The official name for Human Design Gate 58 is The Gate of Vitality. But I call it The Joy Junkie because its primary action is to inspire others to take action that moves them beyond their limitations and into their sources of joy.
About Human Design Gate 58 – Gene Key 58
Archetype Name: The Joy Junkie
In Action: cultivate joy and contentment
Keywords: joy, transformation, and potential
Official Gate Name: Vitality
Human Design Definition: Stimulation is the key to joy.
Core Theme: Pressure to make things better. 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 Splenic center via human design gate 18.
Tropical Sign: Capricorn
(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 58
All energy in the Human Design chart exists on a spectrum of potential.
On the “positive” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 58 is the energy for Joy. Gate 58 knows that we must face the source of our unhappiness if we want to live that is rooted in joy. When we do that, we are empowered to experience the joy in life…just by being alive.
On the “negative” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 58 is the energy for seeking joy from external factors rather than internal cultivation, it allows stress and pressure to override joy.
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 58 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 58 is to cultivate the beliefs and habits that create joy and contentment and let the rest go.
My personal contemplation of Human Design Gate 58 (Gene Key 58)
Let me tell you…
I am no stranger to believing that joy and happiness come from the outside — other people, stuff, food, etc.
At one time in my life, nothing “made me happier” than going to Target, grabbing a latte, and browsing the aisles for the latest and greatest thing.
I complained if people didn’t behave as I thought they should. I huffed, and I puffed. I raged all around me.
When I was unhappy at work, I’d look for a new job. When I was disappointed with my boyfriend, I broke up with him. When I “had nothing to wear,” I’d go buy more clothes.
I used food, drugs, alcohol, and sex to numb my emotions.
But, no matter how much stuff I accumulated, how much food I ate, and how many boys liked me, it was never enough.
And that is because of two things:
First, Earth is a world of contrast.
We didn’t incarnate to be blissed out all the time. There are rainbows and butterflies. But there are also hurricanes, famine, and war.
And if the present moment were supposed to be different, it would be.
Sometimes, life is fantastic, and sometimes life sucks.
This is true even if you “live your design” perfectly. (What a joke that is!)
The contrast of life provides the grit necessary to polish and buff out the karma that keeps you trapped in the illusion of separateness.
And, on an even more practical level, your feelings are not caused by other people, our clothes, that cute pillow at Target, or the amount of money in your bank account.
Your thoughts, feelings, and emotions come from how your nervous system interprets the facts of life. And they are compounded by the meaning you make about yourself, the world, and that thing that some call God.
Now, for the love of all things holy, don’t mistake what I mean here.
I’m not saying that if you “just think positive,” you’ll be happy all the time, that you should stay in miserable situations because they are your fault, or that you are to blame for everything you’ve experienced.
Changing the outer influences in our lives can be very helpful — especially when we need to create space for safety, health, and inner clarity.
And, beyond a shadow of a doubt, certain situations are easier to interpret with joy and happiness; others just plain fucking suck.
But either way, the emotions come from YOUR brain and nervous system.
The good news is that your brain and nervous system are malleable like clay. You can choose new interpretations, expand your capacity for joy, and create new default patterns.
Your Human Design gives you a map for doing that.
And I’d be over the moon delighted to spell it all out for you. PLUS, teach you “how” to expand your capacity for joy. Invite me here.
But even if you never buy a map from me or study another thing about your Human Design, you need to know this:
Deep joy is available to you.
To experience it, you must start by taking full responsibility for your own well-being. You have to stop giving your power away to the world around you. You must remember that…
…If you need your boss to be a certain way for you to be happy, you’re in for a crapshoot.
…If you buy that cute pillow at Target, once it’s been in your living room for a little while, you aren’t even going to notice it anymore.
…If it’s raining outside, hating the weather does nothing to change it.
But when you recognize that joy is an inside job and that you are meant to experience the full spectrum of human emotion, you have a solid foundation to build upon and absolute freedom.
From there, you will stop giving all your power away and start living in the frequency of your higher purpose- pure joy.
Now it’s your turn to contemplate Gate 58
When you stand in the Truth that the gifts of gate 58 are available to you, whether it’s defined in your chart or not…
How dependent on “outside things” are you to experience joy and happiness? Do you like having that attachment? What if it changes?
How can you make space in your life to experience the full range of emotions so that the joy becomes that much sweeter?
In what ways can you cultivate joy and happiness with your thoughts, beliefs, intentional feelings, and actions?
How can you begin to choose more joy today?
And be sure that you pay extra attention to your answers. Look for any places that aren’t actually in your control because those are the places where you are giving away your freedom and power.