The Mirror (Projections)_V2_JULY2012


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My own personal experience with the mirror and clients I have coached using the mirror.

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For Example: If we judge another person as mean and unkind, in what ways are we treating ourselves unkindly? If we admire another person as courageous, where are we expressing the same courage in our own lives?

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The Mirror™ Working Projections Gwen Dittmar Entelechy Coaching, LLC

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Agenda Why Is This Important ? The Mirror™ Benefits Test It Exercise Sample Worksheet Q & A “The youth, intoxicated with his admiration of a hero, fails to see, that it is only a projection of his own soul, which he admires.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Why Is This Important ? “We have an itch and a restlessness we do not know how to satisfy. Underneath all of our forms of restlessness and desiring is a yearning that is so precious, but when we scatter ourselves we betray and abandon that yearning.” – Kabir and Camille Helminiski Empowering Compassion Resolve and Peace

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How we relate to other people, places and things is a reflection of our internal reality Positive and negative projections “Outer experience is a reflection of internal reality. Things in the mirror are closer than they appear.” – Ron Hulnick The Mirror™

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Benefits of The Mirror™ Since we can not control people, places and thing… When we are upset because of something outside of us it is really an opportunity to look at how this upset is happening inside of us. Why would we do this? To resolve disowned aspects of ourselves, to heal past and current hurt, to clear resentments, to take personal responsibility, to own our lives, to have inner peace. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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What Is The Mirror™ ? The Mirror™ is based on a psychological term called projections. A projection is a defense mechanism where a person subconsciously denies his or her own attributes, thoughts and emotions which are then ascribed to the outside world thus projecting the belief that others originated those feelings. Not a tit-for-tat but the essence of the upset. Could be how you relate to yourself, God, Spirit. Could be another level or degree of the same behavior.

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A Test How do I know if I am projecting? To see if you have any projections, here is a test: Do you ever find yourself saying… “I am upset because ---” “I’m right, they’re wrong” Choose this one of these upsets or right-wrongs to reference throughout this discussion

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The Mirror™ Exercise Willingness – have an inner willingness to acknowledge a projection is taking place. Identifying the Projection – acknowledging emotional upset or judgment has been triggered. Take Responsibility for the Projection – taking responsibility for one’s emotional reaction versus blaming on others. Make Peace with the Projection – making peace with one self and forgiving one self for judgments and limiting beliefs. Self Forgiveness / Reframing – the gateway to your authentic self love and compassion for others.

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The Mirror™ SAMPLE WORKSHEET What happened? What is my emotional reaction? What are my mental judgments, beliefs? What are my choices and what am I choosing? Am I willing to look in the mirror? What do I find the most upsetting? What is this mirroring back to me? Can I take responsibility for my part? Can I accept, forgive myself? Can I self forgive? What can I now reframe? Offer self appreciation for this process. How can I apply this to the situation, person, place or thing? How can I apply this to myself? Are there any action steps I can take to solidify the learning? (C) Gwen Dittmar THE MIRROR ™

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Q & A “My heart wandered through he world constantly seeking after my cure, but the sweet and delicious water of life had to break through the granite of my heart.” - Rumi

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