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 Experience with Human Design Gate 41 (Gene Key 41)
In our current culture, we think of the new year January 1st.
But, in Human Design, the new year begins when the sun enters gate 41. And in the Gene Keys, gate (key) 41 is known as the “start codon,” which initiates the sequencing of our literal genes.
All that to say, the energy of gate 41 is essential when it comes to new beginnings. And while I love new beginnings, gate 41 is undefined in my chart.
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 in a healthy way. And, with heavily defined splenic authority, making decisions and committing to what I’ll be doing a year from now has yet to work.
The spleen is all about the present moment; it does not decide or commit the way the will center or sacral center do. As long as there is no immediate threat or it isn’t stuck in fight or flight, the spleen doesn’t really “care” about the future.
Intentions, on the other hand, feel much better in my body and despite a common misconception in the Human Design space intentions are not just “the mind.” And as I talk about in my post on how to make affirmations work, aligning your intentions with the truths of your Human Design is potent magick.
Intentions are a key alchemical tool that arise from the depths of our G center, where the magnetic monopole (aka soul) resides. They ripple out through the nine energy centers and draw us towards our next plane of consciousness.
And that is happening whether our mind is conscious of the intention, or not. The real magick happens when we bring our intentions into the light and start walking the path of alignment.
Another key thing to note about intentions is that, unlike goals, they are not “check-off-able.” When you set a goal – say painting the bedroom – once it is done, it is done. That isn’t to say that you’ll never have to paint the bedroom again but there is a finish line.
Intentions don’t work like that. Intentions are focused on cultivating a vibe in the present moment – no matter the circumstances. They focus on who you are being, the energy you bring to your life, and how aligned your everyday choices are with the truth of who you are.
Intentions initiate the alchemical process, leading to the accomplishment of The Great Work (aka enlightenment), and reveal the path of alignment with each passing moment.
I teach a step-by-step process for using intentions with your Human Design in the Human Design Map portal. If you are an existing map client, log into your dashboard and start at the beginning of the deconditioning toolbox.
When you are working with your intentions, it is important to not get them mixed up with your conditioning. You want them to arise from that deeper, soulful place (of the G center) and resonate with the sound of Truth.
If they are coming from a place of needing to prove yourself, keep up with the Jones’, or sacrifice yourself for the sake of others, listen deeper. Make some space for plenty of Pure Aura Time and remember the magick of the conscious sun in your incarnation cross.
(You’ll get an explanation of all four gates in your cross in your Human Design Map.)
And that is where harnessing the energy of gate 41 comes in for me.
Gate 41 is dreamy and fantastical, and connecting with human design gate 30 in the solar plexus, inspires a deeper relationship with how life feels. It helps us to tap into the desires and dreams that are hidden under the surface.
Soft. Generous. And forgiving of being human.
Most importantly, though, it shows us how fulfillment happens, whether we are looking at goals or intentions.
Evolution happens through fulfillment. And fulfillment happens through aligned action.
Whether we thrive with concrete goals or prefer more soulful intentions, we must move in the direction we want. We have to take the next aligned step, trust in the timing of life, and be open to having our deepest desires come true.
Sometimes, the next aligned step is going to be a nap. Or waiting. Or connecting with the people who can help you.
Other times, it will be ass-in-chair, doing the work.
Either way, what I’ve come to understand is that being open to fulfillment, rather than forceful, is where the most opportunity for alchemical expansion 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 deeper seeds of truth.
Because remember – the magnetic monopole (aka soul) only attracts; it cannot push things away. Much like Jupiter, it is benevolent and expansive.
There is no force required, even when doing the ass-in-chair hard work.
It is only our misaligned conditioning that keeps us small, tight, and striving for less than our full potential.
Our seeds of Truth want to flourish, blossom, and express themselves. And when we open and allow, 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 teach you what you need to know to choose your truth. Get yours here.
Affirmations for Human Design Gate 41
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 41:
I am a lighthouse of possibility.
I evolve my dreams through fulfillment.
I am attuned to Divine Timing and easily take aligned action.
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 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.