Have you ever explored your Human Design? A couple of months ago I was a guest on The Spiritualpreneur podcast where I had my Human Design chart read and to say I was blown away is an understatement.
Human Design is a mix of astrology, the I Ching, Kabbalah, and Vedic philosophy, and all of that turns into essentially an instruction manual for being you.
It can tell you everything from your best career path, to how to eat, to how to improve your relationships. And it’s one of my favorite ways to check in and make adjustments when I’m feeling stalled or unsure.
Now that I’ve got my own personal HD guidebook, I’m sharing how I’m integrating my Human Design into my business and everyday life.
Links + Resources
Haily’s podcast going over my human design chart (will open in Spotify)
Get your Human Design chart: https://www.mybodygraph.com/free-bodygraph
Get your astrological chart: https://astro.cafeastrology.com/natal.php
I’m so excited to share this episode with you today. This is one that has been sitting in my content calendar just waiting to be created for a couple of months.
I decided I wanted to talk about human design after a reading I had with one of my Dare to Grow members, Haily. She interviewed me and read my human design for her podcast, but you will hear her reading my human design chart and telling me things for the first time and how accurate everything was.
Before we dig into far I do want to tell you what human design is if you’ve never heard of it before. I am a big fan of learning about myself in order to make life easier for myself. I’ve done Myers-Briggs, I know my enneagram, I know which of the four tendencies I am, so I am into all of that stuff.
Human Design is a self-knowledge system that combines astrology, the I Ching, Kabbalah, and Vedic philosophy. You put in your birth date, birth time, and your birth location and it will generate a graphic chart as well as information related to all of the lines numbers, and shapes on your chart.
If you’ve had your astrological chart read you are going to see a lot of similarities because that is also based on your birth time, date, and location.
One of the reasons I put a little bit more weight into something like Human Design vs personality tests is that it is based on your birth date, time, and location. Things like the enneagram and Myers-Briggs are based on answering multiple-choice questions, so there are variables that can shift the answers. Then with something like Human Design, you are just putting in your info and then it spits out the chart.
For those of you who are like this sounds like bullshit. I fully acknowledge that you are possibly right but I also invite you to look into it and see if the info in your chart feels accurate to you and your life and your personality.
I’m going to link to two resources in the show notes – one that will allow you to see your Human Design and the other one that will give you a really, really in-depth reading of your astrological chart.
You can go through both of those for free and see if there are any similarities or anything that feels like it resonates. These charts are very specific and they will say things like you need to work on XYZ or pay more attention to this, or you will be more successful in your career if you focus on this. I know there are many times during my life that I have cursed the fact that there is not a manual for growing up or what the heck we’re supposed to be doing on this rock in outer space. If this can give me some practical insights I’m all for it.
Speaking of practical, the other part of Human Design that I love is that it literally tells you your life purpose, and even if as I say that my brain still has little alarms being like that’s ridiculous, life purpose isn’t a thing.
I will share mine in this episode and for those of you that have been following me for a long time, you’ll have to let me know if you think it’s a match for what I’m doing or what you think I should be doing.
Let’s dive in. This is what my Human Design says is a match for me or how I should do things.
There are 5 human design types. You can be a generator, a manifester, a manifesting generator, a projector, or a reflector. I am a generator with a sacral authority.
One of the main attributes of being a generator is we have to wait for the opportunity to respond.
An example of this is that I have been wanting to make more local business friends and so I wrote that on one of my monthly goal lists and a couple of days later someone not only messaged me to meet up for coffee but then messaged me again saying actually there’s an event on Friday do you want to come to that there’s only one space left. That was my opportunity to respond yes or no to the thing I requested. Of course, I said yes, because I knew that I had requested that and that was my request being granted.
Then since I have a sacral authority I know that my yes or no answer is going to come from my gut so if you’re saying listen to your gut to make a decision that’s literally what I have to do. I talked about this on the podcast before about how I strengthen that gut instinct. This was way before I learned that I have a sacral authority. The way that I practice that is by asking myself yes or no questions where the answer is an obvious yes or an obvious no. I will just say, “do you want to eat a bowl of peas?” and just saying that out loud I have a physical gut response. I can feel it. My body is like fuck no. Then I will say do you want to cuddle a puppy and my body has the literal opposite response it’s like yes I definitely want to cuddle a puppy.
Other authority types might tell you to avoid making emotional responses or to lead with your heart or to pay attention to really instinctual fast responses.
When you get into your chart there are shapes, lines, and numbers, and the way that they connect to each other will kind of tell you how to live your life.
Environment = cave
This one is the most obvious match for me. If you looked at all of the options I should 100% be living in a cave – doesn’t mean I’m gonna live in a hole in a mountain. It means that the best environment for me is very quiet and cozy.
And so it’s no surprise that I spent a good amount of the past six months in my new apartment thinking about decor and scrolling through endless pages of rugs and coffee tables. It feels like I’m creating a work of art. I am also very weird about lighting. I am known to walk into a room where someone is sitting and doing whatever they’re doing and turn off their overhead light and then turn on all the lamps. I don’t know what it is. Overhead light feels offensive to me.
I also really love when I have no meetings, no appointments, nothing that needs to be submitted or finished that day. I can just be a little hermit in my quiet little apartment and not talk to anybody but my dog and I find that so pleasurable.
This is on point to the extent that when we were in lockdown for months I was OK. I missed going out to restaurants a little and obviously, I wanted to see my family, but Postmates carried me through and day-to-day my life didn’t change that much.
I’m gonna call out my mom on this one because she’s always telling me I need to get out more, I need to go work at a coffee shop, I need to go to business events and now I just tell her I can’t because it’s my destiny to be happy and thriving in a cave.
Smells are important
Again, kind of a weird piece of the puzzle but really really accurate. I will be the first one to comment on how a room smells. Every time I walk outside I take the biggest deepest breath because I just wanna inhale all the trees. I have candles and incense all over my apartment. I know some of you are like ”duh, me too” but maybe you are a smells person as well.
Now that I know this is important for me almost every day I light a candle or pick incense based on the mood I want to have whether I have shit to get done, or I just want to chill, I’m feeling very energized. I even have a specific essential oil blend that I put on when I get into bed and that is like my brain’s reminder that we’re gonna slow down and go to sleep.
Use up my energy reserve
One of the challenges I’ve been having over the past couple of months is staying up later than I would like. If I was being my best and most responsible self, I would prefer to be in bed between 10 and 11 so I can get at least 7.5 hours of sleep and wake up feeling rested and ready to go. When I read that as a generator I am supposed to use up my energy reserves every day this was like a lightbulb moment.
I started going to the gym here in my apartment complex in the evening and jumping on a spin bike to burn off whatever energy I had leftover. 20 minutes was enough to get the job done. Now as I’m writing this episode and remembering how well I was sleeping at that time.
Using up your energy reserves doesn’t always have to mean working out or being super productive and getting a lot of work done. For me, because I’m an introvert, I can use up my energy reserves by leaving the house. If I go to Target or go out to dinner, that drains the same amount of energy.
My chart also had a whole section talking about how I feel pressure and how I deal with it which was one of those things that made perfect sense and I was oblivious to even though I was feeling it.
My chart specifically said I need to alternate between active pressure, where I am working on a task, and trying to get it done by the end of the week to send it off for editing. Then on the other side of that is taking time out to rest and release all of that pressure. I am at my best when there is a balance between those two.
I could feel that this wasn’t happening when I was coming up to a deadline. There were things I was trying to finish. Instead of taking a literal break to eat lunch or pee or I’m pushing the dog walk a little bit later because I’m trying to finish every single thing. In my body was a really intense pressure like in my chest I can physically feel what I was doing was having a negative effect.
Logically I know that I do that sometimes but I didn’t have the words for it, I would have maybe called it stress, but the literal feeling is pressure. I didn’t realize it was something that I was inherently programmed to do. I end up in situations with that intense pressure and instead of letting off the gas I just keep going until I literally run out of gas. This is a reminder that if that is the way I’m built and I need to be looking out for that and caring for myself. Also, it means that it is not a flaw or something I’m bad at or some negative judgment. It’s just a fact and all I need to do is tend to it instead of seeing it as right or wrong.
As a business owner that can definitely turn into telling myself other people don’t feel like this, other people don’t push things to the end of their deadlines. We can start to use something like that as a judgment against ourselves which turns into things like imposter syndrome.
Knowing that I am programmed this way allows me to better support myself before I get to the point of too much pressure.
Food has to be pleasurable
Next, I’ve got a random one that is just weird and very accurate. My Human Design says the best way for me to eat – yes, it gets that specific. Some people are supposed to eat one large meal a day, some people are supposed to literally graze and just kind of eat continuously throughout the day.
My Human Design says that my food needs to be pleasurable. I have to be excited to eat something, I have to desire to eat something. Which means sometimes I will literally jump out of bed in the morning because I’m excited for what I’m gonna make for breakfast. I just started getting croissants delivered every week from Imperfect Foods and I am excited about that every single day.
On the other hand, sometimes I’m hungry but I can’t figure out what to eat so I will scroll through Instagram until something catches my eye. I can’t just pick something random or pick whatever out of my fridge because it will not fill me up, I won’t be satisfied, and I will have to eat again an hour later.
Focusing on eating foods that are pleasurable seems kind of silly and weird, however, it’s one more little way that you can be true to yourself and that trust and care translates into other areas of your life.
Stick to my routine
Having particular habits and routines, a break from my routine can be destabilizing. This probably is one of the reasons I talk about planning so much because it’s also personally important to me as well as something that will help your business. Again something that I didn’t realize how important it was and how obviously I was enacting this.
I do stick to a really specific routine. I wake up about the same time every day. I pee and then take Hazel for a walk and then feed her and then get my own breakfast and I park it on the couch and watch a little TV. Then I meditate, journal, read, tap, do some sort of mindset spiritual work until I feel in the right headspace to work. If I don’t do that or if I go out of town and my routine is thrown off I literally spend my morning just wandering around. like I don’t know what to do with myself and then suddenly I realize I probably should start work.
If I don’t go through a routine at least quickly I feel very unprepared which makes me feel anxious. I can remember many times in my life feeling upset if I didn’t have time to process and prepare.
It sounds like spontaneity isn’t my strong suit which is partially true but if you catch me after my morning routine I’m down for anything. I knew but I didn’t know that time and routine were so important. Now that it is, I make sure to stick to my routine whether I have an appointment or a meeting or I’m on vacation. I know that I need to walk through at least some of those things even if it’s only 20 minutes.
In your human chart, you will see a set of numbers where it says profile. mine is 3 / 5. Then there is a list of purposes and you just look for your type and your profile and there will be like three sentences that tell you your purpose
Here’s what mine says: “You’re here to follow your own lead and be in the moment. You are transfixed by the now and your way of doing things. This self-absorption is your individual contribution to the world. While it is not your intention to give others direction, you do. By following your heart and doing your own expressive thing, others can find direction through your example and will follow. Do your own thing and make sure it is your passion to your core.”
My first response to this was “awesome….but that sounds like a huge responsibility.”
Then another part says, and this is a direct quote “You can teach others through the wisdom gained from your own experiences and are skilled at weaving your insights into stories that serve to guide others in their own process.“
Could that be a more specific explanation of my job? That’s not me paraphrasing the information that is a literal quote from the body graph. Yes, if you are a parent you’re probably doing this, if you are a leader of a group you are probably doing this. This is not going to be in every single person‘s chart and teaching is my job.
It’s good to see that I am pointed in the right direction and I am definitely keeping this in the back of my mind as I move forward, as I grow my business, and as I live my life. Even if it’s total bullshit, that feels like a good path to take. I’m here for it.
I’ve been focusing on doing things in my day-to-day life from a Human Design perspective. It has felt really good and really easy.
If I was forcing myself to go to a coffee shop to work every day because that’s what I saw every other online business owner doing I would be adding unnecessary friction to my workday which could slow down the process. And your human design could say the exact opposite: that you need to be out of your normal environment or that you need to be around people in order to function at your best and staying home and working from your office might be unnecessarily making your day more difficult.
Now I do the thing that feels good to me as often as possible, worry about others’ reactions or opinions a lot less and I can honestly say the last couple of months have been more pleasant and pleasurable and easier and I’ve worried less than I have in quite some time. I think part of that is that following human design or astrology or even the Myers Briggs test gives you permission to do the things you want to do the way you want to do them.
I’ve always been fairly confident in doing things my own way or fighting to do something my own way again (shout out to my parents, they can attest to that one). Over the past year, my Human Design has given me more permission to just be like who cares I’m doing shit the way that I want to do it and you do you.
If this is something that interests you I am going to link to the chart reading tool on cafeastrology.com and to mybodygraph.com which will pull up your Human Design chart. I actually did go through the entire body graph which you get the first half free so that’s a good place to start if you’re not sure about this stuff you can see if your reading feels like it’s true. I believe I paid $39 for a 30 day access to the second half of the body graph and so I was able to go through both. It took me a couple of days and now with all of my notes I literally have an instruction manual for myself.
I did the same thing with the astrological chart reading. Took notes on every single piece of it so now I can quickly go back and just scan through and make sure that my actions and my decisions are lining up with my values and how I exist best in this world.
I encourage you to check it out even if you’re feeling skeptical and like this episode was totally weird. Use those websites. It’s free. You can get your chart or at least part of it and read through it and see if anything matches with how you feel or the things you do.
Head over to Haley‘s podcast if you want to hear me hearing details of my own Human Design for the first time.
Obviously, you don’t have to figure all of this stuff out on your own. There are people that you can hire to do your astrological chart reading or your human design reading. Haley does do readings if you want to hook up with her.
I would love to hear your experiences or any synchronicity or a-ha moments that you had going through either this episode, the episode on Haley‘s podcast, or going through your own charts. Head over to Instagram, find me @XOSarahMorgan, and let’s discuss.