Friday, March 09, 2012

The Mystery of the Number 23

By Dave Almeida

Photo Submitted by Barbara Garcia

The 23 effect is a matter of strange circumstances. It has dubbed an anomaly by those familiar with its usual effect. Some people call it conspiracy. This prime number appears in the most unusual places. We see 23 embedded in the fabric of world history. Some of the most important events of our past have traces of the number 23. The number 23 is not restricted to historical events however. It can also be found in most ordinary situations. It has no preference for the common or spectacular. Here are few places 23 have chosen to show itself:

- The recent book 23 minutes in hell
- The 23rd psalm
- 23 chromosomes
- Julius Caesar was stabbed 23 times.
- There are 2,300 stones comprising the Great Pyramid.
- It takes 23 seconds for blood to circulate through the human body.
- Mayan prophecy states the world will come to an end on December 23, 2012.
- The biorhythmic cycle of a human being is said to be 23 days.
- There are 23 vertebrae in the human body.
- The Ancient Egyptians celebrated the New Year on July 23.

Thousands of people have found themselves stalked by this number. Many people get spooked and paranoid at seeing this number turn up repeatedly throughout their day or week. It can be unsettling to have anything following you, especially when you have no idea why. The number 23 has almost become a case of mass hysteria. Evidence of its hold on us came in 2007 when the big screen movie The Number 23 starring Jim Carey was released. The story line follows the journey of a man driven mad by the number 23. What could be the meaning of the 23 effect?

Twenty-three is the number of synchronicity. Google defines synchronicity as the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection. The number 23 has an uncanny way of appearing at times when we least expect it. There seems to be no obvious relationship between this number and the corresponding event. The properties of the number 23 are mysterious. It possesses an elusive nature. It's difficult to isolate exactly why 23 appears at the exact moment a significant event occurs. Even mathematicians are unable to explain the mechanics behind this process. I'm sure it's a science we have yet to understand.

I came upon a theory to explain this mystery during an intuitive moment. The physical and nonphysical universes are two sides of what mystics call the multiverse. Within the infinite multiverse are spheres, dimensions, or domains, which contain words such as our own. These spheres are not free-floating bubbles in a void. They have invisible walls separating them. I like to use the analogy of guestrooms within a large hotel. The walls themselves are actually nonexistent, just like the one that seems to separate us from our loved ones who have gone through the transition. These spheres move back and forth. When there is a conjunction of two domains at a specific point in the time space continuum, a chain of events is set off resulting in the 23 effect. This is called an "angling edge." The architecture of the universe is fantastic and cannot be completely conceived by the human mind. This is my humble theory of the 23 effect. Perhaps it will clear up a rather long and weary mystery.

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