Don't Look In The Mirror
We use the mirrors in our homes to check ourselves daily. Some of us spend a bit more time gazing at our reflections than we should but what could possibly be the harm? The answer is nothing, as long as you do not tarry too long or peer too deeply. Unfortunately, what lies through the looking glass would be better served if it were left alone. For your own safety, I can only ask that you, “Don’t look in the mirror.”
Ancient cultures believed that mirrors were portals to another realm, in particular, spiritual realms. It was thought that if a mirror was present in a room when a person died, the essence of what the individual once was would to get locked in the mirror. The more vain or narcissistic the deceased person once was, the greater the likelihood that the spirit or energy of that person would be captured. And if the person had an especially evil nature, that evil energy would be projected within the mirror and perhaps even outward towards the mirror’s new owner.
Regardless of their differing forms, the spirits of the mirror will find a way to make us all more than mildly uncomfortable. Here are a few you probably have already witnessed:
Shadow People. Some have not only seen shadow people standing within mirrors, but also near to the mirror and entering or leaving them. In quite a few cases, some also reported other phenomena at the same time such as – cold spots, voices, noises, orbs and pleasant to vile odors.
Strange Mist. Some have described these mists evolving into dense, dark masses that move around the room as well as within mirrors. They sometimes form into more recognizable shapes, usually a humanoid one. The feelings reported by the witnesses are usually of a negative nature. Anger, hostility and evil are some, which have been experienced.
Faces. This is probably by far the most frequent manifestation reported by people in association with haunted mirrors. The faces are, most of the time, human and sometimes known to the witnesses. Those that do not appear to be human are best avoided.
Back when I was about ten years old, I witnessed an episode of a television series that I wished that I had not. The episode was titled The Hungry Glass aired on a show called Thriller, with Boris Karloff as its’ host. Basically, the story concerned a house inhabited by an extremely beautiful but vain woman who eventually grew old. Despite her lost beauty, she was enraptured with her own image in her mirrors and once she died (by crashing into one), her spirit was held within the rest of the mirrors. Years later, a young couple moved into the ill-fated house where many others had mysteriously died.
I really enjoyed the believable relationships and the tension that slowly developed once the true nature of the house (and mirrors) was discovered. But one of the final scenes showed a huge picture window, which held the hazy image of a woman’s figure in a white flowing dress. Her form was slowly backing up, her arms were outstretched, beaconing and pleading that the onlookers join her in the glass.
I sat terrified in the darkened room as the show finally ended. Shivers moved along my arms and legs and I dare not look at the mirror, which hung over my bedroom dresser. I lowered my eyes and tried not to shake as I made my way into my bed, hoping nothing reached out for me. Once under my blankets, I showed my back to the terror that hung on the wall. I knew if I turned and looked into that mirror, I would see the floating ghost of a woman. My head shot under the covers for protection and stayed there until daylight.
For years, I did not stare into any mirror longer than necessary, fearing what I might see. I eventually found ways to feel more comfortable with what I knew was there. For example, I learned that if you carry a cursed mirror from room to room (or even from home to home), you are also carrying the person’s spirit. If you prefer not to see spirits, there are ways you may protect yourself from any ghosts showing up in or entering through the mirror.
1. When you bring a new mirror into a home and you do not know its past history, cleanse it with salt water. Hang or draw a protective religious symbol on the wall behind it to prevent it from acting as a portal.
2. Cover the mirrors at night. Nighttime is when the more malevolent entities like to lurk. They prefer hiding in the shadows. By covering the mirror with a white cloth in your bedroom you can prevent anything from entering.
3. Breaking the mirror and replacing it means you are taking a chance of getting rid of the ghosts. But remnants might linger or the spirits might be angered because of the partial destruction.
4. In order to prevent mirrors from being used as a portal by supernatural entities, the mirror should be frequently moved to different areas of the room. Also, mirrors with a solid backing should not to be placed in the same position for a long period of time cause they are thought to be more likely to become spiritual portals.
5. Remember, mirrors have the ability to suck out souls. To avoid this from happening, mirrors should be removed from a room where an ill or dying person lay. They are more vulnerable and susceptible to the negative power of a mirror.
6. And finally, burying the cursed mirror in a graveyard or cemetery is the best method to rid yourself of contacts with the spirits but doing so means you are also burying whatever money you spent.
If you are daring and none of this has bothered you, simply light a candle and set it before a mirror. Darken the rest of the room and gaze into the mirror. Focus past the candle and past your own reflection. Eventually, if there are any spirits in the mirror, they’ll either appear before you or show up behind you. Do you see them?
Sharing a special part of yourself can only make others happy.