If you don't know me, I love Human Design. Finding out I am a Manifestor has taught me so much about myself and my gifts. But, like a lot of Manifestors, I know I've been conditioned out of my true nature in many ways. It's something I've been working on for awhile now.
Anyway, the other day, I was sitting back in the recliner and our kitty, Trouble, was sleeping in my lap. I mean, absolutely, totally, stretched out limp. The kind that makes you jealous you're not a cat. No cares. No worries. Just blissful relaxation.
That got me thinking about Human Design and how her energy was like an aligned Manifestor's - intense, short surges of activity followed by long periods of rest.
And, the more I thought about it, the more I began to realize that acting like my cat might help me be a more aligned Manifestor as well.
Now, I know you must be thinking to yourself "this chick is crazy", but hear me out.
Here's what my cat is teaching me about my Human Design...
Be yourself and follow your urges
Trouble is a BIG personality in a little package.
She is half the size of her older sibling, but, make no mistake, she is the one leading the charge. (She got the name Trouble for a reason.) Her curiosity leads her to try new things and test boundaries, and often, her older sister, Seneca, will follow in her footsteps.
Like a truly aligned Manifestor, Trouble let's her authenticity fly. She isn't concerned what the rest of us think. She is who she is. Trouble follows her urges, goes her own way, and others just seem to follow. Sometimes, much to my dismay. LOL.
Me? I spent years setting aside my desires for someone else's. I was taught I needed to dim myself down so others could shine. I've done a lot of work around breaking this conditioning and being more authentic. Trouble reminds me that it's okay to be large and in charge. The right people will love me anyway. (Thanks, Lance!)
Communication is key
Trouble will let you know exactly what she wants and when she wants it.
Not only is she vocal, (especially when she wants fed) she's a master at conveying her desires through body language.
Trouble has the Manifestor strategy of informing down pat. Intense stares mean she wants you to pay attention to her for whatever reason. A crouch and flicking tail advertise when she's about to pester her big sister, Seneca. Cuddling with her? She'll let you know, in no uncertain terms, when she's had enough. And, if you don't stop when she's asked? Prepare for a swipe of her claws or the nip of her teeth. This girl has boundaries and she knows how to manage them!
Strong boundaries are something I've recently developed. But, I'm still not always the best at informing. I will try to avoid any conflict by going off on my own. Unfortunately, that tactic can backfire, and sometimes does. This is definitely an area where I need to be more like Trouble, and express what I'm planning to do.
Activity and rest don't have to be equal
I have never seen a cat go from 0 to 100 and back to 0 like this girl does. She takes her play and her rest seriously. She's definitely a play hard, rest harder kind of gal.
Her sister, on the other hand, is like most people. (More than 60% of the population have defined sacrals, meaning they have consistent energy.) Seneca is pretty steady, although her energy leans more towards rest than action. Wink wink.
Trouble, though, will be extremely active for short periods then sleep for hours. And, if she feels like we're disturbing her, she will head to another room. She takes her space and downtime seriously, and I realize I should too.
That's why I started teaching Lance about his Design. He's a Generator, so he's one of the >60% population with consistent energy. Now that he understands I don't function the same way, he's been more supportive of my need for downtime.
So, despite how crazy it seems, I'm definitely going to be acting more like Trouble in the future.
P.S. If you don't know anything about Human Design, it's a way to understand yourself at a soul level. (Think getting in touch with your inner sorceress) It's just one of the things we work on in the MMM Membership.
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