Human Design 101: The Themes (aka: Your Internal Guidance System)



We’ve all had moments in our lives when we felt … “off”. These are the times when things aren’t really going to plan. We aren’t feeling fulfilled. Things are harder than we think they should be. And life is generally lacking in the magick and wonder that we’ve experienced previously. These are moments of misalignment.

Misalignment is a bit of a buzzword these days, but it can be speculated that it’s entering the zeitgeist because so many of us are waking up to the understanding that our lives are meant to operate with a certain amount of .. if not ease, then at least a logic that feels more right than “off”.

The tricky thing about misalignment is that it’s not always easy to notice when it’s happening.

Usually, it comes on slowly; incrementally. We make one decision under duress, and it’s tolerable, but not ideal. That leads to another … and another … an another … ad nauseum. Suddenly we find ourselves stuck in a rut, or, worse, depressed, sick and/or generally failing at life. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way of knowing when we were starting to go out of alignment before we reach those high-alert stages? Like, an alarm, of sorts, that could help us recognize, with every single choice, whether we were acting in alignment or not?

Fortunately, there is!

It’s built right into our Human Design. All you need is to know your Human Design Type, and you can determine your Themes. Your Human Design Themes (sometimes called the Signature and Not-Self Themes) are feeling that arise for us [depending on our time] when we are either in alignment or are operating outside what is aligned with our Highest Soul expression.

Following are the Themes for each Human Design Type. Notice when these feeling show up in your life and you may start seeing patterns of alignment and misalignment. What you do with that information will determine the quality of your life; whether you fall prey to the less-than-pleasant consequences of your misaligned choices, or whether you are able to successfully navigate the Flow of Life by making more aligned choices for yourself.

MANIFESTORS: If you are a Manifestor Type, your HD Themes are Anger and Peace. When you are making choices that are in alignment with your Design, you will feel a sense of peace in your life. When you are misaligned, you will start feeling anger. This can show up in different ways for different people, so it is important to learn to recognize how anger and peace are expressed in your body.

GENERATORS: If you are a Generator Type, your HD Themes are Frustration and Satisfaction. When you are making choices that are in alignment with your Design, you will feel a sense of satisfaction in your life. When you are misaligned, you will start feeling frustrated. This can show up in different ways for different people, so it is important to learn to recognize how frustration and satisfaction are expressed in your body.

MANIFESTING GENERATORS: If you are a Manifesting Generator Type, your HD Themes are Frustration + Anger and Satisfaction + Peace. MGs are a hybrid of Manifestors and Generators, so their Themes are a hybrid of the two. Though, technically, MGs are a subset of Generators, so it is common for these Types to experience the Generators’ Themes as dominant. When you are making choices that are in alignment with your Design, you will feel a sense of satisfaction, peace or a combination of the two in your life. When you are misaligned, you will start feeling frustrated, angry or a combination of the two. This can show up in different ways for different people, so it is important to learn to recognize how your particular cocktail of feelings are expressed in your body.

PROJECTORS: If you are a Projector Type, your HD Themes are Bitterness and Success. When you are making choices that are in alignment with your Design, you will feel a sense of success in your life. When you are misaligned, you will start feeling bitter or resentful. This can show up in different ways for different people, so it is important to learn to recognize how bitterness and success are expressed in your body.

REFLECTORS: If you are a Reflector Type, your HD Themes are Disappointment and Surprise. When you are making choices that are in alignment with your Design, you will feel a sense of surprise or wonder in your life. When you are misaligned, you will start feeling disappointed. This can show up in different ways for different people, so it is important to learn to recognize how surprise and disappointment are expressed in your body.

There are occasions when your choices will not elicit any of your Theme feelings. This just means that these are neutral choices. They are neither aligned nor misaligned. They are neutral. But honing your attention to recognize when and how you experience your Thematic feelings can be a hugely supportive tool helping you to understand when you’re living in alignment with your Soul’s higher purposes or when you may be heading toward a rut, burnout, depression or other unpleasant life experience.

Again, what you do with this information is up to you. But learning how to read your internal guidance systems gives you more agency in creating a life of bliss, ease and flow. Happy experimenting!

*If you’d like some experienced professional guidance understanding your own personal Human Design, consider a reading. It’s a hugely informative tool that will help you to understand yourself so much more deeply, while also fostering an appreciation of the differences that make us all so unique. Click HERE to learn more.