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 #163  January 2019 Theme:  Doorways
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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.


The Changing of the Suits

I had been practicing SoulCollage® for less than a year when something strange happened during a journaling exercise with my Joyful Transition card. This was one of the first cards I had created and when I first worked with it, it was definitely a part of my Committee Suit of inner voices, also known as personality parts. I knew this for certain because it was speaking to me as if it were inside of me, telling me a bit about what Seena calls my “local story,” my personal history:

I Am the One Who is leaving something behind. I Am the One Who is excited about where I am going. I Am the One Who is all dressed up and celebrating this transition! I Am the One Who is moving into something new and exciting and different, and I Am the One Who can't wait to get there!

Yes, this Neter was definitely part of my Committee Suit, my “local story.” I felt good about this knowing. I knew even then that we can't always know the suit (or even the meaning) of a card right away, but this one felt very clear.

Then one day, several months later, I drew my Joyful Transition card in a daily reading and when I journaled with it, it was speaking very differently to me. Listen:

I Am the One Who leads you to new places and people and adventures. I Am the One Who safely guides you through the open doorways to your future. I Am the One Who wants you to follow me wherever I lead you, even if sometimes that means leaving colorful worlds behind for black-and-white territory.

Can you sense the difference in the two voices? For me, it was like the energy on this card was now a guide of sorts. She was talking to me about the Larger Story of my life. I heard her telling me about many different transitions on my life's journey, not just the one I had been going through when I made the card. As I heard this, it occurred to me that this was now the voice of a Council suit card.

Then, of course, the part of me who likes things to be all wrapped up in neat little packages got very upset. “No, no, no!” she hollered. “That's not right. There's something wrong here. This was a Committee card. How can it suddenly be a Council card?”

It seems that I was still operating under the assumption that once I had a card labeled nice and neatly, it would be pigeon-holed forever as such.

I was so perplexed and distressed by this change of events within my deck, that I emailed my friend Karen Mann in Australia. She had been making and working with cards much longer than I had, and I respected her wisdom about all things to do with SoulCollage®.

What a relief when she emailed me back, saying it was a normal occurrence for our cards to change suits now and then. She told me not to worry about it, to just go with the flow of it and to trust the process, to trust myself. She said that not everything in SoulCollage® could be clearly categorized. Amen!

It so happened that when I created the Joyful Transition card, I was right on the edge of a major life transition out of a customer service job I'd held and loved for 10 years and into a life of creating my own business. When I first dialogued with this Neter, it was telling me about that particular transition. But several months later, I was already “through the door” of that transition and immersed in the middle of life on the other side of it. When I dialogued with her at that point, she made the shift away from my local personal story (Committee Suit) and over to the larger story of my life (Council Suit).

This event stands out clearly in my mind now as a huge turning point in my SoulCollage® journey. After the “changing of the suits” by this one card, I was much better able to enjoy the mystery of the process and to let my expectations go completely.

Sometimes the cards don't just change suits; they change what they are “about.” This is because we are continually changing and the landscapes of our lives are continually shifting. It follows easily that our Neters are also changing right along with us.


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.

 
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Guest Columnist: Marti Beddoe

Happy New Year, dear SoulCollage® Friends! I’m Marti Beddoe from Naperville, Illinois, a SoulCollage® Facilitator since 2007. It’s been so much fun exploring the juicy Neter of Doorways in this column. I hope you find some useful thoughts here as we head into 2019. My commitment in these columns is to share practices that sustain lives of Meaning, Joy, and Beauty.


In Gratitude to Seena B. Frost

Imagination
by Seena B. Frost

I stand at the door to my Soul
Knocking softly;
Then harder.
She rustles behind the door,
Whispering words of encouragement
Like:
Pick up your pen!
Hold it firm;
Feel its tip move
Ever so lightly
Across your heart.
Look! I've written a poem
To slide under this door.
It invites Her to join us
In our funny Life game
Of Imagining.

The Three Doorways Practice

Seena B. Frost, Founder of SoulCollage®, referred to the “Three magical I’s of Image, Imagination and Intuition” as Doorways and as “bright stars in the SoulCollage® galaxy.” She taught us that an Image opens the Doorway to Imagination which then opens the Doorway to Intuition.


I made this card to illustrate the “Three magical I’s.” I ask students to quickly write down their impressions of the images surrounding the First (closed) Door and to make guesses about what is behind it. When I open the door, I ask them to quickly write down a few words in reaction to the images that are revealed. Finally, they make a few notes on the Third (invisible) Doorway, describing the meaning their intuition makes of these images. It’s fascinating to hear the variety of unique responses to the same images!

Thanks to Catherine Anderson’s magnificent books on Doorways, I have had great delight creating a series of Doorways SoulCollage® cards.

How To Enter The Next Doorway?

I’ve been meditating on the theme of Doorways for several months. I remember the Life Doorways that were shut in my face, the thresholds to Doorways that I chose not to enter, and the Life Doorways that inaugurated mythic journeys of great difficulties and great joyful surprises.

I consult my tattered texts and new websites about the Hero’s Journey and the Heroine’s Journey and seek to place my current life situation in the context of these models:

Heroine Journeys Project and Heroine’s Journey

My meditation also surfaces the importance of how one enters Life’s Doorways. Take a look at these iconic entrances. Which resonates most for you?

Entering like Loretta Young.
Mr. Rogers entering our homes.
Kramer entering Jerry Seinfeld’s door.
Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon knocking three times
Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe: Lucy Pevensie entering into Narnia.


A Journaling and Card-making Practice: Doorways in Your Lifetime

1. What images do you associate with the Neter of Doorways?

2. What have been some Doorways of your Lifetime?
a. Which Doorways were easily opened and entered?
b. Which Doorways were closed? What was your response to the closed Doorways?
c. Were there closed Doorways you regret not entering?
3. Think of three important Life Doorways.
a. How did you approach and enter them?
b. What was on the other side that made you who are today?
4. What Doorways are you approaching in 2019?
a. How will you approach and enter them?
b. Consider making some SoulCollage® cards for your 2019 Doorways.
Last October, I entered the Doorway to my seventh decade! Seems like the sands in the hourglass are falling more rapidly now. I’m taking refuge in winter’s darkness and slower pace to pause and ponder how to continue my heroine’s journey as an Elder. How shall I mindfully enter this decade with a spirit of Joy and Ease, Grace and Gratitude, Friendly Curiosity and Compassionate Detachment, and Simplicity and Humble Service? What lessons and constructive thoughts do I take into this decade? What constrictive thoughts need releasing?

What I know for sure right now is that I want to share the wisdom from my life's many teachers. What I also know for sure is that I intend to carry on my motherline’s attitude: Become an elder dog who is open and eager to learn new tricks!


Since 2007, Marti Beddoe has been a SoulCollage® Facilitator and meditation teacher in the Kriya Yoga lineage. She is Founder of Designs for Peace, a service offering practices to support lives of Meaning, Joy, and Beauty. Her monthly essays, “Contemplating the Beauty of…” consider the mysterious Beauty of various Neters. You may Subscribe here at the bottom of this page. You'll receive a fr*ee Harmony Self-Assessment.  Marti facilitates Walking the Beauty Way Retreats and would be delighted to bring one to your area. Find out more here! She invites you to contact her at marti@martibeddoe.com


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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 Doorways.



Third Eye Portal
Council Suit
Karen
Ohio

I am the one who sees what your physical eyes cannot. I am the one who sweeps away illusions and brings dreams, intuition, imagination, and insights into awareness. I give you the ability to recognize patterns and symbols so you see the big picture. Know that through me the wisdom of realms beyond the physical senses becomes accessible. I need you to keep the doors open so light can activate your Third Eye. If you close the doors, I cannot help you. Trust that I am always seeing; you need only look inward and up.





Doorway to Creativity
Committee Suit
Natalie
Colorado

I am one who is bright, colorful and creative. I am open to a world of individuality, unique expression, differences, artistry and new ideas. I open this door to a playful and fun way of living my life.

 


Freedom
Suit Unknown
Debbie
Connecticut

I am the one who has had many dark moments, but found a way to go through many doors to set me free. I am the one who has found my authentic self and captured my childlike innocence. I am the one who can start over with a sense of freedom, and elderly wisdom.





Door of Eternity
Council Suit
Debrah
Australia

I am the Door of Eternity. I remain ever-open regardless of what assails me. I am ancient; I am enduring even when abandoned. Nothing destroys me, not even the sands of time. I give you hope, vision, staying power and endurance. I give you endless time. I give you an open door to walk through. See beyond what is in front of you. See beyond today. See beyond this life! Walk through the Door of Eternity. Be immortal.





Doorways
Council Suit
T
Colorado

I am one who is exploring options, seeking direction and clarity. I am one who is ready, willing, eager (and a little bit nervous too!) to open the doors, stand for a while in the doorways, and decide which one(s) to step through.





Beginner’s Mind
Suit Unknown
Anne Marie
Massachusetts

We are the ones who are walking through these open doors. We are the ones who don’t know what is on the other side. We are the ones who move forward with anticipation and the trust that whatever is on the other side will be just right for us in this moment.





The Portal
Committee Suit
Suzy
Montreal, Canada

I am one who bursts through the gyproc wall, leaving the comfort of home and renovation rubble in my wake, striding confidently out into the golden light, barefoot and full of purpose, off on a quest of self-discovery. Little bird, it's time to spread your wings and fly.




The Doorway of Opportunities
Committee Suit
Kate
Brisbane, Australia

I am one who is opening doors to opportunities and has the love and compassionate energy behind me. I am one who can feel the loving energy pushing me through the doors of my dreams. I want you to push the doors open wide and trust in new opportunities coming your way. Don't doubt yourself, and take that leap of faith. You are so ready today...remember when one door closes another one opens; each time a little wider.




Doorway
Suit Unknown
Ruth
New Jersey

I am the one who lights the way for others into the wonder of darkness.





Kuan Yin’s Domain
Council Suit
Marti
Illinois

I am One Who enters the Domain of Kuan Yin, Goddess of Compassion. Here she helps visitors witness the journey from Maiden to Crone. Skillfully she helps weave that life-story anew, with wonder, objectivity and lovingkindness. Whenever you see her colorful peacock totem, remember to show Reverence and Gratitude for the infinitely beautiful Life you are part of.





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: Council Suit (Archetypes)
March: Joy/Pleasure
 
 
 
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Noteworthy resources for anyone interested in SoulCollage®


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


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


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CALIFORNIA


Spring Rising Goddess Retreat

Sonoma, California
March 6-10, 2019
Facilitator: Cat Caracelo

Explore the archetypes of the higher self, make inspired art, and deepen your connection to the path of transformation as you celebrate the rising light of the fully expressed self, energy that is emerging with Spring Equinox. Step into the story of who you are becoming! Each day we will gather and travel with archetypal energies, goddess guides and the wheel of the moon. We will be creating and identifying touchstones for healing and wholeness. In many ways we will be making powerful mythic connections as the creative journey expands our life experience using SoulCollage®, JourneyCircles™ and mixed media assemblage.

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THE NETHERLANDS

International SoulCollage® Retreat
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May 17-24, 2019
Facilitator: Lucy Schaapock

Take some time to dive deep into your own soul, your inner magic and wisdom. Friesland, the unspoilt and ancient Province of the Netherlands has lots of water, myths and spirituality, and will be our home for the week. Here we will have a special retreat with like-minded people from all over the world who love SoulCollage®. Rest deep within your own ancient wisdom. Reawaken archetypes and inner personalities that live in and through you. Come and enjoy, connect with others and your own creative heart. Have you ever wanted to come to the Netherlands? Now is the perfect time!

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PORTUGAL

Portugal as Portal to Presence
Cascais, Portugal
May 20-26, 2019
Facilitators: Linda Woolfson, Catherine Anderson

Join SoulCollage® Trainers Catherine Anderson and Linda Woolfson on a pilgrimage of creative pleasure and discovery in Portugal next spring! Our inspiring blend of photography, journaling, word-play, poetry, SoulCollage® and labyrinth activities will encourage you to access the full vibrancy of your creative soul as we explore the wild and beautiful coastline, visit Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra, eat fabulous food and connect with the real Portugal which most tourists never experience. Book your place now!

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ITALY

La Dolce Vita- Goddess Retreat in Italy
Tuscany, Italy
September 15-25, 2019
Facilitator: Cat Caracelo

Join Cat for Fall in Tuscany where we will stay in a beautiful villa with a small circle of amazing visionary, artistic and wholehearted women! Dance with La Dolce Vita and seek the wisdom of the Goddess: Diana, Minerva, Melusina, whose ancient Etruscan names and energies are held in the heart of this land. We will work with SoulCollage®, mixed media and layered process as we connect with the expression of the divine feminine. We will visit sacred springs, mythic gardens, inspired environments and sultry seas, beautiful places in Tuscany, as well as Florence and Siena - where we will explore alchemical energy, artistry and vision as reflected in the dreamscapes of the ancient, renaissance and modern artists.

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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.

 
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by Anne Marie Bennett and
Catherine Anderson, Cat Caracelo, or Linda Woolfson.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.