People often ask me if their design can change.  The short answer is no.  The design you have is with you for life.

But that’s only the short answer!

The slightly longer answer (and yes there is also a much longer answer) is that science shows we are much more mutable than we ever knew.  Recent research in epigenetics and brain neuroplasticity shows that not only can we change our mind, but also our physical brain wiring.  And that means that we think differently, act differently and feel differently about ourselves and the world.

Sharon Begley says in her book Train Your Mind Change Your Brain, the brain devotes more cortical real estate to functions we use more frequently, and shrinks the space devoted to activities rarely performed.  Concert violinists have much more brain wiring related to finger dexterity than you and I.

Not only that, but the way we think changes the way our brain is wired.  Put another way, the very structure of our brain reflects the way we think.

You might have heard about experiments that have one basketball team imagining they can shoot consecutive 3 pointers and another one actually physically practicing their 3 point shooting.  The results?  The team that imagined got better results.   Similarly, when we treat thoughts that make us feel bad as if they are simply unhelpful wiring rather than immutable parts of our personality, we can change our personality and our experience of life.

So even if you have your Moon in the Gate of Oppression (as I do) and have suffered from depression (as I did), there is no need to see that quality as fixed for life.  Your Moon will always be in the Gate of Oppression, but how you experience that energy can change completely (as it has for me).    I refused to believe that I was stuck for the rest of my life with “Life as an ordeal stripped of realization.” (Rave I Ching) and went looking for something more nourishing.  I found this:

There are creepers blocking your path, but they can be swept aside.  There are no real, substantial reasons not to move on … ”  (Hilary Barret I Ching)

This is not intended as a critisism of Ra Uru Hu’s approach, but simply an experience I had in coming to terms with Human Design as a worthwhile tool for my own growth and understanding.  Don’t allow yourself to be defined by negative expressions of your Human Design.  If it doesn’t feel good to you, it isn’t!   You are more creative than that, and when you think differently about who you are, you can change your life.  Your design won’t change, but you can.


The future has arrived.  We are the beneficiaries of a revolution in the understanding of the brain and of human potential.

Sharon Begley


Here’s a TED talks video, where Courtney Griffin explains epigenetics, and the temptations she’s experienced as a research geneticist and a mother of twins.  And no, she decided not to experiment on them!

Kim Gould is founder of LoveYourDesign.com and Creator of EmergentHuman.Design.

She enjoys keeping her world-wide community on the emergent edge of consciousness, since 2003 on the LoveYourDesign.com blog.