Spiritual teacher Osho taught a technique for mirror meditation in Dynamics of Meditation. His method encouraged a private practice in a darkened room, a candle by the side of the mirror by which one sat. He suggested a 45 minute session in which the practitioner simply stared into his or her own eyes trying not to blink:
Even if tears come,
let them come but persist in not blinking.
And go on staring constantly into your eyes.
Do not change the stare.
Indeed it is very common that the practitioner will feel the arising of emotions during the practice. And over time, one comes to recognize that one’s own eyes change as well.
Osho went on to talk about the common phenomenon that occurs with this practice…that of transfiguration…in which the face in the mirror begins to change and reveal the many faces of ourselves. It can be disconcerting at first, because these essences that appear are very real and often quite unfamiliar, from other places, worlds and times. But they are merely aspects of the self:
These masks are yours!
Sometimes even a face
that belongs to your past life may come in.
He goes on to discuss yet another phenomenon that occurs…when one’s own reflection disappears altogether:
Suddenly there is no face in the mirror.
The mirror is vacant.
You are staring into emptiness.
There is no face at all.
One might also have the experience of not being able to distinguish which is real…the reflection in the mirror or the physical self staring into it. These are the kinds of experiences one has when doing mirror meditation, but they are not the point. The point is, of course, to move beyond all phenomena…to let the emotions, faces, and even the emptiness go. As Osho said:
This is the moment!
Close your eyes,
and encounter the unknown.
Quoting Osho, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Dynamics of Meditation, Bombay, India, 1972, page 273