Last week, we explored Hexagram 28 in the Human Design Chart, which showed us how to play the game of life. Now we shift gears into the 44. The 44th hexagram is the hexagram of Patterns. It’s very much about the nose—how we sniff out what’s happening around us. It’s about instinct and cellular memory, and immediately following the threads of alertness to reveal a whole tapestry of patterns and intentions.
All of us have experienced times when we have a taste of something, we drink something, we smell something, and all of a sudden it reminds us of another chapter in our lives. We’re transported to something that was going on for us when we were a baby, or some memory of some other time. And that’s what this 44th gateway is about—this instinctual cellular memory.
Traditionally, the 44 is called “Coming to Meet.” Notice it’s not going to meet; it’s coming to meet. It’s a coming together. And in that coming together, there’s an internal recognition of what it is in life, or who it is in life, that’s approaching you. It’s about this very quick recognition of a changing situation or somebody else’s motivations. Maybe their gifts, maybe their talents, maybe their intentions for you, maybe their agendas.
The 44 can just get this stuff instantly, instinctually, and make internal adjustments as needed.
Let’s see how this plays out in the Human Design Chart, line by line:
First Line: Be Alert
First lines are always the foundation of the hexagram. If you want to find out what the hexagram is all about, have a look at the first line. Here, the first line is called “Be alert: Watching all internal sensations while interacting with others.”
It’s about your nose, your sense of smell, and your instincts that are picking up on stuff around you. Everybody may be in the same circumstance, but you’ve got to trust your own gift. So, it comes down to the internal sensations you’re getting and being able to pick up on the clues they give you. You either pay attention to your instinctive warnings or ignore them and endure the results.
I think all of us have been in a situation where we’ve had a signal; we had a clear instinct about something or other, but we put our attention on something else, and sure enough, we missed the possibility of following through on our instincts. So, the first line here is telling us to stay alert to those opportunities.
Second Line: Be Conscientious
Second lines always have this great quality of innocence. But they are also subject to being unsophisticated and criticized for that lack of sophistication. Because they go about things in such an easy, natural way, they don’t necessarily see the complications in certain situations. The second line here is called, “Being Conscientious: Watching any impulse to give yourself away.” So, again, it’s telling you to trust your instincts. Trust what comes to you. Whether it makes any logical sense or not, trust it.
When you restrain any impulses to act carelessly, you can easily handle all situations. So, it comes down to paying attention. It’s about being conscientious about the signals that you are getting and recognizing the impulses that threaten to pull you off course.
Your brash way of interacting may cause you to ignore your hunches and lose perspective. All of us, at one point, have felt like we just wanted to get on with things. You might be getting the signal that tells you to change course, but you just want to push on through anyway. It’s something to watch out for here.
Third Line: Holding Back
Third line’s always have this pioneering aspect. With a natural curiosity, you have this potential to go into things headfirst with a great sense of trust. But here, the third line is called “Holding back: Recognizing an occasional need to hesitate in asserting yourself.” You read a situation, and maybe your impulse is to just jump in, but maybe there’s more to that situation. Follow the thread and get the whole layout before you commit yourself.
The caution here is to be aware that third lines always have an issue with commitment. There is a call to be aware of when it is right or wrong for you to commit yourself in a particular situation. There can be a tendency to get caught up in other people’s egos and to go along with other people’s agendas. We all have to be really careful about that.
Trusting your instincts or needing to impress others makes you clear, or not, in your actions. Ask yourself, “Am I impressing myself or impressing everybody else? Am I living true to myself, or am I playing to the audience around me?” Remember: You’re here to live your life, no one else’s.
Fourth Line: Forbearing
Fourth lines always have this capacity to be influential and bring clarity into other people’s lives. The fourth line here is called “Forbearing: Being tolerant in your interactions with others.”
Even if you can read what’s really needed, it works well for you when you can draw people to your way of seeing things. Being clear with your own intentions allows you to gain support. If you want others to go along with your agenda to buy your product, invest in your program, then you must first be very clear with your intention. This will allow you to naturally engage the trust of other people and gain their support.
You often assume assistance from others despite your previously being distant. There’s a tendency toward getting caught up in whatever it is your doing and assuming that everyone will still support and assist you, even after you might have previously left them on the sidelines.
Fifth Line: Integrating
The fifth line always has the potential for leadership. It has the grand of view of things, the vision of what can be done, often beyond the mundane and what is considered normal. The line is called “Integrating: upholding a presence that is exemplary.” This means that you’re in it on behalf of everybody else and in support of everybody else around you in an honorable way.
You align with the laws of nature and high integrity. You can see what everybody needs, what everybody is wanting here, what’s to be put forward, how to read the situations, and you have the potential of being here to serve.
On the other side of this potential to serve is the potential to take advantage. You have a drive to convince others in ways that maneuver them to your own advantage. Because you can see the bigger picture perhaps more clearly than those around you, there’s always the potential for a bit of manipulation. So that’s something to be aware of. Everybody is to be treated from a place of high integrity, because that is what ultimately furthers the world.
Sixth Line: Withdrawing
As a sixth line, you see the whole picture with great clarity and have the potential to get overwhelmed by the lack of clarity in people around you. So, the whole question with the sixth line is whether to get involved or not. Which is why here, the sixth line is called, “Withdrawing: Protecting yourself from becoming overwhelmed.”
People don’t know what their agendas are; they don’t know what they’re demanding of life, and you can read that. There’s this feeling that everybody wants a piece of you, or a piece of your ability to get the whole picture. So, the sixth line has this aspect of withdrawing. But something to watch out for is that while distancing yourself from complex situations ensures your own wellbeing, it can also attract criticism.
The key here is support. You move through tough situations advantageously while maintaining the support of others. What a great thing it is when you get support from other people, particularly in this area where you have the knack, you’re getting the agenda, you’re seeing what’s really going on, and then you somehow find a way to get everyone to join in with you and lend their support.
When you can garner that support, that’s when things really start to work. That’s when things get fun. Life wants us to have an amazing experience here because life is an amazing experience whether we acknowledge it or not. And the 44 just gives us access to a very different realm of comprehension. It’s that quick viewing of situations. That clear, instinctive sense of where things are going.
So, there we are, that’s the 44th gateway in the Human Design chart. we’ll check in again soon. In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about Human Design, and discover how your own Human Design chart informs and shapes your life, get your Free Human Design Report today.