OUR REFLECTION HAVE ALWAYS TWO SIDES
WHICH ONE IS MORE DANGEROUS?
“The inventor of the mirrors poisoned the human hearts.”
The homo sapiens has never been really sure where the reality turns into the myth and when the myth becomes the reality. That has something to do with deep ancient instincts, the feelings for survival and the obsession with fear and death. Since the early ages of mankind, we have tried to learn how to live, free from pain and danger, free from death. Unfortunately, the human imagination has never really managed to solve the inner riddles, the hidden dilemmas and timeless questions about the life after death, if there is any. The people have never stop wondering what is happening when we die and eschatology has grounded its own value on those thoughts about being alive after being dead. But, none knows what kind of world is revealing behind the forever closed eyes and what kind of rainbow is dancing in the wandering souls of dead people. However, that has not stopped the primitive folklore and urban myths to create their own webs of illusions and to offer them to anyone interested in anything that is somewhere in between.
One of the never ending tales and mystical issues is linked directly with the importance of human ego, emanated in self-reflection, the mirror. Many years ago, the human being was amazed to see the own cast in the crystal clear water, but the modern mirrors have been invented in Germany in 1835 by chemist Justus von Liebig. He developed a fine process of applying the thin layer of metallic silver to one side of the clear glass. This model has been improved later and turned into the mass production of the mirrors, as decoration tools and daily accessories. The anthropologists believe that the old version of mirrors have been available through the mankind’s progress and that could be found in many antiq cultures, as the part of the religious and mythological ceremonies. It is believed that the first people in Anatolia have produced the mirrors even 8,000 years ago, from the volcanic glass. The fascination with the self-reflection has been always related with the people’s desires to be perfect, as Gods they have faith in. The mirror has the power to break our dreams into the thousand pieces, showing us the truth we do not want to see, bringing us the darkness we can’t defeat and veiling our fragile souls into the covers of shame. That was and that is the power of the mirror.
Nevertheless, there is something else about the mirror that also could keep us awake, especially if we go more into the direction of myths than into the directions of facts. The mirror has some kind of mystical energy and that make people believe that it has some and eventually supernatural capacities that attracts demonic forces and negative events. The old legend about the broken mirror and the 7 years of bad luck is nothing when we compare it with the theories about the mirrors as portals between two worlds. One author focused his research on the myths about the paranormal value of the mirrors and he comes out with the variety of ideas:“Mirrors have the ability to suck out souls. To avoid this happening mirrors were removed from a room where an ill or dying person lay. The reason being, they were thought to be more vulnerable to the negative power of a mirror.People were warned never to look into a mirror at night or by candlelight. If you did, you would be certain to see ghosts, demons and portents of death – even your own!When a person died in a room the mirrors had to be covered or turned to face the wall. Failure to do so would result in the deceased person’s soul being lost – or they may even turn into a vampire.Even while asleep, it was thought best to cover your mirror as you could be vulnerable to attack from negative spirits or demons during the dark hours. It was also advised, to never place your bed in a place where it is reflected in a mirror.In order to prevent mirrors being used as a portal by supernatural entities, the mirror should be frequently moved to different areas of the room.Mirrors with a solid backing placed in the same position for a long period of time, are thought to be more likely to become spiritual portals.”
So, the main question in this case is the portal. If there is the world after this one, if there is a dimension behind this one, then the mirror should be that magical channel that could bring the trapped souls into the our universe. Could be the opposite too? If those abandoned good or rather bad souls can come to our dimension through the super powerful mirror, why we can go to their world through the same portal? Because, it is not confirmed that mirror is the portal at all but people do not give up on believing that mirror is majestic door into the unknown. There were stories that someone has seen shadows in the mirrors, other has seen the strange reflections and the obscure faces. There were those who claimed that mirror wanted to kill them and there were also those who stated that mirror has moved. The different perception of one phenomena. What is very often forgotten is a fact that there are natural distortions and curious light effects that could cause the bizarre effects. Those bizarre effects applied on the unstable people that are experiencing the difficult life moments could project the base for haunted tales and urban legends. Then, there is a science that warns about the neurological potential of brain to work on creating the meaningful shapes ad faces out of random model. For example, there is a couple that have moved to a new apartment but they lost their child. In the period of deep sadness and emotional disturbances, they will project the soul of their beloved son or daughter into the surface of the mirror and they will believe that John or Maria is trying to tell them something. They will see the signs where there is nothing because their brain is focused on searching for the familiar patterns that will bring the emotional comfort.
I am not claiming that the folklore tips about the mirrors as portals are based on ignorance and the absence of logic but I would love to hear if there is any scientific reason behind it. The scientists have admitted that the mirrors can store the energy:“According to theory, a mirror can absorb energy from virtual photons onto its surface and then re-emit that energy as real photons. The effect only works when the mirror is moving through a vacuum at nearly the speed of light — which is almost impossible for everyday mechanical devices.What these physicists are saying is that they were able to take a reflection and pull it from the mirror and into reality. Granted, it takes a vacuum, the speed of light, and boatload of cash, but the precedent is there. If a photon that only exists in a reflection can pop out of a mirror and into reality, could something larger?”
The modern green energy policy comes out with the mirrors that can trap the sunlight but what about the mirrors that can trap the souls? In spite of all ancient cultures and their faith in dangerous mirrors, the reality is something different but not less thrilling.The mirrors have the potential to attract the energy, to make us confused if we stare enough long into them and to keep as frightened if we believe that some demonic creatures are lurking on us from the other timeline. However, everything could be understood more or less with the studies of scientist:” In a sense, mirrors are the best ‘virtual reality’ system that we can build,’said Marco Bertamini of the University of Liverpool. ‘The object ‘inside’ the mirror is virtual, but as far as our eyes are concerned it exists as much as any other object.’ Dr. Bertamini and his colleagues have also studied what people believe about the nature of mirrors and mirror images, and have found nearly everybody, even students of physics and math, to be shockingly off the mark.”
From the mystical old cultures to the modern wormholes, the mirrors have survived the long journey. They have been destroyed, cursed, condemned, forbidden but never actually really explained. Yes, it has something to do with mythology, anthropology, psychology but also with physics and chemistry. All we see is driven by our perceptive neurons and empowered by our grounded set of beliefs, fears and hopes. We cant expect that religious person will not believe in magic of mirrors as we can not expect that pure scientific mind will accept the mirrors as real threaten. No matter what, there is a crossroad where each person can see and absorb the reflection that doesn’t belong to them, the evil double and the unclear forces they don’t understand bor they fail to understand. The mirror is a great decoration and the spiritual thing but everything else about mirror is our imagination that plays with us and shows us the world that we will never reach and our other side that we will never catch. The mirror is just a simple reflection.