Book of Destinies

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Chetan Parkyn co-wrote his latest work, The Book of Destinies, with his life partner Carola Eastwood (Nishtha). Shantamo wrote the review, “For a first taste of Human Design as well as to become acquainted with the Life Themes of yourself and others, I highly recommend this book.”

The Book of Destinies

Human Design came to us in the 1980s. It is one of the systems which give some form to the mystery of life. It combines elements of older wisdom systems, like astrology, the chakra map, the Kabbalah and the I Ching, with discoveries from particle physics and genetics. Based on our time and place of birth, it gives an amazingly accurate description of how we have come into this life. It also tells us that we came here to do something only we can do, and indicates what that is.

“Each man comes into this world with a specific destiny – he has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally – you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The Whole intends to do something through you.”

Quoted from Osho, A Sudden Clash of Thunder, Ch 4, Q 1

Life is generous, it equips us with everything we need to bring our purpose into being. Chetan’s first book Human Design, Discover the Person You Were Born to Be, describes what qualities life has given us, while the Book of Destinies shows what we came here to do.

You can read it as a companion volume to Human Design Discover the Person You Were Born To Be, which gives a general – and thorough – introduction to the system. Or you can read it on its own; it gives a brief explanation of the main Human Design elements, and then focuses on the one which tells us about our destiny. Chetan calls it our Life Theme. There are 192 of them, which one is yours depends on the position of the sun when you were born. Just like in astrology, your birthday decides which Life Theme you have.

In the beginning of the book, Chetan gives you several ways to find out your Life Theme. Once you know it, you can turn to the corresponding page in the book, and there you see your life purpose in front of you. This is text to savor. Many people experience a deep recognition, a feeling of ‘someone finally sees me as I really am’, when they read it. With it comes a relaxation with the way you are. You are less influenced by the advice of well-meaning others who seem to know what is best for you better than you do yourself. You can begin to walk the path existence has laid out for you.

When I found out about my Life Theme it felt like I landed on my feet. I can place my tendencies – my love to gather information and experiences, my effort to distill the essential from them and then the wish to find ways to pass it on – into a bigger perspective. It’s the Life Theme of Consciousness in Action. When I stay with this thread in my life, a sense of fulfillment naturally comes to me.

Chetan and Carola write in a clear style, which makes it simple to read and assimilate this profound material. The book is well laid out, and it has the same size as its predecessors. One remark: the inside of the paperback is black and white, which makes the graphic accompanying each Life Theme difficult to understand. On the positive side, it has brought down the price. The Kindle version, however, is in bright color.

For a first taste of Human Design as well as to become acquainted with the Life Themes of yourself and others, I highly recommend this book. It presents Human Design knowledge in that combination of depth and simplicity that seems to be the hallmark of Chetan’s and Carola’s writing.

Review by Shantamo –

Read excerpts from the book in Life Theme: the intended storyline of your life

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Nishtha and ChetanChetan has spent the past 25 years mastering and teaching Human Design. As the author of the first major book on the subject, Human Design, Discover the Person You were Born to Be, he has made it his mission to bring Human Design to the whole planet. His books are now in eight languages, he has done readings for thousands of people worldwide and given classes to many hundreds.

Nishtha has been a Human Design consultant, teacher and business success coach since 1999. Prior to that, she had an established counseling practice and an astrology clientele in Santa Fe, NM and in San Diego, CA. She has been the author of the monthly column, Planetary Cycles, published by Life Connection since 1988, and is a highly-acclaimed astrological consultant and intuitive counselor who has appeared on national TV. She has also hosted radio shows and spoken at conventions.

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