It is said that the first education a person should receive, is an education of self. But what exactly is an education of self? In my estimation of an education of self, it is the awareness of the energy that surrounded the day you manifested into this sphere of life. This is not the sum of your awareness of self, it is merely the point at which you commence your journey into the essence of who you are and your purpose.
Our first teachers are our mothers. They are the ones that as you grow, tell you the story of the day you were born. They tell of the events that happened preceding your birth. Grandmothers also play a very significant role in the telling of these stories. They are the ones that prepare your mother for you, and help to create the type of energy that will usher you into this realm of existence. As we grow, we can use this knowledge as a foundation to better understand the path that life has directed us to journey on. For me it has been a healing, and this is why I am sharing a part of my foundation with you so that you may examine your foundation a bit more closely.
I was born on the 4th January 1970. It was a Sunday. In fact it was the first Sunday of that year. My mother, a teacher by profession and my father, a minister of the Methodist persuasion were both devout Christians. In the Christian calendar the first Sunday of the year is referred to as “Covenant Sunday”. The Covenant Service, celebrated on the first Sunday of the year, is at the heart of Methodists' devotion and discipleship, and their dedication in working for social justice. In the service the Church joyfully celebrates God's gracious offer to Israel that "I will be their God and they shall be my people".
My father was about to deliver the Covenant service sermon when the call came in that I was about to come. He left the service and came to help usher me in. This in itself was a very big deal, as with this act the entire congregation would now be aware to my coming, and would be sending up prayers for the safe passage of their beloved minister’s child. I came at 11am.
In the understanding (overstanding) of my earthday, that is the day I entered this physical realm of existence and not the day I was born, I use the science of numerology. To briefly explain what the science of numerology is, I use a part of an article written on the subject by Tracy V Wilson. She writes, “In the world of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger's favorite subject is arithmancy. The novels don't offer much detail, but they make it clear that arithmancy involves the magical properties of numbers. Hermione learns to use complex charts to perform numerical divination, or tell the future using numbers.
In the real world, arithmancy is known as numerology. According to numerologists, everything in the world is dependent upon the mystical properties of numbers. These properties come from the numbers' inherent vibration. As the theory goes, each number has a unique vibration, giving it certain properties. These properties can shed light onto a person's behavior. Recurring numbers can offer clues into how the world works or the significance of people and events. According to many numerologists, nothing happens by accident -- everything happens because of numbers.”
On the 4th January 1970 an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 hit a province in China killing 150 000 people. The number seven represents perfection and completeness. Maybe that is why I am an only child (lol). It is often said for something to be born something has to die. I was born at 11am and the earthquake shook China at 1am (111 or 3). Here is an eyewitness account from a man that was 7 at the time the earthquake hit. “I was seven years old at the time. During the earthquake it felt as if the whole world was shaking. There were loud sounds, and then complete silence. But the silence only lasted for a short time. Then there was the sound of people crying, dogs barking, and all kinds of other sounds. Everything was in chaos.”
Now remember I am born on the first Sunday of the 70's. Femi Lewis writes, “The 1970s is known as the beginning of the Post-Civil Rights Movement Era. With several federal acts of legislation established to protect the rights of all Americans, the 1970s marked the start of a new era for African-Americans. During this decade, African-Americans made great strides in politics, academe as well as business.
- Dr. Clifton Wharton Jr. is appointed as president of Michigan State University. Dr. Wharton is the first African-American to head a predominately white university in the 20th Century.
- The Chicago Seven, which included Bobby Seale, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines and Lee Weiner were acquitted of charges to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
- In May, the first issue of the women’s magazine Essence is published.
- Kenneth Gibson is elected the first African-American mayor of Newark, NJ.
- Businessman Earl Graves publishes the first issue of Black Enterprise.
- Playwright Charles Gordone wins the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for the play, “No Place to Be Somebody.” He is the first African-American to hold such a distinction."
America’s black power movements and liberation struggles had far reaching influences. Marcus Garvey himself from his American place of residence, infected the black world with pride in themselves. So what was happening in America at this time was instrumental to black liberation struggles globally.
My balance number is 7. In numerology, your balance number provides you with the guidance on how best to deal with difficult or threatening situations. Your balance number is considered a minor influence -- that is, when your personal life is off-balance and you must rely more heavily on this number. When you go through emotional turmoil, the balance number becomes very important. The meaning of Paul (name) balance number (7). This means I have the ability to retreat into some safe haven within myself and hope I will not have to deal with the issue at hand. Yet, the clarity and analytical abilities of my mind are sufficient to provide me with insight into the problem, and a clear path to its solution. Knowing this I am able to choose what I will confront and what I will ignore with a peace of mind. I continually work on confronting myself and the issues I face unemotionally and calmly. I can easily get engulfed in the emotional aspects of the issue, which clouds my mind and prevents me from using my clarity to find an answer.
Before I get to my conclusion, I am revisiting the Christian energy through which I came. I was given the name Paul by my parents, which in Greek means “little one”. In the Bible we all know the story of Paul, but it was interesting to learn that in Hebrews he uses seven titles to refer to Christ. The titles are 'Heir of all things' (Hebrews 1:2), 'Captain of our salvation' (2:10), 'Apostle' (3:1), 'Author of salvation' (5:9), 'Forerunner' (6:20), 'High Priest' (10:21) and the 'Author and finisher of our faith' (12:2). The Bible, as a whole, was originally divided into 7 major divisions. They are 1) the Law; 2) the Prophets; 3) the Writings, or Psalms; 4) the Gospels and Acts; 5) the General Epistles; 6) the Epistles of Paul; and 7) the book of Revelation. The total number of originally inspired books was forty-nine, or 7 x 7, demonstrating the absolute perfection of the Word of God.
Now at the age of 4 and 7 I can see how the energy of the number 7 has directed and is still directing my path in this life. The community work I engulf myself in, the sacrifices of self that I make in the quest to create better for our nation have always been driven by something I could not before explain. I can only now explain it as the energy of the 7. What I do see is that my responsibility to this life is great, and my purpose defined before I came. I used to ask myself, why me? Why do I feel like this work I do is the total of my being? The answer came, someone has to do the work, make the sacrifices, so why not you? Others have had to do it, your ancestors did it, so why not you? I take note of my imperfections and therein lies my perfection and my purpose, and with this I am healed.
We all have that special part to play, the most difficult thing is to see it and own it, in a world that does not allow us the time to understand (overstand) ourselves to the fullest extent. When we stop letting ourselves be led by the dictates of a system designed to take away your life and leave you with a mere existence, we will find the healing needed for growth. I do hope this short feature inspires you to dig deeper into yourself and purpose.