Human Design 101: Becoming Your True Self

June 14, 2024, by amy

Human Design is an archetypal system that draws on and synthesises elements of the ancient wisdom teachings of astrology, the Chinese I Ching, the Hindu Brahmin Chakra System and the Judaic Tree of Life with the modern sciences of astronomy, biology and quantum mechanics.

At its core, Human Design is a system for personal sovereignty and alignment that can help you uncover who you really are, lead with your strengths, and create a life that is aligned and enriching for you.

The primary goal in Human Design is to help you remove decision-making from your mind so that you can begin to access heart+body coherence and your most innate flow state.


There are some key terms that you will hear when you begin diving into your human design: 


Your Energy Type: Your energy type describes your aura and how you are designed to engage with the world around you. This is the foundation of your chart and is where most people begin their journey.

Your Strategy: Each energy type has a strategy that describes how you create your most aligned opportunities in life.

Your Authority: Your authority is your decision-making superpower! This is the key to eliminating decision-making from your mind and navigating life in the correct way for you.

Your True Self and Not Self Themes: your themes are the best way to know if you are on track and in alignment or off track and out of alignment.

Your Definition Type: Your definition type describes your work style (e.g., are you more autonomous, do you need to interact with others during the day, etc.) and how you digest and assimilate information.

Your Profile: this describes the role that you are here to play, and I have found it to be one of the most impactful pieces of your design to connect with.

Your Energy Centres: Each energy centre governs a different function or energetic quality. Your combination of defined (reliable and consistent) and undefined (fluid and inconsistent) centres determines your energy type.

Channels: Your channels describe innate gifts and strengths. They are the energetic qualities that are most natural and true to who you are. By aligning with your Human Design, you will start to liberate the full expression of your channels.

Gates: Gates describe more minor qualities of energy. You may have hanging gates that are active on your defined centres and flavour the way you work with that function of energy. You may also have dormant gates that are attached to your undefined centres and are qualities of energy that are awakened by the transits or by particular people.


Human Design is a fairly complex system, and it can feel overwhelming initially trying to decode all of the information and apply it to your real life.

It can be very tempting to dive into the rabbit hole and try to learn and digest everything in your chart. I understand because I have been there. When I first found Human Design, I was a woman obsessed. For weeks I found myself trying to learn, understand and digest all of the pieces of my chart, which left me more confused than when I had started.

I wish I had known then what I know now, which is that Human Design is a system that is, at its core, about the body and form. I know that it sounds tempting to dive into your Jupiter placement or your variable, but the key to unlocking your Human Design lies in the foundations that help you remove decision-making from your mind and unlock heart+body coherence.

Once you master the foundations, you will be able to integrate the deeper layers with much more ease. If you dive into the deeper layers too soon, it becomes a mental process that can hijack your deconditioning.

Rather than trying to digest everything in the beginning, I recommend focusing on just the key aspects of your chart – your energy type, strategy and authority. If you nail these pieces of your human design, you will naturally start to live as your true self without mentally having to do anything.

But remember, there’s no rush or urgency. Trust that the timing of your experiment is exactly as it needs to be for you. It will all be there waiting for you when the time is right.

When you are ready to explore the foundations of your Human Design further, my personalised reports are the best place to start. We cover all of the key pieces that are most important for you to integrate first: energy type, strategy, authority, profile, definition, centres, and channels. Our reports have been designed with simplicity and longevity in mind, with the intention that they become a resource you can refer to for many years to come.