Human Design Gate 58 – Gene Key 58 – The Joy Junkie

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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

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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

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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)

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. 

If people didn’t behave the way I thought they should, I complained. 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 unhappy 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, ever enough. 

And that is because of two things:

First, life is 50/50. 

We aren’t designed to be happy all of the time. Sometimes, life is amazing and sometimes life sucks. 

Emotions are energy in motion — they are not supposed to be static and never changing — they are meant to flow in and out. 

And when we are present with them, even the most intense waves of emotion, they have so much beauty, depth, and wisdom to offer us. The contrast of emotions is what makes it all worth it. 

 And, secondly, our emotions are not caused by other people, our clothes, that cute pillow at Target, or the amount of money in our bank accounts. They come from the way our nervous system interprets the things happening around us and the meaning our brain gives to our circumstances.

Now, please 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 that you’ve experienced in your life. 

Sometimes, changing the outer influences in our lives can be very helpful. And certain situations are understandably easier to interpret with joy and happiness. And some situations just plan fucking suck. 

But the emotions are still coming from your brain and nervous system – not the circumstance. 

You can absolutely choose new interpretations and meaning. You can reprogram your brain. And you can expand the capacity of your nervous system and create new default patterns. 

 But to do those things, you must accept that…

There is no upside to believing that things outside of you cause your emotions. Because if things outside of you cause your emotions, you are powerless to change them. 

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 its 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 absolutely nothing to change it. 

But when you recognize that happiness and joy are an inside job and that you aren’t meant to be happy all the time, there you have freedom. There, you have a solid foundation to build upon. There, you stop giving all of your power away and become the real creator of your life. 

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. 

And, if you have gate 58 in your Human Design Incarnation Cross, be sure to check out The Human Design Map + Deconditioning Toolbox where I go super deep into each gate of your cross.