“11:11 – The Time Prompt Phenomenon” by Marie D. Jones and Larry Flaxman


My daughter bought this book for me, which was very thoughtful. I am one of those people who always seem to notice 11:11 on clocks, as do people close to me. And the frequency seems to be increasing, which is even weirder. Anyway, I bumped the book to the top of my list, figuring it was a sign that my daughter felt inspired to purchase it for me.

At first, I was skeptic. The writing at the beginning seemed a little new agey, in the hokey sense. On top of that, it is somewhat dated, referring to the coming of the year 2012 and the end of the Mayan calendar as possible reasons for the increase in 11:11 time prompts (and we know that 2012 came and went with a big fizzle). But I stuck with the book, and I’m glad I did, because there is some interesting and thought-provoking material within the pages.

Most of the book deals with number mysticism, sacred geometry, vibration, synchronicity, and the like, which are topics that fascinate me. And as a musician, I am very aware of the connection between numbers and music, which is touched on in this book.

This science of number was discovered through the science, or art, of music. Harmony, another concept rife with mystical allusions, maintains a close relationship with resonance and vibration. This established correlation was thought to be quite simply the basis of the hidden order of the immediate, perceivable world, and behind it all were the numbers.

(p. 73)

One of the instruments I have learned is the sitar (although I am no Ravi Shankar). What excites me the most about this instrument and Indian music in general is the use of droning vibrations and resonance. In fact, what gives the sitar its unique sound are the sympathetic strings that lay beneath the main strings. These strings pick up the vibrations and then resonate. And something about that sound triggers a deep spiritual feeling. It is the transcendent power of music.

One thing that is important to remember is that numbers are symbols, and symbols always mean more than what appears on the surface, which is why we need to pay attention when certain number sequences appear with unusual frequency.

In a symbol there is concealment and yet revelation: here therefore, by silence and by speech acting together, comes a double significance. In the symbol proper; what we can call a symbol, there is ever, more or less distinctly and directly, some embodiment and revelation of the Infinite; the Infinite is made to blend itself with the Finite, to stand visible, and as it were, attainable there. By symbols, accordingly, is man guided and commanded, made happy, made wretched.

(p. 91)

In conclusion, the authors assert that the time prompt phenomenon is a wake-up call for people to turn away from their distractions and shift their awareness to something spiritual that is taking place.

Something or someone is trying to get us to look away from the cell phones, “Crack Berries,” iPods, and MP3 players, computers, video games, and awful reality shows where we watch people play out their own lives for the camera, while ignoring the sheer potentiality of our own. It is truly incredible to think that the “someone” or “something” may be an internal influence originating within our own brains, or perhaps it is a subconscious poke in the side from some higher (or lower!) dimensional being. Remember this the next time your cell phone rings or your e-mail beeps.

The “who” or “what” matters not—the fact that we are being prompted in the first place is the truly important facet of the equation.

(pp. 215 – 216)

So I want to conclude this post with a true story about an 11:11 time prompt that happened to me. I was visiting family and my aunt told me that she keeps noticing 11:11 on the clock and she is convinced that it is the spirit of my mother (long deceased) communicating with her. I found this strange, because I had also been experiencing 11:11 time prompts and wondering about them, and my aunt was very conservative and not one I would consider being open to mysticism. Anyway, later that evening, my cell phone rang in my pocket. I answered and there was no one on the line, and the time, 11:11.

If you have any stories about time prompts, particularly 11:11, I would love to hear about them in the comment section below.




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10 responses to ““11:11 – The Time Prompt Phenomenon” by Marie D. Jones and Larry Flaxman

  1. I’m not a great fan of such books either but I loved that definition of symbols, Jeff.

    • Hi Monika. So something I have learned in life is to focus on the message and not the messenger. I’ve gained insights from some unorthodox places, or to quote a Grateful Dead song: “Once in a while you can get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.” But sometimes it is hard for me to suspend judgment. Anyway, hope you are having a great weekend.


  2. Thanks for posting this. I have likewise been filtering out the noise, and have recently turned back to classical music, and I have rediscovered something (for me) profound: the music doesn’t change as a function of the noise (politics, tweets, FB recommendations, etc.). I have been increasing the power of the filters, but have made an exception to your posts, and this one confirms that decision. Thanks for your contributions to the general upliftment of the environment we all share.

    • Of all the people from IA, you are the one I most consider an actual friend. I see us as kindred spirits and believe our paths were destined to cross. Let’s do lunch soon, for real!

  3. Eleven rhymes with heaven. So two elevens, for me, is a nice association.

  4. absolutely agree with the page 91 quote of what is probably a somewhat corny book, otherwise. 😀 but so what…i, too, have found incredible treasure in chance encounters in awful environments. when that happens often enough, you stop judging the messenger and thank the Infinite-finite synch that you managed to comprehend one.

    it is particularly affirming that these have come via one of your very own labours of love. nice!

    • I too try to focus on the message and not the messenger. It can be tough sometimes. I probably would never have bought this book on my own, but glad I read it, and it meant a lot that my daughter thought about me when she saw it and was inspired to buy it fir me. Cheers!

  5. E

    I love these little mysteries of the universe. 23 is a rabbit hole I’ve run along since college. 11:11 is one I’ve certainly noticed. I also have a thing for prime numbers, Pythagorean theorem and the pyramids. I was terrible at algebra but the spiritual and artistic meaning of numbers is fun!