Updated: Sep 6
There are 5 human design energy types, each with a unique set of strengths, needs and lessons to learn. Understanding this information can provide clarity in how your energy is felt by others, experienced in your body & ways to work with it, instead of against it.Want to learn more about Human Design before diving into this post? Visit HERE to explore how this modality can be used to care for yourself in a more holistic way. Generate your free chart HERE to find out your energy type.
The Manifesting Generator — Multi-directional explorer. Bright & magnetizing energy. Gut instincts. Freedom to change.
Manifesting Generators (aka MG or Mani Gen) make up approximately 33% of the population, not to be confused with generators (who are their own type learn more HERE). This energy type blends qualities of the manifestor and generator energies together, at various degrees. Depending on the make-up of a manifesting generators chart, they will fall on a spectrum of more generator, more manifestor or a blend of the two energies. In some literature, manifesting generator types are a sub-category of generators, so only four types would exist but this energy truly deserves its own category.
The auric field of a manifesting generator is very bright & magnetizing, and open similar to the generator, to attract life to the manifesting generator. As such, it’s imperative that the manifesting generator keeps space in their auric field through constant assessment of the amount of energetic clutter they are experiencing. This may look like noticing what they feel they should be doing but don’t feel connected to anymore, delegating these tasks or letting go of them, and allotting enough time for joy, play and spontaneity. Manifesting generators crave freedom, especially in the form of freedom to change their mind, change directions or skip steps in their process.
Strengths & Gifts
Manifesting generators are gifted at bringing many things to life at once due the mechanics of their design. The excel in efficiency, and are arguably the quickest energetically of all of the energy types. Because of this, they can skip steps or surge ahead in tasks and are left looking back wondering where everyone is. It's important for the manifesting generator to remind themselves that not everyone can keep up with their speedy energy! Sometimes, the manifesting generator may also need to circle back on things they missed, this is completely normal.
Some call this energy type the multi-tasker or jack or jill of all trades. Manifesting generators, unlike the generator, have the capacity to have their hands in a lot of different things at the same time, have many interests or various types of work through their life...and this is okay! This is the process of the manifesting generator, there are not here to stick to one thing and require freedom from that idea. Doing many things that light the manifesting generator up will help them feel their best. They will feel attracted to finding outlets to use their energy up through work & hobbies (many hobbies or side projects) and will feel satisfied gaining mastery at things they do.
Flow is also important for this type, and having flexibility to flow between tasks or change plans can feel very supportive. It doesn't usually feel good to this type to have very rigid or far in advance plans, as their feelings may quickly change! White being busy is a common desire of manifesting generators it's important to notice when being busy, just to be busy, is coming up...following that lit up feeling is key, especially in work. Just like the generator, manifesting generators do not need to find their right work, the right work will find them if they allow the space. Differentiating using their energy to attract versus using it to chase or force is a lesson many manifesting generators also must integrate along their journey. This can become challenging due to the desire for initiation (coming from the manifestor type energy they feel).
Mechanics & Strategy
The sacral centre is a key component to the manifesting generator chart, and all MGs will have this powerful centre activated, which provides them with energy like a motor in a car. But, they will also have their throat centre activated through a connection to another high energy area in the chart (sacral directly, heart, emotional solar plexus or root). Having this connection to the throat is where manifesting generators may get stuck trying to initiate, when they are designed to still wait to respond, but they can respond very fast, to many things! Responding looks like interacting with the world outside of the auric field of the manifesting generator like waiting for an external sign, seeing something that gives you confirmation, or another human asking a question or offering an opportunity. Because there is a lot of energy in the manifesting generator design, it can be very challenging to wait. Without doing so, the manifesting generator can respond to things too quickly, and therefore get into situations or agreements they do not feel excited by.
The second part of the manifesting generator strategy is informing once they have responded. This may look like letting someone know about a decision or what your needs are in your process. This is not about asking for permission, rather notifying someone where your energy may be moving. This helps others feel more at ease, and gives the space and freedom desired from this type, especially when in a creative flow, otherwise manifesting generators can get very frustrated or angry when they are interrupted. It's then recommended to take some space to visualize the experience or process prior to making a decision or engage in a trial and error period where freedom to change directions is a possibility - before acting. To recap: wait to respond -> inform others -> try it out -> take action. For many manifesting generators, the sacral response in the body feels like an excitement, physical draw towards something or verbalizing a "uh-huh" or making any type of audible sound (note: I have noticed many of clients say 1000% when their sacral is lit up) - these are signs your sacral is saying YES! That said, if you have an emotional authority this may feel different - see THIS blog post to learn more.
Signature & Feeling Aligned
It takes trust to lean into the concept of divine timing, but the manifesting generator that can surrender to the flow of life will find less resistance and experience their signature feeling of satisfaction (from the generator energy) and peace (from the manifestor energy). These feelings come to the manifesting generator when they are using their energy towards things they love, when they are moving their bodies and using up their energy and when they are informing others to clear resistance and allow them space to move at their own pace and have the impact they desire. Understanding that all of the steps along the path may not be clear, but at each step, there will be confirmation through the sacral gut response.
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When manifesting generators aren't trusting their body’s responses to life or are trying use the logical mind to assess and reason, they may experience their not-self themes of frustration & anger. Constantly trying to initiate, force or control can have the energy of the manifesting generator feel stuck and deeply frustrating. Anger may be experienced when there is confusion during the decision making process - if everything becomes a YES and there aren't clear boundaries this can lead to overworking, people pleasing or feeling busy but not excited or satisfied by how the energy is being used. It's important for the manifesting generator to tune into what makes them excited, and remember that it's okay to quit things that no longer feel good, as this will make space for the next thing to come into their auric field to respond to. It's also okay to be seen as all over the place...no other energy type holds the abilities the manifesting generator does, and while it may feel like judgement it's only a projection. Knowing when to push and when to pull back is a key lesson to learn for this type, sometimes slowing down is necessary to make aligned decisions.
Lessons & Fears
Common fears of this energy type are that they are flakey, and must force themselves to do things for longer or be more consistent or pick one thing. Ultimately, this is not the best use of the manifesting generator energy. Lean into the gifts of this energy, and have self-compassion to know when to quit or burning out is a possibility. Fearing failure or wasting time may also be experienced, manifesting generators want to gain mastery at what they enjoy, and may do so quicker than others. In between these experiences it's important to still find time, space and freedom for self-care, joy and rest.
Understanding the way your energy is best used is a foundational component to embodying your Human Design. If you are looking for support stepping into the full expression of your manifesting generator energy & your full design or want to learn more practical ways to embody this book a 1:1 birth chart reading HERE or explore the new 7-week Embodiment Experiment program HERE.
Manifesting generators, trust your unique process & power. You are here to create many things and have a large impact. Allow yourself the freedom you desire.
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With so much love,
3/5 Emotional Manifestor
Founder of Steff Sullivan Collective
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