The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 18, 1997 · Page 55
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 55

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 18, 1997
Page 55
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Advertisement COUNT ME IN What's in a Name? More Than You and I Ever Thought Possible I admit it. I'm a skeptic. So it goes without saying that I find it difficult to accept concepts like numerology. How could the letters and numbers associated with my name and birth- date say anything at all relevant about me? I may be a tough sell, but I don't like to leave any stone unturned—especially one that might actually help me in my personal life and career. So when I had the chance to have a numerology profile done I took it, in part to prove that my skepticism was well- founded. I'd almost forgotten about the profile when the envelope arrived several weeks later. I flopped on my bed and tore it open, ready to laugh out loud at the stranger they described. The first paragraph made me sit up and take notice. By the third page, the truth had hit home loud and clear. This was no stranger I was reading about. This was me! Still, it could have been a coincidence. So I convinced a friend to have hers done. Though we've been very close for over ten years, we're completely different. The perfect test! We reviewed her profile together upon its arrival. It was nothing like mine. She was astounded as she recognized trait after trait. With new respect for numerology, I decided to find out more. After numerous phone calls, I managed to track down Matthew Goodwin, a nationally recognized numerologist, and the expert responsible for my profile. I soon discovered that Goodwin rated among the top in his field. Author of the definitive Numerology: The Complete Guide, he had also appeared on radio and television, and written a column on numerology for a Los Angeles newspaper. In the 16 years that he worked as a professional numerologist, Goodwin helped thousands to discover their strengths, weaknesses, deep inner needs and emotions. How does it work? It all starts with your name and birthdate. They are the data base, from which a numerologist is able to describe you sight unseen. "Number values are assigned to the letters in your name," Goodwin explained to me. "By adding these—with the numbers in your birthdate—in a multitude of combinations, a numerologist establishes your key numbers. He then interprets the meaning of these key numbers, which results in a complete description of your personal characteristics." When I finally caught up with Goodwin in person, I immediately asked him how he became involved in numerology. After all, it's not your regular nine-to-five occupation. It turns out that he just stumbled into it some 20 years ago. At the time, the MIT graduate was a partner in an architectural firm, responsible for hiring new employees. He worked with an assistant who habitually voiced her evaluation of prospective applicants each time she handed over a new resume. He found that her comments—whether good or bad— pegged the individuals he'd employed. "After a while I began to listen before I hired, rather than after," he said with a grin. "Her insights made a big difference in finding the right people." After two years, the assistant moved away. Before she left, though, Goodwin asked her to share the secret of her success. The answer (much to his surprise) B Y J was numerology. 'The only way I could have ever believed in numerology was to see it work for two years and never know what it was," said Goodwin in retrospect. "I never would have believed it otherwise." Goodwin's discovery of this science of numbers may have been startling, but it was hardly new. Not by a long shot. Numerology dates back thousands of years. Its father was the famous Greek mathematician Pythagoras. During his time, however, numerology was reserved | for rulers, who often used it when making I critical decisions. I Today, anyone can profit from numerology. Take David Stone, for example. As a 30-year-old computer programmer, he never really liked his work. After receiving his numerology profile—which indicated an intense love for people and an aptitude for communication—he switched careers. Today, he's a satisfied, happy psychologist, who can't believe that he ever worked at a computer terminal. Jim and Lisa Casey were able to improve—and perhaps even save—their bumpy marriage with the aid of numerology. "From the very beginning, I was al- ways trying to change Lisa," admits Jim. "I always thought that my way was best." But instead of Lisa changing, fights and more fights resulted. Then they had their profiles done, and Jim gained new insight j into what made his wife tick. That lead to | new respect. "For the first time I realized that she was not trying to be difficult, she was just being herself," he says. Not surprisingly, their fights grew less frequent, and the marriage began to flourish. Goodwin's numerology profiles also helped Donna Thompson, a teacher who for years devoted herself to everyone but herself. Eventually that neglect began to ! take its toll— on her and her loved ones. I When her profile revealed that she tended ! to allow herself to be treated like a door- 1 mat, she finally figured out that she had to 1 take better care of her own needs. It's tak- | en some work, but she no longer ignores 1 herself... and no longer feels frustrated and resentful. Not surprisingly, both she and her family are a whole lot happier. Whether you use numerology to exam- I ine your life, take advantage of unexplored opportunities, confirm talents that in your heart you know are there, or simply figure out where to go next, it can be a penetrating tool to help you better understand yourself. "Numerology gives you the whole picture," explained Goodwin. "You i see all the diverse parts of your personal! ity and how they uniquely come together ] to make the person you are. Through this | complete view you're able to make the ! most of your strengths in a way that wasn't possible before." WHAT DO YOU ADD UP TO? This is your chance to find out what numerology reveals about you. Though personal numerology consultations can cost $80 or more, Matthew Goodwin's expertise is now available to USA Weekend readers for just $9.00. To receive a comprehensive printed explanation of Goodwin's findings and conclusions for yourself, a friend or loved one, simply PRINT: 1) Full name given at birth 2) Full name commonly used today 3) Month, day & year of birth 4) Mailing address Send $9.00 plus $2.00 postage & handling for each profile to: Numerology Profile Dept.A53 One Comae Loop, Suite 14 Ronkonkoma NY 11779-6805 Offer expires 7/31/97 Money-back Guarantee LEONARD

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