Monday, October 12, 2015

Musings on the Number 8

"Drawing the number wight automatically leads one into the flow of eternity. As you create the mark of the 8, breathe into the space between aand release any disconnection. Observe your thoughts like the wind and breath into the infinite.  Celebrate the Chi, the Mana, the life force within this majestic universe and beyond."  

These were my some of first instructions at Art 4 People in Malibu, when I made the number 8.  8 had already come to me as a number, it is the number I was hoping to have in my Yoga Nidra and Yin Yoga Class.  I believed if I could sustain 8 people in each of my classes that source was telling me that I could make my living full time as a Yoga Instructor and Creativity Coach.

So when Ceylan and Lisa started talking about the number 8, I believed it was synchrodestiny. 

At home I made a few more 8s.  Here are the ones that I made that week at home in my sketchbook.

Here is some information I found out about the number 8

 In Numerology, 8,emphasizes career, business, finances and authority.

The shape of the number reflects balance.

8 is the symbol for infinity.

8 is a multiplier

The 8 is the great Karmic equalizer, a force that just as easily creates as it destroys.

When the 8 comes knocking, you can be assured that you will reap what you've sown.

In Yoga there are 8 limbs:Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Prayuahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi

In Buddhism there is the 8 fold Path:

Right understanding: Understanding that the Four Noble Truths are noble and true.
Right thought: Determining and resolving to practice Buddhist faith.
Right speech: Avoiding slander, gossip, lying, and all forms of untrue and abusive speech.
Right conduct: Adhering to the idea of nonviolence (ahimsa), as well as refraining from any form of stealing or sexual impropriety.
Right means of making a living: Not slaughtering animals or working at jobs that force you to violate others.
Right mental attitude or effort: Avoiding negative thoughts and emotions, such as anger and jealousy.
Right mindfulness: Having a clear sense of one’s mental state and bodily health and feelings.
Right concentration: Using meditation to reach the highest level of enlightenment.

In Christianity 8 is the number of Beatitudes:
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. (5:3)
Blessed are those who mourn: for they will be comforted. (5:4)
Blessed are the meek: for they will inherit the earth. (5:5)
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be filled. (5:6)
Blessed are the merciful: for they will be shown mercy. (5:7)
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they will see God. (5:8)
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God. (5:9)
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (5:10)

In Islam, eight is the number of angels carrying the throne of Allah in heaven.

In Taoism and Chinese cosmology, the eight trigrams of the Ba gua. "Ba gua" literally means "eight symbols".

An octave, the interval between two musical notes with the same letter name (where one has double the frequency of the other), is so called because there are eight notes between the two on a standard major or minor diatonic scale, including the notes themselves and without chromatic deviation. The ecclesiastical modes are ascending diatonic musical scales of eight notes or tones comprising an octave.

The 8 balances the material and immaterial worlds.

The spiritual side of the 8 is practical, realistic and intelligent.

8 knows the difference between make-believe and genuine spiritual realizations

A figure 8 is the common name of a geometric shape, often used in the context of sports, such as skating. Figure-eight turns of a rope or cable around a cleat or pin.

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