# Karmic Lessons, Anyone?

Karmic Lessons (not to be confused with Karmic Debts) point to weaknesses that need to be dealt with in this lifetime. They are found by analyzing your full name at birth and finding which numbers are missing.

For example, I was born Johannes Albertus Decoz. When you replace the letters of my full name with their numerical values you get the following string: 16815551 13259231 45368.

In order to find the Karmic Lessons, we don't need to add or do any other kind of math, all we need to do is find which number or numbers are missing. In my name's numbers, the number 1 appears five times, the 2 appears twice, the 3 appears three times, the number 4 shows up once, the 5 comes up five times, the 6 appears twice, the 7 appears no times at all, the number 8 is there twice and the number 9 comes up once.

Twenty-one letters in my name and the only number missing is the 7. This makes the number 7 my Karmic Lesson. You can find your own Karmic Lessons by transforming your full name at birth into numbers, and then looking for which numbers are not represented.

Here are the letters of the alphabet and their numerical values:

The average number of Karmic Lessons is two, but four or even five is not that uncommon, and neither is it unusual to have no Karmic Lessons at all -- which doesn't let you off the hook, but more about that later.

Before I talk about the effect Karmic Lessons have on your life, let me point out a few things, including some misconceptions:

Misconception #1: Life is easier without Karmic Lessons
If it were that simple, I would suggest every parent just make sure your kid has every number represented in his or her full name and he or she will be just fine.

Misconception #2: The less Karmic Lessons, the older your soul
I don't know why this would matter one way or another. (Why do we want to be younger when it comes to our physical bodies, and older when it comes to our souls? And if souls have a specified age, who gives birth to them? Does that mean your soul can die? Do some souls grow and learn faster than others? I can have a blast with this nonsense, so keep an eye out for the subject of souls and timing in some future blog.)

Misconception #3: Karmic Lessons are bad!
Not true. In fact, Karmic Lessons can be a great asset.

Here are some facts about Karmic Lessons that are true:

Fact #1: Karmic Lessons help to give direction to your life (this will become clear later).

Fact #2: While Karmic Lessons point to something "lacking," they actually "add" to your life (the concepts of things lacking or adding to your life is extremely relative).

I often use the following analogy when I try to explain the function of Karmic Lessons. Let's say that there are nine different kinds of tools: Woodworking tools, metalworking tools, tools to work on electronics, tools for sewing and knitting, tools for gardening, welding tools, and so forth.

Obviously, if you would be in a situation where every one of these tool groups is present, you should be able to tackle any project. On the other hand if you would have access to only eight kinds of tools, missing for example, all the woodworking tools, you can still do a lot, but you would have big problems when asked to build something out of wood. Karmic Lessons are somewhat similar.

In my case, the number 7 is missing. The 7 is a scholarly, studious, spiritual number and I have to admit, I had a powerful dislike toward school. But it isn't that simple, because there are other aspects to be considered.

Let's say you have eight sets of tools but you lack all woodworking tools. First of all, if you don't have any talent when it comes to building things out of wood, you don't really need them, do you? Or, if you are talented but you are drawn to working with metal, lacking woodworking tools isn't any big problem.

It gets really interesting when you have a great talent and a matching desire to work with wood, but not a single woodworking tool in your workshop. This is where my name is a good example. I don't have a 7 in my name and therefore I have a 7 Karmic Lesson. However, I have a 7 Life Path (the most important number in the chart) and a 7 Personality (also very significant). Now what happens?

Imagine yourself as someone who loves to work in wood and is very talented in that field, but doesn't have the necessary tools. What you do is you go out and get yourself some tools. Whatever it takes, you are going to get the tools you need to express your talent and follow your desire.

The same is the case with Karmic Lessons. This is why I mentioned earlier that Karmic Lessons can help give your life direction. Not only does it function like a vacuum, something that needs to be filled, and thereby inspires you to try to fill it, giving direction to your life, it also multiplies your potential in the application of your talents. Because if you have a talent and a desire and the tools, you will probably do just fine. But if you have a talent and a desire, and then have to go out and put forth significant effort to get the necessary tools, I promise you, you will push your talent and your ambition to the absolute limits, and become more accomplished than you would have ever become if the tools had been within easy reach.

Yours truly is a case in point. I am not here to pat myself on the back, but I can tell you that, as someone born in an environment of cynical, educated, and highly intelligent parents, siblings, and friends -- all of whom were more or less lacking any and all connection to the spiritual side of life -- I started off the same way, but relatively quickly turned into the complete opposite.

The talent to explore the spiritual world was there and the desire to do so even more, since I was very young. I have now spent well over forty years pushing the boundaries, including an hourly regimen of meditation (no discipline required if you happen to enjoy it more than pretty much anything else) and a habit of looking at everything in my life against a backdrop of what it means or teaches me from a spiritual perspective. This is my life. I live and breathe for one purpose only and that is to get closer to the part of me I call my â€œlife.â€ Which has nothing to do with my allotted time span, other than that it allows for my body to be alive during that time. (I hope this is truly confusing so that you may sit back and consider this statement carefully.)

But let's go back to the subject of Karmic Lessons. If I did not have the spiritual drive (my 7 Life Path) and the spiritual aptitude (my 7 Personality) to fill the vacuum of my 7 Karmic Lesson, I can assure you that I would not have been remotely as happy and content as I am. By the same token, if I did not have this need to fill the vacuum of my 7 Karmic lesson, which caused a great spiritual hunger I have felt since I was a little kid, my 7 Life Path and 7 Personality would have expressed themselves probably more in the area of scholarly studies and other intellectual pursuits, as opposed to the kind spiritual search that has pretty much been the story of my life.

Ask me if I am grateful for my 7 Karmic Lesson and I will tell you that I can't begin to express my appreciation for having had the â€œmisfortuneâ€ of being born without the 7 in my name. Nothing has brought me greater rewards, greater satisfaction, greater happiness. And I am not kidding here.

Go ahead, look at your own name and tell me what you think. Do your Karmic Lessons make any sense? I hope I will hear from many of you that what was missing on your list of assets actually helped make you what you are today.

Funny that in life, a missing asset can be much more valuable than all those that are present combined -- a contradiction if I ever saw one!

But of course, there are exceptions. Next time I will tell you about a person who had a fairly long name, 22 letters, and only the 3, the 4 and the 5 were present. The numbers 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9 were all missing.

What do you think about that?

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