This series explains the energy of each gate around the Will Center so you can learn to leverage willpower and make your impact on the world in ways that are correct for YOU. For each gate, we’ll cover the circuitry of the gate, its gifts and challenges, its “impact,” and practical ways to apply this information. The Introduction to this series can be found here.
Series: Ego Energies of the Will #1 – Gate 26 “Influence”
Every gate energy belongs to particular circuitry within the chart, which is like an electrical circuit board. This circuitry shows the evolutionary role of the gate energy and how the energy moves through the chart. Each Circuit Group has two Circuits within it.
Circuitry of this Gate
Circuit Group: Tribal
The Tribal Circuit Group is concerned with survival of the tribe. It provides support and protection for family and community and transforms individual ambition into teamwork. This is group energy in which the good of the tribe/family comes first.
The Ego Circuit energies govern the structure of how we function in groups, including laws, values, business agreements, marriage, families, communities, and management of resources. It contains emotion, but no logic (that’s in the Collective Logic circuitry).
High Expression of this Gate
If you have the Gate 26 defined in your chart, you are here to influence and persuade others by transmitting what you believe will improve their lives. You can “sell the dream” and then “close the deal” as the ultimate salesperson.
Your influence can truly benefit others when you share from integrity and from an honest desire to be of service.
Your ego likes recognition and rewards for your efforts, but at a practical level you must be recognized by others in order to have real influence with them. So, building trust ultimately serves everyone.
At the mastery level, you are able to squeeze maximum rewards for yourself from minimum effort which helps you to balance work and rest in your life. The shortcuts you discover ultimately benefit the tribe, but first they benefit you.
Low Expression of this Gate
In the low expression, this energy is called the Trickster because it can manipulate the truth for self-serving purposes. This could include exaggerating, omitting or modifying facts, re-writing bits of history, and even outright lies.
If your ego is power hungry, you will exert your influence for your own goals and demand rewards for your skills and effort.
Only make promises that you know you can keep, or else your reputation and integrity will suffer.
Ego Impact of this Gate
From an ego perspective, your impact is pure “influence” and this influence truly can guide people to a better life! Pay attention to what is specifically motivating your desire to influence.
Even though this energy has potentially self-serving and egotistical expressions, it is still tribal and someone with the Gate 26 defined wants to be a contribution to the good of the group, improving the support, protection, and even survival of the tribe.
Tips for Using this Energy
-Be sure to keep a healthy work-rest balance in your life.
-Get clear about your goals and intentions. Your greatest ability to serve and influence comes from your integrity and from speaking the truth.
-Find ideas, products, people, and beliefs that you know in your heart are helpful to others, and “sell” them with all your persuasive skills.
-You may be a natural at selling, but you might be even more effective if you deliberately hone your skills.
Next gate moving clockwise around the Will Center:
Gate 51, has the ego impact of “competing.” If your Gate 51 is defined, start noticing how often you have the impulse to be first or best at something, or even to compete with yourself and measure your improvement.