108, A SACRED NUMBER?

Counting, 1, 2, 3 is one of the first thing we’re taught as little children. At first counting is just a repetition of sounds, but eventually we understand, in a limited way, what the numbers mean. I had an experience recently that got me thinking more deeply about numbers and their meaning. But first I need to set the scene:

Recently I had the good fortune of having my Happiness Cards featured in the Science of Mind magazine (August issue) on page 108. I thought that was pretty cool, but when I showed it to a friend he said, “Wow! The number 108 is a sacred number.”  Even cooler! He got my attention, and I wanted to know more. Where did I go? Google, of course. Here are a few interesting facts I turned  up:

  • Number 108 is a sacred number to several Eastern religions, among them Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and certain yoga practices.
  • Because the number 108 is considered a complete circle, or the ultimate end of an event, malas or rosaries with 108 beads are worn by Buddhists to count mantras. Zen priests wear bracelets with the same number.
  • One hundred eight Sun Salutations are performed by yoga  practitioners during the spring equinox. (makes me tired to think about that.)
  • There are 108 energy lines converging in our bodies to form the heart chakra.

Things got even more interesting when I looked at how the number 108 appears in astronomy and mathematics:

  • The distance between the earth and sun is 108 times the sun’s diameter, and the distance between the moon and earth is 108 times the moon’s diameter.
  • In a mathematical a context 108 is arrived at by (1x1x2x2x3x3x3=108) or 1 to the 1st power times 2 to the second power times 3 to the 3rd power equals 108.
  • In the Sanskrit alphabet there are 54 letters. Each letter has a masculine and feminine form, shiva and shakti. 54 times 2 is 108.
  • In Islam the number 108 is sometimes used to refer to God.

So what does that have to do with my endorsement appearing on page 108? Maybe nothing at all, but I like to think it’s foretelling great things to come.       SoM_Aug2015_Happiness_Cards

OMENS

Do you believe in omens? If you had asked me that question a week ago I probably would have said, “No. At least not in my life.” But I had such an unusual experience last Friday as I was driving home from Santa Rosa that I wonder if I’ve been missing something.

It’s not easy to get to the coast where I live. It requires a couple of hours of driving over a twisty, 2 lane highway with few opportunities to pass slow drivers. People from out of the area can be intimidated by all the curves and often brake at every little deviation from straight ahead. They can be oblivious, as well, to the turnouts and signs for slow drivers to use them.

It’s a beautiful drive, and most people want to take their time gazing at the redwoods, the Navarro River, acres of vineyards and rolling hills. Sometimes I can get into that mindset too, and relax into a leisurely trip. But Friday I wanted to get home. It had been hot in Santa Rosa, and I was uncomfortable and irritable. I knew that people who had endured a week of hot weather inland would be headed to the coast. I told myself I was going to have to exercise patience or it would be a miserable drive.

I was just beginning my ascent of the hills and some of the sharpest curves I would encounter when I came upon a car that was traveling much slower than I wanted to go. Then unexpectedly the driver pulled off to the right into a turnout to let me pass. I hardly had to slow down. I waved my thanks. Not long thereafter I came up to the second slow car. Same thing happened.

The next 3 drivers followed suit. I felt as the Jews must have felt when the Red Sea parted. The remainder of the trip was easy, and I arrived home with the strong feeling that something had shifted.

The previous 3 months had been one difficult event after another.  My computer crashed and I was without one for 5 weeks. All kinds of strum and drang resulted from that. I was in a minor traffic accident, I broke a tooth from grinding, and some creep posted several pornographic photos and videos on my Facebook page. I don’t follow astrology, but friends mentioned that Mercury was retrograde, and suggested that was the reason for all my trouble. Maybe so. I just knew things had to let up while I still had functioning teeth.

And so they did. Two days ago I got some of the best news I’ve had in a long time. My Happiness Cards will be featured in a magazine, Science of Mind, in August, and they are on the magazine website now. Check it out here and follow the rose.

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. Abraham Lincoln
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. Abraham Lincoln

Yep. I believe in omens. What about you?