"I want to leave you with one thing. There are those that think that Strategy and Authority and the deep focus that Human Design has on Strategy and Authority is a kind of slogan that too much information, too much emphasis I should say is placed on Strategy and Authority. cc I want to tell you something. We cannot emphasize it enough. It is what it's all about. As I said, the science is wonderful. The knowledge is beautiful and it can be deeply entertaining, let alone revealing to probe the knowledge. But it's not what it's all about.
I know so many people who in the study of knowledge miss the truth. The truth here is how you operate. If you operate according to your Strategy and your Authority this is what changes the life. It's the only thing that changes the life. And it's the message that will always be the message of this knowledge: Strategy and Authority.
It's one of the most difficult things for intelligent people to grasp. Most of you are probably much too intelligent to actually take this course because basically it's for idiots. As a matter of fact, it's really for children. It's never really been for adults. The difficulty with intelligent human beings is that intelligent human beings, intelligent adults, find it much more fascinating to study the truth than to live it.
And Human Design is one of the most seductive knowledges you'll come across because you can spend the rest of your life fiddling around looking at this channel and this gate and that relationship and this movement and that thing and never live out what it is to be you. c
I've been doing this now for a long time and it's one of the things that I recognize most deeply about my encounter with people and this kind of a process, is their insistence of things being complex when in fact they're simple." Ra Uru Hu
Dedication to Ra in Sedona
From Ra Uru Hu in 2002:
"I’ve been teaching Human Design a long time now. There’s so much there, and it’s all really great. It’s all really interesting. But still, it’s not because you’re bright and you’re open and you can take this information in and you can understand it. That isn’t going to change anything.
The only thing that changes anything is when you live out your strategy. It only really changes after you’ve lived out your strategy for an entire biological cycle. You’re adults. You’ve been deeply conditioned from the moment that you came into the world. You still carry your conditioning. It is really a process to get rid of that.
Surrender is a magnificent thing. But you have to surrender to yourself. In surrendering to yourself these things emerge. They don’t come as fast as most people want them. This is genetic and biological. It takes time. It takes time!
My message is type. It’s the only message I really have to deliver anymore because it’s the only truth, real truth, in all of this, because it brings you to the truth. It brings you to what is inherent in you, what you have a right to feel, to know that quality of love within yourself not because you try to get there, but because it is there.
I’ve said for years that everybody is awake, they just don’t know it. Well, it’s true. You don’t. You have to wake up to it. You wake up to it by being yourself."
a poem i wrote a short time after my reading with Ra
I didn't know!
I didn't know!
Until a stranger came to town
Dressed in black
And said to me:
'Who you are living
Is not really you'
Words falling inside
Like a heavy rain hitting parched earth
Words so true
They shook my bones
Words that went even deeper
till they rattled my soul
Nothing else would do
Nothing else would do
To lose all I knew
Filled me with the bile of fear
But to not risk
Filled me with the fear of eternity
Feet in a swimming pool
Eyes finding answers in the blue sky
And I knew . . .
I had no choice.
I met the Human Design System years before I met Ra. But I was always so curious about the guy who this system came through. I finally got to meet him when he came to Sedona and gave an evening introductory lecture. I loved his irreverence – it was like a breath of fresh air for me. He cursed, he smoked and he dressed in black and made no apologies for being himself. He came to Sedona bringing the mechanics of Type and Strategy. Up until that moment, there was no such thing as Type or Strategy. I had my reading with him – and that was the end of one chapter of life and the beginning of another.
I never wanted to learn Human Design. I only wanted to live it and see if it gave me what I longed for. I had been searching 20+ years when I met Human Design. I had sat with many spiritual teachers who pointed to something but couldn’t give me the map. What Ra gave me in my reading seemed like the map. But I had to live it to discover if it really was.
He was a tricky guy. He’d always ask me when I was leaving at the end of a course if he would see me in the next place he’d be. He called the “2” of my 6/2 profile and my sacral always responded. And so for years and years, I sat in every class he taught absorbing what he was saying into my body. Because I never wanted to learn it, I would just close my eyes and listen and let it all penetrate my cells. I never took notes. I respected Ra tremendously as a teacher but I never thought of him as my teacher – I always thought of him as my friend.
That very first time in Sedona, at the end of his visit, he asked me if I wanted to have a gathering at my home so he could play his guitar and sing his songs. He told me it was his way of sharing his feelings with people – something that could not happen in the classroom. I responded and about 30 people gathered at my home. Ra played his music. It was then that the respect of the teacher changed to love of a human being. I loved Ra’s music – it was jazzy and freaky and in the early days I would sing along but not know what I was singing about. Years later, as I fell deeper into the truth of me, I knew and it was a great joy to sing those words. Two weeks before he died, he sent me a clip of a video that Loki, his son, had created. It was a tribute to Albert Einstein. It was an amazing video of the man Ra singing and playing his guitar. Over the years, he would occassionally send me the mp3 of a new song he had created. One of our deepest bonds was of music.
So many sweet memories. I remember sitting on the couch with him at the home of an analyst in Las Vegas where I had traveled to do the Basic Training that I had responded to taking. We were watching Bill Cosby in an old taped stand up comedy routine. We were laughing so hard we were both crying. I remember another time sitting watching MTV while staying in the same home in Los Angeles for more Human Design classes and some old rock and roll bands were on. I always felt relaxed with him – because I knew my place as a Generator. I never initiated and just waited. He had asked me if I wanted to watch this with him and we both enjoyed so much the music from a generation we both shared.
I first met Ra and then a few years later, I met his whole family. I often felt like a sister to his wife and an aunt to his sons and sometimes like an adopted mother to his daughter. Fractal lines converge. They meet and move along a course together.
I am so grateful that I went on that very bizarre looking trip to Ibiza the month before Ra died. It came out of the blue and I had no idea why I was going. It looked ridiculous on the outside to fly across the ocean traveling for almost 23 hours door to door and to then only spend 5 days for no other reason than my sacral responded. The weird part was that it had an “unun” (no) when my husband asked me if I wanted to go and it had an “ahunh” (yes) when he asked me if I needed to go. So the only thing I knew was that I needed to go to Ibiza.
This trip gave me some very precious time with Ra. There was no Human Design event and we were just able to visit and hang out. We were talking about life ... and out of the blue I just blurted out “you know it just seems so crazy that my sacral goes unun (no) to doing my PHS because PHS is about the form.” He told me that it was more than the diet and that for me it was about silence. How important silence was in my life. How I needed silence. My whole body resonated to this – I could feel the truth of it. He went on for quite a while each word penetrating me and my own sacral response told me what he was saying was true for me. He then asked me what were my nodes were. I cracked up laughing and said “you know I don’t remember all those things on my chart. I just live my life as a Generator”. He started laughing too and then looked at me and said “It is really good to see you again”.
Over the 15 years of our friendship, we spent a lot of time just laughing – sometimes so hard that we both would start crying.
I never really thought of Ra as my teacher - from the moment I met him, he was always my friend. My love was for Ra the man and the musician. My bond with Ra was of laughter, music and honest communicating. I never wanted him to be anything other than who he was. He never wanted anything other than that for me.
I am grateful for all the time we had together. He was a very special friend.