Body Types

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Introduction to Body Types

Visibly, we know that bodies come in various sizes and proportions, and that cultures down through the ages have preferred styles. Here is a list of pure forms. Most, if not all, BodyTypes are a combination of two, three or even four (in rare situations) of these forms:

➢ Quiet Authority (Saturn Influence— Tall and Gaunt)
➢ Sporty Action (Mars Influence— Muscular, barrel chest, block shoulders, masculine)
➢ Safe & Supportive (Venus Influence—Curvy, soft, feminine focus)
➢ Group Anchor (Jupiter Influence— Large, Centered, matriarchal)
➢ Speed Communicator (Mercury Influence— Small, quick, wiry)
➢ Inner Brilliance (Moon Influence— Round, flat face, detailed)
➢ Radiant Healer (Under influence of Sun— Ethereal, sensitive, open)

On the Instinctive Level, BodyTypes anchor and reflect a particular contribution to others. Each body type is the primary way that people are initially attracted to the lessons in their lives. In other words, the people we are attracted to typically reflect either the similarity of the lessons with our parents or the polar opposite of the lessons with ourselves.

In the first case, we are learning how to differentiate our lessons from our parents’ lessons. In the second case, we are learning to honor our own lessons as distinct from those of others. Each body type, therefore, has its own distinct lessons as well as lessons that are complementary in a polar opposite way. The polar opposites are Speedy Communicator with Group Anchor, Sporty Action with Safe & Supportive, Inner Brilliance with Quiet Authority. Radiant Healer is a neutral type that complements all other types. Body types are important for three reasons:

1) they provide an important clue as to our life task;

2) they affect us and influence our physical, emotional, and mental growth and

3) they encourage conscious self-acceptance—a key resource to happy living. Becoming conscious of our body type enables a positive self-image to develop into a source of value and strength.

Individuals are usually a combination of one to three body types. An irony of body type is that the influence diminishes as we become more conscious. At an early age (teenage years), body type attractions are used to set up a pre-defined bias that encourages us to complete lessons with others of a particular body type attribute. These relationships facilitate the development of a person’s life task (figuring out what’s important and what’s not). Identifying our body type combination from the following pages will provide significant clues to the type of contribution we will make in the world.

Body type attractions have become distorted by today’s mass media images where women must fit the Radiant Healer / Sporty Action body type (like Cheryl Tiegs or Farrah Fawcett) or the Sporty Action / Radiant Healer type for men (like Paul Newman or Robert Redford). The potential for damage from cultural imprinting is great; many people try to mold their bodies unnaturally into these acceptable forms and, as a result, base their self-esteem on unobtainable forms. The BodyTypes commonly portrayed by the artists of a particular era affect our collective social image. Following are selected artists and the body types they portrayed:

• Rubens—Group Anchor
• Michelangelo—Group Anchor/ Safe & Supportive
• Rodin—Group Anchor/Radiant Healer
• Impressionists—Safe & Supportive
• Gauguin—Safe & Supportive/ Speed Communicator
• Van Gogh—Inner Brilliance

Everyone Has a Perfect Attractive Complement

At the Instinctive Level of body type characteristics everyone is instinctively attracted to polar opposite qualities. This means that every combination of body type desires its perfect complement. After we identify our BodyType and begin to appreciate its strengths and uses, we can identify the polar opposite and read a description of how we have selected our partners in the past. Primary instinctive compatibility is determined by the polar opposite BodyType:

• Sporty Action with Safe & Supportive
• Group Anchor with Speed Communicator
• Inner Brilliance with Quiet Authority
• Radiant Healer (neutral)—combines well with all

For example, typically a man with a Sporty Action body type would instinctively attract and be attracted to a woman with a Safe & Supportive body type. Or to put it another way, the aggressive, endurance-oriented Sporty Action body type—the stereotypical sports jock—would be attracted to the soft, curvy, nurturing and unconditionally loving Safe & Supportive body type, and vice versa.

When we begin to heal, we begin to love our bodies the way they are, and know that we are okay. This usually indicates that we have moved to the Intellectual Level of body-type-attractions. This leads to the possibility of same body types being attracted to each other. At the intellectual level we are more likely to choose someone with our own body type or body type combination. This is due to similar interests. For example a Sporty Action type would not think they have much in common on an activity level with a Radiant Healer.

Ultimately, on an Intuitive Level, all BodyTypes are equally attractive, and individuals are appreciated for who they are, not what they do. This opinion, however, is not yet a reality in our materialistic, form-identified society. Instead, society’s tendency to judge individuals on the basis of body types and mis-assign meanings to certain characteristics, demonstrates some of the most demeaning practices people currently pursue in our world.

Examining Our BodyTypes

The following is an overview with more accurate identification of each different body type. Please remember that each of us is a combination of two or three different body types.

Quiet Authority

This BodyType is about being seen as capable, assured, and disciplined. We are typically teachers, mentors or leaders in business. Our contributions are about providing stability, reassurance and a sense of consistency in any interaction. We inspire others to take greater risks. Our lesson is to learn to operate in equality with others. We can be seen as a father figure, with a touch of conservative, inward focus or restrictive nature.

Physical/Psychological Characteristics — Long bones and large frame, tend to be tall and thin, with prominent nose and jaw. Strong reasoning capability and the facility to grasp the larger picture. Show up typically as slow-thinking and -speaking, but usually dominate our environment. Although Quiet Authority has a masculine focus, the new American cultural ideal female model is a Quiet Authority/Sporty Action combination (tall, thin, fair, strong-boned with a little martial flair and sex appeal).
Strengths/Gifts – Internal cleansing and purification by taking a stand for ideals, self-control, leadership, diplomatic, trustworthy, well balanced, tactful, secretive, good memory.
Weaknesses/Issues — Inflexibility, aloof, condescending, immutable, unforgiving, and cynical in early WorldViews.
Examples: Uncle Sam, Johnny Carson (Quiet Authority / Sporty Action / Speed Communicator), Mick Jagger (Quiet Authority / Sporty Action), Cheryl Tiegs (Quiet Authority / Sporty Action), Susan Sarandon (Quiet Authority / Sporty Action/Safe & Supportive), Jimmy Carter, Abraham Lincoln, Clint Eastwood (Quiet Authority / Sporty Action), Warren Beatty (Quiet Authority / Sporty Action / Radiant Healer), David Letterman (Quiet Authority/ Radiant Healer), George Bush (Quiet Authority / Radiant Healer), Val Kilmer (Quiet Authority / Sporty Action), Jack Lemmon (Quiet Authority / Speed Communicator), Patrick Stewart (Quiet Authority / Speed Communicator) and Leonard Nimoy (Quiet Authority / Sporty Action).

Sporty Action

This BodyType is identified by an aggressive, feisty, and energetic way of operating. Our contribution is our directness in cutting through superficial issues. We operate as the divine masculine by attempting to bring order to chaotic circumstances, setting up a situation where the feminine can be empowered. Our lesson is about getting into unitywith others before taking pre-emptive actions ourselves.

Physical/Psychological Characteristics — Average height, freckles, hair brown or red, swarthiness, small eyes and mouth, very active. Pioneering, decisive, forthright. Strong leaders in crisis. Defender of the underdog and weak.
Strengths/Gifts — Action and sensation, vigorous, freedom-loving, honest, organizers, highly sexed.
Weaknesses/Issues — Easy to anger, over-react, overly defensive, rude or boisterous at early soul ages. Quarrelsome.
Examples: Dennis Hopper (Sporty Action / Inner Brilliance), Geena Davis (Sporty Action / Safe & Supportive), Nick Nolte (Sporty Action / Safe & Supportive), Shirley MacLaine, Lucille Ball, Paul Newman, John Glenn,. Tom Hanks (Sporty Action / Safe & Supportive), O.J. Simpson (Sporty Action / Group Anchor), Robert Redford (Sporty Action / Quiet Authority / Speed Communicator), William Shatner (Sporty Action / Safe & Supportive / Group Anchor), Gene Hackman (Sporty Action / Quiet Authority), Jay Leno (Sporty Action / Quiet Authority) and William Hurt (Sporty Action / Quiet Authority).

Group Anchor

This BodyType is identified by a maternal and caring way of being with many different types of people. Our contributions are our generous way of being with people, our capacity to hold space when others cannot understand what is being said, and our ability to re-engage people repeatedly. Our lesson is about allowing people to move us emotionally, intellectually, and intuitively in order to better support the group we are serving. We gather individuals around us like satellites.

Physical/Psychological Characteristics — Usually large, especially around waist, stout with large head, less body hair especially if male, large short necks, fleshy full-bodied. Magnanimous, able to generate our own light, philosophical.
Strengths/Gifts — Large-minded concern for others, compassionate, generous, kind, loyal, breadth of vision, well-directed, practical mental powers, sense of fairness and justice, flair for languages, mothering.
Weaknesses/Issues — Sudden change of interest, extravagant, poor health and eyesight. Indulgent, conceited wasteful at initial soul ages.
Examples: Arnold Schwarzenegger (Group Anchor / Sporty Action), Roseanne Barr (Group Anchor / Sporty Action), Dan Akroyd (Group Anchor / Safe & Supportive / Sporty Action), Rush Limbaugh (Group Anchor / Sporty Action/Safe & Supportive), Santa Claus, Orson Welles, Kenny Rogers (Group Anchor / Safe & Supportive) and John Goodman (Group Anchor / Sporty Action).

Inner Brilliance

This BodyType can be identified by studious and structured exterior, deductive powers, and meticulous natures. Our contributions are to bring out the collective wisdom of the group around us, to clarify and ground solutions on an intellectual level, and to focus on ways to bring harmony to a situation. Our lesson is to learn to speak our own truth without compromising ourselves to please others. We are also sensitive to the moon’s influences.

Physical/Psychological Characteristics — Luminescent, pale skin, fleshy; rounded face, stocky to slender build. Focused, patient, tenacious, sympathetic, receptive personality.
Strengths/Gifts — Deductive powers leading to educational opportunities, passive rather than externally active, introspective, calm, methodical, solitary, detailed and form oriented, could develop genius intellect
Weaknesses/Issues — Moody, poor digestion, weak liver, uncommunicative, unforgiving, and when depressed becomes destructive.
Examples: George Lucas, Woody Allen (Inner Brilliance / Speed Communicator), Truman Capote, Whoopi Goldberg (Inner Brilliance, Radiant Healer / Speed Communicator), Jeff Goldblum (Inner Brilliance / Quiet Authority), Paul Williams, Boy George and Andy Warhol.

Safe & Supportive

Our nurturing, open, passive embrace of others identifies this BodyType. Our contributions are the creation of a sense of space for all options to be considered; our commitment to speak for the divine feminine, which creates an opening for creative chaos; and our desire to accept the support and structure of the masculine. Our lesson is to hold our vision without compromising ourselves in expedient solutions. We embody the natural feminine ideal of passive loving.

Physical/Psychological Characteristics — Full-bodied, voluptuous, curvy and nurturing. Wide feet and/or hands, broad bones, hips typically wider than chest, attractive and soft. Earth mother, warm, loving, approachable, gentle and non-judgmental.
Strengths/Gifts — Attractive love and intuition, harmonious relationship skills, appreciative of beauty, sensual, motivated by pleasure, able to focus the attention of others on critical issues.
Weaknesses/Issues — Lazy, overly passive, indecisive, occasionally like to be physically dependent on others, sometimes careless or slovenly, with over emphasis on emotions. Occasionally lacking practical bent.
Examples: Elizabeth Taylor (Safe & Supportive / Sporty Action / Group Anchor), John Travolta (Safe & Supportive / Speed Communicator / Quiet Authority), Elvis Presley (Safe & Supportive / Speed Communicator), Phil Donahue (Safe & Supportive / Sporty Action), Raquel Welch (Safe & Supportive and a small amount of Sporty Action), Marilyn Monroe (Safe & Supportive and a small amount of Sporty Action), Michelle Pfeiffer (Safe & Supportive / Quiet Authority / Radiant Healer), Dolly Parton (Safe & Supportive / Speed Communicator) and Sandra Bullock (Safe & Supportive / Quiet Authority and a small amount of Group Anchor).

Speedy Communicator

Our communication, speed, wit and agility identify this BodyType. Our contribution is to stimulate people to think in new ways, to engage deeper intellectual frameworks, and to support others in following their true impulses. The lesson we learn is about how to be more independent while working in group situations.

Physical/Psychological Characteristics — Bright, clean appearance, usually dark complexion, hair and eyes dark but less body hair than Safe & Supportive, classically slender and quick moving, long limbs, retains youthful appearance. Sense of humor, ability to communicate, physically perceptive.
Strengths/Gifts — Problem-solving capabilities, clever, versatile, clean, good grooming, sunny disposition, cheerful, likes entertaining.
Weaknesses/Issues — Inconsistent, nervous, impulsive, explosive in crisis, argumentative, could be hypercritical and a hypochondriac, at initial soul ages tendency to be cynical or sarcastic.
Examples: Prince (Speed Communicator / Radiant Healer), Danny DeVito (Speed Communicator / Group Anchor), Johnny Carson (Speed Communicator / Quiet Authority), Sammy Davis Jr., Ronald Reagan (Speed Communicator/Sporty Action / Quiet Authority), Spike Lee (Speed Communicator / Radiant Healer), Flip Wilson, Robin Williams (Speed Communicator / Sporty Action) both combinations, Michael J. Fox (Speed Communicator / Sporty Action / Safe & Supportive), Liza Minnelli (Speed Communicator / Safe & Supportive / Radiant Healer), Madonna (Speed Communicator / Sporty Action / Safe & Supportive), Elvis Presley (Speed Communicator / Sporty Action / Safe & Supportive) and Dustin Hoffman (Speed Communicator / Sporty Action / Inner Brilliance.)

Radiant Healer

Radiant Healers can be identified by a subtle energy, a sense of inner glow, a softness of spirit and a lack of robust energy. Our contribution is as a reflective agent that gives people feedback about their own energetic bodies. Our lesson is to focus on maintaining our stability and our own energy without letting other people throw us off balance. Radiant “inner glow” subtle energy, creativity.

Physical/Psychological Characteristics — Refined features, clear skin, slight figure, child-like, broad eyes, slender or oval face, look younger than age group. Lighthearted, elegant, dignified, fun-loving.
Strengths/Gifts — Inner light, sensitivity and understanding, innocent, creative, accepts the universal picture.
Weaknesses/Issues — Naive, intolerant, weak constitution and respiratory system, sometimes frail, indiscriminate, greedy, androgynous.
Examples: Meryl Streep (Radiant Healer/ Inner Brilliance/Safe & Supportive), Judy Garland (Radiant Healer/Safe & Supportive), Michael Jackson (Quiet Authority / Radiant Healer), David Bowie (Radiant Healer / Quiet Authority), Goldie Hawn (Radiant Healer / Safe & Supportive) and Kim Bassinger (Radiant Healer / Quiet Authority / Safe & Supportive).

Cultural Differences

Below are some BodyType differences commonly found in different cultures. (It is also interesting to note that different cultures have predominant BodyType orientations that define the standards of beauty for them):
• Chinese — Inner Brilliance and Quiet Authority
• English—Quiet Authority and Inner Brilliance
• German—Sporty Action / Group Anchor
• Latin—Safe & Supportive / Speed Communicator
• Greek—Speed Communicator and Quiet Authority
• Eskimo—Inner Brilliance / Sporty Action
• Hawaiian—Safe & Supportive/Group Anchor
• Irish—Sporty Action / Safe & Supportive
• United States—Quiet Authority / Sporty Action
• Mexican—Safe & Supportive and Speed Communicator
• Japanese—Speed Communicator / Radiant Healer
• Polish—Radiant Healer / Inner Brilliance

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© Copyright 2016, Larry Byram. All Rights Reserved.

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