The Human Design System – The Science of Differentiation

The Human Design System synthesizes the ancient observational systems of Astrology, the Chinese I Ching, the Hindu Brahmin Chakras and the Tree of Life Zohar/Kabbalist tradition, with the contemporary science of Quantum Mechanics, Astronomy, Genetics and Biochemistry. It is a logical, empirical and practical system. Human Design doesn’t ask you to believe anything; it merely invites you to explore and experiment with the mechanics of your nature and your evolving consciousness, and so find out for yourself what works and what doesn’t work for you.


Within Human Design each person is seen as a distinct differentiated being and in precisely describing the conditioning fields we assume ourselves to be (Not-self), each person is empowered to move beyond that imaginary construct towards what is truly consistent within them.


The Human Design BodyGraph is a map to navigate by: with a chart reading you learn the difference between your Personality Crystal (which is who you think you are) and your Design Crystal (which is unconscious and manifests the biogenetics of the body, or your physical form). The Personality Crystal is referred to as ‘Passenger consciousness’, while the Design Crystal is known as the vehicle or Form consciousness. The relationship between the personality and the design crystals is like a backseat passenger (Personality) who rides in a vehicle (Design). The whole is operated and navigated by the Driver or the Magnetic Monopole (located in the Sternum area). A passenger is meant to be relaxed and watch the scenery go by, not fight with the driver for control of the vehicle- passenger consciousness has no idea where the vehicle is going or how to get there.


This information, although complex, can be reduced to some very simple yet effective insights and awareness. A basic Human Design reading will tell you what your Type, Strategy and Authority is, and thus enable you to begin to recognize when you are making mind based decisions as opposed to relying on your Strategy and Authority (body based?). The old being was Mind (Outer) directed, where as the new transitional form is inner directed: it’s useful when following your innate inner direction to have some guidelines.


Useful though the mind is, it is not really the best way of making decisions- relying on your correct Strategy (dependant on your type) and your Authority, which is a body based response to an opportunity or the flow of life, is the correct way to make decisions. The Vehicle (body) of the being holds the key to making decisions that are correct for the individual concerned.


The Human Design System Chart

Example Human Design System BodyGraph

According to Human Design there are four distinct Types: Manifestors, Generators, Projectors and Reflectors. Knowing your type informs you of your correct Strategy and Authority. Type refers to your body, genetics and aura (we are not talking of psychological or personality types here). Type reveals a particular way of operating energetically and is expressed through the Aura.


The four types consist of two energy types- who have an ability to consistently generate or initiate energy (Generators and Manifestors) and two non-energy types (Projectors and Reflectors) who do not have constant access to their own generating and manifesting capacity. Following one’s strategy maximizes your available energy potential.


“Auras are the way we connect to and are experienced by the other.”

Ra Uru Hu


In human Design, Strategy refers to a way of being in the world without resistance: a means that aligns us with our unique geometry (in the overall flow of the totality), and supports the process of becoming our authentic self. Strategy is based on the way the vehicle (body) is designed to operate on all levels.

“Strategy accesses the unique ways energy is designed to flow through each person’s BodyGraph, and ultimately determines the way our health, sexuality, relationships and life purpose play out.”


Each Type has a correct Strategy and a signature theme that plays out when you begin living your Type’s Strategy. For example, the Generator’s Signature note or theme when living according to their Strategy and Authority is Satisfaction. Each Type also has a ‘not-self’ theme, which manifests when not living according your Strategy and Authority. For a Generator the note that tells you that you are not living according to your Strategy and Authority is Frustration.


The Generator’s Strategy is to Respond and when living out of response according to their Authority their signature note is satisfaction; their ‘not-self’ theme, or the indicator that they are living out of conditioning, is Frustration. Generators make up 70% of the population; Generators often live like they are Manifestors and try to initiate ‘good ideas’ from their mind, thus creating lots of frustration as they are designed to respond, not initiate. For Generators sleep will not come until they have burned off that days supply of energy.


The Manifestor’s Strategy is to inform; they have closed and repelling auras and their signature is Peace when living according to their type and their ‘not-self’ theme which indicates when they are living out of the conditioning, is Anger. Manifestors make up 8% of the population and are the only type that can initiate in flow with their design.


Projectors and Reflectors are non-energy types (Projectors comprise about 21% of the population while Reflectors are 1%) and they use their experiential wisdom about energy to increase the understanding, awareness and productivity of the Energy types.


The Projectors correct strategy is to wait for the invitation, their signature note is Success and their ‘not-self’ theme is Bitterness. When they find themselves feeling or expressing bitterness they know they have not been living out of their correct Strategy and Authority but have been allowing themselves to be conditioned by the culture or those around them. A very specific part of the Projectors role here on earth is to guide others by knowing how to ask the right questions.


Reflectors process and experience energy in an unusual way that is quite different from the other types, which means that they live by a different set of rules. Their signature note is surprise and their Strategy is waiting out a whole lunar cycle before making any important or big decisions. Their ‘not-self’ theme is disappointment.


Next week I will talk about the different kinds of Authority.




Human Design: the Science of Differentiation- Different kinds of Authority