Use Your Human Design Chart to Help You Stay Healthy and Vibrant
There is no shortage of theories and advice for addressing health issues and challenges, and for helping us maximize our well-being.
Here is a very different approach. Use your Human Design Chart!
Part 3: Significant Gates and Channels
In this third part of the three-part series of articles about using Human Design to improve our well-being, we look specifically at several select Gates and Channels and how they affect us. (You’ll need your Human Design Chart to see your Gates and Channels.)
A Gate is an fundamental energy of behavior. There are 64 Gate energies. They represent the full range of human experience and expression, and they correspond directly to the 64 hexagrams of the Chinese I’Ching. For example, Gate 28 is the energy for struggle (specifically the struggle to find meaning in life), and Gate 17 is the energy for formulating opinions.
Each of the 64 Gates has a specific, fixed location on the bodygraph image for visual indication of energy placement and flow.
The specific energies that YOU carry, which were imprinted on you relative to your birth date, time and location, are shown in the columns of red and black numbers on your Human Design chart.
Each large black number is a Gate energy that is a conscious behavior for you and it has a corresponding black bar on the bodygraph. Each large red number is an unconscious Gate energy/behavior and has a red bar on the bodygraph. A red and black checked bar shows a Gate energy that you carry both consciously and unconsciously in your chart.
When a Gate is colored (red, black or checkered), it opens the flow of that energy. That energy is considered “defined” for you and you carry its expression consistently.
It takes two Gates to form a complete Channel, and each Channel connects two Energy Centers (the geometric shapes on the bodygraph).
Complete Channels are influential in our charts because they indicate a complete energy flow and they “define” (color in) the Energy Centers at either end.
How Gates and Channels Affect Us
When we carry a Gate energy or a complete Channel of two Gate energies, those particular energies become themes in our lives. Each theme has a high expression, a low expression, and the range of behavior in between. It’s often either a sterling quality for us or an issue in our behavior, but either way it’s a theme in our life and part of who we are.
When we make decisions and take actions in alignment with our energetic structure (by using the Strategy for our Type), we naturally live the higher expressions of the energies we carry.
The lower expressions of our energies most often appear when we are living our Not-Self (see article about the Not-Self here). Low expressions take a toll on us physically, mentally, emotionally, and probably spiritually, too, and just might be the primary cause of dis-ease! The further we live from the truth of who we are, the greater the pain and suffering in our lives and greater our chance for illness and discomfort.
Our Type (covered in Part 1 of this article) and our nine Energy Centers (covered in Part 2 of this article) exert broad and important influences on us. But the Gates and Channels offer more personal and more specific influences.
Below are a few of the most significant Gates and Channels in terms of potential impact on our well-being. Check the columns of black and red numbers on your Human Design chart and charts of loved ones, then use this information to improve awareness, resiliency, and overall well-being for all of you.
Gates 29 and 46 – Channel of Discovery
Gate 29 is the energy for commitment and perseverance. Gate 46 is also the energy for determined perseverance plus it carries synchronicity (being at the right place and the right time) and sensuality (love of the body and of this physical experience).
With either of these Gates colored in on your chart, you are likely to feel in your body any energetic misalignment you may have in your life. Physical symptoms, ailments or accidents are your red flag that you’re not living in alignment with the truth of who you are and what is correct for you.
If you have the Gate 29, your head may be saying “yes” to things while your body is saying “no.” Listen to your body. If you’re committing to things that are not correct for you, your body will pay the price.
If you have the Gate 46, you have an intuitive honoring of the body as the temple of the soul and you probably enjoy the physical expressions of being alive. If you’re not trusting your body or your intuitive sense of timing, your physical well-being can be negatively affected.
The best approach is to follow the decision making and action taking Strategy for your Human Design Type. Don’t push or force action, or commit to things on the spot if you’re supposed to be waiting before you take action.
Gate 12 – Gate of Caution
Gate 12 brings the energy for clearly articulating ideas and feelings, with great impact on others, when the timing is right. When the timing isn’t right, you’ll be misunderstood or not express yourself as intended or not have the impact you desired.
The caution can emerge after the experience of expressing yourself when the timing wasn’t right—you may be reluctant to try again. Yet, this energy can feel a powerful impulse to express. So there is a potential for shyness, anger, inner struggle, and even depression.
This is also the Gate of the breath, so any kind of breath work and even singing can be beneficial if Gate 12 is defined in your chart. Use your Strategy to help you wait for and sense the right timing for your communications and self-expression.
Gates 39 and 55 – Channel of Emoting
This Channel is a deeply emotional energy that is sometimes creative and playful, sometimes melancholy or tense, and even possibly sometimes self-destructive or violent. Waiting for the right mood, the right timing and appropriate recognition is crucial for correct use of this energy.
Gate 39, the energy for provocation, is designed to restore the flow and break the tension of where other people are stuck—in its high expression. In its low expression, tension, moodiness, and despondence can show up, all of which have negative effects on all aspects of well-being.
Gate 55 has a spiritual quality and attitude of abundance in its high expression, but an attitude of lack and negativity in its low expression.
Because food is often associated with abundance and also with soothing bad moods, those with this Channel can sometimes have issues with emotional eating. Some also have issues with hoarding.
Best approaches: be aware of your tendencies, consciously choose higher expressions, use your Strategy, wait for correct timing, and embrace the natural ebb and flow of your creativity and emotional energy.
Gate 28 – Gate of Struggle
Ah, struggle. The good news is that this energy is really about the struggle to find meaning and purpose in life. The bad news is that it can devolve into plain old, everyday struggle.
When you follow your Strategy, you will engage in the correct struggles that will help you discover your true purpose. When you don’t use your Strategy consistently to make decisions and take actions in alignment with your energetic structure, life will likely feel hard and unfair.
In its lowest expression, and especially in line 5 or 6 (small number like an exponent next to the Gate number), this energy can sink into despair and feel that life is empty and meaningless, or take huge risks because “it doesn’t matter anyway.”
Gate 51 – Gate of Shock
Gate 51 is, in its low expression, the energy for shocking others or being shocked, physically or in any other way. People who live out the high expression of this energy can have intense, life-altering experiences that initiate them into a connection to Spirit. So you can see how, either way, this could potentially impact well-being!
This energy can also have a competitive quality or attract the competitiveness of others. Or people with the 51 may like to test themselves and push themselves (it’s connected to the Will Center).
Best approach: follow your Strategy—are you seeing a pattern here?
Gate 47 – Gate of Realization/Mindset
If you have the Gate 47 you probably spend time trying to make sense of your life and your experiences. You may be very inspired by ideas and information that come to you, but you wrestle with “how” to use and implement them, and you may get stuck or simply give up.
Your mindset is crucial to your well-being and resiliency. You will have epiphanies and the solutions will appear when you: trust they will come; are open to them; and are willing to wait without forcing answers or actions.
On the other hand, if you see the glass as “half empty,” have a generally negative outlook, or feel anxious, pressured or oppressed, these energies will drag you down and potentially harm your health and mental state.
Recognize the opportunity here and the power of your choice, and choose wisely. Make peace with not always having clarity; relax and let things unfold. They will make sense in due time.
There are many more Gates and Channels that I could describe for you, but in my opinion these are the most significant in terms of potential impact on our health and well-being. I hope you have found this article and the entire series to be useful. I welcome your comments, and also your requests for what you’d like to learn more about.