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Objects in mirror are more powerful than they appear

Posted on 27 November 2012

doxiewolfLong ago in a small, far away village, there was a place known as the House of 1000 Mirrors. A small, happy little dog learned of this place and decided to visit. When he arrived, he bounced happily up the stairs to the doorway of the house. He looked through the doorway with his ears lifted high and his tail wagging as fast as it could. To his great surprise, he found himself staring at 1000 other happy little dogs with their tails wagging just as fast as his. He smiled a great smile, and was answered with 1000 great smiles just as warm and friendly. As he left the house, he thought to himself, “This is a wonderful place. I will come back and visit it often.”

In this same village, another little dog, who was not quite as happy as the first one, decided to visit the house. He slowly climbed the stairs and hung his head low as he looked into the door. When he saw the 1000 unfriendly looking dogs staring back at him, he growled at them and was horrified to see 1000 little dogs growling back at him. As he left, he thought to himself, “That is a horrible place, and I will never go back there again.”

This ancient Japanese folktale makes an important point. All the people we meet and the books we read are mirrors. What kind of reflections do you see as a result of your literal and literary associations? What we project out from our inner being is what gets reflected back to us. Some call it karma, the law of attraction, or even divine justice. But whatever the case, it is an absolute universal truth in life regardless of your race, religion or reading habits.

By controlling our thoughts, we see happy reflections everywhere. By controlling who is in our lives and what goes into our minds, we continue to manifest even more positive reflections. Whatever feelings and attitudes we project will often be reflected right back at us by the people around us. And if we choose wisely, we can transform ourselves into a person who is happy within and projects happiness throughout.

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6 comments

  • Deborah the Closet Monster: February 20, 2016

    I went through a bit of a gloomy spell for a few months, where most of the words I put out had a rant’s tone to them. I stepped back, reassessed, and pointed myself back to a more positive place. It’s from this more positive place that I read your post and say, “Amen.” The better I give, the better I get.

  • traceyjones: February 20, 2016

    We sure shall Mark!! You can count on that:-)

  • Mark Armstrong: February 20, 2016

    That’s a big ditto for me. Knowing you and The Team are out there in the world, making it a better place— that’s a huge sustaining influence for me, Tracey.

    Merry Christmas, God bless, let’s do it all again next year!! : )

  • traceyjones: February 20, 2016

    Thanks so much Mark, yes, the same truths, different days:-) The truth never gets old! And i had never heard the 1000 mirror parable until last month!! I was reading a manuscript someone sent us and there it was:-) After reading about it online, i think you and I were the only two that hadn’t heard of it:) As long as I’m in good company it’s all good! Please know that making your acquaintance and friendship was one of the top blessings of this year for me:-) have a very merry Christmas Mark! We’ll be with you in spirit.

  • Mark Armstrong: February 20, 2016

    I’d never heard that wonderful story of the 1000 Mirrors, but it sure made me bark and wave my tail!

    I know it’s all true, and I see you got in the old “You wouldn’t eat garbage, would you? Why fill your mind with it?” and the old “You’re known by the company you keep, don’t hang out with people who just want to drag you down to their level”— only you said it in a much more appealing way.

    Just wonderful, Tracey, and no one embodies said wisdom better than yourself, thanks for your ongoing good example. : )

  • traceyjones: February 20, 2016

    Amen indeed Deborah, very well said! Been there, done that. Sometimes for years at a time! I grew up always hearing stuff like this, but until you put it into place, and that takes work as you know, you don’t see the power to make the change is all within the individual.

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