The Golden Mirror
I’m very content with the theme of my WordPress site, but it has one thing that kept bothering me. The left sidebar shows the feature image of the post you view, but the homepage kept showing the image of the very first blog post.
I thought to myself, why not create a backdated post with information about The Golden Mirror itself, to show my logo instead. And here it is.
In 2006 I came up with the idea of writing a book, consisting of a 1000 verses based on the philosophies floating around in my head. I started in Dutch and the working title was “Weerspiegeling”, which translates as Mirror Image. The idea was that the book would consist of reflections of my thoughts.
Later on I came to the realization that, in order to reach more people, I should rather write in English. That’s when the name The Golden Mirror was born, and for years it was the working title for my book. It must have been in 2008 or so.
In 2011 I started using it on social media, and in 2014 this blog followed. I have now abandoned the idea of creating a 1000 verses book, because it was a endless endeavor to which I could never see the end. I now focus on smaller books and this blog with easy-to-oversee standalone entries.
The essence of the name
I love metaphors and use them all the time in my work. This is also reflected in The Golden Mirror.
The mirror part symbolizes reflection (contemplation) and self-reflection. What I write is a likeness of my deliberations, but I also hope to provide with it a looking glass for you to see your inner self and possibilities for improvement, relieve or affirmation.
Gold in this is a metaphor for value and worth, for understanding rather than mere information, for deeper knowledge. That’s also why the subtitle of the blog is “Treasures of Self-Reflection, which is the none-metaphorical equivalent of the title itself.
The logic behind the logo
I designed the logo myself on a piece of paper with a pair of compasses, scanned it and reworked it digitally. Later on it was freshened up to what it is now by a friend of mine.
There are a few ideas hiding in the emblem:
– A mental maze, symbolizing the intricate nature of the mind and the need for exploration to be freed from its twists and turns.
– A wheel in motion, symbolizing progress. The form of the maze within the wheel represents motion.
– Four quarters, representing four ways of thinking: (1) distrust for what’s known, (2) trust in what’s known, (3) distrust for the unknown and (4) trust in the unknown. One way leads to completely being locked inside the maze and one leads to an easily-accessible, open-minded exit.
To read the poem I wrote as an introduction to the book I once envisioned, go to Stepping Through the Looking Glass of Conscious Self-Reflection
A philosophical dreamer with a passion for self-reflection and contemplating life. He’s serious about helping people with the insights he gathered, but playful in the way he communicates his wisdom. He left a career as environmental engineer behind, in favor of becoming a personal development coach and thought-provoking writer.