The prevailing mindfulness movement is much more than meets the eye. Rather, it is the self-discovery of “I,” — your path and purpose and everything in-between. Sure, you can do yoga, meditate and drink medicinal mushrooms tonics as much as the next wellness junkie, but when it comes to introspection, the art of human design is the modality of the moment.
I sat down with expert Erin Claire, acclaimed Human Design Guide and Leadership Coach based out of New York City’s high-vibe coworking enclave, The Assemblage, to learn more about what this artistic diagram and self-development medium is all about.
What is human design?
Consider human design your manual to… well, you. Founded by media executive and art enthusiast, Ra Uru Hu, the ancient-meets-modern-science is a synthesis of spiritual studies including, but not limited to: astrology, the I Ching, the Chakras, and the Kabbalah. Hu first found the system in 1987 in the heart of Ibiza, but it is studied worldwide today.
“Human design gives us information about ourselves that we can’t access anywhere else…It’s about how we are each uniquely wired,” says Claire. She further defines it on her website as, “A system that sheds light on your emotional, psychological and energetic makeup, giving you the self-awareness and tools to align with your nature and step into your highest potential in every area of your life.”
How it works.
Similar to your astrological birth chart, every person has an individualized human design chart that illustrates your distinct blueprint. Together, a myriad of shapes, lines, symbols, and rainbow colors create an artistic canvas of your human makeup.
There are four traditional human types in human design — generators (70% of the population), projectors (20% of the population), manifestors (9% of the population) and reflectors (1% of the population). Every human being falls into one of these groups.
Find out your human design type and read at-lengths about what each type encompasses here.
How it applies to your intrinsic personality.
To clarify, your human design doesn’t definitively lay out your life path like a psychic reading. Alas, the art educates you on your aligned behaviors, patterns, and personality traits so that you can leverage them to achieve self-actualization. Most of us get stuck confined to a mold that society and our surroundings have likely conditioned us to create.
“Other systems like Myers Briggs and Strengths Finder are based on answering questions on who we think we are or aspire to be…rather, human design looks at both the conscious and unconscious ways we operate,” explains Claire. It’s both an affirmational and transformational tool that allows us to understand the relationship between our intrinsic motivations and external actions. We all can relate that we live a world of fleeting hyper-connection, juggling multiple screens at once and multitasking at the speed of light, yet where is the self-introspection? Human design is a tool that enables us to slow down, reconnect, and study ourselves — screens aside.
How it applies to your extrinsic life — personally and professionally.
As you dive into your human design chart, you will discover what makes you tick (and not) in every facet of your life — from your friends, family, and love life to your career, hobbies, and self care routine. “Many clients expect the session to be esoteric and are blown away at how relevant the session is to their current lifestyle,” says Claire. The medium can help bring about greater intention, fulfillment, and sustainability to every experience and relationship. “I’m most excited about bringing human design to leaders and business,” says Claire. “It bridges the (spiritual and non-spiritual) worlds because it’s so grounded and applicable,” she says.
Erin Claire has positioned herself as a career-catalyzing innovator in the working world, framing the artistic modality in a digestible way for employees to leverage both individually and as a team. This intention is an initiative that a lot of companies today are lacking as industries are consistently adapting to new strategies to survive. Claire’s professional approach to human design seems to fill a clear human resource gap that the modern-day working world has been blind to all along. “I expected a lot of skepticism from companies, but most people are just eager to learn about themselves more so now than ever.”
Who would’ve thunk that this human art diagram would spur so many ground-breaking ideas and techniques that are paving the way towards a more positive, aligned, an accomplished world? It’s time to stop typing on your device, and start tapping in with human design.