The 4 Types in Human Design: Generators & Manifesting Generators
In Human Design, there's 4 "types" you can be (technically 5). There's Manifestors, Generators (And Manifesting Generators), Projectors, and Reflectors. About 70-75% of the ppl in this world are Generators/Manifesting Generators. About 8-10% are Manifestors. About 14-16% are Projectors. And about 1-3% are Reflectors. These aren't exact numbers, but they're given to illustrate a point. Less and less Manifestors are currently being born into the world, and more and more Projectors are finding their way in.
But let's talk about Generators and Manifesting Generators!
Those with a defined Sacral are automatically Generators. Human Design calls them something like a workhorse, but I look at it slightly differently. The Sacral Center is the Center that generates/houses creative life force. It is a "generative" energy, hence the name. The Sacral recognizes and responds to life/potential.
Sacral Energy literally responds to anything it touches, hence why Generators can be blinded by it. It's expansive and touches everything. That's why it's like being surrounded by a forest when you have it defined. Your Sacral interacts with everything. It's always seeking the life/potential in things and responding to it.
Generators are not meant to "initiate", they are meant to RESPOND. Which is weird because you'd think that just anybody can manifest whatever they want. This is why there's basically 2 types of people (with some being able to be a mix of both) Manifestors & Attractors. Generators attract.
Many people in Human Design often say that Generators are the ones that are meant to work 9-5s, or do some kind of continuous work. Which is slightly true in my opinion. They would say it's their strategy to "Wait to Respond" with basically everything or you won't be following your purpose.
Life is supposed to just "happen" for a Generator. You wait for it to hit you with something for you to respond with. Which is mostly true! But there is nuance to this. Every body graph is different!!! Your "Strategy" should be used based on the mechanics of your circuitry/body graph.
Generators are meant to respond, but that doesn't mean they can't DO things. It is mostly true however that most things they "initiate" without responding will end up failing tho. Generators need to recognize how to use/listen to their Sacral and FEEL things out.
A Generator is meant to listen to their "Sacral Sounds" as most Human Design Analysts put it. For me, it doesn't work out as actual sounds. It's a "mutative" experience and/or feeling and it happens whenever I max out a certain cycle/routine I'm undergoing. What I mean by this is that life puts me through cycles/routines. It's like I experience a similar energy everyday for a period of time. Near the end of it, it's as if I got all I could from it and start having this kind of anxious feeling. It's almost as if I need to do something different.
A lot of Generators/MGs would mess up right here and try to initiate a new pattern/routine or whatever. But I wait to respond to something. Not too long after I start feeling this way, I experience an event which gives me an opportunity to change my routine/lifestyle. That nervousness or itch to change is energy gathering up and pulling an experience towards you. You waste that energy by immediately initiating and many times it'll probably go outh. But eventually it builds up in the Sacral and attracts an experience/event.
If I reject the event/opportunity, eventually another one pops up. I always wait for random opportunities to respond to because eventually I feel inspired by something which causes me to respond and change my life. Then I feel a fresh/new energy I experience for a period of time. The Sacral always knows! It'll feel the life/potential in something and then respond with the same amount of life/potential.
As for Manifesting Generators, to be one you have to have your Throat Center connected to a Motor Center (Heart/Will, Solar Plexus, Sacral, or Root) and also have a Defined Sacral. Although, in my personal opinion, it should only count when it's the Sacral that's connected to the Throat.
The Throat Center is what allows you to manifest things. Manifestors manifest things so well because of having a defined Throat Center and it being connected to a Motor Center that isn't the Sacral. A Manifesting Generator has the power to manifest a little too, but they still have to Wait to Respond for the most part. It's amazing, though, because it's like an on and off switch with their ability to manifest. It's like they're waiting to do a sprint. Once life tells them to go, they take off. It's like short bursts of getting things done (and manifested) and then waiting.
The thing about Manifesting Generators that differs from normal Generators in terms of "waiting to respond" is that MGs can many times not know what the correct response is until they are actively about to do something.
For example, if someone asked an MG to play basketball and then they get ready and are about to head out the door. Suddenly they could be like, "Ehhhh i don't know if I wanna do this." So some MGs may have trouble feeling out what's the correct response until they are about to carry a response out.
More importantly, MGs are waiting to initiate more than they are waiting to respond. In a sense you can say Generators are like that too, but MGs can actually initiate more quickly in many cases. With Generators it's always a buildup, whether it's waiting for a response or responding. With MGs it's like they can carry out an action/initiation in a shorter period of time than a Generator. Only real difference is that the normal Generator is probably more consistent and can do more in the long run. But MGs have more short term potential on average.
You can say the biggest difference is that MGs are more active with the usage of their Sacral than Generators. MGs need to be actively doing something to realize what their Sacral is truly telling them (in a general sense). They know by experience more than off the top of their heads because what they want/feel can change moment to moment too. That's why their true feelings are known when they're carrying out a response. Even if they went back on a response and then changed their mind again. It's about situational feeling.
With Generators, they usually know how something is going to go or if they're going to like it before they ever go into it. Generators are passive in the sense that many times they don't need to actively carry out a response before knowing if that response is a go for them or not. It's passive with the Sacral because they are being receptive. They don't need to actively respond because the feeling is more potent for them due to that receptivity.
Generators deal with more potential energy that's gathered within their Sacral. MGs use up their energy more quickly/regularly. Generators build up more so they can do more long term. That's why their Sacral response is probably "stronger" in a sense than an MG. So again, that's why MGs have a more situational feeling/sacral response. They need to experience or taste the energy they are about to encounter because it's not clear enough to them until they are close to it.
A Manifesting Generator really just gotta decide/visualize what they really want and wait for it to happen, making no serious moves to go for it until the right moment. The point about Generators/Manifesting Generators is that they have inviting auras. They attract events from life/the universe. They attract their destiny.
Generators & MGs need to learn patience and to let things come to them. But more importantly they need to learn what they actually have the energy FOR. They need to learn to sense what has actual benefit/potential for them. The key is in what makes them feel TRULY satiated.
The key takeaway is that Generators GENERATE energy. They respond to energy with MORE or LESS energy. Same with MGs, they just do a little manifesting too. They are an and an energy type is centered around action/movement, it's less centered around awareness. Hence they give energy out and take awareness in.
As a Generator/MG you have a defined Sacral. This means you are generating something in specific. The MG also has a Motor connected to the Throat Center, so there is something in specific they are meant to manifest/create. All of this depends on your channels/body graph.
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