This is a common question. It seems each and every one of us at some time in our lives deal with this phenomenon. There is no simple answer. Each set of repeating numbers has a different meaning.
As a rule of thumb, when a person keeps seeing the same number pattern - sometimes with slight variations - it points to two things. The meaning of the numbers involved are a current issue for the individual, and the numbers function as a warning to get the person to pay attention.
For example, when the number 11 is prominent within the pattern, as seems to be the case more often than any other number, intuition - or the acceptance thereof - is an issue, and ..... you better take some time and make the effort to figure out what your subconscious is trying to tell you.
The following is a listing of the numbers that are found most often to be prominent within those patterns, and a somewhat general description of what they represent.
With the number 11 the issue is always one of subtlety, intuition, sensitivity, awareness, and the presence of knowledge that is not being applied. You need to trust your intuition. Your gut feelings tend to be more reliable than your "rational" understanding. You are making the wrong decisions based on what you think you know, while deep down your intuitive understanding is telling you to go a different direction.
Very often, people experience this number pattern the early stages of a relationship, and in that context, it should be considered a warning. Take it very slow. Be very careful. Don't stick your head in the sand when you realize something within the relationship is not quite right. Chances are, it isn't. This does not mean that just because you see the number 11 appear everywhere, you should get out of the relationship. But it does mean that there are certain things you should be aware of. Actually, I should say you are, deep within, aware of them, but you need to make the next and consciously acknowledge what you already know on a subconscious level.
When romance is not part of the picture, this number can point at just about anything else. Perhaps there are things happening in your work environment you have not paid attention to, although your feelings have been trying to tell you something.
In short, you have to take a close look at your life and "read between the lines." Your inner self is attempting to communicate with you and you are not listening. Open up and acknowledge what you know. Trust thyself.
The 22 almost always deals with the productive part of your life; your , your responsibilities, your creativity.
You are either ignoring opportunities, or you are afraid of the potential results - even if they are promising (or precisely because they are promising). You are quite possibly at a stage in your life when the door is open to a promised land. Very scary. Can you handle it?
The great Russian master Gurdjev, talks about "extra effort." This is the secret to success on all levels of life; material, spiritual, emotional. In a nutshell, the explanation is this. People who do not put forth effort end up losing every opportunity and every chance of real happiness. They are the losers among us. Poor, unhappy, and full of self-pity. Petty crime, jealousy, anger, cynicism, lost love, and blaming every one but themselves, is a loser's daily experience.
Those of us who understand the need for effort and live up to that, do fine. Perhaps not rich, perhaps not involved in the perfect relationship, perhaps not anywhere near as successful as we think we deserve to be, we nonetheless muddle on in relative peace and contentment. We have our friends, we have a job, we have opportunities.
Than there are those who have it in their nature to apply extra effort to everything they do. They don't just do their jobs. They do it better than is required. They apply themselves completely to everything they do. They are perfectionists. They demand the most of themselves. And not just in their jobs. Their spiritual experiences also reflect this. They don't accept anything because it is easy, or convenient, or expected, or comfortable. They search and sacrifice. They question, and they put everything on the line for just one more little bit of understanding. They risk friendships and romance in the search for knowledge. On the emotional plane, they are hard and unforgiving to themselves, but compassionate and generous to others. They don't make excuses or try to shift the blame.
And, lo and behold, there is balance in all things; they reach a happiness and contentment, an inner peace and visible spiritual strength that is recognized and admired by many. They win. They always reap their rewards.
This is Gurdjev's lesson: Effort is always rewarded exponentially.
If the 22 is found prominent within a number pattern that just keeps popping up in your life, it means you have it in you to become a person for whom the path of extra effort is the natural path. You just need to shift gears.
The number 33, in the context of repeating numbers, represents generosity, the act of giving. You have something to give, but you are holding on. The thing you have to offer is not material. It is knowledge, faith, wisdom, love, or one of the many other qualities of the heart and mind. Look around you. Look inside. What is it that you have to offer. Because something is asking you to surrender to the act of giving. And your happiness depends on it.
The number 16 also is quite common, and is perhaps the one to be viewed most strongly as a warning. You are approaching a dangerous time in your life. Your perspective of yourself, of who you are, clashes with reality and the world you live in. You are misreading many of the signs. Your perspective is probably off by a dangerous margin. You need to take the time to step back and re-evaluate your life as open-minded and honest as possible. Start with the assumption that you are probably wrong on many fronts. Be self-critical. Be brutally honest with yourself.
If you can do it, you may want to consider taking some time off. Quiet time. But also talk to others. People you are close to and trust to be honest and straightforward with you. Let them have the opportunity to see your doubts and fears. Listen to what they have to say.
You need to get back on course, perhaps others can be your guiding stars.