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Human Design Gate 22 – Gene Key 22 – The Graceful Gaze

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The official name for Human Design Gate 22 is The Gate of Openness. But I call it The Graceful Gaze because its primary action is to offer grace and compassion, to yourself and others, in the presence of pain and suffering, especially in shame. 

About Human Design Gate 22 – Gene Key 22

In Action: To Offer Grace And Compassion, To Yourself And Others, In The Presence Of Pain And Suffering, Especially Shame.

Keywords: Grace, Beauty, Emotional Understanding

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Official Gate Name: Openness

Human Design Definition: A quality of behavior best suited in handling mundane and trivial situations.

Core Theme: Fear of Silence.

Bodygraph Center: Emotional Solar Plexus center and connects to the Throat center via human design gate 12

Tropical Sign: Pisces

(Want all of the correspondences and keynotes for the gates of your incarnation cross? The Human Design Map + Deconditioning Toolbox is for you.)

The Energy Spectrum of Human Design Gate 22

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

On the “positive” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 22 is the energy for offering grace to yourself and others. Gate 22 understands that the full range of emotions, from the heights of ecstatic bliss to the dirtiest darkest pits of shame, are simply human. Because of this understanding, Gate 22 is able to see the whole world as an astounding place of beauty, abundance, and love. 

On the “negative” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 22 is the energy for believing that you do not deserve the beauty, love, or grace in your life. It represses emotions, lives from a place of emotional reactivity and ignores responsibility for it’s emotions through blame, victimization, and finding fault. 

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 22 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 22 is to Feel your feelings and honor their wisdom, especially shame. 

Ram Dass quote about seeing the light in suffering

My personal contemplation of Human Design Gate 22 (Gene Key 22)

Oh, Gate 22, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. 

I could honestly write an endless amount of books about my experiences and love of Gate 22. 

The energy of Grace has been such a significant part of my life. 

I don’t have gate 22 defined in my chart but my husband actually has the full 12-22 channel. From a Gene Keys perspective, his attraction sphere is gate 22 and I am certain that our meeting was Fierce Grace in action. 

I was raised in a religious culture that perpetuated really toxic ideas about Grace. Things like Grace, Mercy, and God’s (very conditional) Love were used as weapons in an attempt to control others and ensure that “the top” stayed at the top. 

I spent many years rebelling against any idea that even came close to the “Grace” of my upbringing. 

But that all changed shortly after meeting my husband. 

My husband isn’t a “spiritual” kind of guy. But he embodies Grace on a level that I can’t even describe. 

Even in my absolutely “ugliest” moments, there is never a single doubt of his unconditional love. He doesn’t use my “negative” states against me or as tools for manipulation. He is deeply present with all of me – in my dark and in my light. 

And I believe that he opened me up to receive the Fiercest Grace of all – the Grace of the Divine. It’s like his embodiment of Grace showed my body “how to do” it. 

Shortly after we were married, I went to a Baron Baptiste yoga workshop in Dallas, Texas. 

At the time, Baron Baptiste was all the rage in the vinyasa yoga scene. 

So much so, that I paid hundreds of dollars and flew over 1000 miles to practice yoga with him for four hours

And it was an experience I will never ever forget. 

There were hundreds of people and we were literally mat to mat. Our sweat literally dripped on one another as we pushed through the incredible limits of our minds. 

He guided us through about 3.5 hours which ended with a very long savasana

Krishna Das was blaring on the speakers. 

My foolish heart

Why do you weep?

You throw yourself away again

Now you cry yourself to sleep.

Cry yourself to sleep…

My foolish heart

When will you learn?

You are the eyes of the world

And there’s nowhere else to turn.

Nowhere else to turn…

Krishna Das, My Foolish Heart, Heart as Wide as the World

There I was, lying there, sweat drying into a gritty mess on my skin, and deep, snotty sobs pouring out of me. Surrounded by hundreds of strangers. 

There was no fear of judgment. There was no worry about what others were thinking of me. There was no part of me that believed I shouldn’t be sobbing like that. 

But more importantly, there was this deep knowing inside of me that it was all welcome, that I was loved without condition. That there are no hoops. There are no hierarchies. There are no people at the top. 

It was Grace. It is all Grace. 

I’ve had endless experiences of this since then. And I can even see tiny slivers of this in earlier times in my life. 

But this was the one that opened me up to Grace in a conscious way. 

Like I said, it is not something I’ll ever forget. 

And it is something I am a channel for in everything I do. 

Ram Dass quote about suffering

Now it’s your turn to contemplate Gate 22

When you stand in the truth that the gifts of Gate 22 are available to you, whether it is defined in your chart or not…

What is your relationship with Grace?

Do you know, deep in your bones, that you are loved, even in the messiest places of your humanity? 

How can you open to Grace right here and now? 

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 22. 

And, if you have gate 22 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.