Last month I did a video about my favorite planners, and I got some comments from Projectors who are questioning the value of planning as they engage with their Human Design experiment. This is a question worth exploring. So let’s examine the concept of planning in the context of surrendering to your design.
It would appear that the act of planning directly conflicts with the need to surrender to your Human Design. After all, according to the revelation of Ra Uru Hu, the thinking aspects of us ride along in the vehicle of our physical form, and they are not here to tell the form what to do. As Human Design Projectors, it’s particularly dangerous to allow the mind to call the shots. When we do that, we often end up burning ourselves out in ways that throw us off our trajectory of attraction and invitation. As non-sacral beings, it can be especially hard to recover from physical burnout once it happens. Believe it or not, planning could actually help you prevent burnout. But it has to be done in a conscious and detached way.
There is a saying which vividly illustrates the relationship between planning and surrender…
“Man plans. God laughs”
Nowhere is it more true than when you surrender to your design. Often you “think” you’re going in one direction, and when you order your life around it things change. When you are really aligned with your truth and living authentically, these changes stop being catastrophic and instead become catalyzing. They may not look like the endpoint that you expected, but they are always harmonious with and supportive of your deepest soul urges.
So what’s the point of planning if you’re riding the wave of change and surrender?
Before exploring this question, let’s first clarify a couple of things about planning.
- What I’m about to say may mean more to you if you have a lot of logic in your design or if you are wired to interact with the world in a more linear way. So take what resonates and leave the rest. Let it inspire you, and use it to help you become a better observer of your personal experience.
- When we talk about planning, we are not necessarily talking about the linear concept of setting immovable goals and devising a single “minded” plan to get there. We are talking about creating space for the growth of an inner relationship with yourself which helps you expand into a more meaningful experience of your life. In this context, your plan employs a goal as a signpost, without attachment to the actual literal attainment of it.
What’s the point of planning?
We operate in a world where manifestation usually comes through some sort of action. If you have been living your Projector experiment for a while, you know that much of the action that you take is internally focused. You know that the more you engage in the things that you enjoy, the more vibrant and attractive you become to others. The more you work on your self-care, the easier it is to stay out of bitterness, and to discern the feel of your own authority.
But a lot of this inner activity is often judged by the outer “homogenized” world as pointless and ineffective. And if you’re not careful to stay aligned with what’s correct for you, you will slip back into the illusion that you must do a whole bunch of stuff “out there” to make something manifest. Yes there are outward things that Projectors can and must do, when the correct invitation is there with the support that is needed to do what you have prepared for (by doing your inner work). But none of that happens until it’s all lined up inside of you.
So the point of planning is to prepare for the outer doing when it is time to do it. When you sit down to plan, do it with emphasis on your inner goals for aligning to your true nature.
Here are some things you can consider which may be helpful for your Projector planning process…
How do I create space to hear my inner guidance more clearly?
What self-care habits can I develop which will increase my vitality?
What is meaningful to me, and how can I open up to experience more of that in my life?
What systems am I called to master to manage, guide and direct others?
What is the process for mastering that system?
What do I need to do to be my own best friend?
While you are waiting, plan to strengthen your relationship with yourself. Plan for space to hear yourself, feel yourself and observe yourself. Plan for sustainability in ways that are correct for you. And most of all, plan for the inevitability of change… not to control the outcome, but to ride the crest of the wave through surrender.
Here is the post on my coaching site where I shared the video on planners. if you are interested in watching it: