Mirror Images

A Holistic Approach To Happiness

Non-Fiction - Self Help
200 Pages
Reviewed on 10/05/2015
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Author Biography

My sister and I grew up in an environment that made it challenging to connect to the truth of who we really were. We lived for 30 years in a state of extreme sadness and this desperate space encouraged us to seek out ways to free ourselves from the despair. A sense of hopelessness infiltrated every aspect of our lives and prevented us from experiencing life fully, or feeling true joy and happiness. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, we lived in a dark cloud of depression and wanted nothing more than to be free.

To get a better understanding of the characteristics of the emotional depths we found ourselves in, you can read "Cheryl's Preface" as part of a free preview of our book on Amazon. There is a journal excerpt that accurately describes the extreme nature of our personal experience.

Early on in our lives we understood there had to be a better way to live, and we longed to find a way out of the darkness we were entrenched within. Our lives literally depended on it, because we did not want to exist otherwise. It was not until our early 20's however, that we really began to search for answers via a more holistic approach. We started reading self-help and spiritual books, and eventually partook in a class with a teacher that changed the direction of our lives. The course studied the principle of "Mirroring" and forms the foundation of what we write about in our book. We strongly credit this innovative process for providing us with a doorway to the freedom that we so desperately sought.

As our journey unfolded, we started sharing what we had learned with others. It became a passion of ours because we wanted to extend the feeling of hope that we had come to realize. Our own life of despair fueled our compassion for others, and although we joked about writing a book, it was actually the people we ended up helping that ultimately pushed us to pass on our knowledge. By connecting with other individuals who longed for happiness, we noticed that they found hope in recognizing that someone else has walked the path they found themselves hopelessly tangled within.

Perhaps the potential for this book to manifest goes back decades, to the many nights when my sister and I cried ourselves to sleep, hoping for a better way. Maybe in those moments it was waiting, knowing we would eventually find the freedom we sought and go on to help others do the same. If you are yearning for your own freedom, or just hoping to become more self-aware, find greater happiness, or become more peaceful, then we encourage you to read this book.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite

Mirror Images: A Holistic Approach To Happiness by Christine and Cheryl Lyric is a path discovered by two sisters, both of whom struggled through a lifetime filled with depression and sadness. “We came to see this sadness as an unrelenting force that propelled us in our search.” The mirroring process, our daily experiences with others and their resulting reflections, can assist us in uncovering the truth of what we view ourselves to be. The book introduces us to a seven-step process to achieve this in actual life, illustrating each step with examples. Complementary supports to mirror images are also given; books, practitioners, meditation music, a healthy diet and other forms of help.

The book mentions that the mirroring process can be extremely liberating, and it can make you feel free from longstanding patterns that kept you tied to inaccurate views. By explaining that these patterns were once created by your internal confusion, doubt, anger, or fear of the unknown, the authors give us a good reason to try this technique. For who is free from internal confusion, fear, and other destabilizing forces? However, the steps suggested are more or less abstract in nature and are dependent on one's perception. For example, Step Six: Discover the Truth to Declare and Integrate a New State of Being. I found this book rather difficult for a beginner and I think a thorough study might be needed to absorb the information. This book gives a good discussion on the positive changes that can be expected from mirroring which, of course, is a motivator.