For me, the BodyGraph is really the most fantastic aspect of the Human Design System. It is the only aspect of the mechanical construct that is truly original; that is, the wheel and the hexagrams and the constellations, the zodiacal configurations, the planets, all of that comes from very different disciplines.
Yet, the BodyGraph is what makes Human Design unique, and it is the basis of all the gifts that Human Design brings. The ability to look at a Design and determine its Strategy, its Authority, to see in the very simple surface mechanics just about anything you need to see in order to align somebody to what is correct for them. But more than that, to be able to explain where their life has been difficult, why it's been difficult, and the way in which they can deal with that. All of that, all of the magic we have is integrated into this BodyGraph.
So, for me Rave Anatomy is not about looking at the database per se. Though obviously, it's there. It’s about understanding this circuit board, and that's really what it is – a circuit board. And the more you think about it as a circuit board, the easier it is for you to understand how things work. I wanted to give you something that you just don't think about when you see the BodyGraph. That isn't to say that you haven’t had moments or epiphanies; but nonetheless, when people look at the BodyGraph they're already looking in the way they’ve been trained analytically to see it, they’re looking for certain things.
For me, it has to do with the fact that I drew the first one, and in drawing that first one, what was incredible was just the board itself. Everything about my earliest understandings of what this BodyGraph was all about was simply based on disconnecting myself from the values of Centers, Gates, and Channels; because the moment you get into the values you get to another level of seeing that strips away all of that, which of course in the beginning was very simple for me to do. There was not the ongoing teaching and developing of a language to describe all this.
Basically, what I was given was a framework and a sort of deep imprinting of information. I certainly couldn't talk about a graph then in the way I do now, but the surface was always the same, and it still is the same. It was always the obvious because it was approached as a circuit board, but you have to see it differently when you’re looking at the movement of energy, information, data, impulses, or whatever we want to call it. What we're seeing here in these various different configurations is the way information moves within that framework.
Rave Anatomy begins with your appreciation of this circuit board and to see that this is the element upon which everything is built. And of course, that means this becomes our most important tool, because against the background of understanding the nature of the circuit board we get to see it framed by the unique imprints that we look at in terms of people’s designs.
Ra Uru Hu was the Human Design System’s founder and messenger. Ra dedicated 25 years of his life to the development and teaching of the System around the world until he passed away in 2011.
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I’m often asked a lot of questions, obviously, about Human Design. And I think one of the most basic questions anyone asks is, what does it really do for you?
"It doesn't mean that the sadness goes away, but it means that the sadness itself can be interpreted as something beneficial. In other words, it becomes your muse."
When I began this series of looking at Profile, I began with the concept of the signpost, and I want to return to that.