Many Windows – One Creation
Reflections, from Shiv Charan Singh, inspired by the Numerology of 2023
The yearly cycle is a natural one. understood as one rotation of the earth round the sun. A cycle in which life matures from seed to fruit.
There is widespread collective agreement of the number that we appoint to each new year.
This agreement calls the qualities of that number into our lives. Permitting its influence to infiltrate our world.
What about numbers? ‘’if you don’t know numbers then you don’t know anything’’. Numbers are the subtle, invisible, spirit of the world. Without which nothing would exist. Each number brings its own unique vibrational properties into the environment it inhabits.
Referring to the numbers of the year is an opportunity and means to give a renewed focus for contemplation and reflection. This document presents some of the themes of the relevant numbers. Remember also that ‘’if you only know numbers you don’t know anything’’. For this reason it is important not to take this text as a prophecy for the year. It is a creative commentary, and the reader is invited to select their own areas of attention and emphasis. The future is always a meeting between the inevitable and what we bring to meet it.
Each year different 3 numbers enter into the field and offer us their qualities, their challenges and their virtues.
For the year of 2023 the number 3 appears in place of 2.
As this number (3) is the one that changes everything else then it represents the ground, base, foundation or the anchor. it is the trigger number and the seed number of the year. The deep impulse, the primal essence. It can be understood as the hidden treasure or the saboteur, the diamond or the demon, of the year.
22 was 4 (2+2=4) now that becomes 23. 2+3 = 5.
this number provides the latent potential, the gift, the vertical axis and the spirit of the year.
The over-arching number of the year is the total, which sums up to 2023 = 7.
while 3 is the trigger impulse for the qualities of the year. The 7 is where things are going. The unfolding, the destiny, flowering, of the year. This text therefore, will focus mostly on the qualities of the 7 and consider what that might mean for the collective psyche through the year of 2023.
7 is the number of the Electro-Magnetic Field – Aura.
It gives a focus on the quality of the psychic, mental space. While 3 is the visible 3 dimensional space.
Change our Thoughts, Words and Deeds
3 and 7 are the numbers of repeating patterns, of action 3, of thought and belief 7. number 5 is the number of challenge, learning through experience, communication and change. With the presence of these 3 numbers we could say that, although history does repeat itself, it also offers a chance to learn and change. The year ahead will be quite revealing in this respect.
Who is Friend, Who is Enemy, who am I?
5 is also associated to sense of Identity. This indicates that any change in the world will originate from a changed sense of who we are. How much are we constrained and ruled by geographical and territorial boundaries and associated identities. Shall we build bigger walls and barriers between each other. Or can we see through these limits and expand our sense of the Global Family. Do we live in suspicion of who is friend and who is enemy? Who believes what I believe and whose belief is against my belief? Or can we step back from the argument. Can we recognise that we need help, that the so-called enemy need help. Help is a theme of number 3. Can we reach some mutual understanding and help each other. How can we take sides when we realise we are all one. Beyond all outer appearances and variations, can we say ‘’I see myself in you, I see you in myself’’. This is one of the challenges of the year ahead.
The Dharma and karma of 7
Each number, and associated Spiritual Body, can manifest in a dharmic manner (habits that serve our spirit – virtue) or in karmic patterns (habits that we are a slave to – virus). The table below shows some of the contrasting themes of number 7 and the Auric Body.
The Lens of the Seer
7 is the polarity to the number 3 [in 23]; in the numerological sense that 7 + 3 = 10. These are the two ends of the front and back axis of the space we inhabit. As 3 is the visible 3 dimensional world that appears in front of our eyes. 7 is the platform of observation. The one who watches the world. It is the lens of the seer, the onlooker. There are 7 colours seen in the rainbow, but many combinations of colours can be made of these. Equally there are many variations of windows through which we each may look at the One World. Still the Creation is One Whole Ecology. EK OngKar – As Guru Naanak phrased it. The One, or Oneness, extended, prevailing and permeating all Creation. The whole of Creation is the Body of God.
7 asks, and offers, us to take a bird’s-eye view of any situation. This is not about superiority. It is to step back from the drama in order to see the bigger picture. Paradoxically it also means to see things close up. to see for yourself, with your own eyes. Though we can also get stuck on a superficial level where we only believe what we see directly in front of us. Failing to think deeper and see beyond the surface. The greater capacity of the 7 is to see through. Think of the Aura (Magnetic Field). We do not see it with our normal vision. Yet it is known to exist. It is measurable with instruments, but we could learn to see it with our own inner instruments.
We tend to look at life through an amplified focus like a telescope or microscope. In addition we are most likely to see ourselves and others through a kaleidoscopic type of filtered lens. The lens not only amplifies and distorts what we see. This amplification also amplifies our own ego. The lens effect also limits the range of our perception. The lens targets its focus of observation. In that way we see what we want to see, and block out what we do not want to see. We seek proof for what we already believe, which suggests we are not secure in our belief.
When we live by vision alone, by belief alone, then a lot of information is ignored. To see one thing is not to see another. In the day time we do not see the stars. in the dark night we see very little of our immediate environment. In the twilight time, what had colour and shape transforms into a 2 dimensional silhouette.
The world of commerce depends a lot on the hypnotic and illusory effect of the visual sense. We get lost in the multi-dimensional shopping mall. The play of colours that make up the Magnetic Field, which is the Maya Field, which is also the Mind Field. A psychic and electro-magnetic space that pulls awareness into its own curve and distorts our perception of reality. The result being a mental jungle, a mental maze, and a mental dungeon.
Who is watching who, and why?
We are increasingly aware of inhabiting a world where the lens of the watcher, the monitors, are everywhere. Being aware of being watched turns the watched into a watcher. The one who is watched will eventually internalise watching and become their own censor. Now the watcher is watching to see if and how you are watching yourself.
Knowing we are being watched may lead us to assume why the other is watching, as well as assuming the assessment, evaluation, or judgement, that the watcher is constructing. This knowledge and the assumptions that follow will have significant effects on the behaviour of the watched. In other words our own, ill-informed, observer is controlling our own words and actions.
It starts with family then extends out onto the street, to teachers in school, friends, spaces of employment, social, religious and political domains.
Am I Right?
One of the mechanisms that is taking place, behind the scenes of our own way of watching the world, is that everyone wants to be right. No one want to be, or enjoys being, wrong. Where does this come from? The pride of the temporary ego-mind identity plays a large part in it. There is certainly some chemical reward that reinforces this program. It feels good to be right.
If it cannot be right, the ego-mind moves into destructive mode. Not even wanting others to be right. We may become self-destructive or targets others. It is a kind of resentment and revenge. The importance we attach to being right will lead us to lie in the most complex ways. This strategy eventually backfires; in that lies suffocate our spirit.
People say that we create our reality. Actually we create our perspective of reality. The underlying reality is not something we can create or change. Rather we create on the foundation of the continuous unknown reality without which there would be no creation. We create our fantasies, we destroy them, then we reconstruct, and so the cycle goes on. Yet mostly nothing really changes and we do not wake up.
Some people will even fall into depression and despair by getting blinded by where they we go wrong, or believe they go wrong. Completely missing awareness of where things are going well. It is a hypnotic state. It’s not a crime to want to enjoy the feeling of being right. It is natural. Aligning and harmonising with the natural order of things, as shown by the laws of nature, and the universal principles, we would also enjoy the feeling of being right, correct, proper. Listening to, and obeying, our intuition, the voice of our soul, we would arrive at the same pleasurable feeling of being right. And this is dharma. It is not a competition over and against others. Being right does not mean anyone else is wrong.
Cause and Effect:
Talking of creation and destruction brings us to the topic of cause and effect. The chain of action and reaction. Otherwise referred to, or known as, karma. This is the one law that we are all subjected to. The law that created creation. Not a law created by creation (man-made law).
Man-made laws vary around the world. They come and go as different cultures, trends and civilisations rise and fall. While the basic forces of the creation combine into inevitable and unstoppable sequences. If the lens through which we see the world would be clear then we would be far better at predicting the outcomes of the thoughts, words and actions that we project, express and manifest.
This law is not to be considered a punishment. Though it has often been judged and presented as such. It is the kindness of the Creator. It is the most simple and powerful mechanism for learning.
The Creator is not our Enemy:
The Creator of the creation is not our enemy. Guru Naanak described the quality of the Supreme One as Nirvair. Without enemy or animosity. God is not against us, even though it may often seem otherwise.
We can adjust our perspective, our way of thinking. To understand that all is for us. The stage, the theatre, of life has all been set up, set out, laid out, for us. Down to the finest detail. To experience, awaken, to learn, to transform ourselves. To know the Creator within the creation. We may enjoy life much more if we can return again and again to remember – it is all for us.
Recognise, Accept and Agree:
There are 3 steps or stages to take to make this adjustment. To move out of the illusion of knowledge through which we try to control and manipulate our world.
The first is through the transparency of the witness. This way we are placed in a position to really see what is going on. To recognise the unity of thought and action, of mind and body. To recognise the links between causes and effects. To recognise the unity of thought and action, of mind and body. To recognise the links between causes and effects. To recognise that for everything we attract there is equally something we repel. For everything we create there is something we destroy. for everything we try to control there will be an equally opposing force reacting to our efforts. That we are the cause of our own hell. No-one is doing it to us. To recognise that rebellion – it is not revolution. Like enlightenment is not liberation. That there is no final healing without forgiveness.
Seeing all this is challenging enough, but then we are challenged to fully face the significance of it for our lives. This journey, or process, of acceptance is the second stage. Old habits and patterns have a life of their own and do not fall away by themselves. We can analyse the sources and causes of our misunderstandings for years, but this does not set us free from them. Unlearning is only possible when there is simultaneous relearning. The
understanding that comes with transparency requires frequent replay. We are designed to be creatures of habit. Therefore the habit of repetition of insightful understanding is required to displace our mistaken views. This is known as japa.
Acceptance has another pro-active dimension to it which is referred to as ‘fake it to make it’, or ‘act as if’. We will not always feel the connection to the clarity that comes with deep insight. This can result in doubt and abandonment of the way. It makes sense therefore, to maintain the discipline of returning to and re-calibrating with, the understanding, insight and transparency that comes when are witness of the full spectrum.
As we move into alignment with the natural order of life, this is equivalent of ‘being in agreement with’. No longer having any, even accidental, or subconscious, resistance. Rather being proactive in full collaboration with the Divine play. Recognising our role, accepting our role, agreeing to our role, and therefore playing it well; and yet without attachment.
Ready, and pre-disposed to Forgive:
‘’To practice forgiveness is the true fast, good conduct and contentment.’’ SGGS p223
As all is given for us, then can we live the life in a way that is for the giver. Recognising, accepting and agreeing to the gifts, includes recognising, accepting and agreeing to the giver of the gifts.
Participating in the forgiveness that we would wish for ourselves is final expression of this agreement.
To forgive is to stop trying to be right
To forgive is not to deny the place of justice; is a quality of the 6, which naturally comes before 7.
To let go of the past also requires the transformation of fear into spirited faith. Again a quality of the 6. Revenge will never be satisfying. And by non-forgiveness we suffer far more than those we may not forgive. The mind tries to convince us that we need to understand first, but often understanding can only come afterwards. Since non-forgiveness blinds us to true understanding.
Non-forgiveness, not only is a subtle resistance to allow the other person to move on. It also prevents us from moving on. It is the prison in which we have the illusion of safety. It is a burden and dark shadow in our aura. To forgive is to permit. To permit the other, and yourself to have a chance at life. A chance to heal.
People often ask ‘how do I forgive’. To forgive is not something ‘to do’. It is to ‘stop doing’. Stop holding on to the past. To stop having the past as an excuse, a crutch, or prop, to avoid moving forward in life. Stop hoping for some solution. Stop trying to fix what may be broken beyond repair. Stop needing to be right.
forgiveness does not mean being blind. See what was, see through it, learn from it, then forgive. After that, if you will tell the story, then tell the whole story including the forgiving part.
Forgive is not weak. It releases energy. As the number 8, Which the pranic Body, follows on from the 7.
One who sees is the one who can forgive. If we do not see a crime then there is nothing to forgive.
We may not see the crime because we already have our vision focused far beyond the surface manifestations. Or we are blind, naïve, distracted and so on. In most cases however we do see, in ourselves or others,
the mistakes, errors, confusion, blind spots, and so on. We are given to see these things so that we may benefit from the practice of forgiveness. It is in this sense that we say the one who sees the crime is also the one to forgive it. This raises the challenge of developing the pre-disposition to forgive.
The pre-disposition to forgive:
Is a proactive agreement that puts you ahead of the time
Does not mean forget – in the sense that we should learn from the past Does not mean no justice. Consequences must be fulfilled
Does not mean be blind or ignore
Is not merely passive acceptance, which will lead to apathy and paralysis.
Creates a transparent window/framework for a different future
Establishes a platform, a given set up. Not an activity. A pre-set perspective Allows us to relate authentically from the heart
Is oriented towards possibilities and opportunities.
May come from or makes possible compassion and peace.
Requires us to sacrifice victim identity and the drama;
Such as, self-pity, attention seeking, shame, guilt…
Neutralises games of hide/seek, use/excuse, blame/claim, pride/shame, deny/confess, etc.
Confronts us to take responsibility for our own experience
Dissolves old resentments and prevents us from becoming an ungrateful and bitter cynic
Many Windows: 1 Creation
The western form of writing, symbolising, the 7 shows itself as a platform.
This is a platform of the elevated view. It is the common position of a team manager, office supervisor. Though it can easily become the platform of superiority. Without the games of the ego-mind it is simply the place within us where we are the observer, step back, see the bigger picture and witness to all without prejudice.
None the less the faculty of witnessing is also associated with the faculty of judgement. It is not realistic, and probably not honest, to say that we do not judge. The faculty of judgement in itself is not a problem. It depends on what we do with what we see. How we use the faculty. It is a faculty that serves our functionality in 3 dimensional world. Enabling us the take measure of any situation or person in order to best inform decisions and resulting action.
It is a faculty that prefers to be active. When not applied well to the harmonious benefit of our lives, and the lives of others, then it deviates into ill-informed judgemental outlook on the world around us. Wanting to be right, and not wrong, we jump quickly to assumptions, false conclusions and project labels onto each other. We equip ourselves with false knowledge, born from being too quick to put people in boxes, and the narrow vison that results. We, usually unconsciously, use this limited knowledge to exercise some form of control (ultimately manipulation) in our environment. In other words this mental faculty becomes the instrument for projecting right and wrong, good and bad, onto people. It further sets out to write a cleverly thought out intellectual script to back up its position. Followed up with controlling strategies like monitoring, policing and censoring (filtering). Creating a world of winners and losers. The next step is linked the games of attack and defend. Where we punish and avenge the so called bad/losers, and celebrating and rewarding the so called good/winners. It becomes a self-perpetuating and self-justifying cycle, which effectively is hell on Earth.
Some Content of Hell on Earth
’Erase your duality and hold tight to forgiveness,
and you will not have to endure the torture of karma or religious rituals. ||7||’’ SGGS p343