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I've spent two decades uncovering and decoding The Mysterial Sequence - a developmental pathway supporting women in the unlocking of their innate potential. It has a very intentional and powerful order, which you can sample by journeying through each of the videos:
The Mysterial Sequence began by cultivating The Mother archetype so that our Radiant Presence could wrap its loving arms around us as well as others. We then brought our own Hero onto the field to perform bold and Empowered Action to initiate our projects in the world. This awakened The Father, whose order, structure, and systems enable us to navigate the halls of power and access the True Authority necessary to thrive there over time. Once solid, we could free ourselves to reclaim The Maiden and release our Joyful Creativity, reconnecting with our spontaneous nature and innovative genius. And now the fifth and final gate...
The Crone Archetype
The Crone’s capacities are flavored with a particular sharpness, clarity, and strength. Since it is the first archetype to work with both Yin and Yang energies together, the Crone is a very big energy to take in. This is not an archetype to activate carelessly. The ground must be well prepared with the first four archetypes of the Mysterial Sequence. If not—and sometimes even when—The Crone can instigate some major breakdowns before breakthrough occurs.
With a healthy inner Crone, an adult woman finds her ability to unflinchingly speak truth to power. Though it may be painful to be on the receiving end, her intention is to do no harm. She is both fierce and compassionate.
She brings the capacity to be with chaos and uncertainty, to be able to perceive that best next step in the unfolding of what is trying to emerge. The Crone doesn’t need to know more. The Crone archetype lives in the meeting place of knowing and Mystery. Synchronicities and dreams are a normal and natural communication tool. The Crone enables us to become more spiritually awake and in tune with the sacredness of all existence. She is the WAY SHOWer – guide between the realms – embracing dark and light.
The Crone allows us to have an open heart and to be with heartbreak—our own suffering and the suffering of others. She brings the strength and discernment to know what must die and pass away, even if it is an idea or a business. The Crone may even catalyze a major breakdown in your life, if that is what is required to help you move forward on your journey. She helps us to recognize death as a necessary and sacred part of life, not the enemy of it.
Being completely with what is – open to the Mystery…
She uses the language of Ritual to connect the unseen with the seen. Knows the power of Silence – knows how to act from this place of a deep Stillness… partnered with the mystery waiting for all the pieces to arrive before stepping forward.
And because of that, the Crone guides us to hold a space for something new and more effective to emerge from the ashes of the old.
The Crone Wound
This potent “wise woman” archetypal force of the Feminine has often nudged its way to the surface of our culture, only to be demonized, time and time again. Women’s natural talents for counseling, healing and sourcing community wisdom were suppressed in the 11th century when university centers of higher knowledge were founded, available exclusively to men.
And once public service required university credentials, women were effectively removed from the intellectual life of the community. Inside the paradigm of that patriarchal culture, women’s embodied ways of knowing and their ability to speak truth to power were a clear threat to the hierarchy.
Christianity retained a limited connection with the feminine as Maiden and Mother, but systematically eliminated the Crone. This happened most notably during the witch burning times of the 15–17th centuries and during the Inquisition in Europe and the Puritanism of the New World. An estimated 5 million women were drowned, hung, or burned at the stake over a period of 300 years—that’s 16,667 women killed per year—often for no other reason than just being a woman. Even surviving to old age could get you branded as a witch; that’s how threatening her uniquely powerful feminine presence was to the social order.
The core limiting belief of The Crone is:
"I don’t have enough knowledge, connections or influence."
Over-identification with The Crone archetype results in the active shadow of ‘The Hag’ taking over…
- Using different ways of knowing to gather information as a source of ego centered power
- Delivering wisdom in a mean-spirited truth-telling way
Underdevelopment of The Crone energy leads women into the passive shadow of ‘The Denier’...
- Constant self-doubt
- Feeling confused and powerless
- Deferring to everyone else to tell you the truth about what is going on
These painful collective memories survive in our cells. It’s why we have struggled to be able to open our arms wide to the wise woman within. Of course, it hasn’t helped that our still mostly patriarchal culture persistently encourages women to remain maidens and mothers forever. But this is not to be. The wise woman archetype is arising now, whether anyone likes it or not. This is her time, and in this activation is where you will encounter her.
Bringing The Crone into The Light
When the light of your conscious awareness burns through The Crone shadows, the healthy Crone begins to gather strength and substance in your psyche, supporting you to:
- Hold seeming opposites without contradiction
- Cut away what no longer serves, or allow it to dissolve
- See patterns in the chaos, piercing through confusion
- Draw upon all sources of knowing whether conventional or not
- Stay with the not-knowing, the Mystery, if that is what is called for
The healthy Chrone energy is a catalytic force, able to stand at the crossroads, synthesize complexity and bridge between extremely divergent people, worlds, and ideas so that something new and better can arise. Deep in the foundation of your being, resonates the truth of The Crone’s liberating belief:
“I am an evolving source of Wisdom, Love and Power.”
This last initiation in The Mysterial Sequence brings a great synthesizing force in the psyche that is now able to guide and direct the other archetypal forces—knowing when to be still and rest, when to pulse forward into action, when to build and structure, when to break apart and innovate and when to turn up the heat and let things transform. You have an Alchemical Authenticity that makes you an agent of change simply by being yourself.
Two Simple Practices to Activate The Healthy Crone Archetype
This is always the essential place to begin, in order to unhook from these deeply unconscious limiting beliefs, so we can recognize them showing up, this is the part that consciousness plays. For a week, notice where the Limiting belief shows up in your experience “I do not have enough knowledge, connections or influence. ” Notice your thoughts, feelings, body sensations and what behaviors are possible or not possible. Notice moments when you shrink back, doubt yourself, feel activated, etc.. The very act of even noticing it loosens it from the unconscious, disrupting the habitual pattern in your operating system.
This is a Practice for Being With The Mystery: Simply Being With 'What IS'.
Choose a period of time, maybe two hours or half a day, to not resist anything that you experience. Assume that nothing you encounter “should” be any other way than it is, even if it is very unpleasant.
For example, you are driving to work and the traffic is much worse than you expected. In fact, it is making you late for an important meeting. Notice when the resistance arises “I can’t be late! This traffic is ridiculous; why is everyone driving so badly?!...I’ve got to get out of here!” Notice how much you resist what is.
There are so many ways that we resist what is. You may wake up with a sore back, or to a cranky child, with the belief that “this is a problem, a setback, and should be different.” You may hear of a dear friend’s cancer diagnosis. At work you may be sitting in a meeting that drones on, resisting it with intense frustration. It goes on all day. Just notice how much of your life energy and attention goes into resisting what is rather than accepting it and moving forward.
For deepening, you may choose to journal on your experience.
- What thoughts came up? What feelings were generated? Are there any particular body sensations or postures you take when you are resisting something?
- How might your life be different without this resistance to 'what is'?
There is always that edge of doubt.
Trust it, that's where the new things come from.
If you can't live with it, get out,
Because when it's gone, you're on Automatic,
Repeating something you've learned.
Let your prayer be:
Save me from that tempting certainty that
Leads me back from the Edge,
That dark edge where the first light breaks.
- "The Edge of Doubt" by Albert Huffstickler
Thank you for exploring with me. And now I invite you to weave the thread of your own heart into the conversation - just use the comment section below. How do you experience the Crone Wound in your life? Where do you feel her wise energy already present, and ever-growing?
This video is meant to introduce you to the Crone gate and begin to explore how it shows up in your life. To fully work through each one of the 5 gates, and to shift the limiting beliefs, we need to dive much deeper. This is what we do in my global online course Mysterial Leadership Essentials. I would be delighted to have you join us!