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What's Your Number? SM
A Monthly Numerology Column
August 2002

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by Rob Ragozzine
of SimplyNumbers.com

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Numerology and Grief Work

“One sees great things from the valley, but only small things from the peak.”  --G.K. Charleston

This month we will look at the role of Numerology within loss and grief work. Grief work can be a difficult process for all of us, but it's normal and healthy to feel pain, anger or frustration when you have experienced loss in your life. The methods and Numerological tools that I would like to discuss are not ways around your distress, but tools and support that may be able to help you through it. We are striving for emotional maturity and health, and hopefully finding ways to deal with the powerful emotions that come up when dealing with grief, and not avoiding them.

Often, especially when we are young, we learn to hide the parts of our personality that are unacceptable, such as grief, anger, fear, or pain, from our parents, family, friends, teachers, co-workers, and others. As we grow older, we may find other ways to avoid emotional anguish. Some may try to “numb” themselves to avoid emotional pain through drugs or alcohol. When we do things to avoid pain or anger, we often effectively push our emotions into our shadow.

Many of us may have several situations from which we experienced loss of some kind, such as a relationship breakup, a job, death, moving away from friends, and so on. It may add some perspective to put these experiences down on paper into a timeline format. Perhaps then you will be able to understand, in a different way, any difficulties that you may be experiencing. There aren’t any rules about the timeline, and this can be an important first step in recovery from grief. Pairing your timeline with your Numerological Challenges may also help you to analytically see your life and the challenges and experiences that you have had.

If you have read your Challenge Numbers through the Challenge Tool, you may already know that Numerology Challenges are about personal growth, experience, and courage. The Challenges represent the twists and turns in your path through life. Learning how to maneuver through those twists is part of the challenges and rewards of life. It may help to view obstacles and their associated experiences and learnings in your life as incentives that can help lead you on your way. It is important to try to learn from your experiences, rather than avoiding either crisis or reward, because the associated experiences may happen again in other forms.

There are Four Numerology Challenge Periods in your life. Each Challenge Period is based on a series of nine year cycles. The 2nd and 3rd Challenge Period last roughly nine years, while the 1st and last Challenge Period have varying lengths. Tapping into the power of each particular Challenge Period requires you to apply the energies found within its number, hopefully developing its energy into a personal asset. Each Challenge Period will have its own particular hurdles to get over. Successfully navigating through each period is done by meeting any obstacles and mastering the skills to handle them.

Some people may experience the same Challenge Number in more than one Challenge Period. Since each Challenge period lasts for at least 9 years, these people may have to realize that certain skills and talents will have to be mastered in order to live a healthy and balanced life. When a Challenge Number occurs more than once, within a person's life, that person has an opportunity to master the events and situations associated with this specific challenge. This Challenge Number could represent a major life lesson to accept and use throughout their life. Blocks, challenges and obstructions can delay and deter us from our goals. Yet, our particular challenges teach and guide us to improve our life. The more blocks in your Numerology chart, the more lessons you have the opportunity to experience and learn from. In order for us to grow, we must face these lessons and the fears associated with them. Then we will be able to conquer our weaknesses, and this is where the Challenges come in. What we need to do is acknowledge our frustrations, fears and pain and find ways to express our feelings safely. Admitting that we have pain, fears, or problems is part of our path toward being able to take an active part in a balanced life. It is part of the path toward working with your grief.

Of course, you have to muster up the courage to put these practices to work. Learn to talk about your feelings. If you're afraid to talk, or if you can't find the right words to describe what you're going through, find a trusted friend to help you. Don’t forget that part of your work may involve being in right relationship with the people in your life. This means relationship with yourself as well as others. It means choosing relationships that do not manipulate, coerce or co-depend. It means finding people who can support you, even in your grief.

Grief can bring up many emotions and bring many situations to a head. Looking at your life through the lens of the Challenge Periods will allow you to see which energies are most prevalent at the current time. If your current Challenge Period revolves around being social, then you might benefit from finding ways to host events and socialize more. Perhaps it might not seem like the right time, but this part of the challenge. The task is not to deny your grief, but find a ways for expressing it while living your life. Eventually, you will be able to experience your emotions and your grief.  Look within the scope of your Numerology Challenge to learn to develop the talents available within them and apply them to everyday life.

Good luck in your journey into Soulful Living and Numerology

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