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Centers: Open vs Closed

Centers: Open vs Closed

Jun 21, 2021

You'll see in your Human Design chart that there are 9 centers.
The centers that are COLORED IN are called "Defined", "closed" or "fixed". Having a center defined means that you have a specific and consistent way of processing and experiencing that kind of energy in your life. Your Defined Centers are your strengths. These are the parts of your designed energy you were born with consistency.

The WHITE CENTERS are called "Open or Undefined". When you have a center Open it means that you don’t have a fixed or consistent way of processing and experiencing that particular energy. Completely Open centers do not have any gates coming out of them, and therefore work a little differently than Undefined Centers. Think of how a dog can jump in the water and be completely wet..but after jumping out, can shake all that water off and be mostly dry again. Your completely Open Centers can get submerged by other peoples defined energy. You can feel really confused and overwhelmed by it, but then once those people leave your aura, you feel like yourself again.

If you have an Undefined Center, it simply means it's open with 1 or more hanging gates out of it. These types of centers still amplify energy through them, but with a certain theme from whichever gates you have there. Meaning, those gates bring a theme to the energy you are picking up from others, and you therefore experience that centers energy in a more nuanced way.

Open and Undefined centers are our greatest teachers and deepest source of wisdom. These Centers take in and amplify the energy around them. So our personal experience and understanding of the energy in these types of centers is inconsistent but can come with unlimited wisdom from experiencing the other.


Open/Undefined Centers present great opportunities for us but also great challenges. Here is where we are “conditioned” (deeply influenced) by those around us, like parents, siblings, friends, parents, teachers, etc., as well as by our society’s “norms” and expectations.

Open/Undefined Centers are where we experience and carry our deepest pain because we think those energies coming IN to us are “ours”, i.e. something we ourselves have generated. But they are not.

This can be very confusing because those energies coming into our Open/Undefined Centers change depending on whom we are with. We may question our value, our lovability, our commitment, or our resolve (or even our sanity!) because we seem to be so inconsistent in those open areas of our lives. But, open/undefined centers are also our greatest gift, because we can pick up on other people's energies and tune into our empathy here. So they are our deepest empathic centers as well.

But if we are unaware of the conditioning we receive in these centers, which comes from outside of us, we will be pulled away from Who We Truly Are and from our Authentic Expression of ourselves. That's why "de-conditioning" is so important.

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