Yin and Yang Effects of a Mirror: Reversing the reflections affecting your home and you
“This hub is in no intention to offend the owners of homes who are mirror-fanatics, mirror collectors, the society and the Chinese community for their beliefs of the yin and yang effects on mirrors. My ma is of Chinese descent but doesn't apply this into our life. Believe it or not, you have the freedom to decide.”
I met my Chinese great grandma when I was in my teens. My grandpa brought her to the Philippines for a visit from Peking (Beijing). How lucky I am to have met her because she was the typical tiny built, slender Chinese woman who had lotus feet which were almost covered by her long shiny red and gold embroidered silk dress, and can only walk in small baby steps from the bedroom to the kitchen. She had never communicated with us because none of us spoke her language, except my grandpa who can speak to her fluently since he was born in Peking. My quiet great grandma kept herself in the bedroom most times and she felt comfortable being alone. But I was a little curious and wanted to come closer to her to know her better and make her smile. My curiosity made me peeked in her bedroom so many times where I catch her sitting on the side of the bed facing a tall mirror attached to the closet door almost each time I checked on her. She caught me sneaking on her and I swear she must had sworn at me in that foreign language of hers, too annoyed perhaps, and I never made her smile until she left to fly home to Peking. How I wish my grandma and I had communicated even in actions; and I wonder now what made her always stare at the mirror.
Two friends of mine had mentioned to me what to avoid about mirrors and I just laugh it off. Then, one day, I have to wipe the tall and huge bedroom mirror facing the foot of the bed squeaky clean. I pondered about what one friend had said, “The bed should not be fronting a mirror. It will reflect or suck negative energies and will make you miserable when you wake up.”
“Umm, I don’t think so. If I was feeling bad the night before bedtime, then, it could be possible that I will be feeling the same when I awake.” Big mirrors in the bedroom could actually enhance positive energies such as a playful fun, joy, enhance communication with your partner, cuts tension, widens the room space, and brings forth sexiness. What I try to avoid is never to put a mirror facing a window in case lightning strikes.
Why do majority of the people find it easy to believe in “bad luck” to happen, or believing in superstitious beliefs? Why can’t people be more focused into believing all things good and the goodness that will bring happiness in their lives?
Would you prefer to live a ruled life full of negative, contradicting and unfriendly manipulative beliefs?
Would you stop seeking the practical and positive side of things because you feel that the energy is stronger in the way it is destructively portrayed? How this negative evaluations of an object like the mirror, that easily makes you a slave to its disadvantages and harmful references linking your mind and life forever to traverse in a more cautious but frightening living?
Those who do not easily stumble and fall into believing before examining their own conscience and trusting their capabilities, have good prospects in leading their lives to its practical realities, setting their foot into a harmonious world of positivity and order.
The negative spread of thoughts and way of educating level-minded people becomes conflicting and argumentative to those who opt to find and look toward the process of attunement and balance in behaviours and beliefs in our involvement in the society.
The Yin and Yang Effects of Mirrors
What negative things we learn about mirrors and ways to turn it around.
1. Seven years of bad luck for a broken mirror. What do you think? Does it sound real? How about those mirror manufacturers? How many times do you think a mirror breaks during production and handling? A mirror that accidentally falls and breaks at home, is it caused by a weakening of wall plaster or a wobbly nail or had loosened its grip from previous earthquake visits? A mirror that is strongly secured for years but falls coinciding to the death of the master of the house, or, a death of a family or relative in another place (see ghosts hub…) is believed to have been caused by an evil spirit, a premonition, or is it mere coincidence? Your thoughts and answers to the above examples will determine if you believe in a mirror’s negative meanings or prefer the opposite way. So don’t face a cracked mirror or use a broken one for it creates a cut or a distorted image; of course, what else could it be?
2. The evil reflection in you. “Magic mirror on the wall; Who is the fairest of them all?” You are sad, distressed, miserable, angry and crying. You go to the mirror to examine yourself and show self-pity. All you’re doing is consoling yourself; it is not vain, it is not being conceited (except for the villain Queen in Snow White). Looking at yourself through the mirror makes you feel too sad, but in the next moment you’ve thought of picking yourself up, wash your face and back to believing in yourself that no one should tamper your life like this, that you are your own boss. Would you not look in front of a mirror because you’ve read from somewhere that looking in the mirror when you are angered or sad reflects evilness inside you? If you’ve known what you’ve done wrong or know who you really are as a person, does the mirror have to tell you that there is evil in you? Your feelings, acts and attitude alone would tell you.
3. Releasing of Negative Self. Facing a mirror at the foot of the bed they say releases the negative emotions in you. And how about a mirror near the bed? They say it would reflect those negative emotions back at you? Funny and silly, isn’t it. You have no choice but avoid mirrors in your room. Really, do we have to? So how about checking in to a classy motel room surrounded with mirrors from wall to wall including the ceiling too…mainly for a memorable, playful, lustful, romantic overnight stay? Do you see yourself releasing negativity in your emotions? I bet not; with a bedroom ambience like this, all positive energies reflect yourself and your date mate from the ceiling to the walls. What do you think except if you are going in there because of cheating? Would you even think that a negative energy is waiting for you when you arrive home, instead? That’s your guilty mind, a product of your guilty pleasures that will drive you mad. Don’t blame the mirrors.
4. Ideas coming from a mirror? As a saying goes…”Hang a mirror above head for the space above one’s head is a clearance to developing ideas.” Really? Is it good of an idea for those who are balding? Do you find this at work or in offices? Or maybe you want to try to hang one in your study room or home office and see if it does bring in ideas for you. I think you have to get up; it is time to cook dinner.
5. Inauspicious, inconvenient sightings, unpleasant and evil. Mirrors lined along my hall, are they really creepy? Not for me. Though to many, they consider decorating with mirrors at home with a thorough understanding and consideration. My way of decorating is with the consideration of a small space and appropriate balance of displaying my mirrors. I don’t let my mind fool-play me into frightening myself of unwelcomed illusions. There’s the paranormal contribution to these illusions from stories we’ve read, or because in old times, mirrors were made of metal and reflections were poor.
“Never place them against each other, the energy will bounce off.” I don’t recall bouncing of energies. I have four mirrors fronting each other at home, no intention to do it this way, it is plainly a matter of spacing and balancing objects and the dining mirror gives a multiple reflection of my leaf oval-shaped mirror.
6. Yin back to you. How do you understand this statement? “A mirror hanging before your eyes will return or gather back all the negative energies supposed to be done for that day.” My suggestion is, just close your eyes if you have mirrors hanging around the house, and that if you have extra powerful sense of smell. Just how can one get rid of not looking pass a mirror?
7. The more, the better. Did you say, “The more mirrors in the house, the better?” It welcomes good energies, visitors and guests to your home, even for the home owners. Oh so now, I’m really confused. And so, we just have to avoid the facing of mirrors, and how the mirrors along the hallway contribute creepiness? Let’s just say that a plentiful mirror in the house brings both the yin and yang of its existence.
8. Headache mirrors. Hanging a mirror at home should not “cut off” one’s head; it is said to bring headaches. I have no mirror at home that cut off any heads in the household, but yeah, we get headaches once in a while. Nor hanging it too high over an entrance door or window; it will catch and reflect other people to get hurt, or objects like reflecting neighbourhood houses, cars, trees, etc. But I do believe that hanging a mirror too high will indeed one day hurt someone’s head.
9. Mirror, mirror, I am sick. Facing or looking at yourself in a mirror when you are sick is inviting death into your already ‘ill’ days. Sure, who wants to die just by staring at a mirror? So does this mean if we have to see, let’s say, a doctor named Dr. Quack and he’s got a mirror in his office, should we request to have it covered? How about Dr. Quack examining you with a head mirror he is comfortable with? You’re going to die of a cardiac arrest from a mirror-scare! For those “getting sick” of their own faces that they have to undergo plastic surgery, how are they going to see their faces again? If they do, they’re going to be scared-to-death! And how about the magnifying make-up mirror, because you are feeling sick, you want to view yourself on a suspicion of a virus attacking you; instead the mirror reflection of your eyeballs popping out is going to kill you.
10. Good morning, mirror! What luck are you bringing me today? Oh so everyone can do this with no problem by going to Facebook first rather than visiting the bathroom, do your thing and rinse your face, because looking at the mirror first thing in the morning will turn your whole day miserable; a bad luck it is. And whatever hidden fears you have or fears from last night’s bad dream will instantly convert you into a psychic foreseeing unpleasant sights. Do you want that experience or no? It is solely up to you.
11. Double the bounty. My Chinese grandparents have a huge mirror on a wall where the long dining table of 10 seaters and everything set on the table would reflect in the mirror. It is believed that a mirror reflecting a dining or kitchen will attract wealth and a continuous supply of food where the family will frequently dine together; at other events, doubling, enhancing yang chi in entertaining guests into your home. Indeed, there has to be a continuous supply of food for a big family and growing! Mirrors give and create energies in depth that is why it is great for a small space or in a store as it expands illusion. And then, there’s the – never have a stove face a mirror. It is also said that it will reflect back the energies that could cause a heat up discomfort in the room (fire reflecting fire like that of a fireplace). Never mind, it is not going to multiply whatever you’re cooking!
12. Feng Shui or Ba Gua mirrors. They bring good luck and drive away evil spirits, so the great Chinese emperors and ancestors say. These Chinese mirror beliefs and practices are for you to decide on how it will affect, change you or retain what you see and believe. Should it be a subject of debate, or merely understanding its techniques with your superstitious mind, or renouncing it of your practical realistic ways?
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Feng Shui and Bagua
Briefly, what are Feng Shui and Ba Gua?
Feng Shui is a system of divination of the harmonic balance of Heaven and Earth with it surrounding five elements such as earth, water, wood, metal and fire to receiving positive qi (energy).
Divination or geomancy as I have tried to understand was once learned and applied by social classes (of sociologists, anthropologists, historians, political scientists, and other scientists and students of the science world, practiced in Africa and Europe in the Middle Ages and Renaissance times.
Bagua “Ba Gua” is ancient China’s principles held together through cosmic philosophy of how the world began constructed by the principles of reality into 8 diagrams or symbols. Bagua is also applied on Feng Shui through energies yin (bad energy is associated with death, cemetery, evil spirits (seen or unseen), dark shadows; yang (good energy is prosperity/success, good health, fortune and abundance to many other things). Yin and yang are opposites but corresponds to each other’s relative balance.
Chinese Philosophy that changed the world to its understanding about mirrors:
Feng Shui – attracts wealth, protection, tranquility. One has to know the uses of feng shui elements in arranging mirrors at home.
Bagua mirror – an octagonal framed mirror used in feng shui. It is a charm to compel evil entering the home. That means, a bagua mirror is never to be used indoors and is positioned to protect you from bad energies…perhaps from your very annoying neighbour?
Mirrors in Funeral Homes.
Many funeral homes servicing to varied faiths take in consideration of putting up mirrors in their chapel, visitation rooms and family rooms. Where this place is the preparation for and pre-resting place of the deceased, while the families and visitors pay their respects in mourning and prayers. Mourning meditations and prayers are personal where the person is in deep thoughts or prayers being recited in a group with which is communicating with God, and the deceased. A mirror in the room is an instant destruction, pulling away the varied energies in the room in deep concentration where speaking to God is an act of solemnity. Thus a mirror in a funeral service room also puts presence in vain and self-consciousness when no one can appear to look their best in moments of grief.
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