Human Design explained — what it is and how to use it.
November 27, 2023
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Human Design is a self-discovery system that helps you remember who you came here to be.
The first time I looked up my Human Design chart I was confused.
I saw a silhouette of a person with lines and numbers all over it (the Human Design bodygraph) and read that my energy type was a “projector.”
My conditioning immediately kicked in. I was aware that “projecting” on others was negative psychological behaviour.
I closed the webpage, deciding Human Design wasn’t for me.
But the Universe continued to bring it back into my awareness.
And I began researching it. Really researching it. Which led to hundreds of hours of independent study, advanced courses, a certification, a completely expanded and transformed mindset — and an understanding of what a human design “projector” really means.
Here’s an overview of the system and what it can teach you about yourself.
Human Design Explained
Human design is a self-discovery system used to explore your unique blueprint.
It unifies ancient wisdom (astrology, I’Ching, the chakra system, the Tree of Life) and modern physics (aspects of Quantum Mechanics, Astronomy, Genetics, and Biochemistry) to shed light on:
- your life theme
- opportunities for growth and expansion
- Your unique gifts/innate qualities
- how you relate to, and exchange energy with, others
- your communication style
- your creativity
- your energy level
- the best way to make decisions
- the way you learn
- what dims your light
- your motivation
- what you need to decondition/deprogram
- your emotional reactivity
- your preferred environment
- how to get unstuck & move forward
Related Post: How to Read Your Human Design Chart
Where to Find Your Human Design Chart
You can get your free personalized Human Design chart here.
Your Unique Energetic Blueprint
Human Design provides you with an energetic blueprint called the Bodygraph chart.
The Bodygraph is made up of many parts that reveal your:
- Energy type and strategy — The way your energy field/aura interacts with the world.
- Profile — The way you relate to yourself and others.
- Authority — Your decision-making tool.
- Centers — Where you absorb or give energy.
- Gates — Activations of specific gifts and themes.
- Planets — The astrological influence over your activated gates 3 months before birth (Design) and the time of birth (Personality).
- Channels — Connecting gates and lines of communication between energy centers.
- Incarnation cross — Your life theme.
- Definition — The way you process information.
- Variables — Your learning, digestion, and environmental preferences as well as manifestation style.
Learn how to read key areas of your chart here.
Human Design vs. Astrology
Astrology is a part of the Human Design system but Human Design isn’t astrology.
Like astrology, Human Design has transits that affect the collective.
Unlike astrology, it takes into account where the planets were 3 months before your birth (called your Design) as well as at the time of your birth (called your Personality). Your Design planets often play more of an unconscious role in your life and your Personality planets often play more of a conscious role.
Also, the Human Design meaning of each planet can be slightly different than the astrological meaning.
How to Use Human Design to Up-Level Your Life
Understanding your design helps you bypass the monkey mind and tap into your Authority (your inner knowing and awareness — more about it here) to make aligned and beneficial decisions.
Discovering your gifts
Each of your defined (coloured in) gates (numbers) represent an innate quality (or gift) that consistently flavours your life experience, and is part of your evolutionary path in this lifetime.
Interacting with others
When comparing your chart with the charts of your loved ones, you can see where you compliment each other and where you may trigger or provoke each other.
You can also see how your communication and emotional styles vary.
This knowledge brings a great level of understanding and compassion to relationships.
When you realize the potential of your gifts by understanding your chart, you can clearly see which ones you aren’t tapping into due to conditioning (negative/untrue beliefs). And once you recognize that conditioning, you can work to clear it (psst … I believe about 80% of the work is done just by becoming aware of it).
When you understand the fullness of your expression, your emotional reactivity, your conditioning, and your energetic needs, the critic inside naturally quiets down.
It realizes you’ve been who you were designed to be all along, there’s nothing wrong with you, and that you’re loveable just the way you are.
Related Post: How to Read Your Human Design Chart
What Human Design is Not
Human Design isn’t a religion or dogmatic practice.
It’s a practical system of understanding that doesn’t ask you to take any aspect of it as “truth.”
In fact, the originator of Human Design (Ra Uru Hu) described it as an experiment: a way to test the mechanics of your nature and evolving consciousness. He invited people to explore it themselves and see what works for them.
Human Design is not a labeling system.
You’re not your energy type, your defined centers, or your gates. You’re what you do with them.
It’s not meant to put you in a category or a box. We have every aspect and every potential of the Human Design chart in our fields at all times. It’s just that certain aspects are more consistent than others, and we can learn to work with that energy to create a more fulfilling and easeful life.
Human Design is not a predictive tool.
We know when certain transits will happen (when the planets move into particular gates — similar to astrology). And we know how those gates can activate us. But that’s a prediction of the energetic climate.
How it affects us will have to do with the decisions, the situations, the mindset, and the environment we find ourselves in at that time.
And our particular charts show us our gifts and potential areas of growth and transformation, but how that growth unfolds is up to us.
Who Created Human Design?
The system is a synthesis of several existing ancient teachings and practices as well as modern physics, but it was brought together by Ra Uru Hu who received the knowledge of the Human Design System during a mystical experience. He devoted the last 25 years of his life to sharing this knowledge.
How to Read Your Human Design Chart
Want to dive deeper? Book your 1:1 Human Design Reading with me.
Questions? Feel free to drop them in the comments.