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What's Your Number?SM
Spring 2008

Numerology Books

by Rob Ragozzine
of SimplyNumbers.com


Finding Personal Strength through Numerology

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." – Albert Einstein

"While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions." – Stephen R Covey

In the column, we’re going to talk about Numerology and Personal Strength.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words “Personal Strength”? For me, what comes to mind is will power and determination. I am sure that something similar comes to mind for you. However, I also think that Personal Strength includes aspects of self-awareness and self-realization. It’s important to feel and accept that we are all have strength. It’s about really believing in yourself. Interestingly, this is what many of the newer spiritual books and movies are trying to convey.

I’d like to focus on the fact that self-knowledge, along with determination, can help you to be better able to avoid many of the destructive behaviors, which can hold you in unwanted repetitive patterns. That is why developing Personal Strength is so important. Hopefully, your learning and growth can help you to break through any inner struggles, especially those associated with guilt, anger and resentment.

Within Numerology we’ve talked about many ways in which you can get to know yourself better, so that you can come to terms with your own innate talents, strengths and characteristics. You are probably well aware that you can utilize shadow work with shadow material, especially your personal projections. Within Psychology, projection is used as a kind of defense mechanism. You “project” your “shadow”, which is your own unwanted or unaccepted, both good and bad,
characteristics and attributes onto other people.

Quite often, many of us today, especially those jaded by psychological insights, might say that you can get stuck in a pattern of looking inward/internal insight. People on the other extreme, might say that “everything is projection”. You’ll have to find the balance for yourself. But, if you try to use your experiences for personal growth you may find yourself on the right track. Of course, understanding this process is not necessarily easy to do. Coming to terms with your repressed
or rejected material is not necessarily easy work. But, accepting and acknowledging both the "good" and "bad" parts of yourself will allow you to develop compassion and become more tolerant of yourself and others.

That is why developing your personal strength is so important. Working with your shadow can indeed be a very difficult and serious undertaking. Guidance can come from many sources, including television, books and movies. Movies like Pleasantville show us that there we can channel our shadow material into creative and life changing endeavors. Other movies portray the negative side of the shadow through characters like Jason, Freddie or Jigsaw. Obviously these movies and
characters are extreme examples, but consider the fact that you may be unconsciously living your life while allowing unconscious actions and decisions to sabotage you. The purpose of shadow work is to help you side step these self-destructive patterns.

Psychological work and your personal shadow, combined with Numerology, can help you to develop a deeper sense for the meaning within your personal numbers. Once you develop this deeper sense your Numerology reading can guide you toward developing greater empathy and compassion for yourself and others, and you may be better able to understand other people's plight.

Now, instead of discussing any particular number, I’d like to offer something a little different. I think that you might be able to better connect the dots between your personal numbers and your own unique traits by answering some key questions.

The answers can tie directly with personal information from your numbers that you probably already know! But, these questions may help you to make the material feel more alive. This might be a powerful way to take a step back and gain some deeper personal insights. These questions, along with suggestions for the Numerological numbers that may be of best use in helping to answer them, are below. Write down your answers and try to find a way to discuss the list with others.

1. What are some of your favorite hobbies and interests? (Your Soul number and Outer number may be of help with this question.)

2. How do you see yourself right now? How has this personal image changed over the last 5, 10 and 15 years? (Your Soul number and Life Path number may be of help with this question.)

3. How do others see you right now? How has this outer image changed over that last 5, 10 and 15 years? (Your Outer number, Life Path number and Maturity number all can help with this question.)

4. What non-fiction books or movies have impacted your life in the last few years? (Your Soul number can help with this question.)

5. Do you have any important people that you draw inspiration from? (You Life Path number can help with this question.)

6. Why do you do the work that you do? (You Life Path number can help with this question.)

7. How organized / disorganized are you? (Your Soul number can help with this question.)

8. How creative are you? (Your Soul number and Life Path number may be of help with this question.)

9. How structured are you? (Your Soul number, Outer number and Life Path number may be of help with this question.)

10. How responsible are you? (Your Maturity number and Outer number may be of help with this question.)

The answers to these questions may help you to develop a greater sense of where your strengths are. You may be surprised that you gain confidence, courage and strength from activities that you have come to disparage, or simply have no time for. Perhaps you feel recharged after listening to music, yet never find the time to sit and listen. Perhaps painting sooths you, yet your inner critic prevents you from ever actually picking up a brush.

For me, I’ve been looking at the books that I enjoy reading. I’ve found that although I tend to read a wide array of topics, it boils down to reading a lot about creative people. I find it fascinating to explore the way different people think and write. This inspires me to think differently and have the drive, stamina and courage to find outlets for my own creativity, even if I am only going to draw a picture for myself.

When you are ready to dig deeper, you can compare your answers with the knowledge that your personal numbers can provide. However, you might be amazed at the information that is brought up just by answering the questions. I also think that a deeper analysis should come in conjunction with conversations with supportive people in your life.

Although we think we might ‘know’ the answer to a question, it’s a different story to see the answer on paper. All too often we lose sight of our own potential due to time, events and circumstances that we think are outside of our control. In life, these circumstances may cause us to lose sight or let go of our true potential. This can definitely contribute to the growth and development of inner turmoil. Writing down everything, and shining a light on your image of yourself and your inner desires and dreams can be a way to begin to work with any internal confusion and hopefully find ways to dissolve it.

Just remember that Life is an ongoing learning experience. It’s also important to keep in mind that we all have strengths and weaknesses. We are all unique. As you go through life, it is vitally important that you’re able to, and allow yourself to continue to grow and learn about who you really are! As you do this you can better develop your personal strengths. Hopefully, you also be more aware of your weaknesses, and be better equipped to prevent them from getting in your way.

Accepting and admitting that you do possess certain traits, qualities or characteristics, rather than sweeping them under the proverbial rug, is a healthy and beneficial, although perhaps difficult, part of learning about yourself and coming to terms with your own Personal Strength.

Good luck on your journey into Soulful Living and Numerology.


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