The Role of Numerology in Gratitude and Giving
so consumed with how much you get, You waste your
time with hate and regret, You're broken when your
heart's not open." (Madonna, Ray of Light,
This month we are here to talk about the role
Numerology plays in "Gratitude & Giving." As
you know, this is the time of year when we celebrate various holidays, centered
on gratitude and giving. One of the most notable holidays, Thanksgiving, is a
holiday known for its ritual of being thankful and expressing gratitude. Some of
the other holidays include Sukkot,
Chanukah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.
What are you thankful for? Many of us can be
thankful for our health, home, family, and friends. We might also be thankful
for our careers, clothes, vacations, or other more seemingly simple things, but
to us they can be very important in our lives. You may wish some things were
different in your life. At times you may feel decidedly ungrateful for the
things that you have, and the experiences that you have lived through. You may
even wonder what use gratitude could possibly have in your life.
There are many physical, emotional, social and
health benefits to the act of expressing gratitude. Expressing gratitude can
help you to develop a positive outlook, often helping us to break free of
unhealthy cycles that many of us get stuck in. Gratitude, and the feelings
associated with it, can decrease the production of adrenaline, which can raise
blood pressure. Also, gratitude can increase the flow of endorphins, which can
help to boost your immune system.
Looking back on your life, and experiences,
from a place of gratitude can help you to develop acceptance, satisfaction,
compassion, and humility. Our experiences according to Numerology are known as Personal
Lessons (Karma). Many of us struggle with these experiences as we develop as
individuals. The lessons learned, and importance placed on them, vary from
person to person. Whatever form they happen to take, they help to serve and
shape you into the person that you are today. When you know how difficult a
situation can be, you may even be more willing to lend a helping hand to someone
who is having a tough time.
The numbers in your name that are missing
reveals your Personal Lessons. Any missing number signifies an area of life,
which will require extra attention to balance the energy of that particular
number. That does not mean that you have no lessons, or learning to do, if you
have no missing numbers.
Consider your childhood for examples of early
lessons that you may have learned. As a child, your parents may have constantly
warned you, even reprimanded you not to touch the stove, and to look both ways
when you crossed the street. Perhaps you listened, or maybe not. Maybe, you saw
a television show and someone was hurt crossing the street, and you learned that
looking both ways was important. Or, as a freewheeling teen you got
"bumped" by a car as you ran across the street and wound up on
crutches for a few months.
However you learned through experience, you
came to understand that being careful and observant is important, especially
when you want to cross the street. The lesson learned becomes increasingly
hard/difficult to accept, but somehow the information got into your mind and you
accepted it, or perhaps you waited for some more dramatic way to learn.
Developing gratitude and acceptance for your
life, and knowing that your personal experiences have served you in some way,
will help you to feel gratitude toward them and toward your life as a whole.
Most of the things in your life have been chosen by you. You do not have to
live, or work where you do, but for some reason you do. Choice is power.
Your Personal Lessons, represent Numerological
information that shows times, places, and situations that can test your mettle,
resolve and courage. Some of us have no testing numbers, but for those of us
that do, it may seem that you are weighed down at times. It is up to you to
struggle, find balance, and accept the lessons that life has to offer.
As an example, let us consider Helen
Keller. Although she was born healthy, at 18 months she developed a brain
fever which left her blind and deaf.
1,4,6,7 - Missing
5 - There are five 5's
(Multiple numbers can represent a strength, and veracity)
3 - There are three 3's
You will need to refer to a number
chart, to fully understand the meaning of each number in the reading.
The missing numbers can indicate the following
- 1 - Individuality, Creativity, Leadership
- 4 - Responsibility, Hard work
- 6 - Responsibility, Dependability
- 7 - Planning, Focus
Without these numbers and the qualities that
they represent, Helen had to work extra hard to have her own identity and we
know that she had strong, headstrong attitude, especially as a child. In fact,
she often had tantrums and fits, just to get attention. She had to work hard, to
be taken seriously, and prove that she could love and be loved. She couldn’t
afford to take her learning as a joke.
The 5’s represent curiosity, and learning.
With so many 5’s in her name, Helen had something to rely on in her quest to
understand, learn, grow and join society. Throughout her life she continued to
study. In recognition of her many achievements, she received honorary doctoral
degrees from Temple University, Harvard University and from the Universities of
Glasgow, Scotland; Berlin, Germany; Delhi, India; and Witwatersrand in
Johannesburg, South Africa.
These Numerology traits will not be exactly
the same for everyone, as they are for Helen. They are sifted through the
personality and ego. Some traits may become highlighted during periods of
stress, or certain personal cycles. Also, they will be shaded by the other core
personal numbers, and your own personal mannerisms and quirks.
At a basic level, these are only numbers and
you are free to live your life, but they can help you to understand past
obstacles and difficulties. From this vantage point, you can review you life and
examine how you have benefited from your past. I believe that growth in life
occurs from experience and learning from that experience. And one of the biggest
lessons that many of us face is appreciating what we have.
Remember that moving forward, often in spite
of fear, is part of growth. Therefore, if you are feeling powerless in your
life, be open and willing to refocus your mind on what you do have. Give thanks
to your gifts, rather than constantly dwelling in fear, worry, or doubt.
Complaining and fear are often used by our subconscious mind to condemn, and put
down, our powerful creative abilities. Our negativity can enforce feelings of
powerlessness, and fear, keeping us stuck in cycles of despair, and
Know your strengths, and weaknesses. Harness
them for your benefit, growth, and ultimate success in life. Find inspiring role
models, and teachers to help encourage and assist you. Think of the struggles of
Helen Keller. Helen could not have achieved all the she did, without a strong,
compassionate teacher. In fact, her teacher Anne Sullivan assisted her for
nearly 50 years.
When you have struggles, remember that
gratitude and giving go hand in hand. How many times have you heard the phrase
"It is better to give, than receive"? How many times have you not only
heard it, but also felt it, believed it, and lived the meaning of the phrase. I
believe that Helen did, as she traveled far and wide to give lectures and
teaching. She was willing, even with her difficulties, to aid others in her own
way. She was always eager to help those less fortunate than her, by appearing
before legislatures, speaking, and writing articles.
It may not be easy to begin to look at your
life with gratitude, but there are ways to begin to take small steps. Looking to
symbolism, we find that a dark pink rose can symbolize thankfulness. Also, the
deer symbolized gratitude to the Native Americans. Incorporating these, or
similar symbols, in your life can help you to begin to better understand and
express gratitude in your life.
Deep within, we all understand that we shape
and create our lives. Often we are challenged with finding, and sustaining our
inner fire and passion. Giving thanks authenticates your creative ability and
honors the power within you. When we are willing to recognize, and appreciate,
the richness in our lives, we are affirming our power.
Good Luck on your journey in Soulful Living