How deep should I go into Human Design?

Deep_WorldA Designed to Blossom participant wanted to know how deep she needed to go into her understanding of Human Design, in order to benefit from it.

This was my response:

Let me just say here that for me, the greatest gift of Human Design is a practical one. It offers people an everyday practice that can be deeply liberating.

When Human Design supports someone in spending less and less time in their mind (when making personal decisions), I know it’s working. That said, when Human Design is studied more than practiced (which is easy, since it’s such a vast, detailed and fascinating system), it has the potential to become a total mental quagmire.

There are those who genuinely ‘respond’ to or feel called to delve deeply into the system. Studying all of the layers beneath the Gates, or the PHS, or the DreamRave, or… can sincerely bring joy and aliveness into their lives, and a depth of understanding that can enhance the service they provide others (ie. It can totally enrich their Outer Authority). Some people are designed to swim in a sea of details and totally thrive there. Gotta love those people!

But my sense (just my sense, I’m sure there are others who think very differently) is that there aren’t many people who are genuinely liberated (or practically helped) by a super deep level of study. Many people I know who’ve spent years studying tone, base, etc. have gotten caught in the quagmire, and their relationship with Human Design has become increasingly mental, dogmatic, nit-picky, narrow and relationally isolating (to the point where they can only hang out with people who can ‘talk tone’).

The other challenge when you go into those deeper layers is accuracy. The deeper you go into a design, the more accurate the birth time has to be in order for the information to be relevant.

That said, sometimes my intuition does lead me to want to look more deeply at someone’s design. And I’ve gotten some real value and validation by learning about some of the deeper aspects of my own (color/motivation/PHS), and I know others who have as well. (Usually very simple statements or guidelines are enough to align me with my belly/intuition… and activate my own creative relationship to and use of the information I receive.)

But in terms of real usefulness, the simple things like practicing Strategy and Authority, and a psychologically sensitive understanding of one’s relationship to conditioning, is usually all that is required to transform a life & free a person. Without that in place, the deeper studies can easily become a new, just more subtle source of conditioning… making people even more rule-based and heady when making decisions. (i.e. “I can’t eat that because it’s too light outside. I can’t be your partner because our connection charts have too many Open Centers between them. I’m only here to impact strangers, so I’m not going to share about what I’m doing with my friends and family.”)

Another piece for me: Richard Rudd is one of the Human Design enthusiasts (though his life has taken him in a new direction) who has infused a great deal of life, artistry and poetry into Human Design… And I love that about him. (Ra was a poet/musician as well, and had his own style of expression, which I also appreciated… but that came out more in his music than in his HD writing.)

But again, for me, the greatest gift of HD is practical, not poetic — although when I crave beauty, richness, cultural/spiritual/psychological/sociological depth, poetry in relation to the Gates, I consult the Gene Keys… (or Integral HD, which you might enjoy, as a resource for alternative ways of naming/describing aspects of Human Design).

For Astrology lovers:

In my experience, Human Design doesn’t have the same potential — or perhaps purpose — as something as poetic, deep, rich, colorful, emotionally evocative and culturally quilted as Astrology.

In some ways, aspects of HD are¬†inevitably going to have more of a generic or mechanical feel than something like Astrology — because the focus is more on capturing ‘alignment’ and ‘operation’ (the most aligned movement of energy) over ‘content’ & ‘essence’ (the energy itself). ¬†For ex., when one ‘operates correctly’, the rich, beautiful, poetic, unique content/essence of a being emerges just naturally.

In that sense, the bodygraph is much more helpful as an ‘operating manual’ (as much as I’m not a fan of that common description) or ‘way-of-the-individual-Tao guide’, than it is as a soul descriptor.

Human Design can help the soul live in a way that allows its greatest, most free expression. But if you want a juicy description of the soul, I’d encourage you to incorporate the Gene Keys and Astrology into your explorations!

 

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