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I wanted to share with you my experience with the 2nd line. The 2nd line in the body feels like a deep need to be alone. So I like to be in my room; I like my private space; I don’t like people to look at me. I always thought it’s a problem. I always felt like there was something wrong with me. Why? Why do I enjoy it so much, just being at home for so many hours at a time and without going outside?
I don’t like to socialise, I don’t need to socialise. I can spend days alone at my place and I really need this time. At first I thought well, maybe something is wrong. I felt frustrated, angry and judgemental, towards myself. Especially in my youth and teenage years I felt it was wrong that I felt so good having my space, being in my cocoon, my hammock cave.
Every person with a 2nd line in their profile or people that have a lot of 2nd lines in their design, have a tendency to need their body to be protected in a cave, at home and this sort of environment – this is how the mechanics operate.
This is the whole nature of Human Design, learning to see our behaviour through our profile without judgement; understanding it’s dilemmas and learning how to communicate it to others. How do I work?
My father used to ask me: “Are you sad?”, “Are you depressed?”, “Do you have social problems, as you don’t know how to interact with other people?”. And at the beginning, I really thought so! I really believed that I had a problem! But after I came across human design I actually understood that I don’t have a problem, it’s just the way my body operates. My body operates in the following way: it stays at home for a period of time to retreat into its cave and when it’s ready (actually ready) it will be really bold and it will open itself up.
If you have a 2nd line I advise you to embrace this quality, this intimacy within the four walls. And if you have people in your life who have a 2nd line in their profile (or in a big portion of their design) then its key to respect this dynamic and not push them to come out when they are not ready; because this is the way they contemplate life, they need this to respect their body. And we are here to understand the mechanics so we can respect each other.
This is kind of a 2nd line dilemma – the second line conflict and gift. The symptoms are needing to stay at home, needing to be behind the four walls, needing to be cosy. Without an ability to have their space, people with the 2nd line will feel not themselves. The problem is that other people don’t understand this and consider the 2nd line people to be antisocial because they are not outgoing and chatty like them. As a result, 2nd line people will start to question whether they do have a problem or that something is off, because they feel judged and not seen by others. The solution is being aware of this mechanic, respecting it and trusting their authority and strategy. This will lead the 2nd line person to stay home when they need it and to go out when the body leads them. This is exactly what we teach in the Human Design Master Course 2; the process of discovering and understanding in depth the line structure and the in line characteristics. This understanding is key for respect & acceptance of self and others; for developing honoring relationships through this knowledge.
There is a very important element in the Human Design System, the I Ching wheel. It is based on 64 hexagrams, the hexagram is built out of six lines. This was a discovery by the Chinese, for the first time proving the shape and the existence of our DNA.
When we look at a hexagram, we look at it from bottom to top.The hexagram is built out of the lower trigram, the first three lines 1,2,3 and upper trigram, the three upper lines 4,5,6
Each line in the hexagram is representing a number of frequencies, it has certain characteristics. Those characteristics have Keynotes, so we can talk and communicate about their qualities.
The different combinations of the hexagram structure are representing variations of Yin and Yang, that are indicating the gates that we see in the Human Design body graph. Those Gates will create together channels, and those channels represent the life force energy in the body graph.]
Having insight into the hexagram structure and the qualities of the lines provides us a deeper understanding of Human Design mechanics. We can see how the line behaves from the substructure of our design starting from the profile; then going to the lines within the gates in the Personality and Design; until it further expands into the numbers for color, tone and base for each of the gates in the bodygraph.
The lines construct the code, a very specific code for each one of us. Therefore, Human Design is very personal and individual information. Although at a first glance your chart may seem similar to someone else’s, when you dive deeper into the substructure you can see that the numbers have changed, so the code is a bit different.
If you want to read the code accurately, you want to learn about the nature of the lines and the way they behave. This way you can have a deeper understanding of your own chart, and the charts of others.
Seeing how the line structure unfolds is a mystery. It is very deep and very detailed. It can tell a lot about one’s behavior. It is certainly one of the most fascinating pieces of knowledge in human design.
The hexagram structures and their varieties in the chart expose complex and rich perspectives on the way we act, the way we are built, and the way we interact with the world. Starting from the most simple aspect to the most complex aspect of our design.
The numbers represent frequencies. The combination of the numbers are forming a complete poetry of our design; the perfect dance between yin and yang that can be seen no matter from where we look.
This is the magic of the hexagram structure, the magic that is exposed through simple six lines, that contain a complete life within them.