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Human Design Gate 51 – Gene Key 51 – The Thunderbolt

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The official name for Human Design Gate 51 is The Gate of Shock. But I call it The ThunderBolt because its primary action is to have radical faith in life and trust that each and every moment, even the most horrific ones, are gateways into divine love. 

About Human Design Gate 51 – Gene Key 51

Archetype Name: The Thunder Bolt

In Action: have radical faith in life and awaken through shock

Keywords: shock, awakening, being powerful, and Unconditional Love

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Official Gate Name: Shock

Human Design Definition: The ability to respond to disorder and shock through recognition and adaptation. 

Core Theme: To be first at something. 

Bodygraph Center: Will center and connects to the G center via human design gate 25

Tropical Sign: Aries

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The Energy Spectrum of Human Design Gate 51

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

On the “positive” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 51 is the energy for Initiating awakening through the shock of unconditional love. In its highest frequency, gate 51 believes life is trustworthy because of it’s curveballs (rather than in spite of them) and practices radical faith that every moment, even the most horrific ones, are gateways into Divine Love. 

On the “negative” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 51 is the energy for using shock to hurt others, pushing people’s buttons, and deeply traumatic life experiences. These are all indicators of losing faith in life/the Divine and ignoring the calls to awaken. 

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 51 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 51 is to process your feelings and emotions, of even the most traumatic events, as a way of accessing the gifts of every situation. 

My personal contemplation of Human Design Gate 51 (Gene Key 51)

I have gate 51 (line 5) in the conscious earth of my incarnation cross

And to say that I know the energy of gate 51 really well would be the understatement of the century. 

I once had a therapist tell me that people with stories like mine jump off of bridges. An astrologer tell me that they’d need a stiff drink to read my chart. And an “intuitive” tell me that I should just call it quits, collect unemployment, and play video games for the rest of my life. 

As a child, I witnessed things you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. I’ve experienced things no human should have to experience. And I often feel like I’ve lived hundreds of lives in my 45 years (at the time of this writing).

I could truly go on for days about the various shocks I’ve experienced in this life. And that isn’t to say that I’ve had a “worse” life than anyone else. I don’t really find those types of judgments useful. 

But, to demonstrate how working WITH the energy we actually have, instead of using it against ourselves, is the greatest contribution we can make to the world. 

It took me many, many years to understand that. 

For the first part of my life, I didn’t deal with the shock and traumas of my early years very well. I developed an eating disorder in high school and by my mid-twenties was strung out on drugs. 

Like most people in Western culture, I didn’t have the emotional, mental, or spiritual skills necessary to deal with the deep pain of life. 

That began to change during my first Saturn Return. 

One of my brothers, Ronnie, died in a car accident at the age of 25. My other brother, Bryan, has since unexpectedly died as well. 

Both were powerful spiritual awakenings in my life. 

But when Ronnie died, the sheer shock of it cracked me open in a way that I can’t explain.

It is like I finally surrendered to life being a beautiful disaster. Like I had this deep knowing that life will always be full of plot twists and that I can either keep using them against me or for me. 

I wouldn’t have said it quite that way at the time. I’m not even sure I would have seen it as such a pivotal time in my life. 

But my life was never the same after it. 

By my early 30, I was in much-needed therapy, recovering from the eating disorders, completely sober, in a healthy relationship with my husband, and starting my business. 

It was a winding road, of course, and I learned a metric fuck ton along the way. 

I went on to become a master energy healer and coach. I developed my signature energy healing method (I teach it in the deconditioning toolbox (which comes with the Human Design Map). I started actually using my experiences to help others. 

Then, when I was 36, I got another shock. 

I “accidentally” learned that my dad isn’t actually my biological father. 

My parents had lied to me my entire life. The pain of it was complex and deep. I felt relieved, angry, hurt, and confused. 

But the experience of that shock was completely different. 

I was able to use that pain for my awakening. I transmuted it into Grace (gate 22), forgiveness, and gratitude. 

True to my design, I was stable and grounded by the shock. I know that sounds like a paradox. But it is 100% true. 

It is such a paradox because we often believe that shock must equal suffering. 

But like all beliefs, it’s optional to see life that way. 

I now understand that shock is actually required for spiritual awakening. It is the mysterious force that cracks our hearts wide open and shows us that we can love all of it (gate 25) if we are willing. 

And there is nothing more beautiful than that. 

Now it’s your turn to contemplate Gate 51

When you stand in the truth that the gifts of gate 51 are always available to you (whether it’s defined in your chart or not)…

How has life shocked you? 

Are you willing to feel the pain of those shocks? Are you willing to love yourself and life through it all? 

What if you believed it was all happening FOR your awakening?

Are you willing to transmute the pain of life into Gold?

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 51

And, if you have gate 51 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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