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Human Design Types

Every story has a main character with their own personality, purpose and challenges that eventually lead to the maturation of the character at the end of the story. There are five type of “main characters” in Human Design called Types.

Understanding your Human Design Type tells you about your life purpose, how you create, how you best make decisions and illuminates core themes about your life that can, ultimately, help you consciously choose how to fulfill the potential of your authentic self. Knowing about your Type helps you define what you need in your life to stay connected to your authentic self and to stay energized and vital.

Imagine this: Close your eyes; in your mind’s eye envision a bountiful, flowing river. That river is your abundance. To be in the flow of this “river of abundance,” you have many options. You can jump in, swim across, float on an inner tube, scoop water into buckets to carry home, cross the river via bridge or stones placed in strategic places…There are many ways to enjoy the river.

Flowing RIVER

The energy of abundance is just like this river. It’s steady, ample, fluid and moving in an expansive way. There are an infinite number of ways to enjoy this river. But to really get the most out of this river, you have to discover the way that is easiest and works best for you.

Maybe you’ve rented a jet ski, but you hate the sound they make and the speed at which they travel so you realize you’d really rather be kayaking. You’re not going to get the most out of the river. If you’re trying to swim across but you don’t have the strength and the endurance, being in the river might even kill you.

The problem isn’t that the river is dangerous or only accessible to an exclusive group of people. The problem is that you’re trying to get into the river in a way that you don’t enjoy and isn’t making the best use of your energy.

Abundance is like a song that is just waiting for a composer and musicians to come along to play it. It’s steady, consistent and always accessible to us.

But you have to interface with your abundance in the way that’s right for you.

For years we’ve been teaching people that your thoughts, works, actions and beliefs create your reality that you determine how you interact with the flow of abundance. While I agree 100% that this is true, that’s only part of the story. There is more to aligning with the natural flow of abundance than just using our minds and creating out of our heads.

You have to also be aligned with your specific mechanical way of interfacing with the river of abundance. We all get into the flow of the river differently. For you to stay consistently and sustainably abundant, you have to be living true to your Human Design and your unique energy blueprint.

As you’ve seen there are many potential combinations in a Human Design chart:

5 Types
3 Authorities
9 Centers
12 Profiles
36 Channels and 64 Gates

You are a unique combination of all of these elements. Understanding yourself and the intricate subtleties of your chart is a beautiful and worthwhile process. But, in the name of keeping it simple, the most important (and easy) element that you need to know to help you activate the full nature of your abundance is your Human Design Type Each of the five Types has a special way of creating and experiencing abundance. Your Human Design Type is the fundamental essence of your energy structure. Your Type determines how you manifest as well as what kind of things you need to do to stay aligned with your abundance, your purpose and your wealth theme.

Human Design Types and Vibration

Your Human Design Type carries a specific “vibration” that calls into your life the exact kinds of experiences you need to have to engage with your abundance in a way that is joyful and sustainable. But you have to act in ways that are true to your Type in order to experience the full effect of your energetic “vibration.”

When we don’t act or live true to our Type, it can actually push support away and make it challenging to step into the river of abundance that is waiting for us. So many times we think when things don’t work out that we are “broken” or blocked. In reality, what I’ve found over the years is simply that we aren’t accessing our abundance correctly. Following your Strategy according to your Human Design Type is all that’s necessary to “fix” what seems to not be working.

Your Type sets the stage for your abundance. It tells you how your energy works, what you need to do to tap into your abundance correctly, key strategies for sustaining abundance in your life (so that you can avoid “boom and bust” cycles or burnout) and your wealth theme. When you live true to your Type, you create flow, experience opportunities, receive unexpected blessings, and take the right action.

Your Type helps you interpret the invisible invitation to Life’s intelligence pointing you towards your path to fulfilling your maximum potential. By following your Strategy for your Type you become more aware, more present, more allowing and more open to the Mystery of what’s unfolding before you.

With the five Types in the Human Design System, each Type has a different role, quality of energy, theme and unique challenges. Understanding your Type is the most important information you need to know about your Human Design. If you live true to your energy Type, all of the other pieces of your chart will come together.


Every Type has a unique way of making decisions and taking action in the world called “Strategy.”

Your strategy comes from your Type. Strategy is the most important knowledge offered by your Human Design Chart. Your strategy is basically your personal way to make effective decisions. It gives you key information about how to operate your human vehicle in the world, how to make the right choices for you, and how to recognize when you are on the right path in life.

Following your Strategy offers you the opportunity to experience events and circumstances that are correct for you. Not following the Strategy for your Type brings events and experiences into your life that may not be correct for you.

Because learning to follow Strategy effectively can take months or years of practice, you can benefit from coaching by a Human Design Analyst who can provide you with feedback and encouragement.

Follow your Strategy, and you will more naturally align with your Life Purpose, minimize resistance in your life, make strong and healthy decisions that will feel good, more meaningful, and joyful, and you will truly fulfill your Personal Destiny.

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Additional Resources for Human Design Types

Human Design Membership community with courses, coaching and open Q & A

Human Design Conference (In September every year - attend live or virtually)

Human Design Press - all the books!