“He who looks outside dreams, he who looks inside awakens.” (Carl Gustav Jung)
From the very first flicker of human consciousness and throughout the known evolutionary history of man.. Man has always sought after in search of the holiest of all grails, and that being the ‘Origin of all known life’.. “Where did we come from and Who created us”? “How did we get here and How did we become who we are today”? A question to which many answers have been postulated over the due course of human history and dating back from the earliest prehistoric pagan religions to the polytheistic belief systems of classical and late antiquity ( i.e. early Ancient Egyptians, Graeco-Roman beliefs to late Incan, Aztec, Celtic and Germanic beliefs).. to the Prophets of the later abrahamic monotheistic religions such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam – From Astrologists to Alchemists and Philosophers, Scientific scholars to Mathematicians, Astronomers to Astronauts and so on.. Everyone at some point or another has tried to answer this ultimate proverbial question.. Some content with answers they have drawn from various experiences in life and some still looking for that single equation that will unlock the secrets of the universe, space and time continuum.
Whatever ideologies or beliefs each individual may come to, the reason for writing this article is not to debate the question of whether there is a ‘God’, or his omnipotence, or whether the ‘Origin of Man’ began somewhere out there in the vast expanses of our universe, but rather an attempt for me to gain some understanding of what my own existence and purpose in this life maybe. The search for the Ultimate truth doesn’t begin way out in the depths of the universe, but deep within us and within our very own existence in this life here and now..
The Influence of the Ubermensch
As far as I can remember, and well before I studied the works of Car Jung and the Ubermensch theory of Frederick Nietsche, like most children of the last part of the twentieth century.. I grew up in world heavily influenced by film and television. I remember the late 70’s and 80’s and growing up with my biggest and favourite heroes, the likes of Superman, Flash Gordon and my all time favorite Bruce Lee.. There was something about the superiority of mans achievement’s, or what a man could achieve in the realms of adversity, and if he really put his mind to it. However as I look back now, that’s how I see it today, back then the truth may of seemed a long, long way off, but can you blame me I was more taken in by the use of brash colors, heroic feats, amazonian women and damsels in distress. Being bold and brave were the rites of passage that would identify you as a man and before you became an adult.
As time passed and as I grew slightly older, the fascination of the Ubermen never ceased to amaze my little mind. The superheroes that accompanied me in childhood remained as my favorite, but as time and period changed, I collected newer ones along the way and placed them in a collective of similar upright moral stances, but of different traits and backgrounds. I think a lot of children prior to the 90’s, held the same heroes in the most heart felt esteem, however exactly how many of them at a later date identified certain characteristics and attributes as a reflection of their own personalities and individual characteristics remains to be seen. Well for me that would be the truth that would arise at a later date, but for now and like all children, we were heading for a transition period where we would leave behind the virtues of innocence, and would be led astray by the temptations and desires of growing up quickly and so we could enter the world of adulthood. For me this would be an occultation period and return to innocence would only be a matter of time. For now we were the age of 12 and going on to be little adults who were only concerned with the how fast I can run, and the how quick I can grow the pubescent hair on my face into designer stubble. The step in puberty was developing an interest in girls, and which there wasn’t a lack of, but rather quite difficult to associate with especially in an all boys school.. Girls came later thank God.
A Change in Thought..
Around the age of 15, I remember one late evening begging my parents, and so that I could stay up a little later to watch a late night horror flick. It took some serious convincing I tell you, however I managed get permission to stay up that night and watch the all time 1976 Richard Donner classic, “The Omen”, starring Gregory Peck and Lee Remick. I remember watching this film before, and when I was much younger, and every time found it had me shaking at the bones, but for some reason this time it was going to be different. Not in the sense that it wasn’t gonna be any less scarier this time round, but rather because an element of truth was about to come to the forefront and play a major role in my life. Anyway I remember this particular time vividly, almost like it was only yesterday, and the reason for that was, a few days after watching “The Omen”, I couldn’t seem to get the idea of an Anti-Christ out of my head. I kept toying with the idea of how could an evil identical of the most revered figures in history namely Jesus Christ, exist at the extreme end of the good and evil spectrum? Slightly further from this idea and what had me in even more disarray was the fact that an anti-christ will be born with a numerological principle associated with it’s existence and bearing the mark of the beast 666. The principle coined that he will be born on the 66th minute of the 6th Hour, on the 6th Day, of the 6th Month, of the Year 1966. Not only a mouthful to get around but an overwhelming amount of information to be mentally digested.
The idea of the synchronicity of the numbers seemed really appealing to me and I didn’t seem too bothered with the rest of the plot line of the film, such as the Devil’s son, born of a Jackal, then swapped at birth only to be integrated into the hierarchal tiers of the most influential political family on earth, setting the stage for the devils child to play out his fathers ulterior plan and motive for world domination and destruction. At that time, the idea seemed pretty far fetched and statistically speaking improbable, however that would only suffice to say if at the time, I had of known that the true nature of God and The Devil or”Good and Evil”. It’s amazing how the words God and Devil are closely related to the words Good and Evil.. Almost like someone put the ‘O’ into ‘GOD’ making GOOD and took the ‘D’ out of the ‘DEVIL’. These days for me these are only human perceptions of something inherent in all known living things and within our known living world and universe. After all we are the children of nature. However at that time, the possibility of this idea wouldn’t of even registered as a possibility for me, and due to the fact that I was 14 years old and obviously I hadn’t developed the awareness of questioning things on such an adult level of thought.
Anyway coming back to the fascination behind numbers, I was more taken in and fascinated by the idea of number synchronicity that appeared in the causality of numbers, just like the ones so charismatically presented in the Omen – 06 – 06 – 1966.
The Rise of 22..
Sitting at my school desk one day and staring into a blank piece of paper in front of me and like most normal children do when they’re bored in class..”The Omen” still freshly running in my mind like a 35mm projector and that it was then and at that exact moment time that it all began.. The blank piece of paper in front of me was no longer blank, and because on it I had written my date of birth – The day of my birth was 22.. My month was 2.. And my Year was 1975 and then for some unknown reason I started deducing the numbers down to a single digit.. Why till this day I still don’t know..
The day of my birth was 22.. My month was 2.. And my Year was 1975. When I deduced my year 1975 down it also came to the number 22. The configuration now looked more like:-
22 – 2 – 22
Then I decided to reduce the numbers even further down, and this is what i got.
22 + 2 + (1+9+7+5) = 22
Therefore giving 22 + 2 + 22 = 46 (4+6) = 10
2 + 2 = 4 0 + 2 = 2 1+9+7+5 = 22 (2+2) = 4
Therefore giving 4 + 2 + 4 = 10
2+2+0+2+1+9+7+5 = 28 ( 2+8 ) = 10
The resulting end number was the same every time, however what had me more curious than the end number of 10, was that I had a lot of number 2’s or 22’s in my date configuration. I wasn’t exactly sure of it’s significance, but this made me even more curious. It was then I decided to look for something else similar to my date of birth and something that might hold a set of number sequences which could be deduced down to a single digit. I then decided to try my new national insurance number that I had just received from the department of social security. The number and letters that were issued on my card were:
93 13 42
( I have removed the letters for security purposes)
I took the numbers and reduced them just like I did with the date of birth, and to my astonishing surprise this is what I got..
9 + 3 + 1 + 3 + 4 +2 = 22
Another 22 was the result, however this is where it all ended for now and since I couldn’t think of any other numbers that I could reduce down. For now I seemed to be resolute that I had stumbled upon a strange numerological principle and then decided to forget about it and for now. Little did I know that in the future the number 22 would play a huge part and overwhelm me in ways I couldn’t and still can’t possibly have imagined.
This blog can be followed on in “The Rise of 22” – Part 2