Committee Cards

By Anne Marie Bennett

I Can Do This

I have to say that this is one of my favorite SoulCollageĀ® cards. I made it several years ago and was inspired by one particular episode of The Amazing Race.

In this episode, the participants were given the difficult challenge of walking across a very long, wobbly thinly-woven bridge. They were very high up in the air and we were all happy to see that they were attached to a safety cord in case they fell.

I was on the edge of my seat watching the contestants attempt this challenge, and one young woman in particular caught my heart. For the entire length of the crossing (and it was perilously long) she was chanting under her breath, “I can do this.” Over and over. I can do this. I can do this. And guess what? She did it!

I’m never going to be asked to do something that dangerous (I certainly hope not anyway!) but there are plenty of other challenges in my life that I have faced and will face in the future. And whenever I face one, I promise myself that I will remember that young woman’s forceful, positive, super-focusing mantraā€”I CAN DO THIS!


Who Are You?

I am the one who is climbing.Ā  I am the one who is on a journey, climbing, and it is a hard, steep journey.Ā  But I can do this.Ā  I am the one who is walking steadily through the dry, hot desert. But I can do it.Ā  I am the one who is strong, who can climb without falling. I am the one who is focused, who knows the journey is hard and steep and yet I can bring some fun to it.Ā  It can be hard and easy at the same time.Ā  If I stay in my body, I Can Do This.Ā  I can stay focused and balanced and keep up the steep climb.Ā  I can even have fun doing this. I can do it.

What Do You Have To Give Me?

My gift to you is of positive thought and determination.Ā  My gift to you is perseverance, strength, attention, focus.Ā  My gift to you is the awareness that it can be fun and difficult at the same time.

What Do You Want From Me?

I want you to say “I can do this” over and over and over until you believe it too. I want you to know that I am a very real and viable part of your being.

Bubble Woman- Committee Suit

I made this card intentionally to give image to the part of me who refuses to feel anything, is afraid to really feel the messy emotions of life. This part of me often goes numb when confronted with difficult situations and feelings in order to self-protect.

I was never TAUGHT to feel and accept my feelings, but I’m learning this skill now and it’s enriching my life immeasurably.Ā  I wanted to honor this numb part of me anyway, because she really has been (and sometimes still is) an integral part of my life and she isn’t going to go away.

Who are you?
I am the one who is encased in this glass bubble- safe, protected.Ā  I am the one who is safe from the fire, safe and protected from the bubbling rabble of pieces and parts of you that have strong feelings. I am cool and calm and collected, safe in my womb.Ā  No one and nothing can reach me here.Ā 

I am turned away from these angry, sad, fearful, joyful, anguished parts of you.Ā  I don’t want anything to do with them.Ā  They are messy, dirty, bloody, frightening, and I want them to go away.

I am the one who wants to stay in this Numb Bubble and not feel anything.Ā  Ever.Ā  I don’t like feelings.Ā  They are messy and complicated and time-consuming.Ā  I like this bubble. I’ve found that it keeps me safe from my feelings.

What do you have to give me?
I give you protection and safety from the heat of emotions.Ā  I give you numbness to protect you.Ā  My world is not colorful but it is safe.

What do you want from me?
I want you to NOT FEEL anything!Ā  I want you to keep me away from those ragged feelings of yours. But then again… I really, really want you to set me free. It’s really hard to breathe in here!

Fear and Fearless

Inner Fears


At a workshop a while ago I made this card (to the left) intentionally to honor the place that Fear has taken in my life.

Who are you?
We are the ones who are hiding out behind the windows and doors of your psyche. We are the ones (and there are many of us) who are afraid, who huddle together in your mind and whisper fears to you as you sleep and while you are awake.

We are the ones who have been with you since childhood. You inherited us from your mother. We were her fears too.

We speak to you of powerlessness and joylessness. We paralyze you with our scary stories that are mostly false.

What Do You Have To Give Me?
We give you a sense of ancestral lineage… we give you a closeness to your mother that you never felt while she was alive.Ā  We give you something to think about and focus on besides joy. We give you huge distraction from the present moment.Ā  Sometimes, when the fear is valid, we give you time and a way to prepare, a way to meet the fearful thing or person.

What Do You Want From Me?
We want you to buy into our stories. We want you to believe that you are powerless to change what makes you afraid. We want you to always be afraid, because this way everything will stay the same. We don’t want things to change. We want you to continue to hold yourself tight in your fears and try to keep yourself safe that way.

Is There Anything Else You Want to Tell Me Today?
We are telling you that we have much power in your life and we are afraid that being aware of us will make you send us away. We are just now peeking out of our well-walled fortress and smelling the fresh air. Others have actually made their way down to the street and are on their way to freedom.Ā  We have been with you so long, we are not sure what to do if you set us free.



At the same workshop, I made this card intuitively, not thinking about what it was all about. I was drawn to these images, and they seemed to fit together perfectly. When I worked with this card later, I realized that it is my Fearless Neter!

Who Are You?
I am the one who breathes fire, who plunges forward without looking. I am the one who bravely flies through the air, knowing and trusting that I will be caught.Ā  I am the one whose body is strong and tall and who stands and moves proudly through life.

What Do You Have To Give Me?
I give you strength and I give you courage. I give you fearless energy to move through your life. I give you joy in the moving forward.

What Do You Want From Me?
I want you to not hold back. I want you to JUST DO IT!Ā  I want you to move forward with trust and strength. I want you to leave your fears behind. I want you to know that you can do whatever you set your mind and body to.

This whole adventure with these two cards was really eye opening for me!Ā  It was a powerful example of how things are “at work” inside of us during this process even though we’re not aware of it!



Who are you?

I am the one who is about to beat the crap out of this woman in the red dress. I am the one who hates that she is so happy and passionate. I am the one who was your inner Teacher, Lucius, in the old days.

I am the one who prefers that you stay under wraps so no one can see you in your happiness.

I am afraid that someone will take advantage of you if you peel off all the layers and let yourself shine, so I am intent on keeping you down.

I am a strong part of your inner world, and I control several of your other shadowed parts.

What is your message for me today?

Remember that as Director of your inner cast of characters, you can take me out of this starring, controlling role at any time.


Note from Anne Marie:Ā 

I discovered a unique way of looking at my inner parts through this wonderful book, Soul Play: Turning Your Daily Dramas into Divine Comedies!

It is one of the most helpful, and certainly THE most creative book on our inner parts/inner voices that I have ever had the pleasure to read.

I’ve actually read it several times and shared its premise during many a SoulCollageĀ® workshop on the Inner Committee. I love the imagery of imagining our inner parts as characters in a play, and that I am the director. Many inner shifts occurred for me while reading and working with the ideas and suggestions in this book. Highly recommend!

Mothering the Adult Child

Who are you?

I am the one who mothers you as an adult.

I nurtured you from Beyond as a child, and I nurture you still as an adult.

I am the one you can STILL turn to even though you are “all grown up.”

What do you have to say to me today?

My message for you today is this: Come to me, turn to me, allow me to hold you in my arms. Your imagination is a power that is sometimes underused. Anything you need help with, please ASK me.

Feel my presence. Call me back into your life.

I am here for you always and in all ways.

You are not alone.

NOTE: Sometimes this card speaks to me from the daughter’s voice, but today it is speaking to me from the voice of the Mother.