Do you always see repeating numbers, no matter where you look? You should pay attention to what you are thinking, doing or planning at these times – the numbers are trying to guide you.
Your brain sees more than what you consciously focus on. It does this important filtering process so that you can keep your attention on one thing at a time. Psychologically speaking, this has been called a number of things, including The Baader-Meinhof Complex, selective attention, and confirmation bias. Basically, your brain seeks out what it wants to see to affirm itself.
So why does it keep seeking out repeating numbers? The first reason could be because you’re priming yourself to want to see them, because they have a significance to you. This is your own way of affirming yourself, and it is very powerful. However, other people call these “angel numbers,” because it is believed that subtle nonphysical energies can call your attention to them when they want to send a message.
When you see 111, consider it your way of telling yourself that if you continue on the way that you are, you will reap the benefits soon enough. 111 is often considered the highest and most divine of all the numbers, because it is the purest (for example, if duality is represented by 2, then oneness, the ultimate truth of the universe, is 1).
The number 2 represents duality (day and night, good and evil, and so on). When you continually see the number 2 pop up, it means that you need to be mindful of focusing more on what you do want than on what you don’t. If you aren’t careful, you may end up holding yourself back more than you realize.
The number 3 represents divinity, and the transcendence of the human condition. Seeing 333 over and over again means that you are on the path to dissolving your suffering and actualizing your true potential. It means you are overcoming your circumstances and choosing the highest, best possible path. It also means you are being supported by the Universe in doing so.
Even if you feel lost, uncertain or dejected at this point in your life, know that 444 means you’re being protected and guided. Instead of asking yourself why you didn’t get something you wanted, ask what you were being shielded from. If you are considering a certain life path or partner when you see 4s, take it as a sign that it is correct.
If you are feeling exhausted, fed up and as though your efforts aren’t being rewarded, don’t worry: seeing 5s means that your life is about to go through a period of transformation. Right now, things are moving, even if you aren’t seeing the results. Keep believing, and more importantly, keep going.
Folklore (and certain religions) believe that the presence of the 6s indicates evil and negativity. In reality, it is a way of communicating that you are not on the right path, and you should monitor your thoughts, ideas and plans when you see these numbers. Take a step back and reconsider what a better plan could be. This is a warning that you are thinking or acting from a place of ego.
Seeing 7s is a way of reminding yourself that you have more inner strength than you give yourself credit for. It means that you should release any fear or worry you may have, and get really excited about the future. Only good things are on their way.
The number 8 is sometimes flipped to represent the infinity sign, which can also represent your eternal connection to all that is and all that will ever be. Seeing repeating 8s means you are being reminded of your true nature, and are being guided toward your greatest potential. Pay attention to what you hear, see and dream about in the coming hours and days.
The 9s are a symbol of completion. It means that one part of your life is concluding, but that doesn’t mean it is ending, it is just transforming. This is a way of reminding you that even as things change, it doesn’t mean you’re losing everything you care about. More often than not, certain things are leaving your life in preparation for your true, highest blessings, which are imminent.
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