Human Design is a new system of self-knowledge that differs fundamentally from anything else that exists in the world today.
It is not built on belief or faith but is a logical, empirical system that offers you the opportunity to experiment with its mechanics and find out for yourself if it works for you.
Human Design shows you a concrete map of your own nature and provides you with simple tools for making correct decisions, being yourself and eliminating resistance in your life. Human Design offers you the opportunity to discover yourself and begin to understand and accept your very nature.
The Human Design System is a synthesis of two streams of science, traditional and modern.
The traditional sciences—astrology, both eastern and western, the Hindu-Brahmin Chakra system, the Zohar or Kabbalah, and most importantly of all, the I’Ching, the Book of Changes— these are the traditional elements in the synthesis that is Human Design, and combined with the modern science of reading the genetic code, this offers you profound insight into how you are designed to navigate the material world.
WHAT ARE HUMAN DESIGN CHARTS / BODYGRAPHS?
Human Design uses your birth data to calculate your design chart, or Bodygraph, which determines your Type and Definition, the key components of the system.
The chart provides you with the simple mechanics of Strategy and Authority to experiment with, in order to live and discover your individual and differentiated nature.
By simply grasping the surface mechanic, you will have a grounding in this life that is immediately going to bring a difference to your process.
The irony of what it is to be a human being is that we are caught at the surface of understanding and accepting our nature and the cosmos around us. It doesn’t matter how intelligent we are, there is a vast underlying ignorance of how our bodies operate.
BE A PASSENGER
We are passengers in these bodies. We are a passenger consciousness experiencing life. Buddha taught that the body is not ours. Though it is not, we are totally dependent on it.
To learn how to operate in alignment with your own nature immediately brings benefits; this is the moment that you get what is right for you, along with the right relationships, career, environment, and so forth.
In acting on it, in experimenting with its logic, you may discover a remarkable experience of finding and ultimately living your purpose and seeing the beauty of what life holds for you.
The purpose of Human Design is to show our uniqueness. Your Human Design BodyGraph reveals your Definition (who you are) and your Openness (who you think you are and the source of your conditioning).
The first step in being yourself is to rely on your definition and experiment with your Strategy and Authority. The next step in Human Design is to see what is open in you and recognize where you have been conditioned.
The reward that comes from recognizing our own nature is worth the effort. Knowing and understanding our Design protects us from being a victim of our conditioning. To be ourselves is fundamentally to be healthy.
To be what we are not—to live the conditioning—leads to disease as we continually confront ourselves with energies we are not genetically equipped to handle. Human Design is a tool that can help us understand how our body is designed and how it is meant to run properly. Obviously, hearing about our unique Design and living it are two different things. To live according to our nature takes courage and determination. We learn to understand our Design intellectually, but living our Design is something we can only learn from life itself. We have to experiment. Human Design is a logical system and logic requires repeated testing to verify the pattern, so you can see for yourself that it works and how it works.
Your Human Design BodyGraph reveals simple Strategies, yet their simplicity does not imply that being oneself is easy. Becoming our authentic selves is a journey. It takes seven years to clean out the conditioning, seven years to ground the awareness down to our cells so we may express ourselves naturally. Until it is natural to be ourselves, we cannot let go of mind. Everyone can become themselves, but it requires that we work on ourselves for ourselves.
Overcoming conditioning takes courage and the determination to test out our path and find what is right for us.
The planets play a key role in the design of who we are. In fact, everything in Human Design is based on the movements and impact of the planetary spheres. Obviously, the effect of the planets on our lives is no new revelation, being the basis of all astrology. However, the revelation of Human Design serves to explain as well as deepen descriptions of many of the patterns that astrologers have glimpsed for millennia in the stars.
The key to understanding the impact of something as distant as a planet on our lives is that tiny, subatomic particle known as the neutrino. Neutrinos are extremely fine matter produced by the nuclear reactions within stars. All stars, including our own Sun, produce neutrinos continuously. Stars in distant reaches of space are constantly beaming these neutrinos toward us, and being made of such fine substance, they pass through our bodies, as well as through the Earth itself. Imagine then, how the movement of the planets around our Sun must refract the neutrino information as it passes into us at the moment of our imprinting.
We have two key moments of imprinting, one at 88 degrees of the Sun before we are born, and the other at the instant of our actual, physical birth. At these two moments in time, the positions of the planets in our solar system codify the neutrino information in very specific ways as it streams through our bodies. Planets vary greatly in density and makeup. Some consist of solid rock while others consist purely of layers of gases. Every planet also has its own mythology as perceived by man. One could almost say that planets are the organs of the solar system, and we, humanity, are the brain that gives them their names. Thus our mythologies are, and always have been, our method of attuning to our greater body.
The planets then, are our local programming agents. This is why down the ages, we have always described them as gods in our mythologies. Every planet, depending where it is in our design, lends its flavor to our nature, at both conscious and unconscious levels. This is something we need to consider whenever we look at a planet, as well as where it is activating a gate/line in our chart.
Ra Uru Hu is the Human Design System’s founder and messenger.
Ra was born Alan (Robert) Krakower in Montreal, Canada on April 9, 1948, where he spent his early years.
After he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, his career path led him into the business world as an advertising executive, magazine publisher, and media producer. The arts were important to Ra and he expressed himself as a composer and performer throughout his life.
In 1983, he left Canada to travel, eventually finding his way to the Island of Ibiza, where he spent years working as a school teacher.
In January 1987, he had a sudden and unexpected mystical experience followed by an encounter with ‘a Voice’, an intelligence far superior to anything he had ever experienced. This encounter lasted for eight days and nights during which he was given the information for what is known today as the “Human Design System.”
Ra considered himself the messenger of the Human Design System, and dedicated the next 25 years of his life to teaching the System around the world, teaching people how to live a healthy life, how to make the right decisions and live with awareness.
Together with his family, he lived in the United States, Germany and for most of the time on Ibiza, where he passed away in March, 2011.
The Ra Zen series is a collection of short videos with founder of Human Design – Ra Uru Hu. In each episode Ra focuses on a certain topic or subject related to the Human Design System. This is pure ‘infotainment’!
Strategy and authority are the alpha and omega of Human Design. Authority, in the sense that Human Design uses this term, means authority for our decision-making. It is that in you that you can truly rely on to make consistently the right decisions. There are several inner authorities, the most common being Emotional and Sacral authority.
The mind doesn’t know what’s right for us. That doesn’t mean it’s not intelligent. Mind can be a wonderful tool, as long as it’s not the master of our life. But the mind is never our inner authority, whether it’s defined or undefined. It has only so called outer authority, which means that what we say can be inspiring for others. It is not correct for us to make decisions from our mind. The mind also second-guesses our true authority and can argue for or against anything that serves its agenda. It is hijacking our identity and pretending to be us. The only safety that we have is to make decisions based on our strategy and our own true inner authority.
The Not-self is who we are when we make decisions from our mind as opposed to our true authority. The open (undefined) centers are where we get deeply conditioned. This conditioning becomes a force that rules our life through our subconscious programs and behavioral patterns. The strategy and authority enables us to make consistently reliable decisions that are correct for us and decondition our Not-self tendencies. It is a process of attuning our Aura to the right frequency.
Ra says this about living as our Not-self: It’s not like … the punishment is that you don’t know who you are, you’re confused and you go to your grave like most people: wondering what the hell it was for. You end up being sick, when you’re not yourself. It’s not just the psychology, it’s the physical body…See, we’re objects. All of us are objects moving in space. Doesn’t seem like that, but it’s true. And the moment you’re moving in space and you’re not moving correctly, all you meet is resistance…The moment that you’re operating correctly – remember, this is just a genetic framework – the moment that you’re operating correctly, what happens to you is: YOU GET RID OF THE RESISTANCE. That’s so much easier.
You don’t need to study Human Design in order to live it. The following text is only for those, who wish to learn more about the Human Design System.
The Human Design System groups people into 4 specific types: Manifestors, Generators, Projectors and Reflectors.
The main difference between each type is in their aura. Although there are endless variations within each type (and within our genetics), each type has a specific auric quality that determines its strategy – a correct way of approaching and navigating life. Manifestors have a repelling aura, Projectors have a very focused aura, Reflectors have a ‘teflon’ like aura as they sample and taste energies, Generators have an aura that radiates and takes in simultaneously.
Strategy and authority are two key elements of the Human Design System – and all you really need to know to live a fulfilling life free from resistance. We are objects moving in space. Just like a street car when driven off the road, we too encounter problems and resistance when we don’t respect our unique nature.
Generators are the dominant Type on the planet with nearly 70% of the population. They are the driving life force of the planet. Their Strategy is to respond, and through response to find satisfaction and avoid frustration. They have an open and enveloping aura and are here to know themselves.
Projectors are around 20% of the population. Their Strategy is to wait for the Invitation, to find success and avoid bitterness. They have a focused and absorbing aura and are here to understand the other.
Manifestors are about 9% of the population. Their Strategy is to inform before they act, to find peace and avoid anger. They have a closed and repelling aura and are here to understand their impact on others.
Reflectors are without Definition and are just over 1% of the population. Their Strategy is to wait a full cycle of the moon before making decisions, to find surprise and avoid disappointment. They have a resistant and sampling aura and are here to see difference.
The quality and potential of your life is based on the decisions you make and the directions they lead to. Look at any Rave Chart and you will see an obvious duality between what is activated and colored in and what is white and open.
As humans we are ruled by the genetic imperative to be attracted to what we are not. This genetic law that maintains the health of the gene pool pulls us towards conditioning. Each open center has a not-self strategy that directly impacts mental decision making. For the majority of Human Beings, their minds are conditioned by their openness and this distorts their decision making.
Four types – conclusion
The strategy of each type is very simple, yet it may be not be easy to put into practice at first. Manifestors, who feel controlled by others all their life, need to inform. Generators, who have oceans of energy, can’t just go around doing anything – they need to wait and respond. Projectors, who can see others and are here to guide them, need to wait for an invitation – something they never expect to happen. And Reflectors, with their openness and taking in other people’s definition, must wait 29 days before making a major decision – no matter how certain they feel about something in the moment.
The most important step is to try the experiment for yourself
Discover your Design and Transform your life. Change the way you make decisions. Through experiment you will learn to honor your Strategy & Authority. It is the way to differentiation and the fulfillment of purpose.
Each Human Design Type has a unique aura type. This gives you an energetic signature that others can feel.
Manifestor aura is closed and repelling because they are here to initiate and make an impact.
Generators aura is open and enveloping because they are here to respond to life.
Projectors have a focused, probing and absorbing aura as they are here to know the other so they can guide the other.
Reflectors have a sampling aura because they are here to reflect the environment so they sample the others aura so they can reflect it back.
Manifestors are a minority – around 8% of all people. You are the only type that is here to initiate.
Historically, Manifestors were the rulers and law givers of the world. So many of our habits and accepted generalizations are created by and fit for Manifestors. You are the ones – the only ones – who really can go out and make things happen. As children this happens as soon as they can reach the doorknob. You are designed to be an unstoppable force that will not allow anyone to control you. If there is something you want, go and get it, as it will not come to you (be it a job, partner etc.) – just listen to your authority.
You have the potential to shape the world the way you want it to be. On an energy level you have a very deep impact on others, but your aura doesn’t communicate as much as the auras of other types. That’s why people often don’t know what to think about you. It creates un unconscious fear in them and they try to control you from the moment you were born. This leads you to your predominant negative feeling – anger.
The secret of success for you lies in communication. The way to operate correctly for you as a Manifestor is to inform. Inform those that are going to be impacted by your actions about what you’re going to do. In this way, others will not be so intimidated by you. They may actually help you and put their energy into whatever it is that you have initiated. Then you can find what you are looking for – PEACE.
Without informing, you will get resistance every step of the way. That’s why many Manifestors, already in their childhood, resign, after being punished over and over again by parents, teachers and others. They give up their manifesting powers and concentrate on going through life, just getting by. They may feel ignored, or like they’ve been run over by a truck. The last thing they would want to do is to inform others.
Everybody else is in their way all the time, so the idea of making it easier for others by informing is unacceptable. Yet it’s the only way out of the circle of control and resistance. (While still living with parents, Manifestor’s strategy is actually different – they need to ask for permission.)
Go to sleep as soon as you begin to feel tired. You can read or watch a movie for a while before you fall asleep, but already lying down in a horizontal position.
If possible, sleep alone, not in other people’s aura – you will feel the difference in you in the morning. Remember that there may be a neighbor above or behind the wall and if you’re closer then your two arm-lengths, you are still in each other’s aura.
Strategy: Inform those who will be impacted by your actions. Think about that, you’ll see you impact quite a lot of people.
Predominant negative feeling: Anger
Famous Manifestors: Johny Depp, Richard Burton, George W. Bush, Adolf Hitler, Frida Kahlo, Jack Nicholson, Robert DeNiro, Orson Welles and Susan Sarandon.
Like Projectors and Reflectors, Manifestors do NOT have “sustainable” life force and work force energy. Only Generators and Manifesting Generators have that consistent energy from their Defined Sacral Center. Manifestors have an Open Sacral Center.
This can very much affect their relationships as well as their work choices and life choices.
Manifestors CAN and DO have jobs or businesses and raise families but they can burn out around age 50 (or before) if they are trying to do too much and especially if they are pushing themselves to keep up with the 70% of the population with consistent Sacral energy.
Manifestors don’t “need” people the way other Types need people, which affects how they operate within relationships. Their biggest challenge (and a key piece of their Strategy for success in life) isINFORMING those who will be impacted by their actions before they act.
More so than other Types, they do not like being told what to do. If they feel required to ask permission to do things or feel manipulated in some way, they may become overtly defiant and angry with others or become repressed and turn their anger inward on themselves.
Manifestors have powerful auras and have an energetic impact on those around them. That impact can be positive and pull people in or it can repel people.
They have a much easier time of “making things happen” in the world than any of the other Types.
Almost 70 % of all people are Generators. If you have a defined Sacral center, then no matter how the rest of your chart looks, you are one of them.
Generators are the great workers of the world. But also the slaves, who doing work they can’t stand, day after day. You can imagine Manifestors as the Pharaohs of the ancient Egypt and Generators as all those multitudes who built the pyramids.
Sacral is a tremendous energy generator (hence the name) that gives you all the energy you need to do things, anything you enter into correctly. For Generators, life is all about RESPONSE. Instead of chasing after life, let the life come to you. Your aura, like a powerful magnet, brings to you everything you need to fulfill your purpose. Sacral can not initiate, it can only respond. The only truth is that which comes to you through your response. Without responding, you will end up deeply frustrated.
SATISFACTION is the key word for Generators. You need to be selfish; it’s all about self satisfying work. Do only what brings you satisfaction. Your life is all about doing what you love and only that shows you who you are and brings you happiness. In words of a renowned anthropologist Joseph Campbell: “Follow your bliss and the Universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”
If you initiate, if you don’t respond and enter into things incorrectly, you get the theme of frustration and want to get out, quit. Your energy is cut off and you end up feeling depleted, tired or frustrated.
There are 2 categories of Generators: (Pure) Generators and Manifesting Generators. The main difference is that Pure Generators work in gradual phases, much like climbing a mountain: going up, things are moving on, until they reach a plateau when nothing seems to be happening. If they didn’t begin whatever they are doing out of response, this is the moment when they feel stuck or trapped. However, if they entered into it correctly, eventually an impulse will come from outside and they will resume their work, and start climbing again. Manifesting Generators do things very quickly and are even more tempted to initiate (not waiting for something to respond to). They are very efficient and skip that, which is not important. But in doing so, they also often skip something essential and then they need to go back to it.
If you’re a Generator, it’s healthy for you to go to bed only when you are exhausted. If you haven’t used up your energy, you will have problem falling asleep and will not wake up fresh the next day.
Strategy: Wait to respond
Predominant negative feeling: Frustration for Pure Generators and frustration and/or anger for Manifesting Generators.
Famous Pure Generators: Albert Einstein, Dalai Lama, Elvis Presley, Bill Clinton, Meryl Streep, John Lennon, Madonna, James Dean, Vladimir Lenin, Carl Jung, Timothy Leary, Oprah Winfrey, Meg Ryan, Greta Garbo, Margaret Thatcher, Deepak Chopra
Famous Manifesting Generators: Frederic Chopin, Marie Curie, Hillary Clinton, Clint Eastwood, Sigmund Freud, Mahatma Gandhi, Steffi Graf, Marie Antoinette, Mikhail Gorbachev, Jimi Hendrix, Pope John Paul II, Janis Joplin, Friedrich Nietzsche, Richard Nixon, Yoko Ono, Prince, Jaqueline Onassis, Martin Luther King, Vincent Van Gogh
Generators who use their inherent energy correctly and follow the inner guidance of their Sacral response are a powerful force that benefits the world, and they are magnificent to behold!
When their Sacral response had guided them to the “right” work for them, they have nearly inexhaustible energy to do that work. And their natural penchant for achieving masterydrives them to persist in improving their skills.
Because of their sustainable work force and life force energy, they tend to be steady partners in relationships although their specific personality characteristics will be affected by the many other energies in their Human Design Chart.
They are the energizer bunnies who can hold down a job, raise a family, get involved in the PTA or other activities, maybe do volunteer work, stay physically active, and pursue various interests. Not all Generators do all of these things….but most of them could!
If you’re not waiting for life to “come to you” and then responding to it so you know if you should pursue something or not, you are going to experience frustration.
It’s likely that you’ve been going in a lot of wrong directions until now, trying to “just go do it” like we’re taught by our society. Problem is….that’s just not correct for you. Hence, the wrong directions and the frustration.
Sadly, our closest relationships often bear the brunt of this frustration. When you recognize and follow your inner guidance, you’ll have less frustration spilling over onto others. And recognizing that the frustration you feel is just energy can also help you minimize its impact on others.
Your brain will often work hard to try and figure out the right answers for you, but that is NOT where YOU want to be making your decisions and choices. That’s what your Sacral Center is for.
However, frustration IS part of your personal learning curve, so you won’t be avoiding it entirely. But if you learn to wait for things to show up so you can respond to them, AND you learn to honor and follow your responses, you’ll be making choices in alignment with your energetic structure and your inner Authentic Self, and you’ll minimize frustration and maximize joy and fulfillment.
You also need to be active enough during your day to be physically tired when you go to bed. It’s as if you wake up each morning with a full tank of gas, and you need to use it all before you sleep. Then you wake up with a new full tank the next day and do it all again. If you’re not sleeping well, try getting more physical activity. This is especially true for Generator children, many of whom are incorrectly diagnosed with ADD or ADHD.
Understand that it is correct for them to wait for their inner guidance before they take action. If you happen to be a Manifestor or Manifesting Generator, this may be uncomfortable and/or frustrating to you.
Allow the Generator to wait for things to respond to, and allow them to honor and follow their responses….even if their responses “appear” to not be logical.
The most respectful—and helpful—way that you can interact with a Generator is to ask them Yes/No questions. This allows them a clear opportunity for their Sacral Center to respond and give them guidance.
Don’t take their frustration personally. Recognize that it’s part of their process, and when you support them in being true to their Generator nature you’ll help them minimize that frustration.
And, if you are a non-energy being (a Manifestor, Projector, or Reflector), don’t try to keep up with the Generator in your life. You will wear down and burn out. Let them keep going while you take care of yourself and manage your energy. Once this energy difference in your relationship is truly understood and respected, you’ll both be happier.
Manifesting Generators who use their inherent energy correctly and follow the inner guidance of their Sacral response are a dynamic and powerful force that benefits the world … and are magnificent to watch in action!
When their Sacral response had guided them to the “right” work for them, they have nearly inexhaustible energy to do that work and get it done FAST!
Because of their sustainable work force and life force energy, they tend to be steady partners in relationships although their specific personality characteristics will be affected by the many other energies in their Human Design Chart.
There are times, though, that you may feel left out of the Manifesting Generator’s world.
This is because:
They are energizer bunnies who can hold down a job, raise a family, get involved in the PTA or other activities, maybe do volunteer work, stay physically active, and pursue various interests. Not all Manifesting Generators do all of these things… but they could!
Your brain will often work hard to figure out the right answers for you, but that is NOT where YOU want to be making your decisions and choices. That’s what your Sacral responses are for.
If you’re not waiting for life to “come to you” and then responding to it (so you know if you should pursue that thing or not), then you won’t know what is truly “right” for you to apply your considerable energy and competence to.
It’s likely that you’ve been rushing off in a lot of scattered directions until now, without waiting to respond. Problem is… that’s just not correct for you. Hence, many “wrong” directions, accompanied by frustration, anger, and impatience.
Sadly, closest relationships often bear the brunt of those reactions. When you wait for and follow your inner guidance, you’ll have less frustration spilling over onto others. And recognizing that the frustration and anger you feel is just energy can also help you minimize its impact on others.
However, frustration IS part of your personal learning curve, so you won’t be avoiding it entirely. It takes courage to wait for, trust, and follow your Sacral Response…but everything in your life (including relationships) will benefit when you do.
You’ll be more effective in your relationships when you work at being as respectful of others as you can, watch out for power struggles, and learn to bend a little. Also, remember to INFORM those who will be impacted by your actions BEFORE you take those actions.
Don’t worry about skipping steps, moving fast, and multi-tasking…you are designed for these!
You also need to be active enough during your day to be physically tired when you go to bed. It’s as if you wake up each morning with a full tank of gas, and you need to use it all before you sleep. Then you wake up with a new full tank the next day and do it all again. If you’re not sleeping well, try getting more physical activity. This is especially true for Manifesting Generator children, many of whom are incorrectly diagnosed with ADD or ADHD.
If you are not a Manifesting Generator but are in a relationship with one, follow these guidelines:
If you are a Projector (22 % of population), you are not here to work. You are here to know others, to recognize and guide them. But that can only happen if you yourself are 1) recognized and 2) invited to do so.
Your strategy is to wait for an invitation in the important areas of you life (your relationships, work etc.). If your authority says yes, then you can really share your gifts and guidance. To be invited means that you are seen and recognized for your values. If you don’t wait for an invitation, or the energy of invitation, you meet resistance.
Through your open centers, you take others in deeply. You take in other people’s definition and you can clearly see who they are. Your aura focuses on the very core of their being and you can recognize others. But if you try to guide others without being invited to do so, you meet resistance, or feel that no one really sees you, no one recognizes you. Out of that comes a deep feeling of bitterness, often mixed with exhaustion.
Projectors fear that they will not be invited. But if you follow your strategy of waiting for the invitation, what happens is that your aura’s frequency starts to change and the more you live according to your design, the more invitations you get. This will bring you SUCCESS. Once invited, you don’t need to wait for any more invitations regarding whatever you were invited to (project, job, relationship etc.). Just follow your authority in doing what you do and don’t initiate. The invitation, correct entry into anything, is the key. The feeling of being recognized, appreciated, heard and seen. Is it there? Great. If not, you may stop talking in mid sentence and save yourself yet one more disappointment of not being understood.
Projectors are the eternal students of humanity and system masters. You need to have a system through which you can relate and understand life. Projectors often have the need to study Human Design deeply in order to gain the intellectual understanding of how they are to operate correctly. Projectors are the only type who can really know what’s going on.
Your openness can be energetically exhausting, so it is important to have your own space where you can relax. The same advice regarding sleeping applies to you as to everyone else with an undefined Sacral: go to bed as soon as you begin to feel tired and if at all possible, sleep alone (see Manifestors for details).
Strategy: Wait for an invitation, or the energy of invitation
Predominant negative feeling: Bitterness
Famous Projectors: Queen Elisabeth II, Mick Jagger, Joseph Stalin, Ringo Starr, Osho, Napoleon, Woody Allen, Salvador Dali, Elizabeth Taylor, Fidel Castro, James Joyce, Barbra Streisand, Ulysses S. Grant, Douglas MacArthur, Demi Moore, Princess Diana, Tony Blair, Ramana Maharshi, George Gurdjieff
While the natural role (and instinct) of the Projector is to “manage, guide and direct others,”the Projector can only do so effectively when those others want to be managed, guided and directed!
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, most people don’t like to be given advice or told what to do if they haven’t first asked for that advice or guidance.
Projectors who are not using their energy – and their inherent wisdom – correctly are often perceived as:
Projectors who are using their energy CORRECTLY are respected and sought-after for their knowledge, talent, and guidance.
The truth is that Projectors need more attention and energy from other people than any of the other Types.
The BEST approach for a Projector is to wait to be asked or invited before sharing their advice, opinion, feedback, guidance, or direction.
When someone asks, they indicate that they want the guidance and inherent wisdom of that Projector (even if that person is completely unaware that they are asking a Projector—that person is unconsciously reacting to the Projector’s energetic configuration). That person will then hear and appreciate the value of the Projector’s input, because they were open to receiving it.
The NEXT BEST approach for the Projector is to at least wait for some recognition and an opening to speak into. Make eye contact and wait to sense an opportunity to speak without barging into a conversation or seeming pushy or overbearing.
When using this NEXT BEST approach, the most effective way for a Projector to begin is to say something like:
Please vary the question to suit your circumstances and personality, but I’m sure you get the gist from these examples. Notice that each one is a Yes/No question requiring that the other person either gives you permission to speak or does not. With their Yes response, you have a clear opening/invitation. If the response is No, it’s usually best to wait.
Projectors are of course welcome to speak without waiting for any of this, and see what happens. Human Design advocates that you listen to your own inner authority, not someone else (like me) telling you what to do. But it’s likely you’ll find that things simply work better when you have been invited or recognized first.
When you are the recipient of a Projector’s incorrect use of their energy and wisdom, it is easy to feel irritated, turned off, and even repelled. This is normal. Even Projectors can feel turned off and repelled by other Projectors!
However, you then miss the wisdom and advice that may very well benefit you.
Now that you understand a little about Projectors, the best thing YOU can do is:
Reflectors make up only about 1 % of the population. If you have all your centers open, you are a Reflector.
You are completely open to the world and others. As there are no defined centers in your design, you take in the definition of everybody else. It’s like seeing the world through their eyes, sampling their particular frequency and reflecting back the other. You are like a mirror and the reflection of other people constantly changes your perception. One moment you many feel extremely emotional, the next moment it’s gone. Then you may get all these ideas and a strong sense of knowing where you’re going in life, and then it’s gone again, and so on and so forth. That’s why it’s very important for you to choose your friends and partners carefully, as they will have a great impact on your feelings and your experience of yourself.
For you, the open G center rule – to be only in places that you like – is even more important. Then you will be with the right people and get the love you seek. Your total openness can make you at times almost invisible to others. Without knowing the mechanics of your design, you may feel deeply disappointed in life. But this very openness is a potential for a great wisdom, if you learn how to work with it correctly. You are here to sample life. To successfully apply this knowledge, Reflectors have the need to study and intellectually understand the Human Design System.
Any kind of pressure is detrimental to your health. Take your time to make important decisions and don’t let anyone pressure you. You are a lunar being, tied to the lunar cycle, so the strategy for you is to wait 29 days before making any major decision . During these 29 days, talk with different people about your decision – and listen to what you yourself say about it. That’s how you find something different and how you get to be SURPRISED.
Life for you is an impersonal experience. As you go through life, learning the truth of “this isn’t me” again and again, your greatest potential is that of complete transparency. Your openness can be energetically exhausting so it is important to have your own space where you can relax. The same advice regarding sleep applies for you as for everyone else with an undefined Sacral: go to bed as soon as you begin to feel tired and if at all possible, sleep alone (see Manifestors for details).
Strategy: Wait 29 days (the full cycle of the Moon) before making a major decision and talk with others about it, while paying attention to what you say
Predominant negative feeling: Disappointment
Famous Reflectors: H.G. Wells, Sandra Bullock, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Ammaji (hugging Amma)
Reflectors, the last Type in our series on Types in Relationship, are very rare (less than 1% of the population) but are very important pieces in the whole puzzle of humanity.
They are here to reflect the health and well-being of the community they belong to. We gain clarity about ourselves as a group (and to some extent, personally) as we see ourselves reflected back to us through the Reflector—they are our mirror.
They are exceptionally wise beings who should be sitting on a purple cushion being consulted by leaders and elders regarding the health and correct direction of the community. But our modern day environment is often not very Reflector-friendly.
All nine of their Energy Centers are OPEN (white), so they are energetically open and very sensitive beings. Because of this, they are more influenced than any other Type by the Gate energies moving through the moon—all 64 Gates move through the Moon every lunar cycle of 29 days.
To make correct decisions, a Reflector must wait 29 days—through a full lunar cycle—to see how they feel about the decision after moving through all those energetic influences.
You can imagine how challenging that decision-making Strategy is in today’s fast-paced society!
With this basic understanding of Reflectors, we’ll look at their issues in relationships after the description of this Series below.
Reflectors “need” people because they are “non-energy beings”and rely on the energetic connections that others provide. But they also need alone time to discharge energy they take in through their nine Open Centers.
Like the Projector and Manifestor, the Reflector does not have “sustainable energy.” Only Generators and Manifesting Generators have that. So Reflectors are not wired to “work” a typical job sustainably, which can be an issue in relationships and in earning a living.
They must also talk about their decisions to others, as they are not designed to know themselves and only find their own clarity by seeing it reflected back to them by others. (Yes, it works both ways to some extent!)
They have a VERY different life experience than all of the other Types, so Reflectors can feel alone and misunderstood, and also suffer deep disappointment. They need more attention than most other people, and may at times feel inadequate and believe that they don’t fit in anywhere.