16 Gate of Skills

16 Gate of Skills

May 27, 2023


We’re currently tapped into 16 Gate of Skills, the energy of expression, mastery of skills through repetition.

The Gate of Skills, is the voice of “I experiment / identify or not”. It carries an enthusiasm as they lose themselves in their craft; achieving mastery in what they’re fascinated by.


From Spleen to Throat

Starting from the Spleen—the awareness center for instinct, intuition, fear & the immune system. 48 Gate of Depth is a deep instinctual awareness about potential logical solutions for the collective

It then reaches towards the Throat—the center for voice, expression, communication & action. Where 16 Gate of Skills, channels that intuitive depth + solutions and expresses them through a particular skill(s).

Together they create the 48-16 Channel of the Wavelength.

Gate 16 is here to achieve mastery through repetition. This is a logical yet highly creative energy. It’s an artistic, scientific approach as you hone your skills and verify the logical solutions offered by the 48.

But it’s important that you identify with your skill. You’re not here to master everything / anything just because you can or think you should. Make sure it’s something you feel compelled to explore + spend time doing. In fact, you might even find yourself skilled at having many skills!

Yet Gate 16 without the 48 might feel that their skills lack depth and grounding. The 16 look for the 48 to add depth and dimension to their skills.


Shadow Expressions

The Gate of Skills is here to experiment, to be courageous even if you might not know what the process or outcome is. Yet sometimes the pressure from others, your own expectations or even the fear along + shame of not getting something “right” the first time can hinder us from taking the very first step.

In the shadow expressions, this energy can feel paralyzing where you see the faults and allow perfectionist tendencies to stop yourself from ever starting. Reaching for depth and becoming addicted to systems, strategies, information and techniques but never acting on them.

“This is why experience is critical to this process of breaking free. It is not enough to daydream and plan how you might save the world — you have to actually begin the work.” —Richard Rudd



Collective Understanding Circuit

As part of the Collective Understanding Circuit, this energy is logical, future oriented and focused on creating, correcting patterns. This about sharing your observations, reflections with the collective.

Gate 16 and/or the 48-16 by itself is a projected energy, so recognition before sharing is important in order to be received by the right people.

If you have the 48-16 Channel of the Wavelength and the 58-18 Channel of Judgement active, then this whole stream becomes manifested. You have the ability to see what can be improved, what’s not working along with the depth and skills to master those solutions. Informing before you share with others can help remove resistance.


Lesson of Gate 16

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”—Anais Nin

One of the lessons of the Gate of Skills is that you won’t know until you try. To achieve full mastery is to surrender to your craft. To experiment in order to actually see what works or what doesn’t.

Ra often describes this energy as when the dancer becomes the dance or when living one’s life becomes it’s own masterpiece. This is the courage to take action, to take the first step and see what opens up. This is trust in the process, surrendering to the beauty of your craft however it looks like.

Wisdom of the Gate of Skills

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” —Walt Disney

The Wisdom of Gate 16 is that practice makes perfect. We don’t come into this world knowing how to do everything and that’s ok.

What are you fascinated by? What do you feel pulled to explore? What gets you into an almost hypnotic state when you’re in it? When you surrender to that curiosity, that fascination, that enthusiasm you tap into the potential to become highly versatile with a whole range of skills that is able to support the collective. Trust in that energetic cue.

You’re here to master your craft (or many). You might not know what the purpose is or what you’ll do with those skills but trust that when the time is right your Strategy & Authority will guide you.


Gate 16 Keynotes


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