Emergent Human Design



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One day back in 2006, I was thinking about my Ascendant.  It’s so important in astrology, and I wondered where it might be in my Human Design chart.

I  discovered that it was in a gate that bridged two separate areas of definition.   It was my link between my emotions and my mental selves.   I was thinking … hmmm, that must be important!

That exploration started me on a quest to discover what else might be ‘hidden’ in my design.  I was already using some of the multidimensional charts and I also began to experiment with the newly discovered dwarf planets.  When I added centaurs and asteroids to the mix I found the chart opened out with an astonishing amount of precise information.

This was the beginning of what I have come to call Emergent Human Design.

What is Emergence?

Emergence is at the very heart of relationship, and relationship is at the very heart of the new reality we are co-creating. Emergence is something radically new that ‘emerges’ from the relationship between components.  Emergent Human Design is what emerges when we allow the Human Design System to come alive.

Newly emergent properties naturally arise from living systems.  I’ll give you a simple, and sweet, example. The sweet taste of sugar (sucrose) isn’t present in it’s ingredients – hydrogen and carbon dioxide.  The sweet taste is created only when we put the two chemicals together.   The new property didn’t exist before, and can’t be traced back to any one single element – neither hydrogen nor carbon dioxide taste sweet –  but comes into being because of their interaction with each other.




Cities are another example of emergence.  Neighbourhoods and business districts form as if by magic – no one went about deliberately creating the financial or theatre districts of your nearest city.   Look at New York – Chinatown, Wall Street, Madison Avenue and Broadway are great examples of properties that emerge without any conscious planning, through the ongoing relationships of the elements that make up the city.   In this case, humans and the natural environment.

Nature is full of emergent properties.  This beautiful video shows how incredibly complex qualities can emerge from some very simple components.  The birds don’t set out to make stunning shapes, they’re just following a few simple rules about where they should be in relation to the birds around them.



Emergence is important.  When a system gets to the end of what it can achieve in it’s current form, a new property will ’emerge’ and suddenly everything changes.  You might have noticed this in your own life, at those times when things start to feel a bit stale you can be sure that a change is brewing.  Understanding the concept of emergence is key to creating something wonderful from what others might see as simply chaos.

 What Does Emergence Have To Do With Human Design?

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Like any truly living system, the Human Design System has naturally emergent properties.

It is based on a synthesis of  the I Ching, Kaballah Tree of Life, the Chakras and Astrology.  Each system is hundreds if not thousands of years old, each influential in it’s own part of the planet.

When we create your personal Human Design chart, we bring these four ancient human wisdom systems into relationship with each other.

The whole, as they say, becomes so much greater than the sum of the parts, as the I Ching, Tree of Life, Chakra System and Astrology merge into a single system.  Your Human Design chart contains the possibility of shifting your life towards the infinite, bringing both greater complexity and more simplicity and stability.

chessThink of a game of chess for example – with only a chessboard, some chess pieces and about 20 rules, emergence expert John Holland has calculated that the number of possible moves substantially exceeds the number of atoms in the whole of  planet Earth.  Imagine the possibilities that are opening up to us as we emerge!

But there’ s more to Emergent Human Design than a tendency to create something new from the synthesis of four ancient wisdoms.  We are in a profoundly emergent age in the history of this planet, and the Human Design System is sitting right at the heart of this shift.

Human Design’s Quantum Shift

During 2011 I began to research recent discoveries from diverse sources like the HeartMath Institute, Joseph Chiltern Pearce’s work on brain development, Dan Winter’s work on embodied bliss and the relationship of the human heart to universal holograms, Elisabet Sahtouris’ work on evolution biology, Philip Shepherd’s work on the body consciousness, Katya Walter’s work on the I Ching and DNA, sacred geometry,  the science of the micro world of quantum reality and the macro world of chaos theory.  And much more.

Overall the pieces fit together to create an incredible new experience of the Human Design System.  Emergent Human Design is a project that will truly reveal the quantum possibilities of the Human Design System.

As we shift from a dualistic Cartesian consciousness to one aligned with our emerging quantum reality, we face immense challenges on both a personal and a global level.  We are entering a time of radical creativity, incredible prosperity, an unveiling of relationships between individuals, culture and the biosphere beyond what we can now imagine.

Every aspect of our day to day life is changing, and will continue to change – relationships, health, work, the environment and the economy.  Emergent Human Design is all about shifting into this new reality with as much ease and grace as possible.  It holds keys to your emergent self.

There is so much more to the Human Design System than type, strategy and authority.  We are creating a new world, becoming emergent beings.  And the Human Design System holds crucial keys to the way you can move into this new reality.

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