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The Sages Know


As seekers and sages, it is foundational to consider the nature of matter.

As referenced in many ancient texts, we might think of matter as a mirror. That is, as an actual mirror. This is not a metaphor.

What this implies is that any attempt we make to change matter itself (in order to get a different outcome, for example) would be like trying to alter a reflection to change that which is being reflected. It also implies that matter itself never changes, regardless of what it is reflecting. Does a mirror change in any way depending on whether it is reflecting the interior of a simple room or the lush depths of a jungle? No. The mirror is the same, only that which appears inside of it changes. Therefore, in any operation in which we seek to alter aspects in the physical world, it is fruitless to try and change matter itself, or even that which appears in it which, conventionally, we think of as matter.

There is another aspect to what is going on that remains unseen if we continue facing the mirror, thinking the apparitions we see in it contain the sum of what truly exists…

…for those with eyes to see..


For more on this see Plotinus’ Third Ennead: Sixth Tractate: Section 9-19 at sacred-texts.com


Mirrors as Portals


Mirrors as Portals

In Alice in Wonderland, and Through the Looking-Glass, the title character accesses an alternate reality by moving through a mirror (looking-glass) as the entry point. (Previously, she’d journeyed through a rabbit hole.)

However, author Lewis Carroll wasn’t the first (or last) to speculate about mirrors and reflective surfaces.

In folklore, water — smooth, reflective lakes and ponds, as well as the sea — has often hidden amazing realms not known in this reality. From Greek and Roman legends to Arthurian tales (the Lady of the Lake, and more), we’re reminded of alternate worlds as close as a reflection.

On the other side of the world, in the Asian art of feng shui and interior design, mirrors may “extend space” far beyond their physical depth in this reality…

(Read more here)
By: Fiona Broome on mandalaeffect.com