In the spirit of Oneness, I give freely and love unconditionally.
This post is the ninth in a series exploring the 9 Pathways of the Soul. For an overview of the Pathway System and an explanation of how to calculate your “Life Purpose” Number & Archetypes 1-8, Click Here.
This article is dedicated to an exploration of “PATHWAY 9”: CONTRIBUTION, an activation of the Number “9” Archetype and it’s specific gifts, powers, challenges and opportunities to evolve within each person, within YOU!!
In the study of numbers as Archetypes, the Number “9” symbolizes our capacity to experience conscious interconnectivity with all creation. It is the last of the “9 Pathways of the Soul” and therefore represents contribution.
As a human expression, Archetype “9” can be described as the “Humanitarian Healer”, motivated by the unity principle to contribute to the greater good of others and all of life from a state of selfless service. The greatest capacity of the “9” is the capacity to love unconditionally and to hold the agony and the ecstasy of the whole world within a heart filled with compassion, and to forgive!
PATHWAY 9 MANDALA (CREATED FOR LIFE BLESSING INSTITUTE, BY REV PAUL SHAFFER)
NUMBER “9”: SYMBOLS
The Nine Pointed Star:
The Number 9 can be symbolized by a 9-pointed star. In geometry, the nine-pointed star is sometimes called a nonagram.
We are all familiar with the #9: “A stitch in time saves nine”, and “cats have nine lives”. Interestingly, as the highest single-digit number, “9” symbolizes completeness in many religions, and it reveals a mirror symmetry among numbers: if any number is multiplied by nine the resulting digits always add to nine: 2 x 9 = 18; 3 x 9 = 27, 4 x 9 = 36 and so on. The Hebrews referred to nine as the symbol of immutable Truth. The Ennead, or nine pointed star, is an ancient and sacred symbol. It comprises three trinities. The Egyptian, Celtic, Greek and Christian myths all have an ennead of nine gods and goddesses, representing the entire archetypal range of principles (http://www.greatdreams.com/nine/nine.htm ).
In the Baha’i Faith, the belief is that the 9 major religions of the world, represented by the symbol of the nine pointed star, are part of God’s continuing revelation of His Will for Humankind, and each person has a right and an obligation to pursue truth independently, free of coercion. Thus, religious freedom is essential for the progress of Humanity ( http://www.the-symbols.net/guide/ninestar/ ).
THE CADUCEUS: Symbol of Modern Medicine
The word caduceus can be traced back to the early Greeks, and perhaps even several centuries BC.
It has a variety of historical uses and meanings over the centuries. Its association with medicine is sometimes traced to Roman mythology, which describes the god Mercury seeing two serpents entwined in mortal combat. Separating them with his wand, Mercury brought about peace between the snakes, and as a result the caduceus came to be seen as a sign of restoration and peace. More recently, the caduceus is widely recognized as a symbol of medicine and health care practitioners, particularly in North America, where it is associated with healing, medicine, fertility and potency
( http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Caduceus ).
NUMBER “9”: EXAMPLES
The goddess “Kwan Yin”, spelled “Guanyin” in East Asian, is a spiritual figure of mercy, and a bodhisattva associated with compassion as venerated by Mahayana Buddhists. The name Guanyin is short for Guanshiyin, which means, “Perceiving the Sounds (or Cries) of the World”. She is known in English as the Mercy Goddess or Goddess of Compassion and Mercy. For me, Kwan Yin represents the humanitarian capacity to conscious of the suffering of others and desire to contribute healing energy through thought, prayer, or action.
Oprah’s heart is as big as the world! And, she emanates the essence of the “Humanitarian Healer” through her many mediums of creative expression, including her philanthropic efforts over the years. She is on a mission to bring public awareness to individuals, communities, and world situations in need of healing and we love her for it!
In 2004, Winfrey became the first black person to rank among the 50 most generous Americans and she remained among the top 50 until 2010.By 2012 she had given away about $400 million to educational causes. As of 2012, Winfrey had also given over 400 scholarships to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Winfrey was the recipient of the first Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at 2002 Emmy Awards for services to television and film. To celebrate two decades on national TV, and to thank her employees for their hard work, Winfrey took her staff and their families (1065 people in total) on vacation to Hawaii in the summer of 2006.
In 2013, Winfrey donated $12 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom later that same year.
To read about Oprah’s Angel Network, a charity that supported projects and provided grants to nonprofit organizations around the world, her work in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Oprah Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, and her life journey CLICK HERE.
CASE STUDY FOR #9:
Georgette Star MA, D.Min
My parents were healers and mystics.
My dad was a visionary Doctor of Chiropractic back in the day when Chiropractors were often considered “quacks”. His holistic ideas about how to create and maintain health were far beyond his time and continue to be, even today! My mom worked by his side as a Chiropractic Assistant and then after additional training, as a Physical Therapist until she began her work in hospitals.
There was so much more happening between my parents and their patients than the physical modalities they employed to help people heal. I witnessed and felt it all for all of my formative years. From age 12-18, I “worked” as a receptionist in the office in the downstairs flat of the converted Victorian. Our family lived upstairs.
My parents were both spiritually inclined. They participated as members of the Rosicrucian’s Order, a community of mystics who study and practice the metaphysical laws governing the universe. https://www.rosicrucian.org
My Mom had a special interest in a metaphysical “Soul Mapping” system based on numbers as archetypes which she later taught to me. This body of knowledge later became the foundation for all expressions of my work over the years. To learn more about this part of my story, Click HERE.
As a little girl, I remember being extremely aware of and affected by the emotions of others. I experienced any kind of criticism like a physical blow to my entire being. This caused me to want to stay quiet and hidden at times.
I was way too emotionally sensitive to watch scary movies and especially war movies where people were being hurt or killed. This sensitivity to the suffering of others often compelled me to separate from my family, who were all enjoying a movie together in the living room, and go to the back of the house where I couldn’t see or hear the traumatic events portrayed. During such times I felt isolated and torn between my desire to be with my family and the pain of watching people causing others harm, even if it was “only a movie”.
As I child I loved to play “Doctor, Nurse or Teacher” and to organize “Girls Clubs” with my girlfriends in which I would be the “president”. I also LOVED to express myself through singing, writing, drawing, painting, and rearranging my bedroom every few months…
One of my treasured possessions was a large collection of keys, discarded by my parents or found at thrift stores. I delighted in the feeling of having keys to open any door for myself or for others.
Throughout childhood, I was passionate about rooting for the underdog in TV shows, movies, books and in my life! I went out of my way to be nice to all the kids at school that others were ostracizing.
Sometimes my expression of compassion and care for others became a real problem. An example is with those boys I was kind to who would develop major crushes on me, mostly because I gave them respectful, caring attention and they were so lonely.
Although I didn’t realize it at the time, my entire childhood was steeped in the energy of my parent’s humanitarian compassion and care of others. I replicated this energy that was so genuine to my spirit by contributing to others in my own small ways throughout my youth.
During some of my adolescent summers I worked as a “Candy Striper” at a convalescent home where I would spend time with the elderly.
As a young adult, it seemed only natural that I would be drawn to the Healing Arts. I studied every new workshop or training program that attracted my interest in hands-on-healing or spiritual and psychological development.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Women’s Studies, I started my private practice and business. My first offerings included “Hands-on-Healing” bodywork sessions, “Life Coaching” and my first “Women’s Wisdom Group Coaching Program”.
The most joyful and fulfilling experience in life for me has always been sharing that transformative moment when someone gains a new freedom, makes a liberating life change, experiences an expanded sense of wellbeing.
After more than ten years of facilitating the “Women’s Wisdom Group Coaching” program in Portland, Oregon, the participants who were also mothers, started asking me to create something like it for their young daughters. This was the inspiration for me to return to school for my Masters degree that gave birth to the MAIDEN SPIRIT PROGRAM curriculum and my work empowering women and girls over the past two decades.
The MAIDEN SPIRIT Program teaches girls to look within for soul guidance, empowers them to be conscious creators and leaders in their own lives, and encourages them to experience conscious and celebrated rites-of-passage into womanhood.
Little did I know when I started MAIDEN SPIRIT that many years later I would have a granddaughter and the opportunity to share MAIDEN SPIRIT with her!!!
I became my beautiful granddaughter, Azure’s, MAIDEN SPIRIT mentor for one wonderful year.
One thing led to the next. MAIDEN SPIRIT families had sons and the need for a similar program focused for boys emerged. The PEACE-WARRIORS PROGRAM was born to meet that need.
Another step on my path of growth and evolution was participation in a Doctor of Ministry program. My doctoral project became the foundation for the MAIDEN SPIRIT and PEACE WARRIOR MENTOR CERTIFICATION TRAININGS and the foundation of the LIFE BLESSING INSTITUTE LLC.
At this time in my life, and evolution of my Life Purpose as a Number “9”, after more than 25 years of practice based on the body of knowledge that I learned from my Mom and the compassion and ethics I learned from both my parents, my Contribution focus now includes the “SOUL STREAM LIFE MAP & MASTERY” Training Programs.
It is fulfilling to my sense of “Life Purpose” to empower others to discover their “Soul Codes”, the deepest truth about who they are, why they came to earth and what they are here to learn, as well as to train and certify Holistic Healers, Coaches and Consultants and anyone else interested to use the “SOUL-STREAM LIFE MAP System” in the communities they serve.
It fills me with JOY to now be passing on the healing wisdom and tools that have helped me to help thousands of clients and students in my Coaching Private Practice over the years.
And, I have no doubt that I will continue to find ways to express my desire to contribute to the wellbeing of the world until my very last breath for the absolute JOY of it!!!!
NUMBER “9” SUPER POWERS: When an individual has developed a balanced and mature Number “9”, archetype attributes include the following:
I find fulfillment in completing things
I love to celebrate everything, especially completions.
I accept that death is not separate from life and that it is just as important to acknowledge loss as it to celebrate the endings that come with accomplishments
I have a strong and consistent drive to contribute to the wellbeing of others
I adore and celebrate the beauty of the human spirit
I am deeply motivated to contribute to the creation of a better world however I can
Contributing to LIFE makes my life worth living
I am often moved to assist or support the “underdog” and seek to level the playing field
I am often called to transformative justice work
I am at my best when giving my best to all beings: people, animals and plants, the environment…
I’m especially touched by the vulnerability and needs of youth, the elderly, and animals
I understand the power of truth and reconciliation processes for restoring harmony in relationships
I know how to forgive, even when it seems irrational to do so
I can forgive unconditionally which allows me to continue to live with an open heart
I have the capacity to give and forgive unconditionally
I LOVE to give presents
I give more than I receive
I embody the spirit of generosity and prosperity consciousness of the heart
I have more than enough love and resources to share with others because I give from an overflow of an inner source
It’s not important to me if I get anything back for my contribution to others directly
I trust that what goes around comes around
I respect and honor the vast spectrum of human emotions including the more uncomfortable emotions such as fear, anger, or grief, in others and myself
I adore all expressions of human creativity in all disciplines, in all art forms, including the Healing Arts
I adore all expressions of awareness of shared humanity and any effort by any individual or group that recognizes the truth of our interconnectivity
I know that when I contribute to one person, the blessing of this healing interaction ripples out through the field of our interconnectivity to into the fabric of the whole
I have great tolerance and celebrate diversity
I have the capacity for deep emotional presence and awareness and can easily emphasize with others in a way that is healing
I teach through example by radiating my energies to others
I trust in the universal law of reciprocity and that all my needs will be met as I continue to give selflessly from a state of unconditional love
When an individual has an undeveloped Number “9” Archetype, attributes can include the following expressions:
In the intensity of my desire to contribute to others, I can lose awareness of “self”, leading to depletion and burn out, poor health, or relationship troubles
I have more compassion and love for others than I do for myself
I over-empathize with others and traumatic world events in a way that pulls me out of my own center and ability to contribute, leading to feelings of fear and hopelessness
If I go way too far from self-awareness and care, I can become a MARTYR, exhausting myself, resentful about my giving and even blaming others for my condition when I’m “giving so much”
I can be a doormat or co-dependent in my desire to contribute to the wellbeing of others
I have a hard time completing things
I don’t like endings. I hold on to people, places, and things
I refuse to forgive or have trouble forgiving fully and freely
I avoid feeling the depth of my grief when experiencing loss
I feel disconnected to a sense of “Purpose” when I only focus on myself
I don’t want to know about the suffering of others and shut myself down to awareness of tragic or troubling global situations and issues
I can be intolerant of those who are intolerant
I care more about others than I care about myself
I am highly emotional and sometimes struggle with mood swings
I don’t trust humanity and wish I could separate myself from the whole
AN ACTIVATION PRACTICE FOR YOUR Number “9” SUPERPOWER
Shift your focus to a state of deep inner receptivity; close your eyes; bring awareness to the rise and fall of your chest as you breathe in and out. With each exhale, tune in more consciously to the part of you that knows how to ground and stabilize in your body, mind, emotions, and spiritual connection.
Take several deep and conscious breaths as you imagine yourself walking on a path through a glorious field of interconnectivity near the base of a majestic snow caped mountain that soars up into a blue, blue sky.
With each step, each rejuvenating breath, you move through this magical field and find yourself irresistibly drawn towards a “Healing Fountain” fed by pure mountain spring water at the base of the mountain.
Continue to breathe deeply and increase your openness to receive a healing as you fill your lungs and heart with the soothing, yet energizing beauty of the field of interconnectivity and the mountain as you approach the “Healing Fountain”.
When you arrive at the fountain, take note of the details of the fountain… what does your “Healing Fountain” look like? How do the healing waters flow? How does the healing waters sound as they cascade and flow? How does it feel to be so near to a potent source of healing energy?
Take a moment to really take in the sights and sounds of this sacred site as you stand near and bask in the presence of the Fountain of Healing.
Now, in your mind, formulate a request for healing. What part of you, your life, the lives of specific others, or crisis situations in the world right now, do you most deeply desire a healing?
Let yourself tune in to the emotion underneath your request… sadness, anger, fear, hopelessness, hope, joy, faith, …. or whatever is truly present and bring all of these emotions and your desire for healing into your heart awareness.
Tune in to the “Healer Archetype” within you and notice what shifts in your attitude and body when you do. When you are ready, invoke all the Superpowers of Number “9”, including your ability to be a conduit of healing.
Silently ask for a healing from the Healer within through the magical waters of the “Healing Fountain”.
Reach your hands into the healing waters as your entire body, mind, heart and soul are cleansed, renewed. That which is out of balance is being restored in the transformative energies of the living healing waters pouring into your hands and through every fiber of your being.
Take a few final deep breaths soaking immense feelings of unconditional love and compassion from the healer in you. Know the healing has now begun and that your request has been heard. Know that as you open to receive healing for yourself or send healing energy to others that you also contribute this energy to the greater good of all beings through the field of our interconnectivity.
Soon you will complete this guided journey and go about your day or evening energized and sparkling with activated healing power and ability to contribute to the wellbeing of self and others.
Complete this activation with this statement: In the Spirit of Oneness, I contribute freely and unconditionally.