the truth about Human Design, your career, and life purpose

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I recently noticed a theme about Human Design, purpose, and career in the intake form that my map clients fill out. An abnormally large portion of them indicated that they are hoping that Human Design will tell them what to do with their career.

Then, just this week, one of them asked me in the Q + A if their type meant they “should” only do certain things with their career.

Anytime I start to notice patterns (hello collective circuitry!) like this, I take it as a sign that it’s something that needs to be talked about.

And, holy shit, does this particular thing break my heart.

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Ultimately, questions about career really come down to questions about one’s purpose in life. We just want to know what we “should be doing” with our lives.

And we live in a culture that perpetuates the false beliefs that:

  1. purpose is something that you have to find (as if it is lost in the ether somewhere)
  2. that your purpose is your job and if it isn’t, you are doing life wrong
  3. that your soul will suffer if you don’t live your purpose
  4. that your job is your identity (ever asked someone what they do the moment you meet them?!?!)
  5. that when you are doing the “right” thing that the flood gates of money and abundance will open up

And it sucks because none of that is actually True; they are all just thoughts that human brains made up and people believe.

Before I realized that, I spent much of my life hopelessly acting on those lies (aka believing them).

With gate 28 in my chart four times (conscious North Node, Mars, + Uranus and unconscious Uranus), I had so much suffering in my longing for purpose and meaning in my life. And with gate 51.5 in my conscious earth, I’ve experienced shock after shock.

The kind of shit that most people don’t have the stomach to hold space for.

I had a therapist tell me that people with stories like mine jump off of bridges. An astrologer tell me that they’d need a stiff drink to interpret my chart. And a sorely misinformed Human Design “expert” tell me that I should file for unemployment and play video games the rest of my life.

I’ve had the kind of life that was very easy to make mean that I had no meaning or purpose. I’ve had my fair share of “soul sucking” jobs. And before a series of many spiritual awakenings (aka shocks), I genuinely believed that I was a worthless piece of trash.

So, this search for meaning, purpose, and “making a living” is no fucking joke to me.

It’s literally the whole reason I am so deeply into Human Design.

Human Design has been a major tool in how I’ve reshaped my story into one of empowerment.

Even the hardest of my experiences have developed deep and rich meaning. I’m the most successful I’ve ever been – far exceeding my own expectations – and growing every single day. I’ve even had horrific experiences that I am truly grateful for now.

I been on “both sides” and I get it so deeply.

And here is the truth (as I see it):

Human Design can absolutely answer questions about your purpose and the meaning you make about who and how you are. In traditional Human Design, your incarnation cross is your life purpose. That is why it’s part of the Human Design Map.

But…and this is a big but…

Human Design cannot tell you what to do for your career.

Your Human Design is NOT:

  • what you “should” do in your job (or otherwise).
  • a rule book you have to follow in order to get your life “right”
  • a golden ticket to Hogwarts or enlightenment

Should is code for shame. Right and wrong are illusions of the ego. And most ideas about enlightenment are holy flawed.

Your soul is always having the “correct” experience.

Even if you live in the “low” frequency of your design (aka the not self).

Because there is no test at the end. The test we are all desperately trying to pass is a LIE.

What your Human Design can do, though, is give you a doorway into self realization.

It shows you how to make meaning and purpose out of your life in a way that empowers you and your gifts. It can give you the signs and clues that will help you make your life easier, less stressful, more pleasurable, and fabulously flow-y.

And that is true NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK.

Because your purpose is not a job or career.

Your purpose is WHO YOU ARE. It is the mark you make no matter what you are “doing” on the outside. It is the game of hide and seek that you are playing with your Divine I AM.

Your job or career is simply the way you make money and how you spend your time. And you can thrive in endless jobs or careers, no matter your design.

Do not let your Human Design limit you; let it open you up to the bigger picture instead.

There is no perfect job. There is no career that is going to get you into the gates of Heaven. There is one right path that you must find or else you are doomed.

Your Human Design simply gives you a path to exploring who you are – underneath the roles you play, the jobs you do, and the bullshit conditioning you’ve bought into.

And by taking it one step at a time, and healing the shit that prevents you from trusting your inner wisdom, you will most likely end up making money with more “aligned” work.

But it isn’t about anything specific in your chart. It is about you trusting you and making decisions from your truth.

So, I am delighted to be the bearer of bad news.

Your Human Design won’t tell you what job to do.

But it will give you a map to becoming the version of you that trusts yourself above all else and someone who take actions from integrity.