Human Design Gate 11 – Gene Key 11 – The Idea Factory

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The official name for Human Design Gate 11 is The Gate of Ideas. But I call it The Idea Factory because its primary action is to revel in the process of pondering life’s greatest questions without attachment to finding answers. 

About Human Design Gate 11 – Gene Key 11

Archetype Name: The Idea Factory

In Action: use imagination to the fullest capacity

Keywords: inner contemplation, imagination, and visualization

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Official Gate Name: Ideas

Human Design Definition: A Harmonic condition in the individual or society that permits assessment before renewed action. 

Core Theme: Fear of darkness.

Bodygraph Center: Ajna center and connects to the Throat center via human design gate 56

Tropical Sign: Sagittarius

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The Energy Spectrum of Human Design Gate 11

All energy in the Human Design chart exists on a spectrum of potential

On the “positive” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 11 is the energy for inner contemplation through visualization. Gate 11 initiates itself and others into self-reflection with it’s ideas. But also knows that ideas are only as powerful as the timing in which they are delivered.  

On the “negative” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 11 is the energy for having an overactive imagination that leads to anxiety and fear. It also has a tendency to burn out from trying to act on every idea. 

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 11 with a number of boundaries, practices, and tools. 

(I cover the practices for the gates of your incarnation cross in The Human Design Map.) 

The most important thing to raise the frequency of gate 11 is to create plenty of time and space for active imagination and contemplation. 

My personal contemplation of Human Design Gate 11 (Gene Key 11)

I don’t have gate 11 in my chart but I have a lot of energetic connections with it because it bridges my small split. 

First, gate 11 is the ajna side of the 11-56 channel of curiosity; I do have the 56 defined, which is the throat side of that channel. This creates a natural attraction for me to folx who have the 11 (and vice versa). 

As such, I have many, many clients, map customers, friends, and family members who have gate 11. 

But, probably more important than any of that, I have a defined head and ajna and have often found myself in the shadows, wrestling with the concept of Truth — especially spiritual Truth. I’ve sought “the Truth” for as long as I can remember. 

The thing that brings me the most peace is in recognizing that Truth is subjective. Spiritually speaking, no one actually knows for sure how we got here, why we came, and what happens when we die. 

The only thing we really have is inner wisdom and resonance. 

And, our work is really in recognizing that trusting our inner wisdom and believing in what resonates is a choice we each get to make. Or we can make the choice to believe whatever we’ve been taught to believe. 

It’s all choice. Our thoughts, beliefs, ideas, opinions, and yes, even our Truth, is 100% optional. They are malleable. And none of them are set in stone. 

When we are caught up in our stories (gate 56), especially the “negative” ones, it completely clouds our ability to make peace with other people having a different Truth. And this can completely destroy our relationships. 

I used to believe that in order to “get along” with people, we had to think and believe the same things. I thought that belonging was dependent on shared beliefs and values. And that if we disagreed, then it was a recipe for trouble in the relationship. 

What I’ve come to understand is that it isn’t the differences that are the problem. It is the attachment to “Truth” that is the real troublemaker. 

When we are attached to something, we are depending on it to create our feelings and emotions. And when that thing isn’t there, we spiral into hopelessness, despair, fear, and shame. 

So, when we need other people to agree with us, it’s because we are dependent on that agreement to feel safe, secure, whole, or worthy. 

But, as I’m sure you understand by now, that is the real recipe for trouble. If our feelings are dependent on how other people think, feel, and align with us, we are truly up shit’s creek. It is a 100% faulty foundation to build upon. 

Growth and expansion cannot be built on that foundation. It will fall. 

Our best source of hope is to build our foundation on our inner wisdom (aka inner authority) and our resonance, and, most importantly, non-attachment to how our Truth lands with others and to make peace without ever really knowing. 

Spillin’ out like water

Like a mountain gave a daughter

Surrender never felt so good

I grew it strong like a sacred wood

And now the roots are running deeper

All illusion getting weaker

You see, the wisdom it don’t come from reading

It comes from believing

What I know, is that I don’t know

And now I dance and I sing and I live full

I give it all to the call of the unknown


Trevor Hall, What I Know (on spotify OR live in concert on youtube)

The work is in exploring the attachments and in letting them go, piece by piece, and building a foundation of belief and faith simply because you trust yourself. 

In that, the mind becomes a fun little playground of curiosity, fascination, and interest rather than a boulder weighing you down. 


Now it’s your turn to contemplate Gate 11

When you stand in the truth that the gifts of gate 11 are available to you, whether you have it in your chart or not… 

Right now, in this moment, what is your Truth? 

When you think about the possibility of your Truth being wrong, what feelings come up for you? 

In what ways do you need others to agree with you? 

In what ways are you attached to your beliefs, thoughts, and ideas? 

What feelings underlie your attachments to your Truth? 

How can you create those feelings for yourself without being dependent on external sources? 

My hope is that you will make some space to really reflect on these questions and let your Truth rise to the surface. And in that, you will find healing, strength, and power to live your Truth. 

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 11. 

And, if you have gate 11 in your Human Design Incarnation Cross, be sure to check out The Human Design Map + Deconditioning Toolbox where I go super deep into each gate of your cross.