The official name for Human Design Gate 1 is The Gate of Self-Expression. But I call it The Divine Creative because its primary action is to connect with and honor one’s natural creative cycles.
About Human Design Gate 1 – Gene Key 1
Archetypal Name: The Divine Creative
In Action: connect with your natural creative cycles
Keywords: creativity, surrendering to the highs and lows of creativity, and making marks
Official Gate Name: Self-Expression
Human Design Definition: Creation as a primal force. The energy potential to manifest inspiration without limitation.
Core Theme: Capacity for creativity.
Bodygraph Center: G center and connects to the Throat center via human design gate 8.
Tropical Sign: Scorpio
(Want all of the correspondences and keynotes for the gates of your incarnation cross? The Human Design Map is for you.)
The Energy Spectrum of Human Design Gate 1
All energy in the Human Design chart exists on a spectrum of potential.
On one end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 1 is the energy for Creativity. It leads by example and knows that it’s greatest impact on the world happens when you stay true to your creative process.
On the other end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 1 is the energy for believing that you should be able to be creative all the time or that being depressed or low means that something is wrong with you. It Resists your creative ebbs and flows.
If you don’t like the results that the “negative” side of the spectrum is creating in your life, you can raise the frequency of Gate 1 with a number of boundaries, practices, and tools.
(I cover the practices for the gates of your incarnation cross in the Human Design Map.)
For now, the most important thing to raise the frequency of gate 1 is to practice deep self-care during “low” periods and learn how to access the wisdom of your emotions.
My Personal Experience with Human Design Gate 1 (Gene Key 1)
Gate 1 is the G Center side of the 1-8 Channel of Inspiration.
(I do a deep dive on all channels inside the Human Design Map portal. Get yours here.)
And while gate 1 is undefined in my chart, I do have Human Design Gate 8 defined in my unconscious Jupiter. And, since both the 1 and the 8 are projected gates, some have said that gate 8 is like the PR team for gate 1.
The other interesting thing to note is that according to the Gene Keys, the unconscious Jupiter is the “culture” sphere in the pearl sequence. The pearl sequence is how prosperity is activated in our charts. And the “culture” sphere is like the thing that the people in your orbit value the most.
Which means that in my business, the thing that my people value the most is making a contribution by being their authentic selves (gate 8).
((You’ll learn even more about what your Human Design tells you about marketing and business inside the Human Design Map portal.)
So, with the full picture of Gate 8 being like the PR team and Gate 1 being the creativity, I tend to draw in highly creative people who really want to make a contribution in the world. They want to make marks that make a difference.
And one of the things I’ve noticed is that people with Gate 1 defined in their chart have a tendency to hold the story that if they aren’t at the top Creative game, that something is wrong with them.
They often expect to be on a creative high 24/7 and start to question themselves and their purpose (human design gate 28) when they are feeling low. Those low feelings roll in, and, all of a sudden, t
hey start telling themselves that the Universe is punishing them for being human. They tell themselves that if they were better at managing their emotions or could just stay “high vibe,” they would be Creative all the time.
I’ve been there myself more times than I could even count.
What I’ve come to understand, in both helping people who have gate 1 defined and in my own experience of creativity, is that it is so important to trust the natural ebbs and flows of creaticity. And that it doesn’t actually mean anything has gone wrong when you aren’t banging away at a creative project.
And the story that you are somehow unworthy because of the “negitive vibes” actually hinders the process of creativity. The low feelings are a critical part of the creative process.
As we stay present with the lows and allow ourselves to alchemize them in a natural way, rather than trying to push them away, they become creative fuel. They become a part of the story of our art and craft.
(I’ll show you the ropes of how true alchemy works inside the Human Design Map portal. If you are already one of my map clients, go to your portal dashboard and start at the beginning of the Deconditioning Toolbox.)
The only thing the “low vibes” prove is your humanity. You cannot make beautiful art (literal or metaphorical) without them. It is the full spectrum of what it means to be human that is most beautiful.
Up and down it goes like a great wave across my own home
All the questions of the mind trying to find a way to show
That I got darkness I got light I got everything in between
Don’t deny any side
I don’t cut branches off my tree
Great storm clouds holding rain
It’s part of nature to hold a bit of pain
All in all, that rain falls, and then we watch a new thing grow
Trevor Hall, In and Through the Body, Great Storm Clouds
Human Design Gate 1 shows us that “the low” is just as important as “the high” in your most authentic self-expression. Its energy. In motion.
I’ll show you how to embody that inside the Human Design Map portal.
In the meantime, be present with yourself. Let the “low vibes” be a part of your process and you will make even more profound art.
It can only be that way.
Affirmations for Human Design Gate 1
Using your Human Design to create affirmations is a powerful way to activate the full potential of your chart. Here are some affirmations for Gate 1:
I honor my natural creative cycles.
I am a creative powerhouse.
I surrender to the highs and lows of creativity.
Inside your Human Design Map, you’ll get a full list of empowering beliefs for your type + strategy, authority, profile, and all four gates of your incarnation cross and show you how to go from affirmation to full-on embodiment. In the meantime, be sure to also check out my post on how to make Human Design affirmations work.
Now it’s your turn to contemplate Gate 1
When you stand in the Truth that your lows don’t mean anything about your Creative potential…
What does Creativity mean to you?
Are you connected to your Creativity?
Do you make your low feelings mean something about your Creativity and your worthiness? Why do you think that is?
How can you honor your Creative highs more often? And what do you need to take care of yourself when you are in a Creative low?
Who are your biggest allies who can remind you of your Creative genius?
I encourage you to take some time with these questions. Take them out into your world and let their answers reveal themselves to you. Intend for deeper levels of clarity about gate 1.