The Seven Essene Mirrors - part 5

Don Wyeth

The Seven Essene Mirrors - part 5

3 mins
September 21, 2021

This is the fifth essay in a series on the Seven Essene Mirrors, a reflective process that gives us a way to know and understand ourselves and our relationship to the world around us. As mentioned previously, this process is initiated by something that we do in our lives that triggers a process in our bodies which then interacts with the forces around us and affects our physical world; acting as a kind of behavioral barometer of sorts. Among the seven mirrors, two stand out as having a real transformational power: the Second Mirror of that which we judge and the Fifth Mirror… the mirror of Father/Mother. 

Let us now examine the meanings of the Fifth Essene Mirror. According to one of my principal sources, James Gilliland, “The Fifth Essene Mirror reflects back to us Father/Mother. It is often said we marry our father or mother. We also often become them acting out the same healthy and unhealthy patterns we learned as a child. Our fathers and mothers to us as children are Gods. It will often reflect the same relationship we have with others and the Father/Mother God principle.”

Here we are examining the relationship that we have with our Creatrix/Creator, regardless of religious belief or spiritual orientation. This unfolding relationship with God is grounded in our experiences we have had with our own mother and father. “…the way we see (and judge) our parents is a mirror about the expectations, perceptions or beliefs we have about our most sacred relationship with the Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother.” nurturingthegiftofseeking.org.

The famous psychoanalyst Carl Jung postulated that the foundation of the human psyche, among other things, is influenced by our primal experiences with our mothers and fathers. These experiences have the power to direct and influence our behaviors as adults. Jung is quoted as saying, “Unless you learn to face your own shadows, you will continue to see them in others, because the world outside you is only a reflection of the world inside you.” medium.com. This is one of the best analogies I have found for explaining how these mirrors work.

This correspondence between perception of parents and of God is reflected in the Bible.  Exodus 34:7 says that God “…[visits] the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation.” As young children we perceive our parents as deity; as the ones who are responsible for our being here. Whether your father, for example, cared for you or, conversely, did not care for you, shapes your concept and expectations of deity. But also, it establishes a template for what is expected of you as a parent in this world, be it a positive or negative template “… When we describe our parents today as positive and negative, there is a good chance that we are describing our expectations of God.” spiritualsource.co.il. 

By healing the relationships that we have with our parents, we experience an expanded, richer and more positive perception of God. In this light, it seems prudent to ask ourselves, “…is the way I see my parents similar to the way I see the Creator?” 

Meditation on this question can provide a life affirming and liberating experience. For next time we will continue our examination of the Essene Mirrors as we consider the Sixth Mirror… the Dark Side of Mind.

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Don Wyeth

Passionate and intelligent columnist from Madison, WI.