Human Design - What is it?
Human Design combines so many different schools of wisdom: the Hindu chakras, the Chinese iChing, conventional astrology and the kabbalistic Tree of Life – but the result is an entirely new system thats presence and evolution is to realign you with exactly who you are meant to be: How you are to communicate outwardly, how you are to receive communication, how you are to handle or let go of your ideas, plans and expectations. For me, understanding my Human Design type, and individual body graph has been like being handed a manual of a car I've been driving blind for 25 years. For some, this might be a far-fetched concept and quite 'woo-woo' and thats ok.. But I think there's a common and incredibly genuine seeking to understand ourselves better; and if this can be a tool that allows you to do just that, then why not delve a little deeper?
It takes courage to reflect on ourselves, our patterns, our behaviours - and it is especially bold to hold ourselves accountable for our growth and inward discovery. Another incredible thing Human Design has given me - other than understanding how I work mentally, emotionally, physically - is understanding the design types of those close to me, the types of my friends and family. I have come to learn that different approaches in my communication with my relatives/friends of different types will have me feeling closer, more connected, far more accepted and ultimately, understood. We weren’t built to be all the same, and we do a disservice to everyone when we hold each other to that homogeny.
Anyway.. Enough of my rambling! If you would like find out your own body graph Click Here. Let me know what type you discover that you are! I'm a Manifesting Generator - and I laughed out loud, and nodded along, as I learnt about the common traits of this Human Design type.
There some incredible podcasts with Jenna Zoe - the woman who introduced this concept to me - that I highly recommend listening to; as this has become her life's work - and she so eloquently explains each of the Human Design types and their unique characteristics.
I also thought I would share the following; which is from an interview Jenna did with Free & Native - outlining the five design types and common challenges each face. Enjoy!
There are five main ‘types’ in Human Design, which give us general guidance about how we should be directing our energies. Of course, there will be more complex directions for each individual based on the rest of their chart, but this is a good place to start!
Generators: pure life-force in motion, these people have an attracting aura and a juiciness to their energy. They are here to dance with life and engage their energy to move their community forward in a way that is meaningful to them. When they are doing what they love, people can’t get enough of them. They are also the natural hustlers and doers of society.
Common challenge: generators have to listen to their gut and honor their desires, rather than saying yes to things they feel they ‘should’ do. Because of their juicy energy, other people will want to use the generator’s energy for their own benefit. But generators have to be lit up and passionate about anything they engage their energy with otherwise they burn out – I tell generators that unless they feel it’s a hell yes, it should become a hell no!
Projectors: These people are here as guides for the tribe. They have an ability to see something the way others can’t – whether that’s reading into people, devising systems, or designing new ways of doing things, each projectors has a special ability of their own.
Common challenge: trying to prove they can hustle and keep up with the rest of the world. Projectors have inconsistent energy, and can easily spend their time beating themselves up over the fact that they can’t just ‘make things happen’. They are not here to do that. It’s also very common for projectors to be impatient if they don’t understand how their energy operates. The more you trust the flow of life as a projector instead of trying to keep up with the generators, the more stuff will start happening for you, ironically. And in the meantime, spend your time honing your special skill.
Manifestors: these are the trail blazers who are here to create movements, whether they intentionally try to or not! Their energy can’t help but be felt when they walk into a room. Manifesting energy in human design simply means you don’t need to wait for collaboration from the Universe in order to act. It’s an impulsive energy not driven by anything but the Divine expressing itself through you. A big part of living correctly as a manifestor is cherishing and honoring those impulses, because they’re rare and special.
Common challenge: Manifestors have a selective aura, so they will attract some people and repel those who aren’t right for them. This is the Universe’s natural sifting mechanism in motion, but this can feel like rejection or disapproval, so manifestors will spend their lives trying to please everybody, This is not the correct use of their energy and not what they came here to do – but it holds many of them back from fulfilling their true potential.
Manifesting Generators: these are a hybrid for the new age of a generator plus a manifestor – when they’re living correctly they are like superhumans! Not only do they have the ability to initiate, like the manifestor, they can also make it happen like the generator.
Common challenge: MGs can often feel caught between wanting to run out the door and act on their impulses, and also wait for their gut feelings to kick in (the hell yes or the hell no). I tell MGs it’s super important to reserve the right to change your mind as you go, and to train your loved ones to accept that from you too, wherever possible. MGs will often ‘move’ quicker than generators but they’ll course-correct more often as well.
Reflectors: these are super rare energy types in human design, with less than 1% of the population falling into this category. They are the true mirrors for society with the greatest potential for wisdom out of all the types.
Common challenge: energetically, they are like blank slates with very little of their own defined energy, and growing up in a world where you have to know who you are is confusing for these guys most of all. Understanding that you operate so differently from 99% of the world, and that that is okay, is the best place to start for a reflector.