Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Hestia – When A Woman’s Work is Never Done

Hestia – This Rest and Recharge Core Archetype Is Not Really Resting!


Hestia is the ancient Greek goddess of hearth and home. She is quiet, almost introverted. She likes things to be calm and orderly.


Do you have a Hestia aspect to your own personality?


There's a story that's made its rounds on the internet:


You’ve probably all read this one. I took this version directly from RNW Forum, and have no idea of who originally wrote it. (But if you know the first source, please let me know; I’ll give them full credit!)


I’M GOING TO BED…..Men vs Women


Mom and Dad were watching TV when Mom said, “I’m tired, and it’s getting late. I think I’ll go to bed”.


She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day’s lunches. Rinsed out the popcorn bowls, took meat out of the freezer for supper the following evening, checked the cereal box levels, filled the sugar container, put spoons and bowls on the table and started the coffee pot for brewing the next morning...


(The list, of course, goes on.)


How does this relate to your inner Hestia archetype?


More to the point - how does your inner Hestia serve you? Make your life easier, simpler, more under control?


Read the whole blogpost at: Hestia – When A Woman’s Work is Never Done

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Has Your High Priestess Been Shortchanged This Year? (How to Fix)

Your High Priestess and Your Empress Archetypes – Are Both Their Needs Being Met?

Introducing Julie Marie Rahm, certified YUEN Mastery Practitioner and Instructor.


This week’s Guest Blog by Julie Marie Rahm, the Resultant, gives us insight on how to regain our center when we’ve over-extended ourselves by nurturing and caring for others.


We’ve just come out of the Season of the Empress. She was our dominant energy from Samhain (October 31st) to Winter Solstice (December 21st).


Our Empress Archetype is all about connecting and nurturing.


When in our Empress mode, we’re under the sway of the powerful neurohormone oxytocin.


Our Empress governs the biggest feast-days and holidays of the year.


It’s no coincidence that our Empress time encompasses the two biggest feasting, family, human-warmth-and-connection times of the year – Thanksgiving and Christmas.


At the end of this time – special though it was – we need time for ourselves.


We need our High Priestess time.


Have you had sufficient time for your inner High Priestess this year?


Does she need a bit more?


Learn how to nurture your inner High Priestess, and rejuvenate your energy every single day, with this guest post from The Resultant, Julie Marie Rahm. Visit the main Unveiling blog for today: Has Your High Priestess Been Shortchanged This Year (How to Fix).


Yours in love and laughter - Alay'nya

Author, Unveiling: The Inner Journey

Now with more than twenty 5-star Amazon reviews.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Six Top Blog Posts for The Unveiling Journey

Six-Year Anniversary for The Unveiling Journey Blog Series: Six Top Blog Posts Over Past Six Years

Over these six years, I've written about 100 blog posts.

The archetype overview blogs are by far the most popular in the nearly 100 blogposts, written over six years, for The Unveiling Journey - a companion blog to the book, Unveiling: The Inner Journey, published in July, 2011.


Congratulations - You've Found One of the Top Blog Posts in The Unveiling Journey


You've come to a blog series further developing themes first expressed in Unveiling: The Inner Journey. Since 2007 (and across two sites - this and the new website) there have been over a hundred blog posts on these themes: your core power archetypes, the secret of life mastery - how you integrate your archetypes, and your major adult life journeys - originally identified in the Kabbalah (as the Tree of Life).

In mid-2013, we moved the entire blog series to a new location.

Here are some great reading choices:


Why the Transition to a New Blog Site?

  • Better Intralinking: You'll find related blogposts easier (look at the end of this post on the new site for good links),
  • Better Categories and Tags: Interested in a related topic? Want to see what else is covered? Look in the right-hand sidebar on the new site - check out the Categories (main topics) and Tags (people, books, events, and sub-topics), and
  • Improved Resources: Look for a Resources Page (main header menu); it will give you a different kind of access to related topics - from the antecedents (books inspiring this ongoing work) to future directions.


See you over there - and thank you!


Alay'nya (Alianna J. Maren, Ph.D.)


Saturday, October 19, 2013

When You’ve Betrayed Yourself – And How to Recover

All Betrayal Is Really What We Do to Ourselves – and Yes, We CAN Recover!

Right now, there's a nationwide (and worldwide) concern about money.


Throughout the whole country, there are many people asking themselves: How could I have put myself so much at risk?


I had a mentor once who famously said, We always know. We may not want to admit it to ourselves, but we always know.


Sometimes we make great choices.


Sometimes, we make awful ones.


How do we recover from the bad ones?


(Hint: We invoke our inner Emperor - our Protector and Provider archetype - to come to our aid.)


To read the full blog post, please go to: When You've Betrayed Yourself - and How to Recover - thank you!


Friday, September 27, 2013

The Pathway to Pleasure: Inner Stillness Leads to Knowing What You Really Desire

The Pathway to Your Pleasure-Goddess Hathor Lies in Finding Your Inner Quiet Core

Are you feeling that your life is run – much too much – by your commitments and your “to-do” list? Are you seeking to bring more pleasure into your life? Are you actually desiring to reframe your entire life so that pleasure is at your center and your core? In short, are you ready to start making you your own top priority? Not your job. Not your husband or significant other. Not your family (could be parents, could be the kids). Not even fitting into your own earlier expectations for yourself. In short, are you ready to bust loose? To find freedom? To discover and embrace who you really are? Welcome to the club, dearest one. Pioneers in Pleasure One of the strongest advocates for women finding their own pathway to pleasure these days is Regena Thomaschauer, aka Mama Gena. An early interview with her, for Glamour magazine, cited some of Mama’s suggested reading. Among these were a book by Dr. Stella Resnick, The Pleasure Zone: Why We Resist Good Feelings and How to Let Go and Be Happy. Read more: Go to Inner Stillness Leads to Your Palace of Pleasure - today's blogpost from and for the Unveiling community. See you there! Alay'nya P.S. - Haven't opted in yet? Please. Do so right away. Opt-In box is in the Right-Hand Sidebar, as soon as you get to Inner Stillness Leads to Your Palace of Pleasure. That way, you'll get a heads-up each week when the blog post comes out. You won't have to remember to find me; I'll find you! And you can follow-up as your heart desires. Thank you, dear one - and I'll see you over there1

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Have You Missed Me? (I've Missed You - Directions HERE to new blogsite!)

Dearest -

We've moved.  

And even though I did a blogpost three months ago "announcing" the move (and some of you moved over to join me) - not all of you did.  

Which made me realize - you were still waiting for this blog to come through your RSS feed.  


I love and adore you for adding me to your feed!  

I'm thrilled that you wanted to make the latest word on Unveiling: The Inner Journey just pop up magically in your life.  

So - here's what to do:  

Go to the new Unveiling blogsite location - it is now co-located with the web page - makes life so much easier!  

Why the move, you may ask?  

Well, I put it off for as long as possible. The pain of transition, and all that ...  

But here are three really good reasons that are valuable to YOU:  

  • Better content organization - easier for you to find what you want: Travel over to the right on the new blog site (yes, that is the new Unveiling blog - you'll see the right-hand sidebar. It contains widgets. Scroll down a bit - you'll see the archives (they have that here on Google's Blogger), then Categories, then the Tag Cloud. Categories give you MUCH BETTER searchability for main topics. The Tag Cloud lets you sort of see and dive into a "swirl" of supporting topics. Too cool, huh?
  • Easier, smoother website connection - easier for you to see what's coming next. Earlier, the Unveiling website was in one spot, the blog on another - now they're all under the same roof - so when I mention an upcoming workshop, lecture, or other event - easier for you to pop on over and get the deets! And finally -
  • Better integration of images and "fancy things" that make the blog more readable, more fun. This new blogsite is produced using WordPress, the #1 web/blog software framework - it has a whole lot of special little add-ins that give you special little blessings - go on, check it out, you'll like the new look!

So - how to keep being informed on a regular basis?  

Once again - that little sidebar on the right. (The new blogsite, please.) Notice the "Opt-In" form at the very top?  

Yup. That's the one. Red on grey. The one that says "The power of Unveiling ..."  

Do as the form says.  

Give me your name, your email.  

That's all.  

Once a week - on Tuesdays (at least, that's my game plan), you'll hear from me. Short little email, right in your in-box.  

Give you a heads-up on BOTH that day's blog (easy link if you want to read more) AND - should you be interested - a quick peek and link to the previous week's (Thursday's) Alay'nya Studio blog.  

If you're at all interested in the dance aspect, this gives you a two-fer. Quick heads-up on BOTH the Unveiling blog and the Alay'nya Studio blog.  

PLUS - (there's always an extra plus, right?) - you'll be on my first-to-invite list for special events.  

Lectures. Workshops. Public appearances of any and all sorts.  

Even event announcements where I might not be the main player, or even a player, but the person/group is so noteworthy that I'd really want to share it with you.  

Trust me.  

(Famous words, right?)  

Go ahead. Take the risk. Sign up.  

We'll stay connected.  

And that's a good thing, right?  

yours - with much love - Alay'nya  

P.S. Special enticement? My newer blogs have lots more pictures. Lots more easy-to-read well-defined sections. Brief reviews of work-by-others; links to their cool stuff. In short, richer, juicier, more fun. Check them out!  

P.P.S. - Latest - most awesomely cool good news to share: Unveiling: The Inner Journey just got its TWENTIETH (yes, that's 2-0) 5-star Amazon review - the most recent is from Maria Strova, author of The Secret Language of Belly Dancing, along with the newly-released Salome. I give a link to her website and mine, and to her book and mine, and a quick little excerpt from her review, in a recent Alay'nya Studio blog: Does Belly Dance Give You Physical Pleasure? (It Should!). Check it out!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Practical "Unveiling"

Unveiling has been reaching an audience worldwide. Now, Unveiling fans can apply the "art of unveiling" to their lives - and to their dance. Alay'nya has taught women the art of Oriental dance through the Alay'nya Studio, which offers belly dance classes in North Virginia. Her book, Unveiling: The Inner Journey has been adopted by women worldwide as a women's body/mind/psyche/energy integration pathway guidebook. For those with an entrepreneurial bent, or those who are aspiring authors, Alay'nya (in her "daytime" persona as Alianna J. Maren, Ph.D.) has founded Mourning Dove Press, offering strategic guidance - and the possibility of publication under the MDP imprint - to those who want to sell more than the "expected" 200 copies of their works. Lessons learned while taking Unveiling to a world-wide audience are interpreted for others, using the time-honored principles taught by Sun Tzu in The Art of War.