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Human Design Gate 28 – Gene Key 28 – The Darkness Whisperer

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The official name for Human Design Gate 28 is The Gate of The Game Player. But I call it The Darkness Whisperer because its primary action is to face the darkness of life by taking conscious risks with courage and tenacity. 

About Human Design Gate 28 – Gene Key 28

Archetype Name: The Darkness Whisperer

In Action: face the darkness in life with courage

Keywords: risk, shadow, and courage

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Official Gate Name: The Game Player

Human Design Definition: The transitoriness of power and influence. 

Core Theme: Fear of death and purposelessness. 

Bodygraph Center: Spleen center and connects to the Root center via human design gate 38

Tropical Sign: Scorpio

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The Energy Spectrum of Human Design Gate 28

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

On the “positive” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 28 is the energy for facing the darkness in life with courage. Gate 28 embraces the wisdom of fear and allows fear to walk alongside as it navigates life. In this relationship with fear, gate 28 finds deep joy in overcoming obstacles and can find meaning in purpose in all of life. 

 On the “negative” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 28 is the fear of dying before “finding” or fulfilling a purpose in life. It avoids stillness, silence, and slowing down and attempts to dispel fear with risky behavior. It can easily find itself lost in depression, hopelessness, purposelessness, and meaninglessness. 

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 28 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 28 is to become intimate with your fear — especially the fear of death — and master working with it consciously; I recommend the book Walking Each Other Home by Ram Dass . It will also be very beneficial to proactively practice any and all forms of shadow work. I teach a specific method in the Human Design Map portal. 

My personal contemplation of Human Design Gate 28 (Gene Key 28)

Human Design Gate 28 is very meaningful to me personally because I have it defined in my chart four times in some pretty “heavy” placements (conscious north node and mars and on both sides of Uranus). 

So, to say that Gate 28 is a powerful energetic theme in my life would be the understatement of the century. 

In its deepest essence, it is about facing our fear of death. But is also this knowing that all perceived obstacles, even the fear of death, become Gold. It’s your inner Shaman, going deep into the dark crevices of your psyche and coming back with potent medicine.

Your brokenness becomes the doorway into wholeness. Your darkness becomes the doorway to light. Your purposelessness becomes the doorway into dharma.

One might even say that the 28 is the master shadow worker. It finds the places where we are denying parts of ourselves, out of fear, and transforms them into Gold.

At the end of the day, the ONLY reason we put parts of ourselves into the shadows is because of our fear of death.

In the core of our humanity, we are afraid to be banished from the tribe.

When we were living in caves, getting banished from the tribe was, literally, a death sentence. And while we have evolved beyond living in caves, our brains are still there.

So, the fear of upsetting others is a big trigger. And when we are triggered, we cower and become who we think the tribe wants us to be.

We don’t want to die. It’s only logical. Right? Er.

But, the magic of the 28 is knowing that death is imminent. We are going to die. All of us. None of us are making it out of here alive.

Whether we please the tribe or not. Whether we say the right thing or not. Whether we do the right thing or not. Whether we are in the in-crowd or now. Whether everyone loves us or not.

Death is coming for each and every one of us.

The 28 knows that every breath is precious. That purpose is what gives life meaning. That it’s too big of a risk to live without intent and courage. It’s too big of a risk to live in the shadows.

The 28 knows that being the pretend version of ourselves doesn’t actually save us from imminent death. It just makes us angry, bitter, frustrated, and disappointed for the little time we do have.

Human Design Gate 28 invites you to confront your deepest fears. Summon your courage. Take a look into your shadows and see what it is that you’re really running from (hint: it’s death. It’s always death!). And DECIDE what the meaning and purpose of your life will be. Find the Gold.

Now it’s your turn to contemplate Gate 28

When you stand in the truth that the gifts of gate 28 are always available to you, (whether it’s defined in your chart or not)…

Are you making the meaning you want to be making with your life? Are you living with purpose and intent?

Are you summoning the courage to live YOUR life?

What if you knew that you were innately worthy and whole? How would that change your ability to live with courage?

If today is your last, are you making the most of it? And is it really worth it to keep shoving parts of yourself into the shadows?

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 28. 

And, if you have gate 28 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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