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Bodies don’t wake up.

“That can actually sound quite cute. But anyway they don’t. They don’t. Vehicles don’t wake up. It’s not even in their criteria. Vehicles are vehicles. Only passengers can wake up.

To break through that, it’s not enough to say “Ok, follow your strategy, honor your inner authority.” You can’t imagine, well, I guess you can because most of you have heard it, I say this endlessly, it is my “take two aspirins and go to bed,” over and over and over again, but it’s not enough when it comes to any attempt to awaken the passenger. As I said earlier, you can follow your design and have the serendipity that your passenger sees. There isn’t anything to say that there isn’t a 2nd line somewhere that will come to that quite naturally. It’s all possible. But in terms of the vast population, in terms of the vast majority of people who will experiment with this knowledge? No. No, it’s not a given because it is a gift and not a right. How about that? It’s not a right.

There can be a number of ways. You can be Krishnamurti. That is, you can have a fabulous intellectual mind. And through the very glory of your intellectual mind you can get to a resolute place of recognizing choicelessness. Bravo, very few beings can do that. It’s impressive, but very few can. You can have satori, that incredible epiphany, magical moment, whatever you want to call it, in which suddenly seeing is there. So many of the beings that we call masters, gurus, whatever, have had these kinds of experiences where suddenly there’s this seeing and everybody says “ah”; yeah, well, ok. It’s not transferable. We’re talking about transference and we’re talking about what’s transferable. I have no right as a teacher to teach anything that isn’t transferable” – Ra Uru Hu

Human Design is not a moral knowledge

“It doesn’t teach us to be nice
Human Design is the rule breaker
It urges us to be ourselves in any price
All the prices our conditioned mind might think we pay
Turn out to be the biggest gifts bestowed upon us through this process
There is no bigger gift then being one’s SELF
It can’t be quantified
It can’t be compared
It can’t be defined
And there is nothing more important or worthy than it.
There is no cause
There is no enlightenment.
SELF is all there is.
And the gift of its unique expression through a body and mind.
We humans have so many ideas, in any path we walk.
Every “truth” brings endless words to feed the thought,
Which now translates its instructions into new language.
If we believe it, we fall into the pit. Illusion.
If we think it can tell us what it means to be SELF
We are mistaken.
The problem cannot recognize the solution
Thought cannot comprehend what is before and beyond thought.
Human Design reminds us what it is to be a guest here, on this plane.
A passenger consciousness in a vehicle,
Driving us safely on itself.
To be a passenger is not to look at everyone else,
And think who we are in compared to them.
It is to watch and see our SELF,
Being revealed and exposed, out of letting go into what IS.
And to allow the expression of it as it is,
Without masks, or trying to please and ease, to fit in.
Without fighting to change, to be someone or something.
It is the greatest gift we can give ourselves and others.
And it takes courage. It takes courage to be who we are.
Mostly the courage of the first decision – to try.
After that, out strategy and authority take us.
I love Human Design.” – Pavaka Katzir – Living Your Design Guide – Human Design Manifestor Group

What is left to ‘let go’ of?

“So I meet so many people around the world who are trying to let go of or release thoughts and feelings, they’re trying so hard to be free from thoughts and feelings. Of course that’s the mind’s version of freedom, that’s always the mind’s conversation with present experiences. ‘How can I be free from you? How can I be free from you, fear? Hey anger, how can I be free from you? Hey doubt, how can I free myself from you?’
So that’s how the mind conceives of freedom, it’s some kind of destination, some kind of goal.

So I’d like to shift the paradigm. What if freedom is not a goal? It’s not a destination? It’s not something that’s coming in the future, but freedom is actually your nature. So it’s no longer about, ‘How can I be free from thoughts and feelings? How can I free myself from judgmental thoughts or negative thoughts? How can I free myself from fear or sadness or shame?’
What if the true freedom actually lies in this allowing, allowing thoughts to be here, allowing feelings to be here. So you’re not trying to free yourself from thoughts and feelings but you are the freedom, you are by nature, it’s your nature, freedom. You are the freedom in which thoughts are allowed to come and go, feelings are allowed to come and go. The freedom in which fear is allowed to arise and fall, in which anger is allowed to appear and disappear. As if you were this great ocean of presence and every thought, every feeling was like a wave coming and going in your vast embrace and your ever present embrace.

If you conceive of a thought or a feeling as a child standing in the doorway, the doorway of presence, the doorway of the present moment. And that child could be a thought, a feeling, it could be sadness, it could be fear. So what we normally do, is slam the door in the face of that child and say ‘I don’t want you here, you shouldn’t be here in the present moment, there’s no room for you, you don’t belong’.
And that’s when we end up trying to let go of, or release. We try to release or let go of these thoughts and feelings. Which basically means, we don’t want them, we don’t want them, they don’t belong.
So the moment you’re trying to release or let go of a thought or feeling, basically you’re in deep resistance to that thought or feeling, you don’t want it within you.

So this is an invitation to let go of the very idea of letting go, to release the very idea of release. Because that’s not what these thoughts and feelings are asking for, these children at the door. Sadness doesn’t come with that message. Sadness is not asking to be released. Sadness is not asking to be let go of. Sadness is not asking to be transcended. Sadness is not asking to be healed actually.
These thoughts, these feelings, all they’re asking is that ‘Is there room for me? Can I be here? Can I be here? Can I come in? Can I exist? Am I allowed to exist?’ And in so many ways our answer is ‘No’.

But I think that’s what waking up is really all about. It’s like ending the war with thoughts and feelings, because you come to remember your nature.
And I love this metaphor; you are the sky, and thoughts and feelings are part of the ever-changing weather. And thoughts and feelings can be pleasurable, the joy, the bliss, ecstasy, excitement, contentment or the weather can be negative, we use this word negative, you know, there can be a storm, there can be rain, there can be sleet, there can be fog, there can be anger and sadness and doubt and shame. But as the sky, there’s so much room, there is so much room in what you are, in presence, there’s so much room.

So from the perspective of presence, which is what you are, there is no question of releasing or letting go of thoughts or feelings. The sky is not trying to release or let go of or be free from the rain, the sleet, the fog, the snow. That’s not a question for presence, how to be free from thoughts or feelings because presence itself is freedom.

So from that perspective you can say to thoughts or feelings ‘Hey of course, of course you can be here, come in. Stay for as long as you need to stay’.
You’re not, you’re no longer trying to let go of or release thoughts and feelings, you’re being the permission, this permission. You say to sadness ‘Hey, like, you can stay, stay for a minute, stay for an hour, stay for a day. You can come, you can stay, you can leave, you can come back.’ That’s a much more honest and loving conversation.

So in a way you’re not, you’re no longer trying to let go of sadness, you’re not trying to let sadness go, you’re letting sadness be. It’s a lot easier because it’s your nature.
You’re letting sadness stay, you’re letting sadness go, of course, if sadness wants to go. You’re letting sadness come back, if sadness wants to come back, because you are not the sadness, you are the space for the sadness, the sky, the presence. You’re letting fear come, yes, you’re letting fear go, yes. You’re letting fear come back, if it needs to, if it wants to.

You’re not trying, you see, it’s very very different from trying to let go of fear because then you’re at war and it goes against your nature. As the sky of presence, there’s no question of trying to release or trying to let go.
And then ironically, that is the letting go, that is the release, that is the relief of just being the space in which every thought, however strange, however fantastical, however seemingly negative or every feeling, however intense, however unexpected, however uncomfortable has a home.” – Jeff Foster, The myth of ‘letting go’

transcript by Evelyne Beyer

What I came to see was that my suffering wasn’t a result of not having control

“Before I woke up to reality, I had a symbol for all my frustration: my children’s socks. Every morning they would be on the floor, and every morning I would think, “My children should pick up their socks.” It was my religion. You could say my world was accelerating out of control in my mind; there were socks everywhere. And I would be filled with rage and depression because I believed these socks didn’t belong on the floor even though, morning after morning, that’s where they were. I believed it was my children’s job to pick them up even though, morning after morning, they didn’t.

I use the image of children and socks, but you might find that for you, the same thoughts apply to the environment, politics or money. We think these things should be different than they are, and we suffer because we believe our thoughts. At 43, after 10 years of deep depression and despair, my real life began.

What I came to see was that my suffering wasn’t a result of not having control; it was a result of arguing with reality. I discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered; when I didn’t believe them, I didn’t suffer and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional. I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not for a single moment. That joy is in everyone, always.

When you question your mind for the love of truth, your life always becomes happier and kinder. Inquiry helps the suffering mind move out of its arguments with reality. It helps us move into alignment with constant change. After all, the change is happening anyway, whether we like it or not. Everything changes. But when we’re attached to our thoughts about how that change should look, we feel uncomfortable when we realize we’re not in control. Through inquiry, we enter the area where we do have control: our thinking. We question our thoughts about the ways in which the world seems to have gone crazy, for example. And we come to see that the craziness was never in the world, but in us.

When we understand our thinking, we understand the world, and we come to love it. In that, there’s peace.

Who would I be without the thought that the world needs improving? Happy where I am right now: the woman sitting on a chair in the sunlight. Pretty simple. The apparent craziness of the world, like everything else, is a gift we can use to set our minds free. Any stressful thought you have about the planet, for example, or about life and death, shows you where you’re stuck, where your energy is being exhausted as a result of not fully meeting life as it is, without conditions. You can’t free yourself by finding a so-called “enlightened” state outside your own mind. When you question what you believe, you eventually come to see you’re the enlightenment you’ve been seeking.

Until you can love what is–everything, including the apparent violence and craziness–you’re separate from the world, and you’ll see it as dangerous and frightening. I invite everyone to put these fearful thoughts on paper, question them, and set themselves free. When the mind is not at war with itself, there’s no separation in it. I’m 65 years old and unlimited. I’m no longer interested in what my children do with their socks.”

Quoted from a book by Byron Katie: A thousands names for joy

Planetary Transit Time Chart

Image by Cathy Kinnaird

Source: Channels by Type 4 – Understanding the Transit Program

Except that we don’t use the 29.5 days synodic cycle in Human Design, but the 27.3 days sidereal cycle.
See calculations here: Lunar Cycle Calculations

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