The official name for Human Design Gate 19 is The Gate of Wanting. But I call it The Sensitive Soul because its primary action is to be sensitive to the needs of others while maintaining proper self-care.
About Human Design Gate 19 – Gene Key 19
Archetype Name: The Sensitive Soul
In Action: be sensitive to the needs of others (without sacrificing yourself)
Keywords: sensitivity, being attuned to needs, and community empowerment
Official Gate Name: Wanting
Human Design Definition: That all things are interrelated is apparent and manifested through the action of approach.
Core Theme: The pressure to be sensitive to basic needs.
Bodygraph Center: Root center and connects to the Solar Plexus center via human design gate 49.
Tropical Sign: Aquarius
(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
All energy in the Human Design chart exists on a spectrum of potential.
On the “positive” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 19 is the energy for being sensitive to the needs of others while maintaining proper self-care. Gate 19 believes individuals, communities, and the collective thrive when basic needs are met. It loves being around emotionally healthy people and thrives when those around it are thriving.
On the “negative” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 19 is the energy for not understanding your own needs and putting your needs last. When gate 19 isn’t taking time for its own needs, it can easily become overwhelmed by the energetic input of others.
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 19 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 19 is to Set and honor your time, communication, energy, and space boundaries.
My personal contemplation of Human Design Gate 19 (Gene Key 19)
Even though Gate 19 is undefined in my chart, for most of my life, I was told that I was “too sensitive.” In fact, I used to wear “being an empath” as a badge of honor.
I used to be hyper-vigilant about the needs of others – especially their emotional needs. I often walked on eggshells because it felt SO terrible to be around people who were feeling uncomfortable emotions. I would cry at the drop of a hat.
And, as I talked about in my gate 49 post, I was quick to cut people out of my life if they couldn’t take responsibility for their emotions.
I didn’t know that there were other options.
Understanding my undefined root and solar plexus has been critical in transforming my relationship with the pressures of emotional sensitivity. I’ve developed stronger energetic boundaries and easily discern which emotions belong to me and which don’t.
My discernment has shown me that there is a massive difference between being sensitive to other people’s emotional needs and taking responsibility for them.
When gate 19 is in its highest frequency, being sensitive to the emotional needs of others is actually about understanding other people’s emotional needs but not necessarily doing something about them.
In some cases, I will want to be the one who gives them what they need, and sometimes not so much.
If not, I can tune into my capacity, and if it is abundant, I can hold compassionate space for them as they figure out how to meet their needs or offer guidance. I do this every single day inside the Human Design Map portal.
But I don’t need to save anyone from themselves. I can be considerate of people’s emotions while holding my boundaries. I can trust that they have what it takes to handle whatever they feel.
If they are one of my map clients, I can teach them emotional skills and show them how it’s done. If it is someone in my personal life, I can guide them to get the right help and support.
Either way, I can be solid in understanding that their feelings don’t mean anything about me.
Nowadays, I am much less afraid of other people’s emotions and have fewer urges just to cut people out.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t tolerate bullshit. But what other people are feeling no longer determines my next steps, and when I feel that pull to take responsibility for shit that isn’t mine, I do my best to step back and tune into what is true for me.
And most importantly, I don’t have to choose between having solid boundaries and being sensitive when the time is right.
It gets to be both, and that is wonderful news.
Now it’s your turn to contemplate Gate 19
When you stand in the truth that the gifts of Gate 19 are available to you, (whether it’s defined in your chart or not)…
What is your relationship to being sensitive?
Are you attuned to the needs, especially the emotional needs, of others?
How are your boundaries around that?
Have you experienced the beauty of having your needs and emotions deeply seen by others?
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 19.