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Exploring Gene Key 36 and Human Design Gate 36: Embracing the Dance of Chaos and Order

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In the realms of spirituality, self-discovery, and personal growth, various systems offer profound insights into the human experience. Among these, Gene Keys and Human Design stand out as potent tools for understanding oneself and navigating life's complexities.

Gene Key 36 and its corresponding Human Design Gate 36 delve into the themes of chaos, order, and the dance between the two. Let's explore the essence of these concepts and discover practical ways to integrate this wisdom into your life.

Human Design Gate 36: The Gate of Crisis

In Human Design, Gate 36 is associated with the solar plexus (your emotional center) and the theme of Crisis. It is the emotional wave that carries us from pain to hope. It signifies the potential for breakthroughs amidst chaos and turmoil.

“The 36th Gift doesn’t freeze. It doesn’t close down. It stays open. Wow. Do you know what that entails? Someone or something completely threatens to overwhelm us, and we stay open. Our heart may recoil for a few moments, but we breathe deeply into our chest, anchor ourselves in the belly, and look the experience right in the eye.” – Richard Rudd, 64 Ways

Those with Gate 36 have a gift for navigating crises and transforming challenges into opportunities for growth and innovation. They bring clarity and order out of chaos, catalyzing positive change in both personal and collective realms.

On the shadow side, Human Design Gate 36 is the energy for lacking compassion for yourself or others. It can lead to beating yourself up and holding yourself to impossible (emotional or sexual) standards. There can be an inability to relax and a tendency to create emotional drama. You can either become the crisis or instill crisis in others. The fear of inadequacy drives you to gain more experience. It is important to wait for emotional clarity before you leap into taking action.

We all carry these shadows and gifts within us no matter what your Human Design chart looks like. Take a moment to reflect on how you respond to crises. Do you open your heart with compassion and surrender to what is or do you retract, put on your armor and go into defense mode? Maybe it is neither of those extremes.

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Gene Key 36: The Dance of Chaos and Order

In the Gene Keys system developed by Richard Rudd, this is often described as the gene of Crisis. It represents the evolutionary journey from disorder to order, chaos to harmony. At its core, this gene key teaches us that chaos is not merely destructive; it's a vital force of transformation. Embracing chaos allows us to break free from stagnant patterns and evolve into higher states of consciousness.

The shadow in the gene keys is Turbulence. When I hear the word turbulence, I think about the ocean. When the waves are strong and turbulent, there is no clarity in the water. Things are murky and unclear. The force of the water can whisk you away or even drown you. The temptation is to panic and fight but any surfer knows that the secret to surviving the turbulence is to surrender. Fighting will only rob you of your vital energy. I think this is also the secret to navigating our emotional crises. Surrender to your humanity and have compassion for yourself and others.

If you repress this shadow, you can become very nervous. You can be terrified of any change and also repress your sexuality. All this inner turbulence is trapped inside your body and affects the nervous system. Over time this can result in turning to drugs to self-soothe, having a nervous breakdown, or it can even grow into cancer.

If you are reactive to this shadow then you become prone to crisis. It can cause you to have destructive emotional situations in your life on an ongoing basis. You become a walking soap opera! Rather than repressing your sexuality, you are more likely to have sexual affairs and conceal them through guilt. Your inability to deal with your emotions and sexuality creates more turmoil in many different facets of life.

Among mystics, the 36th Shadow has long been known as the Dark Night of the Soul. It is an archetype within human beings that pulls us towards the unknown, and that draws the unknown towards us. In so doing, this Shadow tests your levels of frequency and offers you the opportunity to transcend your own suffering. It tends to draw crisis towards itself like a magnet. If you do not break out of your own victim patterns but continue to resist your true nature, you will keep being shown the same lessons again and again until you learn from them.“– Richard Rudd.

Have you noticed that you attract the same types of people or situations in your life again and again? There is a lesson you aren't learning, wisdom you aren't embodying.

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Practical Tips for Emodying the Gifts of Gene Key 36 and Gate 36:

  1. Embrace Change and Uncertainty: Instead of fearing chaos, welcome it as a catalyst for growth. Understand that periods of upheaval often precede significant breakthroughs. Cultivate resilience and adaptability to thrive in changing circumstances.

  2. Find Balance Between Structure and Flexibility: Recognize the importance of both order and chaos in your life. Establish routines and structures to provide stability, but remain open to spontaneity and experimentation. Allow room for serendipity and unexpected opportunities to emerge.

  3. Cultivate Self-Awareness: Reflect on how you respond to crises and challenges. Notice your patterns of behavior and thought during times of chaos. Develop mindfulness practices such as meditation or journaling to deepen your self-awareness and insight.

  4. Harness Creativity: Channel the energy of chaos into creative expression. Explore new ideas, hobbies, or artistic pursuits. Use creativity as a tool for self-discovery and problem-solving, allowing your intuition to guide you toward innovative solutions.

  5. Seek Support and Collaboration: During times of crisis, don't hesitate to reach out for support. Lean on friends, family, or mentors who can offer guidance and encouragement. Collaborate with others to pool resources and navigate challenges together.

  6. Practice Surrender: Learn to surrender control and trust in the unfolding of life's journey. Release attachment to outcomes and surrender to the wisdom of the universe. Surrendering doesn't mean giving up; it means letting go of resistance and allowing the natural flow of life to carry you forward.

  7. Celebrate Your Transformations: Acknowledge and celebrate the growth that arises from navigating crises. Each challenge overcome is a testament to your strength and resilience. Cultivate gratitude for the lessons learned and the person you are becoming.


Gene Key 36 and Human Design Gate 36 invite us to embrace the dance of chaos and order in our lives. By understanding and integrating the wisdom of these teachings, we can navigate crises with grace and resilience, transforming challenges into opportunities for growth and evolution. Embrace change, cultivate self-awareness, and harness the power of creativity to navigate life's twists and turns with confidence and clarity.

Remember, within every crisis lies the seed of transformation waiting to blossom.

If you would like to dive deeper into your human design and gene keys, please don't hesitate to reach out. I offer guidance through written reports and books, video recordings, an online course, a weekly group coaching program, and private sessions. There is something for everyone!



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