Soul Songs: Your SoulCollage NewsletterSoul Songs
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we were born to sing
through the practice
of SoulCollage®
Issue #79   January 2012 Theme: JOY

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

Don't Postpone Joy

Several years ago when I was diagnosed with cancer the first time, I bought a purple bumper sticker with bright white letters that proclaimed "Don't Postpone Joy" and affixed it to the bumper sticker of my shiny red Kia. When I bought it and put it there, I was passionate about not postponing joy, about creating more joy in my life and offering myself easy access to it.

However, as the months and years went by, I hardly even noticed the bumper sticker, and many things that do bring me joy were moved to the bottom of my many to-do lists. Of course, I wasn't aware of this at the time; it all just kind of slipped through my fingers.

Now, ten years later, I am re-evaluating this whole concept of not putting off those things, people, activities and experiences that bring me JOY.

I've been reading a wonderful book by Sanaya Roman, Living with Joy, and it is giving me pause to think about how I've previously defined joy and what joy really means. The chapter I've just read is about self-love, and about how being true to ourselves brings about a much deeper joy in our lives.

The challenge of loving yourself is to step aside from everything people tell you and ask, "Does this fit me? Does this bring me joy? Do I feel good when I do it?" Ultimately, your own experience is what counts. (p. 41)

I am gently working with myself these days to follow this "challenge" of loving myself. It's not as simple as it sounds, especially if you've made a habit of basing your decisions based on what others might think instead of what your heart and soul deeply want.

You know how Oprah always knows something "for sure" at the end of every one of her magazine issues? Well this is what I, Anne Marie Bennett, know for sure: life is too short to put joy at the bottom of any of our lists. Joy should not even be ON a list. It should be as natural as breathing and loving. I will admit right now that Joy does not come quite that naturally to me, and that is okay. I am where I am and it is what it is. And there is much joy, also, in allowing myself my imperfection as well as my brilliance.

Anne Marie Bennett is a writer, self-taught artist, website goddess, cancer survivor, and SoulCollage® Facilitator / Trainer who was mentored directly by Seena Frost. In 2005, she fell in love with SoulCollage® and was inspired to use her professional experience along with Internet technology as a means to serve the world by putting SoulCollage® "out there" in a really big way with KaleidoSoul. Anne Marie lives in eastern Massachusetts with her middle-aged husband, two elderly cats and one youthful dog who keeps them all young. You can read more about her on her website or on her blogs Inner Surprises, and Standing Still.

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Guest Columnist:  Imelda Maguire

Hello! I'm Imelda Maguire, SoulCollage® facilitator and trainer from Donegal, Ireland. Also a counselor and poet, my joy is in working with others in healing and creativity. 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.

SoulCollage® and Joy

SoulCollage® and Joy... The two words go together so naturally! It seems that we cannot work with SoulCollage® for any length of time without reaching a place where the process allows us to access our joyful self. The connection may be momentary, as so many experiences of joy are fleeting and intense but so, so memorable. We might not have a card that is named "Joy" (No? Why not? Does it need to go on your list of "Cards I Plan to Make Sometime?"), but there are likely to be some cards in your deck that, when you allow yourself to fully embody the Neter, will bring you to a place of joy.

As I write, we are in the run-up to the holiday season – the season of Joy. As you read this, that season is by now a memory. Did you encounter joy in your holiday season? Where do you meet joy? I realize that I am posing questions more than offering any great wisdom, because I know that I recognize my own experience of joy, and yet I am not sure of how to convey it. It is one of those things that I know because I know. I know that joy is beyond an experience of pleasure or happiness, and that I may say casually that I have "enjoyed" something – a movie, a meal, an outing, a book, but that does not necessarily mean that I truly felt Joy in the experience. At the same time, I may eat an ordinary meal, but because I am sharing it with my son, newly (and unexpectedly) returned from the other side of the world, there is Joy abounding in that experience!

I think that experiencing Joy may take a moment of alignment, when our various and many selves are at peace with one another, and open to allowing any one Neter to fully experience a moment. In taking a random selection of cards from my deck today, I ask "In what way do you allow me to experience joy?" The responses all do return to the idea that when I fully experience the Neter, there will be joy. Allow me to share one with you...

The Grass Angel... I am one who reminds you that, like even the smallest blade of grass, you too have your Angel that leans over you and whispers "Grow." I bring you the joy of that knowledge, of my presence, of the moment when you lean into my sheltering wings.


When you meet Joy,
say Welcome.
You will not be able
to keep your delight
from your face.
It will show.
Be sure of that.

When you meet Joy,
grasp her to you
briefly, then let her stand,
and look a while
at what has come to you,
and look a while
at who Joy meets –
this You who is ready,
just now, just now
to say Come in.

[© Imelda Maguire, 2011]

Imelda Maguire is a SoulCollage® facilitator and trainer from Donegal, Ireland. A counsellor, poet, Bach Flower Remedy practitioner, and creative-writing facilitator, her joy is in working with others, in witnessing a-ha moments and experiences of healing. She has been sharing SoulCollage® with groups since 2003, when she first discovered the process, and delights in others' excitement on meeting their Neters for the first time.

Upcoming SoulCollage® Retreats

SoulCollage® in France
Carcassonne, France
May 24-29, 2012
Facilitator: Kat Kirby

Come to a beautiful part of France on the outskirts of Carcassonne and join me for a 6-day SoulCollage® retreat. We will meet in a 200-year-old stone barn, renovated in Art Deco style with 8 comfortable bedrooms, private pool, tennis court, bicycles and home-cooked meals. We will combine our SoulCollage® sessions with a visit to the local market and optional field trips. Whether you are new to SoulCollage® or an experienced Facilitator or Trainer, this retreat might be just what you've been waiting for! You might even want to add a few days before or after our gathering and explore parts of Europe you've always wanted to see. Cost includes everything other than air fare.

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Coming Fully Alive: Awakening the Divine Feminine with SoulCollage® & Altered Art
Westfield, MA
June 14-17, 2012
Facilitators: Anne Marie Bennett, Anne Boedecker, Jeanne Marie Merkel

We will use SoulCollage®, journaling, small group sharing, drumming, ceremony, altered books, and card readings in order to embody the innate knowledge of our own feminine power. We'll also create rituals together that bring our deep engagement with our cards and art to life. There will be LOTS of time for card making, sharing our SoulCollage® cards and card making ideas, as well as doing readings with our Decks. No previous artistic experience is necessary. For beginners as well as experienced SoulCollagers. Relax. Renew. Connect. Create. Ahhhh..... Only 4 Spaces Left!

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KaleidoSoul Creations
As promised, we are featuring SoulCollage® cards from our readers in each issue.

Each card below is a card that represents JOY from one SoulCollager's Deck.  


Safely Free
Committee Suit

I am the one who feels free with my inner child. I am the one who is joyful when playing. I am the one who knows safety and security go together. I am the one who loves the feel of the wind in my hair!


Rejoice! Celebrate!
Council Suit
Charlene Caswell

I am the one who knows that joy is uplifting. Let your spirit soar!

My Playful One
Committee Suit

I am the playful side of you that has come to remind you to make time for play.

My gift to you is the playground that lies before you. Make use of it wisely, as it is at your feet. You are there already, so you don't have to go looking any further.

I bring you the gift of joy as you surround yourself with nature.

I want you to know that you can delight in the rainbow that comes after the rain. I want you to dive in to the fresh cool waters without fear of abandonment of your true purpose. I want you to open your eyes and see the beauty around you. I want you to immerse yourself in it and you will heal whatever is in need.

I want you to en-joy it. I want you to take the joy within and to embrace it through your rituals. I want you to give gratitude for all the beauty that surrounds you.

Committee Suit
Ontario, Canada

I am the one who jumps for joy. I am the one who lives every joyful second of life to its fullest. I am the optimist, the happy, playful one, glad to be alive.

Suit Unknown

I am one who praises the Universe differently than others. I am one who is unafraid to show my joy.

To see LOTS more SoulCollagers' cards about JOY, please visit this KaleidoSoul page. 


Please feel free to submit one of your cards for a future issue by sending a reply email to this newsletter.

Future themes include:
Community Suit: Lovers
Animal Companions: Imaginary

KaleidoSoul Notes
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Noteworthy resources for anyone interested in SoulCollage®

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by Anne Marie Bennett and
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