by Sarah Lei


Revolutionize your coaching practice with Holistic Human Design. It’s time to move beyond conventional tools and embrace a framework that evolves with your clients’ needs. Sarah will tell you how she is experiencing the transformative power of organising her coaching toolbox for maximum impact with Holistic Human Design.

What is Holistic Human Design?
Before we go into the practical stuff, let’s take a quick look at what is Holistic Human Design. It is a system I have developed over the last three years, based on the Human Design system created in 1987.

Fundamentally, this is a map of your energetic blueprint, a series of data about your strengths and specificities. Like any map, it is not a determination of the path you choose to take. It is not a
determination of your identity but rather a compass to help you make better decisions and step closer to your inner potential.

We don’t exist in a vacuum, and thus, for me, Human Design is a part of your Holistic personality. It is a way to understand your relationship with the world at large, and with others. Everything is energy. We exchange energy with everything and everyone, all the time. Knowing the particular ways in which you do this will help you serve your clients better.

One last thing. One downside of self-assessment tools and personality tests is that it is only information. Holistic Human Design is only information. Weave it into your practice and it can become knowledge.
Apply and integrate it in your life and it may become wisdom.

As Ram Dass says “Information is just bits of data. Knowledge is putting them together. Wisdom is transcending them.”

You can’t just get the data and hope for change. You need to transform it into knowledge, and eventually integrate it and transcend it. Coaching will help people integrate and transcend information into something valuable and actionable for their lives. So keep this in mind while we look into the ways you can use Holistic Human design to improve your practice.

Using Human Design in your coaching sessions
During my training as a holistic life coach, I learned the ingredients of an effective coaching
session. You need to have an opening and an ending. You have to be mindful of your body language, and develop listening skills and questioning to build a good rapport with your client. You also learn to motivate your client and help them set goals and manage change. Holistic Human Design is a tool to support your clients and yourself. Knowing your client’s design (with their consent obviously) in advance will help you prepare better for your session. Knowing your own design will help you create a supportive practice for yourself.

Motivating your client
Holistic Human Design explains how motivation works for each person. Some people thrive in competitive environments and need challenges to transform. Those people tend to have what we call a Defined Heart centre (the centre of motivation and esteem). Others are reluctant to even set goals for themselves, due to low self-esteem and low motivation. They usually have an Open Heart centre. When I coach a client in the first situation, I help them choose challenges that will
drive them but not burn them. For the second category, we would devise a plan with lots of tiny baby steps, to build up their confidence in the long run, and I focus on self-esteem practices.

Setting goals
Holistic Human Design can help you understand how your brain works, and particularly how people respond to goals.
There are two main categories of “brain work”: specific and non-specific people. Specific people need a really detailed and specific vision, where they can go deep into what they want and how they want it. They will benefit from extensive questioning and journaling exercises about how their best day would be, what clothes they would wear and so on. Non-specific people prefer to focus on how they will feel. They will benefit from vision boards full of colours and atmospheres, and visualisations based on what they smell, touch, taste and so on.
Added to that, there are two main ways of responding to goals: strategic and intuitive. Strategic people need a structured schedule and precise actions to reach their goals. They will benefit from taking more time during a session to plan the next steps and write it down. Intuitive people need to go with the flow, to meet their needs where they are. They will benefit from a loose and flexible framework, where they can adapt their actions and steps between sessions, according to what arises.

There are five energy types in Holistic Human Design. They indicate how people respond to their
environment. It has been shown that over 70% of the population is a Builder type. These people respond with their guts and instincts. When they are faced with decisions, they benefit from Yes/No questions that will let them explore their body response. The 30% left respond better to open-ended questions, with lots of time and space to elaborate. So you can use this knowledge to create tailored experiences in your coaching sessions, allowing for yes/no questioning sequences or exploratory sessions.

Listening skills & Building rapport
Listening skills and building rapport are skills related to how YOU work rather than your client’s
functioning. You need to be in good condition to be fully present and aware of your clients. Serving your clients the best you can means taking care of yourself too. Without energy and stillness in yourself, your sessions will be on surface level and you’ll miss key information. So you need to understand what is best for you and build your practice around that.
Holistic Human Design can help you create supportive rituals before, during and after your coaching sessions, designing a system that will be helpful for you and your clients. Knowing your design will help you understand your energy levels, your strengths and the domains where you are best suited for coaching —this can even help you niche your offers but that is for another time.

Looking back at those energy Types. If you are a Builder or Multi-creator, you will be able to take on a lot of sessions each day and still be full of energy —if you enjoy your work. But if you are a Guide like I am, you can’t sustain more than 3-4 sessions a day. And that’s totally fine! What you need is a structure that allows you to rest and recharge more.

If you want to know more, you can create your own chart and discover your unique set of skills. What will you do with this new information? How will you build your coaching practice?
Before I go, I have one final piece of advice. To use Holistic Human Design properly in your coaching sessions, you need to take in the context. It is not a magic tool but a specific lens that can help frame the situation discussed in coaching and create new angles to look at the problem. It is a map of yourself and of your clients. As with any map, you —and your client during the session— still decide where you go and which path you take. Intentionally used, this data can make a big difference in your coaching if you don’t forget to weave in your own curiosity, intuition and skills.


Your tool is only what you make of it.

Sarah studied for the Advanced Diploma in Holistic Life Coaching and can be found here on her website.

Sarah also offers you the chance to create a free chart here.

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