Friday, March 4, 2011
Human Design: Reflector Strategy
Written by Chetan Parkyn and Carola Eastwood
29 day Review, Patience becomes wisdom
You will have perhaps come to appreciate that something is very different in your life and in how things work for you. You have an extraordinarily unique Design chart in that there are no fixed Channels and therefore no defined Centers in your chart, which is why all nine of your Centers are white. Most people have two or more Centers colored in, creating a definition or “set”, distinct way of relating to the world.
You are like a walking mirror – reflecting the world and others in it back to themselves. You give other people direct reflections of themselves through how you appear to interact with them. In your natural and balanced form, you are literally reflecting their world and everyone in it back to them through your nine undefined Centers.
Reflectors are purely empathic people; you live through all the passions, fears, thought streams, ambitions, and other qualities present in the people around you. You are extremely sensitive to your environment. As you may have come to appreciate, you have two ways of handling your sensitivity: you either become conditioned by the ways of other people, adopting their energies, lifestyles, and ways of doing things as though they are yours, or, you become enormously wise about the ways of the world by witnessing everything, reflecting it all, but not necessarily absorbing it. It is vitally important that you learn to differentiate between these two potentials in your life. Take on too much of other people’s conditioning and sooner or later you will become weighed down by it. Witness and reflect the world back to itself and you find your way with grace and ease.
Wherever you go, you can literally “become” your environment, blending in to whatever that environment holds, be it creative or destructive, conscious or not, upbeat or depressive, you are going to experience it all, relative to the people in it. Because in the past you have not necessarily appreciated your very unique nature, you will have often found yourself absorbing everyone and everything deeply into your own life. This absorption can reach a point where you become overwhelmed and sometimes deeply disturbed by all the chaos and nonsense you experience as a result of the unconscious acts lived out in the world around you. This is unsettling and can make you want to distance your self from people.
If you comprehend the absolute difference of your nature from the vast majority of people, you have the chance to detach from the experiences and life dramas that are going on around you. Through detaching, you begin to perceive the enormous levels of wisdom that you naturally accrue through witnessing all of your interactions and experiences. Finding space in your life is essential, both for ingesting and processing what you have absorbed, but also for shaking off the input that is unhealthy for you. Time alone is your healing reverie.
Sensitive to all potential input, you are particularly affected by the movement of the Moon, which cycles around us roughly every 29 days. The Moon, because of its regularity of movement, cycles in less than a calendar month through all aspects of the Human Design Life Chart, activating each of the 64 Gates in an ordered sequence. Wherever there is an opening in a Gate in your Life Chart, once a month, like clockwork, the Moon activates that opening, potentially bringing about a fixed Channel and two defined Centers for a brief period of time. The Moon moves in sequence through each Gate of the Life Chart for approximately ten hours, and so, on schedule, month by month, you have a chart that consistently changes according to the Moon’s movements.
As a Reflector, sometimes you might have your Mind activated, giving you access to a continuing stream of thoughts; another time you might have a Manifesting chart (for ten hours) during which time you can find your life becoming busy. Other times, you might become a Generator and find a burst of invigorating energy sweep through you, or have a defined Spleen Center and experience a stream of intuitive insights. This interaction with the Moon is the basis for any sense of regularity in your life. All the other Types experience regularity through their fixed Channels and consistently defined Centers; as a Reflector, you have the Moon.
The great question since you have no set Design is: How do you find your way through life and how do you make consistently right decisions for yourself without getting unnecessarily influenced by everyone else’s input and interests? Remember, you have the Moon giving you a continual pattern within your whole life. With the Moon passing through each Gate in the chart, you are affected in a consistent pattern and timing. When you have an important life decision or question come up for you; for instance, perhaps you are asked to get involved with someone, you will see that in order to be true to your nature and get the “full picture,” you will need to ride out your 29 day Moon’s rotation before coming to a conclusion. This obviously does not apply to the every day decisions we all make, but is very important, really vital, in making any significant life decisions.
During the 29 days, you can read up, research and ask other people all about your dilemma. You can meditate, pray and do a thorough canvassing around the whole subject. At the end of 29 days, you will have had the chance to come to your own personal clarity through all the activations and definitions the Moon has made in your Life Chart. This is one of the most important things for you to comprehend about your self: that the Moon is your ally and your timekeeper, and that rushing into any decisions, without doing your own research is going to cause problems for you. Tell the people in your life this: Before you will make any important decision, you will take a month to consider it. At the end of the month, if you have lost interest, the answer is, “No”. However if your interest sustains throughout the month and you experience clarity, then you have your “Yes”! Just as surely as saying yes to the wrong things will bring you misery, saying yes to the right things brings fulfillment!
In times past, Reflectors, because of their sensitivity and openness, would often find themselves in hermitages, the countryside, or in spiritual communities, where they could indulge their need for privacy, nature, and solitude. In these times, when city life is more prevalent, it is very important that you discover how unique your makeup is and be watchful to make certain that the flow of life experiences through you does not overwhelm you. You will recognize your sensitivity and find that you are in need of space and time to yourself each day so that you can sift through all the influences to which you are exposed. Without that space for personal reflection, you can live in an ongoing daze of over-stimulation to a point where you become depleted and disheartened.
We have found that people who relate closely to you have a profound experience in your presence that can often move them to tears. The tears arise from a deep sense of being seen clearly, having their true nature reflected so profoundly and lovingly. The person who is not a Reflector comes to appreciate how benign, passive, and unconditionally loving is the Reflector. Coming to know a Reflector better, people experience the Reflector’s great wisdom.
Let’s look at the strengths and relative limitations of your Design:
• Until you learn about your Design, people can easily take advantage of your sensitivity.
• You have a tendency to absorb other peoples’ feelings, drives, wants, fears and thoughts.
• You may have felt “different” all your life, without an easy acceptance of the beauty of your difference from others.
• You have a greater need for alone time, and until you understand this well, may have difficulty extracting yourself form the company of others.
• Over time, you develop a profound wisdom that you naturally share with others.
• Through your openness, you can perceive many things that others miss.
• When you give yourself the gift of spending time alone each day, you are able to filter through your experiences, extracting gems of meaning.
• You have the capacity to offer a pure reflection to others. Through you, others may see themselves clearly for the first time.
Reflectors, by Design, are some of the most brilliant; most loving and wise people on Earth, but you must honor yourself and your own special process. This is a “hands off the wheel” lifetime where what you can trust is your own wisdom.
-Ooh, I don't know about this one guys....is anyone a Reflector reading this? Do you have anything to add? Let me know in the comment section below.