THE CHALLENGE IS AN OBSTACLE ENCOUNTERED Definition IN THE EARLY YEARS OF LIFE, AT LEAST, DUE TO THE EMPHASIS PLACED ON THE NEGATIVE EXTREME OF THE POTENTIAL. The Challenge is an important modifier.

The calculation of the Challenge is the only modifier cal- Calculation culation involving subtraction. Always, of course, subtract the smaller number from the larger. Before subtracting, reduce a master number to a single digit.

For example:

April 16, 1958

7-4 = 3 Subtract the month digit and the day digit.

7-5 = 2 Subtract the day digit and the year digit.

3-2=1 Challenge Subtract the two remaining numbers to determine the Challenge.

November 22, 1975 11 22 22

2 4 4 Reduce the master numbers to single digits.

2-0 = 2 Challenge

Subtract the month digit and the day digit.

Subtract the day digit and the year digit.

Subtract the two remaining numbers to determine the Challenge.

Chart 9: The Challenges are described in the top row of chart 9: the

The Challenge/ The Growth Number challenge/the growth number on page 326. There are no Challenges for 9, 11 or 22, but there is a 0 (zero) Challenge. This is the only place in numerology in which the zero is found.

Commentary The 1 and 2 Challenges are most frequent, the 0 and 3 somewhat less frequent, the 4 and 5 considerably less frequent. Very occasionally, you'll find a 6, 7 or 8 Challenge, but they're considerably more difficult than the others. The 7 Challenge, in particular, may have a substantial impact and needs much work to be overcome.

And overcome is the right verb to apply to all the Challenges—or more correctly, converting the negative emphasis of the early years to positive potential.

The Challenge represents experiences which are likely to occur frequently in the life. In the beginning years, just about everyone approaches these situations negatively. By using the willpower, an individual can learn how to deal with the same forces in a constructive manner. The situations recur—but instead of representing obstacles, the situations provide potential for positive growth and development.

Let's look at Lloyd, for instance. Like many of us, he has a 2 Challenge. As a child, Lloyd was timid and shy. His family, especially, could see that he had deep feelings, but they were rarely expressed. As he moved into his teen years, Lloyd was close with only a handful of friends. He was sensitive to criticism, occasionally to the point of tears. It was often easier for him to forego a social occasion than to deal with others who, in fact or in his imagination, were unaware of his sensitivity. Sometimes, when he felt ignored—and with his timidity, he was often overlooked—the hurt would be extreme.

A perceptive high school teacher recognized Lloyd's writing talents and encouraged him to develop this special ability. Lloyd became one of the editors of the school literary magazine and, in his senior year, won a city-wide award for his poetry. Lloyd's peers began to observe his sensitivities and his ability to ■ use them to enlighten others. Receiving praise (instead of the criticism he so feared) allowed Lloyd to expand his writing talents to express the deep feelings he had so long repressed. The shy, reclusive child was becoming a confident and sensitive young man.

Lloyd had enough willpower (along with some fortuitous circumstances) to change the negative emphasis of his Challenge to a positive expression—with dramatic results. With the Challenge, it's never clear at what age this shift will occur. Most people begin to express constructively in their early teens, others continue to emphasize the negative extreme into their adult years.

You may find that the Challenge—with its two poles—may be one of the more enlightening pieces of information in the delineation. Most people will know exactly what you mean when you describe the negative potential, but the possibilities of the positive energy, available with only an effort of the will, may never have crossed their minds. Since the Challenge situations tend to recur throughout the life—Lloyd, as an example, will always find his sensitivity playing a vital role in his well-being or distress—the advantage of the conversion to the positive is obvious.

If the Challenge number is the same as any of the core ele- Special ments, that element tends to be affected by the negative Chal- cases lenge emphasis. This emphasis is substantially lighter and easier to overcome than.the negativity "of a repeated core element or a Karmic Debt, but the Challenge's negativity may be more apparent in the life.

If the Challenge number is the same as a repeated core element or Karmic Debt, the Challenge adds its own burden to the already significant negativity.

If the Challenge number is the same as a negative Intensity Point or a Karmic Lesson, the life is likely to emphasize the negative aspect of that continuum, particularly in the early years.

The paragraphs describing the Challenge would be included Expression along with the descriptions of other modifiers with that same jn modifier number. Since there's no way to determine when the delineation positive conversion takes place, the reading must express both positive and negative as if either one is currently effective.

Hal Allen's organization sheet and delineation

Hal has a 1 Challenge which is placed in the negative energy column on his organization sheet (Figure 14-1 below). Step 8 of Hal's delineation, page 203, includes the effect of the Challenge and deals with Hal's probable domination by others in his early years. Study this step carefully to see how several modifiers are blended.

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