Monday, August 29, 2011

Is Breaking a Mirror Really Seven Years Bad Luck?

Day before yesterday, I dropped my make up mirror (see photo). The side that broke was the magnified side: the side I use for plucking my eyebrows and putting on mascara. In other words, I never really use the whole face of that side of the mirror, just a tiny part of it. Still, with the crack across it, I realized that every time I used the mirror (which is almost every day), that old superstition about "breaking a mirror is seven years bad luck" would be in the back of my mind.

And that wouldn't do.

Because the answer is, no, breaking a mirror in and of itself does not bring about seven years bad luck. But our entire life experience is filtered through our minds. So if we have a powerful symbol of something in our day-to-day environment - say something that we associate with bad luck - we can inadvertently begin to bring that bad luck about.

So to continue the story, I threw the mirror in the trash and decided to get a new one. But then I realized that I could go above and beyond trying to forget the mirror breakage ever occurred by transmuting the negative symbol/affirmation (i.e. the condition that would bring my spirits down) into an actively positive symbol/affirmation (i.e. a condition that would bring my spirits up). And (after fishing it out of the trash and wiping the coffee grounds off of it) I put two bandaids over the broken mirror and wrote the words "infinite good luck!" on them with a Sharpie. Now every time I pluck my eyebrows or put on mascara, the reminder that my good luck is infinite stares me in the face.

As an added bonus, I get such a kick out of my bright idea that my joy and sense of playful creativity will get a boost every time I gaze at my handiwork as well.

Of course this won't be appropriate for every broken mirror, but the idea is - no matter what the superstition or situation - to find a way to transmute any limiting beliefs about bad luck into a strong conviction that your luck is infinite and your blessings are endless.

To put it a different way, we want to consciously wield the power of imagery and beliefs to shape our life experience rather than being unconsciously wielded by them. 

Here are some ideas for how to do this:
  • Say something like: "I now cancel, clear, delete, and transcend any beliefs that limit my luck, and powerfully affirm that my luck is infinite and my blessings are endless."
  • Burn feather or desert sage around the area while saying "infinite luck, infinite blessings, infinite safety, infinite well-being."
  • Say, "No person, place, or condition can change my infinite good luck. I am in the flow of well-being. Everything is perfectly unfolding for me, now and always."
  • Carve the words "infinite good luck" into an indigo, blue, or purple candle and light.
  • Burn cinnamon/cinnabar incense or India temple incense and say, "The energy behind all fear is now transmuted into endless blessings and luck!"
  • Put your foot down. Acknowledge that all the power to define your luck resides in your own mind, and bring about a positive shift in your circumstances like William Shatner's character in this excerpt of the classic Twilight Zone episode "Nick of Time."

UPDATE 1/13/2015: If you'd like additional support in transcending limiting beliefs about your luck and well-being, check out this video blog I just recorded on the topic:

21 comments:

  1. You always seem to post just what I need, in just the way I need it, just when I need it most! Thank you for this lovely blog, whose archives I also find just as valuable as the current postings. A blessed day to you, Christie

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  2. Oh good Christie, great to hear it! Yes, it's good for me to remind myself of this from time to time...A blessed day to you too!

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  3. William Shatner is HOT in that clip!

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  4. Hi Tess,
    Just broke a mirror and remembered your post. Took all your suggestions, Really do feel that all was transmuted into good. Put on the bandaid, wrote in purple marker, thanked the mirror for it's service, carved the candle, took all your suggestions. Being in the flow of well-being led to prayers of gratitude led to feeling blessed led to being in the flow of well-being led to...I got the idea - I'm lucky and blessed and empowered! Plus it was fun to do. Thanks for showing the way!
    Lianne

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    1. Hi Lianne - Thank you for starting my day on such an inspiring note! So lovely to imagine you surrounded by all that empowerment. Love and blessings to you!

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    2. Hi Tess, I happened on the Good Energy Book at the book store last year and it was just what I needed. I have all your books now and thoroughly enjoy them and implement what I can. I never researched anything before, just sort of instinctively put my gems in the moonlight, etc and tuned into all the good, loving energy that surrounds us. But am so happy to have your formulas and ideas to refer too, especially the house blessings. I've been trying to get my new broom and dustpan blessed for months. I hid it so it won't get used before it's ready - now I can't find it. Working on the decluttering. LOL
      Best wishes and blessings! Lianne

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    3. Hi Lianne! So sorry I just saw this post for some reason. Thanks for getting the Good Energy Book! That's so cool that you intuitively already had a sense. I like to think that my books do more to remind people of what they already know rather than teach them something new. Thanks for reading and for dropping a line! Blessings, Tess

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  5. Thank you Tess....today at 12.00 noon i broke a mirror which was on my dressing table...i was so upset n afraid about d seven years bad luck.... but after I saw your post....its just relifed me in all d way...I decided to go for ordering a new mirror for my dressing table....thank you so much...have a blessed life dear... :)

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    1. Hi! So glad to put your mind at ease. Definitely nothing to worry about! You have a blessed life too, and thank you for connecting. :)

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  6. Thank you,thank you,thank you...Have a blessed life,dear Tess

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    1. Thank you, you too! So glad you liked the post.

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  7. Thank you! I accidentally broke one of my blusher compacts this morning, and my instant thought was '7 years back luck!'. I didn't want to believe this to be true, but that nagging voice stuck in my mind. So I meditated to ground and protect my energy, and then looked online - found this! I held my hand over the broken compact and said out loud: "I now cancel, clear, delete, and transcend any beliefs that limit my luck, and powerfully affirm that my luck is infinite and my blessings are endless." as you suggested, and felt instantly better. :) Since then, I have felt clear and calm and no longer worried about that mirror, so thank you!

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    1. I love this! Thank you for sharing your experience. So happy that the post helped.
      Love and Blessings, Tess

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  8. I am happy to find this post (and your blog). A few weeks ago, I had an amazing and positive Tarot reading for the year. It predicted so many good things that align with my goals. This morning, I accidentally stepped on and cracked a small mirror that I use when I apply my makeup. I heard it crack under my foot. Oy. Now, I'm like a neurotic mess because I've been Google-in "undo broken mirror curses" all morning. I am so afraid that this will take away all the good predictions in my 2015 Tarot and I don't want my negative thoughts to dominate. Also, both my mother and father have been ill and I read that a broken mirror can predict death. Oy. I did exactly the same as you did here. I applied band-aids and wrote "infinite good luck and blessings" on it with a Sharpie. But, I still can't get this bad luck thing out of my head. I may bury the mirror on February 4, the next full moon, as some websites suggest. Anyway, I realize it may be silly, but I'm scared and feel like I have a black cloud hovering now. Any helpful words of positivity would be very much appreciated! Thank you.

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    1. Hello my dear! Thanks for reading and commenting. I just recorded this video blog on the topic, with some additional guidance for grounding yourself in a sense of well-being: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aFWoYh66So ...I hope it's helpful!

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    2. Tess you are awesome!! Thank you so much for helping me "snap out if it!" (the negative thinking I've been associating with this broken mirror). You have reminded me that I have the power, not the superstitious beliefs. I loved the video and subscribed to your channel. virtual hug of gratitude jenifer

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  9. hi Tess. I myself had recently broke a mirror that I too use for applying makeup and all that lovely girl stuff.

    so here's how it happened. I was getting up from bed because I had to (here's a little tmi) go or I'd end up pissing my pants. I have to wear glasses since I'm blind asca bat. I reached for the blue blur which was my night shirt and put it on. I felt the mirror slide to my right foot and was too tired to pick it up. I went to the bathroom, came back a couple minutes later, went to crawl back in bed, took one step and crunch. my mirror broke. yes it was a complete accident, but I feel like it could have be avoided. so since the cracks are like spider webbing in one section, I'll end up taping that and write something positive. with the bigger piece, I can still use it, but I'd have to take it off in order to do so.

    when I read this, it actually help put my mind at ease about it. thanks a bunch, Holly

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  10. Broke bathroom mirror, whilst cleaning it. Panicked myself just thinking of the dreaded, I have recited the two things you listed up top. Going to ground and bury the pieces later. Thinking postitive.

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  11. Thank you so much. I feel relieved and I carve a lot of words , infinite good luck, well being, protect, safety and blessing and burn sage around the area. Thanks again. GBU!

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  12. So glad this post continues to be helpful! Lots of lucky blessings to all. :)

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