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Soul Songs

 

Soul Songs

Spinning the fragments of
your world into wholeness & beauty through SoulCollage®

Issue #20 February 2007
Theme- Creative Writing/SoulCollage



Welcome!

Greetings, and welcome to Soul Songs, the official KaleidoSoul newsletter, and the only newsletter which features 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.
 
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May we continue to allow SoulCollage® to transform us from the inside out,
so that we are able to sing the songs we were born to sing,
every day of our lives.
KaleidoSoul Cafe
Grab your favorite beverage and cozy up to the computer.
Here's what's new and exciting in the world of SoulCollage®.

The theme of this issue is Creative Writing With Your SoulCollage Cards. Have you read the KaleidoSoul page on Creative Writing Ideas yet?




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Extra! Extra!
Write All About It!

Tele-Playshop
with Anne Marie Bennett, SoulCollage Facilitator in MA

Date: Tuesday February 20, 2007
Duration: one hour
Location: anywhere in the world, just pick up a phone and dial!

More details... give it a try!
It's a great way to
jumpstart your SoulCollage practice, and
get to know yourself better.






Weekend SoulCollage Retreat
July 20 - 22
Reweave Your Life With SoulCollage

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Soul Singing With Anne Marie


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



Suggestions for Newcomers to SoulCollage:
  1. Find a SoulCollage Facilitator near you.
  2. Download the Getting Started with SoulCollage Workshop in a Box.
  3. Visit KaleidoSoul and click on What is SoulCollage, SoulCollage Deck, and
    Making the Cards on the left menu.
  4. 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.
  5. Read Seena's book, SoulCollage. 
  6. Listen to Seena's CD, Introduction to SoulCollage. 
  7. Don't forget to take it easy and always, always trust the process!


    Just Do It!

    In my almost 30 years as a teacher, I have found only one thing that terrifies young and old students in the same manner: giving them a piece of blank paper and asking them to write something.

    It doesn't matter if they are 7 or 70 years old, the fear of writing creates the same measured, trembling response in each of my students: "I don't know what to write. I have nothing to say. I just can't write."

    Of course, not everyone reacts this way when asked to write. Writing is in my very soul, as I never remember feeling this way about putting my thoughts and feelings down on paper. If you are like me, then you can skip this column and rush down ahead to "Soul Symphonies" where Karen talks about a journaling exercise that is guaranteed to help you deepen your SoulCollage work.

    If you're one of those people who thinks they "can't write," then read on.

    There are three secrets to getting your thoughts and feelings down on paper, whether it's in a journal, writing about your SoulCollage cards, or penning a love letter to your significant other.

    1. Simply make up your mind to begin, and then begin. Intention will carry you a long way through the writing process.
    2. Trust the process. Whatever is meant to come up, will come up.
    3. Visualize taking your Inner Critic by the hand and sending him/her on a short vacation. It's so important to not worry about that nagging inner voice that can be so critical about spelling, punctuation, grammar..etc. Remember, the kind of writing that we're talking about here is not concerned with any of those trivialities. This writing is going directly from your heart and soul to the paper in front of you.

    If you're still wary about taking one of your SoulCollage cards and letting it "speak" through your pen, try this: write from someone else's card to get your creative juices flowing. Choose one of the cards in this issue, or any of the cards in one of the KaleidoSoul Community Yahoo Group Photo Albums. Pretend it's your own card and do some I AM THE ONE WHO... statements with it. It will be easier if you are not feeling the pressure of writing something "insightful" and "meaningful" from one of your own cards.

    The new e-course in the KaleidoSoul Shop, Journey to the Center of YOUR Universe, also has several good creative writing exercises that you can experience with some of your cards.

    Remember the 3 secrets to fun, creative writing with your SoulCollage cards: begin, trust, and leave your Inner Critic behind.


    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.

    Click here for:
    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.


Journaling Exercises

Journaling about your SoulCollage cards is a great tool which can assist you to engage in a whole-brain approach to personal discovery.

The action of connecting with your creativity and making SoulCollage cards uses the right side of the brain, which houses our capacities for metaphoric and creative thinking, emotional expression, intuitive knowing and perception. The act of writing uses a left-brain approach, which uses our logical, verbal, analytical, linear and critical thinking processes.  

 

When we write about our visual creations, we are combining left-brain logic and analysis with right-brain imagination, artistry and intuition. Writing about perceptions and intuitions can assist with integration, as well as deepen the understanding of the messages within each card.
I often find that as I'm creating a card, I have some feelings and hunches about what the card is trying to say to me, but that it's not until after I have journaled with my cards that the messages become clearer.

One simple but effective journaling exercise I have used involves writing using the "I am the one who..." technique for a predetermined period of time of 10 or 15 minutes. When I do this I use an 'automatic writing' type of process:

  1. I set a time limit.
  2. I begin each sentence with "I am the one who"...  
  3. I write continuously without thinking of what it is that I am actually writing.
  4. I write as fast as I can, without worrying about spelling, grammar or editing as I go.
  5. If, for some reason, the flow stops, I write "I am the one who doesn't know what to write next" repeatedly until the flow starts again.  
By using this technique, I am combining left-brain analysis with creative intuitive hunches, converting them into a written format where I can process them further. I have found that giving myself an extended length of time allows me to delve deeper into the metaphoric messages behind the card.

My initial writing often seems to be on a superficial level. For example, my journal entry about my "Easy Going & Protected" card (see left) began:

I am the one who is serene and centered. I am the one who is contemplative and wise. I am the one who is funky and authentic. I am the one who leads a balanced life.... etc. 

 

Later in this extended journal entry I eventually connected with the heart of the issue. In this example I wrote:

 

I am a teacher and a healer. I share with those in need. I assist those I can and 'let go' of those who are not able to be helped by me... I am making a difference.

This was an important lesson for me. At the time I was working with a coaching client who was resistant to my methods, techniques and suggestions. This journaling reminded me to 'let go' of this client and allow them to find someone else to assist them. It reminded me that I will not always be the right person to assist each potential client that approaches me, but that this does not mean I am a failure.

If I had not done such a long writing exercise with this card, I may not have had this important realisation. While the initial words about being centered and funky and balanced were helpful reminders of a life philosophy, it was the continued writing that assisted me to connect with an issue I hadn't realised I'd been so worried about and helped to guide me towards the solution.  

 

I strongly recommend you try this extended journaling technique for yourself. I often find that once I start, 10 minutes isn't anywhere near long enough!



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.






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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 a card from
a SoulCollager's deck that baffled them just a little until they did some writing with it.





Options
Artist: Gineen
Location: Massachusetts

I am the one who has options in my life. That adolescent girl who didn't get to explore choices is now invited out by my adult self to lovingly play and explore to her heart's content!

 


Putting Baby
Back Together Again
Artist: Mili
Location: South Carolina

I am one who is gathering the building blocks of self through a thousand large and small recognitions. I am one who finds refreshment and delight in discovering and reconstructing the pieces and parts of myself, many of whom I discarded early on and have longed to recover to bring more of my richest fullest nature into full expression. I am one who is eagerly and patiently putting baby back together again piece by important piece, learning to love them all- learning to love all of me.





Female Warrior
Artist: Linda
Location: Colorado
 
I am the one who is a strong and confident woman, a nurturing spirit whose self-esteem has grown through trial and error. I have many dreams and wishes which are at the foundation of my daily life. I am learning to give and receive love. By taking risks and reaching out to others, I am beginning to understand what loving really means.



Escape From Food Prison
Artist: Lis
Location: Massachusetts

I am the one who can escape the prison of my food, who has an athletic body not dependent on food for comfort. I am the one who is confident and knows how to manage my food. I am the one who can be nourished by food and not imprisoned by overeating to cover my pain.

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KaleidoSoul
Notes



Note-worthy sites & resources that are proven to be worthy of our readers!



Pencil Dancing: New Ways to Free Your Creative Spirit, by Mari Messer. Messer, who teaches creativity and writing workshops, provides exercises and insights on unleashing the creative gems that live inside all of us. Chapter titles include Wake Up and Notice the Fuzz on the Rose Petals and The Value of Being Weird. Useful, intriguing, fun!

With Pen in Hand, by Henriette Anne Klauser. Powerful writing exercises that offer solace and healing. On sale $5.99.

List Your Self: List Making as the Way to Self-Discovery, by Ilene Segalove. Great for anyone who's finding it hard to get into the writing process. Just start by brainstorming and writing lists! Only $3.00 now. Try it and see.

Journal Writing Prompts- excellent web page to get your creative juices flowing!

The Creative Journal: The Art of Finding Yourself. Wonderful website from Lucia Capacchione, author of The Creative Journal. Includes lots of exercises (Finding YourSelf, Dream Work, Healing the Body/Mind) you can use, starting right now


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SoulCollage® is a trademarked process
created by Seena Frost.

For more information on Seena, the origins of SoulCollage, or SoulCollage Facilitator Training, please visit her website www.SoulCollage.com.

All articles in Soul Songs are copyrighted by Anne Marie Bennett and Karen Mann, 2006, unless otherwise noted. Articles may be reprinted by permission only.