or in some some sense, we are all mirrors for one another.
And yet, it is the nature of reflection that every mirror reflects an image that is, inevitably – in some way, and to some degree – distorted.
Speaking about “the mirror of your perception”, the Persian poet, Rumi, suggests that “When empty of forms, all forms are contained within it.”
Elsewhere, Rumi advises, “Let the waters settle, you will see stars and moon mirrored in your being.”
In another poem, he takes that idea a stage further: “I look in your inmost self and see the universe not yet created.”
Some people chant as a means of polishing the inward mirror. Others meditate … put themselves through rigorous self-examination sessions … talk to a priest, a counsellor, a psychologist or a psychiatrist.
Deepak Chopra sums it up neatly: “Look within and face the world. In the mirror of relationships are secrets to be unfurled. Wherever you go, there you are. You are fearless.”