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

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by Rob Ragozzine
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Relieving Stress with the Help of Numerology

“Remember that a man's name is to him the sweetest and most important sound in the English language.” --Dale Carnegie

This month we will discuss the role that Numerology can play within Stress Relief, Coping, and Relaxation. In our busy lives the occasional challenge, argument, or difficulty can be a normal part of life. Generally, most of life’s challenges are ordinary occurrences that can actually help us to grow stronger and develop pride in ourselves. Pride is a belief in yourself and your abilities. According to the dictionary, pride is: “A sense of one's own proper dignity or value; self-respect.” or “pleasure or satisfaction taken in an achievement, possession, or association: parental pride.” Being able to tackle life’s challenges allows you to develop confidence, pride and self-acceptance in yourself.

Within Numerology we’ll look at how pride, especially in your name, influences your life. People know you by your name. In today’s complex computer driven world, others may have little more than your name to identify you with. In many cases it alone represents who you are. Your name identifies how you view yourself through the Soul Number and it identifies how others view you through your Outer or Personality Number. When we live up to the power of our own name, or the expectations of others, we can strengthen and develop pride in ourselves. Of course, not all of the aspects Numerology identifies with your name may make you proud. But with work and dedication, you can outshine facets of your personality that you might not be too happy with. However, keep in mind that we all have a body, mind, heart, and spirit. These aspects, which we will analyze, make us who we are. We are all unique, and are influenced by these aspects in different ways. Our personal aspects can color the way in which we believe in ourselves, as well as how we work, love, communicate, plan, express and live.

When we believe in ourselves, we are better able to deal with stressful situations. When stress slowly drags us down, we tend to not take time out to relax and recover. We then slowly lose confidence in our abilities and let things slide. In attempts to lessen stress, we may ignore important aspects of our lives, because we don’t have enough time or space. As an example, we may not take as good care of ourselves as we should.

Situations can offer varying levels of stress to different people. Some people can easily ignore stress, while others cannot. Stress can come from many sources, but one of the biggest probably stems from trying to do, or take on, too much. How much is too much? It depends on where you are in your life, your skills, and your resources. Are there times in your life that you took on more than you could handle and then simply collapsed or let things slide, due to the stress? I believe your ability to stay balanced in your life is extremely important. This is another place where Numerology can fit into this complex puzzle. It can help to illustrate how you can best remain balanced during challenging or stressful situations.

What should we do? Your goal should not necessarily be to avoid all stressful events. The purpose here isn’t to make everything in life stress-free. However, you should try to develop the ability to relax and remain balanced during day-to-day activities and during challenging occurrences. This may require regular habits and practices on your part.

Where do we start looking for pride within Numerology? As noted above, The Soul Number can be a great place to start as it indicates the views you tend to have of yourself. You may then want to look into the following questions: Are you neglecting who you really are? Does who you are get in the way of solving or coping with issues? Do you have the skills you need to properly cope with your personal issues?

Your personal numbers can help you to begin to answer these questions. After you refresh your memory about your Soul Number, you can look deeper into your name with some of the other Numerological related tools available. One of these is the Planes of Expression. The Planes of Expression is one of the most detailed parts of a numerology reading. They show all of the vibrational energies of each letter in your birth name, as they relate to one of 4 personality aspects: Physical (Body), Mental (Mind), Emotional (Heart) and Intuitive (Spirit) energy. These are the ways in which you handle problem solving and daily tasks. The Physical plane letters indicate those aspects of your personality that revolve around your five senses, as well as to your potential for physical strength, endurance and size. The Mental plane letters indicate those aspects of your personality that revolve around thinking, strategy, problem solving and learning. The Emotional plane letters indicate those aspects of your personality that revolve around sensitivity, emotion, relationships and feelings. The Intuitive plane letters indicate those aspects of your personality that revolve around intuition, introspection and inner perception.

With the Planes you could analyze every letter, but we will first look at the first letter of your name. The first letter of your name can almost be thought of as a cornerstone. It sets up the structure for the rest of your name. The influence of this first letter can have a strong and powerful effect upon you as a child and as you grow. The influence of your name, and especially the first letter, can be stabilizing, motivating or restricting as you mature. Some of this influence depends on which Plane the first letter falls into. The Planes of Expression are shown below:

Physical Mental Emotional Intuition

So, if your name is John, then your first letter is J which falls into the Mental Plane of Expression. Someone named John would be inclined to have a tendency to be very thoughtful and strategic in his actions. This can color and shade the way he goes about solving problems or handles day to day issues. Anyone with a first letter that is on the Mental Plane will probably try to find a way to reason his/her way out of any difficulties that they might face. When your first letter falls on the Physical Plane then you might be more inclined toward action and the desire to do something, sometimes before thinking it through. Those people with a first letter on the Emotional Plane may try to reach out for help and engage others in their problems. Those people with a first letter on the Intuition Plane may try to think their way out of any problems.

After you analyze your first letter, then you can take the next step and analyze your full name. However, because your Numerological portrait includes many other aspects, don’t expect it to be a full picture for explaining all of your traits. Its main importance for you is to illustrate your general way of looking at life and solving problems. If your name indicates a strong Physical plane (D,M,V,E,N,W,F,O,X) then you may be more inclined than others to try to find a way to solve your issues through swift action, rather than strategizing (Mental) or reaching out (Emotional) to others for insights or help. Each of the 4 aspects has its own strengths and weaknesses. Some of us live by our senses, while others live almost exclusively in their hearts, or in their minds. Your chart indicates how you function on each plane. Part of your challenge in understanding the different planes will be to understand how they shape your life. You can use your Planes of Expression reading to understand the strengths and weaknesses of your aspects. When one aspect is weaker than another, this does not necessarily indicate that you have problems in that aspect, it simply can mean that that aspect in your life is not an outstanding issue for you. However, know that over-reliance on any one aspect can indeed bring about unbalance. It is better to hone all of your skills and talents, rather than relying on only one or a few. Reaching out, and working with others, can help you to hone your abilities.

Your Planes of Expression chart can help you to develop an inner strength which will help you to more confidently deal with the issues of life. We all develop a sense of personal accomplishment from knowing that we can handle problems and complete important tasks in our lives. Finding ways to effectively deal with your personal struggles involves knowing your inner strengths and weaknesses, and perhaps reaching out for help from others . Some of us may face the challenge of knowing whether or not we need others for help in solving or coping with problems. The Planes of Expression can help you to better see into your personal makeup and develop awareness of your strengths and needs. Being more aware of yourself and the way in which you handle problems, may help you to be more conscious within your daily life. A greater awareness can make you more relaxed and better able to cope with everyday situations. In coping, know that with the more independence you desire, then the more responsibility you put on your own shoulders. Part of your work may also be to balance coping, independence, and awareness.

We generally take our name for granted. In a sense, we may not really know what our name means, why we have it, or how it is regarded. However, by developing a sense of pride in it, you can increase your self-esteem. With increased self-esteem, color and meaning is added to life. By being aware of the aspects of your name, you can understand more about where your problem solving strengths are. Gradually, you may begin to be more aware of how you handle your problematic issues in daily life. Your awareness can then help you to know when to reach out for help and what resources you need for each issue. You may then be better able to cope. You can then begin to better balance your life and find time and space for relaxation.

Good luck in your journey into Soulful Living and Numerology!

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