Once upon a time there was a castle without any mirrors. In it lived a queen and a king together with their daughter. The queen was afraid of ageing and seeing it with her own eyes. But she also knew that no human could ever really be youthful forever. Therefore when she turned 30 she told all of her servants to get rid of all the mirrors in the castle and give them as gifts to all the people in the kingdom instead. The servants traveled to all corners of the kingdom with each mirror from the castel and tried their best to find a new home for each of them. All mirrors except one found a home. - What shall I do with the last one? One of the knights asked the other. - We shall leave it in the forrest so that a traveler in need of a mirror could use it, the other knight replied. And so the last mirror was left beneath an oak tree in the middle of the woods, hidden among all the branches. When the servants came back from their trip around the kingdom they where greeted by their king at the gates of the castle. - Beloved and trusty servants, he cried, can you assure me that no mirrors will ever pass the gates of this castle anymore? All servants replied by nodding their head and the king opened the gates for all of them to enter the castle again and continue on with their daily work.
The years went by and the queen got older. Of course she remained happy in a castle without mirrors, never being able to see her true age. And when the queen was happy, the king felt content with life as well. But what the queen could see was her daughter growing up to become even more radiant and beautiful than she had been in the same age. The princess had a gift of beauty that came from within, the kind of beauty that never changes with age. Despite this being her own daughter, the queen was furious. One night when the queen was peacefully sleeping in her bed a bright white light filled the room. The queen was woken up by the light and she cried: "Who is disturbing me during my beauty sleep?" A woman with white hair but a youthful expression on her face stood before the queen. - "I am the goddess of inner beauty and truth." - "And why may I ask do you show up like this in my kingdom in the middle of the night to disturb my sleep?" - "You are afraid of the truth dear queen." - "I am not! Such nonsense, could you kindly exist the royal bedroom now dear? the queen replied in an angry manner." " - 10 years ago you decided to get rid off all the mirrors in the castle. All of this because you are afraid of what time does to your beauty, you think that age is the enemy of beauty. You are afraid of seeing how years have gone by in your face. But I tell you my queen, no human can escape time. Time is what makes life possible, the goddess told the queen". The queen now looked like one giant and confused question mark. "- And why are you still here, telling me all of this nonsense?" the queen cried. "- All humans must step up and face the truth. Your daughter will after this day carry the truth in her eyes. Whenever you or anyone else will look into her beautiful eyes, the truth will stare back at them." The goddess filled the room with white light and the queen fell asleep. And while everyone else slept. The goddess went to the forrest and broke the last mirror into two. The other piece she left at the oak tree and the other she took with her to the castle. While the princess was sleeping the goddess to small pieces of the mirror and placed them into the eyes of the princess when she slept. No matter how horrible it sounds, magic never hurts and princess continued on, sleeping peacefully.
The next day when the princess woke up she saw everything around her differently than before. She saw how worn out all the servants where, she saw how the wall in her bedroom needed a new layer of paint and at the breakfast table she saw her parents as the two old people they had become. When the queen directed her gaze at her daughter and looked into her eyes she started to cry. The queen saw her old wrinkly face in the eyes of her daughter. And when the king looked into the eyes of his daughter he saw the truth also, he saw himself as a man who wasn't able to make it through life without the help of his servants. This made the king beyond angry and so he yelled to his servants that they should gather around the breakfast table. - "Look my daughter up in the cells in our basement! Her eyes are so ugly that nobody should look at her anymore!". And so the servants did as their king said. Although they where sad to do so, because the princess had always been really kind and caring towards them. "- We are sorry about all of this princess, but their wish is our command" the servants cried. The princess was left alone in a cold and dark basement, in her own prison. She was very anxious and afraid and for hours she kept crying and screaming for help. But she was so deep under the ground that nobody could hear her. Eventually she lost her powers and felt so drained that she had no choice but to sleep. While the princess slept the two knights decided to sneak out of the castle to spread the word about the princess around the kingdom. The knights managed to do so since they where also the ones guarding the gates that night. The entire night they spent knocking on people's doors and spreading the terrible news about the princess. They told everyone how one could see the truth in her beautiful eyes and how it had scared the king and his queen so she was now stuck in prison. At the first rays of sunshine the knights came back and as the king woke up he saw them guarding the gates.
It took a few days but after that the castle was filled with visitors from around the kingdom, all of them requesting to see the princess. At first the royal couple denied them. But the more they told the people off the more people would visit the next day. Finally the decided to ask the people why they wished to see such awful things as the gaze of the princess. Each person seemed to have their own reason. One young woman wanted and answer to the question if her husband would soon return from his travels, and older woman wanted to know if her family would write her a letter anytime soon and and older man wondered if he would get his health back in order and a young boy wanted to know if he would ever find his beloved tin soldier again. The people of the kingdom had started to believe that by looking into the eyes of the princess they would get a truthful answer to any burning question they had in mind. After some thinking the queen understood that they could make extra money by charging people for visiting the princess. And so a new but awful business would blossom. Thanks to it, the servants got higher salaries, which made them supportive of the idea. Each day around 20 people would visit the princess with their question but most of them went back home feeling dissapointment. Which we usually feel when the truth isn't what we want it to be. Many people got mad at the princess for showing them the brutal and honest truth. The called the princess names and told her that she and her soul must be very ugly for showing them things like that. But everything seen in the eyes of the princess was the truth. Each day the princess started feeling even more unsure of herself. She slowly started to believe the words of mean which she heard was told about her everyday.
One night when the princess had fallen asleep crying in inner pain, the goddess of truth and inner beauty visited her. The goddess had brought the other half of the mirror with her. The princess was woken up by a bright white light and she was scared, thinking it was just another critical person who was there to hurt her. " - Do not be afraid my dear, the goddess said. You have shown people the truth for years. Now it is time for you to see the truth." The goddess approached the princess and gave her the other half of the mirror. The princess took it and looked straight into it, despite being scared of what may happen. She saw a beautiful young woman white tired eyes and scars all over her face. " - Who is she? And why is the image so clouded and filled with scars?" the princess whispered quietly. "It is you my dearest. This is the first time you've ever seen yourself like you actually are. The image is clouded because you are filled with past hurt. If you stare at your reflection long enough you may start seeing flaws about yourself here and there and probably everywhere. But that is not the truth that is because your vision of yourself has been clouded by the words around you, all the hurt and pain of yesterday. But only by facing that pain can you move forward." The goddess left the princess alone in the dark with the mirror. "So now it's just you and me and my own truth" she quietly whispered to her reflection.
Very often we people don't see ourselves the way we are. Either we are afraid or our judgement has been clouded by past hurts or limiting beliefs that we put onto ourselves. These patterns of thinking may lead us into a mental prison that we put ourselves in, thinking we are limited by something that isn't really there. It is always easier to distract ourselves from the truth and not face or shadows. But it is always through facing our shadows that we find our inner light. Sometimes we think we are done with healing but then something triggers us into understanding that there are still some wounds in us that need to be healed rather than ignored. Only then can we open the door of our own mental prison that is blocking us, and step into authentic selflove, not the fake kind where we make ourselves believe we are done as person even if we barely have begun.
Life is not a straight line of time. Life is a bunch of lines to all kinds of paths and directions that seem like a mess at first. But once you step back from it, what you see might look like an abstract painting: it might not make sense to everyone but it makes sense to the artist who knows how every color, shape and line are connected to eachother. And each line, shape and color, no matter how small or insignificant at first glance - are all a part of the bigger picture.
Universal love to all, 💫🌱