The Mirror Never Lies – The Power of Reflection

One morning a mirror appeared in the town square of a small village. Like all other mirrors it could only reflect what was presented.

It was the mirror of Love and Free Will, a mirror that never lied and that allowed people to be seen by others exactly how they themselves chose to be seen. If you stood there as a labourer, a teacher or a student – that is what you would see reflected back. If you stood there as an orphan, a leper, a self-made millionaire, a sports star – that is what was reflected back. But if you stood with a willingness to look beyond the surface, the mirror reflected much, much more.

Some walked up to the mirror and saw the image they wanted to show the world and were happy to have this confirmed, others ignored its arrival altogether, but some stood wanting to look deeper.

Those who looked deeper saw that no matter how perfect their outer image was, they also saw sadness in their eyes, or hardness in their shoulders, or the extra weight that they carried. Some saw this and blamed life for these woes and went back to trying to improve the image they presented, some tried to build new ones; others were honest about what they saw and began to explore the choices they were making – what they were eating, how they were working, how they were relating to themselves and others.

The mirror was impartial to those who stayed and those who moved on. All it could do is reflect to the depth people chose. The choice to do something about what you saw was always yours. However, without this reflection, there was no way for people to see the possibility that things were not as they seemed.

Those who started making new choices both struggled and marvelled as each time they stood in front of the mirror it would reflect both the part that was the surface image and the possibility of something deeper. They still noticed layers of sadness, hardness, grief … and at times it was all they could see. Some felt guilty about their past choices and blamed the mirror for what they saw. They resented the growing possibility that they might need to let go of the façade, and they turned away. Some started shouting to others to remove the mirror from the town square, fearful of what they saw in themselves.

Some used these reflections to refine their choices – they took responsibility for what they saw and knew the only change worth making was to go deeper and become more responsible for their choices.

Over time, what was inside these people all along began to be lived on the outside. The more they dropped the façade, the more joy and vitality came to the surface. But it did not end there…

One day, enjoying the new (but really old) self they had rediscovered, some wondered if they could look deeper still. They stood before the mirror and saw that what lived behind the joy was a sense of their own divinity. They stood very still not wanting to walk away from the absolute sacredness they had just felt. The easy thing to do was to enjoy all they had felt, and keep it for themselves. They could stay with the joy and vitality they had uncovered for themselves, or go deeper still.

Some stayed basking in that joy for a long time, others knew that over time, without going deeper, they would just turn the joy into a new surface image; one that made them at best ‘comfortable’ and at worst ‘special’.

As always the mirror was impartial – the choice was theirs.

A few let go of the layers they had previously protected themselves with, appreciating the divinity that lived within them more than they feared how the world might see them. After all, they could not see this within themselves without seeing how this divinity lived in all equally.

In that moment they became a Mirror that Never Lies: others who looked into their eyes now had the chance to see that they too are much more than the outer image they project to the world.

By Joel Levin

559 thoughts on “The Mirror Never Lies – The Power of Reflection

  1. Awesome to be reminded of the impartiality of true reflections, there is no imposition, no needing others to ‘get it’ just a reflection that allows others the choice to be inspired in any moment.

  2. From this incredible journey of a blog I got that life is the true reflection of our choices. Life doesn’t lie and we are responsible and accountable for the consequences of our choices. Be in the grace of having chose to be love and be open to people or the stagnation and complication of shutting off from the world. It seems to come back to us to look at.

  3. I loved reading this again and how much sense it makes for how we go about our lives. What are we willing to see ourselves as? Just another person with a role in the world, or as a vessel who can continue to deepen and grow and be honest and make choices that are based on love and not our role.

  4. This is a brilliant modern day parable, showing us how the law of reflection works and how it is this that will change the world rather than direct action in any form. The one mirror becomes many mirrors which one day become millions of mirrors.

  5. As I beautifully heard it uttered recently, every single one of us is a point of reflection, every single one of us is a symbol to the rest of the world. What we reflect, what we symbolise is our choice, and how deep we choose to go with this is also our choice. We can choose to reflect the surface outer layers and the harshness of daily life taking its toll on a body that chooses to stay at the surface level of its being, or we can go deeper and let everyone around us see and feel the endless lake that surrounds the stillness of our being, our fire, and the universal love within us, that we are all from.

  6. I love this blog as it says it all in a way that everyone can understand and gauge just where they are at. I also love this last line as it is inspires us to keep on going deeper. . . ‘In that moment they became a Mirror that Never Lies: others who looked into their eyes now had the chance to see that they too are much more than the outer image they project to the world’

  7. Another great blog Joel, and one that reminds me that everything in life is a reflection that if I am willing to see, supports me continuously to evolve. Such a far cry from the usual approach to life whereby when something isn’t to our ‘liking’, we will rally against it, doing our best to control things in such a way as to avoid the reflection offered.

  8. This is such a beautiful blog on the power of reflection and how we are all mirrors to each other. We can choose to heed what is being reflected to us or we can choose to turn our back on it.

  9. Bringing to light the importance of our reflection to humanity. Always inspiring to ready your expression Joel, thank you.

  10. It’s fascinating how so often we come across what we need to read, at the exact moment we need to read it. I’ve been looking at the facade and fake mask that I wear, and how often I do this as a form of protection. The more I develop a connection and a relationship with the solid and steady part of myself, the easier it becomes to drop the mask and the need to please others. A work in progress but so so worth it. Living behind a facade and mask is exhausting and depleting. I love what you share Joel about both struggling and marvelling as we look in the mirror and take a deeper look at ourselves, and feeling a growing resentment about the possibility of having to drop the facade. We feel this resentment when we’ve invested in a picture of who we think we need to be, and are stubbornly clinging onto it. As soon as we feel we can start to drop it, there’s a lightness in the simplicity of being ourselves.

  11. Thank you Joel for another great read, of being willing to see what is being reflected back to us and choose to go deeper letting go of the facade of our living to claim the essence of who we are, a reflection of light and love to the world.

  12. Beautiful parable about reflection – without reflection we wouldn´t know who we are. We are each other´s gate to more of ourselves and because everyone reflects a unique aspect or from a unique angle everyone is needed equally for everyone to be all of oneself.

  13. Everything is a reflection and this is a beautiful gift in support of us and what is available if we choose to be open to reading this. A beautiful parable – thank you Joel

  14. Thank you Joel for the reminder that we are here to be reflections for each other and not just to enjoy – or otherwise – what we see in the mirror.

  15. “Some used these reflections to refine their choices – they took responsibility for what they saw and knew the only change worth making was to go deeper and become more responsible for their choices.” What reflections are we willing to show ourselves and the world? How far does our responsibility go?

  16. Joel reading this today I got a deeper understanding of how the joy we feel and see is not just for us, and how it’s about living that joy in a way that shows another ever and always that they too are that joy – to become the mirror for another, so that they too may be who they are and become a mirror for another and anon. We are designed to ripple out and affect all around us living the joy we are, it’s not just for us, it’s for all.

  17. There are times when I have had a deeper understanding or reflection of myself and can feel that I don’t fully live all that I am. It is also very beautiful when others reflect and share with us something different through what they live or when they share something grander they feel in us that invites us to live this more deeply.

  18. I find this blog an incredible gift to read. I always find I go deeper each time in what it offers. Just like the reflections we are offered, if we are willing to go deeper there is evolution on offer. Thank you joel.

  19. So much on offer here for us…”All it could do is reflect to the depth people chose. The choice to do something about what you saw was always yours. However, without this reflection, there was no way for people to see the possibility that things were not as they seemed.” I feel blessed to have so many reflections from Universal Medicine practitioners and students. What do we choose?

  20. The power of true reflection inspires us, we feel the pull to open up and the opportunity to choose to be more of ourselves.

  21. “Some used these reflections to refine their choices – they took responsibility for what they saw and knew the only change worth making was to go deeper and become more responsible for their choices.” Every day from others and from life we are offered reflections, the choice is ours as to whether we are open to receive these reflections, so we can go deeper in our evolution.

  22. Another extraordinarily powerful blog Joel. I shall endeavour to bring these words to mind daily “The mirror was impartial to those who stayed and those who moved on. All it could do is reflect to the depth people chose. The choice to do something about what you saw was always yours. However, without this reflection, there was no way for people to see the possibility that things were not as they seemed.”

  23. A powerful reminder that there is no end to the depth of connection to our divinity that is eternally waiting to be realised, lived and expressed through all that we do and all we meet here on earth.

  24. The power of reflection is so rarely talked about, yet it’s something that affects us deeply everyday. The fact that there are so many societal norms that are self abusive makes me wonder if how people live reflect a norm that others give their power to. If everyone is doing the same thing is that through reflection? If it is then what’s our responsibility to reflect everyday, and what is reflected back to us about how society is? When a more evolved or more loving reflection comes along what do we do with that, especially if it stands alone? Do we yell at it to go away, choose to change, or ignore it and stay with the majority? And what about what our own body reflects to us everyday, do we go with what feels true inside ourselves? So much to ponder on thank you Joel!

  25. It always fascinates me how I can look different in the mirror according to how I feel, what I’ve chosen and what things I have taken on, I actually can look different from one day to the next – our bodies never lie!

  26. A great blog Joel, it had me smiling right from the start, a mirror that never lies, it made me realise how easy it would be to see ourselves with the reflection we present, when we are all capable of looking more deeply at ourselves and change our reflection, just by making more loving and honest choices, it is always a deeper unfolding that continues the more we uncover our true selves.

  27. Such a beautiful parable Joel. We see what we want to see in the mirror. I can look so different from one day to the next, all depending on how I feel.

  28. It’s great to read this blog second time around Joel. We try to lead a life projecting an outer image and all the while denying the enormous greatness that lies beneath it.

  29. What you share here is sharing so much in one, from the way in which we can hold ourselves indifferent to our true reflection and our free will to uncover and how far we go, it is for us to choose.

  30. The outer image that I bought into for a long time was to be the reliable, strong one and be there for everyone else, which meant that I was neglecting my own needs which left me exhausted. Thankfully these days I love to give to myself in ways that truly support me – simple things like going to bed early, being organised with food which truly nourishes my body, asking and receiving support because I am worth it, and much more….And I reflect to others all the choices I am living as we all do.

  31. We choose (create) the character and we work hard to be confirmed as such. Such confirmation makes our day. Such sought confirmation, yet, discourages others to keep looking, to keep observing and to keep registering what they are registering about someone beyond the character and the sought image. And, yet, there is a dweller underneath it that is truer than the created character.

  32. When we look into the mirror what we see getting reflected back to us from the world around us may be uncomfortable and exposing but nonetheless presents us with an awareness and opportunity to change what we see.

  33. A wonderful analogy Joel, what I love about reflection as you have shared is its power to reflect to the depth that people choose, and the opportunity for everyone equally to see all that is offered.

  34. Thank you Joel, what a huge blog, one of power in realization too.
    This sentence totally blew away my mind…
    ‘A few let go of the layers they had previously protected themselves with, appreciating the divinity that lived within them more than they feared how the world might see them. After all, they could not see this within themselves without seeing how this divinity lived in all equally.’
    What stood out was this particular part: ‘.., appreciating the divinity that lived within them more than they feared how the world might see them.’
    From my heart what I sense is the only thing that is keeping us small is our choice to be individual, separative and or wanting to exist – as if we make it about the whole truth (universality, Oneness and togetherness) we instantly live our future and are putting individuality before anything. Because we are not made for that as we co-exist with all everything else.

  35. I’ve loved this blog since the first time I read it. Today I was thinking as I read it ‘I know who that mirror is in my life’ but then that ending caught me by surprise, not because I’ve never read it but I felt the truth in my body of those words “appreciating the divinity that lived within them more than they feared how the world might see them. After all, they could not see this within themselves without seeing how this divinity lived in all equally.” I too am that mirror and it’s pretty cool.

  36. And so it goes, as we go ’round and ’round, encircling the Sun and coming back lifetime after lifetime…
    We are all potentially such mirrors – for all.
    How others react or respond… well, that’s up to them. Either way, the presence of Divinity has been felt and it remains a marker of what is possible for us all.

  37. Lovely to read this again and it made me appreciate yet again what an amazing ‘Mirror that Never Lies” is Serge Benhayon.

  38. Universal Medicine, Serge and his family have been that mirror for me over the years and I am sure many more would attest the same. It was not always a perfect reflection, sometimes I wanted to smash the mirror, sometimes I wanted to avoid it but most of the time I was so appreciative that I could see my own beauty, that a vail had been lifted and I could feel the beauty everywhere.

  39. I loved what you shared in your blog Joel, being willing to go deeper knowing there is more to let go of and more light to be lived and reflected out to the whole world, “A few let go of the layers they had previously protected themselves with, appreciating the divinity that lived within them more than they feared how the world might see them. After all, they could not see this within themselves without seeing how this divinity lived in all equally.”

  40. ‘The choice to do something about what you saw was always yours. However, without this reflection, there was no way for people to see the possibility that things were not as they seemed’. And the ever-present mirror our constant teacher, wills us to reflect more deeply, go beyond what we see on the surface and let go of all that does not belong and is not of love.

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