Welcoming Your Warrior Archetype

There is inside each of us a long-buried treasure—a deep-seated source of strength, daring, and focus—otherwise known as the Warrior Archetype.

This Archetype is the psychological blueprint for leadership and courage, for fierce determination in the face of endless obstacles.

I believe the Warrior Archetype provides the missing link in women’s evolution. The Warrior carries the hardwiring for our power.

Unfortunately, a lot of women shun this Archetype. They equate Warrior energy with cruelty, destruction and violence.

As a result, many have atrophied Warriors, which shows up as passivity and cowardice, compliance or rebelliousness, refusing to claim personal authority or projecting their authority unto others (notably Prince Charming).

I’m convinced this negative reaction stems from a serious misunderstanding of what a Warrior really is.

I prefer the definition from The Shambala Buddhist Tradition: a warrior is someone who is not afraid of herself.

Perhaps what we need is Warrior training—learning not to be afraid of who we are. That means owning our light and our darkness, our flaws and our strengths, our achievements and our failures.

But for many, it’s easier (and more comfortable) to focus on what we’re lacking than to revel in the magnificent totality of who we are.

Welcoming our Warrior is precisely how we claim our power. When we can fully accept who we truly are—our weaknesses and our strengths—we will finally claim, without fear or false humility, our genuine magnitude and glory.

As psychiatrist Eric Fromm once said, the main task in life is to give birth to our self to become what we actually are.” That task is the essence of power and the crucial challenge facing women today.

What’s one thing you could do to own your inner warrior? I’d love for you to leave me a comment below.

Comments & Feedback

  • Lisa

    By having an uncomfortable conversation with someone. I still dread having them and have to muster up the courage to have them.

    I know I might risk losing the relationship, but sometimes the conversation is more important than the relationship.

    Sometimes I know I might come across as annoying, but I need to have the conversation to protect myself and sometimes I need to be sneaky and have the conversation with someone else, because my gut feeling tells me the answer they’re giving me is trying to stop me or restrict me when I know something is actually possible.

    • barbara huson

      You’re so astute, Lisa. I especially love what you said ‘sometimes the conversation is more important than the relationship.” So true!!

  • Cathy

    Wow ,this is powerful stuff. “Atrophied Warriors” is a good way to put it. I’ll have to think on this one. I hope you’ll write more about it. Thank you! 🙂

    • barbara huson

      Thanks Cathy. I’m so glad you liked it…and let me know. I’ll definitely write more…it’s a fascinating topic to me too!

  • Barbara Simon

    When I was asked to lead a music class at the Highlands A Cappella Festival, I spoke about discovering your archetype before worrying about what voice part you had or what parts you might be cast in. As the only child of a military officer, I found myself identifying with the Disney Warrior Princesses, and explored that side of myself singing songs written for Pocahontas, Moana, Aida, and mostly Mulan. They all were the only child of a political or military leader, and their path was laid out for them. But they all chose a different road and changed the course of their tribe’s history and fortune. Don’t worry if the song is not it your key – change it to suit you! Once you find your archetype, everything else will fall into place.

  • barbara huson

    Barbara, I LOVE THIS!!! That is so cool how you identified with all those warrior princess characters who whatever path they chose, changed the course of their tribe’s history. And how you passed that lesson on to your students. That is so fascinating. Thank you a lot for sharing this with me!

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When a devastating financial crisis rocked her world, Barbara Huson knew she had to get smart about money… and she did. Now, she wants to empower every women to take charge of their money and take charge of their lives! She’s doing just that with her best-selling books, life changing retreats and private financial coaching.

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