The Challenge of Teaching a System (like Human Design)

It’s a highly challenging task to present a system like Human Design (or any limited ‘typing system’ for that matter) in a way that is easy to understand, super accessible, and at the same time, not inadvertently strengthening of a dualistic world view.


If swallowed whole, or held on too tightly, even an intentionally empowering system like Human Design can “get in the way”… and result in a person becoming over-identified and ultimately less able to relax, be themselves, open their hearts and surrender to the mystery!


That’s the risk we take whenever we work with a system or a map — which as all the transpersonalists say, is never to be confused with the ‘territory’.


I’ve also found that when an approach to learning a system relies too heavily on the mind, people more easily fall prey to external conditioning.


It almost doesn’t matter how brilliant or non-dualistic the theory behind the system is. If the main ‘way in’ is through the mind, and people aren’t given opportunities to experiment, embody or ‘try on the theory’ to see if it fits, they’re more likely to swallow the whole kit-and-kaboodle… and bypass the enormously informative process of living experimentation.


So for me, giving people a lot of heart-based permission to experiment with a system (a system that is openly acknowledged as limited) is both important and valuable.


This has been one of my deepest intentions in creating the Designed to Blossom Program — to provide people with plenty of opportunities to explore, to expand, to have fun, to challenge, to test, to hold lightly, to take risks, to take what fits and leave the rest, and ultimately, to add the unique fruits of their own discovery to the expanding collective research pool.  We’re all in this together!


Another one of my deepest intentions is to form a bridge between traditional Human Design and some of the beautiful transpersonal work being done by Richard Rudd (through The Gene Keys) and Werner and Laura Pitzal (through Integral Human Design).

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