Numbers are everywhere.
Like God, or Source, or whatever you wish to call it, numbers are omnipresent. Indeed, everything which has FORM also has NUMBERS. Think about it: height, weight, age, phone number, house number, you name it, wherever you find NUMBERS you find LIFE.
It is important to say that when we talk about numerology we are not talking about maths. Feel free to breathe a sigh of relief! Though professional geniuses involved in Graduate level Higher Mathematics are essentially doing numerology, all we need say is that numbers are energy, and that energies always contain messages.
What is Numerology?
Part of the job of a psychic or a sensitive, it could be argued, is to seek out and provide meaning. A scent on the wind could mean the passing of loved one, or an unseasonably cold chill in the room could mean the presence of difficult entity. These are just examples of possibilities which the muggle mind will dismiss as being without meaning. It is true that the untrained sensitive may attribute too much meaning to these things, but the experienced sensitive will be able to home in on what these things mean, which includes discarding what they don’t mean. Numerology makes this task a whole lot easier, narrowing down where we should look for meaning, and where we should not. Numerology then is a kind of Psychic GPS, showing us to where we need to go. But then it’s up to us – as sensitives – to get out of the car and look around at the sights.
Ordinary numerology has been around for centuries. Both the Ancient Greeks and Chinese made huge strides in what we might call number mysticism, and indeed to this day the Chinese culture contains a strong appreciation of the energy of numbers through practices such as Feng Shu, the I Ching and the concept of luck. The Sufi branch of Islam also places great value on numbers and the patterns formed by them, which are often made visible in the geometric design of Islamic architecture, as does the Hebrew practice of Kabballah wherein exists a complex branch of numerology called Gematria.
Much work was done by the American New Thought Movement of the late 19th century, and by the Christian Mystics of the Victorian/Edwardian era around how to harness the power of numerology for personal development. This work was extended in 1960’s California where much refinement of the subject took place, using it largely as a tool for character and personality analysis. As such numerology became a good way of telling us what we are like. But by going beyond its traditional rules and embracing its intuitive dimensions we can see that it is so much more than that.
A personal account…
My own journey with numerology began in the Autumn of 1989. I had attended a regional Psychic Fair with the intention of obtaining a Tarot reading from a very attractive woman from Liverpool (my motivations as a 17-year old student were perhaps not all that spiritual). After numerous failed attempts, I settled instead for a numerology reading from someone I can only describe as an old man who looked like he ‘knew stuff’.
Unfortunately, as soon as he started talking about my numbers the session – I felt, at the time – became a load of rubbish. Not only did it make no sense, but when it did seem to be about me it was such a different version of me as to be unrecognisable. I paid the old man his £10, took the tape recording he had made and went home, very disappointed. The tape went in the drawer without a second thought.
Fast forward six months. My life had gone rapidly downhill, with many genuine disasters befalling me, causing me to drop out of my studies, get a job and then move out of home. As I was packing I happened upon the tape from the old man and put it on in search of a laugh. But instead, from the moment he began to speak, my life changed. Now there was a voice, echoing from six months past, telling me all about myself, all about what would happen and all about how I could have avoided it. Why had I not heard then what I could so clearly hear now? I had to follow this up so I arranged to visit him.
Upon my arrival, we got straight to it. “You are a Life Path number 3” he said, “this means you are a communicator and must write and speak for a living”. I recoiled in horror. “That’s not me. I’m not like that at all!” I cried. “I know”, he said. “How’s that working out for you?”
Of course, it wasn’t, so I took a leap of faith. Though it took some time until I completely welcomed what the numbers were telling me I continued to follow their calling and heed their guidance. I timed, using numerology, the best moment to ask out the most beautiful girl in the office, and she said yes. I timed, again using the numbers, when best to buy a scratch-card, and won small amounts, repeatedly. Eventually I learned not to be so selfish and developing a little more concern for others I used my growing knowledge of numerology to bring healing to long standing long rifts and disagreements. More and more I looked at the numbers of friends and helped them navigate their life traumas, enabling them to keep faith with the energies which were always with them, as distinct from those which came and went with the passing of every day, month and year. I used numerology to successfully apply for three successive job changes, and took countless daily decisions based upon the numbers. All this time my life got better and better, as numerology showed me how to meet people at their highest level. All this time, as a budding sensitive working in stressful environments I came to see how useful numerology was in separating signals from noise. Numerology repeatedly helped me to know where to look, what to take notice of and what to ignore. I taught it to others every chance I had and watched others lives transform in the same way mine had done.
How Numerology works
Now of course, numerology is by no means the only way to do these things, but I would argue that it is the easiest to learn and simplest to put into practice. Numerology does not need complicated software or any ability whatsoever with maths. All we do in numerology is to add simple numbers together in easy and repeatable ways, and then change the letters of words into numbers and add those up too. That’s right, letters are numbers, and therefore all words and all names contain energies that can be read.
When the great genius Albert Einstein famously said “Not everything that counts can be counted. And not everything that can be counted counts” he was identifying the value AND limitation of numbers and this is helpful for our understanding of numerology too, because when we talk about this subject we should be sensible and careful not attribute too much weight to the fact that, for example, we missed the number 55 bus at 5.55pm, again. The only meaning of that collection of numbers is that we should have left the house earlier!
It is a great shame that the way many people were introduced to numbers, at school, has not helped them appreciate the multi-dimensional, energetic life which numerology reveals. But by exploring numerology creatively and openly even those who came bottom of the class in school maths can start to experience the fascinating world it reveals. How can I be so sure of this? Because I was one of those people. I was stone cold number-phobic at school and saw numbers as restrictive and oppressive. Only later, through numerology, did I discover that knowledge of the number energies which govern your name, your date of birth, the town you were born in and place you live in opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Numerology enables previously invisible connections to become clear and the movement of energy starts to make a whole lot more sense. It is a fascinating subject which has no end, but which makes the journey of life so much richer. I will be honoured to share what I know with you at the workshop on 25th April.
This blog was written by Richard Abbot
Richard Abbot has been studying numerology for over 30 years, giving thousands of consultations and teaching across England the USA. He has written 10 books and currently teaches and consults on numerology at the London College of Psychic Studies. More details about his wide-ranging work can be found on his website, www.thehermitage.org.uk