Marie D. Jones and Larry Flaxman, Interview by Michelle M. Pillow (Originally published in Paranormal Underground Magazine)
Marie D. Jones and Larry Flaxman, Interview
By Michelle M. Pillow, www.michellepillow.com
For several years, whenever I checked the clock, the time always had an 11 in it. I mentioned it to my mother, my husband, even my friends. They thought it was just another funny Michelle quirk, and I became convinced it was happening because I had 11 on the brain and chose to ignore it until it went away. Besides, as a fiction author, I’m used to my brain fixating on weird ideas, and my thought processes not working quite like everyone else’s seem to.
Well, imagine my surprise when I was invited to check out the book, 11:11 The Time Prompt Phenomenon: The Meaning Behind Mysterious Signs, Sequences and Synchronicities by Marie D. Jones and Larry Flaxman. That’s right, my strange clock obsession with the number 11 isn’t uniquely mine. It turns out several people go through this fixation. So, is it a numerological power number? A magical number? A message from a secret society? The truth is, the theories are varied and so in depth that it would be impossible for me to outline them all in an article. So, I turned to the experts.
I would like to welcome best-selling authors, radio show hosts, screenwriters, speakers and paranormal researchers, Marie D. Jones and Larry Flaxman. They founded ParaExplorers.com and are at the cutting edge of paranormal, metaphysical and Noetic studies. They just signed a two-book deal and are now developing feature films and television shows with a paranormal theme. You can check out their newest release, The Deja Vu Enigma: A Journey Through the Anomalies of Mind, Memory and Time (June 2010), available at all bookstores and online.
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Q: In your book, 11:11 – The Time Prompt Phenomenon, you discuss several interesting topics, including synchronicity, the God number, and numerology. What prompted you to write a book about mysterious numbers and sequences?
MARIE AND LARRY: Our publisher actually came to us with the idea to do something about the 11:11 phenomenon. We both were not very familiar with the phenomenon at all, but when we looked into it, found that people all over the world were having this particular experience. And that led us into looking deeper into the importance of numbers and mathematics as the foundation of reality. The language of the Universe is mathematics. Number seems to be at the heart of so many things we had never thought much about until we decided to do this book!
Q: On a personal note, I used to see the number 11 all the time, but never knew there was a meaning to it. What is a time prompt? And, what is the importance of the numbers 11:11?
MARIE AND LARRY: A time prompt is a number sequence that appears, usually as a time, but not always, to someone over and over again. Sometimes it can appear on sales receipts, billboards and signs, computers, anywhere numbers show up. 11:11 is the most popular because of its direct association with the year 2012, which many fear might be the end of the world, mistakenly! 11:11 is the time that the Winter Solstice will begin on December 21st of that year, so this number has growing significance to those who are drawn to this being a potential time of transformation as well.
Q: What other time prompts, sequences or numbers are people widely reporting? Why do you think that people see these numbers over and over?
MARIE AND LARRY:Everything from 1:11 to 12:12 to 1234…it varies but always the sequence is not random. It has a discernible pattern. There are two theories behind time prompts and sequences people report. One – they are given to us via some “outside” force or influence that wants us to sit up and pay attention. Two – it is just our brains creating pattern out of chaos, by noticing something once, twice, three times, and then literally creating a new neural pathway or imprint in the brain that makes us continue to notice that same pattern.
Q: Have you had a time prompt experience? What happened, and what meaning did it have for you?
MARIE AND LARRY:We have both had a few in the past, but never gave them much thought or attention until we started to work on the book. Then we started seeing them all the time, especially 11:11, when we would email each other! It was like getting these little Universal reminders that we could laugh over together, and we equated those with the book making us aware of it. Before that, neither of us placed much meaning on the time prompts we did have.
Q: Why do you think readers, and society in general, are fascinated by the unexplained?
MARIE AND LARRY:We are curious creatures by nature, and have a longing to understand the world around us, and that includes the things we sense are real, but cannot always see or prove. It is part of what it means to be human, to look beyond the ordinary and see what makes us, and our world, tick.
Q: What are the prominent theories you explored in the book?
MARIE AND LARRY:Well, we start off examining the time prompt phenomenon and then move into a wide field of topics involving numbers. I think the bottom line is, number is everything. It literally is at the heart of science, nature, even reality itself. Number is profound. The theories ran the gamut from looking at brain patterns and matrixing, to synchronicity and cause and effect, to sacred geometry and numerology, to the Just Six Numbers theory that states the Universe is a finely tuned mathematical model.
Q: What is sacred geometry? Are some locations, buildings and structures inspired by higher knowledge?
MARIE AND LARRY:Sacred geometry is the ancient art of “as above, so below” applied to architecture and design. Ancient civilizations believed that it was important to build their temples, churches, holy edifices, monuments, etc… in accordance with points of power here on earth that would amplify what was going on in the heavens. It was a way of bringing the divine “down to earth.” We today build for functionality only. Rarely do modern humans take divine proportion or location into consideration, which is a shame.
Q: What is numerology and is it accepted by modern science? How do numbers influence our behavior, characteristics and beliefs?
MARIE AND LARRY: Numerology is a school of divination if you will, not at all accepted by modern science. It is like astrology. Many people swear by it, but science sees no valid evidence that it works. BUT at the heart of numerology is the same belief scientists have that number and measurement and time and distance and ratio is profound and therefore, the “energy” of our birth name must have some kind of power to influence or dictate our destinies. The problem we have with numerology is that there are so many different systems, and not all use the birth name, or some can use a variation of birth name, married name, etc… So, there is no strict system that every numerologist follows. And of course, the results of a reading are all based upon interpretation, and we all know where that gets us!!! You could go to ten different numerologists and end up with ten different readings. How confusing would that be? We both, in the book, use our names as examples, finding our Master Numbers, and we both found that some of the associated characteristics were right on the mark, and others were totally off base!
Q: How might the universe act like a giant computer? Explain the theory behind a finely tuned universe and the numbers that make up all mathematical law.
MARIE AND LARRY:The Universe seems to follow a handful of very basic mathematical ratios that, if at all tweaked ever so slightly, would have resulted in no life, no planets, no galaxies, etc. It seems that there is an intelligence behind the intricacy by which the Universe formed, and life itself. This intelligence has the qualities of a massive computer that takes in information and processes it, then puts out more information, in a snowball effect. All it is really is information, if you think about it, bits and bits of information that make up every particle and object in the Universe. So what is computing this giant program of ever-evolving progress and expansion? Who is the Master Programmer or Mathematician? The evolution of our Universe just is too detailed and fine-tuned to be explained by randomness or chaos. There is incredible order here!
Q: Is there a mathematic foundation to the creationary force? Is God a number?
MARIE AND LARRY:There absolutely is a mathematical foundation to creation itself. Again, it all comes down to number and ratio and measurement…But is there a God number? Some will claim there is, usually a profoundly mystical number like 1 or 3 or 7. But think about it, if God is our idea of All, how could one number encompass that? Maybe infinity…
Q: Do you have any pet projects?
MARIE AND LARRY: We are both so incredibly busy with all kinds of projects!!! We are of course writing books, books and more books. We wrote a screenplay which is now in development, with a paranormal theme (“19 Hz. The Movie). We are in talks to do a radio show on the Para X Network…We both speak at events, are all over radio, TV…it never ends!!! We became staff writers for TAPS ParaMagazine, and contribute a lot of articles to New Dawn Magazine, Phenomena, etc…Larry also runs his organization, ARPAST (www.arpast.org), and Marie (www.mariedjones.com) has other film and TV projects in development. We stay beyond busy!!!
Q: What does the future hold for your career/writing?
MARIE AND LARRY:We signed a two-book deal, so we have two more non-fiction books coming down the pike in 2011. And depending on how our movie does, we may be doing more films and developing TV shows, too. Not necessarily reality shows. We also want to get into more multi-media and educational projects, so the sky is the limit for us!
Thanks for joining us!
You can learn more about the authors at their website, www.paraexplorers.com. Individually, you can find Larry at www.arpast.org and Marie at www.mariedjones.com.
Interview by Michelle M. Pillow, www.michellepillow.com