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Posted: June 25, 2009 05:14 PM
Who out there doesn't find astrology fun, interesting and at times eerily accurate? The idea of simultaneously learning something about your personality and your fate is just too attractive to resist, and we know that many of you (like us) start your day, week or month by reading your horoscope and wondering how much of it is true. But the practical side of us thinks that it's just too supernatural and unproven to possibly be correct, and that's why we were so excited to learn about a revolutionary new system called Human Design that combines science, spirituality and mysticism to help you discover the person you were born to be.
Many of us spend our entire lives searching for our life's purpose, constantly wondering what we were put on this planet to accomplish and who we are really supposed to be. Human Design is a "self awareness tool" that not only tells you about your superficial personality traits, but opens your eyes to the deeper parts of yourself by explaining how your personal blueprint informs the way you react to different people, places and things. Perhaps the most innovative element of this system is that it teaches you not to fight your makeup in order to fit more comfortably into this world. Instead, you are meant to live and act as your true self and Human Design can help you determine precisely who that is.
We were fortunate enough to get a personal Human Design reading from Chetan Parkyn, the master himself, and not only did he tell us things about ourselves that we never thought someone could tell from the time and place of our birth, but his reading made us feel validated, accepted and completely understood. We are thrilled to introduce this enlightening system to you, but we couldn't possibly explain it as well as Chetan himself. Below is our interview with Chetan so that you can learn a bit more about this system and discover the blueprint of your true self.
1 - First of all, tell us how you discovered Human Design.
I'd been a mechanical engineer, traveling the world on diverse projects. Then my father died and grief sent me into a period of solitude. I started asking questions about what I'd done with my life, and who was I? Grief sent me inward into some serious self-examination. Consequently, I went to India and, to cut a long story short that is detailed in the book, I was told in 1979 I'd be working with a system that would have far-reaching impact into people's lives. In 1993, I was introduced to Human Design when it was brought to America by its founder, a Canadian man called Ra Uru Hu I realized that here was a system - a tool, an eye-opener - that answered so many questions about who we are as people, and what our purpose & potentials are. Ever since then, I studied it, mastered it and have seen the huge influence it has had on people's lives.
2 - You believe that having a strong sense of self can help people find happiness and fulfillment in life. Please explain how Human Design informs people about who they are and how this can help them change their lives for the better.
Knowing who you are deep down, and honoring that true nature, is a fundamental aspect to finding fulfillment. As I say in the book, it's about the four A's: Accepting your true nature leads to an Allowing which catalyzes an Awakening that brings a personal Authenticity. Human Design reminds you of the person you were born to be and asks whether you're currently living true to that design? Who wouldn't want to know the blueprint of their personality? The actual structure of their inner-being? We have been given all sorts of rule systems and identities to follow blindly whether they have any bearing on our reality at all. This state of disassociation from our true Self is what is actually responsible for all the pain and misery in this world
We are moving into the age of the individual where everyone lives their life according to their own nature; a period that challenges us to be more accountable to ourselves. Human Design not only attunes someone to their own unique nature but also clarifies and demonstrates how each individual can make better decisions that are in accord with their own nature. This is enormously empowering and freeing! If we recognize within ourselves what suits us best we find a life that is constantly fulfilling.
3 - Human Design obviously has many similarities to astrology, but it is far more grounded in science and technical astronomy. Can you explain how "science meets spirituality" in Human Design?
It might appear that Human Design and astrology have common ground but, in actual fact, they're very different. This system divides the sky into 64 compartments, not 12 (signs of the zodiac) and its insights focus on the person within, not the journey ahead.
It can provide a much more detailed snapshot evaluation of an individual than astrology can which is why the book suggests that a better social question would be 'Forget your sign, what's your design?'
Human Design uses an astronomical calculation to determine the placement of the planets at an exact time of birth but that's where the comparisons with astrology end. Because it also fuses with the I-Ching, the Chakra system & the Kaballah to become a system in its own right. Its science is contained within the relevance of neutrinos and quantum physics, as well as the scientific finding that suggest a strong link between the 64 codons of the DNA and the 64 gates within the Human Design system. So there is a real symbiosis with our spiritual journey and science. There's nothing like Human Design in terms of self-discovery, our soulful purpose and the scientific evidence.
4 - In Human Design, we are each born with both conscious and unconscious personality traits. Can you explain the difference between the two and what role free will plays in all of this?
Our unconscious qualities & influences are vaster than our conscious side, and yet many people walk through life without ever examining such inherent parts of themselves. The conscious side of humans is the tip of the iceberg - hiding the much deeper unconscious elements beneath the surface. Ultimately, a personal awakening and an increased awareness of the true self all hinges on getting to know these unconscious characteristics. We say and act out so many things that we do not understand and this is the unconscious at work.
Human Design is the first system of its kind where, at the stroke of a key, both your conscious and unconscious personality traits are laid out on the page before you - and that's when the true self discovery can begin! Human Design doesn't affect our free will - it better informs it. When you know your design for life, and know what suits you, then you're better armed to make wiser choices within that free will. When we live our life more consciously and in accord with our design, we have the closest proximity to what we describe as 'free will', the state in which we can watch our choices as they become implemented in our lives.
5 - By downloading your software, people can map their own life chart, or "personality blueprint." Everyone's chart is different, so can you tell us if there is such a thing as a good chart or a bad chart? Are there certain personality types in Human Design that are better than others?
You can walk along any beach in the world and not find two grains of sand the same. So it is with people. We are all unique - and Human Design sets out to remind you of that very uniqueness; what sets you apart from others; what are your strengths & potentials.
The whole concept of something being either good or bad comes from the formulation of comparisons. If you accept yourself as unique then you will come to see that comparing your life with the life of someone else, or that you have a "good" or "bad" chart in comparison, is meaningless.
The Human Design book takes you on a step by step guide to show you the inner-map within yourself. In many respects, it pulls back the curtain on the personas we carry through life. Imagine how empowering this is in both relationships and the workplace?
What CEO wouldn't want to know the blueprint, potentials, weak spots and proclivities of the entire work force? There is no good and bad when one accepts that authenticity is the only way to approach life - to live a life true to the nature that Human Design reveals.
6 - Finally, tell us how we can learn more about Human Design! Where can our readers go to get a copy of your book and/or schedule their own reading with you?
Everyone asks that, because Human Design is a treasure-trove of personal discoveries. You find out about yourself, then your partner, then your siblings, then your children....
The discoveries are endless. This book will lead you through the maze. Currently, it's on sale in the UK & Canada via www.amazon.co.uk or you can visit our website at www.humandesignforusall.com and click on the book page. Via this website, personal readings can be booked so that people can have a more complete, in-depth experience.
But, first things first - the book is that first step towards an understanding of who you are as a person. It comes with free downloadable software which helps you create the life charts of friends, lovers, children, family members, etc.
We're currently talking with US publishers to bring this book to America either later this year, or early next. The main thing is that I'm excited to be getting this out there, so that people in the UK, the US and throughout the world can ultimately discover who they were truly born to be. There's so much to learn about Human Design, and I'm excited to put this book out there for the enjoyment of a wider audience.