In this episode of the Understanding Human Design Podcast, Host Karen Curry Parker, interviews Certified Quantum Human Design Specialist, 6/2 Orchestrator (Projector), BodyMind Coach, Movement & Rehabilitation Specialist and Sound Healing Practitioner, Liz Hargreaves.
Liz is a Kinesiologist by education, a Classical Pilates Instructor, Yoga Teacher, a student of Somatic Experiencing and Quantum Human Design. But her passion is a continual exploration of what is possible through movement, embodiment and the pursuit of potential.
Liz specializes in embodiment and expanding the resiliency of the nervous system by learning the language of your body. She helps you learn how to interpret triggers/trauma/conditioning and understand how they live in your body. Liz is starting an 8-week pilot program called Creating Conscious Connections – which is a culmination of her work and passion over the past 25 years!!
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Hi everyone. I’m Karen Curry Parker. Welcome to the understanding human design podcast. I’m here today with quantum human design specialists, Liz Hargreaves. And we’re going to be talking about something that I think is a really important topic that sometimes I don’t think we hit on very much with human design. We’re going to be talking about embodiment and why embodying your spirit literally in your body is so important. And the pathways that human design give us to really begin the process of fully bringing our essence into our physical form. So welcome Liz. We’re going to have a great conversation. Thank you so much, Karen. Well, I have to start first because, and you don’t have to do this if you don’t want to, but I think it’s going to be really cool. I would love for you to take your camera and just twist it around for a minute, the way you did when we started talking and show everyone your amazing studio.
Okay. Well, thank you. I would love to show my studio and a little bit of background. I actually last year for me, was pivotal in terms of stepping into who I am and what I’m capable of doing. COVID actually gave me the kick in the butt that I needed and embodiment is my life. This is what I do, and this is how I teach others to embody themselves. And as you said, the spirit or soul, so the sound is really, really close to me. It’s quite sacred. Actually. You can see, I have a gong behind me. I have 10 crystal bowls and I do sound sessions. And in my studio here, it’s surrounded by glass. So, the whole studio has greenery around it on the other end of the studio. And it’s going to stand you around here is my movement portion. And so, I’m actually a certified classical Pilates instructor and yoga. And I also have my yoga 200 hours. So we do a lot of movement in here. And it’s a beautiful setting. It’s very intimate and my clients actually love coming here. My dog, so that’s my studio. This is, this is kind of where it all happens.
I want to come over. Well, Canada, when the borders are open.
Yeah, exactly. So, so talk to me for just a minute about what is your definition of embodiment and why is it important?
Embodiment to me is about knowing yourself, knowing your nervous system, understanding the language of sensations. I call it sensational language and that’s, what are the aches and pains? What are the restrictions why do you get flutters? I sometimes get, when I get excited or I’m nervous about something, I call them to park burps. Like it’s just this Oop in my heart and the solar plexus, right? And the embodiment is about listening and understanding what your body is actually telling you, what is the story? And through that understanding and awareness of the sensational language that our nervous system has on our bodies, we can actually start living life and making decisions from a place of embodiment and deep understanding and knowing, instead of trying to figure things out in our head, I mean, our heads are great for receiving inspiration and ideas and processing those ideas. But you, you, we can’t really rely on ideas or inspiration for, to actually move our, our ourselves forward in spirit and soul. So that’s, that’s kind of my, my practice.
I love that. And you know, part of what I love that in conjunction with human design is, you know, the intricate intricacies of strategy by type is not just about audience saying, yeah, I’m going to do this. It’s really about knowing how to read the body and what the body’s saying. For example, when we talk about emotional authority, that’s really the biggest question people have for me a lot as well. How do I understand emotional authority? Or how do I even understand my sacral, if you’re a generator type and not, if you’re not connected to everything that’s below the neck, if you will, if you’re not connected, but below the neck, it’s really challenging for people to be able to tune into, oh, the alignment is happening now, or, oh, my sacral is saying, Hmm, because that sacral response, for example, is not just a sound, it’s a resonance field that happens in, you know, in the gut. And, you know, I think being able to really support people and getting out of the head where we’re so deeply conditioned and dropping into that place, where they can feel into their strategy is huge.
Huge. Yeah. And you know, the three basic principles of my practice are curiosity, movement and intuition. And as I said, as I said, just as we were talking before, those are three words that came to me even prior to learning about human design, even prior to learning about somatic experiencing. And it became, it was, it’s just a natural and I find out I might split its projectors. So intuition, you know, the gate 57, I have instinct. It’s just, I have this innate awareness and I’m able to actually sense and know I have a very, if I have equal circuitry and sensing and knowing as well, and that ability for me, and it’s so interesting with the splenic authority and how if, if you look at the human design chart, the spleen actually has, is connected with five other centers. And so when you think about that and you think about instinct and intuition and unconscious reactions or, or actions, it impacts how we feel what our will is, is sensing what our sacral senses the timing of the roots center and the G centre and the throat.
So there are all of these other connections that are so intricately connected with instinct and intuition. And it’s so interesting that this, you know, you talk a lot about how we’re going from a reactive to a proactive or emotional being, and I really see this as the, even in myself, the instinct and the intuition, it’s, it’s morphing from a fear-based too way, curiosity-based. And it’s really like, Ooh, that’s interesting. Something just hit me. And it’s just like, it’s like, boom. It’s like, whoa, what was that? And sometimes yes, they are. I gotta go do this now or less summer. I was out paddle boarding and went around the corner of the beach. So couldn’t see the boards. And I swear to God in that moment, it was about half an hour later. I was just like, like, boom, the board’s floating away. I walked back, the board was floating away. That is instinct. And it’s just like, that’s cool. Right. And so I get really curious about how does our instinct, how does our intuition show up? And that’s the curiosity piece. So when I add movement into that, I get my clients and I talk to people about slowing down really, really slowing down to these micro-movements where we actually start in these, in these slow-motion movements, we get to feel incensed.
You recognize that is, it is like this amazingly complicated process of the nervous system. And so many things are happening, but in our society these days, we skip so much of it that our nervous systems are just constantly in this state of like gas pedals on the brake is on. It’s just like we’re doing this like weird, like breaking gas. And we’re like, right. And we don’t even know that we’re doing this. So this is where we’re going to it. It’s just like we get to actually now use our intuition to be curious and start making informed decisions that are based on the embodiment and our body’s wisdom. Yeah.
Love that so much because I think, you know, that addresses so much of what people ask about and human design. And, you know, I want to just go back to the paddleboard piece for a minute. You know, I think people are terrified of not knowing and they’re terrified of being disconnected and make making the wrong decision. And I think that we don’t realize until we drop into the body, if you will, the amount of information and the clarity of the information that’s available when we’re really eating in our lives and really living not only in our lives fully embodied, but also being as ourselves now, it’s pretty spectacular. And I think all these fears about, well, what if I don’t do anything? And what if I sit and wait, or how am I going to know? And all of those questions get answered when you can just be still, I think, and as you said, you used the phrase that I love so much is, you know, as you come, come home to your body and you learn to understand the language of your body, those are your words that you can start to navigate your right place if you will, in the cosmic plan and have access to every piece of information that you need to stay supported and stay safe and to stay inspired and stay creating in alignment with your authentic self.
Yeah. Yeah. And it’s a beautiful place. And, and the biggest compliment that I get from my clients is that they start to just be okay in the moment of the day. It’s not about, well, I need to be this tomorrow, or I need to be able to do this next week. It’s just about I’m showing up. And this is what I’m showing up as today. And that to me is what we need to be doing now or being now because it’s, I’m going to use an analogy because my home office here, I have a desk that sits and faces sort of the same view out here. So I get to look at the greenery in the backyard and I have a hummingbird feeder and I have a bird feeder, and I have watched the birds in the bird feeder. And every day I crack up because they’re like, rush, rush, rush, just like, oh, there are better seats over there. And they’re just like frantically looking for the seeds and stirring them up. And I’m like, that’s our society right? There, there are a bunch of frenzied birds trying to find the better seed.
And when we are able to like, with the hummingbird, the hummingbird feeds on the feeder and then sit some rests for about 15 minutes and just sits there and enjoys it, fluffs up, gets all comfy and then just enjoys the moment. And this is what we miss out on. We’re not present enough. We’re not being. And we miss out on so much because we’re up in our heads and it’s this, busyness this disconnected state. And so my goal, my vision is to help people really drop back into the body. So I have a cheesy expression. It’s Hey, did you lose your body? I can help you use that in my house, this thing. Okay. So you talk a lot about triggers and you don’t really use the word trauma, but you talk about triggers and how triggers take us out of the body. How do you, how does that happen? And what do you do specifically that supports people in learning how to work with triggers and stay connected to their embodiment
Yeah. And this is, and I’m going to, I, I’m going to use the wordplay. It’s really about again, understanding your own nervous system. So we are triggered every we’re triggered every moment of the day. We are, we are beings that we are belt to be scanning for, for threats or dangerous. That’s just how our nervous systems are built. And so we’re triggered all the time, but it’s what we do with the trigger and is where that trigger lands in our body, not this is my dog, he’s coming to this. Yeah. And, and so what we start recognizing is the triggers that we experience are actually triggering something in our cellular memory, in our nervous system, our nervous systems hold every single memory of our life. And that’s truly an amazing thing. But unconsciously, we can’t, you know, cognitively hold on EIT information, the trigger is actually just kind of knocking on your door a little bit saying, Hey, there’s something similar in your past or in your, in your experiences that you didn’t resolve or you didn’t deal with. And the triggers are really, I call it in the moment we deal with things in the moment we just have to persevere. And sometimes we can’t deal with the emotions, we can’t deal with the pain. We can’t deal with the trauma in the moment. So we pack it up in a box and we put it down in the basement. And what happens over time is the basement starts getting a little bit cluttered a little bit and becomes a little bit of a fire hazard. And at some point, our nervous systems become a little bit packed with boxes, and we get to a point where our window of tolerance for being triggered becomes very, very narrow. And, you know, you think about a stream and you’re floating down the stream. This is your window that you want to have a nice wide stream, that you have the resilience that you’re able to sort of float down the stream and bounce off the sides and still be able to manage. And that’s called regulation. So understanding, recognizing triggers, understanding how to release or let the nervous system complete its cycle of whatever that was in the moment. And then the bell, the safety belt, this resilience of being able to take on more. So you’re basically clearing out your basement, unpacking the boxes, having a look, are you finished with it? Do you need it anymore? Get rid of it. And that’s kind of how we work. And that’s the work I do in my training in somatic experiencing, as we learn how to regulate the nervous system. And in my practice, we basically learn how to play with the nervous system, because it’s very easy through visualization to take the nervous system. And pendulate it from activation to regulation to activation and back again. So you learn how to do that. And once you learn how to do that, you have a better awareness and a greater ability to manage stress. Yeah.
Beautiful. So you have a program coming up in just a little bit about called creating conscious connections. Tell us a little bit about your program.
So I’m super excited about this program because that’s really a culmination of everything that had been talking about. It says really giving people the tools to recognize their own triggers, to recognize and learn their own body language, because we all have different languages. Our body speaks differently. And you know, I hear people saying so many times I don’t trust my body and I, well actually, I don’t think your body trusts you. That’s interesting. Yeah. And, and if you think about it and you think about how your nervous system and think of it as part of you, but it’s actually a separate entity and you developing a relationship with it so that you can communicate with it. And so that it begins to trust you that it doesn’t freeze up. It doesn’t become restrictive. You don’t have aches and pains. You don’t have a chronic illness.
And through the program, we learn how to develop this relationship. We learned the sensational language of our bodies, and that actually transcends into these beautiful conversations with other people. So when you have the ability to, self-regulate your not merging into another person’s trauma, and this is key. So, I mean, even in the coaching world, a lot of coaches I know have told me that they come into situations where they have a client that might be reliving some sort of trauma or a trigger, and it’s actually triggering something in the coach. And there’s this wall that goes up and all of a sudden, it’s just like, oh my God, I don’t know what to do. I’m triggered. I don’t know how to move this conversation forward. And the whole coaching relationship can actually break apart because you’ve lost the trust. So we learn how to regulate our own nervous systems, learn to understand our own triggers so that we can actually have confident conversations and connections with other people, whether it’s your family, whether it’s your clients, whether it’s your business partners, it’s, it’s, it’s the ability to have like the curiosity and not, not merging, not becoming their story.
Yeah. So it’s, it’s an eight-week course starting on January 21st. I’m going to be learning information receiving modules every week to learn. But then we have weekly coaching and it’s a group coaching call where you actually get to practice in a safe environment. And this is where you really build the skills of recognizing what’s yours and what’s not yours. And, and this is where the human design piece comes in because we all have, most of us have an open centre. I think there are very few people who have all nine centres defined, but even so, you still are amplifying energy in some way, shape or form. And then recognizing what’s showing up in your body, is it yours? Is it not yours? Is it your story? Is it not your story? And then being able to move forward in confidence without conversation. So that’s the group coaching part of it. So I’m really excited about it.
That’s so, so this starts is again starts on January 21st. And if people want to learn more about the program, they can, and also working one-on-one with you, visit your website, right. Hargreaves.Ca. And I’m going to spell that for you guys because it’s a little bit of a different way of spelling it.Go visit a website and go explore her creating conscious connections program. Because I think, especially, I would say, if you are struggling to understand your authority or you’re feeling disconnected, say from your sacral response, or you feel like there’s something that’s keeping you from letting yourself trust in yourself, your body, or your body trusting you, or in your ability to feel that you are supported in the experience of your own life. This is I think an incredible opportunity for you to really find a different way to drop into how you can navigate the landscape of your life by being really in the vehicle. That’s carrying you in life, coming back home to the body. It’s such a sacred thing. We have, we need to have the utmost respect for our human bodies. That’s the vehicle. And you say it so well. So you know, this is, this is our connection to soul. This is our connection to spirit. This is a connection to our purpose. So it’s important that we take care of it. And it’s important that we listened to it because there’s so much wisdom, so much wisdom in our bodies.
Beautiful. Thank you, Liz, for joining me today. I really wish I could just come over and hang out in your beautiful space with my big bowl here. And so the sound is another thing that I do. So that says one of my sound bowls, a 12 inch Emerald. So I’m sound as beautiful for healing. It touches you at the cellular level and moves and shifts energy.
That’s my big one. Wait, you wonder your dog wants to hang out in there. Well, thank you so much for joining us. Thank you for what you do and everything that you are. Thanks for listening. If you want to learn more about your human design visit www.quantumhumandesign.com/free chart and get your personal energy blueprint. You can also join our quantum human design community, where you can learn more about your human design, take unlimited human design classes and access experts who can help you learn more about living your life authentically and powerfully from our hearts to you.