Cosmic time is the same for everyone, but human time differs with each person. Time flows in the same way for all human beings; every human being flows through time in a different way. ~ Yasunari Kawabata
Continuing on my blog entries on the use of old maps, photographs, data, and even photographs and combining them with Google Earth to help visualize World War II in the Philippines, let me turn to a theme.
One of my favorite themes is the Landscape of Memory, which comes from a book by Simon Schama. Our penchant for renaming streets, and demolishing landmarks, robs us of the ability to situate past events in our present landscape. Maps from the past can, in a sense, restore that lost landscape, showing us where shorelines used to be, or what streets were called at the time. Overlaying old maps on Google Earth also helps us visualize, in a sense, the locations portrayed in those maps, and lets us compare and contrast those locations as they appeared –or were mapped, then– and how they appear, now. ~ MLQ3
“There is a beginning. There is no beginning of that beginning. There is no beginning of that no beginning of beginning. There is something. There is nothing. There is something before the beginning of something and nothing, and something before that. Suddenly there is something and nothing. But between something and nothing, I still don’t really know which is something and which is nothing. Now, I’ve just said something, but I don’t really know whether I’ve said anything or not.”—
If you have done the best you can do and if you have gotten all you could extract from something, you have given all you had to give, then the time has come when you can do no more than say thank you and move on. - Maya Angelou
“It is a monstrous thing to force a child to learn Latin or Greek or mathematics on the ground that they are an indispensable gymnastic for the mental powers. It would be monstrous even if it were true.”—George Bernard Shaw
Remember that this number is very different from your Life Path number, which determines what you are born with.
The Life Expression number explores what you are able to achieve using latent talents or abilities that can be explored or developed.
Life Expression Number 1
You express yourself best through independence. Your talents include originality, creativity and the ability to launch plans into motion. You have the potential to become very prosperous as a result of applying these skills.
Socially or professionally, a number 1 is the person that makes “things happen.” They make great entrepreneurs and do well by striking out on their own. Your highest potential in life is to become the leader of something great.
Life Expression Number 2
You express yourself best by relating to others. You are a diplomat and a peacemaker. Socially you make so many friends that you often develop the capability to pull strings behind the scenes. As you are so modest sometimes one of your challenges is to accept credit for your work.
You work best in a team and success in general for you is often about “who you know.” You also do well when you ally yourself with a person who is much more powerful than you.
Life Expression Number 3
You express yourself best through the arts. These include writing, speaking, singing, acting, litigating, and teaching; selling, designing and composing music.
One often-unexploited talent of a number 3 is their natural ability to uplift others with their words and ideas. Their true purpose in life is to inspire and motivate others with their creations and optimism.
You find happiness when you focus on your artistic goals. Fame is also often in the potential future of a 3 whose highest potential is performance.
Life Expression Number 4
You express yourself best by creating energy. You are highly systematic by nature. You thrive in orderly corporate atmospheres. Your unique skills include project management, administration and anything to do with organization.
Number 4’s also make excellent surgeons, architects, engineers, musicians and teachers. They work well with their hands and have an innate understanding of structure, design and rhythm. Your highest potential is to invent or create a plan that eases mankind’s burdens.
Life Expression Number 5
You express yourself best through the movement of energy. You are often blessed with numerous talents and abilities and have the potential to sustain a couple of careers at once. Your deepest desire is to travel and experience as many new things as possible.
You are a philosophical individual who is endlessly fascinated by human nature. Your highest potential is the imparting or delivery of the kind of wisdom that could never be taught in a school although many of you also make great teachers in the traditional sense.
Life Expression Number 6
You express yourself best through the balance of energy. Many sixes excel as doctors, nurses, psychologists and any occupation that involves taking care of the elderly, the sick or the poor.
These exceptional individuals are born with an innate talent of uplifting the spirits of others, especially during hard times. Some of them do this through service and others accomplish this through art, music or writing.
Your highest potential is restoring balance to ailing individuals or communities.
Life Expression Number 7
You express yourself best by not expressing yourself at all. This is because you are more than likely a genius. Your supreme intelligence often makes you so you often don’t even bother communicating with others. You could excel at any area of science, literature or metaphysics.
You may have a secret passion for the occult, social anthropology or religion. The highest potential of your life expression number is the invention of new thought or theory and the finding of a single individual that is intelligent enough to comprehend you.
Life Expression Number 8
You express yourself best by creating prosperity. You have a natural knack for making money that is unrivalled by the other numbers. You have the potential for considerable achievement in business or other powerful positions, however many of you are simply born into wealthy families. Number 8s make excellent bankers, stockbrokers and accountants but you can succeed in any area as long as you have something to buy or sell. Your highest potential in life is to get rich and then share the wealth!
Life Expression Number 9
You express yourself best by seeking truth. Number 9’s destiny often lies within the sphere of humanitarian causes. They make excellent teachers, counselors and priests.
Nines are not very career driven and are born with an innate understanding of human nature. These kind, considerate and compassionate individuals are often also blessed with literary or artistic gifts as well.
Your highest potential in life is to achieve enlightenment.
Life Expression Number 11
You express yourself best through your spirituality.
Number 11’s are conduits of spiritual information that often feel a great need to transform the world with their visions. Many are involved in the occult or religion.
You may feel drawn to becoming a priest, tarot reader, astrologer, metaphysician, light-worker or Reiki master.
11’s have an innate spiritual strength and acute awareness of others that often has a positive transformative effect on other people’s lives. Your highest potential in life is to lead others to enlightenment.
Life Expression 22
You express yourself best through building a better world.
The number 22 is called the Master Builder because they are capable of manifesting great changes on the earthly plane. They usually do this through the construction of some kind of empire, whether it is of a social, financial or religious nature.
They are masters of manifestation who know how the power of a negative thought or image can destroy potential. You fulfill your highest potential by bringing ideals into every day reality.