The Book of Lines: Human Design Gateway 63, Doubts, Lines 1-6
Last time, we explored Hexagram 37, learning how we take on the responsibilities of working within a community, while staying true to ourselves. Now, the sun is moving into Human Design Gateway 63, which is the gateway we call “Doubts.”
What are doubts? Doubts are these concerns that things aren’t going properly in your life. Doubts bring about all kinds of worries. Did I get this right? Did I get that right? Am I on the right track here? Am I aimed in the right direction? Am I living my life according to the best possible turnout?
So how do you focus this critical perception, the ability to recognize mistakes and potential pitfalls, in a way that doesn’t keep you bogged down in doubts and second-guessing, but instead allows you to progress through life carefully, while remaining present and enjoying your accomplishments?
Gate 63 on its own finds it very easy to fill the gaps in other people’s plans or proposals, but always has to be alert to share suggestions rather than point out personal failings or misgivings. Any suggestions are shared as potential concepts, and not personal and moral prerogatives.
Let’s take a look at the 63rd Human Design gateway line by line:
First Line: Investigation
The first line provides the foundation for the whole Hexagram. And here, the foundation of doubt is investigation. You’re checking things out. You’ve got your eye on things. You’re constantly reviewing your circumstances.
You either retain or lose your poise as the effects of your achievements become apparent. It’s a constant analysis. You can either be content to move on once you’ve accomplished something, or you can question it and poke holes in it. “Maybe I missed something, maybe I could’ve done it a little better,” etc.
The risk is that in continuously analyzing your life, you seem to chase unnecessary achievements. So, the key thing here is to be present and available in your actions.
Second Line: Being Reserved
Second lines have the quality of being natural, and here, the line is called, “Being reserved: remaining steadfast in your life’s quest for personal integrity.”
We’re talking about a collective thing here. And the collective is, by definition, based on a collection of viewpoints, received wisdom, opinions, traditions, rules and belief systems. And the second line, in its natural way, will hold back judgment on these things. You wish to remain personally integrated in the collective, and you aren’t going to criticize anything unless it’s really essential to do so.
You hold true to your aims through difficult times, whether you impress others or not. Isn’t that really a foundational statement for all of us? To stay true to our own aims, to our own process through our own journey, and not get thrown off or distracted by expectations from outside?
Third Line: Revitalizing
The third line here is called, “Revitalizing: considering high ideals in all matters.” Remember, we’re in this arena of doubt here. You’re asking yourself, is it right? Is it going to work? Is it going to break down? And here the third line says, okay, we’ll just stick to the principle of high ideals in all things. There may be a point to criticize, but let’s just see. Can we raise the bar? Can we keep things on a high level?
The pressure to achieve compels you through profound doubts over your aims and allies. Sometimes people let us down, or they can’t see what it is we’re going towards, but nonetheless there’s just a pressure to achieve. You’ve got to carry on with this thing come hell or high water. You’re going to go through it even though the doubts are coming in.
On the other side of it, sometimes you are rigid with yourself and others while pursuing your objectives. You might find that you don’t have any room for flexibility. You’re going to stay on track no matter what, and this can blinker your vision at times. Definitely something to be aware of.
Fourth Line: Being Clear
The fourth line is always the one that wants to bring other people together and get everybody included. And here the line is called “Being clear: remaining alert for potential disturbances to your fulfillment.” You’re just checking to see that everybody is with you, that you’re all on the same page.
By describing your thought processes to others, you alleviate any doubts in a timely fashion. You quickly anticipate any potential complications in life so that they are resolved easily. You do the maintenance checks before things start falling to pieces. You anticipate what might go wrong. You do the scans. You crunch the numbers before you launch into things.
You can be overconfident in resolving problems and tend to make hasty decisions. But that’s not always a bad thing. Sometimes Hasty decisions come off. They sometimes work. Sometimes you see it all the way through. But sometimes they can lead to a whole bunch of complications. The thing is to be aware of when doubt gives way to worry. Worry is when you continue on about something way past the point where everything has already been satisfied, completed, done.
Fifth Line: Being Beneficent
The fifth line here is called, “Being beneficent: considering sincerity above showiness.” The fourth line has already anticipated anything that might go wrong. So, the fifth line is just going to stay focused. You’re going to stay with it, and you’re not going to drift off and potentially miss something.
Great achievements are possible if you candidly examine your doubts and actions along the way. The fifth line is scanning constantly. Are the doubts being satisfied? Are they being put aside? Is the worry being assuaged?
You might easily forget to have a heartfelt celebration when you complete your endeavor. You’re generally a couple of steps ahead of everybody else. You’re scanning for potential difficulties, anticipating everything and seeing the task through. But here is a call to let yourself enjoy the moment when you finally do get things done. Let yourself celebrate and blow off some steam.
Sixth Line: Anticipating
The sixth line is called “Anticipating: when completing anything, remain present and looking forwards.” Looking forwards is key here. Dragging your mind out of past situations into the present is a lifelong awareness process. I think we can all relate to this. The worries that nag at us. The concerns over past mistakes that we feel might be haunting us.
It can be great to recap everything, but the fact is the past is done. It’s finished. There’s nothing to be rearranged there. You can rewrite the history if you like, but the whole point of life is to stay present. That’s the nature of this 63rd Human Design gateway: You move on in life when you accept current resolutions and leave old doubts behind.
When a project is complete and all the worries and concerns are over with, when you’re able to leave the doubts behind, it’s such a relief, such an opportunity to celebrate.
So, there we are, that’s the 63rd Human Design gateway. We’ll check in again soon. In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about Human Design and discover how your own Design informs and shapes your life, get your Free Human Design Report today.