by Bob Romero —
Bob Romero has been a diligent student of esoteric spiritual subjects and metaphysics for many years, with a life-long quest for answers. He has submitted new and original articles that focus on life lessons and experiences he wishes to share with our readers and the world.
My fellow golfers tease me because I mark my golf balls with the infinity symbol, ∞ , which looks like the number 8 on its side. We all mark our golf balls so that we can identify our golf balls. I had to find an image in order to put it in this article, because the symbol was not on my keyboard, and it is not used in regular calculations. One of the golfers guessed correctly that I was a Math major while the others all quoted the Disney cartoon character, Buzz Lightyear, and would tell me “To infinity and beyond!” I tell them that is where my golf balls eventually end up.
Students may come across it in their math classes and especially in advanced math classes like calculus. But infinity has been around for, well infinity. When I think of infinity, I think of the cosmos and the never-ending universe and how we are just tiny specs of cosmic dust and how physically we are here for just a very small period of time. Theoretically at the same time, there are universes within us, and there are infinitesimal periods of time between seconds. It’s hard to grasp the concept of infinity, but one way to consider it, is to stand outside and look at the sky. We can see the blue sky which is the earth’s atmosphere and know that it is not a boundary, and from where you are standing, you know that it just goes on and on and on.
I have always been fascinated with infinity and its symbol and especially because it looks like the number 8. Eight was my mom’s favorite number mainly because she was born on January the 8th. Her 8th grandchild was born on her 48th birthday. She passed away on November 8th at exactly 8 p.m. For the four homes that my wife and I have owned, the second number in the addresses has always been an 8. I did research on the number 8 and found that it is a good omen. I looked on the internet to find the spiritual meaning of the number 8. I found one reference that said “The number 8 represents Infinity and everything good in the universe which is infinite, such as infinite love, infinite supply, infinite energy, infinite time. In other words, 8 represents complete and unending abundance without any lack”. In my Numerology class, a spiritual assessment of 8 was that the awakened soul now seeks union with Spirit. I think that the symbol for the number 8 was a way to get the power of infinity into a finite number.
Our pastor talks about how it is impossible for our minds to understand an infinite and eternal being that is God. We are fortunate that this almighty God loves us and has given us everything that we have, and we should be constantly grateful. In one of his homilies, he talked about how when one is grateful, then it is hard to be mean to another person. He also said that gratitude brings more joy and abundance which in turn causes more gratitude, and that brings more joy and abundance, and it just keeps going. So eternal gratitude creates an infinite upward spiral for us on our spiritual path and this infinite bliss then becomes heaven.