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 #175   January 2020 Theme:  Animal Companions Suit
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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 and worldwide online. This column is all about presenting ways to get your soul singing with the deep, wide, wonder-full process that is SoulCollage®.



The Changing of the Animals

The Neters of the Companions Suit are mirrors for the energies of your physical and subtle bodies: their flow, their blockages, and their changing ability to help and heal... or hinder and hurt. --- Seena Frost, SoulCollage® Evolving

During 2011 and 2012, my physical body underwent many changes due to the surgeries and treatments I needed to have to eradicate a rare form of cancer in my left breast. After the treatments were complete, I noticed that my body felt much better: stronger, leaner, and maybe even a bit wiser. I was also surprised (happily so!) to report that some of my Animal Companions changed during that time. For me, this was a deep reminder of the wisdom in Seena's words (see above) about how our Companion Animals actually mirror what is going on in different parts of our physical bodies.

I was already familiar with this "changing of the animals" in relation to my fourth (heart) chakra and I shared this in a previous column here called Little Brown Bird Grows Up. Still, it came as a surprise to me when, halfway through my chemo treatments, I realized that when I closed my eyes and visited my body’s energy centers (aka chakras) in my imagination, I was felt and sensed and sometimes saw different animals present.


My first/root chakra Companion has always been Brown Bear, but now Wolf appears there to keep me grounded and connected to home. My second/sacral chakra Companion was Leopard and now it is Sea Lion. My third/solar chakra Companion was Butterfly, and now it appears that Leopard has moved up to this spot. My fourth (heart) chakra Companion has changed over the years from Little Brown Bird to Crow and now is Cat. My fifth/throat chakra Companion remains Lion AND Lioness; my sixth/third eye chakra remains Dolphin. However, my 7th (Crown) Chakra Companion is now Dragonfly, when it used to be Swan.

It’s not surprising to me that these changes occurred because a myriad of changes happened in the chest and digestive areas of my body. As the body changes, so (sometimes) do the Animal Companions! Also, my spirituality deepened and shifted greatly during that second cancer journey... and now the Being that rests there (Dragonfly) is lighter and freer than her predecessor (Swan)

You might be asking "How do you know this? How do you know that those Companions have changed?" And the answer is just that I feel it inside of me. It's an intuitive thing, and if you're allowing your own intuition to reign as you practice SoulCollage® more and more, you'll be able to sense it as well, if and when any of your own Animal Companions transform.

Sometimes the Animals don't change; sometimes they simply change forms. For example, a baby deer becomes a buck or a doe. A caterpillar becomes a butterfly. A hibernating bear becomes awake and begins hunting. A horse sprouts wings and beings flying. There are many possibilities here and they are as limitless as our individual bodies and souls!

If you have a Companion Animal who has been living in one of your chakras, but you don't resonate with that animal as much as you used to, and you find yourself being drawn to a different animal there, simply trust that inner guidance. Trust the inner work. Close your eyes and visit this Animal in your imagination. Allow him or her to speak to you. Listen and learn from its wisdom. It has much to give you.

NOTE: If this topic intrigues you and you’d like to know more, it’s not too late to join The Great Big SoulCollage® Chakra Extraganza of 2020 where we’ll be focusing on the chakras and the Animal Companions suit, and how we can give more expression to each in our daily lives.


Anne Marie Bennett is a SoulCollage® Facilitator / Trainer, published author, website goddess, and two-time cancer survivor 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 web 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 and two adolescent felines who keep them hopping. Anne Marie’s books about SoulCollage® are available here.

 
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Guest Columnist: Cat Caracelo
I am Cat Caracelo, M.A., a SoulCollage® facilitator, depth coach, teacher and artist from Petaluma, California, offering my work individually and in global teaching forums. This column is for all of you who are exploring your creative and are ready to discover more depth in your SoulCollage® journey.


Dance with
Animal Companions
at the New Year 

We are energetic beings who often take our beautiful bodies for granted and find ourselves pushed and pulled with energetic flooding that can come from within and without. We sometime forget to acknowledge and honor the many energies held within our bodies. These energies assist to balance, align and bring momentum to us and into our lived experiences.

Our bodies are powerful storytellers. They can hold energy from past experiences, adopted beliefs, and long standing patterns. We cultivate deeper connection to our energies, both conscious and unconscious, by working with art to release and see what is known and unknown. Using our hands, we touch deeper knowing with creative inquiry; we expand our connection to all that is held within the whole.

As a SoulCollage® artist, maybe you’ve already created some (or all) of your Companions Suit cards. It is in this suit that cards are created to represent your embodied essence, exploring your chakras as energy centers. Chakras are an ancient Hindi bio-spiritual system which can be reflected by the animals who share their energy in each chakra center. This process is explained in the book SoulCollage® Evolving by Seena Frost, where she shares how she was inspired by The Personal Totem Pole: Animal Imagery the Chakras and Psychotherapy, by Stephen Gallegos. Decades later, we are still inspired by the powerful dance between our chakras and our Animal Companions.

Animal Companion cards are created to symbolize animal guides that are held within each of the seven embodied energy centers or chakras. These Companions will support, inform and guide us towards energetic balance and they can dance us in new directions over the years.

As we enter a New Year, invite your Companions to the center of your life, and invite the dance. I have prepared a guided meditation for you to use, Companions Dance Journey. As you listen, or after you have listened, play with these prompts and create:
  • Notice how each of your Companions comes, what they bring, and how they have changed.
     
  • Feel the energy of your chakra ribbons unfurling, each color vivid with meaning and energy.
      
  • Find yourself being danced in and out and around, opening all of your channels of awareness.
The Animals that come to companion us are mirrors. We hold the qualities that they show us, and even when we forget to connect, they are there. I have found that my Companions will sometimes remain hidden for a time, then shift and grow and show themselves with a twist and flicker, simply to meet me again and again. They want to journey with us, they seek to be our guides and allies.

Is something being released in the dance. . . or maybe something is needing to be restored?

Dancing with the energy of the Animal Companions who journey with you is a powerful creative act. Some are soft and sleepy, others intense. Some are familiar, while others feel exotic and unexpected. Your Companions will travel with you as powerful allies. Explore the dynamic qualities of this dance and hold space for the unfolding journey on this threshold of a New Year.


Cat Caracelo, M.A. is a Depth Coach and SoulCollage® Facilitator since 2007, working with expressive arts and transformative process to guide individuals and groups internationally. Cat is the founder of JourneyPath Institute and JourneyCircles™ Process. Her dynamic Mythos Journey + Quest eCourses and retreats offer transformative process and mythic themes designed to explore one’s own stories, seeking healing and expand possibility. Please visit Cat’s website to find articles and information about depth coaching, classes, training programs and retreats.
 
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Get in touch with your body's energies and the Animal Companion energies.

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

Each card below is a card from one SoulCollager's Deck that represents Animal Companions Suit.



Raven- Throat Chakra
Companions Suit
Jai
Louisiana

I am one who reminds you that the key to being heard is to use your voice.





I Belong
Companions Suit
MariaCatalina
California

I am the one who feels and who is felt, I am the one who cares and who is cared for, I am the one who understands and who is understood, I am the one who loves and who is loved, I am the one who is watched over, guided and protected, I am the one who is gentle but strong enough to stand my ground, I am the one who is loyal. I am the one who is connected, I am the one who sees with the heart, I am the one who has a purpose and a mission, I am the one who belongs.




Crown Chakra Owl
Companions Suit
Cat
California

I am the wisdom held at the crown, my window offers the opportunity to take flight and rise. I am grounded in the body and connect all the way down to the earth and its depths. My tower is a rising spire of soul’s knowing awakened in the second half of life when the crown opens into vast potential and takes flight in the night. I can see far beyond the edge of now, as my awareness is informed by the collective and the cosmos. Yet it is my long memory that serves the human self and invites the goddess of wisdom to roost in my life.




Throat Chakra Companion
Companions Suit
Denise
California

I am the one who speaks the truth in all things. I am the one who helps you to do the same. Do not hide your feelings or your ideas. I am here to help you speak up, emote, and spread your truth to all who will listen.

 


Swan
Companion Suit- Crown Chakra
Karen
Ohio

I am one who thrives on water, land, and in the air. I mate for life, modeling how to build lifelong monogamous partnership with another. I glide easily with the currents, in flow with life. I embody peace, serenity, and solitude. I radiate beauty to the world and illuminate the beauty within you. I am elegance embodied, dazzling diamonds in feathers. I fly high with my strong wings, ones strong enough to carry you with me into the higher consciousness of the crown chakra.




Blue Footed Booby -
Heart Chakra
Companions Suit
Jai
Louisiana

I am one who appears odd to some with my beautiful blue feet and my funny name but I am just how I was meant to be.
 



Hermit Crab- Root Chakra
Companions Suit
Laurie
California

I am Hermit Crab at work in the sea. I am one who makes strong, useful boots for walking over tough terrain. I protect your connection to the ground. I take my work of creating practical beauty very seriously.




Totem Pole
Companions Suit
Dot
Pennsylvania

I am one who travels with these animal companions and their energies within my chakras. Honey Bee, Chimpanzee, Giraffe, Elephant, Dolphin, Barn Owl, and Monarch Butterfly all journey with me. I am one who is never alone with so many traveling within and with me.




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:  Compassion
March: Guilt/Shame
 
 
 
KaleidoSoul NotesKaleidoSoul 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®.


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CALIFORNIA

Invite Your Daemons to Tea: A SoulCollage® Retreat on the "Shadow"
Big Sur, California (Esalen)
February 23-28, 2020
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Your creativity, imagination and intuition will guide you in a stirring exploration of what C.G. Jung termed “Shadow”. You will “Invite your Daemons for Tea” to access the great reservoirs of golden energy hidden in “shadow” areas of the soul we tend to judge, fear, or ignore. Those secreted, yet necessary inner parts are a most potent source of change and freedom. Engaging them in a new relationship ignites a quiet revolution that brings gifts of choice and joy to the soul. Creating and using SoulCollage® cards together with poetry and movement will entice transformation in a respectful, inspiring environment.

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ENGLAND

Return to Avalon - Goddess Retreat
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April 25 – May 8, 2020
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Join Cat in 2020 as she travels to a place of myth and memories, where the landscape is a mirror of the Soul. Return to Avalon at Beltane, honoring the goddess at May Day festivities! Experience a dynamic, heart-centered time of renewal, discovery, depth and connection. Join with kindred women to embrace this sacred place, staying in a restored farmhouse, with two homes, orchard, view of the Tor and spa on site! Journey to sacred sites, explore the earth-based energies, honor the Goddess and make inspired art with SoulCollage® and more, in this all-inclusive retreat to Glastonbury, England and surrounding areas.

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ITALY


SoulCollage® Retreat in Motion
Sardinia, Italy
June 18-25, 2020
Facilitator: Mariabruna Sirabella

Crystal clear seas, sandy beaches, granite rocks and verdant vegetation will be the setting for Mariabruna’s 2020 Annual Retreat in Motion on the island of Sardinia, Italy. Experience a full immersion into the sacred places and pristine nature of Sardinia. Experience transformation, new insights and fresh inspiration as you celebrate the Summer Solstice, practice SoulCollage®, and swim in pristine waters rejuvenating body and soul. Excursions to explore the natural and historical wonders of Sardinia will be interspersed with days of reflection, meditation, SoulCollage® and other creative activities.

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