The Man in the Mirror…

In her book, The Secret Door to Success, Florence Shinn expounds on the tale of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.” I love movies and stories and legends and myths because they tell me about myself and how my mind works. I want to know about my mind because I know that it is my mind that I need to learn to train and keep aligned with Good. It is my Mind that dictates what my life experience will be.

Ernest Holmes once wrote, “Life is a mirror and reflects back to the thinker what he thinks into it.” In this one statement is all the wisdom of the teaching of New Thought. Our life is what we think into it. It appears to us as we think it is. I’m not talking about everyone else’s life. We don’t have control over other’s lives, just our own. We look at life through the lens of our beliefs.

In the story of Snow White, there is a mirror that is one of the main props. Snow White’s cruel Stepmother is always looking into it to check if she is the fairest of them all. It’s important to her. She wants control and she wants to know that she is the best. The mirror answers her yes until one day she finds out that there is someone more fair than she – Snow White.

For me, that Stepmother who is looking into the mirror can be me on a day when I want to be right about something. I want to see it my way no matter what. I want to make everyone else wrong, so I can be right. But, I’m not right. There is someone more fair than me and it is that other part of myself. It is “Snow White,” my pure self, never been touched by any experience. The part that doesn’t know doubts, fears or the struggle of having to be right. She is the one that is pure imagination, love and unlimited expression.

So, what do I do with that? In the story, of Snow White, the Stepmother wants to destroy Snow White. She wants to kill her. She sends her into the woods. Sometimes we do that with our higher self. Our ego mind wants to banish it into the background. We do not listen to our intuition anymore. We give up our dreams. We think life is fruitless and has no meaning. We look into the mirror and all we see is that reflected back to us.

However, like in the tale, there are birds and animals that warn us. They chide us not to eat the poison apple. Florence Shinn says these birds and animals represent our intuition. That is our inner gift of Divine Guidance. Our intuition when paid attention to will guide us out of the woods to our true selves – our Snow White selves. We fight it sometimes. We eat poison apples and look back into the mirror and see poison as our lives.

But, there is something else. There are the Seven Dwarves. They represent the  protective forces, says Florence. In the New Thought Philosophy we call them the Seven Attributes of God. We all have them: Joy, Beauty, Love, Light, Life, Peace and Power. I add Wisdom to this. We all have these seven attributes, and, when we call them up, they allow us to look into the mirror of life in a whole new way. We see with the eyes of our True Selves – our Snow White self.

“Life is a mirror and reflects back to the thinker what he thinks into it.” If we want to change our lives, we must start thinking about it in a new way. As in that song that Michael Jackson made famous:

I’m starting with the man in the mirror…I’m asking him to change his ways…An no message could have been any clearer. If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change.


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