The New Year is a time when people look to start afresh, improve themselves, and take stock of their lives. Keeping a diary has always been a popular resolution but this year journaling is all the rage.
Seemingly out of nowhere, wellness and lifestyle coaches are promoting journaling to their clients as a form of self-care. The marketplace is cluttered with products for the perpetually busy, fitness fanatics, and gratitude seekers. Diaries aren’t just for keeping track of the events of one’s day anymore, but why do we do it? Why journal? Is it just a record of the things we achieved or does it do something more profound?
As it turns out, journaling is an ancient practice. There are, of course, different kinds of diaries, even thousands of years ago. There were travelogues like that written by early Christian female pilgrim Egeria. There were prison memoirs, like the one the Christian martyr Perpetua kept before her execution in the arena in Carthage in 203 CE. And there were ‘wellness journals,’ like the dream journal / medical tourism diary that the orator Aelius Aristides kept in his Sacred Tales.
Texts like this were highly unusual: it was rare for people to commit their inner journey and personal experiences to paper and in solitude. More regularly the process of reviewing one’s day and taking stock of one’s actions took place via dialogue, through letter writing with a friend, and in mental review. It’s a recognizable practice as early as Plato, who wrote that we should examine ourselves with great attention and that before we can become valuable members of society (as politicians, for example) we must, “before all else…attend to ourselves.”
Do you ever notice the same number or series of numbers popping up again and again throughout the day? When you wake up early in the morning and look at the clock it is 5:15am. Your morning coffee and muffin come to a total of $5.15. You get stuck in traffic behind a car with 515 in the number plate, and when you pick up your book in the evening you find that you are on page 515.
The appearance of these number is probably not a coincidence, but rather Angels or Spirit Guides trying to communicate with you.
Angels and Spirit Guides occupy the spiritual plane and try to guide us through life and help us with our problems. Except for those with an incredibly strong spiritual sense or psychic abilities, it can be very difficult for humans to sense and communicate with the spiritual plane. By bringing our attention to numbers, Angels and Spirit Guides can cut through the filters that we have built around ourselves and send us a message. For this reasons, these repeating number sequences are commonly known as Angel Numbers.
While just seeing these repeating numbers can be reassuring and remind us that we are not alone and that we have support in the spiritual plane, the specific numbers are also meaningful. The universe is created according to a geometric plan, which is why numbers appear throughout nature and mathematics holds as a universal truth. As part of this universal plan all numbers vibrate with a different spiritual resonance and meaning. So the number 515 is used not only to grab our attention, but also share a specific message.
There are many different guides available for the meaning of the different Angel Numbers, but as a brief overview.
The number 1 signifies that you are in alignment with your spiritual purpose and is usually a message that you are on the right path. It may also indicate that you are undergoing a spiritual awakening.
The number 2 is a sign to have faith and trust that whatever is happening in your life, no matter how challenging, is for the best.
The number 3 is often a call to be open and honest with yourself and others and to pay attention to what is really happening around you and what you really want and need.
The number 4 can indicate that divine healing is on the way and that you will be assisted in getting through whatever you are struggling with.
The number 5 often indicates that change is on the horizon and that something new and significant will be entering your life.
The number 6 can suggest that you are stuck in a rut or a certain way of thinking and that it is time to make a change.
The number 7 reflects spiritual mastery, and even miracles, and usually indicates that you are on the right path.
The number 8 usually reflects something in the material world and can suggest that some work or career goal is soon to come to fruition.
The number 9 means that something in your life is coming to a close, and no matter how precious to let it go. It also reflects new beginnings as space opens up in your life.
Angel numbers usually, but not always, appear as three-digit sequences, and very frequently as the same three digits repeated over and over. For example many people see the angel number 222, which is a strong signal that whatever changes are happening in a person’s life should be embraced.
Mixed number sequences, like our number 515, also appear and the numbers should be read in conjunction. For example, the number 5 comes through strongly in 515 and suggests that change is on the horizon, while the central positioned number 1 suggests that this change may relate to some kind of spiritual awakening.
Often we are able to read the Angel Numbers that we see as they are a direct response to some question that has been burning on our minds and that we have been sending out into the universe. If not, there are many specialists and guides that can help in understanding their meaning.
Why is my awareness here, while yours is over there? Why is the universe split in two for each of us, into a subject and an infinity of objects? How is each of us our own center of experience, receiving information about the rest of the world out there? Why are some things conscious and others apparently not? Is a rat conscious? A gnat? A bacterium?
These questions are all aspects of the ancient “mind-body problem,” which asks, essentially: What is the relationship between mind and matter? It’s resisted a generally satisfying conclusion for thousands of years.
The mind-body problem enjoyed a major rebranding over the last two decades. Now it’s generally known as the “hard problem” of consciousness, after philosopher David Chalmers coined this term in a now classic paper and further explored it in his 1996 book, “The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory.”
Chalmers thought the mind-body problem should be called “hard” in comparison to what, with tongue in cheek, he called the “easy” problems of neuroscience: How do neurons and the brain work at the physical level? Of course they’re not actually easy at all. But his point was that they’re relatively easy compared to the truly difficult problem of explaining how consciousness relates to matter.
We understand or at least I thought we had, that it is important to ‘Guard Our Energy.’
Guarding our energy basically means to preserve our energy. If we don’t do that, we will run out of fuel and wear ourselves down. It’s self-preservation. We need work time, chill time, downtime, social time and so on.
If we lower those boundaries of what each of us needs for a productive day, with time for work and time for everything else, we can soon find ourselves overrun by more or less needy demands.
Some time ago I posted this very interesting article on “Needy Friendships”.
If you need to set boundaries, do it while knowing that you are not signing up for a Popularity Contest. People will sometimes feel themselves entitled to trespass the boundaries you have set up. Perhaps they just want your attention. (Our attention is our strongest tool, which is why everybody wants it.) They can have it – on your terms – not their terms. Or better: on a co-working term that serves both well.
If this sounds selfish to you, I would advise you to reflect a bit on the concept of selfish and maybe reach the conclusion that if selfishness is the same as self-preservation it’s OK – it’s called Consciously Selfish. That is miles from the mainstream meaning of the word Selfish, which is: I only do things for myself – self-serving.
And speaking of serving…
This problem is really toxic if you are into spirituality, because that seems to equal being ‘boundaryless’: serving others when they see fit – not you. It’s a slow, slow, exhausting death of our energetic body until there’s nothing more than an empty shell left. Those who thought: “Wow-cool, she´s spiritual, that means that she can’t say no,” will long ago have moved on to the next host to suck their energy. And you’re left with a spiritual spine that resembles overboiled spaghetti.
Sometimes our empathy become our Achilles heel. That happens when we forget our own needs and ourselves.
There is a difference between self-sacrifice, self-denial and being an emotional asset in the life of others.
The mechanics gone wrong are often seen when we simply say: Self-denial, as in denying Self, is a way to deal with the ego and thereby take it down. Self-denial has never been a tool for that. Self-discipline has.
On the contrary, self-denial makes people very unhappy like: “I´m really helping out here, denying myself and my inner needs, but something is not right.”
We have to look into the mechanics of acquired helplessness, which is the Matrix in the balance between giving and ‘letting it be’.
All too often I have seen well-meaning folks unintentionally creating interdependence between the person they try to help/serve and themselves.
That can take a good warrior down.
It is difficult and it is a very fine balance of adding just precisely the amount of help needed on an emotional level, and by doing so, also being very vigilant towards the anatomy of the energetics in the loop between those of the helper and the person in need of help.
That goes for dependency and knowing that people have to ‘learn by doing’ and you can’t take responsibility for the outcome. That is not helping out, that is a control mechanism.
We have to go where the road takes us and there are obstacles on the way. You can’t foresee and protect people from the bumps on their path. If a person asks you to do so, you’re dealing with a person who does not want to take responsibility for their life. They have to learn that skill and then you can engage. Because their agenda, and it can be very well hidden even from themselves, is dependency in order to avoid that responsibility. Not cool. Leave them be.
The Matrix in that can be solved if the emotional architect is very well grounded, conscious, neutral and aware of their own energetic core.
If you have this skill, never allow yourself to get drained.