Human Design Shapes & Definition

What do the colors in the shapes mean in Human Design

“What do the colors of the shapes mean?” or “why are some colored and some are white?” are  some of the first questions you might have when you are looking at your Human Design chart .

The first thing to know is that it doesn’t matter what the actual colors are (i.e. red, brown or yellow), they either have a color or they are white.  If they have a color, they are called “defined” and if they are white they are called “undefined” or “open”.

They are two different ways that you feel energy, you either feel it consistently or you feel it in a variety of ways depending on your surroundings.

What does it mean to be defined?

When the shape is filled in on your Human Design Chart it is considered defined.  It’s a consistent way of living out an energy.  It’s what you radiate out to the world. It’s what others perceive you have.  You are broadcasting the information out.  Think of a radio wave where you are sending out the words you are sharing.  In the Human Design Chart energy you don’t actually have to be sharing the information verbally. For example in your Human Design Head Center (the center for inspiration) if you have it colored in or defined then you are inspiring others.  You broadcast out the energy that is represented by the Center it is coming from.

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The challenge is being open other perspectives or ways of doing things for the energy of that Center.  For example if you have a defined Ajna Center (the center for data processing and storage) you may have learned how to do something a certain way – maybe you learned how to load the dishwasher from one of your parents.  You may think it’s just they way you do it, it’s consistent.  However, you move in with a roommate and they load it a different way. At first you may not believe there is really another way to do it, but there are actually many ways.  So, if you have a defined center, just be aware that if you get stuck, you may just be stuck in doing something, or thinking about something they way you always have. If you can open yourself up to new ways of doing things – and even ask someone who has that center undefined/open for their perspective, they may be able to see if from many different angles.

What does it mean to be undefined ?

When the shape is not filled in or is white in on your Human Design Chart it is considered undefined or sometimes this is called open.  In your undefined/open centers you may feel the energy differently depending on where you are and who you are with.  This is because you are you take in energy from others and amplifying it.  The open centers are where you take in energy and information in from the world around you (you get the energy from others) and you amplify it.  You can have a potential for deep wisdom to know others, but you will also have a predictable energy behavioral pattern that can cause pain if you aren’t aware of what is happening.  Once you become aware of what your open centers mean, you can realize what is yours and what is not.

For example, if your Emotional Solar Plexus (the center for emotions) is undefined/open, you are an emotional empath.  This means you can feel other people’s emotions – even more intensely than they do.  If they are happy – you might feel really happy, if they are sad – you might feel even sadder than they do.

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The challenge is knowing what energy is yours and what is someone else’s energy.  If you are not aware that you might be taking in energy from others, you can be really confused or you may feel pain in some way.  Adding on to the example above, if you are taking in someone’s emotions you might be like “what in the world, why am I so sad?”

Or if you have an open Human Design Head Center (center for inspiration), you are taking in inspirations and ideas from other people.  You may think they are all yours and you need to go act on them, so you will feel pressure you to answer other people’s questions, you may waste time or get frustrated if you are acting on inspiration that is not for you.  If your Head Center is open, all the ideas are not for you, you should only follow the ones that come to you according to your Human Design Strategy – i.e. if you are a Generator, wait for a sign or if you are a Projector, wait for an invitation.

When you have an undefined center, be open to thinking and feeling others’ energy as a gift. It’s possible you will know others better and be able to empathize when you feel their emotions if you have open Emotional Solar Plexus Center.  It’s possible you can just think for the sake of thinking or be inspired for fun and not act on everything if you have an open Head Center.  It’s possible in every center for a gift of receiving energy from others.

If you are having pain from the energy in the undefined or open centers, I have two possible ideas to support you.  You can think of yourself as a screen door and not a sponge.  You can let the energy flow through you and think it or feel it for a short time and then let it go.  If you are unaware you are taking in others energy you often unintentionally act like a sponge and take things in and keep them as though they are yours. I encourage you to find out where your open or undefined in your chart and see if you can find out what the energy is all about for that center and then just be aware of that energy.  Eventually you will become more and more of a screen as you are more and more aware.

Another option is to just leave the physical space where you are feeling the energy. If you are in a room and feel angry and it just comes on and you don’t know why, step outside or even just step into another room for 15 minutes.  You essentially break the auric (energy around each person) space and you can let the other’s emotions dissipate.  You can then enter the space again with a new awareness that the emotion is not yours.


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