Our Mission is to support you in the experience of living your individual unique life through Human Design. We are international Human Design teachers and we offer readings, workshops, lectures and personalized one on one processes live online in our virtual classroom.
Leela and Dharmen Swann-Herbert
Life Partners for Over Twenty-Eight Years
We have been partners in love and life for over 28 years. We have a multi-ethnic blended family, and we raised 3 of our boys together. In our years together, we have lived many places throughout the western United States as well as lived many years in Maui, Hawaii.
We have survived parenthood, failed businesses, bankruptcy, illness, separation, and the death of our youngest child; as well as the intense joy of creating a life together dedicated to growth, stewardship, and personal accountability.
We met Human Design together in 1999, and we have been actively experimenting with Human Design in our individual lives for the past 15 years. We had our individual readings from Ra as well as a partnership reading on the same day. We have seen not only the personal transformation that Human Design offers, but also the quality of life in our relationship undergo dramatic changes.
We are polar opposites - Dharmen is a black guy from Harlem, Leela is a white girl from The Valley - east coast/west coast, black/white, male/female. Dharmen is a wide-open 1/3 Reflector on the RA Cross of the Unexpected, Leela is a triple-split emotional 4/6 Generator on the RA Cross of Rulership: we are open/very defined, non-emotional/very emotional, logical/abstract, non-energy being/3-motor energy being; and we have the natural harmonic resonance between the 1/3 and 4/6 profiles.
These opposite qualities and their accompanying conditioning had often lead to cultural, emotional, or value-driven conflicts between us. Through Human Design practice and the discovery of who we are beyond our conditioning, it has lead to these opposite qualities becoming harmonic.
Harmony in a partnership is a rare gift, certainly nothing that either of us had experienced in our lives prior to Human Design. It is due to the quality of life that we have found - as individuals and as a partners, that has led us to share Human Design.
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My relationship with Human Design is simply my relationship with my self. As a 1/3 Reflector, I have a deeply investigative personality, which has translated into a profound and authoritative study of Human Design Analysis, Rave Cartography, Rave Psychology, and currently The Wisdom of Openness.
Human Design literally saved my life. When I found Human Design, my life wasn’t working. It hadn’t really worked ever - my various careers, living in spiritual communes and communities, monogamous and non-monogamous relationships, raising kids, starting businesses that failed – you name it. I’d tried it and it didn’t ultimately work. Since that moment of my reading in 1999, I have lived this life as myself and I haven’t looked back. I truly discovered my true home – my true self.
I am a Reflector. This knowledge was transforming. No wonder nothing worked in my life. No wonder I always felt I was living on shifting sand and nobody ever saw the real me. Without the understanding of my strategy and authority, there was no way for my life to work properly. In my study of Human Design, I’ve had to investigate deeply and for myself the truth of the experiment. What I can say after completing two, and starting on my third 7-year cycle in my experiment, is that Life Works, and I am riding the wave of its beauty and grace as the unique being that is me.
Reflectors are the only type who can truly surf the daily transits, for whom the conditioning of the Daily Program is correct. In this way, I take in the transits very deeply. This gives me a deep affinity to the work of coaching individuals. I literally observe my vehicle riding along the conditioning as we transit through the years, and I bring this depth of understanding to my work. It is my hope that as a Coach and Guide, that I am able to share with you the truth of this experience.
Meeting with a Reflector - Free 2 hr. Lecture!
Recorded Live with Dharmen
Sedona, April 20, 2013
Meeting with a Reflector provides a close up look at the Reflector experiment from Dharmen's viewpoint. Primarily a Q&A session, in this free 2 hr. lecture Dharmen shares about his explorations for the past 14 years in Human Design, about new Reflectors getting started in their process, and examines myths about Reflectors.
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My Professional Background
I have a professional background in coaching, training and development, and have taught over 600 workshops world-wide over 40 years prior to becoming a Human Design Analyst and Teacher.
I have been a student of Human Design for over 15 years. I am a certified Human Design Analyst, Human Design Color Analyst, Rave Psychologist, Living Design Guide, Certification Teacher for Child Development Analysts and Family Practice Coaches. Over the years of my Human Design education, I had the good fortune to have Ra Uru Hu as my teacher.
My work as a Human Design Professional Teacher and Coach
My favorite aspect of working with individuals to help them actualize the information, to realize the mechanics of Human Design in their experience. A reading is a finger pointing to the potential experience of the self; it is not the actual experience.
I bring a unique viewpoint to my work – with no personal definition, I am wide open, and bring the depth of that wisdom and distinct lack of personal veneer. What people get with my coaching and classes is their unique self – not me. I offer Advanced Analysis Readings for non-energy types, and Partnership Readings and Child Development Readings with my partner, Leela. I enjoy working with families and with individuals. As a Reflector, I am particularly suited to working with new Reflectors, but I enjoy working with any type.
Dharmen Rave Mandala
Teaching Human Design Students What the individual takes away from coaching and classes and then experiments with in their own life, is what is most important for me. I’m not interested in teaching for the sake of having people listen to me – I’m here to help people wake up to what their lives can be; how to enjoy living the unique being that they’ve been given in this life through Human Design.
Having been an educator and trainer for most of my life, I bring many skills to the teaching environment that ensures the individual gets the most out of the experience.
Although I may have an outline of material that will be covered in the workshop or course, I work with what the individuals bring to the process as well. Workshops and courses, in order to be effective, must provide the opportunity for realization. Real learning is what excites me, not rote repetition of facts.
Teaching is a dynamic – and being a Reflector, I have the ability to accurately reflect what is going on with the group, to know where people are at, and help guide them to where they actually want to be. Understand this, as it is an important distinction: I’m here to guide people, not to where I want them to be – but where they want to be. I’m here to help you uncover the truth that you are – not to tell you what your truth is, but to create an environment where you discover your truth.
I’ve been a seeker all my adult life. From my early 20’s I was a student of Yoga and Eastern Spirituality, starting with Paramahansa Yogananda. I moved on and became a teacher in the Western Sufi Tradition; I then lived in the Rajneesh commune in Oregon, and have been a sannyasin for over 30 years. Needless to say, the spiritual search, the awareness that there is more to life than what meets the eye – has been the guidepost in my life.
Although I learned a lot, and grew a lot, the biggest challenge through all of these traditions and teachings was that I never really found my self, my home. My inner life and outer life were chaotic at best, and I never truly felt satisfied. I was married and divorced twice before I was thirty. I had lived everywhere from a tipi on Mt.Shasta, to a Dallas mansion with a Rolls Royce to drive, a city girl with a downtown office career in Seattle, to a remote fruit farm with no electricity or indoor plumbing in Maui. Who was I, really – and where did I belong?
My Relationship With Human Design
Since the moment of my reading in 1999, I’ve known that the search was over, and that I had found my path to my self. Human Design gave me a road map for my life, and I've been exploring my unique pathway ever since. I am a triple-split unconscious emotional authority Generator.
I’d like to say that it was easy to get my strategy and authority, but it wasn’t. I’ve got to say but I only take in life when I'm silent; I’m a slow learner, and I have a slow frequency from which I operate best, waiting for that space of balance, of equanimity in my emotional wave. This was all a revelation for me. As a child, I was conditioned to be a quick learner, to always be at the head of the class, and to get my work done as quickly as possible, so I’d be ready for the next thing.
It was two years into my experiment before I realized how it felt to make an emotionally correct decision, and it was a decision that took over three months to make. It required a lot of slowing down, and a deep commitment to staying with the process, to take that much time in the gap.
Learning to not rush into taking action, to really wait until there was no emotional disturbance in the decision – either positive or negative – was an enormous effort. But the results continue to be incredible. To make a life-choice without doubt or fear, to move forward with satisfaction and no regret, to trust and surrender 100% to the decision, and not be excited or terrified of the outcome, and to meet the flow of life rather than resistance brings a spaciousness and relaxation in my life that I had never felt prior to my experiment with Human Design.
It’s been an amazing journey from there – to go from making one correct decision, to gradually getting to where it’s the only kind of decision I’m willing to make. I can’t say the process has been easy, or that there has been a steady progress – because that’s not my way. My journey has been a process of plateaus, hitting walls and breakthroughs. Periods of time when my life was going along at a certain level and then hitting the wall, over and over and over; then another breakthrough, a long plateau and then hitting another wall, eventual breakthrough, and so on.
My Professional Background
I am a PHS Analyst and Practitioner, a Living Design Guide, Radical Transformation Variable Teacher, and a Certification Teacher in Child Development Analysis, and Family Practice Coaching. My Human Design education was exclusively with Ra Uru Hu, and I consider him my teacher. I completed the Variable Teacher Training Certification program with Ra in 2010, the only time he taught this particular teacher certification.
My professional skills are in business management, marketing, and business development. For 20 years, I worked primarily in the Natural Foods industry: from managing Natural Food stores, opening stores for a national natural grocery chain, training staff in everything from customer service to counseling customers in vitamins, supplements and herbs. I also directed sales for a homeopathic company, as well as directed operations for a chain of retail pharmacies with a natural products focus.
I have also been an entrepreneur my entire work career - starting diverse businesses such as a publishing company to training independent business owners in sales and business management skills.