The official name for Human Design Gate 26 is The Gate of the Egoist. But I call it The Sacred Salesperson because its primary action is to be a champion for dreams that come true.
About Human Design Gate 26 – Gene Key 26
Archetype Name: The Sacred Salesperson
In Action: believe in an abundant future for everyone
Keywords: seeing a brighter future, selling, and integrity
Official Gate Name: The Taming Power of the Great – The Egoist
Human Design Definition: The maximization of the power of memory applied to the nurturing of continuity.
Core Theme: To be the best.
Bodygraph Center: Will center and connects to the Spleen center via human design gate 44.
Tropical Sign: Sagittarius
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The Energy Spectrum of Human Design Gate 26
All energy in the Human Design chart exists on a spectrum of potential.
On one end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 26 is the energy for being a champion for dreams that come true. Because the 26 trusts in the abundance of life, it is empowered to sell a brighter future to their tribe with integrity.
On the other end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 26 is the energy to manipulate or control others for its own gain.
When the 26 doesn’t trust in the abundance of life, it will live from the unconscious ego and create destruction with its belief that life is every man for himself.
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 26 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 26 is to develop an abundance mindset. This will prevent the “need” to manipulate or control others to get the results you want.
My Personal Experience with Human Design Gate 26 (Gene Key 26)
And when I was first contemplating gate 26 in my own life, I immediately thought of a sleazy used car salesman. I also noticed that a lot of the traditional Human Design information seemed only to reiterate that “negative” image.
The sleazy car salesperson will do and say anything to get the sale. They follow you around the lot and try to convince you that a Pinto is a Rolls Royce.
That was definitely the original image that was building in my mind and I noticed incredible amounts of resistance building up inside of me. Which, in so many cases, is a signal that there is a shadow ready to be transformed into Graceful power.
So, in noticing the resistance, I reflected on what it has been like learning sales and marketing as a business owner and creator of the Human Design Map.
Though I have only been selling the map since 2020, I have been in business since 2009. And true to my Midheaven being in human design gate 54, I quickly realized that sales and marketing would be part of my life almost every single day.
Before I was in business, I deeply believed that “being spiritual” and making money were opposed to one another. I was raised in a toxic religion and under the weight of patriarchal systems of oppression.
In those first years in business, something became crystal clear, though.
Without sales and marketing, I don’t make money. And if I don’t make money, I can’t pay my mortgage, buy groceries, or stock my bookshelves. 🙂
As I began to awaken to material success being a valid spiritual path (54), I realized that I’d need to overcome my negative connotations with sales and develop it as a skill that I am confident in.
I’ve come a long way with it, for sure, and by no means did I think I was done with my growth in this area. It seems I am always learning from the mistakes of the past (44) and figuring out what really works for me and my projector aura.
But, even with over a decade of that journey under my belt, I wasn’t expecting that contemplating gate 26 would be so healing for me.
And, whether sales are a regular part of your life or not, I think that what I learned could be an important lesson for you, too.
By now, it is probably clear AF that my relationship with the Divine is important to me. Human Design Gate 61 in my unconscious earth means that I am a mystic. I am spiritually grounded and connected by having direct experience of the Divine and finding the golden thread among all paths to “God.”
And I have grown a lot from my religious upbringing.
I never really resonated with the churches I was raised in, and I abandoned those beliefs in my late teens.
By my early twenties, I had made my way into a life of drugs, alcohol, and sex with strangers.
That whole decade is basically a blur until my brother died shortly after my 28th birthday (aka first Saturn Return). It was the first of many spiritual awakenings that led me to where I am today (which honestly cannot easily be defined with words).
The book’s premise is that in the first spiritual phase of our lives, we rely on other people to tell us who God is and tell us what to do to get into God’s Good Graces.
And, in the second spiritual phase of our lives, we begin to open up to our own understanding of God. It becomes a personal relationship instead of a dictated one.
In the book, he offers his personal insights about the possibilities of what that could be.
But, more importantly than that, he talks about the difference between collapsing our definition of God or expanding it.
He posits that when we face challenges in our lives (human design gate 28), we tend to make our definition of God smaller. And that the very impulse to “collapse” God is an invitation to expand your definition of God.
In other words, if your definition of God isn’t big enough to hold whatever you are going through, it means you need to make your definition of God bigger.
This completely blew my mind. I can vividly remember storming out of my parent’s house at the age of 18, telling them that I didn’t believe in God.
I had certainly made my definition of God smaller. I could not reconcile my lived experience with that old definition of God.
So, when I read that book, I made a promise to myself that I was willing to reckon with my definition of God and the beliefs about the world that I hold dear. And that if my beliefs couldn’t reconcile out, I’d make God even bigger.
And this brings me back to Human Design Gate 26.
When we harness our energy with conscious intent, we make magick. It is just a matter of looking at the shadows through a fresh, non-dualistic, non-judgmental lens.
But gate 26. UGH. I was hearing all the sales coaches in my head telling me that “sales are service.” I was trying to see the gifts, the value, the innate lovability. But the sleazy car salesman just kept appearing in my mind.
And then, it hit me.
Go bigger than the judgment. Go bigger than the car lot. Go bigger than uncomfortable sales conversations.
I looked at it in a new light and asked myself what it would look like if I made the definition of the 26 bigger than a mere sleazy car salesman? What would it look like to believe that the natural salesperson inside every human soul is full of light? What if I loved the 26 as much as I love the 22? Or the 57? Or the 61?
What if I opened my mind to the possibility of EVERY quality having potential for beauty, awe, and wonder? And what if I let myself love all of the parts that make up that potential?
The result of that question was a deeper understanding of the spectrum of the 26.
Yes, sales are service when they serve everyone involved. And yes, integrity is the most essential value of the 26. And yes, the 26 does help us move into more expanded possibilities in our lives by selling us the things that can take us there.
But at the heart of the 26 is TRUST in the abundance of the Universe.
In that knowing, I could see myself in the sleazy car salesman. I could see myself trying to control and manipulate others. I could see myself convincing myself that my intentions are pure even when they aren’t.
And with that, my heart exploded with compassion. For me. For the sleazy car salesman. And for everyone who has been in the shadows of the 26 because they weren’t trusting in the abundance of life.
This applies to so many areas of our lives. Not just sales, marketing, and business.
But, relationships, food, money, love, worthiness. Everything.
What would it look like to trust in the abundance of life?
The answer is in the confidence of the fully conscious 26.
Affirmations for Human Design Gate 26
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 26:
My integrity is my most valuable asset.
Selling is service when it is in everyone’s best interest.
I trust in the abundance of life and am unattached to outcomes.
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 Human Design Gate 26
When you stand in the Truth that you are worthy of the abundance of life…
Where have you given into the fears of lack and scarcity? And in what ways has that led you to control or manipulate the people around you?
Can you have compassion for yourself?
In what ways can you open up to the abundance of life?
And what does trusting in that abundance look like? How does it change conversations? How does it change your relationship with food, your body, money? How does it change your view of worthiness? And lovability?
What do you need to sell yourself on so that you can finally lean into that trust?
I hope that these questions open you up to all that is available to you. The compassion. The trust. The abundance.
It’s all right there waiting for you. You need to sell yourself on it.