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After 15 years of running university certificate women’s leadership depth programs, I have seen the need to offer an online introductory program.
Women from all around the world will join together in this program to awaken the core Feminine and Masculine essences that are presented in our recently released book, The Way of the Mysterial Woman: Upgrading How You Live, Love and Lead, and I am very excited about the possibilities for emerging Mysterial women.
Why the Mysterial Woman and Why Now?
Many women are feeling the limitations of an outdated model of leadership that has been ascendant for over 5,000 years and that predominantly leverages the Masculine capacities (in men and women) to make things happen quickly, in a linear way, using power-over approaches, competition with others, clear goals for growth and a command and control structure.
I’ve seen women struggling with this dilemma for all of the 20+ years I’ve been doing in-depth women’s leadership development programs. We are taught to keep working harder to become a super woman — try a new job, a new relationship, a new diet. But there is a deep feeling of misalignment within us that just doesn’t go away. It is as though we keep trying to add new software to an outdated inner operating system in the hopes that we will feel better, yet the system keeps crashing.
I believe that women are uniquely poised to play a pivotal role as agents of creative change in this turbulent time on our planet. But in order to be a match for these complex times, women need a new way of being that brings together all of our Feminine and Masculine strengths into more conscious, connected, and creative ways of acting. A way of being that is at ease with the unknown — The Mystery — and that can bridge between differences with grounded presence — a Medial way of being. This woman who is emerging now in the present is here to guide the future using her upgraded inner operating system. She is a Mysterial Woman.
"The Way of the Mysterial Woman is calling forth a deeper knowing of my Self, my leadership capacity as a woman and as a contributor to the Change we are being called into leading. It is richly rewarding to be so engaged with a learning community of amazing women, with guidance from Suzanne and her elegant leadership."
Is the Mysterial Potential Awakening in You?
What I’ve found from years of experience is that many women in all walks of life are sensing an inner “call” to grow and develop. Initially, this call often shows up as both an inner longing and an experience that the old ways of doings things no longer works. We notice more friction between our growing sense of potential and the reality of our current situation. Maybe you have noticed some of these signs in your life:
- Feel a painful gap between who you are on the inside and what you are able to express in the world
Wonder where your playful spirit went and how life became such hard work
Long for a relationship where you can feel met and received for all of who you are
Are tired of constantly giving to everyone else and having nothing left for yourself
Feel soul-dead even though you have achieved your career goals
Feel the limits of a hypermasculine model of leadership that doesn’t include all of who you are but don't see an alternative
Feel strongly pulled to discover and share your unique gifts but can't yet see a path forward
- Want to be an inspired role model for your children but are not sure how
For many women, the experience of the Mysterial pattern awakening in them is a bit like being a flower in a flower pot that’s too small. The discomfort and uncertainty we experience are real but they aren’t the problem. They are simply telling us that we are growing and that we need a bigger flower pot to hold our emerging potential.
This innate Mysterial potential is calling you to stop seeing your suffering and longing as a sign of failure, and instead to recognize that you are pressing up against your conditioned way of being that no longer includes all of who you are. It got you here, but this structure is simply not a match for the future that is trying to become manifest. Upgrading to a bigger flower pot, so to speak, is what you do to support this emergence. And it is not just your personal future that wants to manifest. The Mysterial Woman is an evolutionary emergence - it is women around the world evolving beyond the hypermasculine approaches that have predominated in human culture for the last 5,000 years, to lead with all of the healthy Feminine and Masculine capacities.
"I shifted from pushing for results to being invited in..."
Jacqueline van Paassen is a High Performance Leadership Coach and Consultant based in Barcelona, Spain. With extensive training and more than 20 years of experience running health and advisory businesses, she supports executives who want to radically expand their leadership capacity by using the interplay between action learning, physiology and applied neuroscience. She has worked with many international clients, most recently including: Nike, OnPR, GTF IT consulting, Novartis, Syngenta and B Braun Medical.
She completed the Mysterial Leadership Essentials and Depth Program in one-one coaching with Suzanne Anderson, and shares her experience here:
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Your Mysterial Emergence
For over two decades I have been on a journey to find a developmental pathway specifically for women that could liberate our Mysterial potential for a profound new level of wisdom, love and power. We've not only found that pathway, but we’ve also defined each step of the path and how women today can initiate this sequence of transformation into their lives.
This map of women’s development brings you step by step through the fundamental archetypes that make up human consciousness, integrating the parts of yourself that have been left out or stalled. And because The Mysterial Sequence follows the archetypal unfolding of women’s development it is equally powerful whether you are just beginning your self exploration or are a long time learner. Everyone will drop in at the level that is aligned with their own unique needs.
You may have experienced leadership trainings that focus on the Masculine strengths like empowerment, confidence, and authority, or trainings that target the Feminine strengths like collaboration, connection, and sharing. The problem is that when the Masculine or Feminine strengths are developed in isolation, the path is slow going and unsustainable. You may have powerful insights and then find yourself slipping back into an old way of being. In my research I have discovered that Feminine and Masculine essences arise in polarities and need to get healthy and strong together, and in alignment with the developmental order that women actually grow through. The Mysterial Sequence is a pathway that is accelerated, integral, and embodied, and unlocks all of the Feminine and Masculine essences in balance.
As our Mysterial qualities come online we naturally become leaders in our world. We rest in a deep sense of sufficiency from which our empowered actions are ignited. We know that we belong here, have a unique contribution to make, and feel the freedom to express our full creative genius. And we are ready to show up in our wholeness and speak our truth as we partner with the Mystery to unfold the future. This is simply who we are — in the office, with our children, as we create art, with our intimate partners, or as we simply interact with people in the grocery store.
And that is what is most needed in this time on our planet — the courage and commitment, resilience and grace to lead in an entirely new, embodied, integral... Mysterial way - a way that includes all of who you are.
This path is laid out in my recent book, The Way of the Mysterial Woman: Upgrading How You Live, Love and Lead. And now I have adapted the essentials required to get started on the Mysterial method into my an 8-week online course.
"Mysterial Woman has become the number one book I recommend to the beautiful women in my life, no matter their age or stage. This book and work came into my life at a time when I was in a liminal and unraveling space in my life and work. Engaging the Mysterial Process has allowed me to navigate this tender time and to reorient to my vocation and family life in an increasingly positive and sustainable manner. Gratitude to Suzanne for her insight, ability to cultivate intentional community and vision for balancing , renewing and feminizing leadership as we move into the possibilities of a more conscious and compassionate future."
Mysterial Leadership Essentials is a course that will create the ideal conditions for your growth - the natural emergence of the next level of your wholeness - your innate Mysterial potential to emerge.
You can think of this as the creation of your own little greenhouse - a place where your evolution is encouraged and can naturally unfold. Often we embark on change programs without creating the container that will actually allow the shifts to become embodied. We dive into the process and are surprised when a few months later we are back where we started.
Combining an academically sound, research-based curriculum with ageless wisdom, the arts, and deep practice, this course is essentially an Urban Mystery School—ready to take women to places they’ve never been before. Mysterial Leadership Essentials is designed to help you unhook from the homeostasis seeking function of the psyche whose job it is to keep you stable and not change. Yet to upgrade your 'inner operating system' you are going to have to disrupt the status quo and learn to Welcome Discomfort as a sign of growth. And it is very hard to do that on your own.
As you join with a circle of women who share this longing for a better way of living, loving and leading, the source code for growth has a greater possibility of turning on again, igniting the journey of your Mysterial Awakening.
Through evocative guided meditations, teachings from Suzanne, small group work, ritual, leadership practices, and a dynamic online community, we will journey together through the archetypal source code of The Mysterial sequence, awakening each of the five primary energetic gateways.
You will learn to recognize the limiting and liberating beliefs that research has revealed are embedded within each archetype. And at each step of this developmental pathway specifically designed for women, you'll receive simple and proven fieldwork exercises that will give you an opportunity to apply what you’re learning to your own life and leadership, so that the awakening experience translates into your day-to-day life.
"This enabled me to find my own calling - life went from black and white to color..."
Nota Lucas is a Transformational Coach, certified by the Newfield Network and Pacific Integral's Integral Transformative Leadership certificate program from Saybrook University. Her initial professional career was in the public sector, working with natural resources and environmental protection, particularly in the area of landscape sustainability. In mid-career she began the deep dive into personal development and growth, which eventually lead to the awareness of her calling to support others in their path of transformation.
Nota speaks about her deep experience here, having completed all of Suzanne's programs:
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Who Is This Course For?
This course is for you if you sense that you have a real contribution to make to this world and are ready to do the inner work required to liberate your passion and genius. You are ready to courageously show up as a leader in your own life, expressing and standing for your values, while maintaining a deeply grounded connection to your own center. You sense that being held in a supportive circle of women will give you the nourishment and encouragement you need to ignite your developmental journey. And you are ready for a path that is truly integral and awakens all of your Feminine and Masculine strengths.
"I love Suzanne's teachings. I have aha moments every time I listen to her speak. She makes the coursework exciting and invigorating."
What Is Possible For You in This Course:
- Learn how to access the developmental source code to upgrade your way of living, loving, and leading
Begin to experience magnetic presence: by becoming more authentic and congruent with what is inside you, you’ll begin to attract circumstances that are a better match for you and your potential
Rest into a deeper sense of sufficiency and kindness toward yourself — that your being and body has value, and that you have a natural urge to nourish yourself from a loving place
Discover how resistance to change shows up in your life, and how you can effectively work with it rather than be stopped by it
Recognize your own life journey within the unfolding of the human story, enabling you to see that you are a part of the leading edge of this story, and there are other women on this path with you
Identify a clear intention for your own Mysterial emergence that is pulling you forward
Develop your own set of doable and viable practices that will carry your transformation forward beyond this 10 week course
- Learn how to use ritual to work with the unconscious in order to lead in partnership with the Mystery
"Brought in new ways of knowing myself, discerning my longings, and expressing myself..."
is a Leadership Coach helping organizations and individuals to expand their capacities and reach their outcomes. She worked for over 20 years with Non-Profits, Advocacy Groups, Foundations and Corporations to improve their communications, particularly in the areas of social and environmental responsibility. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University, an MBA from the University of Washington and an intensive Certified Coach Training Program with Newfield Network. In 2008 I founded Global Change Network, a company that works with those improving the health and well-being of people and the planet.
She shares her experience of the Mysterial Leadership programs here:
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Each session will consist of lecture, visual presentations, meditations, exercises, small group discussions, and open Q&A. All calls will be hosted using the Zoom video conference system, which is easy to use. All sessions will be recorded, and both video and audio recordings will be made available the following day for you to download and keep forever
All course information, materials and recordings will be made available on a private website accessible only to participants. There will also be a private Facebook group for students to share their experiences with each other, to give and receive the nourishing support of community.
The Way of the Mysterial Woman book will be required reading for the course. Participants must purchase the book on their own, which can be done here.
Here is an overview of the individual course sessions:
"I've done a lot of interpersonal work, and I found this course to be the most transformative of any work I've done, and in a very short time. I experienced a noticeable shift to more peaceful and empowered presence, performing the daily morning practice."
About Suzanne Anderson
Suzanne is a master of transformative learning, with a passion for awakening innate human potential. An early pioneer in the field of experiential learning she led the way in using the outdoors as a classroom for leadership development, and was the co-creator of a highly acclaimed worldwide women’s empowerment program in the 1990’s. She was the founder of an international consultancy and worked for 15 years with Fortune 100 corporate executives as a multilingual, senior management consultant, facilitator, speaker and leadership coach.
After decades of work as a senior leadership consultant she recognized the absence of leadership programs designed to address women’s development. And following a powerful experience of spiritual awakening while vacationing in Bali, Indonesia, she left her lucrative consulting work to find out what it meant to “midwife the re-emergence of the Deep Feminine on earth.” She began a thriving private coaching practice in Paris for professional women seeking to reclaim their Feminine nature.
Suzanne eventually moved to Seattle and in 2000 she founded her business and initiated her University certificate leadership programs to focus on awakening the deeper leadership potential inherent and yet mostly undeveloped in women.
Combining a depth of understanding from her graduate studies at Antioch University in women’s developmental psychology, together with her well-developed intuitive, artistic, and soulful sensibilities she has dedicated the last 15 years to decoding an embodied, integral and accelerated pathway to unlock women's innate potential to become Mysterial leaders who could positively shape our future. This multi-faceted, depth approach to her work rests on 30 years of study and practice in a grounded spiritual path that is a vital aspect of her life today.
She is the co-author, along with Dr. Susan Cannon, of a new published book, The Way of the Mysterial Woman:Upgrading How you live, Love and Lead.
Originally from Canada, Suzanne currently lives in the lush city of Seattle, enjoys art and music, loves to speak French and Italian, bike, swim and hike in beautiful places, and share deep conversations with dear friends over a well brewed pot of tea or a well aged wine.
Praise for "It was more than being at the bottom of my personal pit of despair - I was deconstructed, undone, when Suzanne Anderson was referred to me. I have learned to understand my habitual patterns and created new neural pathways for loving and supporting myself. Her unique blend of knowledge, wisdom and intuition is what makes the experience with Suzanne so special. I understand why I made old decisions and now lead with new, loving choices that resonate from my heart. I am forever changed from Suzanne's counsel and eternally grateful to have the tools to live a more conscious life."
|"I have experienced tremendous growth through this work with Suzanne – a deeper connection to myself including deeper self compassion and self nourishment; a deeper capacity to stay open to others WHILE staying connected to myself; a deeper capacity to act in clearer alignment with what is authentically mine to do. How I lead/live has changed. I can FEEL my own deeper ground and how that impacts the spaces that I hold in my work and life more broadly – there is more clarity, flow, connection and effectiveness. I am holding more complex and challenging projects, teams, and life circumstances with more and more ease."
—Jennifer Becker, VP, Seattle Children's Hospital
Praise for The Way of the Mysterial Woman"The most important book for women's well-being and empowerment since The Feminine Mystique woke up housewives across the country back in the 1950's." —Sarah Cottrell, Huffington Post
|"The Way of the Mysterial Woman offers a ground-breaking look at women's leadership that is beautifully written and deeply thought-provoking. This book inspires the reader to think bigger and make the changes required to revolutionize the way we lead."
—Maureen Metcalf, author of the award-winning Innovative Leadership book series.
|"The Way of the Mysterial Woman is a new map for women in the midst of an evolutionary move between mystery and manifestation at the edge of a new world. With great compassion and wisdom, we are guided through dynamic steps toward a new level of wholeness. Highly recommended."
—Barbara Marx Hubbard, author of Conscious Evolution
Please contact us at email@example.com and Suzanne or one of the support team will follow up with you.
What is the difference between the Essentials course and the Depth course? . . .
Mysterial Leadership Essentials is a 10-week introductory course, currently offered twice each year. It helps women awaken the five archetypes / gateways, and companions them through the complexities of book The Way of the Mysterial Woman: Upgrading how you live, love and lead. It is the prerequisite for the 6-month Mysterial Leadership Depth Program which is offered only once each year.
Is there a certification program? . . .
Not yet, but a professional certification is coming soon! In the meantime, we highly recommend that you take the Essentials and Depth courses, as they are both prerequisites for women who are interested in the possibility of becoming Mysterial Coaches or using the Developmental Pathway of The Mysterial Sequence in their work.
Within the Essentials course, we have introduced the Facilitator’s Track! Scroll up to read more. If you already took the Essentials course, you qualify for a special rate for the Facilitator’s Track - email us to find out more!
Join the email list so you’ll get information about future programs as our Mysterial movement unfolds.
I don’t do well with online and distance learning. Will I still benefit? . . .
Yes! We totally understand the challenges of not being a ‘tech native’ - Suzanne has been on the steep learning curve of online business and teaching, having initially taught in-person programs. Here are the ways that we make this easy:
- The interactivity of the private Facebook forum and the live calls helps you connect Suzanne, her assistants, and fellow students - some people make life-long connections that last well beyond the course, and report that they felt as if they were in a live room with everyone during the weekly calls.
- The materials are always accessible on the Member webpages - you can stream them live (play the video or just the audio) or you can download them to have on a device (smartphone, ipad, ipod, etc.) so you can listen while on a walk, driving, etc.
- There are written materials such as extra reading, as well as the ‘Fieldwork’ that summarizes ways to further embody the learning and habit changes.
- The live calls are on a platform called Zoom. You can either call in, or join via video.
- All live calls are recorded, so even if you can’t be there, you’ll still receive all the benefits by listening / watching later.
The variety of learning channels means you’ll be able to digest the material in ways that work for you. You’ll be able to connect with like-minded women from all over the world, and you can learn/participate in a way that works easily with your schedule (not to mention there won’t be any jet lag from traveling to be with the group!).
What if I can’t attend the live calls? . . .
All of the live calls are recorded and posted to the Member space within 24 hours. You have the option to listen to the audio, or watch the video. Whenever possible, we encourage you to attend live so you can connect with other women during the breakout discussions, and with Suzanne for Q&A. And yet you will also have the private Facebook group for these connections.
Will I get to work with Suzanne one-on-one? . . .
Within the context of the live calls and in the private Facebook group you will be able to ask questions and share experiences for Suzanne to respond to directly. Many women report that they learn so very much when allowed to witness other’s process their experiences and questions in the presence of the group. Private one-on-one coaching with Suzanne is available as a separate offer, if this is of interest email us. As the Mysterial murmuration grows, Suzanne’s time will be spent more in the Depth program and future Certification program. Since she have less availability to provide direct support within this Essentials program, we encourage you to take advantage of her presence in the Essentials program while you can!
What will the community aspect of this program be like? . . .
Mysterial Leadership Essentials provides an opportunity to connect with like-minded women who are ready for deep and lasting change in their life. These women share an interest in women’s leadership and empowerment. Joining the Mysterial Murmuration can enhance your own network of friends, confidants, colleagues, collaborators, mentors and mentees. This sense of belonging is invaluable. We will engage in dialogue through the live calls and the private Facebook group. Members will also have the opportunity to connect with each other individually based on shared interests, or shared geography.
Can I do this program if I am not a coach, therapist, facilitator or leadership development professional? . . .
Yes. Although many women who will choose to do this course will already be working with other women it is possible to enter the course if you are interested in doing this kind of work in the future. It may also be of interest to women who are in academia, corporate managers, mentors, health care practitioners and others..
Honestly, I am afraid of shaking things up. . . .
You aren’t alone. Many women are afraid to even imagine a possible future outside of the life they are leading because it would mean acknowledging how their lives really aren’t working for them today. Fear of change and resistance to change are the psyche’s natural way of keeping things the same and they create a kind of immunity to change. So fear is not necessarily bad or a reason not to do the program. In fact it can be a sign that lets you know you are going in the right direction. Let your aspirations, your passion, your hopes — not fear or the inner critic — be in charge of the decision to sign up.
How do I know if this is for me? . . .
Use all of your ways of knowing to sense, feel and think about whether this is the right commitment for you at the right time. Start with the hara (gut center of intelligence) then move to the heart and then bring in the head.
Hara (Body Intelligence)
Check in with your body: How does the idea of registering land in your body — good and exciting? Body is energized, expansive or excited? Those are good signs.
Heart (Emotional Intelligence)
Check in with your feelings: When you consider the program what feelings are ignited? Joy, excitement, hope, possibility, fear of change. All good signs.
Head ( Cognitive Intelligence)
Check in with your thoughts: Listen to your own wisdom. Is the ‘you are not good enough’ inner critic the one giving you guidance and saying that you aren’t an emerging Mysterial, or you won’t be able to ‘do it right’ or that the time has to be just right for you to do this?
Using the right brain what images of the future arise for you when you imagine doing the program? Does this program align well with your dreams of the future?