So many elevens, so little time

Okay, it’s November 11, 2011. 11/11/11. Is it just a date, or does it mean something more? It’s hard to say, and I’m not sure I have the answers, but it is far too tempting to pass up as a topic for a lesson to be learned. Somehow, seeing all those ones together creates fascination in our minds. It must mean something!

Eleven has a great significance in Numerology, the study of numbers. Every number has a significant role in the cycle of our lives. Eleven is a number that has a special spiritual significance. With all these elevens, today must really be a special day!

I’ve blogged about the whole 2012 thing and what it means – not the end of the world, but a shift in spiritual consciousness. Numerologically, 2012 is a 5 energy – an energy of change. Isn’t that what people are expecting in one form or another? Maybe 11/11/11 is a sign of this change. Don’t forget that 2012 is only 51 days away, and it’s just about a year until the Mayan calendar cycle ends (The beginning of the end?…nah!). November 11 also marks Veteran’s Day, originally Armistice Day, a holiday celebrating the end of the first World War. This was end of a nightmare that was never supposed to happen again. It was a shift in consciousness, where the energy of war was replaced by an energy of peace and regrowth. That the war ended on November 11, makes it more significant. Numerologically, November 11, 1918 was also a 5 energy – that of change. Composed of two elevens in the date, it signifies a significant spiritual change. Significant enough that we’re still celebrating it 93 years later!

Enough about Numerology. The past few days, I have been feeling the need to write, but have had an empty feeling of not knowing what to express or how to express it. A lot has been changing around me. Changes at my job. Changes at my church. Changes in the world. Exciting events going on for which there is little time to prepare. Neither good changes, nor bad, but changes just the same. With these changes comes an energy, mostly good, which has been building up inside, but no way to release it, because there are no words to express it. Maybe it was the approach of this date: the build-up of that energy that needed to go through that process to express itself.

Now I feel I must honor the occasion, lest it pass unspoken. And as a result, here I ramble. Does November 11 mean anything? In a way, it means a lot, in other ways, not much at all. On one hand, it’s just a date. On the other, it’s a symbol of our outlook on our life and the world around us. Look at Occupy Wall Street. It is a grass roots movement which, like the energy of 11/11/11, has built up to the point where people needed to express themselves. They couldn’t wait any longer for the people they depended on to look out for them, so they acted on their own, and it has gotten lots of attention.

Look at Penn State. Same type of energy in a different way: people deciding that enough inaction is enough, and doing something about it. With explosive results.

Look at the European economy. Again, people deciding that enough inaction is enough, and leaders stepping down as a result.

Is it just a coincidence that it’s all happening now? I don’t believe in coincidences. In a way, I think they are all connected by a general need and desire to welcome change – the thing we usually resist most. I think that’s what the mystique of 11/11/11 is about.

I can’t say what tomorrow will bring, only that today seems to be a turning point, where energy is changing, for better or for worse. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is not yet here, but there is a desire in our hearts for what tomorrow should be. Inaction leads to action. Maybe not where we think it should happen, but where it is meant to happen. Let’s look at November 12 and the days ahead with open eyes, without expectation. Change is in order, and the time is now. Change will happen whether we want it to or not. Let’s take advantage of this energy and change things for the better, wherever it is needed!


(Today’s image, depicting the date, is original artwork by the author)