HUMAN DESIGN ENERGY TYPES
HUMAN DESIGN ENERGY TYPES
The Human Design System is a complex personality assessment tool that was created in 1987. At the same time, there is a loving simplicity to Human Design that makes it instantly useful and pragmatic for anyone.
In the Human Design System, there are five personality “Energy Types”, each with a unique strategy for making decisions. Knowing your Type can help you develop confidence and trust in your capacity to make reliable decisions for yourself. Once you really trust your strategy, the world will open up to you in a way that it never has before!
All the depth and the power that was imprinted on you at the time of your birth can be lived out gracefully by simply knowing and living the strategy of your type. Live true to your type and you will truly live out your own personal Destiny.
The Energy Types
Just click on each type to learn more. You'll find a video as well as a written transcript below each video. Additional FAQ videos can be found on the YouTube channel.
What is a Manifestor?
Another question I get is what is a Manifestor? So, the Manifestor is one of the five energy types in Human Design and the Manifestor is unique among them because they are only eight or nine percent of the population.
Manifestors are really here to initiate things. They're the only type that can have an idea in their head and just go out and do it. They are the true "Nike Just Do It" people. The rest of us are not.
And so the Manifestor is really here to start things. They're here to start companies, not for profits, community projects. Anything that can have a start to it, if you will.
So, it’s about having the idea in their head and then just going out and doing it. They're like the white ball on the pool table that they hit into everybody else.
Manifestors are really pure energy beings and because of that, they actually have people relatively drawn to them. On the other hand, they can be a little rough around the edges sometimes and it can be a little hard to get to know and get close to them. They have their own agenda, they’ve got a lot of things going on in their mind all the time.
They're almost like the train going down the tracks and they're just speeding down the tracks and they're not stopping at any stations to let anybody on. They’ve got loads of ideas in their head going on all the time and they really don't want to share that with people because not to sound arrogant but basically, they don't think any anybody else can keep up with them. And for the most part, that’s true.
So, they really have a lot going on and just for example, some Manifestors are George W. Bush, Al Gore, Al Pacino, Robert deNiro and also Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, and Saddam Hussein. So, those are some Manifestors and you can see they really run the gamut in terms of the kinds of things they do, what they’ve done but you can imagine that they're all doers. They're all people who got things started.
And so, their strategy is a little different from everybody else’s – their strategy is to inform before they act. For them because they're doing so many things, they're the only type that can actually have an idea in their head and just go out and do it. Their strategy literally is to let other people know what they're doing before they actually take an action.
And by that, we mean let people know who need to know. It’s not about asking permission, it’s not about getting approval. It’s purely about letting them know so that they can either help them or get out of the way.
What is a Projector?
Another question that I'm often asked is what is a projector? Well, projectors are about 20 percent of the population and they're one of the five energy types within Human Design.
So, being only 20 percent of the population, they have a very unique role. They're here to be wise. They’re here to be guiding and directing the rest of us.
If they were in a play, they would actually be the director and so their roles or typically the types of job that they take are the types of things where they have an advisory role, where they're teachers, or professors, architects, consultants, sales people. The types of jobs where they would have a flexible schedule.
Having a flexible schedule works well for them because they don't have the sacral energy that everybody else has or a lot of the other population has. That big red sacral in the middle is not defined on the projector, so they don't have quite as much energy as others.
They can seem like they have a lot of energy when they're with others because they are actually taking in the energy from other people’s sacral and actually amplifying it.
So, when they amplify that energy, they feel like they have the energy, too. But really, when they go home, they're quite tired.
And so, lacking that sustainable energy gives them a little more need for naps, or taking time off, or having a flexible schedule. They don't have that sustainable energy but that doesn't mean they can't keep up with the rest of us, it just means that they need more breaks.
Their strategy is different than others also because it’s waiting to be invited. They wait to be invited and that means for the big things in life. They wait for invitations for jobs, for school, career, for where to live, and for relationships.
And so, that can be a little tough for people who are projectors. They sometimes feel like they're waiting and waiting and waiting but basically, people understand that they're waiting for an invitation and they give them that invitation.
I've had so many clients tell me that now that they're waiting for the invitations, they're just loving the invitations that they get. And some of those invitations are pretty juicy invitations.
But the other thing with projectors is that they should wait to be invited to give advice. They tend to want to give advice because they're so wise and giving advice without being invited usually runs into problems. You can imagine most people don't like it when they're given advice and they didn’t ask for it. But Projectors too should wait to give advice because otherwise, they’ll become bitter.
What is a Generator?
Another question that I'm often asked is what is a Generator? Well, Generators are one of the five types within the Human Design system and Generators are about 37 percent of the population and that makes us the majority.
I happen to be a Generator and Generators are here to be the worker bees on the planet basically. We’re here to buzz around and keep the planet buzzing by doing the work, having children, keeping the things going in our communities, doing the charities, taking care of the PTA. Anything that needs doing, the Generators are there to do and really as Generators, you don't have to worry because that energy will always be there.
That energy actually comes from the sacral, which is red on your chart, the red square second from the bottom that is always there, it’s always on and it’s always sustainable energy. That sustainable energy gives you the energy to do your work, take care of the children, and all of that but it is even stronger when you're happy doing the work that you're doing.
So, when you're doing work that you love, the most important thing for a Generator is finding the right work for them. And when you're doing work that you love, that Generator sacral will be even stronger – you'll have even more energy to do whatever you're doing that you love.
And so, that’s why we tell people that they should be following their strategy because when you find the work that really makes your heart sing, everything’s better and you'll have the energy to do it.
The decision-making strategy for the Generator is also based on that sacral. Actually, in colloquial terms, we call it the gut. From the gut, you can make decisions and a lot of Generators will tell me that they make their decision from their head but really, we’re supposed to make decisions from the gut. And from the gut, you can actually tell when something feels good and when it doesn't. And then whether it’s a sign, or an email, or a confirmation somehow that they get, or a new person they meet, or anything that gives them something to respond to, that’s when their gut can come into play.
And so, when it feels good, do it. And if doesn't feel good, don't do it. And if you get some kind of a neutral response, then just pass because it’s not worth doing if it’s not going to be fun and if it’s not going to make you be a better person.
So, that’s what the gut is there for and as a Generator, that’s our decision-making process. When we find something to respond to, it’s the gut that responds and you can always trust your gut and don't be surprised because the gut never lies but that’s your decision-making strategy as a Generator.
What is a Manifesting Generator?
Another question that I'm often asked is what is a Manifesting Generator? Manifesting Generators are one of the five types within Human Design and Manifesting Generators are a little different than generators. They're about 33 percent of the population and they have both the sacral energy defined and the throat defined.
So, while the generators just have the sacral defined and they may in fact have the throat defined, the Manifesting Generators always have both defined and the throat is motorized which means it give them the ability to be heard very easily.
And if you know a Manifesting Generator with a loud voice, you know what I'm talking about. Those Manifesting Generators can usually be heard everywhere. They can be heard at parties, and at sporting events, and social events of any type because they're the ones who are the loud people basically. They're the ones who can be heard no matter they're doing and that helps them quite a bit especially if they're in business, especially in school.
In business, they can be heard easily over most other people in the room for example. Their voice will be heard, their ideas will be taken into account but Manifesting Generators are always doing a lot of things.
And so, they actually walk fast, they talk fast, they eat fast. You probably know if you have a Manifesting Generator in your life because they're reading three books, and they’ve got a few different projects going on, and life is always a bit of a whirl with the Manifesting Generator.
But that’s OK, that’s exactly the way they're supposed to be operating. They get a lot done and they love what they do. But again, having something that they love doing is important for the Manifesting Generator as well as for the generator.
When they have work that they love, it really makes a big difference because again, they’ll have even more sustainable energy to do it with.
The decision-making strategy for the Manifesting Generator is a little bit of both the generators and the manifestors because as a generator, they should be waiting to respond. In other words, they should be listening to their gut, they should be having an idea in their head, and then waiting for it to show up in their outer reality.
And by outer reality, I mean with an email, with a letter, meeting somebody new, a phone call. Any of those things can be something for the Manifesting Generator to respond to with their gut and with their gut they’ll say that oh, feels good, or oh, that’s the car I wanted, or oh, that’s the new person I wanted to meet. Any of those feelings mean that it’s the right thing for you to do.
If you don't feel those things or if you have a negative feeling in your gut—because you know when there's a bad feeling there—if you have a bad feeling, that means there's probably not somebody to meet, or it’s not the car for you, or it’s not the vacation you should be going on. But when it does feel good, then go ahead and do it because when it feels good, that means it’s right for you – that it’s right for you in so many ways. It’s right for you intellectually, emotionally, physically. It can be right on all accounts and you won't have any regrets about making that decision.
Nobody has ever said, “I wish I had listened to my head.” People say, “I wish I had listened to my gut.” And that’s what they mean. And so, they have a few more pieces of their decision-making strategy because besides just waiting to respond with their gut, they should also kind of envision and reprocess the idea that they have and then let people know because like a manifestor, they have so many ideas in their head going on all the time, that it’s a good idea to let people know and then take the action.
Once they let people know, those people can either then help them or get out of their way as they can with a Manifestor. And so, that will make a Manifesting Generator’s life a lot easier, it will probably help them to burn out less if they're following their gut and also, it will help them to do all the things that they want to do in their life because there's always a lot on the to-do list of the Manifesting Generator.
What is a Reflector?
Another question that I'm often asked is what is a Reflector?
Reflectors are the rarest amongst us. They're only one percent of the population and they are here to reflect the energy of the rest of us.
So, just imagine that on their energy chart, the Reflector has every center in white. Instead of being colored in, every center would be white on their chart. And so, what that means is that they're always taking in energy from other people, they're always taking it in and amplifying it, so they're really here to reflect the energy of the rest of us. They're here to reflect the energy of the community.
If a Reflector is happy, then the community is happy and if the Reflector is not happy, then most likely, the community is not happy.
Some famous Reflectors happen to be Sandra Bullock, Michael Jackson, Richard Burton, and a number of other people. They were all people who happened to be in the entertainment industry and at their time, they were reflecting the health of the entertainment community.
Their strategy as a decision-making strategy for Reflectors is to wait 28 days. And so, that’s definitely the longest of any of the strategies. Waiting 28 days can be a bit of a problem for some people especially if you're trying to buy a car or something like that but waiting 28 days for them is totally appropriate because their information, their being is based on the moon and the moon has a 28-day cycle.
And so, that’s what it’s based on. For them, they should be talking to people during that period and getting other people’s opinions. And once they get that information, then they're able to make a decision that will stand for them.
So, if they're successful in their life it’s because they usually wait 28 days to make those decisions so that they can be absolutely sure about them.
Reflectors are here to be reviewers for the rest of us so that we can know whether the world, or the community, or the environment that they're in is a happy one and then we’ll know that the rest of their community is happy as well.