Human Design Gate 63 – Gene Key 63 – The Discerning Questioner

My Human Design content is always written through my heretical + alchemical lens. It may or may not align with traditional HD views. And this post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase after clicking one of my affiliate links, I may make a commission. 

The official name for Human Design Gate 63 is The Gate of Doubt. But I call it The Discerning Questioner because its primary action is to use doubt to your advantage to ask bigger questions and connect with bigger possibilities. 

About Human Design Gate 63 – Gene Key 63

Archetypal Name: The Discerning Questioner

In Action: use doubt as a gateway into possibility

Keywords: doubt, discernment, patterns, and finding potential

Download All 64 Human Design Gates Cheatsheet (for free!)

Official Gate Name: Doubt

Human Design Definition: In the spiral of life, all ends are beginnings. 

Core Theme: Working through doubt to make sense of patterns and find a new pattern. 

Bodygraph Center: Head center and connects to the Ajna center via human design gate 4.

Tropical Sign: Pisces

(Want all of the correspondences and keynotes for the gates of your incarnation cross? The Human Design Map + Deconditioning Toolbox is for you.)

The Energy Spectrum of Human Design Gate 63

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

On the “positive” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 63 is the energy for making sense of patterns by working through doubt. Gate 63 sees distorted energy as an opportunity for truth, therefore, it asks itself and others powerful questions. And the answer to those questions shatter doubt, impossibility, and hesitation and reveal the true potential that exists in all things. 

 On the “negative” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 63 is the energy of struggling with self-doubt or planting unnecessary doubt into others’ minds. It never takes action due to doubt and blames external things for the doubt and their results.  

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 63 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 63 is to pay extra attention to where your questions take you mentally and the results of that mental focus.

For example, if you keep asking yourself “what is wrong with me?” You’ll keep finding flaws and that will lead to deeper doubts. Transform those questions into one that actually use your mental energy in a productive way. 

My personal contemplation of Human Design Gate 63 (Gene Key 63)

I don’t have gate 63 defined in my chart but I do have a defined head and am all too familiar with how the questions of the head centers can spin the ajna into all sorts of unhelpful directions. 

For a long time, I thought that something was wrong with me if I was experiencing doubt. I absolutely made doubt mean imminent failure and that I was doomed forever. And I used doubt as evidence that I couldn’t ever create the success that my projector heart always desired. 

Then, somewhere around 2014, I went to a coaching mastermind with one of the schools where I trained in coaching

The mastermind was in Napa Valley. The weather was gorgeous. I was delighted to be connecting with many like-minded people. The deep conversations were so satisfying.  

I was absolutely high on life. Truth be told, I was probably high on the amplification of such “positive” sacral and solar plexus energy but whatever. 😉

Anyway, during one of the mastermind sessions, there was a group Q + A with my mentor. She always appeared so certain in her ability to create the life she wasn’t and I was pretty convinced she never experienced doubt. 

I hesitantly asked…

Do you ever feel doubt? 

In her confident voice, she replied:

Of course, I just don’t let it drive my actions. 

It took me many years to really sink into what her words meant. 

I can’t say for sure what they really meant for her.  

But what I have come to understand, with the help of Human Design and years of shadow work, is that we are “meant” to experience it all. 

Doubt is not actually a problem. There is nothing going wrong when doubt shows up – for any reason. It only becomes a problem when we assign meaning to it and therefore, use it as fuel for disempowering actions. 

And we can actually use the energy as fuel for empowering actions when we know how to actually do that. 

These days, when I experience doubt, I see it as an opportunity to expand my mind with what is possible. I turn the doubt on its head and I let it open me up instead of shut me down. 

It’s a practice, of course, and I’m sure I’ll be learning more ways of working with doubt as I continue through life. That is how we gather wisdom in those undefined places. 

But, for now, I am really grateful for what I’ve learned so far and I welcome more opportunities to expand my mind to what is really possible when we get out of our own way. 

Now it’s your turn to contemplate Gate 63

When you stand in the truth that you can embody the gifts of gate 63 whether it is defined in your chart or not…

What is your relationship with doubt? 

Do you let doubt lead you into disempowering actions? Why or why not? 

In what ways can you turn doubt on its head (no pun intended!) and use it to fuel empowering questions and actions? 

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 63. 

And, if you have gate 63 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.