What is the difference between undefined Ajna and defined Ajna center?


During my first Human Design reading I was told:

“You are not here to be an intellectual.” 

When recounting this to some of my friends, they felt the need to assure me, “I think you’re pretty smart!”

I instinctively knew there was truth in both statements, but I didn’t fully understand it at the time.

Over the years I’ve contemplated the differences between a defined and undefined ajna in depth. I learned that the key distinction that was made in my foundational reading is the difference between intellect and intelligence.

At first glance, these two definitions appear very similar. 

Intellect; the power or faculty of the mind by which one knows or understands, as distinguished from that by which one feels and that by which one wills; the faculty of thinking and acquiring knowledge.

Intelligence; the capacity, especially of a particular person or animal, for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; relative aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, meanings, etc.

The defined Ajna supports intellect

Though these two definitions are similar, the key distinction that stands out to me is that intellect is about the faculty of thinking.

Those with a defined Ajna can use their mind in a fixed and consistent way to conceptualize and organize their thoughts. Their channel (plus the gates/lines) is a specific way they come to know things. 

Think of the Ajna center as a massive library with many rooms. Each room is uniquely organized and lends itself to a different way of conceptualizing the content found in the books. 

Those with a defined Ajna consistently occupy certain rooms and become very familiar with how to find the books they need to understand a given topic. This kind of mental consistency can make it easier to recall concepts and apply them, such as is the case in fields like engineering, financial analysis, etc. 

Because the defined Ajna is always using their particular room, they may not find it as easy or necessary to explore other rooms (ways of thinking) to get the information they need.

The undefined Ajna supports intelligence

The undefined Ajna supports the capacity to reason, which can lead to intelligence more than intellect.

Those with an undefined Ajna naturally have a higher capacity to understand relationships between truths, meanings, and reasons. They may be more able to empathize on the mental plane and “try on” a wider range of perspectives and ideas.

In the library analogy, an undefined ajna can easily be pulled from this room to that room by the people around them. By being exposed to a variety of rooms and books they come to see how concepts are interrelated across disciplines, formats, and authors. 

They could also get lost in the library, confused about which way to go to understand the concept they’re trying to learn. They’re not here to stay in one room and try to be certain about a specific way of understanding something. They’re here to explore all the ideas as they get pulled from one place to the next by the people in their lives.

The birdcage analogy

Another analogy would be to Imagine the mind as a bird exploring different cages. In this analogy, the defined Ajna is like a bird that stays within its cage. While other birds (minds) can visit and share their perspectives, the defined Ajna always evaluates these viewpoints within the confines of its fixed mental environment, akin to a personal birdcage. New perspectives may come in and be adopted, or not, but the defined Ajna consistently relies on its established way of seeing the world.

On the other hand, the undefined Ajna is comparable to a bird that can venture out of its cage and explore other birdcages. This allows it to experience diverse worldviews, enhancing its capacity to adapt to new and changing perspectives.

The challenge of an open Ajna

I have a completely open Ajna center (and head center). By the textbook definition, this is someone who can be overwhelmed by the sheer number of ideas and perspectives, being unsure of what to even think at times.

This is obviously, and sometimes painfully, true for me. On the one hand, I can discuss a wide range of topics with all kinds of people. On the other hand, getting a conversation going can be painfully difficult.

This isn’t necessarily for lack of social skills, but lack of knowing where to begin. If I’m not inspired or in the mood, I often have no idea what to say and I hardly know what’s going to come out of my mouth if I try to force it. 

Interesting note: In my experience, the effects have been amplified with thc. Back in the day, I would get high and I literally could not think of something to say for long stretches of time. Amidst a lively conversation, I would sit there completely blank. What to think? I simply couldn’t latch onto anything. You could say I was lost in the hallway of the library with no room to enter. 

This ability to potentially think about many things in many ways can mean a higher capacity to reason and connect the dots. The danger is that when we find a great idea our not-self will want to latch onto it and apply it as truth in various situations (thereby excluding other perspectives that are also true and increasing our chance of being wrong). 

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve discovered a new spiritual teacher or framework and thought – this is everything! I go on to absorb everything to do with that person or teaching, feeling like it’s all so true until I realize there are parts of the teaching that don’t match other ideas I know to be true.

The paradox is that the undefined Ajna wants to grasp for certainty because if it didn’t, what could it hold on to? Nothing, really. 

It’s a confusing existence when we see that anything could be true from one perspective and false from another. 

Einstein (undefined Ajna) captured this truth in his phrase: 

“Models are wrong, and useful.” 

The wisdom of the undefined Ajna

The wisdom of an undefined Ajna comes from being able to identify valuable ideas from multiple sources and frameworks over time.

The undefined Ajna is here to play with all ideas and identify what concepts have value, and who knows what they’re talking about.

What is wisdom? What is truth? 

Most people know that feeling they get when a teacher or thought leader is sharing valuable truths. They’re probably not even saying anything all that new – but there’s a deep resonance in what they say and how they share it. 

In my perspective, this kind of wisdom comes from articulating very precise truths (ideas with clear cause and effect), without excluding other truths. This is the pinnacle of an open, intelligent perspective. 

Now, what’s your perspective? I’d love to hear it in the comments below. 

Share this post:


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Scroll to Top