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The Life You Were Born To Live

by jenny sansouci on August 29, 2009

If you don’t believe in astrology, numerology, or any of the related realms, that’s ok. I’m not here to say any of those methods are an exact science. I will say, however, that this book truly blew me away with its accuracy – and continues to each time I read it.

I’m talking about a book called The Life You Were Born To Live by Dan Millman (author of Way Of The Peaceful Warrior). This book uses birthdates to create a specific number for each person, and describes:

-The 37 paths of life

-A precise method to determine your own life path and the life paths of others

-The core issues, inborn talents, and special needs related to each path, including areas of health, money and sexuality

-Guidelines for finding a livelihood consistent with your innate drives and abilities

-The hidden purpose of your relationships

-How to live in harmony with the cycles of your life

-Key spiritual laws to help you understand your past, clarify your present, and empower your future

Quite a heavy list, huh? Well speaking from personal experience and the testimonials from others who have read it, it’s shockingly accurate! I’ve learned so much about what my strengths and weaknesses are, what I’m like at my most positive self and my most negative self, what my higher purpose is (in a relative sense), and what questions I should be asking myself to make the shift from negative behaviors to positive behaviors.

I discovered this book about a year ago, and everytime I read it, I read it differently – a different sentence or phrase jumps out at me that I didn’t see before, because I wasn’t at the right place in my life to comprehend it yet.


I’ll give you a couple of examples from my personal number, and some tidbits from other numbers, so you can see what I mean. And that old saying in regards to horoscopes – “that could be true for anyone!”  doesn’t apply here. I’ve read deeply into the number of my family members, friends, and boyfriend – I don’t relate to what their numbers say, and they don’t relate to mine.

My number is 38/11. The number is very easily calculated.

Birthdate: 8-28-1982

8+2+8+1+9+8+2= 38. 3+8= 11.  Result  is 38/11. If you have questions regarding your specific number, Dan Millman answers your questions in the book.

The book includes pages of detail for each number, but I’ve pulled out a few sentences that really rang true for me, so you can understand the type of clarity it gives:

38/11s are here to apply their power and express their energy with compassion and generosity – to uplift and empower those around them, helping others find their own source of energy and inspiration.

38/11s at their most negative deny their power and sabotage success. They struggle with addictions due to blocked creative energy.

38/11s feel best with a vegetarian or modified vegetarian diet.

38/11s have a tendency towards feast or famine – not doing things in moderation.

A recommendation for 38/11s:

Do vigorous daily exercise to replace addictions, take back your power but learn to let go of control, find creative ways to help charitable causes.

The book also describes in detail the energy of each individual number as well – for me, the 3, the 8 and the 1 energy all contribute their own unique power. It’s given me so much clarity.

A few snippets from other numbers:

24/6s (in their negative state) feel frustrated and impatient with life because nothing meets their high standards.

31/4s tend to have health vulnerabilities in their ankles, knees, thighs and hips.

33/6s may have difficulty letting their hair down and getting wild and passionate.

40/4s have a superb analytical ability – and have a tendency to overanalyze.

35/8s can be dramatic, even flamboyant. When they make a lot of money, they spend it with class.

18/9s tend to focus more on material success in the outside world than on their internal growth.

If you’re wondering, the book doesn’t only point out negative and positive traits. Dan Millman wouldn’t leave you hanging like that! He outlines practical steps to taking action.  There are spiritual laws that he describes and recommends each number focus on – examples are Flexibility, Balance, Discipline and Expectations.

As an added bonus, – you can calculate the composite number of a relationship to interpret the energy, purpose and potential struggles in your relationship. Amazing!

I’ve only given you a taste here. This book may change the way you look at your life and give you more clarity on this awesome journey!

If you’re ready to dive right in, you can pick it up here.

And have fun! Share it with your friends. Everyone wants to focus the conversation on themselves, right? 😉

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Justin August 29, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Love this book so much. Thanks, Jenny.


Martin November 19, 2009 at 11:42 am

This book is also available as an iPhone app:


John March 28, 2010 at 11:30 pm

I think this is a really interesting book, I’m also born 28/8/82… Everything about 38/11’s, virgo’s etc, is spot on for me… I wonder how similar our characterises are?!!


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