Stop Overworking and Start Overflowing with Human Design

Kristi H Sullivan joins us to discuss Human Design and how we can use it to stop overworking and start overflowing. Kristi is a human design and self-care expert. She’s also an author,

and speaker. She is on a mission to help busy women, especially personal

development junkies like us understand their unique, energetic blueprint and

how self-care can shift our mindset, body and spirit so that we can thrive and

transform the world.

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Hi and welcome to the You World Order Showcase Podcast we have with us today a very special guest, Kristi H Sullivan. Kristi is a human design and self-care expert. She's also an author and speaker. She is on a mission to help busy women, especially personal development junkies like us.


Understand their unique, energetic blueprint and how self-care can shift our mindset, body and spirit so that we can thrive and transform the world. Welcome to the show.


Thank you so much, Jill.


It's nice to have you here, Kristi. So we're going to talk a lot about human design today, but you want to tell us your story. How did?


You get started. How did you?


Fall into this because I'm sure you weren't born with, you know, the desire to study human design.


Yeah, right. Exactly. And I didn't know it all my life for sure. I learned it. Or I should just. I discovered it about seven years ago, and it was from a friend who was doing a coaching program I was in and she gave us this.


Insight into this amazing, amazing tool that has been around since the 80s. So it's sort of new, not really new. It's a a blend of of old actually systems, but I learned about it seven years ago and started to dive into it.


We call diving into the rabbit hole for my own self. My own self-awareness and personal development, but I'd always run like charts for friends and family. I'd be like telling them. Ohh let me look up your birth information and about 3-4 years ago now I.


Left a marketing career and decided I wanted to do something on my own and I followed my human design to lead me to end up teaching and speak about human design, so I used it and then ended up teaching it now.


Yeah, I love how.


That works out when we're.


Like kind of like go down this rabbit hole for ourselves trying to figure out, you know, what are we supposed to be doing? And then we like, ohh, yeah, all these discoveries. And it's like, hey, I can grab your arm. Let me show you away. So tell me a little bit about what human design is, how.




Got started and all the bits.


So I mentioned it came about in the 80s when a gentleman who we call it downloaded the information or had this like kind of a epiphany with spirit guides to understand that by blending together, astrology, Kabbalah, aching and quantum physics those.


Old modalities and the chakra system.


That those systems when you overlaid them brought them together, it created what was called what's called an energy blueprint of how you're wired. There's over 3,000,000 combinations. So it's really a unique imprint of who you are.


Oh yeah.


It goes much deeper than a personality asset.


It probably is a compliment to things like astrology or other tools. That and it's based on really the alignment of planets on your birth date and three months prior. So those two dates has makes makes this uniqueness about you.


It's interesting. I never knew about the three month before thing. I knew that it was kind of a combination of astrology and.


Some other modalities out there, but and you know I I have wandered into the anagrams and the Myers, Briggs and and all of those pieces. But then you're you're like trying to piece together all of those different modalities to come up with one concise.


Description of who you are and and as we were talking about before, it's not really a predictor of who you were going to be. It's more of a.


And these are these are where your strengths are, and these are where you your your problem zones are probably going to end up showing up. So let's let's just take it into consideration that it sounds like human design is is kind of a a combining of all of those things so that you have a more.






I just envisioned like the schematics for electronics. When you said that.




Yeah. And what's interesting I say is when you look at a personality assessment like Myers Briggs or disk that I learn.


And you answer a set of questions and those questions the way that you answer is is who you are. But it's with your upbringing with how your conditioning is, what your thoughts, your belief system is like. And that could be passed down from.


Your family generations. It could be influenced by what's around you, like how you were schooled, your job. So those type of assessments really take into account your life experiences. And I think of human design as who you are at your core. It's how you were birthed.


And then those experiences are the layers on top of that. So it's not to say one's better than the other. They work in combination. But when you look at your human design blueprint, for example, and and you're right, nothing is really predictive because I think of that as that's life, the road that we're on and sometimes astrology.


Will tell us like, oh, around the age of 40 or 50, you might experience this because of different planets transiting. We won't get into that, but.




Human design is the car that you're driving on that path. That's how I think of it. And when you look under the hood and see how are you wired so life experiences could be the pink color you choose and and you know what your interior looks like. But the way that you're wired, what gas do you use? Because that's really, really key to making sure that your.


Car is working right? So how are you optimizing who you are at your core so that your life thrives, your maybe business thrives and the way that you're showing up in life with that personality, with those life experience?


You can find more ease and flow so to speak, because you're more aware of how you naturally operate.


You know, and it seems to me that.


There there's different levels with it, like there's the there's the model of the car that you're driving and there's only, like, a certain number of models. It's not like an infinite number of models to choose from. Your is it one of three or 455? OK. So you got five car models.




And then how you decorate the car and the kind of wheels you want to?


Put on it. That's kind of.


Right. Are you a V6 or a V4? So when we start in human design, we start with what's called the the energy type or aura that you you have. It's again all about energy. It's not meant to categorize you, but to help you understand how your energy operates. So two of those types, if you.




Want me to?


Share a little bit on that. Two of the types are what's called generators, manifesting generators or peer generators and.


What makes them in this category is that I'm one of them, and so are you. According to the chart I fold for you. What makes us this type is that we have pretty consistent, reliable workforce life force energy. It means most of the day we're busy doing things where we like being productive. We like getting assigned tasks or projects.


Or getting involved, even in businesses where things are happening and we're like responding to different things throughout the day, because that's how our energy is and we're pretty healthy when we're healthy and rested, we pretty much have that, that Energizer type bun.




Movement and and work, and that's what we're that's what our role really is. There's a 30% though of energy types and these labels or categories are the projector manifesto and reflector. The other three and these three types don't have the.


Name, so to speak, car battery running behind the scenes. They are more like the electric cars that need to be plugged in and recharged, perhaps throughout the day. They really need more down time. They need to conserve their energy so that when they're using it, they are powerful and they're working perhaps hard.


They're busy, so to speak, but they're doing it in a way, and when they understand, when you understand, if you're that type, that your energy isn't sustainable, it helps you from getting burned out.


From feeling overwhelmed and also oftentimes, you know, fatigue and just maybe even health issues. So there's right off the bat like different ways to look at that, that energy and how how that energy shows up for us.


It seems like knowing other peoples human design chart would be really helpful, because if you're running into as a manifest.




Or generator when you run into people that aren't like you, it can be really frustrating.


Yeah. Yeah. And I think that's that's how we've been operating much of our lives or in systems where we think everyone maybe should learn the same way or if we're building a business, should be doing business the same way or here's the secret formula.


What we're finding in in human design, what I've discovered is that everyone really has a unique way of doing things. And so when we start to recognize first in yourself your unique way of doing something, it helps you feel perhaps more seen more validated.


And then you can also show up for others because you start to understand that they're unique. They don't have the same design for certain as you are. So and you when you start to understand whether maybe you're a parent and understanding your children's design or a spouse or partner.


Or even in a business, perhaps, like some some of your clients or some of your your business partnerships that you can then recognize how other people maybe operate differently and that's that's like an interesting starting point. But I always say first, really look at.


Your own, you know, uniqueness and start to understand your design. Otherwise we call it again in being in the rabbit hole, you'll be in a lot of complex information and and you can also. You can also start to look at what happens when these two different energies do coexist.


We call that yet another like way of looking at design A connection design.




And it it just it helps with relationships. The whole world is not the same. We're all different and and being able to appreciate other others differences.


It's really it. It increases the value of the whole.


When you can appreciate how someone is different and how that differentness connects to.


What you're doing?


Yeah, because it does connect.


Yeah, and it can help things like improve, even communication and relationships. It can help improve in businesses. You know how you're even operating in your strategy business strategy? I've had clients who have shifted what they're doing so that they're not overworking. And over extending when their energy.


It really runs out and they're just pushing themselves.


And they may be getting some success, but it there's a cost of that burnout. It can also help you in maybe your career generator types really need to be doing the right kind of work because we like to be the worker be. And if we're not doing the right kind of work, we'll start to drain our.


Energy in our batteries.


When you're the projector type, what's nice is if you know somebody who's a projector. They're really here to give guidance and wisdom and almost counsel will be advisors. And so they want to offer suggestions. So to understand, wow, they're really just showing up in that energy and for them to understand.


That they don't need to share that with everybody, with the right people in the right time. It helps us again honor each other in a different way to understand that we have have unique roles and especially when it comes to our energy and.


How we're using the energy and how that energy plays with other energies?




I I get these little mind pictures. Sometimes I'm seeing little lights dancing around in my mind when you're talking about the energies so.


When it when it comes to human design.


And and applying it. How? How does that look?


Yeah. So we said already that it can be pretty complex. So I usually tell clients are in my readings to start with three basic elements. I have also something called the flow method. And this first step is find these three elements which are your energy.




Your strategy for the type.


That of energy that you are and the third is what's called your authority or decision making.


Mechanism and these are three really important elements. These are the three biggest things I would say in your design that when you start to use them in an everyday way can make a a big impact. So for example, the generator type that you are.


You know, it's really important you're doing the right kind of work because generator energy wants.


That to help energize them on a daily basis, it's also really important to notice that you're not initiating and forcing because that's not the strategy of a of a generator type. It's really to respond. So are you responding versus initiating things responding?


Means, you know, we wake up and and have things on our task list. We have calls that that we have to make our people e-mail us and we have to respond or opportunities might show up to respond to. And the third piece that's part.


Of again, that everyday use is responding to the right things and using your decision making to do that and it's not using the head, but for example in your case Jill, you have what's called emotional authority and about 50% of the population has this and it means that when those opportunities.


Show up that you feel into. Is this right for me?


It's if it's a feeling from with the inside that lights you up, that's that's a key. And then the emotional part is wait and see if that feeling continues. If it goes away, for example, if you sleep on a decision and then suddenly you're like, I really don't feel like that's the right thing for me.


Then it's a no if it's a consistent. Yes, that will help you to guide you to say yes to the right thing. So you're again not overworking. You're not choosing to do things that don't light you up and you're not burning yourself out.


In that sense.


Yeah, I I have recognized that it, but it's something that's been fairly recent in my life. I used to just do whatever anybody needed me to do or I felt like needed to be done. And and I was burning out and it was just like I, I call them boundaries now, but I didn't have boundaries for the longest time.


And and I started resenting people and I, you know, all the ugly things. But it it's really a case of being able to recognize that I do have the power to feel. I talk about feeling a lot in my language.


Because I do feel things, I I know intuitively. Yeah, this is not going to turn out well. I can see the end from the beginning. Let's just not even go down that path.




And it is. It's just the ability to recognize that. Yeah, I do have that skill and and, you know, maybe half the population has it. So like every other person that you talk to doesn't have that ability. So you have to recognize that too, that they might not understand what you're doing.


Yeah. So the the real difference is and and the key being everybody really has this inner guidance. It's how does it work within them and 50% it is more of an instant feeling and a in the moment and paying attention to that.


And then the 50% with the emotional authority, it's key to weight because you have what's called an emotional wave. So if you.


You feel this? Yes, in the moment. But it goes away. It's because probably you were in an emotional high. And they say if you then realize later that it wasn't the right, yes. Then you regret it. So we all can use this feeling. What I love is what you said feeling because in some way.


It shows up as a feeling it could be this intuitive again feeling in the gut. It could be this feeling across time across your emotional wave. It could be a knowing or this.




Something within you that that really leads you to the idea of saying yes, but it's not the head. When we start to overthink things. When we use the head for making a decision.


It can often cause confusion and also the head is really just meant to hold information. Sometimes it's also changing, changing. We're changing our mind, we change our perspective, but the body is always sort of a reliable way for decision making. And yeah, it's hard for those with emotional authority though, because we're in a society that needs that.


Instant yes or no.


Or what do you think you know? And what do you, you know what? Tell tell me what you want and want. And sometimes the emotional energy just needs some time. And so sometimes we all need to slow.


Down to do that.


Yeah, I like that. I like that that we're we're focusing more on.




On how we feel in our bodies and we're starting to recognize that more broadly in society than I think ever has that I can remember. It used to be, it was all, you know, you just need to think about it or make a decision and and not feel what the decision should be.


It's it's. It's a nice change for how things are going.




And in in it's in line with what we're seeing in in the human design system that we're having an evolution right now where the energy of that emotion and sensing is really getting amplified. It's as if it's getting stronger in, in many people.


And you might have like some listeners, I have some clients that they really understand this because they've been working on it. They work.


On using Empathic Ness to to sense things or or being open to the fact that, wow, why do I feel that way? Maybe maybe it's from feeling other peoples's feelings or picking up things from others, but there's others who are just kind of starting to.


Learn about this and as a human species, we're we're really starting to all get into this more sensory place. We'll probably see down the road. You know, it maybe even taken generation or two that are real like.


A real reliance on that and you could see it early on when we went from like this head intelligence to what they call emotional intelligence. That was one step where you could see ohh, emotions really do play a role. Now they're even saying, you know, in a healing process like emotions are very, very important. It's not just what happened, but what you were feeling.


That's really.


Yeah, like.


And and recognizing the feelings for the longest time it was, we were told to, you know, shut up and sit down. Yeah, you know.


Don't nobody wants to hear about what you're feeling, and I can remember when I was young, my parents used to call me Sarah Bernhardt because I would cry a lot. And, you know, crying is just a natural process and you need.


To let kids cry, sometimes they need to understand what that emotion is about, but we've we're we're starting to explore emotions more fully. Just just it's a good thing in my world.




Yeah. And it's interesting the acronym flow that I use, the L we mentioned the F, but the L stands for love yourself. And part of that is loving self-care and self-care also means getting to know yourself on a deeper level, learning to accept the things and the ways that you.


Are and to understand some of the things that are actually can be gifts and helpful. The O is actually to.


To recognize and overcome conditioning like you had mentioned, which was one thing that we've all experienced, which is.


Be seen and not heard. So ohh. You're you're crying? Well, stop that crying or you know, go into the next room and cry. It was sometimes what we were taught when we were younger. And this conditioning of like, don't share those or show those emotions. And sometimes what we learn for conditioning.


Is not helpful.


And so when you start to look through the lens of human design to say, well, what has been programmed, that's not maybe the way I'm naturally doing things and start to.


Uncover those.


Conditions or the self limiting beliefs, or even how trauma has affected you and to start healing some of those pieces too and so speaks to that. You know that we we do need to have our feelings. We need to also love who we are.




Yeah, and that we are enough.


Just as we are.




So you do coach people on this and you do.




Coach them in terms of training them, how to be human design coaches or do you teach them?


Or coach them on their human design, yeah.


To ask this question.


I call myself more of a guide. I help people on the journey of understanding what human design is and how to use it in their day-to-day lives or in business. I think it could be a really.


Great tool for helping your business get to the next level because part of that is your inner work helps.


What's happening on the outside? So I will guide folks. I have a a A membership group. It's like a container for the support, the learning, the understanding and then helping others to really see how this tool works in their world in their life.


And I I have taught.


Classes and the structure of of human design to others who really want to start, maybe using it for themselves or as parents, or perhaps with their clients. And I've kind of dabbled in that a little bit, but my main I think my main audience tends to be women who are new to learning.


Human design and who really want to go from this overworking to overflowing, which is the name of the book that I created.


Because they are at a period in time where they just want things to shift and to find more freedom to find more clarity in what they're doing and how they're showing up.


Yeah, that makes a lot of sense in terms of often we.


We know we want to do something and we'll just trust generators. We just go out there and we start.


And then clarity comes along somewhere along the line, but having somebody to to show you, hey, maybe you should look at this in this direction and maybe you should slow down. And this is how you should process some of this information or not should so much as.


This might help you processing the information that's coming in and you could.


Take it under advisement. Let's put it that way. So you do have a group that you have people join. Do you have one-on-one, or is it just in the group coaching container that you're working with these people?


I do. I do offer individual what I call readings. They span over 2 sessions so that we can go over your chart if you come into the group, that's the first step is that you always get that overview of of your your chart and information.


I do have a a special tool on my website. You can run a chart, but I always recommend starting with having a reading or if you are familiar with human design, you come into the group and that's another way to dive deeper into.


The rabbit hole.


That sounds fun, so they can get your human design chart access to your human design chart by going to your website, which is.


Yeah. So I have a a link that you can post, but it's also a new newly launched website. It's HD with And then my other website is Christy H Sullivan and I'm also active on Facebook.


But where you go, there'll be many places. I'll be posting that so you can you can access your your chart and connect with me if you want a reading or if you want to come into the the membership.


And the other great thing about the membership is we do look at the energy of what's going on outside of us. Maybe we're getting influenced not only by people around us, but also the planets that are transiting and sometimes some of that we call it celestial weather that's happening so that we know how is that.


Affecting our energy and giving us sort of the signs to be prepared for that weather or to know that sometimes things that are happening are natural and are not things that are wrong or have to be fixed, but really things that.


We just need.


To feel.


Yeah, I love that so.


I'm going to put you on the spot here for just a second. This year has has promised to be like an amazing year. We're pretty much everybody. There was a lot of excitement as we're getting ready to come into the year. And as this episode will be dropping around the middle of or end of June.




Do you have any thoughts about the the final six months of the year as far as like a weather forecast from the human design viewpoint?




Yeah. And this really comes from sources that I I'm in touch with and listen to and they all seem to be very, you know, similar themes how the beginning of this year there is been a big shift. Part of it is this idea that the rotation of Pluto is just.


Is much on the spot.


Come back into Aquarius.


And that's huge. If you know astrology, end in September, it's going to go retrograde a bit. It's like Mercury goes retrograde. It's Pluto will. So we're kind of going to go back and then really like end of November will be this, like, beautiful, like shift into the age of Aquarius. I guess they call it.


So I hear I hear though many.




Some people saying, you know, really just.


Practice the grounding the strength, because it can be bumpy. This year it will be magical. It will be very transformative for those who are doing their self-care and their inner work. It can be a little smoother and others may be on quite a ride.


But you know, we're all meant to really.


Evolve and shift and that's what this year is really a big shift going into next year as well.


That's so exciting.


All right. So appreciate all of this. It's been very insightful. So what's the one thing you that you hope the audience takes away from our conversation?


Well, if you're if you're not familiar with your, your design your chart look it up. I think it's it's really an interesting thing to take a look at and look at how you're wired, your energy and most important is, and I'm going to end with the W of flow which.


Is working your design and really slow down and sometimes wait. Give yourself time to digest things. Give yourself time. Generator types are not here to initiate, so we have to sort of wait for the right thing to show up, and then we're we're like a go.


The the non generator types need to wait and rest, so there's a lot of that waiting and knowing when's the right time to move forward that we have to trust, especially this year. And so I think that's that's the, that's what my flow acronyms.


Dance floor. And I'd love to connect with anyone who wants to learn more about their human design.


That's awesome. Well, make sure we put your link to your website and also your your your Facebook group in the show notes so people can get in touch with you. Thank you so much for joining me. Christy. It's been amazing.


Thank you so much.

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