Tuesday, 17 November 2009

May the 4's be with you.

As Yoda says in The Empire Strikes Back:

"My ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life breeds it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the force around you, here between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes.”

I believe this is true – the web of life and all. I also believe that we are in constant communication with “the Force.” In Conversations with God Book I (p 210), Neale Donald Walsch says:  

“Whenever you have a question, simply know that I have answered it already. Then open your eyes to your world. My response could be in an article already published. In the sermon already written and about to be delivered. In the movie now being made. In the song just yesterday composed. In the words about to be said by a loved one. In the heart of a new friend about to be made.”

I’m sure we all have examples of receiving the exact information we need at the exact moment we need it, but I get my “signs” in a very specific way:  I see multiples of four - mostly 44 and 444.  I see these numbers everywhere.  They are my private conversation with…something.

It started many years ago when I read a book that suggested seeing multiples of four was a sign that we are on the right path. I was intrigued, as I had frequently been waking up at 4:44 in the morning.  I phoned my brother and told him what I’d read. Not surprisingly, he thought it was ridiculous.  However, the next morning he called to say that he had just gone into a shop for coffee and the total was…$4.44.  He was pretty freaked out.  I was thrilled.

From that day forward the fours just kept (and keep) showing up.  I can’t count the number of times I’ve been driving and wondering if I’m going the right way, only to look up and see 44 on the license of the car in front.  Or while thinking of some new idea I’ll randomly look at the clock at exactly 4:44.  Once I was struggling to write up a big case study for my counseling degree.  After some initial hesitation it began to flow out of my fingertips, but ended up a bit too long at 4,700 odd words.  But when I remembered to remove the bibliography from the word count, guess how many were left?  Yep,  4,444.  I didn’t change one word.  And I passed.

It makes sense to me, as four is the number for the heart chakra – the center of our being where our most clear decisions take shape. (The heart always knows best.)  So why not figure as an outer signpost as well?

Recently I’ve been wondering whether I should stay in England or move back to Seattle where I’m from.  Then it dawned on me - the country code for the UK is 44.  In 11 years I’ve never noticed this?! Perhaps I’ll stick around a bit longer.