Numerology & You: Use Your Expression Number to Boost Creativity
Do you feel like your creativity is blocked or stagnant? Numbers can help.
Numerology is a wonderful tool for learning more about your personality and how you share yourself with the world. Your numerological chart consists of many different numbers, the most essential of which being your core numbers. And one of your core numbers, the Expression number, can tell you about your creative style and how to get those juices flowing once more.
Your Expression Number
Your Expression number is based on your full birth name—the name you were given on your birth certificate—and can show you which talents, gifts, strengths, and weaknesses you are likely to experience, as well as who you are at your core.
In numerology, each of the numbers 1-9 are thought to possess a certain energy, and each letter of the alphabet is given a corresponding number:
- 1 = A, J, S
- 2 = B, K, T
- 3 = C, L, U
- 4 = D, M, V
- 5 = E, N, W
- 6 = F, O, X
- 7 = G, P, Y
- 8 = H, Q, Z
- 9 = I, R
To find your Expression number, simply write your full birth name down on a piece of paper and use the chart above to assign numbers to each letter. Once you’ve determined the numerical value, you’ll need to add the digits of each name, until you reach a single digit. We’ll use the name Amy Lyn Smith as an example:
Amy- 1 + 4 + 7 = 12 = 1 + 2 = 3
Lyn- 3 + 7 + 5 = 15 = 1 + 5 = 6
Smith- 1 + 4 + 9 + 2 + 8 = 24 = 2 + 4 = 6
Now, we just need to add the three numbers we’re left with:
3 + 6 + 6 = 15 = 1 + 5 = 6
So, Amy Lyn Smith’s Expression Number would be 6.
Once you’ve found your Expression number, you can use it to learn more about how you express and harness your individual sense of creativity.
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Expression Numbers & Creativity
Every person alive has the potential to be creative and self-expressive, even if certain activities—such as drawing, writing, or singing—may not seem to come naturally to you. The following guide will give you a sense of your unique sense of expression and how to foster and boost your creativity.
Expression Number 1
This number is equipped with leadership skills and natural courage. Your energy can be intense, so while you may feel capable of expressing yourself fully, you may not always feel understood by others. Try tapping into a more sensitive, vulnerable form of creativity that really incorporates your emotions. From poetry to painting, any medium that allows you to open and release the energies from your heart will help others see the real you.
Expression Number 2
Your number is associated with connections, intuition and sensitivity. While you might not feel like a natural-born leader, you work flawlessly with others. You may already possess a certain creative style; but to truly break through your potential, try collaborative self-expression—such as working on a group art project or forming a band. You thrive in friendships and group dynamics, and the creative energy of others will bring out the true visionary within you.
Expression Number 3
This number is known for its creative and self-expressive personality, but that doesn’t mean that discipline comes naturally. Chances are, your focus is sprinkled across many mediums and outlets, as it can be hard for you to settle. You would benefit from exploring and increasing your sense of discipline. If you can stick to one artistic project long enough to complete it, you’ll find your imagination expanding and lighting up with all the colors of the rainbow.
Expression Number 4
You are pragmatic and organized, preferring order over creative chaos. You may find it difficult to embrace the clutter accompanied by arts and crafts projects, and therefore avoid participating. You should try reaching out to people for whom artistic endeavors come naturally and soak in their process. By surrounding yourself with the mayhem of their imagination, you’ll be inspired to cut loose and let your own sense of expression get a little messy.
Expression Number 5
This number possesses a carefree quality that others admire, although it can leave you a bit scattered from time to time. You probably don’t enjoy sitting still for too long, preferring instead to seek one adventure after another. Your challenge is to find a form of self-expression that keeps you entertained, which means lots of exploration. Try any new form of creativity that you haven’t yet participated in and see if it sparks a new sense of passion within you.
Expression Number 6
Creativity comes naturally to this number, yet your tendency to put others first can hinder the creative process. Self-expression can only be released when you are willing to acknowledge your needs and take care of them. While your generosity of spirit is admirable, you have to put yourself first every once in a while. Try setting aside an hour or two a day where you can create, undisturbed from the outside world. If you allow yourself the luxury of solitude, your imagination will pour out of you.
Expression Number 7
Your number is marked by an air of the philosophical—you love to explore new ideas and collect any form of wisdom available to you. You are best suited for self-expression and creativity that taps into your thirst for knowledge. You might feel inspired by each new piece of information or spiritual notion. Embrace these flashes of inspiration by writing about your reaction or painting an image of the concrete idea that comes from abstract thought.
Expression Number 8
This number is competitive and driven. You may feel like cultivating creativity is a waste of time, especially if it doesn’t further your career or guarantee some modicum of success. Your challenge is knowing when to take a break and simply play. Giving your creativity room to grow will only further your ability to find innovative solutions to any problems that could deter you on your path. Sit down, grab a pen, and just have fun.
Expression Number 9
Your love for humankind is immense, and you probably daydream often about how you can make the world a better place. Because you are so concerned with the well-being of others, it can be hard for you to express yourself. You have to remember that you deserve to be heard just as much as anyone else does. Try to find the confidence that allows you to feel comfortable with your creativity. Write a poem to your feelings or sing a song about your dreams.
Creativity is Infinite
It doesn’t matter what kind of creative activity you enjoy, whether you prefer to sit down with a box of crayons and some coloring books, or you like to write sonnets to your dog. Self-expression is exactly that—expressing yourself, in whatever form you choose.
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