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When You Find Out You’re a Projector in Human Design…

When I found out I was a Projector, I was honestly surprised.

“No motor centers? No energy??” were some of my first thoughts followed by a recollection of working 80 hour weeks as a manager, and the straight year or so of working 2 full-time jobs while also in college full-time.

But yes, it was true.

I was a Projector.

And it felt like a death sentence.

“I can’t do anything? I can’t start anything? Wtf??”

I had no idea what to do, where to begin, or how to even process the information I had just found.

All I knew was that my life was about to change, and I had absolutely no idea what the other side of that change was going to look like.

Sound familiar?

It seems like this experience is some sort of Projector right of passage.

Every Projector I know has had such an un-Projector-like past. But, in a world made for Generators, why am I even surprised?

There’s more than a few things I want you, fellow Projector, to know as you embark on this journey.

1. You’re not alone.

It may seem like we’re all swimming in a pool filled with Generators and Manifesting Generators, but there’s more of us around than you’d think.

For instance, my partner is a Projector. My friends are mainly Mani-Gens, and I have a Manifestor Brother, but I know a good handful of Projectors now that I’m in the Human Design world. And I now know more Projectors than any other type.

When we find out we’re Projectors, it’s like our energy finally takes a breath of fresh air and relaxes, whether willingly or unwillingly to do so consciously. But at this moment, our lighthouse light turns on. And other Projectors seem to find us.

And suddenly, we feel like we’re not alone anymore. Because, truly, we aren’t alone.

2. Please, take a breath. Take a few… or more, even.

The life you’ve been conditioned and groomed for up until now has likely been harsh to your energetic field. Your body, your mind, maybe everything is just… tired. Exhausted.

You know the feeling when you get home from work on a Friday night and finally get to sit on the couch, knowing you don’t have to do anything again until Monday? That’s the feeling.

The relief. The relaxation. The rest.

(Perhaps mostly the relief.)

And maybe it’s been awhile since you’ve actually rested. I know it was a loooong time for me. I honestly don’t think I ever truly rested until figuring out I was a Projector. And if you’re like me, you’re in for a lovely awakening because rest is LIFE.

And it’s quite peaceful.

3. Rest, rest, and rest some more.

Burnout is very real.

Not only is burnout hurtful to mental health, but as Projectors, it takes a particularly hard toll on our bodies — because we’ve been trying to force ourselves to be something we’re not.

So, what are the moments that make you feel peaceful? What truly brings you joy without needing to “do” anything?

Maybe it’s painting. Maybe it’s sitting by the water. Maybe it’s playing music. Or maybe it’s simply just sitting and enjoying a cup of (decaf) coffee.

Whatever it is, do it. Do more of it.

Recharge your energy. Release the energy and adrenaline and stress and anxiety that isn’t yours to hang onto.

Literally, you can help your body do this by relaxing your eyebrows, your jaw, relax your cheeks, your shoulders, relax your stomach, your legs, your feet, and relax your hands.

How does that feel in your body? Probably relieving.

Release. Relax. Rest.

4. You are Brilliant. Wise. And needed.

Now that I think we’ve covered, and emphasized, the importance of rest, let’s talk about the blessing it is to be a Projector. 

Don’t scoff yet. I’m serious.

It took me over a year to start seeing why being a Projector is a blessing, but I’ll help you start seeing it today.

People need you.

People. Need. YOU.

You see them more deeply than you could ever explain in words.

Whether you see what they’re thinking, what they’re afraid of, what excites them, who they are, what mood they’re in, how they feel about themselves, or what pressures they’re dealing with — you truly SEE them.

With this gift, you can help others navigate their lives more smoothly.

Efficiency is the name and life is the game.

You can take one look at someone who’s working on a project and instantly be able to tell where it can be improved, use less energy, or overcome the roadblocks or challenges.

And that’s just one of the many, many gifts you have as a Projector.

5. You’ve been given the gift of time and joy.

Projectors need to wait for the invitation. But what the heck do we do while we wait??

Play. Explore. Experiment. Learn. Study. Have fun. Dive deep into your passions and interests.

What’s the thing that you constantly think about or talk about?

What’s the thing you nerd-out about?

Master it. Play in it. Enjoy it.

The biggest blessing you have is that people will automatically come to you when they’re ready to invite you. Meaning, you don’t have to go around convincing 1000 people to invite you, see you, hear you, or appreciate you.

That’s not an efficient use of your energy. You’re not here to convince people that you’re worth it.

All these things are automatically magnetized to you when you’re in your zone of genius.

You can spend time just being you. You can spend time just learning and studying what you enjoy.

You have been given the blessing of time.

You have the time. Use it well.

Final Thoughts

I’m not going to say it’ll be all sunshine and rainbows.

Deconditioning is going to happen the more you are aware of your conditioning, and it can be a lowkey version of hell. Kind of like the dark night of the soul, but the Projector-version.

But it’s so worth it. And depending on your life previous to finding out that you’re a Projector, the process will vary widely. It could be easier, or it could be more difficult, it just depends on who you were conditioned to be and how deep that conditioning runs.

But again, it’s so worth it.

You’re a Projector. There’s so much depth and brilliance that you have.

I like to think of every Projector as a gemstone. No matter what kind, where it came from, what it’s been through, or how long it’s been conserved in the Earth, at some point the gemstone will be seen by others.

Don’t be discouraged for needing to extract the gemstone from the Earth it has laid in. It went through the rough, the molding, and the growing — and now that you’ve found Human Design, it’s ready to come out and see the light as the beautiful gemstone it really is.

This is your beginning.

You are getting ready to be seen, finally, for who you truly are.

Are you ready?