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Soul Songs
Your SoulCollage Newsletter

Enabling us to sing the songs
we were born to sing
through the practice
of SoulCollage®




Issue #31       January, 2008
                                                                         Theme: Journeys


Welcome!


Greetings, and welcome to Soul Songs, the official KaleidoSoul Newsletter, and the only monthly newsletter that focuses exclusively on SoulCollage ideas, resources and artists.

Our intention is to fill each issue (and your life) with inspiration, soul-solace and delight.  Whether you are new to SoulCollage, or already immersed in the creation of your deck, Soul Songs is for you. 

Please feel free to forward this newsletter to any friends, colleagues, or family members who will enjoy it.

View this newsletter as a web page with complete color and graphics.


Soul Singing with Anne Marie

Hi!  I'm Anne Marie, the creator of KaleidoSoul.com, and a SoulCollage®  facilitator in Massachusetts.  If you're just starting to sing your song with SoulCollage, this column is especially for you.

Suggestions for newcomers to SoulCollage: 
  • Find a SoulCollage Facilitator near you.

  • Download the Getting Started with SoulCollage
    Workshop in a Box
    .

  • Visit KaleidoSoul and click on What is SoulCollage, SoulCollage Deck, and Making the Cards on the left menu.

  • Seena Frost is the one who created SoulCollage®. Visit Seena's website and see what four cards come up for you in the automatic reading, then read some of Seena's articles.

  • Read Seena's book, SoulCollage.
     
  • Listen to Seena's CD, Introduction to SoulCollage.
     
  • Don't forget to take it easy and always, always trust the process!


    Life's Many Journeys

    When I was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago, I was initially in shock. There was so much to think about, so many feelings to process, and several decisions that needed to be made quickly. My mind was whirling and I was feeling disoriented, confused and frightened.

    A friend of mine who had recently been through breast cancer treatments listened and understood.  She told me her own breast cancer story and as she was doing so she referred to it as a journey.

    I grasped onto that word/concept the way a drowning woman clings to a raft.  Thinking of my breast cancer diagnosis in light of the word "journey' helped me to reframe what I was going through in a more positive, helpful way.  It helped me through the landmines of surgeries and treatments because I knew it was a journey.  Not a devastating black hole of fear and worry and physical challenges, but a journey.

    Think of something that you are going through right now, something that might be difficult, challenging, or scary in some way.  What happens if you see it as a Journey instead?




    Anne Marie Bennett is a freelance writer, self- taught artist and SoulCollage® facilitator who trained with Seena Frost. Her background is elementary education, computer software training, writing, and mixed media art. She lives, laughs, writes, and sings (and makes her own SoulCollage® cards!) in Beverly, MA. More of Anne Marie's cards/interpretations are available on her blog, Inner Surprises.

    Please read more about
    upcoming workshops/retreats with Anne Marie.


Soul Symphonies with Karen
My name is Karen Mann and I'm a SoulCollage® facilitator from Melbourne, Australia. This column is for those of you who have already made some cards & are ready to discover the symphony of voices inside of you and around you.


Journey of Synchronicity

This story is about my 'journey' to attend the SoulCollage Facilitators Training in 2004.  I was away from home (Melbourne,Australia) on my first overseas trip.  Prior to attending the training with Seena B Frost in Santa Cruz, I made a detour to a town called Cambria, California, to attend an appointment with Lucia Capacchione, an Art Therapist & author that I admired. 
 
After this visit, I was planning to travel north toSanta Cruz to attend the SoulCollage Facilitator's Training. 

Unfortunately I learnt that there was not any public transport that could take me directly north toSanta Cruz.  To get toSanta Cruz I needed to go south before I could catch a Greyhound bus that did go north.  To get to the Greyhound depot in time, I was going to have to catch the 6.30 a.m. local bus.  As I'm not a 'morning person' I decided to asked around at the hostel where I was staying to see if any one could give me a lift north.  I had no luck in finding anyone who was traveling north, so I figured that (although it didn't make any logical sense) there must be some 'reason' that I needed to go south before I could go north. 

The night before my early morning departure I started chatting with a guy at the hostel who was traveling with his girlfriend.  He offered me a lift to the Greyhound the next morning (which meant I did not have to catch the 6.30am bus).  I gratefully accepted his offer.  We chatted for a while, and I told him about my visit to see Lucia Capacchione, as well as the SoulCollage training I was to be attending.

The next morning over breakfast, his girlfriend asked me about my art work & SoulCollage.  It turned out she was an artist who had been working with kids in disadvantaged schools, running an art program with them.  As we started chatting, she realised that I was fromMelbourne and that I had done some study in Art Therapy, which reminded her that someone she knew when she was at high school in India had talked about studying art therapy inAustralia.  Perhaps I knew her?  (How many times as a traveller do you hear that question?) 

Anyway, can you believe it?  I did know her old school friend! (I'd only met her couple of times, but recently I'd run into her again at my new workplace).  From a chance meeting inCalifornia I was able to put these two school friends back in touch with each other.  But this is not where the synchronicity ends!

Upon my return toMelbourne I spoke to this lost school pal and passed on the contact details of my new acquaintance.  When she asked what I was doing in the States. I mentioned that I met with Lucia Capacchione, (thinking that as an Art Therapist she may have heard of her). She had heard of Lucia. In fact, she had used some of her techniques and referred to some of her work in her Master's thesis!

We had lunch to chat about Lucia and SoulCollage and her Master's thesis, and I showed her my SoulCollage cards and she became an instant convert!  I also learnt that my new friend lived only a couple of blocks away from me!
What an amazing way for me to connect with someone who works in my building but who I may never have spoken to.  We are now firm friends who speak regularly and who share a love of SoulCollage.
 
This twist of events was something that I could never have planned or foreseen.  By 'trusting' and 'going with the flow', rather than trying to 'make things happen' in a 'logical' manner, I experienced an amazing sequence of synchronicities that has changed the course of my life forever. 

I now have a new friend and have shared my love of SoulCollage with her.
Through this experience I learnt the power of letting go of expectations about how things 'should' happen and letting events take their own course.

This journey taught me a huge life lesson, that I now apply to many aspects of my life, including making SoulCollage cards.  I now enjoy making cards without having a preconceived idea of what the card may be about or look like.  I enjoy witnessing what 'going with the flow' has to share with me.  I have learnt to be less of a 'control freak' and more of a 'let's see where this takes us' kind of person.  What a wonderful way to live life and to make SoulCollage cards.


Karen Mann is an artist, art teacher, Lifestyle Coach, yoga and meditation teacher, and SoulCollage® facilitator. Karen has been working with SoulCollage cards for more than two years and facilitates a variety of SoulCollage Groups. She also works with individuals. Karen is based in Melbourne, Australia. For more information, or to contact Karen, please visit her website,
Flying Colours Creativity
.





  KaleidoSoul Creations
As promised, we are featuring four SoulCollage® cards from our readers in each issue. Please feel free to submit one of your cards for a future issue by sending a reply email to this newsletter.

In keeping with this month's theme, each card below represents one SoulCollager's expression of Journey.


 
Hope for the Journey
Suit: Committee
Artist: Heidi

Location: New Mexico

I am the one who looks forward with joy and hope.

I am the one who carries within all I need for
a beautiful future.

I am the one who knows how to open the way to Avalon.

I am the one whose eyes shine with excitement and peace.


 



Finding My Direction
Suit: Committee
Artist: Simone
Location: Australia

I am the one who yearns to find true north. I am the one who needs to learn to trust my inner compass. I am the one who rejoices in new discoveries.





Next Steps
Suit: Committee
Artist: Mary
Location: Montana

I am one who takes life a step at a time.
When you can't see the path ahead,
I give you faith to take that next step.

 
The Traveler
Suit: Council
Artist: Cheryl
Location: Illinois

I am one who lives beyond flesh and bone. My essence is forever, far beyond these dry bones and adornments
of gold.



For more SoulCollage Cards on Journeys, please visit
this KaleidoSoul Page
.





 

KaleidoSoul Notes

Noteworthy resources for anyone interested in SoulCollage

 
SoulCollage website- Seena Frost created the process of SoulCollage, and this is her website.
 
KaleidoSoul- Your SoulCollage playground.

Kindred Spirits-
Join our fast-growing worldwide membership of people who put the "soul" in SoulCollage! Receive a weekly newsletter all about SoulCollage, advance notice of new SoulCollage materials, half- price discounts on all e-courses and e-books in the KaleidoSoul Shop. And more!

Tele-Classes-
These are fun, interactive tele-classes that are easily accessed from anywhere in the world. Topics range from SoulCollage card making to various suits to dreamwork to how to do readings with your cards. There's more information about this month's tele-playshop on this KaleidoSoul page.

Facilitator Trainings-
Information about content and dates/locations of upcoming trainings of SoulCollage Facilitators.





SoulCollage® is a trademarked process created by Seena B. Frost.  For more information about Seena and the origins of SoulCollage, please visit her website.

SoulCollage® cards are made either from one's own art or from images found in materials which have been bought by or given to the SoulCollage card maker. These collaged cards are used only for the cardmaker's own inner exploration. SoulCollage cards are not sold, traded, bartered, or copied (except as a back-up for the cardmakers own use) as is stated in the "Principles of SoulCollage®." Where SoulCollage cards are available to be seen by others, it is for the purposes either of demonstrating the SoulCollage process or of sharing the cardmakers' inner process in the context of community. SoulCollage® is grateful to the artists and photographers who make this deep awakening process possible and in all ways SoulCollage®seeks to be respectful of their rights.

All articles in SOUL SONGS are copyrighted, 2007, 
by Anne Marie Bennett and Karen Mann.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.