What Are Centers (Chakras) in Human Design?
If you’re like me, you came across Human Design and was surprised to see that there are 9 Centers, (aka chakras) instead of the usual 7 that other spiritual teachings show.
The reason why Human Design uses 9 Chakras instead of 7 is because of a mutation in our Humanness that occurred in 1781 when the planet Uranus was discovered. ( Fun fact, another Mutation is coming in 2027, and there’s a sleuth of information on this… it’s expensive though.😒 )
Centers in Human Design
Every Center in Human Design is directly connected to our biological and genetic makeup. This means that each center consists of an energetic flow in an esoteric sense, and each center also explains our biological human forms.
Now I’m not going to go into the scientific depth of how each center is directly connected to your body and system in it. For all that this is the Book.
Rather I am going to give you the basics of each center and some examples of Not-Self Questions that are directly derived from The Definitive Book of Human Design.
Also, each Center will be featured in a separate article for easier navigation.😁
Defined Centers (Fixed)
If you look in your Body Graph, you may notice that some of these centers are colored in and there are some that are white. The Centers that are defined, (colred in) means that you have consistent energy flowing through this Center. This is an energy that you can draw upon at any time and what centers are defined is what determines your Type.
Read: Human Design the 4 Types for more info on your type.
When you have a center defined, this means that you cannot be conditioned in this area. That means you cannot be influenced to think, behave, or be anything other than what you’re designed to be. It’s an inner knowing that you can distinguish between yourself and the other, and not let the other influence you.
Undefined Centers (Open)
Now, if a Center is white. This means it is open. It is not empty or void of energy, it just means it is open.
When you have a Center that is white, this means that energy flow is NOT consistent and that you are able to be conditioned by others. The “other” can be defined as your upbringing, a book or teaching you were exposed to, an experience that happened, etc.
Seeing a White Center in your chart means that the energy flow in this area may become active during planetary transits or when you are within 15 ft of someone, it all depends on your hanging gates & the other person’s Design.
Here’s an example of what I’m talking about: If you have an open center, and you’re next to someone with a defined center, this means you take in the other person’s energy and then amplify it. Think in terms of emotions, fears, expressions, thinking, etc.
Are you able to see how it is through the white centers that the conditioning process happens? (Remember, conditioning is neutral)
This process of unconsciously taking in other people’s energy creates a high potential to be conditioned into thinking or behaving in ways that are not your own.
It is through this conditioning process that creates false versions of yourself. This false version of you is referred to as the Not-Self in Human Design.
The Not-Self is the state most people live in because the awareness of our own unique Personality & Design is still evolving.
However, it is also the white centers that can lead to a higher state of Awareness of ourselves and the environment.
So if you are a Reflector like me, your centers are all white. This means Reflectors have the greatest potential to be lost among the sheep, yet also hold a high potential to become aware.
The Root Center
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The Root Center is associated with Physical Adrenalized Pressure – To sustain momentum for living, and is also related to stress.
The Root Center is a Pressure & Motor Center that moves energy to an Awareness Center, or a Motor Center (Splenic Center, the Sacral Center, or the Emotional Center)
Biological and Energy Correlation
The Root Center is associated with the adrenal system and the production of stress hormones. Stress associated with this center represents fuel and energizes biochemical processes that help us master situations we encounter in life.
The energy pressure related to stress and living, begins in the Root Center is expressed through our fears, our actions, or our emotions, and this energy’s goal is driven toward expression and manifestation.
Gates In The Root Center
Gate 58 – The Gate of Vitality – The pressure to perfect & correct in order to make things better.
Gate 38 – The Gate of the Fighter – The pressure to struggle for purpose in life, or the pressure to find purpose in life.
Gate 54 – The Gate of Drive – The pressure to rise above and achieve in order to transform.
Gate 53 – The Gate of Beginnings – The pressure to begin or start new things
Gate 60 – The Gate of Acceptance – The pressure to mutate and transcend limitation
Gate 52 – The Gate of Inaction – The pressure to focus energy and concentrate.
Gate 19 – The Gate of Wanting -The pressure to be sensitive to basic needs.
Gate 39 – The Gate of Provocation – The pressure to feel the passion and spirit in life.Gate 41 – The Gate of Contraction – The pressure to desire a new experience.
Gate 41 – The Gate of Contraction – The pressure to desire a new experience.
Defined and Undefined Root Center
When the Root Center is Defined and creates a channel to an Awareness Center (Splenic Center or Solar Plexus Center) or Motor Center, (Sacral Center), this means that stress-energy is released in a consistent way. If this center is Undefined, then your stress energy has the potential to build up, if it cannot be released.
It is important to release this pressure, and it is easier to release the pressure when this center is defined by Design or when a temporary channel is active from a transiting planet or node.
If the Root Center is Open then you may experience a lot of stress and anxiety. You can feel the need to accomplish something or feel the pressure of never being able to complete your tasks.
The undefined root center absorbs stress from its environment. Having this center undefined means you are subject to feel and amplify the pressure from someone with a defined root center. This is an energy that can lead to burn out. So watch out.
Completely Open Root Center
Having a completely open Root Center means that you do not have any hanging gates, (conscious or unconscious) in this center. This means that you are prone to feel a lot of pressure and often try to rush things to get them done. Your system cannot sustain a high level of amplified pressure. This can lead to panic attacks and a lot of anxiety when living in a fast-paced world. It is best for you to spend more time in nature and in a calm relaxing environment.
Not-Self Talk Of The Root Center
- I have to start something new right now.
- I better hurry up and get this done.
- What am I going to do to make my life better?
- I have to get this done.
- I have to initiate a new experience right now.
- Give yourself time to complete a task.
- Sit and observe the pressure you feel and what it is urging you to do, so you can discern if this is a good environment or bad environment.
- Deep breathes are a great way to get rid of the pent up pressure.
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