Meanwhile, maybe I should see about spending more time in front of a mirror.*
Thanks for the straight forward reply. I'm going to take what I just learned and probably feel more comfortable.
The mirror gazing isnt something I do often.. maybe once every couple of months I'll do a sitdown infront of a mirror. Completely Undisturbed.
Comfy chair, really tall mirror. It also seems the bigger the mirror, the easier to become engulfed in gazing. So be careful ;p
Someone posted about seeing a mean, or scary, face in the mirror. That's what I meant when I said if the shape or expression of your face freaks you
out, then don't even bother until you've reached better understanding of your capabilities.
When I mirror gaze, I let everything out. At first, I went through the whole being scared of the face changes, or weird "bleeding" of vision (the
whiteness or darkness that fills your vision because you dont blink for an extended period.). After learning to focus on blinking instead of
, I was able to overcome the weird bleeding of the image and more on looking deep into my eyes. The faces never really go away.
Considering how well you control your mind, the faces can mean several things in my opinion. I'm not sure what brings them on, or how to even
control them, but they seem to mimic your thoughts. If you're angery, even a little bit, you may see a blip of anger. If you're depressed, you'll
see a huge amount of loneliness in your face. Same goes on for alot of feelings. Being able to identify and acknowledge your feelings and reactions
to your feelings so that you better understand yourself is the first step to mirror gazing.
Most of the time I use mirror gazing for closed eyed meditation. I'll gaze into the mirror for an hour, and when I finally feel comfortable with my
surroundings and control, I'll close my eyes and picture the mirror's reflection (the same thing I stared at for an hour). Once you let go, your
mind will take your for a wild ride. For a long time I did this merely to enjoy that sudden onslaught of thought and logic; after awhile, I began to
realize that theres even more to the flow of mental information. I could harness that "feeling" and again view my surroundings. Finding my
"center" deep in meditation. And being able to push farther.
The coolest thing in the world is when you let your mind loose, and you come to a conclusion, or something exciting (which would normally through you
out of meditation) and open your eyes. Not to see to your meditation collapse, but a grounding point, and image that showed you the path to where you
just were. And almost instantly upon closing your eyes, you'll continue on your voyage.
Mirrors are excellent grounding points I would guess. I've often wondered the effects of using multiple mirrors, but thats borderline insane at my
current state ;p
I love talking about this stuff, because everyone has there own little way of "getting there" and those that have "been there" seem to be able to
Majic, let me know in this thread how your gaze goes, I'd love to hear about it.