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The Seven Essene Mirrors
Bonnie Moss (c) April, 2013
Seven Essene Mirrors- Relationships and the Spiritual Path

How many times a day do you look at a mirror? Do you see beyond the image you are looking at? Pools of dark still waters collected in a vessel was used as a mirror way, way back in time. Obsidian, a naturally occurring volcanic glass were the first manufactured mirrors. Examples can still be found in Anatolia, Turkey, believed to date back to around 6000 BC. There is a more intriguing aspect to the significance of mirrors as the Essenes believed. Who were the Essenes The Essenes were an important Jewish group which flourished in Palestine from the late second century B.C. to the late first century A.D. Historians and scholars like Philo, Josephus, Pliny, and Hippolytus generally agree quite closely on the main characteristics of the group. Asceticism was a central trait. Many Essenes were devoted to the celibate ideal, though Josephus mentions a group who married. They eschewed luxury items, such as oil, and avoided all unnecessary social and economic contacts with non-Essenes. Their highly regimented life centered on prayers, rigorous work, frequent illustrations, and studies of Scriptures. Essene was a name believed to be applied by their contemporaries. The Essenes were members of an ascetic Jewish sect of the 1st century BC and the 1st century AD. Most of them lived on the western shore of the Dead Sea. They are identified by many scholars with the Qumran community that wrote the documents popularly called the Dead Sea Scrolls. "(The similarity between a number of Essene and Christian concepts and practices (kingdom of God, baptism, sacred meals, the position of a central teacher, titles of officeholders, and community organization) has led some people to assume that there was a close kinship between the Essenes and the groups around John the Baptist and Jesus Christ. It is possible that after the dissolution of the Essene community some members followed John the Baptist or joined one of the early Christian communities, but any other direct connection seems unlikely.) "Wikipedia
  • Seven Essene Mirrors
  • First mirror- what we feel at the moment-pain,anger
  • Second mirror- what we judge
  • Third mirror- what is lost, taken away from us, or what we gave away
  • Fourth mirror- most forgotten love
  • Fifth mirror- Father/ Mother
  • Sixth mirror- quest in darkness, light and dark part of the soul
  • Seventh mirror -Self perception

Through relationships, the mirrors reflect back to us, at that moment, the power of thought, feelings, emotions yet still unknown to us. We can not ignore the role of relationships which we live each present moment. The actions of our relationships,their choices,frustration, anger, love or joy, wrong choices or wrong words are reflective reality at that moment.
Patterns of behavior: radiating what we feel at the moment, is mirrored back to us. We are judging or frustrated at the moment; or realize what we have given away, or lost or taken away from us. Gregg Braden writes: "From the perspective of the ancient Essenes, every human on the earth is an initiate in the Mystery School that we call Life. Whether they are conscious of it or not, every human will experience in the presence of others mirrors of themselves in that moment. If we have the wisdom to recognize those mirrors, we may accelerate the evolution of emotion and understanding." We are made to believe that a trait in another person that we dislike or disapprove reflects a shadow of ourselves. Not necessarily so. Negative experiences are not stumbling blocks when dealt with properly.Look at these as reflective mirrors that is calling our attention. FIRST MIRROR reflects to us that which we are at the moment. It could be a hurt that nags now and then; a wrong-doing that is almost forgotten that brought pain or anger.Patterns of behavior that radiates at that moment is mirrored back at us. SECOND MIRROR reflects to us that which we judge. It is something we have an emotional charge with, something we have either been wounded by in the past and have not forgiven.Look at these issues carefully. If we judge and condemn with an emotional charge,we will attract exactly what we judge into our lives.A frustrating bahavior is reflected back,if more than one person is involved, consider this as a mirroring of reflective reality. Possible common thread or possibility arise from important issues with an emotional charge. These are important values- honesty, integrity, respect, kindness, compassion, etc.. THIRD MIRROR reflects back to us something we lost, gave away, or was taken away. When we see something we love and desire in another, it is often something we have lost, given away or had been stolen in our own lives. Every relationship is a relationship with self and often we try to reclaim what was lost, what we gave away, or had been taken away as a child or as an adult. It could be joy, innocence, honesty, integrity,respect, courage or love. All of which can be reclaimed within self. FOURTH MIRROR reflects back to us our most forgotten love. This could be a way of life, a lost or unfinished relationship. Often it is a past life where a wrong conclusion from past experience was created. These will recreate themselves over and over until the right conclusion is registered in the soul as wisdom. Mirrors can be subtle and go unnoticed. These are different qualities or patterns of compulsive or addictive behavior in us that we see in the eyes of someone else. It is giving away, little by little, people or things that we hold dear. These can include controlling trait, sex, money, power, materialism and other issues of a compulsive behaviour.These patterns unfold slowly, rearranging lives to accomodate these compulsive/addictive behaviours. Unknowingly, a great part of oneself can be lost slowly.When this mirror appears and we can honestly look at these in the eyes of someone else,it is a way to re-enforce what was lost and perhaps find these lost and forgotten loves. FIFTH MIRROR reflects back to us Father/Mother image. 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. Parents can possibly hold to us a mirror of themselves and their expectations and filtered down to their children. They hold a mirror showing their beliefs and perceptions. This mirror includes anyone who has cared or cares for us. They hold a mirror where we can see our expectations or our judgment. SIXTH MIRROR reflects back to us the quest for darkness or what is often referred to as the Dark Night of the Soul.This is when we meet our greatest challenges, our greatest fears. We are making an effort to gather the tools and understanding in life to confront them. God never gives one any more than they can handle and we have a choice in every experience to greet it as a powerful manifestation of God/Goddess or choose to be a victim.There is a dark and a light side to all of us. It is our choice to immerse in darkness or muster the will to find the Light. These are the pain, fears, doubts that is part of life.This mirror holds the possibility of finding the strength to move beyond. We have the tools to deal with the darkness. People who care for us hold before us a mirror where we can see our expectations and judgments. Distinguish the possibilities of the good and bad image before us. There is a balance in life- trust yourself, you have learned your lessons. You can find balance amid imbalance with this self-mastery. The conscience holds a mirror of the experience of light and dark. SEVENTH MIRROR reflects back to us our self-perception. Others will perceive and treat us according to how we perceive and treat ourselves. If we have a low self-esteem and do not acknowledge our wisdom and beauty, others will not acknowledge them. If we are angry, bitter and unloving to others, they in turn will often react in the same way towards us. If we change our perception of ourselves, we change our world. Maybe it is time to be kind, loving and compassionate to ourselves and others. Remember the saying, “The only reason anyone has power over you is you want something from them.” Whether it be love, joy, or a personal God connection, maybe that something can be found within.

What criteria or values do you live by? Do you apply a yardstick in your life? The mirror concept does not always apply. Don't get stuck with the first mirror, which can be a reflection of something about you that you'd rather forget. These encounters reflect how you feel at the moment. There are other mirrors to study. When you face up to one mirror, miraculously, the other mirrors come at you with a real force. Sometimes the mirrors would apply, but sometimes they wouldn't. We had discovered the first mirror, but had yet to see the other mirrors, such as the second mirror, which reflects what we judge in the moment. We can be angry and adapt a get even mentality, we can live in denial, thinking that people will get what they deserve and that we feel nothing; or feel compassion. We can come from a place with no judgment, consent and allow ourselves to acknowledge our feelings. What the Essenes said was that through and with our relationships, we get to know and master ourselves in this world. We will see one or some combination of mirrored patterns in others. Do you believe that you are not good enough? Think about why you live your life the way you do, and how you do it. It is in the presence of others that we recognize ourselves.

  • Compassion- no attachment to the outcome
  • Thought without attachment
  • Feeling without distortion
  • Emotion without charge..... Gregg Braden
Ref: James Gillaird : Gregg Braden-author bridging the gap between ancient wisdom and technology