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Make Friday Thirteenth a Great Day!

Make Friday Thirteenth a Great Day!

Make today, Friday 13th, a great day!

Many people think that Friday 13th is unlucky. Why is that?

Many people think Friday 13th is unlucky because many people still believe in numerology.

Numerology is the mystic belief that your life is governed by Fate; in the form of lucky and unlucky numbers.

Numerology is an ancient belief and was started mostly by the ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician, Pythagoras, (whom you probably remember from your school geometry days, because of the Pythagoras theorem for right angled triangles).

Pythagoras set up a whole belief system that held that numbers have a magical power. Numbers have magical properties. For instance, we still make reference to the virtue of fairness by relating fairness to the number 4: Fairness is defined by some as "Treating people squarely" because Pythagoras said that "Fairness" is 4. Because 4 is a square number and forms a balanced, stable shape.

7 is a very important number and it is the most magical of all the numerology numbers: 7 possesses strength and psychic ability. There are 7 days in the act of Creation; 7 pillars of wisdom, 7 chakras. 7 deadly sins and 7 virtues.

13 is the number of bad luck. In numerology, the number 12 is considered to be the representation of perfection and completion. So trying to improve upon perfection by adding a digit is a very bad idea - your greed will result in bad luck.

In later times, the Christians picked on poor number 13, by saying 13 is unlucky because there were 13 people at the last supper, (Jesus and the 12 disciples), and that the 13th person to sit at the table was Judas. The superstition Friday the 13th is super-unlucky is an extension of the Christian thought that there were 13 individuals present in the Upper Room on Maundy Thursday, the night before His death on Good Friday. So "Friday the 13th" became synonymous with super-bad luck.

Selective perception

Those people who accept 13 as being unlucky, then engage in what psychologists call, selective perception, meaning that they look for instances that support a belief system and they ignore any instances that contradict it.

So, in this case, if you believe in 13 being unlucky your brain would pick out any bad happening that happened to happen on the 13th, and you would take that as confirming "proof" of your belief. (For instance Apollo 13 that took off on Friday the 13th at 1300hrs suffered an explosion and never made it to the moon. What further proof do you need of the power of 13?)

And if you were a mystical numerologist, then you would ignore any good things that happen to happen on the 13th.

And you would ignore any bad things that happen on days OTHER THAN the 13th.

All the good numerological mystic sees is an ever mounting body of evidence that tends to confirm what he already thinks; which then tends to give him the "proof" that makes his conviction stronger over time.

This mental process is called "selective perception" and is a very powerful influence over how you perceive life, the universe and everything.

If you believe you are cursed because you were born on Friday 13th, then to the degree to which you believe that to be true, is the degree to which you will have a tough time.

If you believe that you were born lucky, then to the degree to which you believe that to be true, is the degree to which you will perceive a lucky life.

So it is important to "stand guard at the door of your mind". Refuse to let in any disempowering belief system that could sabotage your chances of feeling, happy, confident and optimistic.

James Allen made the same point in the following way:

MAN'S mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.

Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts.

By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.

He also reveals, within himself, the laws of thought, and understands, with ever-increasing accuracy, how the thought-forces and mind elements operate in the shaping of his character, circumstances, and destiny.

Friday 13th is a normal day

The idea that Friday 13th is inherently unlucky is a disempowering, medieval, superstitious, non-rational belief. James Allen would have called it a "wrong, useless and impure thought".

Here is a better idea. Friday the 13th is just another day.

What it means to you is dependent, not on Pythagoras, but on your own thought, word and deed.

So... Make today, Friday 13th, a great day!

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