"There was an inscription carved around the top: Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi”

Spiritual Significance in Harry Potter: Part III

When Harry accidentally discovers the Mirror of Erised in an unused room, out after curfew, he is mesmerized by what he sees there. His long lost family is waiting for him in the looking glass, tantalizingly close, but unreachable. He returns repeatedly to gaze at his family, what he most desires, until, so caught up in what he wants, he fails to notice that Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster of Hogwarts, is there in the room with him.

Dumbledore, explaining what the mirror does, tells Harry,“The happiest man on earth would be able to use the Mirror of Erised like a normal mirror, that is, he would look into it and see himself exactly as he is.” Since the mirror shows whatever the viewer desires most in his heart, the happy man, having all he desires, desires nothing else and so sees nothing but reality.

The mirror represents all of life. Are we looking at our lives with acceptance and gratitude or resistance and coveting? Is it possible that wanting and needing only brings more situations of want and need? Wouldn't that be terribly ironic? When we are happy with ourselves and with life, when we release our desires for something more or different or other, suddenly our lives are clear and accurate reflections of who we are. Being present to what is, means that we can choose happiness. We don't have to put off happiness until we lose that ten or twenty pounds, until that special someone notices us, until we can afford that car or buy that house. We sometimes think happiness hinges on achievement and more stuff, but happiness is an internal mechanism, it can be triggered simply by smiling and laughing. Happiness is a magnet. Being happy feels good and happiness increases our attractiveness.

Reflect on All You Have and Feel Grateful

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He who is contented is rich

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. ~Lao Tsu

Exercise

Make an inventory of everything you already possess in one room. Sit with the completed list and allow yourself to feel grateful for every item. Consider where each item came from, who was with you when you received it and how long you've owned it. Consider what you are ready to release and who might benefit from receiving it. Has your sense of wealth and abundance changed?

"Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi"

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