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Human Design Gate 2 – Gene Key 2 – The Receptive Feminine

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The official name for Human Design Gate 2 is The Gate of The Direction of Self. But I call it The Receptive Feminine because its primary action is to receive the abundance of life. 

About Human Design Gate 2 – Gene Key 2

Archetypal Name: The Receptive Feminine

In Action: remain receptive to the abundance of life

Keywords: receiving, abundance, and authentic direction

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Official Gate Name: The Direction of Self

Human Design Definition: Receptivity as the primal base through which any response is determined. The root of action.

Core Theme: Receptivity, Direction, and Vision (especially for resources)

Bodygraph Center: G center and connects to the sacral center via human design gate 14. 

Tropical Sign: Taurus

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The Energy Spectrum of Human Design Gate 2

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

On the “positive” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 2 is the energy for receiving the abundance of life. Gate 2 knows that life is a balance of feminine and masculine and that receiving the gifts of life is true abundance. 

On the “negative” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 2 is the energy for spending resources (time, money, energy) recklessly. It doubts, worries, and feels anxious about its needs being met and has no faith in their ability to receive abundance.

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 2 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 2 is to learn how to feel “positive” emotions like abundance, joy, and gratitude.

My personal contemplation of Human Design Gate 2 (Gene Key 2)

When I was in the second grade, I wrote a story that was published in the local newspaper. 

I remember my teacher expressing to me how proud she was. People were so excited that I’d written a story worthy of the paper at that young age. 

Now, of course, we aren’t talking about the New York Times here but it did seem like a big deal…to them. 

I was confused about their excitement and I felt really uncomfortable with all of the praise. 

Writing comes very naturally to me. I’d even go so far as to say that it’s easy for me. 

My head, ajna, throat, spleen, and G are all defined. And my throat, in particular, is very heavily defined with 6 gates defined and three of which are full channels. 

I also have Human Design gate 62 defined in the unconscious sun of my incarnation cross which is known for its ability to communicate with clarity and precision.

So, one might say it was written in the stars for me to be such a wordsmith. 

But, back then, my ability to write was nothing short of…ordinary. And my brain and nervous system didn’t have the capacity to believe that something that came so easily to me was worthy of praise.  

Looking back, I can see that that experience was an inability to receive

Since then, I’ve come to recognize that I do in fact have a gift for writing. 

And it was actually through the act of writing that I came to understand what it actually really means to be able to receive. 

In all honesty, this is true for most of the things that I “know.” 

In this case, I was writing the very first iteration of my signature energy alchemy method (which would later become the heart of the HD Map deconditioning toolbox). 

The method is based on alchemical magic and walks you through the seven healing phases that underpin all change that sticks. It works no matter what you are trying to heal and change because it addresses the roots of why we don’t live according to what we really want.

Each phase of the process has an energetic objective. And the final phase – which I call The Promised Land – is all about RECEIVING the fruits on your inner and outer transformation. 

When I started writing about that phase for the first time, I realized something so simple that it was truly profound. 

I couldn’t even believe what my fingers were typing. 

Receiving is FEELING. 

We have a tendency to make the concept of “receiving” really complicated. But it really is quite simple. 

Receiving is actually processing the emotions that come along with fruition (human design gate 42), compliments, and success. 

And by feeling, I mean locating them in your BODY and noticing the emotional sensations of them. ALLOWING those feelings to vibrate through you. 

Not analyzing.

No pretending to be humble. 

Not pushing them away with confusion. 

Not minimizing whatever you created. 

Not writing it off as a fluke. 

But opening to them. 

Actually FEELING gratitude, joy, appreciation, reverence, respect, affirmation, abundance, prosperity, bliss, ecstasy, PLEASURE.

Discovering what it FEELS LIKE for your heart to expand, for your aura to vibrate that high, for the pleasure to wash through every crevice of your being. 

To receive is to surrender to the full spectrum of “positive” emotions that are available to you as a human being. 

What a revelation. 

Since then, I’ve coached hundreds, if not thousands of people, through “receiving.” And it has been nothing short of miraculous to watch the light bulb go off so that it doesn’t have to be complicated. 

And, on the personal front, it has been so healing to take all of that confusion away for myself. 

When I bring something to fruition in my life,  I now understand that my work – that completing the cycle of alchemy – is really about being present in my body. I let the emotion move me. 

Every time I do, it expands my capacity for more. It clears out the blocks that prevent me from receiving more love, abundance, magic. 

And for that, I am eternally grateful. 

Now it’s your turn to contemplate Gate 2

When you stand in the truth that the gifts of gate 2 are always available to you (whether it’s defined in your chart or not)…

What is your relationship with receiving? 

Are you open to actually feeling the feelings of fruition? Why or why not?

What does gratitude feel like in your body? What about Joy? Appreciation? Reverence? Respect? Affirmation? Abundance? Prosperity? Bliss? Ecstasy?

Are you willing to feel even more of those things? Why or why not?

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 2. 

And, if you have gate 2 in your Human Design Incarnation Cross, be sure to check out the Human Design Map where I go super deep into each gate of your cross. 

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