THE PATH OF LETTING GO
The 9 Life Path is one of insight, generosity, emotion, compassion, awareness, interpretation, diversity and strength. 9 contains a little bit of all the other numbers, as well as many unique characteristics of its own. Its influence makes you versatile and unusual.
To better understand 9s uncommon universal effect, add together the numbers from 1 to 8. (1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8). The answer is 36. Add the 3 and 6 together, and you have 9. Add 9 to 9 and you have 18. Add the 1 and 8 together, and you’re back to 9.
When you multiply 9 by 9, you get 81. And, of course, 8 + 1 = 9. Look what happens when you multiply 9 ones by 9 ones. (111,111,111 x 111,111,111). The result is a fascinating 12,345,678,987,654,321 which, when added together = 81 = 9.
This is the only number that works in such mysterious ways and, just as 9 contains the energies of all the other numbers, you can be all things to all people, adaptable in a wide variety of environments and situations. You can be quite a mystery, too.
9 takes the shape of a spiral. This reflects the combined motion of creativity and evolvement. Those born on the 9 Life Path have great potential for creative thinking, artistic output, and rapid evolution of the mind, the emotions and/or the body. 9 enables you to live a life full of love, accomplishment, and personal satisfaction. But you must accept that feelings are what you came into this life to express and understand. The 9 Life Path is, indeed, an emotional one.
9 is the most complicated of all the numbers and the most difficult to make sense of. Until you understand its evolutionary purpose, life can seem like an eternal roller coaster. Trauma after trauma may be experienced until you finally accept that emotion is what you are here to learn about.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.They must be felt with the heart.” ~Helen Keller
When 9’s true nature is denied or exaggerated, you can hurt people by taking their love for granted and trying to control their lives. You may have a desire to give, but will give to the wrong people for the wrong reasons, one of which is guilt. Some 9s are adept at making others feel guilty, using misfortune as an excuse to take rather than give. Global awareness may also exist, but from a fearful, bigoted and non-accepting point of view. Insight may come, but is then rejected. Compassion is viewed as weakness as it means having to let down one’s guard and actually feel something. Emotions are expressed but held on to instead of being released. The courage that is typical of those on the 9 Life Path is then expressed through misplaced anger instead of self-acceptance and fairness.
9s can never be happy when their Life Path energy is exaggerated or denied because this imbalance tells you that happiness does not exist, or that only your happiness matters. When 9 is experienced in this way, the energy becomes extremely selfish and lacking compassion. Fortunately, most 9s do not stay in this dark and lonely place for long.
The 9 mind evolves in ways that others may not experience. This enables you to feel your feelings in their most profound and diverse forms. You often have to travel in what seems like the wrong direction – backwards – in order to go forward. The 9 Life Path is so complex and multi-layered that you cannot help but become involved in the metaphysics of life. You have an insatiable appetite for the spiritual and psychological.
A basic understanding of reincarnation is desirable because this lifetime is likely to be your last. 9s are old souls who have lived many lifetimes. Haven’t you ever wondered why nothing really shocks you? It is because you have seen and done it all before. You have existed in every form, color, race, creed, gender, and circumstance. You have travelled every walk of life. Of course, this does not mean that you have learned all you need to learn, and your experiences in this lifetime will make that very clear. Be prepared to LET GO of previous beliefs and learn something new.
You are here to conclude unresolved issues of the past and move on to a higher existence. You must live this life fully, finish what you start, tie up the loose ends, and gain experience from past and present mistakes. All of this can seem like a daunting task. Or, in a different light, it can be an exciting and fulfilling adventure.
Your live-and-let-live attitude is a beautiful part of who you are, but it can also backfire on you. To counteract this, you must develop a deep self-respect for and be comfortable in your role of ‘giver’. Then, you will have no problem saying ‘no’ when necessary. You will understand that nobody owes you anything, and that there is no one to whom you are obligated, either. Then you will be able to move away from the guilt that often plagues the 9 who does not know what it means to be a 9, and you will understand just how beautiful the act of selfless giving actually is. Just remember that you cannot give what you haven’t got. And you cannot keep giving without replenishing your stock, whether it be energy or material things. Aim for quality rather than quantity.
The 9 Life Path gives you the gift of versatility. There is very little to which you cannot relate and you probably know a little bit about everything. However, while such flexibility is a great asset, it can create problems with regard to your sense of identity, making a living, and establishing a secure base for yourself. Therefore, it is necessary to specialize in something in which you are passionately interested. Otherwise, you cannot help but suffer the pain of feeling unfulfilled. Self-fulfilment, usually through creativity and helping others, is one of the beautiful gifts that 9 offers.
Your life often creates circumstances to which you must constantly adapt. This makes it difficult to focus on one thing at a time. You may spread yourself too thin, unable to concentrate long enough to gain the necessary experience or expertise. You may find yourself bouncing from one thing to another without actually completing anything, unaware that completion is what is most needed.
You may already be doing pretty well in life, but there is no telling just how much you can accomplish with focus. It is always lack of concentration that prevents 9s from seeing their higher potential. It is up to you to recognize your speciality, (your passion), and give it the focus it deserves.
You have a tendency to waste your time, energy, opportunities and resources on unimportant matters. You must occasionally stand back from the ongoing drama of your life and assess any situations or relationships that need to be weeded out and ended.
In order to find the truth, you must begin at the beginning and go back to the source – the origins of the matter – back to the past – to release yourself from unexpressed emotions which are holding you there. Recognize where you are torturing yourself emotionally over matters you can do absolutely nothing about. When you realize that this is what you so often do to yourself, it will be easier to accept the past, let it go, and move on to a more comfortable reality.
Ultimately, you are learning how to let go. This can be a painful process until you understand its necessity – and that 9 CANNOT let go until it fully understands and resolves the matter in question.
You may question how it is possible to be the loving and generous person you know you are when you may have to hurt yourself or others in the process of letting go. The life of a 9 is never simple. Very often, the people you think you may hurt actually need to be released so that their lives can unfold in a way that is natural for them. For you, partings are such sorrowful and frightening occasions, only to find, in retrospect, that it was the best thing for all concerned.
On the other hand, by developing a greater tolerance for others, the need to end certain relationships need never arise. You must learn to accept the diversity of humanity and enjoy the richness of loving relationships in which common goals take the place of ego. It is hard for those who love you to share you with the world, as they must often do. The least you can do is to allow them to be who they are rather than who you want them to be. You can be frustrated with those who do not live up to your high ideals, but your disappointment is actually with your own intolerance. You may think that tolerance is one of your greater attributes, but this is a misunderstanding since we only tolerate that which we do not like. Acceptance is the key. This means that you must stop judging yourself, and others.
9 is the number of GIVING, and the most precious gift you can bestow on anyone is your acceptance of them just as they are. This in no way implies lowering your standards or putting up with ongoing adverse behaviour. You must stay true to yourself and your principles. But your vision is a unique one and you cannot expect others to see life as you see it. If you try to control others, or if you are overly possessive, irresponsible, unemotional, or destructive, the 9 energy will work against you – dramatically.
You are likely to experience at least one major trauma, illness, loss, accident, scandal or some other dramatic event which changes the entire course of your life. However, such painful events often turn out to be significant turning points which connect you to your emotional power which, in turn, sets you on a more meaningful path. When you honestly express your emotions, life will provide you with many unusual and profound experiences and understandings. As your experience grows, you will become a philosopher of sorts, and you will want to share your insight with others.
On the 9 Life Path, there is nothing you cannot handle. You have had to face fear so often that you instinctively understand its purpose. The more you face your fears head-on, the more you will know what really needs to be feared and what does not. This makes you courageous, intelligent, and compassionate. You may have to work hard at building this level of confidence. When you do, you will experience a massive shift of consciousness. Your emotions will become your power instead of your weakness, and you will develop a much deeper appreciation of your purpose as a human being.
Some of your most natural characteristics are those of generosity and compassion. Others who can sense your need to give may try to take advantage of you. Therefore, you must learn to give only because you want to and not because you feel you should. You cannot battle with guilt. You can only recognize it and move away from it. Remember that guilt is NOT an emotion, but a wall of judgement which prevents you from feeling anything at all.
There are so many ways in which to give. Few of them require sacrifice. You can give as a loving spouse or parent, you can give kindness and comfort to others, or money and material assistance to those in need, you can give friendliness, encouragement, opportunity, emotional support, guidance and counsel; you can give of yourself through your particular field of work, or through your abundance of creative talent.
When you are unfocused, you can be all talk and no action. Who can blame others for ignoring or stealing your ideas when it is obvious that you have no intention of putting them to use? You are a natural planner and dreamer, but you must also take the action which will actualize your goals. Only through undaunted belief in yourself can you do this.
The 9 Life Path is made up of all the other numbers, and you must know what they consist of in order to incorporate their qualities into your daily life:
1. INDEPENDENCE: knowing who you are, adapting to change, and leading your own life.
2. RELATION: cooperating with others, patience, tact, careful attention to detail, developing intuition.
3. CREATIVITY: communication, friendship, beauty, and happiness.
4. BREAKTHROUGH: knowing that one’s work must be what one loves. Dealing with limitation.
5. FREEDOM: gaining experience by learning from mistakes. Travel. Coping with sudden developments.
6. RESPONSIBILITY: living in freedom and living responsibly – the ultimate balancing act.
7. WISDOM: inner development, spirituality and knowledge.
8. SATISFACTION: using your powers of manifestation through True Understanding and Balance.
9. COMPLETION: following your feelings to Free Will.
You can be perceived as many things, ranging from the nicest person in the world to an angry, self-centered alarmist. Very often what seems to others as ‘negative’ behaviour is actually quite natural for one who is experiencing so many different aspects of life as intensely as you are. Be yourself. Let your feelings take their spontaneous course, through you and out of you.
You are able to see all sides of a situation and you realize just how near-sighted others can be. Even though you become frustrated by a world that is so gullible, your caring nature wants to open people’s eyes to reality. Yes, you are an intense person. You are here to learn about life from a broader perspective and then interpret your findings to others. You must find a way to communicate complex ideas in simple forms; otherwise your life will feel like one big ongoing struggle to explain yourself.
You can impress others with your versatility and broad knowledge but, in the end, it is you who must feel satisfied. Success is the result of different factors being brought together at the right time, in the right place and by the right people. You feel deeply about a lot of things which are connected by a common thread. What you want can only be determined from what you feel, and how deeply you let yourself feel it.
For you, it is not enough to merely wish for something. It is a matter of setting your sights on what you desire and then drawing yourself closer to it, step by step, with patience and determination. As more steps are taken, new insight accelerates the process. Then, you realize that this particular goal is only one step in a far greater process and that even higher goals are attainable. Such is the spiralling evolving nature of the 9 Life Path.
9’s emphasis on endings means that you cannot progress until each step is concluded. You may often find yourself having to go back over ground you thought you’d already covered. But once this lesson is learned, there is no telling what you can achieve, especially if your goals involve creativity or humanitarian issues.
You do not like to be distracted when your heart is set on something but your diverse nature often pulls you in different directions. As you take your time to figure out which way to go, others may see you as lazy or scattered. But, if you believe in what you’re doing, the criticisms of others will have little effect. You are travelling a very different road to most other people and you must therefore give yourself enough freedom – enough detachment – to find your way.
Eventually, both you and those around you will see that all those seemingly unrelated events in your life are actually connected in some way and represent the link between the unknown and your very purpose in this lifetime. Try to leave nothing unfinished. Tie up all the loose ends. Know when you are finished and LET GO. Then move on. What a perfect journey yours can be when you know how to travel its powerful, unpredictable, and loving energy.
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