the mirror of erised

It shows us nothing more than the deepest most desperate desires of our heart”

Albus Dumbledore

So through quarantine I have been making my way through the Harry Potter series, as of recently I had not read a single book or seen a single movie and I thought it was about time to see what they hype was about. In book one, Harry stumbles upon the Mirror Of Erised hidden deep within Hogwarts. The quote above is Dumbledore explaining to Harry what the mirror does, and Harry then understands why he saw his family. If you haven’t read the Harry Potter series let me give some back story. Harry Potter lost both of his parents and his whole family in infancy at the hand of Voldemort. Harry was thus raised by his aunt and uncle and the family situation was less than ideal. The Dudley’s treated Harry like absolute trash. He lived under the stairs, never celebrated a proper birthday, and was basically treated like a house servant until his letter of acceptance came from Hogwarts. When Harry looked in the mirror he saw his entire family, people who he had no memories of, people he had never met, but people he so desperately wanted to know. A loving family is what Harry desired more than anything, and even deeper than that he wanted his parents back.

Now my question to myself and to you dear reader is this…..what would you see in your mirror?

To answer that question personally, I would have to really peel back my personal layers and do some intentional self-reflection. At first thought however, I believe that my mirror would reveal my desire to be whole, to be 100% myself. I desire to be confident in who I am as an individual, connected with myself on a spiritual level, and living my life the way it was intended. Exploring the world and continuing to build my passions. In the mirror I am not a slave to my own insecurities or the egregious expectations of people who do not matter. I am existing completely and totally as myself, surrounded with like-minded, spiritual, emotionally mature people who challenge and support me in all my endeavors. The person in the mirror is being unapologetically herself, existing on this planet as a being fully in-touch with their soul and inner child, a being who is content with the unknowns of the universe and instead chooses to live every day to the fullest. I am not weighed down by depression, or anxiety and I am not a slave to capitalism. I spend my time painting, writing poetry, playing instruments, communing with friends and connecting with nature and the universe on a spiritual level. I am free and happy.

My challenge to you reader is to think about what you might see in your mirror. It is attainable? what can you do right now to make the deepest desires of your heart a reality? Are you on a path presently to achieving the desires of your heart? Take a minute to reflect and look in the mirror, you might be surprised at what you see.

2 thoughts on “the mirror of erised

  1. I really like this post. I’ve never read a Harry Potter book either and I may have seen a movie in secret so I’m not really familiar with the mirror. A lot of the things that I see in my mirror are more internal as well and I am taking steps to get closer to achieving these things because, I believe, once I reach those goals my physical goals will fall into place as well.

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