The official name for Human Design Gate 41 is The Gate of Contraction. But I call it The Patient Dreamer because its primary action is to seek experiences and evolve your dreams through fulfillment.
About Human Design Gate 41 – Gene Key 41
Archetype Name: The Patient Dreamer
In Action: honor your hopes and dreams
Keywords: hopes and dreams, felt experiences, transformation, and Divine Timing
Official Gate Name: Contraction
Human Design Definition: The limitation of resources which maximizes development of potential.
Core Theme: Pressure to feel and the desire for new experience. In this context, pressure is not necessarily a problem. It’s really about acting from the amount of pressure that is correct for you.
Bodygraph Center: Root center and connects to the Solar Plexus center via human design gate 30.
Tropical Sign: Aquarius
Note: Gate 41 is the beginning of the Rave New Year
(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 41
All energy in the Human Design chart exists on a spectrum of potential.
On the “positive” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 41 is the energy to honor one’s hopes and dreams and watch them evolve through fulfillment. The 41 sees visions of a brighter future as a trustworthy source of transformation and can use the mind as a playground of creativity, big dreams, and visions of a brighter future.
On the “negative” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 41 is the energy for never taking steps towards your dreams or staying stuck in fantasies. If the 41 ignores divine timing due to fear, it can feel too nervous about taking action and stopping its dreams in its tracks.
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 41 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 41 is to notice patterns of using your imagination to buffer and avoid your fears of change. Confront those fears directly to see your dreams come true.
My personal contemplation of Human Design Gate 41 (Gene Key 41)
In the west, we think of the new year as January 1st. But, in Human Design, the new year begins when the sun enters gate 41 (in Aquarius). In the Gene Keys, gate (key) 41 is known as the “start codon” and initiates the sequencing of our literal genes.
All that to say, the energy of gate 41 is essential when it comes to new beginnings.
While I love new beginnings, Gate 41 is undefined in my chart.
And I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with goal setting, resolutions, and making big proclamations about what I wanted to do during the year.
With my undefined root, it feels like more pressure than I can consistently regulate healthily. And, with splenic authority, making decisions about what I’ll be doing a year from now has yet to work; the spleen is all about the present moment. As long as it isn’t stuck in a fear state, the spleen doesn’t really “care” about the future.
Intentions feel better in my body; they are more focused on the present moment and surrendering to the flow of life as a path toward expansion and growth.
With intentions, I can focus on who I am being, how I am showing up, and the habits that align with my higher purpose. I’m much less likely to use them as weapons against my self-worth.
(I teach a step-by-step process for using intention in deconditioning inside the Human Design Map portal.)
But, even with intentions, I am mindful of where they arise.
They aren’t helpful if they come from a belief that I must prove myself, keep up with the Joneses, or sacrifice myself for socially conditioned goals.
And that is where harnessing the energy of gate 41 comes in for me.
Gate 41 is dreamy and fantastical, and connecting with gate 30 in the solar plexus inspires a deeper relationship with how life feels and the desires often hidden under the surface. It is softer, generous, and forgiving of being human.
Most importantly, though, it shows us that alignment requires action.
Whether we thrive with concrete goals or prefer intentions, we must move in the direction we want. We have to take the next aligned step (even when that is a nap), trust in the timing of life, and be open to having our deepest desires come true.
I’ve come to understand that being open to fulfillment is where the most opportunity for healing is.
When we are under unhealthy amounts of pressure, striving, and trying to force shit, we close ourselves off from the more profound satisfaction, success, peace, and delight we seek.
But when we soften and surrender to the natural impulses of growth of evolution, fulfillment is a sure thing. Growth and evolution are a natural by-product of alignment with our higher purpose.
It can only be that way.
If you are ready to let go of striving and sacrificing your true desires for socially acceptable goals, you’ll love the Human Design Map + Portal. I’ll explain the most important parts of your Human Design and guide you as you take the next steps in aligning with your higher purpose. Get yours here.
Now it’s your turn to contemplate Gate 41
When you stand in the truth that the gifts of Gate 41 are available to you (whether it’s defined in your chart or not)…
What is your relationship to your dreams?
Have you given yourself true permission to have your dreams come true?
Do you have the capacity to have the fulfillment of your dreams? (Hint: If your dreams aren’t coming true, the answer is no.;))
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 41.