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 Experience with 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.
But, no matter how much stuff I accumulated, how much food I ate, and how many boys liked me, it was never enough.
And I know I’m not alone in that. I see it all the time with my clients inside the Human Design Map portal, too. Some people even use their Human Design chart as the new thing to blame when things aren’t working out the way they hoped.
To be clear, I don’t say that in a judgmental way. I say it with a deep ache in my heart becauseI know how painful that state of being is.
Along the way, we get glimmers of what it means to be in our full power; to abide in the kind of joy that can only come from trusting ourselves.
And we want to surrender to voice of our higher self and inner wisdom so fucking bad it hurts. But making the leap into trusting oneself, after decades of making everyone and everything responsible for your happiness, is a form of ego death. The structures that held up our victim consciousness must burn down before we can create a new way of being.
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, butterflies, and maybe even unicorns 😉. But there are also hurricanes, systems of oppression, famine, and war.
We came to expand our consciousness; to play the game of hide and seek with Divine selves. And that expansion comes through the love and acceptance of the shadow.
The contrast of life provides the grit necessary to polish and buff out the karma that keeps you trapped in the illusion of separateness.
On a practical level, that looks like owning your experience and not giving people, your clothes, your bank account, or the cute pillow at target the power to control your inner state of being.
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.
Blame and responsibility are two different things.
Blame is about looking to the past to find fault; it comes from fighting with reality and the delusion that you can change the past. Blame gives your power away and leaves you powerless.
Responsibility is looking at what is true right now, eyes wide open, and deciding what you’ll do to move forward. Responsibility is where all of your power to live authentically comes from.
The good news is that your brain and nervous system are malleable like clay and you can stop blaming life (or yourself) and you can start choosing new interpretations, expand your capacity for joy, and create new default patterns.
Your Human Design gives you a map for that journey. And, inside the portal, you’ll learn “how” to expand your capacity for joy by no longer giving your power away and by surrendering to your inner wisdom. Get your map and portal access here.
In the meantime, 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 your wellbeing is an inside job and that you have what it takes to be your own hero, then, and only then do you have a solid foundation for expansive joy.
And it’s delightful. Go on that journey inside the Human Design Map portal.
Affirmations for Human Design Gate 58
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 58:
I love the joy of life.
I cultivate joy in my life.
I inspire others to move into joy.
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 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.