Soul Songs: Your SoulCollage NewsletterSoul Songs
Your SoulCollage® Newsletter

Enabling us to sing the songs
we were born to sing
through the practice
of SoulCollage®
Issue #139  January 2017 Theme:  Humor
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.
 

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Soul Singing with Anne Marie
Anne Marie, the creator of KaleidoSoul.com
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.


What Einstein Told Me

One evening in my mid-twenties, I was having dinner with a new friend. I was telling him about an incident that had happened in my second grade classroom that week, an incident that had not gone well at all. After I explained how I had handled it, and why I was still so upset about it, he innocently commented, "You sure do have a quick temper."

"I do NOT have a quick temper," I snapped back angrily. He smiled gently and raised his eyebrows slightly. Then I realized exactly what I had said, and not only that, how I had said it! It only took a few seconds before we both broke into laughter.

I have always remembered this conversation, as clearly as if it were yesterday even though it took place more than 30 years ago. Why do I remember it? Because it was one of those crystal clear moments when a particular self-truth stared me right in the eye. I do have a quick temper. I always have and I still do. But I was completely unaware of it until my friend named it for me.

I realized in that moment that I had the choice to welcome that new information about myself with denial and disdain, or to welcome it with self-kindness and humor. I'm glad I chose the latter. It's made a huge difference in how I see myself, and in how I try not to take myself too seriously all of the time.

When I made the SoulCollage® card above, I was intending to make a card to honor the part of me who is smart. And I was looking for an image of Einstein, but the only one I could find was the one of him with a clown nose on his face! I decided to use it anyway, but when this Neter spoke to me, he wasn’t talking as much about intelligence as about not taking myself so seriously. And it worked out perfectly, because I had been wanting a card for that part of me as well!

1. Try journaling with these questions this week and be honest with yourself:

Do you have a tendency to take yourself too seriously?

When was the last time you had a good laugh at yourself?

2. Spend some time this week blowing bubbles. Yes, you heard me right. It doesn’t matter if it’s winter right now where you are. Make your own bubbles if you have to. Blow some bubbles and watch how your heart lightens as you release them with your breath.

3. Set an intention for yourself that the next time one of your shadowed parts shows up, you will find a way to accept the situation with self-kindness and humor. Then let that go as well.

 
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, an elderly dog and two adolescent felines who keep them all young. You can read more about how SoulCollage® assisted her on her cancer journey on her website SOS Cancer Journeys. Anne Marie's newest book, Through the Eyes of SoulCollage® is now available.

 

OUR NEXT TELE-CLASS

Working with the Archetypes
in Jung’s Red Book

 
60 minute SoulCollage® tele-class
with SoulCollage® Facilitator
Marilyn Montgomery in California


In 1913, while at the height of his career, Carl Jung started to experience a midlife crisis which opened him to a powerful exploration of his intuitive life through painting, poetry and dialoguing with his imagination. He documented his soul's journey in The Red Book, the results of which eventually became the foundations of Depth Psychology.

He says, The years... when I pursued the inner images, were the most important time of my life. Everything else is to be derived from this.

In my own work with the SoulCollage® process, working with the Council Suit in particular, as these archetypes appeared, I discovered a realm of support and guidance that has been life-changing. In particular, in these changing times, the mythic power of these images can provide us with new insights, inner strength, and now possibilities for inner transformation.

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Guest Columnist: Barb Horn


I'm Barb Horn, a CCHT, SoulCollage® Facilitator, cosmic clown and inspirational teacher who is passionate about everyone falling in love with themselves, claiming all their power, strength and wisdom to love fully, fully live and live to laugh. This column explores where you lost your connection to laughing and how to get it back.


Become Fooly Realized
by Dancing with Cosmic Jokes

No one escapes cosmic jokes, which are outdated beliefs and stories you were tricked into believing were true, especially as a child. For example, “boys do this” and “girls do that.” “Fathers work” and “mothers stay home.” These beliefs might be about a person’s role, religion, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, culture, disability or illness. These beliefs are not given on a tablet but shown through relationships and experiences. As such, your Council Fool energies and Committee Neters get contaminated (shadow) and separate you from the ability to laugh. However, you can become fooly realized by choosing to dance with your cosmic jokes. They serve as lighthouses and cairns that at first seem like the wrong path, but guide us through life transformations.

Humor helped me navigate family dynamics, gave me a sense of identity, and ways to be seen while searching how to belong. Humor has been an essential spice in my dark nights of the soul. Humor helps me make sense and order of this sometimes painful and chaotic world. Laughter is the best medicine because it is essential for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing. Humor transforms cosmic jokes into gifts. Humor is core to my personality; when I can't laugh at myself, I am done.

Everyone has an innate desire and ability to laugh, find, and use humor to levitate energy. When you find and play in another perspective you levitate energy. When people share stories of departed loved ones invoking a smile or laughter... that is levitating. When you get a flat tire, stuck at the airport, lose your wallet, the Fool (the Great Interrupter) is giving you space to lighten up and remember what is important. In that space, you can claim your power by focusing on what is in your control. Levitating is exercising choice about where to focus your life energy, regardless of what is happening around you.

Kids know how to play, laugh, let go, explore and inquire. Find or make a SoulCollage® card for your inner child and start a relationship with him or her. They are essential guides to access creativity and laughter.

Ask yourself these questions: What are your cosmic jokes? What was funny in your family? What did you do for love or recognition that is funny now? What funny things have changed your life? What needs to levitate now in your life?



Find the levitating energies in your SoulCollage© cards. My “TarMan”, screams “I Am One Who says who the hell do you think you are? I have worked to keep you safe all these years and now you want to change all that. You will look silly with legs in the air and be exposed.” Look at him lecturing me tied down disempowered.

My “Performer” (below), says “I Am One Who believed she had to perform and be good enough to be loved.” My fans in the audience are my two pet gerbils I had growing up, Pepsi and Coke.

Becoming fooly realized means taking a risk. It requires vulnerability, and risking exposure or change. Every invention, cultural and social change you’ve experienced was because someone chose to claim their power, dance with their cosmic joke no matter what else was going on or what others were saying, in order to levitate. You can live a comfortable life, but we are being called to levitate and live a charged life. What is your choice?


Barb Horn, CCHT, SoulCollage® Facilitator and Trainer, cosmic clown and inspirational passionate teacher. Lives in a strawbale house in southwest Colorado. In addition to hypnotherapy she hosts retreats, a monthly SoulCollege® group, and New Moon Shadow Teleclass, writes blogs called “Woo Woo Breakdown” and “BlameItNameItChangeIt,” and creates diverse classes live and recorded for deep transformation one laugh at a time. You can find out more about her activities on her at her website All Embracing Change.
 

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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 from one SoulCollager's Deck that represents Hunor in their lives.

 


Make Me Laugh
Committee
Clyde
Florida

I am one who knows how to start your day. I am one who makes you laugh first thing in the morning. I am one who reminds you not to take life, or yourself, too seriously.





Sweet Pie
Committee Suit
Chigoke
Georgia

I am the one who pees on your inner critic, every time she goes low and begins to dig up dirt. I am the one who short circuits her, whenever she exposes her frayed criticism wires. Listen awesome blossom, I got her number and I know what time it is and I am keeping score!




Playful Innovator
Committee Suit
Charlotte
Ohio

I Am One Who knows that playfulness is an essential element of creativity. I Am One Who giggles in delight when I combine things that don't seem to go together. I Am One Who knows that laughter opens my mind to new possibilities.




Irreverent
Committee
Michele
Tucson

I am one whose spiritual beliefs include the sacredness and healing powers of levity and humor.





Joyful Barb
Community Suit
Marti
Illinois

I Am One Who gracefully embodies The Fool in all her glory. I Am One Who fearlessly shares laughter, the Fool's powerful healing medicine. I Am One Who leads as a Servant, Gently allowing others to be transformed by Joy.




Delight me!
Suit Unknown
Donna
California

When I'm too serious and uptight, I am nudged into lightening up, by those who know how to tickle me pink! I have a penchant for the irreverent and humorous side of things. I'm reminded not to take life too serious, and infuse living w a good dose of joy.





Expect the Unexpected
Council Suit
Dot
Pennsylvania

We are the ones who present images to you of the absurd, reminding you to laugh at life when it is appropriate to do so; reminding you to expect the unexpected-- the carrot in the banana peel, a surfing elephant, a sumo wrestler dancing on his toes, and a football player joining him. We are the ones who remind you to see humor in life and to enjoy it.




Jay Leno
Community Suit
Dot
Pennsylvania

I am one who kept you company almost every weeknight when you tuned in to the Tonight Show. I am one who brought laughter and fun into your life almost every day.




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

Future themes include:

February: Committee Suit
March: The Moon
 
 
KaleidoSoul Notes
KaleidoSoul Notes

Noteworthy resources for anyone interested in SoulCollage®

 
Facilitator TrainingsFacilitator Trainings: Information about content and dates/locations of upcoming trainings of SoulCollage® Facilitators.

SoulCollage websiteSoulCollage website - Seena Frost created the process of SoulCollage®, and this is her website.


KaleidoSoul - Spinning the fragments of your world into wholeness and beauty through SoulCollage®.


Kindred Spirits Join our fast-growing worldwide membership of people who put the "soul" in SoulCollage®!
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STARTS JANUARY 14

Come As You Are:
Using SoulCollage® to Journey from Body Criticism to Body Compassion

January 14 - February 18, 2017
 

Join Anne Marie and other SoulCollagers around the world for a four-week journey from body criticism to body compassion.

You'll be supported and encouraged every step of the way AND you'll learn lots of new ways to use the SoulCollage® process.

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New SoulCollage® Offering

Are you ready to learn, grow and activate your unique work in the world?
Why not consider becoming a Creative Depth Coach?



Move more deeply into developing or augmenting your personal and professional practice with the Creative Depth Coaching Certification Training. Only offered once a year, the training begins in January and moves through monthly modules over the course of ten months. There is ample flexibility to apply the learning to your distinctive needs, practice and projects that are ready to be birthed.

Advanced depth coach training is offered to facilitators, therapists, coaches and professionals. This is a powerful program for you as a SoulCollage® artist or facilitator/professional, inviting you to advance or shift the direction of your practice, build dynamic coaching skills or take the work you envision to the next level!

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Upcoming SoulCollage® Retreats


CONNECTICUT


SoulCollage® by the Sea
Madison, Connecticut

January 20-22, 2017
Facilitator: Debbie Mitchell (Jaine)

You deserve a weekend of making cards to your heart’s content! Also this retreat will give you the gift of relaxation and leaving your daily routine behind, while connecting with your inner self and other SoulCollagers. Mercy by the Sea Retreat Center is set on 33 acres of the Long Island Sound. This facility is a peaceful place of natural beauty for personal, spiritual and professional renewal and growth. We’ll be doing card making, journaling and card readings too. Six wholesome, delicious meals included. All supplies included as well as lots of images. Private and shared rooms available. Payment plan available.

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MASSACHUSETTS
Facilitator Training
Westfield, MA

April 5-9, 2017
Facilitator: Mariabruna Sirabella

NOTE: Current Facilitators receive a discount to take this Training as a refresher course.

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ILLINOIS

Playing with a Full Deck:
Emotional Connectedness Inside and Out

Chicago, Illinois

April 28-30, 2017
Facilitator: Michele Manos

Michele's "Card Games" offer innovative ways to explore your SoulCollage® deck as a whole - integrating your ever-evolving aspects. Spend a weekend at beloved Cenacle Retreat Center using your deck as a powerful tool for well-being and success. Inspired by the film "Inside Out," explore emotional wholeness, resilience, and connections. Discover how your core emotions (Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust) are expressed. Create inner alliances for emotional balance and authenticity. Discern and refine how you build boundaries and bridges to yourself and others. Receive individual and group instruction, with ample time to explore your deck, journal and make cards!

Visit this page for more info.

 

ARIZONA

Spiritual Art From the Heart:
Unlock Your Creativity in Sedona!

Sedona, Arizona

September 9-16, 2017
Facilitator: Kat Kirby

If you’d love 6 days of creative time in the studio, join Kat in the magical landscape of the high desert in Sedona, Arizona. Creative expression is “Art from the Heart”, and requires no prior artistic training. We’ll be creating a hand-made journal on the first day, where you can record what the rest of the week brings your way. Then, using local materials found on walks, along with studio materials that are provided, you’ll make a spirit wand, a SoulCollage® card, a mandala, dream catcher and a personal shrine. Come nourish your creative soul in Sedona! Leave your daily routine behind, while connecting with your inner self and other SoulCollagers.

Visit this page for more information.

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Facilitator Training
Westfield, MA

September 13-17, 2017
Trainer: Anne Marie Bennett

Visit this page for more info.


ITALY


La Dolce Vita- Goddess Retreat

Tuscany, Italy

September 24 - October 3, 2017
Facilitator: Cat Caracelo


Journey with a small circle of visionary, artistic and whole-hearted women, for 11 days in our own private villa near Florence! Enter into the mythic and living landscape of Italy, make art with SoulCollage® and mixed media as you explore La Dolce Vita. We will seek the wisdom of the Goddesses and explore mythic landscapes, sacred gardens, the dreamscapes of the Renaissance that influenced Il Sacro Bosco, and Niki St Phalle's magnificent Tarot Garden, as we make art and explore energies that will inspire the sweet life.

Visit this page for more information now.

 

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SoulCollage® is a trademarked process created by Seena B. Frost.
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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 2017,
by Anne Marie Bennett and
Catherine Anderson, Cat Caracelo, or Linda Woolfson.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.