The official name for Human Design Gate 46 is The Gate of Determination of the Self. But I call it The Embodiment Master because its primary action is enjoying the human body.
About Human Design Gate 46 – Gene Key 46
Archetype Name: The Faithful Devotee
In Action: enjoying my human body
Keywords: body love, reveling in life, bliss, and embodiment
Official Gate Name: The Gate of Determination of the Self
Human Design Definition: Good fortune that may be perceived as the result of serendipity but derives from effort and dedication.
Core Theme: Love of the body and the determination to follow through.
Bodygraph Center: G center and connects to the sacral center via human design gate 29.
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 46
All energy in the Human Design chart exists on a spectrum of potential.
On the “positive” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 46 is the energy for enjoying being alive in a human body. Gate 46 knows that every part of life is an opportunity for Divine Grace and that the body is a vehicle for the soul. In that knowing, it cultivates presence in its body and delights in synchronicity.
On the “negative” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 46 is the energy for creating chaos in its life by avoiding the present moment or taking life way too seriously. This can lead to buffering with food, drugs, alcohol, or anything else that dulls the body. It can be prone to Spiritual bypassing, materialism, or ego.
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 46 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 46 is to develop curiosity about your body’s sensations rather than judging them or avoiding them. You may also benefit from practices that help you become present in the body such as yoga, breathwork, or tantra.
My Personal Experience with Human Design Gate 46 (Gene Key 46)
Gate 46.6 is defined in my conscious mercury. I interpret that to mean that I am here to communicate the wisdom of embodiment.
(BTW, if you are a Human Design Map client and a business owner, I talk about the relevance of mercury in the context of business inside the portal.)
And something I have gotten on my 5th line soap box about a bazillion times is that spiritual knowledge means nothing if it isn’t embodied.
As the cliche goes, we aren’t human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience.
True to my 46 being in the 6th line, though, it has taken me some time to really see how that plays out in my own life.
I haven’t exactly been a perfect model of being present and reveling in my body. In fact, in my 20’s, I was a drug addict, binge drinker/eater, and smoker. I also repeatedly energetically left my body during times of trauma.
I’ve also experienced chronic illness and pain for most of my adult life; I’ve been bed-bound more than once and occasionally have to walk with a cane.
In the past 15+ years, I’ve done a lot of healing work around my relationship with food, drugs, and alcohol. I’ve been completely sober and a non-smoker for about that time and haven’t binged in over a decade.
And what that healing has shown me, loud and clear, is that the purpose of life is to be present in the body. With all the intense feelings and sensations that life brings. Including the ones that hurt like hell.
We aren’t here to transcend the human experience. We aren’t here to rise above. Or try to “be spiritual.”
It isn’t that we can’t have transcendent experiences or that connecting with a “higher” perspective isn’t useful. But when we try to be that, instead of what we are, we create suffering.
As Ram Dass would say, Be Here Now.
I think that is why I am so passionate about the message that knowing your Human Design means nothing if you don’t actually experiment and integrate what you discover. It’s why the Human Design Map + Portal is abundant with resources to help you both learn AND embody.
Embodiment is where the magic happens! Every single time.
With each method of escape that I’ve let go of, that knowing only gets stronger and stronger. And not just about Human Design – about everything.
Life really is happening in the body.
I’m no longer blind to my urges to escape my body. I can see them clearly.
And when I am present with those urges, I know how to show up for myself. It’s a capacity that I have built over time. It didn’t happen overnight.
(I teach the “how” of that in the Human Design Map)
As my capacity for being present in my body has grown, so has my success, my authenticity, my expression, my intuition, and my contribution. The body is where all of that wisdom lives.
Most recently, I’m focusing on being with physical pain and symptoms. To let them be instead of trying to fix them. Do what I can and let the rest be what it is.
To be fully human, it only works that way.
But if you are like me and you’ve experienced a metric fuck ton of trauma and escaping your body has been your only hope at survival, you can’t expect to just stop it all overnight. You just have to have compassion (human design gate 36), forgiveness (human design gate 4), and give yourself heaps and heaps of grace (human design gate 22).
It takes time to become present in your body.
But when you do, magic really does await because your body holds the wisdom.
Affirmations for Human Design Gate 46
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 46:
Synchronicity is my north star.
I love being in a human body.
I revel in all that life offers me.
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 46
When you stand in the truth that the gifts of gate 46 are always available to you (whether 46 is defined in your chart or not)…
What does your body feel like right now?
What sensations or feelings do you notice?
How present can you be with all of that?
What do you notice about being alive, in a body?
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 46.
And, if you have gate 46 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.