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Unlock Your Unique Energy: How To Embrace Neurodiversity Using the Wisdom of Human Design

I am unapologetically, proudly, shamelessly Neurodivergent.

It's something I haven't spoken about much, but for the past few years I have self-identified (i.e currently undiagnosed) with several conditions including ADHD, Autism, HSP, and Discalculia.

For most of my life I've tried to fit in to the neurotypical box. I didn't understand why nearly everything at work or home, when involving OTHER people, was so stressful or frustrating.

  • I felt disorganized when trying to use other people's systems.

  • I felt confused when no one else understood how I connected dots or saw patterns.

  • I felt awkward when I would finish a course quickly when others were still in the beginning.

When my symptoms worsened after motherhood, I did some extensive research (hello, hyperfixation) and I realized all the weird, uncomfortable experiences of my life were my ND traits shining through.

I learned that neurodiversity is a natural variation of human experience and began to see these traits are nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about, and in fact can even be beneficial in my life. Understanding that others share similar experiences provided comfort, empowerment, and a sense of belonging.

While learning about my neurodiversity, I was also simultaneously mastering the wisdom of Human Design and I couldn't help but notice a relation. It is a wonderful tool that helps us understand our innate energy and potential, allowing us to embrace our remarkable uniqueness and individuality.

Challenges & Struggles

Neurodivergent individuals possess unique cognitive and behavioral traits which mean that it's difficult to sustain interest/enthusiasm, focus or motivation. Restlessness and hyperactivity are common.

My neurodivergence is the root cause of frusteration and stress in my life. It shows up in all areas of my life - socially, personally, and professionally. It makes Adulting significantly more challenging. Everyday tasks and responsibilities like keeping up with ...

  • Household chores

  • Financial budgeting

  • Grocery shopping

  • Decluttering

  • Making appointments

  • Houseplants or pets

  • Vehicle maintenance

  • An exercise or workout routine

  • Manifesting work like affirmations or positive self-talk

  • Meditation & visualization

I struggle with tasks that require CONSISTENCY, regularity, repetition patience and trust because I am wired to live in the present moment and always looking for immediate results. Impulsivity and impatience are a constant struggle. I crave spontaneity and productivity and detest monotony and stagnation. It's all about finding the next dopamine rush.

I also have lifelong experiences of feeling socially awkward, struggling with school or work tasks, and dealing with shame, doubt and guilt due to not conforming to typical (often unrealistic) social norms and expectations. I've got chronic low self-esteem because I've never quite fit it anywhere or felt confident and capable.

"The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are."

C.G. Jung

The Wisdom of HD

Through the wisdom of Human Design I learned to work WITH, not against, my ND brain. Once I leaned in and listened to my unique needs, my life and business began to flourish. Once I began to embrace my true nature, my individuality and authenticity, I experienced greater fulfillment and self-acceptance.

Human Design is not a medical or psychological framework so it can't identify or diagnose conditions like ADHD or Autism. But as a spiritual science system it can provide us with valuable insight into our individual energetic makeup and our corresponding cognitive, emotional, and behavioral tendencies, needs and preferences

  • sensory sensitivities

  • decision-making strategies

  • ideal environments & surrounding

  • communication styles

  • interpersonal style

  • personality traits

  • varied interestes

  • potential life paths

Human Design is an amazing tool for self-discovery and personal growth. The framework encourages individuals to honor their unique energy, strengths and interests, which is particularly important for those with neurodivergence. It reveals where we are prone to burnout, anxiety and thus help us avoid the situations or people that overwhelm, overload or drain us

Our Human Design chart is our "soul blueprint", and there are many Neurodivergent behaviors that are manifestations of the frequencies in our charts.Everyone's Design is different and unique. Everyone's brain functioning and internal wiring is a completely different and unique.

Here are a few components that might be relevant:


Almost all energy types are instructed to live with greater intention and align their energy with the people, passions and opportunities that light them up. Manifestors are known for beging greater initiators and STARTERS, while Generators or Manifesting Generator are the finishers.

Gates & Channels

Hyperfocus, hypersensitivity vs distractability/lack of focus

Gates 9 and/or Gates 52

Gates 62 and/or 17

Gates 19 and/or 49

Gates 61 and or 24

Hypervigilence, hyperproductivity, overpreparedness, overstructuring

Gates 48 and/or 16

Gates 41 and/or 30

Gates 20 and/or 34

Gates 43 and/or 23

Gates 10 and/or 57

Open Centers

Our open energy centers mean there’s the potential for a lot of input, and thus are great opportunities for learning. The qualities of open centers are often associated with autism and adhd.

  • Undefined Ajna can be forgetful, easily distracted, disorganized.

  • Undefined Head can be thinking about things that don't matter., easily distracted, starting but not finishing tasks, continually losing or misplacing things, forgetfulness

  • Undefined Throat can have difficulty with interrupting, blurting, or waiting for their turn to speak if passionate

  • Undefined Ego can have difficultly prioritzing or organizing

  • Undefined G Center can indicate a struggle with social identity and communication.

  • Undefined Solar Plexus can have difficult with emotional regulation, irritability, reactivity

  • Undefined Sacral can have inconsistent energy, interest or focus, starting but not finishing

  • Undefined Root can feel restlessness, tense and anxious, pressured by other people to rush or make a decision.

Strategy & Authority

You can be most successful by understanding your energy type, your design, and listening to your strategy and authority. Understanding Strategy and Authority can help neurodivergent individuals mitigate impulsivity and indecisiveness. This wisdom can help us enter situations correctly and therby expand our sensory capacity.


Variables involve our sensory processing and perspective.

  • Leftness is generally Neurotypical more active and masculine in nature.. It's very focused and detail oriented.

  • Rightness is generally Neurodivergent: more passive, feminine and receptive. It’s meant to be more peripheral/ big picture and variable, which could be interpreted as aloofness or carelessless.

Human Design can help us the release and reframe the labels of our "disorder". So look at your Design as perfect as it is…which means that you are Perfect as you are.

We don't have an affliction to be managed, we have creativity to be harnessed! We have amplified energy also known as hyperactivity. -that's exciting, not problematic!

Again, It's important to stress that Human Design is not a diagnostic tool for medical or psychological conditions. Its insights are more about how an individual can work with their unique energy to optimize the conditions of life, to achieve the most growth and potential to thrive.

"The Highly Sensitive tend to be philosophical or spiritual in their orientation, rather than materialistic or hedonistic. They dislike small talk. They often describe themselves as creative or intuitive. They dream vividly, and can often recall their dreams the next day. They love music, nature, art, physical beauty. They feel exceptionally strong emotions--sometimes acute bouts of joy, but also sorrow, melancholy, and fear.

Highly Sensitive People also process information about their environments--both physical and emotional--unusually deeply. They tend to notice subtleties that others miss--another person's shift in mood, say, or a lightbulb burning a touch too brightly. "

Susan Cain

Unmasking & Deconditioning

Neurodivergent unmasking and Human Design deconditioning are related concepts that both involve shedding societal and external influences to uncover one's authentic self and potential.

Both concepts are about self-empowerment: breaking free from societal expectations, embracing one's authenticitcy, and celebrating our of individual differences.

Masking is when nuerodivergent individuals hide or repress their neurodivergent traits in order to conform to neurotypical standards and societal norms and pressures. This creates additional layers of conditioning to rewire.

We might change the way we communicate, or alter our behavior, interests, our personality to suit the people we are with. And unfortunately over time we pay for it with our mental health and wellbeing.

Pretending to be someone other than who we really are is no way to live. It's time to live authentically.

Unmasking is a transformative process and journey of self-discovery which involves

  • complete self-awareness

  • committed self-understanding

  • radical self-acceptance

  • unconditional self-love

  • continuous self-forgiveness

Unmasking is Deconditioning, and is a part ofINSPIRED, INTENTIONAL LIVING. It is conscious, authentic living. It is living in accordance to your natural preferences and tendencies. Examples include:

  • consuming safe foods and media

  • requesting accommodations for your preferred communication style

  • avoiding overwhelming spaces

  • choosing comfortable clothing or low-maintenance style

  • setting boundaries

  • listening to your body

It's important to remember that unmasking and deconditioning are a privilege not available to everyone. It is not one-size-fits all process that may not feel safe or appropriate for some because it involves extreme vulnerability and trust. It can be an exhausting, stressful. but liberating experience to discover our true selves.


Redefining Success

As nuerodivergent individuals we are here to defy convention. We are not meant to fit in, and that's ok. We have a direction and intent and purpose that is different than most.

Nuerodivergence gives us access to higher functions and frequencies for processing energy and information. I like to believe that ND individuals like myself are here to help humanity and society evolve to the next level. Our unique writing can actually be our fast-track to upleveling consciousness.

Traditional definitions of success (security, fame/recognition, money, materialism) are ego-based and often do not resonate with the multifaceted strengths, desires, and abilities of neurodivergent individuals. Instead, we are motivated to pursue alternative markers such as

  • personal growth

  • personal fulfillment

  • healthy self-esteem

  • creative self-expression

  • meaningful relationships

  • general well-being

We can create and find true success on your OWN terms by

  • getting clear on your personal values

  • connecting to a sense of greater power and purpose

  • prioritizing activities aligned with passions and special interests,

  • focusing on quality connections where there is reciprocity and alignment.

  • choosing sensory-friendly environments

  • embracing multipotentialism and exploring multiple interests

  • saying No to what doesn't feel good, focusing on what does.

By embracing our differences we are catalyzing a shift in the understanding and approach to all areas of life, from education, to work, to relationships and beyond. Diversity is nature's greatest abundacne!

Acceptance & Embracing Your ND Identity

Neurodivergence is not a curse. It can be a blessing! It's all about perspective.

Instead of viewing neurodiversity as a limitation, reframe it an asset that contributes to your individuality and potential for success. Look at your neurodivergence as a remarkable OPPORTUNITY to learn, grow, and love yourself more.

The strategies below can support you in your journey.

Journaling & Reflection

Embrace your uniqueness and individuality by defining your unique values, interests, talents and strengths and achievements. This is what makes you special and different from everyone else. Celebrate the aspects of yourself that make you exceptional and valuable. This is what can help you build confidence to put yourself (and your gifts) out there to be SEEN and contribute to collective

Patience & Persistence

Acknowledge that meaningful change takes time, through small steps, Remember that you are making progress even when it feels your efforts go unnoticed or when things don't go as planned. Regardless of your neurological wiring, personal development is an ongoing journey, not a fixed destination. With patience and persistence, you will get there.

Acceptance & Compassion

As a neurodivergent person you may have received more negative input than positive when growing up. Stop the self-shame, self-judgment and negative self-talk about their apparent differences.

Reprogram your self worth, embracing the fact that you are made differently. You don't need to fix your flaws. You are not broken. You are not dysfunctional. You just have a different path to success.

There is not one right way to live or exist or do or be! Establish realistic expectations of yourself and others, considering life's challenges. Accept that nobody is perfect, and everyone has strengths and challenges. Embrace a mindset of progress over perfection and recognize that growth is a continuous journey.

Treat yourself with the same kindness and compassion that you would offer to a friend. Acknowledge your struggles and remind yourself that EVERYONE has flaws, imperfections, and challenges to overcome.

After all, our mistakes, negative experiences and negative emotions are our greatest teachers. Adversity builds resilience.

Ttry to avoid using these labels or diagnosis as limitations, restrictions, or excuses to hold yourself back or reasons to try to "fix" yourself. Shift to a more empowered perspective - You are part of the Science of Differentiation! Trust your intuition and trust your natural processing because you're designed a very specific way.

Remember, you do not have to cope with being yourself. Accept the wiring you were given and the process that you have., what works and what doesnt. You don't have to try and be anyone else except for who you are.

Practice Self-Expression

Move the energy from your body and get it out into the world! Engage in activities such as exercise, writing, art, music, dance or other creative outlets that allow you to express yourself and channel your emotions,

Community Engagement

Associate with people who appreciate your qualities and exhibit kindness and positivity. Cultivating relationships with people who are kind.

Connect with neurodiverse communities and support groups online or in-person. Sharing your experiences with others who understand can help you feel validated and less alone.

Seek out and learn about successful neurodiverse individuals who have embraced their differences and thrived. Their stories can inspire you and provide a positive outlook on your own journey.

Professional Help & Support

Consider seeking support from a therapist or counselor who specializes in working with neurodiverse individuals. Therapy can provide guidance and strategies for managing shame and building self-esteem.

This involves practical guidance for making accomodations for your home, or tools for your mind, body and spirit, as well as helping you find clarity and regulate your nervous system.

Wrapping it All Up

One of the reasons I am so passionate about Human Design is that it gives us the framework to live more bravely and authentically. The sooner we realize our uniqueness, the sooner we can accept and love ourselves just the way we are instead of spending our time and energy trying to be like everyone else.

Remember - your diagnosis doesn't define you. It's not your identity. It simply helps others understand how your brain works.

You are not your diagnosis

You are not your thoughts

You are not your past

You are not your mistakes

You are not what others think you are

You are not your job

You are not what you own

You are not what entertains you

You are not you pain or suffering

You are not the story you tell yourself

You are not this body

You are not even a human...

You are a life force. You are SPIRITUAL BEING having a human EXPERIENCE as a chance to learn and grow as that being in your own diverse way!

There is no wrong way to do this. There is no lesser way to exist. We are all equal and we are all one. Every living being brings something beautiful and meaningful to the table of life. All of us are a valuable part of this wonderful fabric that makes up humanity.

What are your gifts and skills? It could be

  • creative skills like writing, music or art

  • helpful skill like cooking, handywork or gardening

  • heart skills like empathy, storytelling or love

We survive today because each of us brings something to this world. We're all here serve and support each other but through capitalism we somehow have forgotten that.

This is Neurodiversity. It's about working together to thrive in our human existence.


If you're struggling to fit into a box that wasn't built for you, I'm here to tell you it's ok to smash the damn box! In fact, I'll get you the hammer.

Call me what you want : ADHD, Autistic. Squiggly Brain. Creative. Weirdo. Nerd. Neurospicey.

In the end, neurodivergent people are just... people. Neurodivergent behaviour is human behaviour. It’s that simple.

I love unleashing the creative magic and potential within neurodivergent individuals. I can help you take your unique design and energy type and turn it into a larger vision and purpose.

A soul-based lifestyle is your birthright. If you’d like to explore your unique roadmap to a joyful life and meaningful success, reach out. I would love to hear from you.


Erin is a certified feng shui consultant, energy healer, wellness coach and holistic growth strategist.

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