Soul Songs: Your SoulCollage NewsletterSoul Songs
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Enabling us to sing the songs
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through the practice
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Issue #44   February, 2009 Theme: Humor
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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.


Silly and Blessed

Judging from the minimal response we received when we asked our readers for cards on the topic of "humor," this seems to be a much-needed theme! So let's set aside a few minutes and talk about something funny for a change.

A few months ago I was on my own personal two-day retreat at Kripalu. I was sitting in a comfy chair in the spacious lobby on a quiet morning, gazing out over the Berkshire mountains. It was peaceful and I was seriously intent on the book I was beginning to read.

After several minutes, a young couple settled on a sofa several feet away from me. They were newly in love, I could tell, because of the way they were whispering and giggling together. They went on like this for several minutes, at some points bursting into loud, joyful laughter. Listening to them made me smile inside. I thought how long it had been since I had taken time to simply sit and laugh like that (with or without someone special beside me).

Instead of wishing they would go away and leave me alone, I just closed my eyes and basked in their unabashed silliness, and it seemed to wash me clean of my own inner seriousness which seemed dusty and stale that morning.

Then later that day, the book I was reading indicated that the word "silly" comes from the Gaelic word for "blessed." Ahhh…. I thought! A new revelation. I did indeed feel blessed from being so near to that couples' silliness. It was downright contagious.

I made my own "Sense of Humor" card (see column to right) a long time ago, but I didn't know that's what I was making at the time. I just knew I loved those images and they seemed to belong together. When I let them "speak" to me, they seemed to be reminding me of my own abundance sense of humor, my own inclination towards silliness. And when I stop to think about it, I don't give this card enough latitude in my life. I do love to laugh. I am very witty and I enjoy making others laugh. But my Inner Committee Member who is Serious usually has way more power in my life.

Maybe it's time that that changed!

Reflection Activity:  Find some time this month to do something completely silly, and see if this action blesses you in some way. Make a SoulCollage card for to honor your own inner "Silly One" or a SoulCollage card for your "Sense of Humor." Maybe there is a comedian who has enriched your life with laughter… would you like to make a Community Suit card for that person for your deck? Think and journal about times when laughter made a difference in your life. Make a list of books, movies, TV shows, and/or CD's that make you laugh. Be sure to read, listen to, or watch at least one of these every week. Notice the difference this makes in your life this month!
 

 
Anne Marie Bennett is a freelance writer, self-taught artist, SoulCollage® Facilitator and Facilitator Trainer 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.

 
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. 



Maintain a Sense of Humour


I have a tendency to take things way too seriously. My spiritual teachers are often reminding me that "life isn't really a serious business" and that "personal growth doesn't have to be hard work." I need to remember that having a laugh is a great way to learn and grow and release emotion too.

I am currently learning to allow humour to play more of a part in my quest for personal growth. One SoulCollage card that seems to challenge me to lighten up and have more of a sense of humour is my "Do It My Own Way" card. This card shows one of Dr Seuss' Cat in the Hat illustrations overlayed on a self portrait of Frida Kahlo. While both of these famous people were very creative, Frida Kahlo used surreal self portraits to depict her physical and emotional pain, whereas Dr Seuss used fun rhymes and crazy story book characters to engage young readers and teach them great life lessons.

In this SoulCollage card "The Cat in the Hat" is precariously balancing the responsible goldfish, who is reprimanding him, on top of an umbrella. The goldfish in this story tries to be the voice of reason and responsibility. He says "No! No! Make that cat go away! Tell that Cat in the Hat you do NOT want to play. He should not be here. He should not be about. He should not be here when your mother is out!" The fun and frivolity feels dangerous to him.

The contrast of the outrageously silly exploits of 'The Cat in the Hat' against the serious, brooding face of Kahlo portray the tension between my need to explore, understand and express my journey and pain thus far and my need to laugh, have fun and enjoy the journey, no matter what it brings.

There is definitely a strong part of me that resists fully embracing humour, because like the goldfish in ‘The Cat in the Hat', I am worried that fun and frolic will lead to mess and mistakes. As I learn to retrain this belief system, I find that this card has much to teach me. The different parts of this card express some of the key learnings about me as I begin to embrace humour as a tool.

In this card the cat says I am the one who has fun. Being responsible is required at times, but sometimes having fun and bending the rules can also be required. Learning and growing is not always such a serious business. Go on, let yourself be silly... What's the worst thing that could happen?

The serious fish says I CAN have fun and still be okay. Sometimes I resist having too much fun because I'm scared things will get out of control. I am learning that laughing and learning are not mutually exclusive. Sometimes it's the fun and laughter that gets us through.

In this card Frida Kahlo says: I am the one who can be serious and in pain, but it is through maintaining my sense of fun that I have survived. I remind you that laughter really is the best medicine. Laughing helps us to be able to survive anything.

All three voices in this SoulCollage card have come to agree that I need to lighten up and enjoy myself. The underlying message of this card is that doing the right thing does not necessarily mean being serious and solemn. This is a reminder that laughing is sacred and maintaining a sense of humour is a vital part of continuing to learn and grow. In The Cat in the Hat Dr Seuss says that "It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how." This SoulCollage card has helped me to learn more about embracing humour and how through seeing the funny side I can still learn and grow.


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 four years and facilitates a variety of SoulCollage Groups. Karen also runs SoulCollage Facilitator Training weekends. Karen offers regular workshops in Melbourne and Geelong, Australia, and is also available to travel to other regions in 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 SoulCollage® cards from our readers in each issue.

Each card below is one SoulCollager's expression of their own personal sense of humor.



Fun!!!
Suit:  Committee

Artist: Imelda
Location: Ireland

I am one who enjoys silliness, who loves a good joke, who delights in sharing fun with friends.
I don’t mind looking silly at times, and I know it’s good to remember the fun my younger self had by immersing herself in a bit of madcap carry-on.
I remind you to take yourself lightly sometimes.


 


Goddess Fed-Up-Pia
Artist: DJ
Location: Florida

I am the oldest one, in the battle of weight loss.
I am the wise one of compassion who is here for my children still in the struggle of weight loss.
I have fought every battle and will guide you with laughter and strength.
I will teach you self-love in all of your sizes.



 


Sense of Humor
Artist: Anne Marie
Location:  Massachusetts

 
I am the one who steps blithely in through your open windows and enters your life with a light step and a sense of humor.
I am the one who can laugh at myself, even though I am bound in chains and black leather.
I am the one who loves to laugh and who brings acres of fresh air into a room with my laughter.
 

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.


Tele-Classes - These are fun, interactive tele-classes that are easily accessed from anywhere in the world. 

February's tele-class is  called:

Sharing The Treasure: Passing SoulCollage On To Others
Presented by Imelda Maguire, SoulCollage Facilitator and Facilitator Trainer in Ireland. There are more details on this KaleidoSoul page.


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