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Human Design Gate 36 – Gene Key 36 – The Compassionate Sage

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The official name for Human Design Gate 36 is The Gate of Crisis. But I call it The Compassionate Sage because its primary action is to be compassionate with yourself and others. 

About Human Design Gate 36 – Gene Key 36

Archetype Name: The Compassionate Sage

In Action: cultivate compassion for yourself and others

Keywords: compassion, being HUMAN, gentleness, and emotional wisdom

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Official Gate Name: Crisis

Human Design Definition: The rule of cycles in which decline is a natural but not enduring stage. 

Core Theme: Fear of inadequacy. 

Bodygraph Center: Emotional Solar Plexus center and connects to the Throat center via human design gate 35

Tropical Sign: Pisces

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The Energy Spectrum of Human Design Gate 36

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

On the “positive” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 36 is the energy for being compassionate with yourself and others. For gate 36, compassion is the key to overcoming suffering; there is a willingness to see the humanity in yourself and others. From this empowered place, Gate 36 can harness empathy during emotional crises and sooth unnecessary suffering. 

On the “negative” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 36 is the energy for lacking compassion for yourself or others. It can lead to beating yourself up, holding yourself to impossible (emotional or sexual) standards, and feelings of inadequacy. There can be an inability to relax and a tendency to create emotional drama. 

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 36 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 36 is to practice radical self-acceptance and make space to feel and process your emotions.

My personal contemplation of Human Design Gate 36 (Gene Key 36)

Oh boy. 

I don’t have gate 36 defined in my chart but, I can say with certainty that learning how to be compassionate with myself, and others, has been a key source of wisdom in my life. 

About 15 years ago, I had been clean (from drugs) for a few years but I was starting to see that I had simply traded drugs for food. 

I was binging almost every single day and hated myself to the core. I deeply believed that I was broken and flawed to the core. 

Thankfully, through a number of synchronicities, I ended up in a group treatment program (outpatient) for eating disorders. 

And in that experience, one of the things we were invited to do was to start noticing how we spoke to ourselves on a daily basis. 

At that point, I hadn’t done any of the training in coaching or energy healing and I knew almost zero about how the brain, thoughts, feelings, and energy worked. 

I literally believed that the things that happened inside were “the truth” and could definitely describe “who I was.” 

And, OMG, was I in for a rude awakening when I started actually paying attention to what I was thinking about myself. 

I’d regularly call myself a fat pig, lazy, and good for nothing. 

The real awakening, though, was realizing that I had a choice in the way that I thought about myself and that compassion was one of my options. 

Like most people who are steeped in the self-hatred tea, I didn’t really know what it meant to “be” compassionate. 

And I honestly spent years trying to figure it out. 

I can’t say that I have it 100% figured out. Because, well, that isn’t really the purpose of life, right? 

But, what I can say is that, in its most simplest form, compassion is about developing an understanding of, and proactively see, ourselves, and others, as human beings. 

I think that can take many shapes and forms. My personal practice involves a lot of shadow work (something I teach my Human Design Map clients) and really getting into the roots of those negative stories. 

And this really beautiful thing has happened as a result:

Learning how to be compassionate with myself has shown me how to be more compassionate with others. I can more readily approach “negative” situations with others from a place of trying to actually understand them instead of judging them. I can soften my defenses and try to meet them in their humanity. 

And I think if you’ve read this far, you can agree with me when I say the world needs a little more of that. 

Now it’s your turn to contemplate Gate 36

When you stand in the truth that the gifts of gate 36 are always available to you (whether it’s defined in your chart or not)…

Are you compassionate with yourself? Why or why not? 

Are you compassionate with others? Why or why not?

How can you offer yourself deep compassion in the face of your humanity? How about for 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 36. 

And, if you have gate 36 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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