When reading Number Woman it is easy to forget that this is a true story, the twists and turns of Hilary’s journey to discover her connection to St. Thomas A Becket and the places she visits have a ‘Dan Brown’ feel about them (especially when she visits the Vatican). She not only lives through numbers but when they guide her to distant places she uncovers all kinds of seemingly unconnected facts and only towards the end, like any good thriller, do we discover with her the true nature of her adventure.
Hilary uses numbers like we would use Google, when something is feeling a little strange she will look to see if there are any numerical signs to guide her. The fun thing is that the real Hilary is exactly like the one in the book, using numbers to connect events or information to great effect. Often she goes against her own thinking mind, bypassing the ego, to find herself living somewhere many of us would simply say ‘no, not there’.
When I first met her she was living in Watchet in Somerset where much of the action in the book takes place. At the time she had nearly finished her adventure but was still ready to leave at a moment’s notice if the numbers dictated. She had a feeling that she would be moving when she had been there 333 days – a number that crops up frequently in Number Woman (you will have to read the book to understand just how significant a number that is).
Another number that appears for Hilary is 11:11 and it was no surprise when she posted a Facebook picture showing the train timetable for the first train out of Watchet into Minehead, it departed at 11:11 every day. (interesting that now Hilary has moved from Watchet the train leaves at 11:14).
Recently I knew I had to contact her when just after I had the thought ‘I wonder what Hilary is doing’ I glanced at the clock and it was 11:11 – that meant, ‘give her a shout, something is up’. It just works that way.
I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did, it has the pace of a good investigative thriller yet tells a real life adventure.
Read our interview with Hilary.
With Colin Whitby and Hayley Wynne
The questions for this interview were from both myself and Hayley Wynne who was kind enough to review Hilary’s book The 11.11 Code earlier this year.
Your book the 11.11 code describes how 11.11 become an important part of your life, how would you describe the first time it became obvious something or someone was trying to get your attention?
In one word? Frightening. I can handle coincidence when it happens in a reasonable way. I even used the word coincidence to describe meeting a man in a bar in Liverpool who lived in the very room in Newcastle upon Tyne where I was born! But my 11:11 wake up call was too extreme to be classed as coincidence. It happened on 11th November, Armistice Day. I parked up outside an ancient church and noticed the time was 11:11am. Not only that, but both the trip meter and the milometer were on 1111. Try and imagine what that was like. Scary. That was the day when it became glaringly obvious to me that there was something odd going on. From then onwards I realised that 11.11 meant something but at that time I didn’t know what.
You say it is your higher self using the 11.11 code, did that surprise you initially?
I didn’t know that 11:11 was the language of the higher self at that time. It gradually dawned on me that this was the meaning of the 11:11. Having spent the last few years using 11.11 as a sign I can now see that the 11:11 led me towards my destiny. It revealed the purpose of my life thus aligning me with the intentions of my higher self.
Did the prospect of acknowledging that something outside your understanding was communicating with you cause you to wonder if you had just a vivid imagination?
What I love about the 11:11 is the fact that its appearance can be seen by anybody and everybody. Imagination doesn’t come into it. When I had my 11:11 day I was with my partner. He could see those 11’s as clearly as me. It’s not an ethereal experience like feeling an energy or seeing a ghost. No, it’s actually right there in front of you in the mundane world and can be seen by anybody who has eyes to see.
We have been getting other numbers come up in our lives, such as 222, 333 and so on, more recently I have been getting 999's and 000's. Have you noticed others happening in your own life?
I’m obviously quite tuned into numbers and I notice them everywhere. I often see repeated numerals and also patterns like 1221 or 1010. In my book ‘The 11:11 Code’ I describe how the number 22 kept appearing when I was selling the old Spanish convent I had bought but it was the number 11:11 that had led me there.
So, like you, I experience other numbers, especially 222 and 333. However, I believe that the 11:11 is different from these other repeated numerals and number patterns.
Firstly it’s a binary number. Carl Sagan believed that our encounters with higher intelligence would occur in the form of a binary code.
Secondly, 11:11 is a perfect mirror. Upside down, backwards or reflected in a mirror, 11:11 remains perfect. Only 8, 1 and 0 do that.
Thirdly, 11:11 is the date of Armistice day, the one day of the year when we actually stop and pause as one consciousness. 11/11 at 11am. Do you think all those 11’s are coincidental?
Lastly, I believe 11:11 is linked to 2012. Most people are now aware of the date of the ending of the Mayan calendar on winter solstice 2012. That’s 21.12.2012. Add those numbers up and what do you get? What’s more, winter solstice is the time of the sun moving into Capricorn and in 2012 that happens at exactly……11:11am!
Are you aware of any other significant numbers?
23 is curiously significant. In the I Ching 23 is the number of breakdown. I had incredible 23 experiences in the 1980’s. Looking back, I wonder if it appeared in my life as a sign that I was breaking down my old patterns of being and thinking. This number began to appear when I began practising Tai Chi and yoga.
Since publishing your book have you found others have had similar experiences to yourself?
I hear from people all over the world who are experiencing the 11:11. They are all asking what it means. When the 11:11 appeared in my life I realised that the only way I could answer the question ‘What does it mean?’ would be to use it as a sign and follow it. The 11:11 took me on an incredible journey and my question was answered. If you put ’11 11 phenomenon’ into a search engine you will see how widespread the 11:11 phenomenon is.
I know that you and a number of your friends had to ‘work through’ your past experiences in order to move on and wondered whether you have experienced any similar occurrences since leaving the convent?
Not linked to the Spanish convent. However, I have now bought another ancient convent in France and already I have had several channelled messages from psychics. I didn’t go looking for psychics, nor did I ask for their insights. Living beyond the ego by following the 11:11, I find that I am helped and supported by the universe in many unexpected ways. Life becomes an adventure!
To the reader, that particular experience was terrifying and I wondered how you managed to overcome your fears/apprehensions in order to resolve past experiences.
I try not to operate from fear. I believe that the 11:11 is the sign that shows us the way back home, back to the one consciousness that we are. By following the 11:11 I am being shown the part I have to play in that journey, OUR journey. So when I choose to surrender to an 11:11 sign I know that I’m fulfilling my destiny and that fact gives me strength. Yoga and meditation is a huge help. Yoga keeps me balanced and if I miss my practise I find I am less courageous.
Are there any methods you could suggest to enable us to see any number connections which are present in everyday life, but we may not currently be aware of?
Quite simply, be in the moment. Aim for full awareness in each moment. It’s easier said than done. There can be 11:11 signs all around you but if you’re not alert you could miss them. 11:11 can be on car park tickets, emails, dates, train times, receipts, your student number, your date of birth, digital clocks, account numbers, as loose change, the number of letters in a name, on the trip meter and so on. Don’t forget to look out for K as well, the 11th letter of the alphabet.
You could also try using The Time Now time calculator (www.thetimenow.com/time-calculator). That’s how I discovered that my cousin John (my financial backer) had lived for exactly 2,222 days. Where were you on your 1,111th day? Who were you with? How many days between your date of birth and your partners date of birth and so on. It’s fascinating to play with days between dates but be warned, it can become addictive!
Hilary, thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions.
Hilary is co-creator of Taiyoga and co-founder of HigherMoon transformational workshops. She is a British Wheel of Yoga teacher, workshop leader and consultant astrologer, having studied with the world-renowned faculty of Astrological Studies in London in the 1980’s.
Hilary lives between her homes in Dorset and the Dordogne. She is currently involved in restoring her French property which dates back to the 10th century and was originally a convent. The story of this French convent will be told in her next book….
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