We are thrilled to announce that The Way of the Mysterial Woman is the Award Winning Gold Winner of the Women's Category 2016 Nautilus Book awards, a Finalist in the Women's Issues category of the 2016 Best Book Awards and a Finalist in the Women's Issues Category of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards!
The Way of the Mysterial Woman: Upgrading How You Live, Love and Lead is a book for every woman who feels the call into greatness, authenticity and meaningful living—women who are finally ready to step into their lives with mind, body, heart and soul fully engaged.
Grounded in 15 years of research in their university certificate women's leadership programs Suzanne Anderson and Susan Cannon guide readers through a step-by-step sequence to accelerate the emergence of our Feminine and Masculine strengths and liberate profoundly new levels of wisdom, love and power. It is a fascinating blend of cutting-edge transformational psychology, ancient wisdom, and visionary evolutionary thinking, delivered in a warm, down-to-earth style. Full of practical, engaging, and compelling insights, as well as daily practices to encourage genuine growth, this book contains the elegant code you’ve been searching for to finally unlock your greatest potential.
In Part I, the authors introduce enough theoretical background about human development so that you can better understand the Mysterial Woman and The Mysterial Sequence—the pathway for activating this powerful evolutionary, psychological Source Code within. They reveal why The Mysterial Woman is arising at this critical juncture in history, and actually couldn’t have done so until now.
In Part II, the book drops into the direct experience of women who have gone through the transformative process and all the theory starts to make sense with practical examples and compelling stories. Each chapter includes powerful exercises that you can use to begin your own leadership journey.
In Part III, you’ll experience the profound and sacred alchemy that brings forth the Mysterial Woman and identify the core capacities of a Mysterial leader making her contribution in the world today. And the authors make some grounded and inspiring predictions about what our collective future could be like, ten to fifty years from now, when Mysterial Woman are leading the way.
In addition to the Finalist Award in the Women’s Category of the 2016 Best Book Awards we are pleased to announce that The Way of the Mysterial Woman has earned the Gold award in the Women’s category of the 2016 Nautilus Book Awards, praised for “Focusing on the multi-dimensional roles of women in life, in community, and in leadership around the world.” Nautilus Book Awards are held in particular high-regard for recognizing and promoting outstanding print books in several dozen genres that nurture positive change to co-create a Better World.
About the Authors...
Suzanne Anderson and Susan Cannon met in the waning days of the 20th century at an Open Space conference for women’s leadership. They didn’t set out to invent a new source code for the way women live, love, and lead. Rather, they shared a fundamental inquiry:
How can I be all of myself? How do I resolve a deep inner tension between two differing parts of myself—one that is more Masculine, able to achieve, focus, create order, control, and powerfully bring things into form in the world, and the other part that is more Feminine—receiving, wild-spirited, intuitive, embodied, creative, loves the mystery and speaks the language of the heart? And how can I be of most service to the world without losing myself?
They had no quick and easy answers, but were willing to live into the questions together. In the fifteen years after their first chance encounter, and through much trial and error, they uncovered the Mysterial Woman.
Suzanne Anderson MA, is a global citizen who has worked in the field of transformational leadership development as a senior management consultant, educator, executive coach, and motivational speaker working with Fortune 500 executives in North America and Europe for the past thirty years. She has dedicated the past 15 years, in her university certificate women's leadership programs, to decoding an integral, embodied, developmental pathway that unlocks the next level of women's innate potentiality. She is the owner of Kore Evolution and a Pioneer of Rising Women Rising World. Combining her graduate studies in women’s developmental psychology together with her well developed intuitive, artistic, and soulful sensibilities, she is a change agent for the change agents of the world.
Susan Cannon PhD is a visionary scholar-practitioner, executive coach, futurist, and artistic intuitive who loves the intimacy of guiding innovative influencers. Her trans-disciplinary career includes engineering management and executive positions in the semiconductor, defense, construction industries and historic global change projects; co-creating highly successful university certificate women’s leadership development programs, as well as producing and co-hosting a weekly radio show for TalkSpot Studios. She is a media guest and presenter, a certified Integral Master Coach,™ founding affiliate of Kore Evolution, senior associate with Vollett Executive Coaching, the owner of Evolucent Consulting, and a professor of Organizational Development and Leadership at Fielding Graduate University.
What People Are Saying
"...listen up, ladies, you HAVE GOT TO READ THIS BOOK ... If you have ever felt like you have talent or skills that are overlooked then this book is for you. If you have ever felt like you have the energy to move the world but you’re bogged down by the obligations of family and career then this book is for you. If you are wandering through a phase in life trying to “find yourself” then this book is for you. If you feel like you are an agent of change but you don’t know where to start then this book is for you.” "
—Sarah Cottrell, Huffington Post (Read more here...)
"In The Way of the Mysterial Woman, Suzanne Anderson and Susan Cannon present their brave, pioneering, richly informed proposals for the advance of womankind. This is a BIG and unique set of proposals that’s bound to enlarge our thinking about both the thwarting and liberation of our greater potentials."
—Michael Murphy, co-founder of the Esalen Institute and author of The Future of the Body
"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
“In their excellent book, The Way of the Mysterial Woman, Susan Cannon and Suzanne Anderson describe sophisticated yet user-friendly leadership models and techniques that are empowering for women and men alike. The Way of the Mysterial Woman reveals the full complexity of the mature Feminine essence, providing a new source code―a fundamental set of inner instructions for personal and professional growth.”
―Steve McIntosh, author of The Presence of the Infinite, and president of the Institute for Cultural Evolution
"In their new book, Suzanne Anderson and Dr. Susan Cannon engage a recognition that could not be more timely and significant: current images of realization for women, those that in recent decades have provided more equal roles and essential new freedoms, while important, are not in themselves enough. The book’s sensitive inquiry into what more must lie ahead is richly pertinent not just to the lives of women, but also to broader questions of what will be needed if humanity as a whole is to progress in ultimately rewarding ways.”
―Charles Johnson, M.D., author of Cultural Maturity: A Guidebook for the Future, and founder of the Institute for Cultural Maturity
“The Way of the Mysterial Woman presents a code, a sequence of experiences that, if followed in order, delivers a woman to a place of wisdom, love, and power beyond any prior accomplishments in business or service or personal life. This transformational pathway is rooted in the co-authors collective years of graduate studies, coaching, research, and leading cohorts of intelligent and soulful woman. Anderson and Cannon have mapped what could be called a rite of passage for women who are ready to draw up the love of being from the well of the Feminine and combine that with the creative action of the Masculine in ways that are both powerful in the world and nourishing in their personal lives.”
―Vicki Robin, author of Blessing the Hands that Feed Us and Your Money or Your Life
“The Way of The Mysterial Woman is an amazing compilation of wisdom and practice. Our most successful leaders will recognize this book’s guidance as akin to what they follow. What Anderson and Cannon provide is a well-researched, practical roadmap for how woman can consciously develop this capacity to positively guide the future. Men should read this―and not enough of us will. We all, male and female, need to lean in this book’s direction and become our deeper, truer selves. The next generation will be very grateful that we did!”
―Geoff Bellman, consultant and author of Your Signature Path
"The Way of the Mysterial Woman brings health, depth, and clarity to the rising feminine voice. Flip through it, you’ll catch the vision. Read it, you’ll feel the challenge. Work through it and you will grow."
―Rev. Samuel G. Alexander, author of Evolving Christianity, Life After Faith Crisis
"Ever longed for a more fulfilling, joyful life, enriched by deep relationships and satisfying accomplishments? Anderson and Cannon offer an original roadmap for achieving such a dream. Derived from their own life journeys, years of research and work with women, they draw together myth, psychology, complexity science, and more. The resulting alchemical mix is a nuanced, comprehensive, and actionable approach that changes how women live, love, and lead, with exciting implications for us as individuals and as a society."
―Peggy Holman, author of Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity and co-author of The Change Handbook
“The Way of the Mysterial Woman is a powerful, resonant, and original offer to the world. I loved every chapter―especially when I followed the “Mysterial Sequence” and found myself in all the archetypes and their fascinating shadows. Think of this as a transformational guidebook―as life changing as The Artist’s Way, anchored in a conversation as groundbreaking as Women Who Run With the Wolves. This is our time and this is our book.”
―Gail Hudson, writer, life coach and co-author with Jane Goodall of Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species are Being Rescued From the Brink and Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder From the World of Plants
“The Way of the Mysterial Woman at once heralds, activates, and incarnates a worldview shift of inconceivable proportions. If that sounds exaggerated, we would do well to submit ourselves to Suzanne Anderson and Susan Cannon’s tutelage here, which transmits the Mysterial disposition and capacity they describe and gives such superbly realized, informed, and tested guidance for achieving it. Though it fiercely celebrates and serves women, this book has much insight for both the Feminine and the Masculine in men too. If anyone wants a viable path beyond chronic Hypermasculinity, take off your spurs and your helmet, press your palms together before your heart, enter in, and go all the way through this book, doing the work you find here that really calls to and challenges you. The journey may change you more than you can presently imagine.”
―Saniel Bonder, author of Waking Down: Beyond Hypermasculine Dharmas, co-founder, Human Sun Institute
“This book provides a compelling, overarching theory of human, and particularly women’s, development. It weaves multiple psychological, sociological, futurist, and philosophical systems into a stunning arc of individual and societal development. But the book goes beyond theory. This is a working manual. You can feel the traction given this work by the ten years of on-the-ground training, coaching, and consulting that were the cauldron from which the vision and methods emerged. As a man, I learned more about myself and about women, and I completed this book inspired and hopeful. There is little doubt that the emergent feminine power is sadly and deeply needed in our atomized and hierarchically damaged world. If there is one thing to take from this book, it is the confident and well-etched vision of feminine capacity fully realized and its potential influence on our world’s future.”
―Gregory Kramer, co-creator of Insight Dialogue, founder of the Metta Foundation, and author of Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom and Dharma Contemplation: Meditating Together with Wisdom Texts
“Let's face it. The masculine leadership that has run the world for millennia is a double-edged sword. Its focus on hard science, economic growth, military might, and political dominance has left us a world that, despite the consumer cornucopia produced by its powerful technologies, is coming apart at the seams from war, greed, climate change, and over-exploitation of resources. And until now, much of the world’s female political leadership has gotten where it has by governing in the same way and with the same priorities. But The Mysterial Woman―using carefully developed new paradigms and illustrative case studies―uncovers a new way of female leadership capable of bringing about the ‘great transformation’ our world so deeply needs. In this book, Susan Cannon and Suzanne Anderson bring all of their insight together in one volume. Beautifully written and clear, this is a book for both men and women who believe that another world is possible and much needed."
―John de Graaf, co-author of Affluenza and What’s the Economy for, Anyway?
“Original, dynamic, compelling, and eminently practical, The Mysterial Woman is a blessing of a book for any women whose inner guidance system is nudging her to grow into her authenticity and wisdom to make a powerful contribution to the world, one that is hers alone to make. Rich with lyrical content, as well as down-to-earth action, Cannon and Anderson’s book is a step-by-step guide to recognizing and freeing ourselves from our limiting beliefs and patterns. This is one of those books you’ll want to keep as a reference, but also one you’ll recommend to others, so buy several copies!”
―Kerul L. Kassel, author of The Thinking Executive’s Guide to Sustainability
“Anderson and Cannon had me when they used the expression ‘the long emergency.’ They were talking about the world situation, but I felt they were looking at my life. And so it continued, page after page. They were by my side on a journey through the book―my companions as I saw through a new lens, analyzed from a new perspective, and made choices using a new way of knowing. Perhaps you, yourself, are experiencing ‘the long emergency.’ Perhaps you are at one of life’s critical intersections and unsure which way to go. Perhaps you are feeling stuck without even knowing why. The Way of the Mysterial Woman will help you answer the question: What next? It can help you to decide mindfully and spiritually, and then to move forward with confidence, courage, and hope.”
―Ruth Middleton House, EdD, president of Middleton-House & Company and author of It’s Time to Change the Way You Change
“The Way of the Mysterial Woman offers a ground-breaking look at women’s leadership that is beautifully written and deeply thought provoking. Susan and Suzanne draw from the worlds of mythology, leadership theory and proven practice to create a path for women to EVOLVE. This book inspires the reader to think bigger and make the changes required to revolutionize the way we lead. If we do this, it will have a profoundly positive impact on society.”
―Maureen Metcalf, author of the award-winning Innovative Leadership book series
"The Way of the Mysterial Woman offers women leaders a pathway to inner discovery through multi-dimensional self-evaluation, understanding of mythological prototypes, and common sense. The well-researched, beautifully written book gives its readers an approach that is both intelligent and compassionate. It allows them to embrace their inner strengths as women and unique human beings."
―Julie Benezet, founder of The Journey of Not Knowing® and Academic Advisor, Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education, Challenges of Leadership
"The Way of the Mysterial Woman is an elegant, deep, and personal call for women to arise at this moment in history and activate their power to lead humanities’ story forward. This is more than a book―it’s a repository of wisdom that evokes a new way of being, and offers a detailed path forward called the mysterial sequence to open the doorway. If you are a woman who wants to love herself, or a man wants to bring the full life of your woman into the world, this is your guidebook."
―Ross Hostetter, author of Keepers of the Field, and lead teacher of the Fieldwork School
"When the Dalai Lama famously suggested that the world will be saved by Western women, he was talking about the kind of 'Mysterial women' who emerge from the processes that inform this deeply wise guidebook. It details a powerful alchemical journey of spiritual and psychological integration that manifests in real-world wisdom and leadership. Usefully, it’s grounded with real-life examples from participants in the authors’ leadership academy. It also offers a profoundly insightful integral lens that enables the reader to understand all the dimensions of each step of her transformation, inner and outer, personal and relational. This guidebook sets a new standard of excellence, depth, thoroughness, and systematic clarity."
―Terry Patten, author of Integral Life Practice
“What if it were no accident that we came to earth at this time to bring a particular presence into the challenges of the day? What if women were especially needed now, with our strength, beauty, unique instincts, and affinity with the earth? What if the discontent, yearning, confusion, depression, and exhaustion we are feeling signal the awakening of our full Self, pressing to be set free? The Way of the Mysterial Woman answers these questions with hard-won experience, decades of research, workshop by workshop, client by client. What Suzanne and Susan offer is no less than an initiation into our true nature and personal calling. Highly recommended to any woman who feels like she is cracking out of an old shell!"
―Barbara Cecil, author of Coming Into Your Own: A Woman’s Guide Through Life Transitions
“What a rich book! Like the wise women they are, Anderson and Cannon take us by the hand and guide us confidently through the transformation that is already underway for thousands of women―and men―who have felt the tug of the Mysterial potential within. In delineating five clear stages and multiple practices to support the maturation of integral capacities at each stage, the authors have created an elegant map for a brave new emerging model of leadership. Brava!”
―Belinda Gore, PhD, senior faculty at The Deep Coaching Institute, author of Ecstatic Body Postures: An Alternate Reality Workbook and The Ecstatic Experience: Healing Postures for Spirit Journeys
We have a vision of thousands of women around the world moving together with a beautiful synchrony in a Mysterial Murmuration. Perhaps you have seen starlings flocking together in one of nature's most impressive displays of synergy—hundreds of birds moving as one as they dip and dive in a vast self-organizing system.
The evolutionary momentum is urging us to grow into our Mysterial potential and while we need to do that ourselves we do not need to do it alone. In fact it is the collective updraft of transformation that really accelerates the process.
We intend that our communication with you will be a way for you to connect into the movement of awakening Mysterial women all over the globe. We hope that you will find our communication engaging, inspiring and a source of nourishment as you make your Mysterial journey.