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Human Design Gate 40 – Gene Key 40 – The Liberated Altruist

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The official name for Human Design Gate 40 is The Gate of Aloneness. But I call it The Liberated Altruist because its primary action is to balance your heart of service with your need for alone time, rest, and relaxation. 

About Human Design Gate 40 – Gene Key 40

Archetype Name: The Liberated Altruist

In Action: balance your heart of service with your personal needs

Keywords: service, community, boundaries, balance, work and rest

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Official Gate Name: Aloneness

Human Design Definition: The point of transition between struggle and liberation.

Core Theme: The will to provide. 

Bodygraph Center: Will center and connects to the solar plexus center via human design gate 37

Tropical Sign: Virgo

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

The Energy Spectrum of Human Design Gate 40

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

On the “positive” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 40 is the energy for balancing your heart of service with your need for alone time, rest and relaxation. To gate 40 boundaries are beautiful. With its proper boundaries in place, it is empowered to dedicate vast amounts of energy in service to its community. 

On the “negative” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 40 is the energy for using force, rather than natural energy, to get things done — especially for others. It may believe that “serving others” is how one proves its worth in society and therefore, have weak or porous boundaries. This can quickly lead to becoming burn-out from over-giving.  

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 40 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 40 is to challenge and re-write any beliefs that say that taking care of yourself is selfish. These types of beliefs are a recipe for burnout. And, of course, know and honor your boundaries

My personal contemplation of Human Design Gate 40 (Gene Key 40)

In the book Chants of Lifetime by Krishna Das, he starts the book by sharing the story of Neem Karoli Baba (his Guru) sending him back to America to work through attachments. 

Krishna Das didn’t want to go back to America; he had planned to live out the remainder of his life in India. 

As he leaves the ashram, he shouts to Baba,

“How can I serve you in America?”

Baba shouts back:

“If you have to ask how to serve, it isn’t service.”

True to form, this one sentence struck me like a lightning bolt (human design gate 51). 

With my undefined will, undefined gate 40, and surrounded by an astounding number of people with the full 40/37, I have held deep conditioning around being of service and worthiness. 

I spent most of my life figuring out what exactly I needed to do for others to be good enough and worthy of love. 

But what this story, and Baba, have shown me, time and time again is that worthiness is a construct of the mind. In the eyes of the Divine, it isn’t a real thing. 

And that “true” service comes from an overflow of the heart (aka the will). Otherwise, it is just the ego serving itself. 

Of course, there is likely still more wisdom for me to gather here. 

But, for now, I am in the practice of noticing where I believe I need to give to others to be seen as “good” and where I am serving others from a place of true overflow. 

What I have found, so far, is that when service comes from overflowing the heart, it is a completely different experience for everyone. 

When I am giving from overflow, I have this deep impulse that “knows” that the only thing left to do is share and give to others. It is the natural state of true receiving (Human Design Gate 2) and the final stage of alchemy (which I teach in the Human Design Map). 

When we have gone through our alchemical process and fully stepped into a “higher” state of consciousness, the service to others literally just pours out. 

When we are showing up for ourselves, honoring our boundaries, and doing the inner work, it can only work that way. 

Now it’s your turn to contemplate Gate 40

When you stand in the truth that the gifts of gate 40 are always available to you (whether it’s defined in your chart or not)…

What is your relationship to being of service to others? 

In what ways does your heart want to give to others? 

In what ways do you give to others in an attempt to prove worthiness? 

What boundaries are important for you to be able to give from a place of overflow? 

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 40. 

And, if you have gate 40 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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