People all over the world are trying to find meaning in the symmetry of Friday's date, November 11, 2011. The numbers 11.11.11 seem to speak of some marvelous, mysterious meaning. Hollywood will be giving us another nightmare of a movie, 11-11-11, which insists, "The end is now", whereas new agers are viewing this day as an energy gateway to spiritual dimensions and global unity.
So on the continuum of cultural meaning, how can the rest of us look at this imagined marker for change?
You can rest assured that 11.11.11 will not be the end of anything -- neither time nor the world. The date is based on the western Gregorian calendar, introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. Other cultures used other calendars, so we are not seeing a cosmic marker here, but rather a cultural one.
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Let's look at number symbolism. Many people have noticed at one time or another the clock reading 11:11, attaching some mysterious significance to this synchronicity. Adding another 11 to the equation makes it even more tantalizing to ponder.
In Numerology, the number one likes to stand alone, suggesting activity, originality, inventiveness, courage and initiative. One conjures up the scout or pioneer, the individual and leader. One symbolizes the beginning, the Creator. One is the center, the indivisible place of all possibilities.
Then we have the number 11, a "master" number, as all doubled numbers are called. Eleven signifies Revelation and calls us to find our spiritual mastery within ourselves. The doubled ones indicate raising our leadership abilities to a higher spiritual level. Eleven seems to call people to their spiritual destiny.
Then we have the fact that there are three sets of 11s. Three moves things forward. Three wants something new to happen. Three breaks out of impasses and forges new paths. Three is the number of process, of working out something in time and space.
So we could say that 11.11.11 indicates an experience of incarnating our unique spiritual identity. This seems to be the purpose of the global meditations scheduled for 11.11.11: Assume responsibility for our world and unite with others in global unity.
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