What Are Centers (Chakras) in Human Design?
If you’re like me, you came across Human Design and were 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, (colored in) means that you have consistent energy flowing through this Center. This is an energy that you can draw upon at any time and the centers that are defined are 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.
The Head Center
The Head Center is a Pressure Center, just like the Root Center, and this center is connected to our desire to find things out and relieve mental pressure. This center is responsible for our ability to formulate questions and our drive to conceptualize and mentally make sense of the things we are experiencing.
Biological and Energy Association
The Head Center is associated with our pineal gland which regulates the flow of information between the grey areas of the brain and the neocortex.
The gray area is where 90% of mental processes happen, and it’s right below our level of conscious awareness.
It’s the area of our brain that takes in and filters our experiences so we can make sense of things.
And because we are always experiencing things consciously and unconsciously, this creates a pressure (energy) that wants to be conceptualized through the Ajna Center and then be expressed through the Throat.
But if this energy is not able to be released, it creates a buildup of pressure that can lead to headaches or a feeling of mental head pressure.
The energy in this center is also connected to our inspiration, abstract thinking, as well as existential thinking. This center doesn’t answer those deep questions and abstract questions, rather it just formulates them.
Gates in the Head Center
Gate 64 – The Gate of Confusion – An abstract pressure to make sense of the past and to resolve mental chaos and confusion.
Gate 61 -The Gate of Mystery – Mutative pressure to know something new, to understand the mysteries and to know the unknowable.
Gate 63 -The Gate of Doubt – Logical pressure to make sense of the pattern through doubting. Looking for logical meaning or seeking a new pattern.
Defined Head Center
Having a Defined Head Center by Design or by Transit means that you have a fixed way of dealing with the mental pressures associated with your life experience. This means you are able to find answers to your internal questions and easily make sense of your experiences. You are able to grasp and understand things through your fixed way of thinking.
If you do not have the Throat Center Defined, you may notice anxiety, frustration, anger, or bitterness because you are not able to express the energy in your Head and Ajna Centers. The energy you feel with having this center defined is energy meant to be used to externalize and inspire, uplift, and empower others. Just be mindful not to put pressure on others and wait for the opportunity to inspire and uplift others, as this will create less anxiety and frustration for you.
Undefined Head Center
If you have an Undefined Head Center, then you have no consistent way of deliberating mental information. You may experience a high desire to discover the underlying meanings of things. You may also find the ideas of others inspiring and can see many aspects of a thought to determine whether or not it is beneficial to pursue or not. You may also be okay with not knowing something and can easily dismiss thoughts or ideas that seem worthless to you.
The negative side of having this center open is that you may become too obsessed with a thought or idea and spend too much mental energy on finding answers to something that may not be your own. You may also notice anxiety if you are trying to release the pressure in your head but are noticing that you are unable to release it. This can lead to seeking for inspiration or trying to figure things out, but having no success.
But the good news is that because this Center is open, you have the potential to become aware of your own mental pressure and the pressure of others. Just follow the tips below, or comment below on what has helped you. 😁
Completely Open Head Center
Having a completely open Head Center means that you do not have any hanging gates in this center, so releasing pressure in this center is more difficult for you. You are subject to experience a lot of mental pressure, especially if you are in a noisy or chaotic environment. You may notice at times that you don’t know what to focus on or what to think about.
The silver lining here is that you also have a gift of picking up on others’ thoughts and being a mind reader so to speak. This awareness happens once you’re aware enough to know what is your mental pressure and what is the other. This happens when you don’t become attached to the mental pressure or try to force it into expression.
Not-Self Talk of the Head Center
- I need to find something inspiring.
- Where can I go to find answers
- I have to understand this and make sense of it.
- What should I be thinking about?
- Maybe if I do this or go there, I’ll find something inspiring.
- Allow the mental pressure to come and not be attached to it.
- Quiet your atmosphere.
- Dismiss thoughts or ideas that seem worthless to you.
- Before diving deep into inspiring concepts, ask yourself if this is beneficial for you or will this give you unwanted mental stress.
- Practice detachment from your thoughts and just observe them.
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