Pathway 7: Meaning

sevenI withdraw from outer focus to discover all that is within.

This post is the seventh 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 1-6 Click Here.

This article is dedicated to an exploration of “PATHWAY 7”: MEANING, an activation of the Number “7” Archetype and its specific gifts, powers, challenges and opportunities to evolve within each person, within YOU!!

In the study of numbers as Archetypes, the Number “7” symbolizes our capacity to experience life as a journey of seeking knowledge and meaning by going deep within ourselves in order to explore the world around us. In the accepted scientific process of exploring reality, the focus is usually external, and we often discover that some answers we seek cannot be readily found with external observation alone. Thus one can seek the mystical path of spiritual awakening with an inward focus for answers to both individual and universal cosmic meaning.

(Created for Life Blessing Institute, by Rev Paul Shaffer)





The Seven Pointed Star is a symbol of Number “7” and is called a heptagon. To explore the geometry of the heptagon Click Here




The Sanskrit word Chakra literally translates to wheel or disk. In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, chakra refers to wheels of energy in specific locations throughout the body. There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. To visualize a chakra in the body, imagine a swirling wheel of energy where matter and consciousness meet. This invisible energy, called Prana, is vital life force, which keeps us vibrant, healthy, and alive. – Learn more at:



ALBERT EINSTEIN: The Quintessential Scientist Mystic



Albert Einstein was a German-born physicist who lived and worked in the US until his death in 1955. He developed the general theory of relativity, won the Nobel Prize for Physics, and whose world-changing and controversial scientific theories continue to be studied and debated today. He is considered the most influential physicist of the 20th century (http://www.biography.com/people/albert-einstein-9285408#synopsis).
There is an equally intriguing side to Einstein that is as obscure and controversial as his persona as a “Scientist”, and that has inspired some to consider him a “Mystic”: “Einstein was perhaps the first scientist to completely dovetail a sense of mysticism with his appreciation of science. His was a world where the imagination knows no boundaries, where ANYTHING is   possible, where we are all equally capable of reaching spiritual as well as material comfort. He explained this by saying that the whole universe is underpinned by an Infinite Intelligence that lies behind, beneath and within all matter”. This concept has been called by some who study the mystical aspects of his work, the Divine Design. (https://naturalwealthjournal.com/tag/albert-einstein-and-mysticism/)
For a collection of quotes by Einstein on god, religion, mysticism, and spirituality, see: http://www.spaceandmotion.com/Theology-Albert-Einstein.htm




Hale BOPP Comet (http://images.fineartamerica.com/images-medium-large-5/comet-hale-bopp-over-sedona-laurie-larson.jpg)

My friend Brian has the Life Purpose Archetype represented by the number “7”. He demonstrates many of the gifts and capacities of someone whose life has been dedicated to the expression of scientist-mystic.

Since the age of 10, Brian remembers thinking that he would like to be a scientist when he grew up. He thought he might like to become a marine biologist or an archeologist and read many archeology books, intrigued by empires and ruins, especially of the Mayans, Inca, and Aztec. He even created a replica of one of the main temples in Mexico, Chichen Itza, as a class project.

As a Boy Scout, he was inspired by his scout leader, a wild life biologist he met while working on his wildlife merit badge. Brian set up his “wild life study area” at a nearby pond where people fished for Bluegills

In high school, he took classes in science and mathematics. By the age of 16 he was clear that he wanted to study physics because of how it could inform one about the machinery of existence and one’s own existence to some extent. He also became interested in science fiction during this time.

At 17, Brian took a physics class during which he attempted to perform an unusual experiment, to test whether or not it would be possible for life to exist on Jupiter. Brian grew bacteria that didn’t require oxygen and put it in test tubes filled with gasses similar to the gasses on Jupiter. The outcome of this experiment was that the microbes were indeed able to live in this type of atmosphere.

Brian won a scholarship from an organization called EarthWatch to study and count horseshoe crabs and other sea creatures in Cape Cod the summer after high school graduation a great first step for a budding young scientist.

In college, Brian studied physics, and ultimately was awarded a PhD in physics and electrical engineering. Brian’s consistency of focus and ability to go deep along a line if inquiry demonstrates one of the important qualities of the Scientist-Mystic, of a Number “7”!

Brian has experienced many synchronistic moments throughout his life when hints of the mystical dimensions of life have been revealed to him. One that stands out was the day that he submitted his doctoral dissertation. Driving home at 4 am, he saw an incredible blazing COMET shooting through the heavens. Later he learned that this comet had been named Hale BOPP. Bopp was one of the nickname his high school friends called him.

Here are some essential capacities that Brian considers fundamental to the scientist and mystic:

• Be observant
• Ask questions
• Listen to what your colleagues & others have discovered
• Don’t be afraid to go outside of the known, this is where all true discoveries happen!
• Remain humble in the face of the great mysteries of life

“7” SUPER POWERS: When an individual has developed a balanced and mature “7”, archetype attributes include the following:

I am observant
I am attuned to the highest vibration of withdrawal from outer focus to
discover all that is within
I prefer deep conversation over superficial talk
I enjoy spending time alone
I need time alone to receive my wisdom downloads, inspired ideas, insights, inventions!
I am a student of life
I prioritize spiritual development
I find peace in solitude
I am always on a quest for meaning
I am willing to do my inner work
I need rest
I love to have quiet time for rejuvenation
I have a healthy skepticism
People are attracted to my deep thoughts and inner wisdom
I am very intuitive
It feels natural to evaluate and analyze most things
I have a sense of connection with the unseen
I can be science-and-technology oriented
I like to apply spiritual laws to material affairs
Having faith comes easily for me
I’m interested in spiritual development
I have access to the Divine

When an individual has an undeveloped Number “7” Archetype, attributes can include the following expressions:

I can be aloof when related to others
I don’t trust people
I don’t trust myself
I don’t trust the Divine
Sometimes there is so much going on in my head that I have difficulty being  present for others
I love deep conversation but can become over analytical
Sometimes I withdraw from others, including “Spirit”
I can be reserved and hard to get to know
I can be cynical and overly skeptical
I am out of touch with humanity
I use sarcasm to keep from connecting deeply with others
Even though I know it would help me I will avoid looking within
When in a negative space I lack faith
When feeling disconnected from self I focus on surface answers
When around others I feel socially awkward
I am overly serious
I am unwilling and/or unable to share ideas and compromise
I have a lingering depression
I feel stagnant
I can easily become argumentative
I am a perfectionist
I expect others to be perfect according to my standards



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 breath 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 breaths as you imagine yourself walking into a quiet forest. With each step your thoughts are becoming fewer and far between. It is very quiet and peaceful in the forest, there is no wind, only the soft chirping of birds can be heard. In a little while you discover the opening of a cave and you enter.

Inside the cave you find a lovely bed of soft woven grasses just waiting for you. You lie down and appreciate this dark, comfortable, cozy, silent space and find yourself relaxing more completely than ever before, closing your eyes and entering into a state of deep meditation.

In this quiet inner and outer place, you experience a growing sense of inner spaciousness and for some time you simply breath and become one with the emptiness and fullness of inner space. There is nothing to do and nowhere to go. As you listen to silence, your whole being is refreshed.

After some time, you remember an important question about your life that you’ve been on a search to answer. You offer this question into the dark silent spaciousness.

What is your question?

In this magical cave of inner knowing, you begin to receive impressions about this question and the answer becomes vividly clear to you.

What impressions are you receiving?

You may continue to ask questions and allow your inner guidance to project the answers onto the walls of the cave until you feel complete for now, knowing that you can return to this cave of inner knowing any time you choose.

Tune in to the Scientist and Mystic Archetype within you and notice what shifts in your attitude and body when you do.

Invoke all the superpowers of “7” including: the ability to pull away from the outer world and turn within, to deeply connect with your inner wisdom and intuition, to honor your need for quiet time alone and to feel the power of being on a quest for knowledge and spiritual connection.

Take a few final deep breaths relaxing in the Cave of Knowing. Soon you will complete this meditation and go about your day or evening rejuvenated with activated intuition and access to your inner vision and knowing.

Complete this activation with this statement: I withdraw from outer focus to discover all that is within.