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“We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody too.” ~Helen Hayes (b. 1900, The Secular Self) You are a unique individual, but you also reflect your personal and collective Heritage. In the yogic texts, there are 5 sheathes of the Self with the outermost layer as the physical sheath (kosha). This is the realm in which you live. You are up to date and in the know about people/places/things in the modern world.
1. The Secular Self
On a social level, you know how to work a crowd. You are quick to present details about your job, home life and where you may be headed. Questions like: How are you? What do you do? Where are you from? Where do you see yourself in 5, 10, 15 years? are normal topics of conversation. Due to your world-savvy glow, you are often the center of attention and love getting your picture taken. As an avid consumer, you are easily enticed by the latest and greatest trends. You enjoy activities that challenge your body or stimulate your mind. Admittedly, Mind + Body Integration sounds a bit out there, but if it will get you to your goals, you'll be the first to try it! F1's make great Hosts, Personal Shoppers, Event Planners, Editors and Social Butterflies. The Core Story The Animal: The Caterpillar The Aroma: Myrtle Partners: F10, The Diviner & F19, The Student
"If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities." ~Maya Angelou (b. 1928, The Observologist) You love to people watch (and this includes yourself). You are fascinated by how things work and come together. From a Buddhist perspective, you are like the “Witness Conscious” and gather information without judgment.
2. The Observologist
You create mental files on subjects of interest by observing your environment and taking pictures both literally and figuratively. A lot goes on inside your head and you are easily agitated when interrupted from this inner process. Others may see you as someone who 'spaces out' but you are actually quite focused – on something other than them. You are most comfortable when there is enough time to reflect and take in all the details from an ominiscient lens. In this sponge-like phase, curiosity reigns. Open to absorb the good, the bad and the ugly--it’s important for you to maintain a clear perspective. F2's make great Photographers, Draftsmen, Architects and Scientists. The Core Story The Animal: The Turtle The Aroma: Bay Laurel Partner: F11, The Agent
“All emotions are pure which gather you and lift you up; that emotion is impure which seizes only one side of your being and so distorts you.” -Rainer Maria Rilke (b. 1875, The Wounded) You take life personally. Other people's feelings, moods and even their unspoken thoughts affect your well-being. Deep down you want to wear your heart on your sleeve and when you do, you are almost angelic.
3. The Wounded
But, much of the time, you keep your heart safe from harm through the development of coping skills and these can be your brightest strengths and darkest saboteurs. You're so sensitive to your sensitivities that much of your day revolves around tending to your vulnerabilities. In this protective stance, you lose trust in the ultimate flow of life and get stuck in repetitive cycles. However, in the moments you break free from the proverbial treadmill, you become an incandescent light for the soul of humanity. F3's make great Artists, Film-Makers, and Therapists The Core Story The Animal: The Deer The Aroma: Cypress Partner: F12, The Liaison
“Life isn't as serious as the mind makes it out to be.” -Eckhart Tolle (b. 1948 , The Philosopher) You prefer top-down learning styles and gravitate towards the big picture themes over the "petty" details. You have a theory about everything. More involved in "defining" things than experiencing them, you are better at writing the mission statement than actually going on the mission.
4. The Philosopher
You are a scholarly pragmatist who champions the "izings": analyzing, conceptualizing, theorizing, philosophizing, logicizing, awfulizing. Weighing options, insight oriented dialogues, and doing due diligence are natural aspects of your contemplative process. From a yogic perspective, you live in the “mental sheath” where the intellect calls the shots. Ultimately, you have the potential to be a strong and influential leader who inspires great meaning and purpose. But, you must first come down from your Ivory Tower and walk your talk. F4's make great Mathematicians, Accountants, College Professors and CEO’s (and may love Scrabble, Sudoko and Solitaire). The Core Story The Animal: The Owl The Aroma: Peppermint Partner: F13, The Channel
“I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center." -Kurt Vonnegut (b. 1922, The Seeker) You are adventurous and cannot sit still! Wooed by shiny objects and the promise of new discoveries, you can often appear as A.D.D. But you are really a tireless explorer who needs to experience life from all vantage points in order to feel fully alive.
5. The Seeker
You enjoy hearing other's stories and often ask for advice or surf the internet for the best this or that, but for the most part, you need to find out for yourself. And until you do, there is an unquenchable craving to know... You may climb a tree, abseil a cave, sky- dive, practice tantric meditation, scuba dive, head down under or scale the side of a mountain to pursue new heights in search of as above or below. Whether traversing the vastness of the earth like Marco Polo, or through the internal labyrinth of the soul like the ancient yogis of India, the seeker is on a quest. No matter where the travels lead, however, the ultimate destination may be to arrive home within. F5's make great Athletes, World Travelers, Chefs, Wine Aficionados and Pilots. The Inner Story The Animal: The Horse The Aroma: Lemon Partner: F14, The Healer
“There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.” -Gandhi (b. 1869, The Warrior) You feel a personal responsibility to protect what is right. You take action-oriented stances to create change and this often casts you in the role of a guard or guardian. You confront obstacles with bold conviction but your real challenge is to believe that “forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” (Gandhi)
6. The Warrior
Honor, Integrity and Truth are important themes in your character development. Your instincts are very keen—but when you react impulsively you become a bull in a china shop. A pause button serves you well in the pursuit of steadfast intuition. To decipher the code of valor, suspend the need to be right in favor of being kind. F6: make great Lawyers, Police, and Politicians, Military Personnel and Principals. The Inner Story The Animal: The Eagle The Aroma: Cedarwood Partner: F15, The Shaman
"We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.” -Maria Montessori (b. 1870, The Practitioner) You are hard working and productive. Do do do! It's easy to measure your successes. Some would even say that you’re a bit of a machine – a title you wear with pride.
7. The Practitioner
Master of multi-tasking, you are an avid juggler of tasks and maintain an impressive daily schedule. At times you can play the martyr with a 'Someone's got to get this done' kind of attitude, but inwardly you take great satisfaction in completing the to do list and creating efficient systems. The truth is that you like being busy and feel best when there is a plan of action. In fact, silence and stillness may even make you feel uncomfortable. In this sense, a good ‘ol, roll up your sleeves kind of project gives you a reason to plow ahead. F7's make great Personal Assistants, Managers, Flight Attendants, Parents and Fitness Instructors. The Inner Story The Animal: The Water Buffalo The Aroma: Lavender Partner: F16, The Awakened
“A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it.” ~ Michelangelo (b. 1475, The Artist) Your soul knows first hand that the yearning to create is a powerful force. Dance, sculpture, photography and Interior Design are only a few examples of artistic expression. However, no matter the medium, you nuance every detail and life plays your canvas.
8. The Artist
Ultimately, there is no separation between you and your craft. You are drawn to the shadows and the lights and all the gradients in between. Life is your muse and you feel an innate calling to share your experiences with a wide audience. Translating the ineffable forces is foremost on your mind but mostly you're an artist in your heart. For this reason, you have a more refined lens than most people. Due to your depth you may seem moody. While that may or may not be true, this expansive repertoire of feelings makes you a colorful character. F8s are great in the Arts: Artist, Actor, Singer, Dancer, Bodyworker, Tattoo Artist, Sculptors and many more… The Inner Story The Animal: The Swan The Aroma: Chamomile, roman Partner: F17, The Enlightened
“Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.” -Thich Nhat Hanh (b. 1926, The Renunciate) You are a minimalist at heart and actively look for ways to get back to the basics. White knuckling the latest detox diet and cleaning out closets are only a few of the ways you burn off the dross.
9 The Renunciate
Letting go of unnecessary clutter symbolizes the potential to feel lighter and more free. You exalt themes like simplicity, forbearance and dispassion as coveted benchmarks in an evolutionary ascension. You are deeply spiritual and look for opportunities to interact with the Sacred (and may have several names for this). But to renounce old habits in favor of the "light" you may take on extreme measures. Due to this 'trim the fat' mentality, you can be too quick to let go and the world may see you as cold or selfish. This is not the case but it is important to remember other's feelings in your devotional practices. Remember: To surrender ultimately requires the willingness to receive abundance. F9s make great Monks, Yoga Teachers, and Campers. The Inner Story The Animal: The Dog The Aroma: Coriander Partner: F18, The Teacher
“Do not be satisfied with the stories that come before you. Unfold your own myth.” -Rumi (b. 1207, The Diviner) The question, “What do you see when you close your eyes?” may be a perplexing one to many, but for you, the answer is endless. Lucid dreams and déjà vu moments are regular occurrences.
10. The Diviner
While you may not have a crystal ball, your enchanting predictions and far-sighted wisdom reflect a “psychic” nature. It's tough to explain how you know some of the things you do. Nevertheless, it's been that way for as long as you can remember. Your instincts are spot on. This is a powerful gift of perspicacity that allows you to seamlessly negotiate the unseen. If you engage it with your ego, however, you may develop a predilection for gambling, superstitions or cosmic antics. Remember to open your eyes and ears to what is right in front of you. Listen attentively to what the world has to say and cultivate vision from all points of view. But mostly, stay humble. F10's make great Engineers, Stock Market Traders, Detectives and Mediums. The Inner Story The Animal: The Monkey The Aroma: Juniper Partner: F1, The Secular Self & F19, The Student
Your extraordinary charm exerts a substantial influence on those around you. Many of us struggle to get from point a to point b, but like an exacting chess player you see transitions as opportunities for building your rolodex. No matter what you desire to do, it's within your design to connect all of the pieces in reflection of your goals.
11. The Agent
The thrill of the chase excites you and once you've accomplished your task it's onto the next. Monitor your intention for match/deal making and take time to nurture the feelings behind the connections. F11's make great Talent Agents, PR Agents, Real Estate Agents and excel in Marketing. The Inner Story The Animal: The Fox The Aroma: Rosemary Partner: F2, The Liaison
“It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.” -Anne Frank (b. 1929, The Liaison) You are a deeply caring advocate for the disenfranchised elements in people, places or things. Driven by a duty of a greater task at hand, you are an amazing strategist, team leader, builder of bridges, and sheep herder.
12. The Liason
You are the chosen chieftain who goes out to the High Summit and brings back all the goodies to the tribe. You can see all sides and find the common ground between disparate parts. You are the one people come to when they need advice or getting back on their feet. People often tell you that you are a "life-saver" and while outward acknowledgment is nice to hear you are just as devoted behind the scenes. F12s make great Social Workers, Therapists, Ambassadors and Concierges. The Inner Story The Animal: The Honey Bee The Aroma: Myrrh Partner: F3, The Wounded
“Every dance is a kind of fever chart, a graph of the heart.” -Martha Graham (b.1894, The Channel) You source from both above and below, building an internal force and light that exceeds your exterior aesthetic. It's important for you to touch, feel, taste, hear, and see the world. You rely on your sense organs over hard and fast logic. Inspiration comes to you easily, from above, below and all around really.
13. The Channel
Getting in the zone is a no-brainer but you often lose track of (clock) time and therefore look as if you are “zoning out”. In your outer world, loud noises and bright lights rattle you; nonetheless, you are oddly drawn to big cities and lots of action. You are most at peace when you are moving. Like a whirling dervish, this constant motion creates an ephemeral blur and without even trying, you spark chaos. You wonder why you are saying things only to find out in hindsight that your uncensored feedback revealed some truth that you have no idea how you knew in the first place. In your inner world, you often have conversations in your head -- as if talking with a higher being, angel or dear friend from afar. Being an empty vessel, however, makes you feel like a guest-house and no matter how tuned in you become, the revolving door churns your visceral longings. In the silent moments when life gets still -- loneliness haunts you like a familiar ghost. F13s make great Dancers, Writers, Poets, Musicians and Change Agents. The Limbo Story The Animal: The Snake The Aroma: Neroli Partner: F4, The Philosopher
“Just for today, I will let go of anger. Just for today, I will let go of worry. Today, I will count my many blessings. Today, I will do my work honestly. Today, I will be kind to every living creature.” -Mikao Usuii (b. 1865, Outer Self: The Healer) Your presence alone brings comfort. Due to the many hardships you’ve endured you know how to custom-design care packages. You feel other's pain and know first hand how difficult life can be.
14. The Healer
You maintain enough distance from your own struggles, however, to be able to lend a helping hand to those in need. The magic of your hands, words or gestures emanates from the openness you’ve earned within your heart. You are a wonderful listener and radiate light. But you are human, not an angel, so careful not to get too entangled in other people's business and allow them the space they need to pursue their authentic path. To H.armonize E.nergy A.nd L.ight, focus on healer heal thyself and the rest will come. Soon enough, you'll look back and see that you've changed the world by linking hands, one soul at a time. F14's make great Doctors, Nurses, Veterinarians, Reiki Masters and Saints. The Limbo Story The Animal: The Bear The Aroma: Rose Partner: F5, The Seeker
“I work in whatever medium likes me at the moment. “~ Marc Chagall (b. 1887, The Shaman) No wonder there is a je ne sais croix about you given your magnanimous strengths to transcend reality. Your magnetism is almost other-worldly. You make friends with animals and plants as much as you do people. Many times, your thoughts and dreams come true and you are not always sure how or why.
It's as if you have cast a spell around you, and everyone flocks to you like a groupie waiting for the next carnival act. The uncontrollable urge to explore consciousness is not short- lived. You are very comfortable in trance and may seek altered states as a way of life. Being fully in this world is very challenging for you. And while you are drawn to cosmic play, remember to stay grounded in the day–to-day. In your very core being, you know that ethereal forces transform the here and now. As a medium between physical reality and the unseen realm, you must reflect the highest truth in all dimensions. If you use these powers for your own advancement, the push and pull of the astral plane will exert delusions beyond measure. F15's make great Acupuncturists, Martial Artists, Deep Sea Divers and Agriculturalists. The Limbo Story The Animal: The Dolphin The Aroma: Black Pepper Partner: F6, The Shaman
“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” -Thomas Merton (b. 1915, The Awakened) You opened Pandora's Box. Sure, you are a triumphant pioneer, but now what? Even Sleeping Beauty must have felt some ambivalence when summoned from such a prolonged sleep.
16. The Awakened
Awakening feels like the worst jet lag. Nothing fits anymore and you look like you’ve been through the wringer. Like a weed that's busted through the concrete sidewalk, the inner story finds a way out. Life pushes your buttons in all new ways and you no longer have access to the same defense mechanisms. Relinquishing egoic shields leaves you raw and almost naked. Ah, it’s as if you are a newborn. As past, present and future blur as one, you see things for what they are and this can be over/under-whelming. The lens of omniscience takes over and you feel completely blown away by the L.aw O.f V.astness E.xpressing. Yet, as vulnerable as you may feel – you know in your heart you are exactly where you need to be. In fact, you are forging the most unique path to greatness known in the history of humanity. Just like the lotus flower blooming forth from thick mud, you are messy and beautiful. And for this time ever, you accept this paradoxical truth to be divinely inspired. F16s make great Trailblazers, Activists, Software Engineers, Screenwriters and New Yorkers. The Limbo Story The Animal: The Wolf The Aroma: Frankincense Partner: F7, The Practitioner
"On tops of mountains, as everywhere to hopeful souls, it is always morning." -Henry David Thoreau (b. 1817, The Enlightened) You made it! Though that means everything and nothing to you. You crossed over the struggles and happily live in peace. You have many reasons to stand tall - your mind is clear, your heart feels pure and your actions exhibit supple strength. You understand, so long as you breathe, all will work itself out.
17. The Enlightened
You appear almost like royalty but are down to earth with a great sense of humor. You've attained a level of spiritual maturation that is paradoxical in nature. Able to appreciate the sacred in the mundane, you have "lightened up" but maintain substantial depths. You are a mirror. Through your soul, others see their best reflection. Like a luminescent moon, your presence illuminates the dark corners of a room -- emanating an aura of well-being embraced by all. F17s make great Humanitarians, Avatars, Parents and Artists. The Limbo Story The Animal: The Dove The Aroma: Spikenard Partner: F8, The Artist
"The loss of illusions and the discovery of identity, though painful at first, can be ultimately exhilarating and strengthening."-Abraham Maslow (b. 1908, The Teacher) You are a masterful communicator. You love learning about many subjects and revel the opportunity to share this enthusiasm with others.
18. The Teacher
Translating life’s lesson into pithy tales goes way beyond the classroom. You see a little bit of yourself in everyone, and a little bit of everyone in yourself. You can be a professor, or a spiritual saint or an engineer, but your amicable nature makes you an immeasurable resource for those ready to listen. You only teach what you know to be true. For this reason, your voice resonates truth in wholly unique ways but your actions speak louder than words. You model the stature to which your students aspire and you consider this role to be a supreme honor. F18s make great Teachers, Students and Guides. The Outer Story The Animal: The Elephant The Aroma: Sandalwood Partner: F9, The Renunciate
“Right now you are one choice away from a new beginning -- one that leads you toward becoming the fullest human being you can be.” ~ Oprah Winfrey (b. 1954. The Student You have a thirst for knowledge and love to gather information about what interests you. Voracious curiosity and the need for play make you almost child-like. To avoid boredom, you often immerse in the study of people, places and things. When engaged in a subject, you feel compelled to learn more and more.