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"Unveiling: The Inner Journey" Celebrates First Year Anniversary!

The Unveiling Community Celebrates First Anniversary with Gala Party

On Saturday, July 28th, founding members of the Unveiling Community – and new ones as well – gathered at Alay’nya’s home to toast the first anniversary of publication.

As featured in a McLean Connection article on “Pathways for Today’s Heroine”, by writer/photographer Lori Baker, guests each had a story to share about their own “inner journey.”

From left to right, Kim Murray, Alay’nya (Alianna Maren), and Katherine (“Kate”) Hanna. Photo by Lori Baker, McLean Connection. Used with permission.

(If this link doesn’t work, please go to: McLean Connection, click on “McLean” (upper right-hand corner of the title bar), and look for the article (central column) titled “A Pathway for Today’s Heroine.”

As described by Ms. Baker, writing for the McLean Connection:

“Last week, McLean author, Alianna Maren’s living room was filled with fascinating women. There were old friends, and new friends, several of whom edited or contributed to her recent book, “Unveiling: The Inner Journey.”

“The women gathered in her home, on a wooded and peaceful neck of McLean, to celebrate one year of the book’s publishing. Each guest had a unique background, and a special reason for being there. Among them were authors, dancers, a women’s organizational consultant and life coach, and a spiritual teacher, just to name a few. Each had an opinion of the book’s message, and each articulated the need for such a book in today’s world.”

Social commentator and activist photographer/videographer Kim Murray, whose thoughts on the Heroine’s Journey were captured in Unveiling, advocated teaching young women to embrace their life’s challenges. Her own story (for which her nom de plume Kirene is used) is featured in Unveiling’s Chapter 6, “The Hero’s Quest – and the Heroine’s As Well!,” pp. 72-74. As Kirene expresses it:

“If little girls were exposed to the female vision quest, and learned early on that life is full of victories and obstacles that must be overcome … then girls growing into womenhood would be better able mentally and emotionally to navigate … turbulent waters and resolve the perceived insurmountable.”

Unveiling’s editor, Katherine Hanna (seated right in the picture above) contributed to how Unveiling described the role of a Heroine’s Journey, as distinct from the well-known Hero’s Journey. Ms. Hanna offered the character of Lyra, in the movie The Golden Compass, and Sarah, in the movie Labyrinth, as examples of young women going on their Heroine’s Quests. Lyra’s goal was to rescue other children, including her friends. To do this, she had to do something in common with all Heroines – find and heal her most significant ally. Sarah likewise found and ennobled her allies. This characteristic of healing and empowering others is a distinguishing feature of the Heroine on her Quest.

Two other guests, Nicole Cutts, Ph.D., and Barbara Jewell, each spoke of how their lives had Heroic Quest aspects. Dr. Cutts (DC’s “Success Doc”) is a success coach for women who want to bringing their life-vision into reality. She was inspired by Unveiling’s description of how Heroine’s Quests are an important part of how we create our own success stories. She has hosted numerous women’s Vision Quest Retreat, with her newest (the “Social Media Butterfly” event) to occur this weekend.

Nicole Cutts, Ph.D. (left) and Barbara Jewell (right). Photo by Lori Baker, McLean Connection. Used with permission.

Barbara, who has lived abroad extensively, talked about how the experiences of shifting from one culture to another created a Heroic Journey for many young people as they navigated cultural transitions. This same theme resonated with author Charise Hoge, who also attended the event.

Artist of the Month – Maestro Dingwall Fleary

Maestro Dingwall Fleary – Celebrating Forty Years of Classical Music Leadership in McLean, VA

Maestro Dingwall Fleary, Founder and Music Director of both The McLean Symphony and the Reston Community Orchestra is working hard developing his Season Finale Concert for The McLean Symphony. This spectacular event will feature Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Choral Finale, the much-loved and ever-popular magnificent Ode to Joy.

Now why should this matter to you?
There are very few genius-level leaders who combine their artistic passion with intense devotion to their people. Forty years of “making music in McLean.” This is with an all-volunteer symphonic orchestra. (Actually, two such orchestras. The McLean Symphony traces its ancestry back to Maestro Fleary’s first founding of a classical chamaber group in McLean in 1971, and the Reston Community Orchestra has been in existence for 26 years.)
Some of his players have been with him for over two decades. Others travel for miles, after a hard day at their “day jobs,” to rehearse with him.
Why? Because by working with Maestro Fleary, they achieve heights of excellence – greatness even – that they would not reach with any amount of hard work and passion on their own. Not if they are being “volunteers” in their musical efforts. (And relatively few of us can afford to do our artistic work full-time.)
The mark of “true genius” changes over time. When we are young, it is all about our own fire; our brilliance and our passion. We epitomize the Magician archetype. And bluntly, society will forgive a great deal of self-centeredness in the young artist, provided that the gift is commensurate. We cut the “emerging prodigy” a great deal of slack.
Then, the artist matures to establishing himself or herself. He or she becomes an Emperor, recognized as the “preeminent expert” in a certain area. Maestro Fleary, for example, is very likely the world’s leading interpreter of Duke Ellington’s works, such as Harlem, which he featured in a recent TMS performance.
Beyond that, there is yet another stage; the Hierophant. The Hierophant is the master teacher, the Obi-Wan Kenobi. Hierophants are one of the least-understood archetypes of our society. However, once we understand the Hierophant concept, we see Hierophants in action all around us. They’re the senior executive who mentors the up-and-comer. They’re the Youth Pastor and the Girl Scout Troup Leader. They’re the college professor who always has an open door so that a student can come by and ask questions.
And even more than that, the most-developed Hierophants among us not only help us get through the college chemistry course; they help us have real, true, honest-to-God, for-real breakthroughs. These are the teachers whose books we read, whose audio CDs we listen to, whose blogs we follow. If we’re really lucky, we get to interact with them in person.
That’s why musicians travel from around the area for the privilege of performing in his orchestra.
Maestro Fleary was featured in Unveiling: The Inner Journey as an example of an “integrated person.”

Where to Look for the Latest

Archetypes, Pathworking, and the Fountain of Youth

There are three core themes in Unveiling: The Inner Journey:

  • Archetypes: Our “high-level roadmap” for personal power. This is the 10,000-foot-high view of our life-journey.
  • Pathworking: What we do on a day-to-day basis; this includes using a body art (such as Oriental dance, or the martial arts) for body awareness and integration. This also includes tension release and processing our emotional “stuff” – the emotional tensions and reactions that we store in our bodies.
  • Fountain of Youth: Intrinsic vital energy (ch’i) cultivation and circulation, and what we can do with our ch’i once we’ve cultivated enough to have something that lets us be effective.

In this Unveiling blog, I am currently focusing on the archetypes. This is largely new material that builds on the subjects of Chapters 7 and 11 of Unveiling.

In the Alay’nya blog, I focus on the Pathworking and creating our very own Fountain of Youth. The Pathworking develops material presented in Part II (Chapter 8), and Parts III – VI of Unveiling. The original Fountain of Youth material is in Chapter 29, “Pragmatic Esoterics” of Unveiling. What I’m developing in the Alay’nya blog has more to do with practical steps; the Unveiling material itself was more high-level and conceptual.

Your Six "Power Archetypes" – What Happens When One Doesn’t Function?

Six Core “Power Archetypes” – The Key to Personal Power

Imagine that you’re John Wayne, with the thundering power of six galloping horses under your control, as he had in the movie Stagecoach.

Your six core power archetypes take you through life, just as six horses pull the stagecoach.

Your six core power archetypes take you through life, just as six horses pull the stagecoach.

Such stirring, viscerally exciting stagecoach “powerhouses” still exist; and are still drawn by six powerful horses. There are still people who are excited by real stagecoaches and the power of their six-horse “engines.”

Now, imagine that you’re in the driver’s seat, thundering along at full speed. Your “six horses” are in fine form, as you cover dusty plains, heat-seared deserts, and mountainous terrain. You know each member of your team; each is integral.

And suddenly – one of your horses takes a stumble; he breaks a leg, and you no longer have that essential horse on your team. That crucial “balance of power” that enables you to move at top speed, easily covering the most difficult terrain, is broken. Now, lacking just one of your integral “powerhouses,” you are much more vulnerable – to attacks by Indian war parties, to raiders and bandits, and even to rivals who will beat you to the next town with important news.

The value of archetypes?

You are the stagecoach. Everything that you are, that you value, that carries you through life, is your “stagecoach.” It’s your job, and the skills and abilities that enable you to perform on your job. It’s your special interests, and the skills that you’ve built up over a lifetime that lets you cultivate your interests. It’s your role in your community, your church, your family, and society at large.

The six horses that get you through life? These are your core power archetypes. You need each one. Doing without a single core power archetype is like driving a six-horse stagecoach with only five horses. It can be done, certainly, but not nearly as effectively as when all six are in harness.

From the last blogpost, we remember advice from author Michael F. Andrew, in How to Think Like a CEO and Act Like a Leader, which talked about “treating issues coldly and people warmly.”

Your Emperor archetype is the one that “treats issues coldly.” However, without your Isis/Empress archetype, you wouldn’t be able to to “treat people warmly.” Many of our most masculine heroes – from Ronald Reagen to yes, John Wayne, had the ability to “treat people warmly.” They had a fully-developed feminine Isis/Empress archetype. In fact, they each had a complete set of all six power archetypes. Having and using all their “core power archetypes” was what let them be so effective.

How about you? Do you have, know, and use at will each of your “core power archetypes”? Check through your core masculine archetypes. How strong, potent, and effective are your inner masculine roles? These are your: Magician (visionary and strategic thinker), Emperor (organize, lead, and get-things-done), and Hierophant (teacher, mentor, guide).

How vital and well-formed are your three core feminine archetypes? These are your: High Priestess (wise, contemplative, intuitive; your deepest sense of internal-steering), Isis/Empress (nurturing and caring), and Hathor (fun-loving, sensual, and playful).

Are each of these functioning in good order?

For more, read Chapters 7 and 11 of Unveiling: The Inner Journey.

Alay'nya - author of "Unveiling: The Inner Journey"

Alay’nya – author of Unveiling: The Inner Journey

Very best wishes as discover and empower each of your core archetypes during your own inner journey!

(Alianna J. Maren, Ph.D.)

Author of Unveiling: The Inner Journey
You are the Jewel in the Heart of the Lotus. Become the Jewel!

The Unveiling Journey blog details the theory – archetypes, life journeys, integration.

To experience your own Journey in a structured, safe, and gentle (yet effective) setting, visit Alay’nya’s website, and consider either a workshop with Alay’nya or one-on-one coaching.


Connect with Alay’nya and the Unveiling Community

Unveiling, by Alay'nya, currently has an overall five-star Amazon rating.

Unveiling, by Alay’nya, currently has twenty five-star Amazon reviews.

This blog series develops themes originally published in Unveiling: The Inner Journey, published by Mourning Dove Press.

Unveiling currently has twenty 5-star Amazon reviews, and has been recommended by luminaries:

  • Dr. Christiane Northrup – “This book is delightful”
  • Midwest Book Review, in Bethany’s Books – reviews by Susan Bethany – “highly recommended”
  • Nizana al Rassan, writing for (the now out of circulation) – “a fascinating read with so much wisdom and solid advice.”



Julie Marie Rahm, aka America’s Mindset Mechanic on Unveiling: The Inner Journey

What does Julie Rahm, America’s Mindset Mechanic and author of Handle Everything: Eight Tools You Need to Live Well and Prosper have to say about Unveiling: The Inner Journey?

Julie writes:

Unveiling is the definitive guidebook for women who want to experience lives of joy and fulfillment, and who just want to exhale into each day. Alay’nya reveals powerful, personal stories of her own life journey to fascinating womanhood, sensuality, and self-acceptance in ways that struck me like a velvet hammer. Her fresh approach to living illuminated my own bind spots. It is impossible to read Unveiling without awakening to new and possibly shocking self-awareness. For women ready to make real and lasting changes toward enlightenment and bliss, Unveiling is a must-read..”

Read this and more reviews of Unveiling: The Inner Journey.





Julie Marie Rahm, America’s Mindset Mechanic

Check out Julie Marie Rahm!

Julie Marie Rahm, America’s Mindset Mechanic and author of Handle Everything: Eight Tools You Need to Live Well and Prosper and also Military Kids Speak (great for parents, teachers, and coaches of military kids) uses a great technique that can help you clear energy blockages, ranging from those from this life through the influence of your ancestral karma. Connect with Julie at info (at) americasmindsetmechanic (dot) com to learn more about how she can help you.

Books by Julie Marie Rahm, America’s Mindset Mechanic



Copyright (c) 2013, Alay’nya (Alianna J. Maren, Ph.D.). All rights reserved.
Blog originally posted September 15, 2011. Revised and updated, October 22, 2013.

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Mastering the "Power Archetypes" – Essential for CEOs and Strategic Leaders

Using the Six Core Power Archetypes – A Leadership Essential

Why are successful CEOs paid so much more than other key members of a leadership team? It’s not just the responsibility; the “buck stops here” factor. It’s not just business experience and ability to “perform.” Rather, there is a skill required in leadership situations – a very special skill – that very few have. So few people have this skill, really, that those that do command the most prestigious jobs. They have the most influence and leverage. While each of us creates a “ripple effect” in the world around us, those few people who have this unique skill have a “ripple effect” that can travel around the world (multiple times), and persist long after the person is still in place, carrying out his or her role. In some cases, the impact of these people lasts for centuries. They create true legacy.

This skill, I’m convinced, is not just the ability to deal with complexity, but something more complex in itself.

Imagine that you – or anyone whom you know – works within an “imaginary room.” There are different “walls” in this room. Each “wall” represents a kind of interaction that is required for the job.

Suppose that someone has a relatively simple job, in terms of “interaction complexity.” They might be doing a very highly skilled task – such as programming a complex system. But their “interaction complexity” is limited to just a few “walls.” This person has their boss or team leader, their co-workers or those who are providing inputs to the system design, and – of course – the “system” itself. This person may be paid a great deal, depending on the complexity of the system that they’re programming, and the level of insight and skill that they bring to the task. But there is a “cap” on their salary – and on their growth within the organization. This “cap” relates to the complexity of the “room” in which the person lives. In this case, their “room” has just three “walls”; team leader, co-workers, and computer system.

Now, think of yourself in a CEO (or similar leadership) role. Your job requires you to live in a “room” with very many “walls.” There is your Board and the Board Chair, your direct reports, your clients, and – of course – the product or services that your company offers. Within the realm of “direct reports,” there is further complexity. Marketing, for example, is a very different “wall” than is finance, which is different from operations, etc.

What makes your job both interesting and demanding is the need for you to “switch gears” as needed. Your job environment is the Swiss Alps race track; as described in a previous blogpost on Your V8 Power Car Engine.

The most effective, and successful, CEOs manage by calling on their different power modes as appropriate, and as needed.

One good example of this kind of power mode integration is described by author Michael F. Andrew, in his book, How to Think Like a CEO and Act Like a Leader. One of his first points is to “treat issues coldly and treat people warmly.” This is direct advice to combine two power modes; your Emperor (your logical, facts-and-figures, results-oriented mode), and your Empress/Isis (your caring, feeling-oriented, relationship-building mode). These are entirely different modes of being. Successful leaders use both – and four others as well! (They also, for “filling their well,” draw on their two reserve modes also.)

I know of several people who do this kind of “gear shifting” very well. Two well-known luminaries are current Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. (They are both profiled in Chapter 11: “Switching State” of Unveiling: The Inner Journey.

Closer to home, Maestro Dingwall Fleary, Musical Director for both Reston Community Orchestra and the The McLean Symphony, is an excellent example of a leader who can “shift roles” as need be. He finds this ability essential to his success in leading people and in bringing out their “best possible performance.” And just as as business offers quarterly profits as immediate and direct feedback on the CEO’s skill, a symphony’s performance is a direct feedback on the conductor’s skill. It’s partly the quality of the musicians, and it’s mostly what the conductor can get out of them.

For more, read Chapter 11: “Shifting State,” in Unveiling: The Inner Journey.

The Risks in Practicing "Unveiling" (And Yes, They’re Real)

I had coffee this morning with a young colleague; a woman who is truly brilliant; an “out-of-the-box” genius-level thinker, and who is also the mother of a very active son. I showed her the proof copy of Unveiling.

“Weren’t you scared to write this?” she asked. “After all, you’re saying everything in this book.”

“Yes,” I told her. I was scared, and I still am. I wrote and rewrote, figuring that I was going to be ostracized by the scientific community forever. “The only solution,” I told her, “was that I had to go big and bold. I couldn’t hold back.”

I came home, and after a bit, went down to the “Diva Den” to watch a movie and stretch out. It turns out that Agora, the story of Hypatia of Alexandria, was on. I nearly wept as I watched it, already knowing Hypatia’s story.

She was a brilliant mathematician and astronomer. And she was murdered by a mob of Christian monks, who stripped her naked, skinned her alive with potshards, dragged her body through the streets, and finally burned her. (Accounts vary as to whether or not she was burned alive.)

Hypatia was brutally murdered not just because she was an intellectual leader and an abstract philosopher, and not just because she didn’t convert to Christianity, but because she was a woman.

Yes, it is very scary for all of us women to reclaim our inherent wholeness, and with this, our intrinsic power.

From Unveiling: The Inner Journey, Chapter 9, “A Real Woman’s Path – Really Does Exist” (p. 128):

It is not that we expect to be burned at the stake for taking time for our inner selves. However, history is replete with examples of women who have been burned at the stake, for crimes ranging from knowing their own sexuality, to spending time with animals, to having healing wisdom and knowledge of herbs.

The famous Venetian “honored courtesan” Veronica Franco was persecuted by the Inquisition. Although she survived, the experience broke her spirit (and ruined her financially), and she left Venetian society. She died in poverty some ten years later.

The Miletan philosopher Aspasia was renowned for her intellectual leadership as well. She influenced Socrates and other leading thinkers of her time. She was put on trial for “impiety.”

One crucial thesis of Unveiling is that Oriental dance is a women’s body/mind/psyche/energy integration pathway. And since our dance form is intrinsically sensual, we are denigrated for practicing it. If we were doing karate, we’d be respected. That is, if we did a martial art, we would get respect; if we do a “Venusian art,” we are trivialized.

And yes, I’m coming out with a book that puts all of who I am on the line. My scientific identity and my “dance” persona; my research into esoteric practices and my latest “discoveries.” All in one big (544, but easy-to-read) volume.

And yes, I’m scared.

Your thoughts? Your comments?