When I first acknowledged that I was assertive and driven to initiate in life, I was bitterly disappointed that I was not less so. After all, a lady sits and waits, receives never initiates, doesn’t express too much brilliance or logic, and lives in wonder of the fact that all she needs comes to her. I cannot tell you the number of people I am surrounded by who need only sit and wait and the more they do the more they have reason to ward off unwanted attention, turn down opportunities, or simply hide. This has never been my truth. Yet trying to live this way created immense misery for me (depression, meaninglessness, and terrible frustration).
When I found myself caught between my drive to fulfill my most ambitious goals yet feeling stuck and trapped in the level I was in with no foreseeable solutions, I was hit by a monster depression and I swore if I had heard “just be patient and wait” one more time from close female relatives or anyone for that matter, I would have violently exploded and ceased to exist. I would soon come to know that this was simply because of my misguided belief about what I ought to be.
Posting my frustration in a group of which I am a pretty active member (thank God for facebook personality type groups), someone responded with what seemed like ‘yet another’ personality type theory. This one, however, turned out to be just as epic and game changing as when I first discovered I was of INFJ personality type (learn about the 16 personality types here). This new information pulled my life together on a whole different level. If the 16 Personality Types is the skeleton, this new theory brought the tendons and ligaments that attached the muscles to the bones and drew everything tightly together. This was the theory of the Human Design Systems (HDS).
What is the HDS?
The Human Design Systems is essentially an intuitive spiritual theory that posits two types of intelligence: cognitive (mind) and sensory (body) intelligence; and espouses using your body’s intelligence and genetics, rather than your mind, to live your life. It was reported to have been ‘revealed’ to mystic Ra Uru Hu in January 1987 by an intelligence he calls ‘the voice’ whom he also describes as being “far superior to anything he has ever known”. Born Alan Robert Krakower in Montreal, Canada in 1948, Ra Uru Hu reported that the being taught him highly scientific and detailed knowledge about the mechanics of the universe and people. It wasn’t until 1992, after rigorous study of the knowledge he was given that he began packaging and teaching it to others. The system draws on genetics, personality theory, and astrology (a person’s time and place of birth based on the positions of the sun and moon, and planets) to determine the inner mechanics of each individual and point the way to the inner authority each person must live by. This is mapped on what is called the mandala of Human Designs.
Like other esoteric teachings of the “old sciences” of mysticism, the language used to explain the mechanics which characterize the HDS is technical and scientific yet nonetheless a great intellectual exercise if you love knowledge. The mandala chart itself is decorated with symbols and numbers and is highly technical to the lay person; and the theory is espoused as the “science” of self discovery.
Uru Hu pinpointed 4 major Human Designs. These are: Manifestor, Generator, Projector, and Reflector; though he further informs that we each have a unique energetic map and there are as many design combinations as there are human beings. To get a precise report of your type and the specific design that is unique to you, you must have a ‘reading’ done by a practitioner. However, you can deduce your general type and gain incredible insight just from reading the literature about each type (like I did). The key to harnessing the power of your type, however, is to first identify the inner authority under which your type operates and implementing the strategy that guides it.
Manifestors account for 8 to 9% of the population and operate under the authority of initiating. They are the rulers and law givers of the world and the only group designed to initiate, move, change, and make things happen. They carry an aura that is intimidating, they appear closed and repelling since they are designed to be independent and to influence without being influenced or impacted upon. The strategy that governs the Manifestor’s life is to inform. Manifestors were not designed for physical work but rather to influence and impact. If Manifestors honour their strategy and inform those around them of their intentions to initiate, they get less resistance and more cooperation, people yield to their authority. If they fail to inform, they meet with resistance which builds up anger within them. When they fail to honour their authority, life seems to present situations that call out their natural strengths and force them to initiate.
Unlike Manifestors, Generators account for 67 to 70% of the human race and are the workers of the world. They are designed not to initiate but to respond. They have an open aura that attracts people to them. They do not go out and get life, it must come to them and their authority is to wait and respond when it does. If they initiate an action without it having been a response (pure generators) or take action so quickly that they skip essential details and get stuck (manifesting generator), this can lead to a build up of frustration in their system.
Projectors are designed to recognize others and guide them. They account for only 22% of the population. The authority of the Projector is to wait to be invited in the major areas of life. This type is unique in that it is defined as a non-energy type since it doesn’t initiate or respond but must be invited. They are life long learners and students of human systems. They are gifted in understanding others and are driven to learn as much as they can about how we operate. They usually see in other people what others cannot see. When projectors are invited, they excel in guiding others. However, they secretly fear that they may not be invited but will wait indefinitely. This is not true. If they rush in without being invited, they will meet with resistance and this leads to feelings of exhaustion and bitterness.
Like Projectors, Reflectors are also non-energy types who are even more difficult to define. Their aura is totally open to people and therefore it’s imperative that they only go to those places where they feel comfortable. They are said to be lunar being who are impacted by the moon and therefore must wait 29 days before they make major decisions as their position on a given subject may vary through the moon’s phases. Before deciding on anything they need to practice complete transparency, taking in as much perspective as possible listening to their own responses to determine what ‘is not’ them rather than what ‘is’ them. As such, Reflectors too have an innate drive to study human systems and designs to understand themselves. When Reflectors fail to live according to the authority of waiting and taking perspective, they can be overcome with disappointment over life.
By now you may have guessed that my problem arose because I am a Manifestor who was trying to operate under the authority of a Generator or Projector. Seeing myself from this new perspective, I quickly discarded the notion of “waiting” and embraced that I was created to initiate and manifest change in this world. The looming depression vanished as I relished the possibilities of what I could do with this new found permission to be a fearless initiator and never again to be unsure. When I thought about it, those times when I was most inspired and productive, I was also initiating. Now I see that my ability to initiate connection with others is an act of power rather than a fault of desperation, how could I have ever thought it was anything but.
How about you? Which design resonates most with you?
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Lleuella Morris is a Personal Growth Expert who successfully grew herself through adverse life situations and now helps liberate people and set them free by sharing knowledge and creating tools, techniques, systems, and frameworks to grow and develop them. She gifts people with the gift of self-knowledge and self-awareness and context to solve their difficult life situations. She enjoys bringing new perspective about God, godliness, Christianity, navigating life on this earth, people, and thorn-in-the-flesh issues.