Human Design Basics: Empowering Therapists 

Human Design Basics: Empowering Therapists

Human Design Basics: Empowering Therapists opens the door to a world of profound self-discovery and transformation. For therapists and curious minds alike, this enlightening journey dives into the intricate details of the Human Design basics. 

We are unveiling a treasure trove of insights that can revolutionize the way we perceive ourselves and clients. Prepare to embark on a voyage that fuses ancient wisdom with modern psychology, igniting a path toward deeper connections and unparalleled empowerment.

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Human Design Basics

Human Design Basics

Our BodyGraph tells us the following which are the basics of our mechanics:

  1. First thing to understand about our Human Design mechanics is our Type.
  2. Second is understanding that with each Type there are different Themes. The Signature Theme and Not-Self Theme.
  3. Third is learning our Strategy for our Type.
  4. Fourth is learning about our inner Authority.
  5. Fifth is understanding our Centers (in my opinion).

Study just these few Human Design basics, understand them, and begin to experiment with them. Once we begin understanding our own mechanics, it becomes easier to understand clients and/or loved ones.

The key takeaway is to consistently check in with our Strategy and Authority while navigating our experiment. It’s often noted that a minimum of 7 years of experimentation is required to truly internalize the transformative effects. This holds true even when we engage in the experiment with just the Human Design Basics.

Let’s dive right into this, accompanied by examples from a Projector Types perspective:

1. Type

Our Type is how our energy is coming in and out of our Auric Field. Our Aura is the energy field that surrounds our body. It’s the first non-verbal form of communication.

It’s a full expression of the human being and the way we connect to and are experienced by others. 

There are 4 different Types in The Human Design System. 

Example for a Projector Type:

Projectors focused and absorbing Aura shows up by interacting with people at a deeper energetic level. This is because Projectors see right into the others G Center (the hub for direction, love, self, purpose, and known as the seat of the soul).

This Type is projecting (feeling/seeing) a person for who they really are. This comes naturally, making them energetically intuitive about others. 

The Projectors Aura is powerful and magnetic which naturally provokes recognition of their gifts and invitations. However, it can also be intimidating for others to feel they are seen so deeply. Therefore, it’s best for Projector Types to wait to be invited into commenting or advising. 

Projector Types require more rest than the other Types. They do best with bursts of work, resting in between. They use their experiential wisdom about energy, their skill of mastering systems, and their efficiency in doing things to increase the understanding and productivity of other Types.

Therapists – Learning this nugget of insight about your Projector Type clients, can wield an incredible tool to skillfully steer them toward profound transformations.

2. Themes

Each Type has a Signature Theme and a Not-Self Theme.

Signature Theme:

The Signature Theme is the energetic feeling our Type has when we’re operating in alignment.  

Signature Theme Example for the Projector Types is Success:

Success doesn’t necessarily have to come from achievement but as a sense of being recognized (Projectors Strategy) and appreciated for what they naturally are. 

This feeling of success can come through as a fulfilling conversation or being invited (Projectors Strategy) to serve a particular role or purpose in relationships. 

Waiting for recognition and an invitation for the big decisions in life can reduce the likelihood of overexertion or mental and physical breakdowns. 

Projectors have so many gifts to tap into that build on their success. With their focused and absorbing Aura, they are able to recognize the uniqueness and potential in others. Guiding them by asking the right questions without an agenda and opening the door for others to see their own unique truth.


The Not-Self theme is when we are not operating in alignment with our true self. The Not-Self term is when the mind falsely identifies us as something we’re not. When we are trying to be anyone else but our authentic self. 

It’s what happens when we let our conditioning take over and drive our life. Instead of allowing our natural inner Authority help us make our decisions.

When we compare ourselves to others or allow our undefined/open centers to absorb and amplify those that have defined Center/s.

The Not-Self theme for a Projector is Bitterness:

After a lifetime of possibly feeling unrecognized, unheard, and/or uninvited; a Projector Type may be pessimistic about people showing a genuine interest in them. Until more self-reflection/deconditioning is done.

Living in our Not-Self as a Projector Type could lead to holding on to people, not knowing when enough is enough, and fearful that there may not be another invitation. This can lead to panic and interfere with letting go and moving on when needed. 

Deconditioning from the theme of our undefined and/or open Centers is a great start to move away from our Not-Self theme and live more in our Signature Theme.

Therapists – Can you envision how being aware of your clients’ Signature and Not-Self Themes can unlock additional avenues for their self-awareness?

3. Strategy

Our Strategy is how we enter into opportunity. How we use and protect our energy. Each of the four Types have different Strategies. 

Strategy for a Projector Type:

Projectors Strategy of waiting for recognition is the acknowledgement of their specific skill set and attributes.

Waiting for the Invitation is generally but not exclusively meant for a place to live, a bond with others, career, and/or entering into love. Think of it like an invitation for an energy exchange. 

While waiting; it’s best for them to recognize and invest in themselves. Building their skill set and self-worth. Mastering something that fulfills them. Being prepared and ready for the recognition and invitations. Doing what they love to do.

They are designed to be recognized, not to hustle (requiring more rest). People will come to them with the invitations when they see and recognize them for their unique gifts. They connect by recognizing others so deeply and bringing their own unique gifts to be recognized by others.

Renegotiating may be necessary to clarify the status of a situation if the agreement no longer meets the original invitation. 

Therapists – Shedding light on your clients’ individual Human Design strategy can serve as an empowering instrument for their journey

4. Authority

Our inner Authority is our unique authentic inner truth based on a specific Center defined in our BodyGraph. It’s the language our body uses to communicate to us. To help guide us with making decisions in our life that is aligned with us. It’s our internal guide. 

We are conditioned to seek approval and authority outside ourselves and to make decisions from the mind. However, we do have a trustworthy personal inner Authority that we can rely on to help us make choices.

Therefore, the more we free our mind from making decisions, the more comfortable we will become with our outer Authority. Thus following our Strategy and Authority can help us to connect with our own personal inner Authority.

Our Authority is determined by a certain defined Center found in your Human Design Chart. 

The Hierarchy of the 7 different inner Authorities are:

  1. Solar Plexus Center (Emotional Authority) Operates best by processing emotions through an information-packed emotional wave before making significant choices.
  2. Sacral Center (Sacral Authority) This energy resembles ‘uh-huh’ (yes) or ‘nuh-uh’ (no), echoing from an instinctive gut reaction.
  3. Spleen Center (Splenic Authority) Linked to primal intuitive feelings in critical decision-making moments.
  4. Heart Center (Ego Authority) Relies on willpower to make the correct choices for themselves.
  5. G Center (Self Authority)
  6. Head and Ajna Centers only or Head, Ajna, and Throat Centers with no definition below the Throat Center. Environment also known as Mental Projector (No Inner Authority) Seeks clarity from ideas by sharing thoughts with others. Not for advice, but self-reflection.
  7. Moon (Lunar Cycle) Following the lunar phases for guidance is helpful. Taking the full lunar cycle to ensure they are making the right choices for themselves.

Projectors can show up as one of 5 Authorities: 

1. Emotional Projector/Solar Plexus Center 

Follow your emotional inner Authority by waiting for your emotional wave to complete before making a decision. Might just need to sleep on it before making your final decision. 

2. Splenic Projector/Spleen Center 

Most aligned decisions are made instinctively, in the moment from your deep inner intuition. Your intuition will respond in the moment but will not repeat, so listen up. 

3. Self Projected Projector/G Center 

Listen to what you say, not what you’re going to say. Listening to those spontaneous free- flowing truths said aloud in the moment. 

4. Mental Projector/Any combination of the Head, Ajna, and Throat Centers. With no definition below the Throat Center. 

Bouncing ideas off others to gain clarity but not necessarily for their advice. Just sound boarding. 

5. Ego Projected Projectors/Heart Center 

Having the will/willpower/desire to enter into the commitment and/or conversation once recognized and invited. 

Therapists – Your clients’ distinct inner Authority can hold the key to unlocking their authentic path towards transformation and healing.

5. Centers

Human Design Basics wouldn’t be complete without explaining the nine Centers (based on the Hindu- Brahmin Chakras). These are energy hubs that transform our life force as it flows through the BodyGraph. The mechanics of our energetic system. 

Centers are the nine shapes in the BodyGraph chart. Each Center has unique themes, and functions which differ depending on if the Center is defined, undefined, or open in our chart. 

Defined Centers

The Defined Centers are the shapes that are colored in on the Human Design Bodygraph. We have consistent and reliable inner energy with the themes in these defined Centers.

Think of the Defined Centers as having themes and functions that you can rely on and what you are here to express. Definition in our chart is the energy frequency of our differentiated self which is communicated to others through our presence.

Undefined Centers

The Undefined Centers are the shapes that are not colored in on our chart. They are places of vulnerability where we are open to opportunities for learning and to the influence of conditioning forces around us.

We do not have consistent access to the themes and functions of our undefined Centers. We can look into our undefined Centers as places to do the most deconditioning, unlearning, and relearning. 

When we are operating as our unique unconditioned authentic self, our undefined Centers become places of great wisdom. 

Open Centers

The Open Centers are the shapes that aren’t colored in and have no colored in (defined) gates coming from them. Open Centers share many characteristics with the undefined Centers. However, without the presence of a gate coming from the Open Center, there is no familiar and consistent feeling to hold on to which connects us to our self. 

We do not have consistent access to the themes and functions of our Open Centers.


The Gates are the small lines coming out from the Centers. When a defined gate from one Center connects to a defined gate from another Center, it’s called a Channel. The same defined and undefined principals for the Centers apply to the gates and channels.

Each defined, undefined, and open Center, gate, and channel have unique elements to them. 

The black colored gates are from our conscious mind/personality gates. We’re more aware of these gate themes. The red colored gates are considered our subconscious. We can be less aware of the themes in these gates. However, others can easily pick up on these themes about us.

Therapists – Within the Undefined and Open Centers/Gates lies ample space for essential deconditioning efforts. Enabling your clients to navigate the impact of conditioning forces surrounding us.

Learn more about Deconditioning our Undefined Emotional Center

Human Design Basics:

References: The Definitive Book of Human Design. The Science of Differentiation. by Lynda Bunnell and Ra Uru Hu

I hope this Human Design Basics: Empowering Therapists article has helped shed some light on different ways that we can walk through life and learn from one another. Maybe this could help you, someone you know, and/or maybe it’s relatable because you see the benefits.

We just have to keep trying different things to find what will work for us. Remember that what may work for one, may not work for another. Hang on and keep experimenting.

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