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 )
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 Splenic Center is referred to as the Body Consciousness and is correlated to Existential Living, Spontaneity, Health and Well-Being, Values, and Immune System.
The Splenic Center is an Awareness Center, which is associated with internal awareness necessary for survival. It’s the Splenic Center that fights off diseases and also gives us an intuitive insight into what’s happening in the body.
Biological and Energy Correlation
The Splenic Center is associated with our lymphatic system, the spleen, and T-cells. The lymphatic system acts like little ears, noses, and tongues all over the body and picks up on subtle energies correlated to a healthy and balanced environment. The T-cells in the body are the cells that attack and destroy anything that enters the body to protect the body from becoming diseased.
The Splenic Center is often discussed as the center of fears since every gate in this center represents a specific fear.
These gates, when activated, keep us in the present moment and aware of our internal fears. These fears are fears you feel within yourself rather than fears you see in your environment.
Fear Gates of the Splenic Center
Gate 48: Fear of Inadequacy: Feeling fearful for not having enough solutions to meet your current problem.
Gate 57: Fear of the Future: Being fixated on the future and remaining at a standstill not moving forward. Anxiety-related to living in the future.
Gate 44: Fear of the Past: Being so fixated with past events that you’re unable to focus on the future. Anxiety living in the past.
Gate 50: Fear of Responsibility: Not aligning your values correctly and neglecting some of your “have to” duties. In extreme cases, this may look like running away from duties at work or home or neglecting your finances.
Gate: 32: Fear of Failures: Staying in a comfort zone when you know you should be taking steps toward something else or something new.
Gate 28: Fear of Death: Constantly looking for a purpose in life? Being afraid of death and the afterlife. Ignoring the fact that death is everyone’s fate and refusing to see that societal definitions of death are not correct.
Gate: 18: Fear of Authority: Afraid to take the lead or speak up when you know people in power are misusing it or not doing it correctly.
Defined Splenic Center
Having a Defined Splenic Center by Design or by Transit means that your survival fear/s operates and releases energy in a consistent and healthy way.
You may even take your good health for granted at times as you thrive for a sense of well-being. It is recommended that you listen to your intuitive gut feelings and not let the mind distract you by conceptualizing what you are feeling.
Undefined Splenic Center
Having an Undefined Splenic Center means that you have to face your fears in order to live in a fearless and healthy way.
When the Splenic Center is Undefined, the potential to amplify the fears associated with the gates in the Center is likely.
When an Undefined Splenic Center is near a Defined Splenic Center, the Undefined Splenic Centre will feel a burst of spontaneity. Experiencing any of these fears spontaneously can lead to feelings of insecurity and doubt within yourself. Watch out for impulsive decisions when this Center is temporarily defined.
Conditioning of the Splenic Center happens when an Open Splenic Center is attached to a person with a Defined Spenleic Center. This is because it feels safe and comforting to be around a person with a Defined Splenic center. These feelings of safety and comfort may make a person stay in unhealthy relationships or in unhealthy environments. Be mindful!
Completely Open Splenic Center
Having a Completely Open Splenic Center means that you may experience feelings of insecurity and may have a mild to extreme fear of everything. You can be heavily conditioned in this area if you are not following your Strategy and surrounding yourself in an environment where you feel safe and secure.
However, you have the potential to become wise as you go through life experiencing the full range of instinctive and intuitive intelligence. It’s when you are able to identify what is helpful for you and what is not that will lead to not becoming overwhelmed and living in a constant state of fear.
- Let’s not do that because it makes me insecure or because I’m afraid or I feel fearful every time I think about doing it.
- Let’s not say that because it might upset that person.
- I am afraid I will feel inadequate if I do that.
- I am afraid of what the outcome might be or what the future will bring.
- I can’t do that because I might lose a connection with that person. They will leave.
- Allow your body to build up a natural resistance to illnesses and take enough to recover to ensure full healing of your body.
- Discover helpful resources on overcoming Fear.
- Learn ways to increase your Intuition.
- Let go of people, places, and things that no longer benefit you, and continue to become aware of what serves your Authority and Strategy.
- Listen to your gut feelings!
- Don’t make impulsive decisions.
- Keep a clean environment.
Here are a few of my earlier videos on YouTube. I think you may find them helpful. 💙 Yeah…they’re a little cheesy. 😁
The Definitive Book of Human Design The Science of Differentiation