The Sun this week transits the Gate 57, the Gate of Instinct moving to the Gate 32, the Gate of Endurance
I hope this Update finds you cultivating strategies to stay in the flow of change. And also counting your blessings…
I was thinking about this week’s Earth transit through the Gate 51, the Gate of Initiation (scroll down to read more about the Gate 51 in this week’s Human Design Evolution Report), when my middle daughter called me. I picked up the phone to hear her crying on the other end.
“It happened again”, she sobbed.
I wasn’t sure what exactly had “happened again”. This is my most emotionally intense child. She has every Gate and five Channels defined in her Emotional Solar Plexus. The juiciness of her emotional intensity means that sometimes the “lead” in her stories is buried deep underneath the feeling aspects of her experiences.
I held my breath and waited for the rest of the story.
My daughter was in a terrible car accident. She had been sitting on an exit ramp at a full stop when a large construction truck rammed into her at full speed, smashing the back of her car and pushing the front of her car underneath the bed of the truck in front of her. Another car then hit the back of the truck that crashed into her, completely turning her car into a metal accordion.
The good news is that she was able to walk away with some bruises, scrapes and a chipped tooth.
That is literally all I’m going to focus on. The good news.
This isn’t denial, avoiding or bypassing. It’s just that I can’t think of anything else to say that’s relevant about this situation. We can get a new car. Her bruises will heal. Her psyche might need some support, but she’s alive and will eventually get back to creating the impact on the planet that only she can create.
The weird part of this story is that a little over two years ago she was literally in the exact same accident. And she walked away that time, too.
As a mother, I am doubly grateful.
Shock has the power to crack us open to what is truly valuable and precious in life. It strips away the details and causes us to focus with laser-like clarity on what’s necessary and vital. It gives us deep clarity about the next “right step”.
But shock is also tricky to navigate. The energy of shock is located on the Gate 51.
Shock is the first step in grief and is paired with the potential for denial, followed by anger, bargaining, depression and finally acceptance. In Human Design we see that the eventual acceptance of shock is either a deepening of your connection to your Higher Purpose and to Source or a disconnect from purpose and Source.
These energies, if not healed and nurtured appropriately, can impact your sense of self-worth, further spinning you out into experiencing breeches in physical, resource, identity, moral or energetic integrity and they can alter the direction of your life, causing you to get stuck in the trauma from the fear of experiencing the shocking event again.
We are all experiencing a more drawn-out version of shock and initiation. Over the course of this year, all of our lives have unravelled. (Yes, even you introverts who think lockdown is heaven!). What was known and predictable has become murky and we don’t really know how the next part of our story will unfold.
Shock is not an energy that is designed to be sustainable. It gives us a short term surge of energy and followed by a need to rest and nurture ourselves. I talked about that in detail last week but I’m posting it here to remind you that it’s normal to not have the emotional and psychological bandwidth that you normally have. It’s been a looooooooong year so far…
But shock is also a teacher. Shock can initiate us into the bigger picture and the role we play in the unfolding of something more aligned with our Higher Purpose and principles. This week I encourage you to take stock of what you’ve learned this year.
For me, this year has taught me to be present to the current moment – mostly because I usually have NO CLUE about what the next twist in the plot line will bring. Gratitude is teaching me to trust that it’s all unfolding the way it needs to even if my days are often filled with “what the heck????” moments.
I’ve learned to take stock of all my blessing every day. If, at the end of the day, my children and their spouses, my grand baby, my husband, my parents and my siblings, my nieces and nephews and my friends are healthy, employed and have food and shelter, I am deeply grateful.
If, in addition to that, I am inspired and my work – and the work of my students – helps other people, my gratitude is amplified.
I used to think people who were “into” gratitude were a little fluffy.
Now I know better.
Gratitude forces us to focus with our Hearts. It shifts our vibrational frequency, creates a state of heart coherence, mitigates the negative effects of shock and stress and causes us to draw into our experience the things that match our state of gratitude.
Being grateful is a pretty magical state.
And I am deeply grateful to be grateful.
I hope you all have a week filled with things to be grateful for.
I am grateful for you!
From my Heart to Yours,
The Sun this week transits the Gate 57, the Gate of Instinct moving to the Gate 32, the Gate of Endurance on Wednesday. The Earth highlights the Gate 51, the Gate of Initiation, moving to the Gate 42, the Gate of Conclusion on Wednesday.
As you may recall, the energy of the Earth is about what grounds and stabilizes us in order to give us the foundation to explore and express the energies that the Sun highlights. We start the week with the Earth in the Gate 51, the Gate of Initiation.
The Gate 51 is probably one of the more challenging Gates in the Human Design system. In traditional Human Design this Gate is called the Gate of Shock and, frankly, many people experience it as a shocking, unexpected experience that can be dramatic and radically destabilizing.
With the Earth highlighting this theme at the beginning of the week, you may wonder how in the world are we grounded by “shock”…?
To understand this theme we have to look at the relationship that this theme has with it’s archetypical “cohorts”. We’ll start first by exploring the electro-magnetic Gate to the Gate 51, the Gate 25, the Gate of Spirit.
Electro-magnetic Gates are the two paired Gates within a Channel:
Each electro-magnetic Gate with in a Channel embodies a part of the theme of the Channel.
In the Channel 25/51, the Channel of Higher Purpose, we see the theme of the personal self “dying” and being reborn into a more aligned identity that is the embodiment of the Higher Self. This is the place where we discover the role that our personal ego plays in serving our Higher Self and the greater good.
The “death” here is the death of the ego and is analogous to the journey of the priestess or the shaman where “death” is a metaphorical theme that is invoked through ritual and other transformational processes as a tool to call forth a deeper connection with the Higher Self.
In Human Design we see that the “death” or the surrender of the personal ego to a higher purpose is initiated through a “shock” or cataclysmic event. Of course, this isn’t the only way to get “initiated” into a deeper spiritual purpose and cultivating this kind of meaning in your life, but the chart does hint at the idea that we sometimes need to be brought to our knees in order to transcend our personal will and embrace Divine Will.
With this understanding, we see that when we interpret the unpredictable twists and turns of our cosmic timeline as catalytic and we use the experience for growth, expansion, higher purpose and alignment with service, we begin to have some kind of control -even if it’s just reminding ourselves that all things happen for a reason – over how we’re going to process the “shock”. Will these twists and turns help us grow or will we turn our backs on God and the meaning of our lives in the face of tragedy and unexpected events?
The Gate 51 in it’s masterful expression gives us the ability to consciously use cycles of disruption and unexpected twists and turns of fate as catalysts that deepen our connection to Source and to our Life and Soul Purpose.
When we learn to not let the unexpected cause us to lose our faith we are able to use the power of our own story of initiation to initiate others into fulfilling their right place in the Cosmic Plan.
(It is important to note here that the “shock” of the Gate 51 can also bring unexpected GOOD events, too…)
In order to integrate the initiation of the Gate 51, we have to have a resilient mindset and a spiritual practice that anchors us in the knowing that we can navigate the seas of the unknown and roll with the “shock” when we know that we are being led through a metaphorical portal that will open our Hearts to a deeper understanding of how we can use our lives to serve Love.
The Gate 51 is opposite the Gate 57 on the Human Design Mandala. This makes them a “matched pair” in the I’Ching and two Gates that always show up together in an Incarnation Cross in Human Design.
Matched pairs illuminate themes that “play” together and enhance the expression of each other. The Gate 57, the Gate of Instinct is one of the most “psychic” Gates in the chart.
The relationship between the Gate 51 and the Gate 57 tells us that when we cultivate our ability to “roll with the punches” then we can use our intuition as a valuable source of information that helps us know what to do and how to adjust to the changes at hand.
Conversely, this relationship also shows us that our intuition is heightened when we are in the process of experiencing growth and expansion. “Shock” cracks us open to hear our guidance. We are more instinctually “dialed in” and we need to trust our intuitive insights to help us know what to do to endure during times of massive change.
I’m focusing on the Gate 51 this week because as soon as the Earth moves into the Gate 42 on Wednesday, Mars, in it’s mighty retrograde motion, moves into the Gate 51 until December 15.
Mars, rules passion, desire, drive, anger, wrath, aggression and is an action oriented energy that doesn’t often “think” before it acts. This is youthful, sometimes impulsive energy that often leads to violence and war.
Obviously, this is the shadow side of this planet. But, honestly, and you rarely hear me say this, this planetary position has me worried given the timing for a second surge in Coronavirus cases and the current political situation in the United States.
We have choice. We always have choice. But the choices with this configuration require a big perspective that keeps us focused on the end goal. It requires maturity, resilience, a deep connection to Source and Higher Purpose and the ability to be deliberate and not reactive.
…Something we’ve all been working on this year…hopefully!
Mars can also bring reparative energy and rectification in legislation. If we keep cool heads, the higher principles will prevail, but not without a certain amount of kicking and screaming from some people who will pit their personal will against the will of the collective.
At this time, more than ever this year, we’ll be invited to explore how our egos – the “me” parts of us, can serve the “we”.
It is vital that we stay connected to Source. I’ve been saying all year long that we need to have an established spiritual practice so that when it’s “go time”, we don’t rely on training wheels to win the race.
I also want to encourage you to listen carefully to your intuition and instinct. Personally, I’ve been working hard to restock my emergency pantry. This feels right to me and you need to do what feels right to you.
This promises to be the bumpiest part of the year so far and it comes on the end of a long and exhausting year. We have exceeded our surge capacity and yet we must dig deep to endure and keep moving forward. I can’t stress strongly enough the importance of a daily spiritual practice and self-care to keep you in a clear, aligned frame of mind.
It’s also vital that we remember that the short term disruption is simply clearing the way for a long cycle of rebirth, renewal and reformation. Don’t let the daily twists in the plot line get you down.
Have a great week!
From my Heart to Yours,