What is Human Design?: Authenticity, Purpose and Living Your Design

Hi my loves,

Okay I am so way excited about this post. For my IRL friends, you guys know this is literally all I've talked about (and studied about) for like the last 6 months.

 Here's my rave mandala - combining I-Ching, Astrology and my Body Graph... and you guys, every single little thing on this chart has serious meaning.

Here's my rave mandala - combining I-Ching, Astrology and my Body Graph... and you guys, every single little thing on this chart has serious meaning.

 

If you're my insta friend, you know too, I've been mentioning human design on occasion as I've gotten more into it, and so finally here we are! I've invited my Human Design reader, Jaclyn of interiorcreature.com to write a post about HD, what it is, how it works and all that good stuff. 

I've got a code at the close of this post that's good through 9/15. So read on and then go, run, schedule your appointment. Your life will be forever changed, I promise!

xo,

Andi


Authenticity, Purpose and Human Design

By Jaclyn Michelle

On the morning of February 4th of this year, I woke up crying. Like body-shaking, snot bubbles, drops-you-to-your- knees, can’t-catch-your-breath UGLY crying. The moment my alarm went off, this soul-level sob rose out of me with such tremendous force and power that I knew I could no longer ignore how truly deeply miserable I was.

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On paper, I had every reason to be happy. Professionally, I had “made it.” I was “successful.” I had a fantastic title at a well-respected international educational publishing house. I was consistently crushing my sales quotas, outperforming my colleagues, winning back-to-back awards and pulling in six figures annually. In reality though, I was a giant ball of stress. My work-life balance was, well, non-existent. The morning I woke up sobbing was a Sunday, and like most Sundays, I had to be packed, out the door, and on a plane by noon, en route to the first of four states I would work in that week. The more successful I was in my position, the more responsibility I was given, and my territory had expanded to include the western half of the United States. At first, all of the travel was invigorating. I loved being able to explore new places and collect new experiences, but waking up in a new hotel room every morning and living out of a suitcase had long lost it’s luster. I had no time to actually experience any of the places I visited, and spent most of my days racing to meet deadlines, rushing from presentations to meetings and back to the airport to hurry to the next destination, lather rinse repeat, until I collapsed back home Friday night. I was averaging 60-70 hour work weeks and had been running on running on fumes, adrenaline, and far too much caffeine for three and a half years, so by the time the morning of February 4th rolled around, I was sick and tired and DONE. My body was screaming at me to STOP, and there was nothing I could do other than listen and surrender.


I turned in my letter of resignation the following Monday. I was at once exhilarated and terrified. I had never not had a plan. Each and every step in my career had unfolded with such effortless ease, one job or position leading to the next, that I had never really taken the time to stop and ask myself if I was happy, if each step was a step I wanted to take, if the path I was walking down led somewhere I wanted to go. Instead, I just went where I was told, trusting that if it was so easy, it must be right, right? But that easy road had ultimately lead me to illness, exhaustion and depression. Pulling over, with no plan and no path, was both completely foreign and exactly what I needed.


For that first month, my focus was on resting and recovering. It was like my body could not get enough sleep, and I was virtually bed-bound. I dragged myself to the doctor and had ALL of the blood work (13 vials worth of testing!!!), the results of which indicated adrenal fatigue, substantial inflammation, and vitamin deficiency. Work had literally made me ill, and I made a promise to myself then and there that I would never again accept a job or give my energy to anything that compromised my health or my happiness. But that promise lead me to another question: what was going to make me happy?


Enter Human Design.

Prior to leaving my corporate life behind, I made several attempts at a healthier work-life balance and instead of hopping on endless conference calls or responding to a never-ending barrage of emails, I started to listen to podcasts during my flights and drives. I had gotten so far away from holding space for my own passions and interests, that I was desperate to reconnect with who I was outside of work. To compound matters, I was lonely AF. I had moved across the country twice in as many years, and knew virtually no one outside of work, so I joined the Facebook communities for these podcasts, hoping to meet some local like-minded souls.

 In one podcast group, a woman had posted about having a Human Design reading and shared that it had given her clarity around her purpose, her passions and her karma. It was like she had flipped a switch on inside of me. I felt personally erased by my professional life and completely disconnected from what happiness felt like for me, and had been asking the Universe “WHAT AM I HERE TO DO? WHAT IS GOING TO MAKE ME HAPPY??” on a near daily basis...so stumbling upon this thread and this moment seemed like a sign. After a fruitless google search, I logged onto Amazon, loaded my cart with every single book they sold on Human Design, and hit “purchase.” It turned out to be the best impulse buy I’ve ever made.


As I was bed-bound that first month, I started reading those books and researching my chart between naps, hoping this system would provide some clarity into what my next step should be. Turns out, my special happy nerdy place is anything that lives in the intersection between science and spirituality, and Human Design hit that sweet spot. I went DEEP down the research rabbit hole and was ENTHRALLED. I learned what type was, how my open and closed centers impacted how I used my energy, and was even able to understand my dharma and karma for this incarnation. I have never experienced anything like it. And then that light switch inside me was switched on even brighter. This super dense and technical system just clicked for me on an almost cellular level. And If this amazing tool could articulate exactly who I was and how I experienced life with such truth and clarity and power, then it felt selfish and irresponsible to keep it to myself.
Completely reenergized, I pestered family and friends for their birth info, ran their charts, and gave many an unsolicited reading. The more I learned, the more Human Design transformed how I viewed myself and those around me. It gave me a new language with which to articulate who I was, what was authentically mine and what wasn’t, and it became increasingly clear that I was here to teach and share this powerful resource with as many people as possible.


So, what is Human Design? Channeled in 1987 by Ra Uru Hu, this system combines ancient teachings from Astrology, Kabbalah’s Tree of Life, the Chakra System, and the I’Ching with the modern sciences of biochemistry, genetics, and theoretical & quantum physics. Every single person on earth, as psychology and sociology suggest, is a unique combination of nature and nurture, traits that we’re born possessing and traits we’re conditioned to a adopt based on external influences such as our families, friends, teachers, members of our community and society/ culture as a whole. Human Design is concerned with the nature aspect of this equation, and provides a map of who you are and what you’re here to do during this lifetime based on your date, time and place of birth. The idea is that by gaining insight into who we are at our deepest, most authentic levels, we can start to identify limiting beliefs and damaging ways of being in order to release them and find our way back to the purest versions of ourselves. Each of our maps (called body graphs) includes several important pieces of information:


• which of our centers are open and which are closed
• what type we are & what our decision-making strategy is
• which internal or external intuitive authority we should defer to for guidance when making decisions
• which gifts we’ve been given and which lessons we’re here to learn, as determined by our combination of gates
& channels (which live in our conscious personality or unconscious design, on lines in the hexagram, and in
specific planets and carry the influence of all of these factors)
• our profile & incarnation cross, which give specific insight into our purpose and karma
 

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The Planets Oui We

My life has made a sharp 180 degree turn from what it looked like that tear-soaked February morning. Today, I own my time. My sleep is restful and restorative and thankfully, I don’t wake up sobbing anymore. My vitamin levels are slowly improving and my stress-levels are basically non-existent. More importantly, I’m learning to see the world not from a place of scarcity or fear, but from a place of love. I’ve used what I’ve learned about my Human Design to create a career and a life that is in deep alignment with what gives me joy, and I spend my days helping others understand their charts so that they can start making the shifts in their own lives that invite in more happiness, grace, ease and flow. My clients are amazing women from a diversity of backgrounds and experiences and are all doing the important work around owning who they are, stepping into their worth, and holding space for reflection and deep growth, and Human Design provides a powerful road map for that work. As I research and unpack my clients charts, I’m able to share with them:


• the most effective ways for them to use their energy (i.e. are they built for stamina or meant to work in short bursts and then rest?)
• insight into their emotional landscape
• the most effective strategy for entering into commitments and making decisions
• how to get out of their heads and into their bodies to make decisions in a way that’s authentic and personal to
them
• insight into their dharma (their purpose during this incarnation) and their karma (the lessons they are here to
teach and the lessons they are here to learn)
• insight into the origins of their gifts and their fears


If you’re interested in learning more about Human Design...
• Head on over to mybodygraph.com to run your chart for free. You’ll need to know your birthdate, birthplace and time of birth. If you’re not sure about the time you were born, check out your long-form birth certificate, ask a parent, or estimate to the closest hour. Just like your astrological natal chart, even slight variations in time will impact your overall chart, so try to get your birth time as close to the minute as possible.
• My website interiorcreature.com is dedicated to teaching the modern woman how to hack her Human Design chart in practicable, easy-to-understand language. Start with the tab “New to Human Design?” and follow the click path to learn about your unique makeup of open and closed centers, your type & strategy, your authority, and the lines in the hexagram that influence your gates, channels, and profile.
• I created YOU by design as a monthly subscription service for those who want to go deeper. Inside this portal are podcasts, videos, downloadable journal pages & cheat sheets, expert interviews and actionable tools for living your unique Human Design.
• If you’d rather not go it alone or have a ton of questions about your personal chart, I also offer 1:1 chart readings virtually where I take my clients through the finer details of their chart and hold space to answer specific, individual questions. They are truly the best part of my day and would love to connect with you!
   


 To get 22% off a reading use the code OUIWE // book before 9/15/18. 

5 Summer Beauty Essentials Taking the Front Row in My Beauty Cabnit

This season is truly all about fun in the sun: from pool days to festival days, cookouts and park days with champagne - the Summer is all about time outdoors with friends. As someone that spent a decade of my life working in beauty and wellness I'm constantly investigating what's new on the market. I receive more beauty box subscriptions each month (focusing on clean beauty is a must) than I probably need (just ask my partner who wonders on the regular what in the world I could possibly do with another bottle of oil). As a collection of holistic beauty essentials and some luxury level goodies too I've decided it's time to round up my Summer essentials. 

Read on.

Supergoop! SPF 50 SUNSCREEN GLOW STICK

So after way too many years in the sun I've recently had a little skin cancer scare. The Supergood Glow Stick is the first thing I think about applying before I leave the house. It'll give you that that vacation glow while still protecting your skin with SPF 50.

CARBON COCO ULTIMATE CARBON KIT

I've received this kit from Carbon Coco in the Spring. It took me a little time to get into it... Honestly I'd heard about using charcoal to whiten teeth but wasn't yet sold. However, the claim to remove stains without toxic chemicals sounded good so I decided to give it a whirl. After that first couple of uses I was all in. It naturally whitens, polishes, strengthens enamel and detoxifies without any chemicals and added nasties. 

LOVE BEAUTY AND PLANET MURUMURU BUTTER & ROSE BODYWASH

Murumuru butter is an ingredient I already was fairly familiar with. It's sourced from trees native to the Amazon basin, harvested by locals and is super good for moisture retention. Couple that with one of my favorite essential oil aromas, rose, and this was a quick winner. A brand who has a mission of showing respect for our planet by being accountable for, and working to reduce the carbon footprint also makes this a serious favorite. 

SOUL ADDICT HOLY CACAO HEMP BUTTER

Soul Addict was founded just within the last year by a former Oui We team member! Laura, who now resides in Western Asheville on her family farm (where she's growing hemp on the same land in which she grew up) has a mission of creating zen inducing CBD wellness products. As a new inductee into the CBD wellness club, I'm a big fan. Being real: I smoked plenty in my teen years but that was nothing like this raw, small batch & high vibrational dark chocolate. It's truly a perfect way to add a little bliss to the end of the day. 

BEACH CLUB TRAVEL TEXTURE SPRAY

How could I not include a travel texture spray?! The second it's warm enough to even dream of beach days I start planning my transition into full mermaid vibes. This spray is step 1. This spray adds instant volume, beachy waves and shine. It's vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, color safe with UV protection, and formulated without sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, or petroleum.

So there we have it! That's what's topping my list so far this season my babes. Cheers to a happy Summer with glowing, healthy skin, hair and so much more!

xo,

Andi


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Turn Your Practice Upside Down

By Oui We contributor Sam Spahr

The proverbial “they” say that mom knows best. Well, the older I become, the more I recognize my own momma proving this adage to be true. 

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One day she came home in a cloud of bliss and sore muscles courtesy of the new yoga class she’d been frequenting. I’d listen to her tell me about it before: It’s different. It’s challenging. The instructor is wonderful. We hang in hammocks . . . And as we daughters tend to do, I snapped on my younger-than-thou attitude with a quick “sounds cool, mom,” a gentle decline to her subtle invites. 

I mean, I’m a fit (aspiring) twenty-something who could tackle circuit training sessions and some serious cycle classes. I looked to yoga for the stretch, the release, and spiritual discipline, but I was certain that any class my mom found to be “challenging” would not be enough for me.

Until I saw a photo of my mom in the class.

There she was, hanging up side down in her own cocoon. She was twisted up in silks suspended beautifully from the ceiling of the studio. Whatever this was, I knew I needed in on it.

grouphang by Sam Spahr

My first aerial yoga class was exciting, difficult, and completely rewarding. Here's what goes down

  • There's a hammock (think one long scarf made of completely durable, sturdy, and safe material) that hangs in a “U” shape from the ceiling. It’s attached with a series of carabiners and web straps so that it can be adjusted to hang according to your height.
  • Imagine doing familiar yoga poses (and some new moves) only now you incorporate you body through the hammock

Does the hammock make it easier? Heck. No. It does allow you to execute poses in a new way. The material can offer stabilization giving you the confidence to stretch deeper and open further. It can challenge you to push your entire self in new ways. Our instructor is fond of planking whilst your feet are in the hammock, almost as much as she enjoys a version of a full body pull up via the hammock. What can I say, she knows how to break us into a sweat as well!

The most rewarding part of the whole experience though is 100% the inversions.

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You will learn how to safely and strategically wind yourself through the fabrics which alone will test your core and arm strength. Once properly prepped, it’s time to either fold forward, roll down, or arch backwards - depending on your intended inversion pose.

Your instructor should never let you hang longer than is necessary or healthy, but once you feel comfortable and can get your mind to stop thinking about smacking the ground (because you won’t!) you’ll find your spine release with each deep breath. Sometimes I close my eyes, focus on my breathing, and I honestly can't remember which way is up. And for me, that’s kind of the point. I'm learning that I am capable of more than I thought, and I'm definitely stronger - mentally and physically - than I give myself credit for.

upside down by Sam Spahr

There’s something about disorienting not only your body, but your mind and spirit too. Inverting wakes up your body, blood flow, and energy. Feel your senses gently reorganize and recharge.

Take it from a once stale cookie, it only takes a shift of perspective (and a loving apology to your momma!) to reinvigorate your practice and the way you see yourself. 

A quick google search for aerial yoga near you should have you flipping around in no time!

Best to you,

Sam