Chapter 1:1 “Wake Up Calls From Beyond”
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“There is divinity in odd numbers, either in nativity, chance or death.”—William Shakespeare
The first couple of times it happened, Mary (not her real name) thought it little more than just sheer coincidence. For the past several months at exactly the same time—11:11p.m., Mary awoke to experience what some would call a paralysis episode. During these frightening incidents, Mary felt herself physically bound to her bed—almost as if there was an unseen force holding her down against her will. Try as she might, she was unable to open her eyes or move. Thankfully, this feeling of utter helplessness would shortly subside, although the first time it happened it was all she could do not to scream once the paralysis ended and she was freed from its terrifying grip.
The next few times it happened, Mary surrendered and allowed the experience to run its course, while wondering what it might mean. What was it trying to tell her? Finally, the seventh time she awakened to 11:11 on her alarm clock, she managed to open her eyes during the paralysis episode, and saw a dark, shadowy figure standing at the foot of her bed. Somehow intuitively sensing it was not there to harm her, Mary asked it to identify itself. The figure was silent for a moment, and then Mary clearly heard a deep, male voice inside her head simply say, “Your guardian spirit.”
Mary never saw that spirit again, but the experience remained a part of her life from then on, prompting her to feel watched over, guided, and even inspired through some tough challenges she would face. Whenever she saw 11:11 from that point on, whether on a clock face, or just the number 11 on a park bench ad or billboard, she would know, in her heart, she was cared for.
Intriguing scenarios similar to Mary’s experience are being reported throughout the world. People of all cultures, beliefs, and attitudes are waking up at the same time each night, or noticing a nearby clock at exactly the same moment each day, far too many times for it to be simply coincidence. For many, these “wake-up prompts” lead to unusual, often mystical or paranormal experiences. Many have reported the appearance of an angelic being, a spirit guide that readily imparts some personal wisdom or insight. Others have recounted the vision of a loved one who has passed from this world. For some, these seemingly prescient experiences can be life changing.
One of the most popular and widely reported time prompts seems to occur predominately at 11:11 a.m. or p.m. It has been theorized by some that this time prompt may be associated with a type of transformational portal or doorway that opens during this period, a “thinning” of the veil between worlds, if you will. This hypothesis posits that contact with a completely separate level of awareness, consciousness, or reality may be somehow accessed during these times.
To those who have actually experienced the 11:11 phenomenon, they believe the numbers are saying something else: “Pay attention!”
The vast majority of phenomenological instances, however, don’t seem to involve anything at all beyond the annoyingly repetitive synchronicity. We, the authors, put the word out about this subject matter to a wide variety of our sources. We invited people to send us their anecdotes of time prompts, as well as their experiences with synchronistic or repeating numbers. Within a very short span of time, the responses started to pour in. People from all walks of life seem to have had these occurrences and wanted to tell their stories. Their experiences transcend all educational, socioeconomic, and religious boundaries. One commonality is that all expressed a desire to better understand why this was happening.
“I wake up every night at the same time, sometimes 11:11 p.m., sometimes 1:11 a.m., 2:22 a.m., 3:33 a.m.,” a geophysicist told us. When asked if anything unusual occurred, he said no, but that the very circumstances intrigued him. Was the brain triggering this, or some outside source?
Others reported the exact same circumstances, even down to looking at clocks throughout the day and noticing the time to be 11:11 a.m., 1:11 p.m., and on and on. Each time they looked, they became “aware” of the synchronistic pattern, but did not really understand what was behind it. Is it sheer coincidence? Is the brain acting as an inner alarm clock, or prompt?
One woman told us, “I have this problem and it really IS becoming a problem…I don’t even wear a watch anymore; I’m always looking at the clock at 11:11 a.m./p.m. and 1:11 a.m./p.m. I’ll even wake up just to look at the clock at 1:11 a.m.…It’s getting worse, too. Last night I woke up at 1:11 a.m., 2:22 a.m., and 3:33 a.m.!” Similar to this woman, many people reported an apparent increase in these prompts, not to mention their confusion and outright annoyance about them.
The more people we spoke with, the more we came to realize that these stories all seem to share common, recurring traits. Is there a scientifically objective reason why the time prompt phenomenon seems so incredibly common? From a statistical standpoint, it would seem patently obvious that there was some type of connective correlation.
One man found it more than sheer coincidence that he was born on November 7th (11/7) and his sister was born nine years later on July 11th (7/11), as if they were “twins born nine years apart.” Another woman marveled at the fact that she was hospitalized three times throughout the course of three years, and each time was put in Room 209, which adds up to 11.
A gentleman from India on one public Internet forum reported a series of surprising extended encounters with the number 11 in one day. First, his medical expenses from a minor accident totaled $11,111. The number of his hospital room was 1111. The date of the accident itself was November 11th (11/11). The man even reported going to a bookstore later that day and finding mention of the 11:11 phenomenon by accident! Another man, on a public 11:11 message forum reported that “today was such a great day. I saw 11:11 and moments after a VW bug with personal plates reading “nmaste9” just made me grin from ear to ear….”
Another member lamented, “Last night when I switched the TV off, I glanced at the clock: 10:10. As I snuggled into bed ready to sleep, I glanced at the bedtime clock: 11:11. I slept though the 6 a.m. alarm this morning—the time I awoke? 06:06. When I went to rewind a videotape this morning, containing a number of programs taped from the night before, I happened to notice the cumulated time on the digital display: 4:44:44. I did some photocopying on my morning tea break—the amount left on my photocopy card when I finished? $8.88. And I happened to glance at my computer clock as I started typing this piece: 11:11.”
On another online message board, one person reported “Everyday of my life it seems I see, 1:11, 2:11, 3:11, 4:11, 5:11, 6:11, 7:11, 8:11, 9:11, 10:11, 11:11, 12:11. I was born on 4/11/89; I’ve been seeing 11:11 for quite some time now and I know there is no way it can be a coincidence (sic); I have so many unusual 11:11 stories….” One of the more intriguing reports: One of my sightings that really stands out is walking past two boys wearing bright red football shirts. As I turned around to look back at them (don’t know why I did) they both had number 11 on their backs!
Over at AngelScribe.com, readers post their stories of encounters with invisible angels at such times as 11:11, 2:22, and so on.
“Last night as I pulled into my driveway, I looked down at my mileage and it read 11,111.1! Weird! Than (sic) I woke up this morning at 2:22 a.m.! This is just getting too weird! Those angels are working their magic!”
"In the summer of 1978 I began seeing 1111. I also see 111, 222, 333, and so on. Sometimes I’ll wake in the middle of the night at exactly 1:11. These numbers have appeared on boxes, license plates, house numbers, friends addresses, phone numbers, totals at the grocery store.”
“Hi, I was playing slingo...looked at the score...it was 11100 and the time was 11:01. Those angels—I saw them everywhere today!”
“I woke up at 11:11 last night! I had only been asleep a short time! This morning I was outside with my granddaughter and she said she wanted to go in! Weird, she never wants to go in! LOL...so we went in and sat in the rocking chair and turned a video on...I noticed that the time on the VCR and cable box was 11:11! I love the little reminders...makes my day go so much better!”
Are these all just simple coincidences? After all, numbers can and do repeat, and even take on patterns. They cannot help but do so, especially those digits under 20, which are such an integral element of our lives. Driver’s licenses, phone numbers, house numbers, special anniversary dates, birthdates, ages…. As we shall see in a later chapter, there are simple reasons why numbers “do what they do.” However, with that being said, in the case of some time prompt reports, there definitely seems to be more to the story than just odd luck or random happenstance.
We found this simple and rational explanation for time prompts on a public Website forum.
“The concept of an easily recognized number pattern (for example, 1234) is already explained in the Website. All I have to add about this is a Psychology 101 jargon, called “chunking.” Basically, our brain could only hold “x” number of items in our short-term memory; from the idiot to the genius, it’s about five to nine items respectively, which is not a whole lot. So, to increase our brain capacity for storing things, we tend to use this mechanism called “chunking”—which basically means putting like items together. The perfect everyday example is our phone numbering system; a typical phone number (in Canada) with area code, if we remember it, would make us look like geniuses! For example, a hypothetical phone number, 6134789890, by itself would exceed our five to nine items of maximum capacity, because there are 10 digits all together. Of course, any idiot can remember a phone number once in a while, especially if it’s from some hot chick or guy! The reason is because we “chunk” the numbers by area code and then by three digits dash four digits together. So, visually we see 613-478-9890. In essence, the total number of items we are remembering is only three items. Similar explanations can be applied to things such as acronyms (that is, CIA, FBI, FEMA, and so on) to help people remember useless things, such as government agencies. The digits 12:34 or 11:11 displayed on a digital clock is instinctively chunked as one item, while more randomized times such as 11:56 or 3:48 and so on have no real obvious pattern, so it is not being chunked by our brain, which makes it about three to four items. Obviously, the fewer the items the easier it is to remember.Although the brain does seem to possess the ability to create and recognize patterns, we still have to wonder why so many people report the same numbers and sequences over and over again. “Chunking” certainly applies to our everyday brain functions and our ability to organize thoughts and patterns; remember numbers, addresses, and amounts; and do many other useful things we need to do. But it still does not take into account the sheer numbers of people chunking the same numbers over and over again.
Not everyone’s experiences can be ascribed to harmless episodes. Angelic beings or transformational epiphanies are but one piece of the puzzle. There have been numerous reports of wake-up codes and time prompts involving people seeing or sensing sinister or demonic entities. These figures were not only terrifyingly real to them, but also appeared within the seeming safety of their own homes. Individuals have also experienced frightening sleep paralysis, appalling or shocking images, and even seemingly precognitive visions of a horrific event that has not yet occurred. One such a post on GreatDreams.com spoke of 11:11 as “a warning.”
Every time I saw 11:11, something bad ALWAYS happened to me! After a while I became scared...now, well, I’m just used to it and at least I can predict WHEN something is going to go wrong. Is it just a warning for me, or are the numbers causing me the bad luck? I haven’t worked that much out yet. The last time I saw 11:11 was about a week ago. Most times, something bad happens within 24 hours.… The majority of the time it meant I was going to have a bad argument with my boyfriend (who’s name has 11 letters).
Within the context of the 11:11 experience, you may be surprised to learn that not every interest group focuses on the new age concepts of enlightenment, transformation, and the shift of conscious awareness. One Yahoo forum, perhaps appropriately titled “End Times 11:11,” spotlights the Judeo-Christian concept of the apocalypse and the Second Coming, in terms of the 11:11 phenomenon. The Western religious belief system tends to see these time prompts in a little more sinister light, due to the preexisting notion that supernatural events of ANY kind are not considered holy or divine, but rather the workings of darker entities out to fool or misguide humans.
There is even a Yahoo group for kids interested in 11:11! Not to be outdone, MSN offers its own active 11:11 forum, where many members await the year 2012 and post their experiences and theories regarding how the two phenomena may be inextricably linked. Interestingly, the more of these posts one reads, the more “similar” the experiences sound. Perhaps the experiencer is the only one privy to the depth or meaning of the event?
We found it difficult to find actual salient examples of people having major, life-altering experiences during or resulting from a time prompt event. Certainly, many of these people did sense the presence of something good, or maybe even not so good, such as angels, guardian spirits, or even demons. But there is little if anything to suggest that these connections, and experiences, were anything other than subjective interpretation…the human imagination searching for meaning outside of itself. Some who do experience these prompts will argue that life-altering experiences are not the ultimate goal anyway. Rather, these time prompts are just little prods and urges to compel us to wake up and take notice of the bigger picture.
From a young age, we are taught that our world is dictated by the constructs of time. Our parents probably instilled within all of us the importance of being “on time,” as well as recognizing the importance of time management. Digital clocks and watches tell us the time of day or night quickly and conveniently. When one sees time in a visual manner, there can be no question as to its meaning. However, according to the thousands of people posting on online forums and meeting up at 11:11 gatherings, these clocks may also tell us the time on a completely different level of reality—a level of which we are neither cognizant nor receptive to on a normal basis.
Time itself is an illusion made up of numbers. The concept of time is an artificially created reality in which individual digits combine to tell us where we are located along the landscape of the fourth dimension. Perhaps the time prompt experience is strictly a latent biological one? Perhaps there truly is no ultimate goal.
But why do the same digits seem to be involved in these enigmatic wake-up calls? What does the number 11 signify? And why are so many other time prompts reported, such as 2:22, 3:33, 4:44, and so on? Does each time have its own special significance? Is the repetition significant in itself?
The Number 11…Coincidence?
Perhaps not surprisingly, the number 11 seems to be the most frequently reported. The number 11 is a double digit, considered a Master/Power Number in numerological belief systems. The number 11 is commonly thought to represent visionary ideals, intuition, idealism, revelation, and artistic and inventive genius. This sacred number also allegedly carries a balance of female/male energies and properties. The number 22, the result of 11 + 11, is a Master or Masonic number. Some metaphysicians suggest that 11 also may represent the twin strands of human DNA moving into a higher level of conscious awareness.
Even Aristotle is linked to the number 11. His worldview consisted of four spheres that lay beyond the planets, and seven planetary spheres. This combination is evident in the 11 layers of the Chartres labyrinth, which was designed into the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France before the French Revolution. This maze-like design consists of 11 tracks, or folds, one must walk to reach the center. The number corresponds to this higher ideal of mystical union with a divine pattern, which Dr. Keith Critchlow, author of numerous books on geometry and a leading expert in sacred architecture, interpreted in the paper “Chartres Maze, A Model of the Universe” as “the way in and out of the planetary system” with Earth as the center point.
The Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral has 11 folds that correspond with a higher worldview of the planetary system, and Earth’s place within it.
Predictably, conspiracy theorists have had a virtual field day with their creative interpretations of current societal events. As might be expected, observable numeric patterns play a significant role in their reasoning and deductive cleverness. Whether or not you believe in numerology (which we will explore more thoroughly in a future chapter), modern history includes certain numeric patterns, which appear to have unusual significance. And where there is coincidental smoke, there is someone determined to find the cause, and fan the flames.
Look at the back of a $100 dollar bill; you may never have noticed it before, but if you count the windows on the smaller buildings (not including doors) to the right and left of the main part of Independence Hall, it adds up to 11 and 11. Is this part of some grand conspiracy to ingrain this mysterious number on our brains? A message from some secret society? Or could it be just plain dumb luck?
Coincidence or not, the windows on either side add up to 11, a most mysterious number that seems to hold some meaning for many people. Image courtesy of U.S. Federal Reserve
Marie D. Jones is the best-selling author of The Déjà vu Enigma, The Time Prompt Phenomenon, and 2013: The End of Days or a New Beginning? She is also a screenwriter, radio show host, and popular public speaker who has been interviewed on hundreds of radio shows all over the world. She was recently featured on The History Channel and is a regular contributor to TAPS ParaMagazine and New Dawn Magazine. She lives in
. San Marcos, California
Larry Flaxman is the best-selling coauthor of The Déjà vu Enigma and The Time Prompt Phenomenon. He is president and founder of ARPAST, the Arkansas Paranormal and Anomalous Studies Team, one of the nation’s largest paranormal research organizations, and is a highly regarded public speaker. Larry has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs, and in print and online publications.