Amazing Symbolism of the Number 3

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The profoundness of the number three is astonishing! There is much I already knew about it and much I have recently learned.

As a mother of three, this number has often peaked my interest. When I was young, I wanted to someday have three children, two boys, and a girl. As fate would have it, I got what I asked for. Each child I have has brought me joy, laughter, and tears. Worth it, everyone!

So I compiled a little research into this number because, while I don’t claim to know everything I do try to anyway. For your reading pleasure:

Biblical Symbolism of the Number 3

  • Three is the number associated with the Godhead, for there are “three persons in one God.”
  • Three times is the blessing given in Numbers 6:23, 24:

“The LORD bless thee and keep thee (the Father);

The LORD make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee (the Son);

The LORD lift up His countenance upon thee and give thee peace” (the Holy Spirit).

  • Three is a number of RESURRECTION, for it was on the third day that Jesus rose again from the dead.

Other Religious and Cultural Symbolism of the Number 3

  • Hindu:  creation/destruction/preservation, unfolding/maintaining/concluding
  • Taoist:  Great Triad:  Heaven/Human/Earth
  • From the Buddhist tradition, comes “The Triple Gem” or “The Three Jewels,” which is the Buddha (the enlightened one), the Dhamma (the teachings), and the Sangha (the community of followers).
  • According to the Chinese, 3 is a perfect number;
  • To the Mayan, the sacred number of woman.
  • Egyptians see it as the number of the cosmos.
  • Japanese:  3 Treasures – truth/courage/compassion
  • A tattoo many Latinos get representing their culture and pride in being Latino. The tattoo is formed by three dots in a triangular formation located on the web of the hand between the thumb and index finger. It can also be placed at the bottom corner of one eye. The three dots stand for “Mi vida loca” or “My crazy life”. (Urban Dictionary)

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In Recovery:

The symbol of the circle and triangle is an ancient spiritual symbol meaning mind, body, and spirit together as one.

In AA, this symbol represents the three parts of the program (recovery, unity, service) which are the solutions to the three-part disease of alcoholism (physical, mental and spiritual). The circle surrounding the triangle represents Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole.

Furthermore, the three below concepts have been shared throughout the Fellowship of Recovery:

We Came

The first action was walking into the Rooms of Recovery. We might not have even heard a word that was spoken that day. But the energy, camaraderie and the spirituality was enough to convince us to keep coming back.

We Came To

This would be the First step. Understanding our Powerlessness and Unmanageability. Though many of us thought we were in control of our lives while in active addiction, we were now able to see how far from the truth this was. Our eyes were finally opened!

We Came To Believe

Yep, it all comes back to God. We came to believe in a Power greater than ourselves. Funny how that works out right?

Today I wish you 3 things: Love, Peace and of course – Bliss!

Stay Blissful My Friends – E