What about TWINS?

I often receive questions from people who are interested in Human Design, and want to know how it all works when it comes to twins. I have a special love for twins (and got a huge kick out of the movie featured to the left), so thought I’d share just a little bit here in the Bloom Blog on the subject.


When twins are born extremely closely together, the differences between their designs generally show up beneath the surface. (i.e. Beneath each of the 64 gates/hexagrams are 6 lines; beneath each line are a number of colors, beneath each color are tones, beneath each tone are bases. So this information gets super specific.)


The good news is that you don’t have to learn about ANY of that in order to put this knowledge to good use. 


One of the things I really love about Human Design is that it shows us the intersection between our nature (our genetic blueprint) and our conditioning (our openness to the world around us, and unique way of taking that world in, making sense of it, relating to it). We are not static beings. We’re always living and responding in relation to the ever-changing contexts in which we find ourselves.  


The way we evolve as people has everything to do with the experiences and relationships we’ve had in our lives, and our way of processing & internalizing the gifts and challenges presented by those relationships.


So even when twins have the same outer design, they can be very different.


An interesting example I’ve seen:  Some pairs of identical/very close twins can end up expressing the different poles of a given theme continuum. You could say they hold “shadows” and “gifts” for each other. 


Especially when they’re young, before they’ve had a chance to really individuate — both from their families and each other — they can end up expressing a beautiful, dynamic wholeness between them.


I’ve noticed some identical twins just organically taking turns, embodying a given “pole” or strength at different times. One leads, one follows; one protects, one reveals the vulnerability; one pushes, the other gives in. And then, they switch! But still, in some deep way, they’re dancing the same dance; they’re emanating a multi-faceted essence together. 


And then of course, for twins just as it is for most of us, life happens.


Each human being has her own path, her own relationships, her own mentors, her own experiences — happy ones, heart breaking ones, strengthening ones, traumatizing ones, you name it. As life unfolds for each twin, the impact of her unique life (with its conditioning, nurturing, traumatizing and empowering influences) has a deeper and deeper effect on the original DNA blueprint. Life events, and the way that the person is supported (or not supported) in meeting those events with self-honor, grace and authenticity, have their impact. And thus the nature of each being finds its increasingly unique expression, its increasingly unique way of dancing with life, or being battered by life. 


In the end, learning about our design is really about learning how our energy works best. How we can make decisions we feel really good about, how we can more gracefully move through this life, with as much permission and as little internal and external resistance as possible.  


So even though a Human Design guide might offer similar guidance to a pair of twins with similar surface designs in relation to their decision-making process, it’s important to remember that the opportunities that are likely to come to each of twins will be very different.  And their minds’ agendas/biases/opinions in relation to those opportunities, and ultimately their way of engaging with those opportunities, would bound to be different for many reasons. 

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