Money, Human Design, and Burn Out

Written by Christie Inge, 5/2 Splenic Projector, born in the LAX of the Clarion 2 (57/51. 62/61) and creator of the Human Design Map

NOTE: My Human Design content is my personal interpretation of mechanics and is always written through my heretical + alchemical lens. It often does not align with traditional HD perspectives. And this post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase after clicking one of my affiliate links, I may make a commission. 

One of the most common questions I get from all Human Design types is about making money. And I’m not alone in getting these types of questions. I see them all the time in Human Design internet land.

This is so common because Human Design is a pristine mirror for where “our shit” is. It shows us, very clearly, all of the ways that we have sacrificed ourselves at the feet of society, the patriarchy, and the endless hamster wheel of proving our enoughness.

And money has historically been a tool used to keep that wheel turning.

The result is a culture of Generators who are burned out from doing jobs they hate, and non-sacral beings (Projectors, Manifestors, and Reflectors) are burned out from doing jobs that require consistent and sustainable energy.

All for the sake of money.

And, to be clear, I love money. This isn’t a post to profess the evils of money.

I believe that money is a tool and, like any tool, it does amazing things when we use it with conscious awareness. And that by being intentional and deliberate with the way we create and invest our money, the more abundant the world becomes as a whole.

True prosperity begets prosperity. True abundance begets abundance. Empowerment begets empowerment.

Empowered individuals empower their communities. And empowered communities empower the collective.

So, with that said, it seems that Human Design is one of the doorways that opens people’s eyes to the way they are creating and investing their money.

And there is an awareness that our current culture around work and money just isn’t going to work. It truly isn’t sustainable for individuals, communities, or the collective.

It’s exhausting and puts a heavy wet blanket on people’s skills, natural talents, and energetic gifts.

So, when one discovers that they have been operating “incorrectly” while you have mouths to feed and bills to pay can feel like a sucker punch. It seems like there is no way out.

And, let me scream from the top of my lungs, I GET IT.

Healing my relationship with money has been a huge part of my life as a business owner. (I talk a bit more about that in my post on Human Design Gate 54.)

I was not raised with a lot of money. My dad was (is) a blue-collar business owner and my mother never worked until I was in high school.

They were also trapped under the heavy wet blanket just like the generations before them.

Science is now showing us that those mindsets get embedded in our DNA. We inherit the story of our parents and our parent’s parents, and on and on it goes.

The definition in our Human Design chart shows us that story, the karma that we are playing with.

Every place in the chart produces energy in the form of thoughts and emotions. And those thoughts and emotions become the fuel for our behavior (energy in motion).

We all have the whole chart. It is simply a matter of consistency.

When something is defined, it produces consistent energy (fuel) for certain behaviors and ways of being. Our definition is the karma and archetypes we play out on a day-to-day basis.

When something is undefined, the energy it produces is inconsistent and depends on the transits and the people we invest our time with. Our undefined places are the karma and archetypes we are becoming wise about and calling on as needed.

And here is the key point:

Whether it’s defined or not, all energy in the chart is a spectrum of potential.

For example, let’s look at gate 14 in the sacral.

On the “positive” side of the spectrum, gate 14 is the energy to create abundance by doing what you love.

If you are on the positive end of the spectrum, gate 14 will produce thoughts like:

  • Life is abundant; there is plenty for everyone.
  • I thrive when I do what I love.
  • Wealth and prosperity come from living with integrity and giving from the overflow.
  • There is no reason to compromise on my dreams.
  • I take courageous action that is aligned with my dreams.

And those thoughts are going to produce emotions like:

  • abundant
  • trust
  • courage

And those emotions will become fuel for doing what you love to do.

But, if you are on the “negative” end of the gate 14 spectrum, you will be thinking thoughts like:

  • There aren’t enough resources to go around.
  • I have to do whatever it takes to make money.
  • I am powerless in the current system.
  • I need to prove that I am worthy of making money.
  • I don’t have the resources (time, energy, money) to do what I love to do.

Those types of thoughts will create emotions like:

  • lack
  • fear
  • powerless

And those feelings will fuel a life where you do work you hate for the sake of money and believe that it’s the only option. You won’t see where you have the power to make changes or the opportunities available to you.

For a Generator, the “negative” side might look like grinding it out at a 9 to 5 where you love paycheck rather than loving the work itself (which is what the sacral is really about) and getting paid for it.

For a Manifestor, the “negative” side might look like working jobs that depend on you to be “on” all the time rather than honoring your natural creative ebbs and flows and getting paid for the VALUE of your IMPACT.

For a Projector, the “negative” side might look like doing work that is “productive” in an attempt to get recognition rather than being recognized (and abundantly compensated) for what you can SEE with your focused aura.

For a Reflector, the “negative” side might look like working in an environment you hate with people you hate even more rather than being the revered mirror who gets paid for their deep wisdom about the whole of the human experience.

No matter your type or definition, if you find yourself on the “negative” side of the spectrum, it is important to remember this:

Your feelings of burnout are a deep invitation to explore the way you are working and the frequency you are on.

And, more than likely, it is an invitation to step into a whole new paradigm.

So, please, for the love of all things holy, don’t think that you need to somehow “make yourself” be able to fit into the old paradigm of “work hard and trade dollars for hours.”

As the spectrum of energy in the chart shows you, there is so much more potential for you than that.

Give yourself as much space as possible, in your own aura, to take deep care of yourself and open yourself up to what is really possible for you. Use your chart to help you see your inherited stories and go all-in on your deconditioning.

(The Human Design Map is an excellent resource.)

And really hear me when I say this:

You don’t need to throw your whole life away.

You don’t need to invest tons and tons of money.

You don’t need to quit your job or abandon your family.

You don’t need to burn your business down.

You don’t need to sell everything you own and live in a van.

Yes, be open to miracles. And go as radical as you have the nervous system capacity for.

But, no matter what, you absolutely must start where you are.

As you spend time in your own aura and decondition, the next step will reveal itself. Take it.

And, if the next step is too big of a leap, break it down even further into an even tinier step.

And if that is still too much, ask for help, pray, and open yourself up to seeing what can be done from where you are now.

You absolutely can change your relationship with work and money. You do not have to stay trapped in an endless job that doesn’t honor your natural talents, energetic gifts, and skills.

You can step into the Creative powerhouse that you already know that you are.

And life, your muse, the Divine wants that for you. It is why you are here.

There is so much more where that came from:

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