No one seems to be able to remember were we came from, why we came here to planet Earth, or even what it is we are meant to be doing here. It is all a great mystery, unique to each of us and yet, over the millennia, there have been myriad efforts to clarify our presence here. Religions, meditations, Yogas and philosophies have been invented, and Systems like including Astrology, I-Ching, Runes, Tarot, and many others, have been employed by some of the most intelligent hearts and minds to help us discover more about ourselves.

No one really knows where these systems have come from or exactly why they work. All we know is that each one can show us glimpses of the truth about life on Earth. Why do we even want to know? Perhaps the answer is related to the fact that we are, after all, not Human Doings, but Human Beings. Being is the question, how to be?

The Shadow Reader

In the course of my many years of travel over this wonderful planet, I have had the opportunity to experience a variety of readings from people with many different backgrounds. Some readings were simplistic, both in their format and in the information they revealed, others were more mysterious and far reaching in their impact. One day, in December of 1979 I was inspired to go visit a man who, I was told, would read my shadow. He did not actually read my shadow as it turned out, but he did employ his son, the apprentice, to go with me into the pre-noon sunshine, and measure the length of my shadow on a colored stick. On our return, his father made some calculations, which he fine-tuned with some astrological data from my birth information and then further fine-tuned with some numerology relating to my name. Satisfied with his calculations, he rolled his chair along a lengthy bookcase behind his desk, seemingly stuffed with identical tomes. He pulled one out, rolled back to his desk, opened it to a page, and commenced reading.

My Story is Told

From the moment the Shadow Reader started speaking until well after he finished, I
was transported into the experience of another realm. It was as though I was quietly
watching the description of sounds and images, which were spoken out and kept flashing
through my consciousness. The shadow reader related details of my current and other lives, which, before that moment, I would have never imagined possible to relate. There were details of past lives, present life, and future lives whose threads I could barely grasp, and yet I knew them to be accurate in their description.

When the reading finished, he looked up with a twinkle in his eye and asked if I had any questions; I was almost struck dumb. What was it he had just related to me? How could he have known every detail of my life? How could he have known my mother's and father's names? I asked him where the system came from and he told me it had been passed down from father to son for over 3000 years. Then, he asked me if I would come and study with him,
for he saw that I had the knack to do this work. I remember the whirlwind of my mind trying
and failing to grapple with his offer. I turned him down. "Never mind," he told
me when he'd finished laughing, "it's perfectly all right, because sooner or later you will be
doing this work, because a new system will come into your life and you will write books
about it and introduce it all over the world. And it will change people's lives forever!"
According to him, I was about to retire as an engineer.... and his advice to me was to practice with any reading system, just to get comfortable with telling people what I saw about themselves. It would become my life's work.

Serendipitously, later that week, I was approached by a psychic palm reader who insisted on reading my hands. It turned out he said many of the same things the Shadow Reader had told me the week before. And when he'd finished his reading, he went on to explain to me the whorls and lines in my hands. In the space of ten minutes he showed me many signs to look for, and then as he folded my fingers over my palms, he told me that the only real way to learn was to go practice. And so it started. For 15 years I read the hands and faces of anyone who would show them to me, in photos, in person, gesturing on TV, it didn’t matter. At the same time I studied Astrology, the I Ching, Tarot, Numerology, Auras, Tea leaves and everything else, trying to find out what this system was that the Shadow Reader had talked about.

In 1993, it appeared in my life. It was called the Human Design System.

The Arrival of the first Aquarian System

In the first few days of 1987, an event occurred that possibly could have been a
personal experience for everyone if we had been attuned to it, but was only felt by a few,
and, so far as we know, chronicled successfully by one. The event was the arrival of what
has been called the Human Design System. The person who recorded its arrival was a
Canadian named R.A. (Robert Alan) Krakower, a.k.a., Ra Uru Hu.

Ra has related his story to me a number of times and in a number of different ways.
The gist of what I remember being told is that one evening, while returning to his cottage
on the island of Ibiza (a province of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea) he walked into an inexplicable 'force-field' and was 'taken over' by what he described as 'the Voice.' He pushed open the door of his cottage and his dog, Barley Baker, went in first, growling and with all hackles raised until the dog suddenly dropped to the floor as though shot. Ra was then propelled into the cottage and found himself standing in a pool of his own sweat, as though he was being drained of salts and fluids. He heard inside himself a question: "Are you ready to work?" To which, apparently, no answer was expected. Barley Baker remained supine, only to revive a number of days later.

For the next 8 days and nights, Ra was constrained to go through many experiences. What was revealed is an outline to a system that will have an enormous impact on the lives of everyone it touches. The Human Design System was delivered to Ra in its entirety, but he was not shown what to do with it or how to read it.... that is something which has been evolving by degrees ever since his fateful experience.

The Impact of Human Design

When I was introduced to Human Design in 1993, I knew it was the system I was to learn and begin teaching ... the one the Shadow Reader had predicted would arrive in my life. The recognition was immediate, and I silently thanked the Shadow Reader for in some
way preparing me for the process of learning this new system. Fortunately, I was living a very leisurely lifestyle in Maui and I only worked one day per week, so I had plenty of time to dive deep.

I studied Design intensely, seeking to make sense of all its aspects and integrate it into my life of giving readings for people. Slowly the process of Human Design has been evolving and personally I find that in my life, many of my old unconscious patterns have evolved into a more conscious awareness through integrating an understanding of my Human Design.

Over the years since 1993, I have watched my own life and my clients' lives become more and more personally meaningful. And the positive impact on our work and business has become much more pronounced as we have been drawn deeper into respecting, appreciating and loving who we are and how we are designed to succeed. Communications with friends, lovers and family have dramatically improved through respecting our natural way of being. Situations, which in the past I would have spent hours and days wondering how I would resolve, have dissipated, leaving space for solutions to appear naturally. My life is lived in a flow. The situations, opportunities and people who are meant to be in my life, simply appear.

As yet, the Human Design System cannot reach a level of comprehension where the Shadow Reader's system could in describing past and future lives, but maybe that is not needed. As an ancient sadhu in Nepal once told me: "There are many lives, Baba! This one is the most important!" Meanwhile, however, I am continuing research to discover if, through Design, other lives can be read. There is no question that Human Design is the premiere self-awareness tool for this time, at the opening of the Aquarian Age, and a time of massive global awakening.

Author's Bio: 

Chetan Parkyn has been giving Readings to people of all walks of life and all nationalities for over 35 years. He has spent the past 23 years mastering Human Design. He is more than a leading practitioner of the system. As the author of the first major book on the subject, which has been translated into eleven different language versions, he has made it his mission to bring Human Design to the whole world.
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