What do you see when looking at your reflection in the mirror? Do you see the face and features, or do you see the person within? Have you noticed that when you look at your reflection in the mirror, you perceive it differently than you would a photograph of yourself?
I notice that when I look at a photograph of myself, that person is really not someone I recognize, but my reflection in the mirror I see as the real me. In the mirror, I see the person I believe myself to be.
Think about someone with an eating disorder and how he or she cannot see that they are extremely thin. They see their own image just as we all do, except that his or her perception may be more distorted.
How that perception comes about is what totally fascinates me. The mind perceives and decides who we are, this begins very early on in our life. It could be as early as in the womb. For those who are open to the possibility of reincarnation, perhaps our inner concept happens even before fertilization.
Our experiences, up to approximately eight years of age, set the stage for lifetime patterns, both the positive and the negative. The mind and the brain control who we become, by developing programming that runs our lives.
Through conducting regressions, we have come to understand that an infant is aware of what is going on in its environment. For instance, a child can sense what the mother is experiencing. Sometimes there is recall of certain conversations that took place while in infanthood. You may say, how is that possible? A baby can’t understand language! That may be true, but the mind records everything that transpires and makes it accessible to memory. Imprints create the neuro-pathways in our brain. That is how habits and triggered reactions are created. As mentioned, who we are and how we react to life is patterned very early.
We’ve been told many times that we use only 5-10% of our brain. That is not quite accurate. We use our whole brain but we are only aware of that small percentage of data at a time. The rest is stored at the unconscious level. Most of our programming is running beneath the conscious level.
Think of our mind as an organic computer that is more sophisticated than anything technology has given us to date. When we are working on a file on the computer and minimize it to do something else, that file hasn’t gone anywhere; it is still running. Our minds are the same; most of our programs are running underneath.
To affect change in our reflection, or rather our perception, these programs need to be updated or even deleted, and new ones installed. We are a work in progress.
What is reflecting back at you? Pay attention to what that reflection is telling you.
Ines Simpson is a Board Certified Hypnotist and a Certified Instructor with the National Guild of Hypnotists. She works out of the Waves Of Potential Clinic in Qualicum.