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Open-Ended Circle's business is expanding! Over the
last two years I've been enrolled in training on a fairly new program
called The Human Design System. Each
of us has a unique Human Design configuration with a clear Strategy for
interacting with others in life and a reliable method for
decision-making built in. But until recently, we have not been aware of
these factors and have not been operating according to what works best
for our Design.
At the end of July I achieved a goal of being able to help you understand and live in accordance with your unique Human Design by becoming certified as a Human Design Professional. Rather than obtain information through an unreliable source, I choose to become certified through the International Human Design School (IHDS), the official certifying agency for all Human Design Professionals world-wide.
To understand your own unique nature is the first step towards self-love and fulfillment. As an IHDS-Certified Professional I can assist in empowering you to live in accordance with your own true nature, and know what is correct or not for you. So I'm very excited to share this new information with you!
Look for classes and workshops in the near future on Human Design. If you are interested in understanding yourself and learn more about living your unique design we'll need your exact time, date and place of birth. (Not my mother said it was about 7:30 am. I'm talking exact here!) The Human Design System is based on scientific principles and so precision matters. A couple minutes can make a big difference. If you don't know what time you were born you can check your birth certificate or contact the records department of the county in which you were born.
If you know all your accurate birth information and would like to schedule a personal consultation there are some spaces available later in August.
With election day tomorrow I wanted to share information from Human Design's clarion Ra Uru Hu on our changing times. Many thanks to Mary Ann Winiger for sharing this transcription of Ra from a radio broadcast in 2005.
Ra on changing times…
"It's so interesting to watch the way in which the world works. Many years ago, in 1989, in a little suburb out of Frankford, Germany, I wrote the first book in Human Design. It was called The Human Design System. It was subtitled A Manual for No-fault Living. Somehow over the years that subtitle disappeared. But it was really at the heart and core of the value of understanding this knowledge. It is that in understanding this knowledge, it is not about fault and blame. This is not about the blame game.
When I look out at this phenomenon and see the way it's commented on, see the way it enrages certain people and certain causes and how quick everyone is to jump in and to make accusations of this and that and the other thing. It's astonishing to me. This is a choiceless life, it truly is. Anybody who has followed my Global Cycles teaching over the last 15 years will know that I have predicted the collapse of institutions. It's not me predicting it; it's just simply obvious in the way in which the global mechanisms work. That collapse is a natural thing. That is, we are coming to the edge of the impact of the Cross of Planning on our lives as a global cycle.
We've had hundreds of years of this. Hundreds of years of seeing the development of institutions; and the development of institutions to look after the needs of large expanded communities. Everything about the 40/37 is rooted in this inherent bargain with the community to provide the community for its infrastructure, its needs, support it, police it, all the things that are part of the Cross of Planning. Well, it's collapsing. It's not collapsing because of people. It's not falling apart because people in positions of power today do not know how to use that power or in ineffective in it.
The system is breaking down not because there is something wrong with the system; its time is coming to an end. It just is.
So many of the beings that are involved deeply with institutions worldwide live in an illusion of its perfectibility because that's what we've been dealing with for 400 years. We've been dealing with the process of trying to perfect the institutions. But we're coming to a time where the institutions don't matter. Where there is no global imprint that focuses humanity on this as an underlying structure. We're headed into a cycle where, in fact, "everyone is for themselves" to one degree or another.
The pressure is on for the transformation of the consciousness. It all comes together. It's not like it's all dark and evil and it's going to be bad. But, the thing that's important for everyone to take in at this point in dealing with what will be the continuing collapse of institutions to be able to perfect their process; to truly be able to serve humanity is that you have to see that it's not about turning your face towards a not-self collective, it's about turning inward. This is all about this movement away from collective authority to personal authority.
What you're seeing is the breakdown of collective authority to really be something that can truly be trusted. It can't. And not because they are untrustworthy, not because they are lying or scheming or all these things-human beings do all of this stuff. It can't be trusted because it is a dying theme. It's like holding onto a sinking ship.
Human Design is about the potential of every individual; individual, not a mass. Human Design is not an institutional constructed movement. It's one person at a time. It's one person at a time not abandoning anything, but discovering within themselves their authority. If there is any great lesson out there, it is that what to do in time of threat is not to turn on your TV, your radio, or your computer to look for advice from somewhere out there. It's to trust within yourself to know clearly within yourself that there is an authority within you that is going to guide you no matter what.
Everything about this knowledge is about stripping away the dependency on those who have no right to control you, condition you unless that is precisely what is correct for you and only you can decide. When you look out in this world and you look around and you see what's going on and you see the dilemma that we have with all the various things that have been emerging over the last 20, 30 years, I want you to grasp something. There is no cure for these things. There is no supra-government great leader that's suddenly going to step up to the plate and fix it all, because it's not fixable. It's just falling apart.
It means that each and every one of you have to look within yourself, and have to see therein lies what is correct for you; your authority, your capacity to be able to live correctly in this life regardless of the circumstances that are around you. Oh, how easy it is for the not-self to be a victim. The world is filled with victims. And they blame the institutions. Well, soon there will nothing left, in that sense, to blame.
These are unusual times; we get to live on the cusp of a great change in the way in which the world works. And any time in the history of humanity that you come to these cusp points, there are all kinds of disarray that arises all around it. It's a change. There is a deep and profound mutative force that is at work on this planet. So let's leave the blame game behind, and let's enter into what is the only thing that will allow us to survive in the next cycle-the honoring of individual authority. Follow your strategy, honor your inner authority, operate correctly within yourself and you will live as you should in this life. That is the point.
There is no one you can depend on. There is no one you can rely on. And truly, there is no one you can trust but yourself. And when you're correct and you're operating correctly, that trust in yourself is your armor for this life. It will protect you; it will guide you because it's precisely what you are here for. And we are the ones, our generation, who stand at the edge of this precipice. We are the ones that are here to demonstrate the correctness of the way, so that we can enter into this new age. That us, our children, that those beings that we have contact with, can enter into this new cycle properly equipped."
Ra Uru Hu 2005
Transcription of Ra from a radio show in 2005.
Clarity - the quality or state of being clear.
It's easy for others to tell us what to do. It's not their life after all! And if we blindly follow what others tell us we should or shouldn't do we frequently don't feel comfortable with or may even come to regret the decision made. Perhaps we can never have 100 percent clarity but it is possible to achieve a clear enough understanding of the situation to feel comfortable with the decision made.
For most of us there's no truth in the now - right this second - the clarity comes over time. It's best to be with the question of what is correct for us in an emotional way - riding the wave of emotions, experiencing what the decision feels like when we are in a good emotional state and then what it feels like in the down emotional state before feeling a sense of clarity in making the decision. This could take a few minutes, a few hours, a few days, sometimes a full month, year or more depending on the decision to be made. Some decisions just can't be rushed into. So if the decision feels good in the high and in the low wave of our emotion that's when we go forward.
Some people experience clarity with that "gut-level" feeling. When it comes time to make a decision there's a feeling in the stomach that has a sound associated with it like "uh huh" (yes) or "uh uh" (no) that is the voice of their intuition. When that little voice hesitates it means the clarity hasn't been reached, check back later!
Others need to ask "What do I want?" or "What makes me happy?" And yet others have to hear themselves talk about the decision before finding clarity, talking about it to trusted friends who are not there to tell them what to do but rather to ask them questions that will guide them to clarity.
Use your mind to get the facts needed for your decision but use your unique form of process to find the clarity needed to make the decision is best for you.
I'm not the most limber of yoga practitioners but I enjoy my yoga time with Michelle Adams at Deep Dog Yoga. Her Healing Yoga sessions are tailored to the needs of the participants and the benefits occur on many levels. I recently experienced some releases facilitated by the yoga practice that I wanted to share as the process may help you as well.
During one of the standing asana positions a slight back bend was involved - arms up over the head moving back towards the wall behind me. I was standing in front of the wall so there wasn't far to go. We're not talking a huge back bend here, just a small movement that was difficult for me as my back can be very stiff. As I held the position for a few seconds I noticed there was an area of my spine between my shoulder blades that felt stuck. It was uncomfortable and wasn't allowing me to move back any further.
I focused all my attention on the area and asked my body "What's there? What's this discomfort about?" To my surprise I felt sorrow coming from the area of my spine! I don't know what the sorrow was from and I didn't try to figure it out as it was likely not one event but the accumulation of several events. I kept my mind in neutral - not trying to analyze it - and gently set my attention on the area. With each inhale of my ujjayi breath I imagined beautiful loving energy moving into the area and imagined the sorrow energy leaving on the exhale. After a couple of breaths I was able to move through the discomfort and touch the wall behind me, releasing sorrow's hold on my spine.
Moving on in the same practice I began to experience extreme discomfort in my right knee during a pretzel pose. As a Reiki energy medicine practitioner for over 20 years I know that we hold our fears in our knees and it can lead to extreme discomfort or dysfunction in the knee area. This time I found myself talking to my knee and the fear residing there. I imagined the knee and the fear both had personalities. I imagined my breath going into the knee and the fear leaving on the exhale. I addressed the fear saying, "Thank you for the lessons, you can go now." I had no idea what I was afraid of - probably a combination of lots of fear energy built up over time - and it didn't matter. I just addressed the fear energy present there. Within a few short minutes the pain was relieved leaving the knee a bit uncomfortable but no longer in pain.
The experience of moving through the discomfort in both the spine and knee were profound and I concluded the practice feeling as though a huge release of pent-up emotion had taken place. As I continue my yoga practice I remember to refrain from trying to analyze my physical sensations or limitations, be present in the moment, keep my focus on my body and the breath, and imagine the breath going into the uncomfortable areas and releasing the uncomfortable energy with the exhale. For my back and knee I had the realization of (sorrow) or knew (fear) what was creating the discomfort. Now if I don't know what is causing the pain I just give it a name and tell it I love it, thank it for the lessons and imagine it moving out on the exhale.
Enjoy your practice!
In Peace, Linda
Last month during a Reiki session I realized my words had shifted from "Relax and Let Go" to "Relax and Release." I found it interesting that "release" felt very different than "let go." Relax and release has become my new favorite go-to phrase for calming, balancing and stress reduction - all healing energies themselves.
Release - to set free from restraint, confinement or servitude; to relieve from something that confines, burdens or oppresses; to give up or relinquish.
Here's why "Relax and Release" feels so different to me and ultimately more powerful. When I think of "letting go," my mind goes to my hands opening and releasing whatever it is I'm holding on to. It's a very generalized exerience. Just my hand and maybe arms are involved. I feel relief in my arms and shoulders but that's it. It's a very external activity.
When I say "release," I feel it in my entire body. Inside and outside. There is a release of tension that starts at the center of my body and moves outward and away. My face and head relax. It feels so good!
We all have a tendency to internalize our feelings and emotions. We hold them inside because that's what human beings do. It's very natural. But we forgot, or were never taught, that there's no lock on our inner being. We can open the door and let those stressful energies out at any time. But we hold on and hold on. Think of how wonderful the fish feels when we release it into the water- it's natural habitat. "Ahhh, I can be my true self now," says the fish. "I'm free."
There's a sense of freedom that comes with a release. A clearing of internal strife that allows us to connect more fully with our true being. We don't have to identify what we are releasing because the emotional energies are all mixed together. It's not about focusing on what we want to get rid of. It's about just releasing... and our wisdom-self knows what to move out, what to let float away, what to relinquish.
So it's not about trying. It's just about doing. What I do is take a few seconds whenever I think of it to take a deep breath and say to myself "Relax and Release." Say "Relax and" on the inhale and "Release" on the exhale. When you exhale imagine the breath not just coming out of the nose or mouth but imagine the air moving out of the lungs in all directions - like the ripples of water when you drop a stone in a still pond. Somehow for me it brings my shoulders back, my chest opens, I feel my head relax and it brings a smile to my face.
Everyone's different so you may find that "let go" is just as powerful or works in the same way as "release" does for me. The key is to remember to use it. Use what works best for you! The technique is easy and can be done anywhere, any time. Once you start remembering to use it on a regular basis you'll find yourself more calm and peacful throughout the day. Try it at night for a restful sleep!
Share your technique for releasing stress and tension with us! We can all learn and benefit from each other.
In peace.... Linda