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What's Your Number? SM
April 2003

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by Rob Ragozzine
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Numerology and Inner Peace

"Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures." -- John F. Kennedy

This month we will discuss the role of Numerology in maintaining inner peace. Utilizing your Essence Numbers can help you to cultivate inner peace by measuring time both forward and back. You can also explore life's "turning points." Think of turning points as life events when significant change or opportunity for growth occurs. Events like marriage, divorce, births, and new employment can be represented. Understanding the potential within events, with help from your Essence numbers, brings self compassion and opportunity for inner peace.

Seeking inner peace necessitates finding a way to make peace with your life and experiences. The Essence Numbers can offer guidance through a “Table of Events" (click for reading) for viewing a range of years. This will allow you to see turning points of your past, present and future. Imagine a turning point as similar to when an event in a movie alters circumstances, possibly forcing a character to blindly react. A good illustration is seen in the original Star Wars when Luke tells Obi Wan that he has to go home. Unfortunately, Luke arrives there to find his home destroyed. He can’t go back to his old life. It took him time to develop self-control, and not be controlled by his turning points. Not allowing a situation to fully control your actions is part of having inner peace. When you’re cognizant of your life you may be better able to live peacefully, without being sidetracked by inner anxieties.

Craving inner peace won’t be enough. You must take the steps to get peace. Keep in mind that peace will be good for your quality of life. In fact, Jonathan Steinberg, chief of cardiology at New York's St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital and lead author of a recent heart study, says: "It's clear that any stressful time can create an environment that facilitates the occurrence of heart problems in susceptible patients." His study shows heart patients in New York City suffered an increase of threatening heart arrhythmias right after 9/11/2001. Creating inner peace may then be critical for you. With the proper skills you’ll be able to handle challenging situations, and you’ll be more aware of valuable turning points.

Developing inner peace empowers you to adapt to changes. Your Essence numbers can help you to do this by helping you to recognize obstacles as possible turning points. Hopefully, this recognition can then allow you to see how you might benefit from your experiences. Indeed Essence Numbers can illustrate how you may perceive obstacles, and they can offer navigational guidance for these challenges. However, maintaining inner peace means that you have found ways to accept your situation. Most importantly, events do not dictate how you perceive yourself, yet you’re willing to utilize opportunities created by them. For instance, during a #1 Essence, you’ll have found ways to step up, perhaps becoming more assertive and creative. During a #2 Essence, you will have learned to be patient and had ample occasions to improve diplomacy.

Actively pursuing inner peace means that you’re willing to be persistent, honest, and self-aware. You’re willing to utilize your experiences from everyday life for growth and may even learn from inspirational books, movies, myths or poems. For me a key point in the Beowulf poem reads: “So fame comes to men who mean to win it” and further down: “Once Beowulf was back on his feet and fighting. Then he saw, hanging on a wall, a heavy Sword hammered by giants, strong and blessed with their magic, the best of all weapons…” This means that victory belongs to people who are persistent, committed and don’t quit. Of course there are times when we all want to throw in the towel. The Essences of #8, #11, and #22 can represent such times and are ones in which your strength and commitment may be tested.

Achieving inner peace may first involve calming your inner voices. Tools like professional Voice Dialogue, Journaling, and Naikan can help. With Voice Dialogue, you can listen and work with those voices that are resistant to moving on, which can help with a #1 Essence (beginnings) or #9 Essence (endings). Naikan is the art of looking inward and appreciating others. You can use it to create detailed lists that examine relationships, or events of a day, week, past year, or perhaps the past 9 years. You then reflect on these lists, to gain a more objective world view. During #7 and #9 Essence you may find this reflection allows you to uncover greater personal truths.

Having inner peace does not mean that you are separate from the world. During stressful times you may want to cut back on your attention to television and the media, although some insight may come from brief periodic viewing. However, be aware that you may want to avoid the isolating effects of the media during more introspective Essences, such as #7 and #9.

Keeping and nurturing inner peace means that you are indeed part of the world. It means that you embrace who and where you are! How many of us do this? How many of us let events dictate how we perceive ourselves? How often do we let fear, or stress, stop us from experiencing the moment? Consider Dana Quigley, Senior PGA tour player who enjoys what he does and says: “My next round of golf is the most important… I just can’t wait to get up in the morning and see which way it’s going to go.”

Settling into inner peace will require that you are comfortable with yourself and that you have the desire to learn, and grow, from your experiences. While not every event is a major turning point, your Essence Numbers can be a part of this process. Remember that there are no bad numbers or experiences. Stress comes from not being at peace with yourself and the world around you. Utilizing the insight of your Essences for building a better understanding of your life will help you to sow the seeds of peace in your inner world.

Good luck on your journey into Soulful Living and Numerology.

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