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Issue #92  February 2013 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. If you're just starting to sing your song with SoulCollage®, this column is especially for you.



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

In the past year and a half, my own physical body has undergone many physical changes due to the surgeries and treatments I had in 2011 and 2012 for a rare form of cancer. I'm happy to report that my body is feeling much better these days, stronger, leaner, and maybe a bit wiser. I'm also surprised (happily so!) to report that some of my Animal Companions have changed. This, for me, is a deep reminder of the wisdom in Seena's words, above, about how our Companion Animals actually mirror what is going on in different parts of our physical bodies.

I am already familiar with this "changing of the animals" in relation to my 4th (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 chakras/energy centers in my imagination, I was feeling and sensing and sometimes seeing 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 Seal/Sea Lion. My third (solar) chakra Companion was Butterfly, and now, thanks to a powerful encounter with a big, bright yellow garden spider at a retreat center last summer, it is Spider. My fourth (heart) chakra Companion remains Crow, and my fifth (throat) chakra Companion remains Lion and Lioness, as does my sixth (third eye) chakra remain Dolphin. However, my 7th (Crown) Chakra Companion is now Dragonfly, when it used to be Swan.

A lot of changes happened in my body in the chest area, and it's interesting to me that Little Brown Bird shifted to Big Black Crow only several months prior to my breast surgeries. Lots of changes also happened, during the chemo, in the digestive area of my body, so it is not surprising to me that the lower three chakra energies changed as well, along with the Animals therein. And finally, my spirituality deepened and shifted greatly during my cancer journey... and now the Being that rests there (Dragonfly) is lighter and freer than her predecessor (Swan)

You might be asking "Well, 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 change.

Sometimes they don't change; sometimes they 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!

I haven't made cards for these new Animals yet, as I am looking for "just the right" images for them. You know how that is! But they live within me, and I can and do dialogue with them even though the cards are not made yet.

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.


 
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, two elderly cats and one youthful dog who keeps them all young. You can read more about her on her website SOS Cancer Journeys.
  
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Guest Columnist: Cat Caracelo

I am Cat Caracelo,M.A., a SoulCollage® facilitator, life coach and transformative artist from Petaluma, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. This column is for those of you who have already made some cards & are ready to discover more depth your SoulCollage® journey.


Animal Companions

In SoulCollage®, the chakras as well as animal energies are reflected and held by the Companions suit. This process is explained and shared in Seena Frost's books, inspired by Personal Totem Pole: Animal Imagery the Chakras and Psychotherapy by Eligio Stephen Gallegos. Companion cards can be created to symbolize animal guides and the different energies held within each of the seven energy centers or chakras. These Companions can support, inform and guide us towards energetic balance.

When I first worked with art and animal totem energy, it met me in a deep and profound way. I was met by an animal guide and this experience allowed me to better understand and trust the companions suit process when I discovered SoulCollage®. I had come face to face with a mountain lion and three weeks later, in a session that included guided visualization, chanting and drumming, I connected again in sacred place:

I entered into a niche of a tree that was shaped like two sides of a teepee. As I pulled my body into the tiny space, it felt cave-like. I felt as if I was merging with the space. The mountain lion came to me as a guide and spoke to me. She gave me a gift of a hairball, the huhhuhhuh of her coughing up the golden hairball, magical and necessary, it held essential information and made me laugh.

My unfolding relationship with this big cat, and the art that flowed from this, deepened my awareness. The energy of the mountain lion rose within me and I knew its nature. It came from before me and through me. It became my own life. With this wisdom, I came home to myself.

As I created with that first totem, my mountain lion, I found that she was me. She was the hermit. She was the experience of leaving, gathering the children and going off to forage. She was the perfect totem of aloneness, strength and connectedness.

Working with my companions suit has been deeply important; I created the cards to honor my companions in the first year of working in SoulCollage®. They have helped me to understand and recognize movement and energetic nuances held within my body.

As you "meet" the animal guides in your own life, you will find that the details can be important. Spend some time getting to know each animal that comes to you, one of the most interesting of my companions was my second chakra "Fox in the Nest." I spent many months connecting and considering this imagery, waiting to hear and understand the information being offered.

Embrace the energy and the unique lessons that each animal has to share with you. Consider the symbols, colors, and aspects of environment, seasons and other elements held within the imagery you create. The habitat that surrounds your animals often holds vital information. Just as sacred place is important to you, your companions are also aligned with sacred place.

Research your animal companion to find out what unique attributes they have to share with you. Listen to the images that 'have chosen you', speak in the voice of the animal and allow the voicing to inform you form the inside out. See, look deeply and consider the animals' stance, expression, body, interaction, and lifestyle. This deep noticing is a way to elicit more information for your life.

Now many years later, as my work has developed and I have moved into my life in very different ways, I have found that I have created several reflections of the companions suit, reflecting different ages and stages. They communicate with each other, and with me, voicing different aspects of my life. All of my totems, guides and companions travel with me as powerful allies. May you journey with art and life, to find your own!



Cat Caracelo, M.A. is a Life Coach, SoulCollage® Facilitator and Artist leading individuals and groups in transformative process. Cat has been working with SoulCollage® since 2007, offering regular workshops in her Gypsyheart Studio, global tele-classes and individual coaching. Mythos Journey workshops using SoulCollage® and transformative process to explore personal myth, life-stories and life-stage transitions are offered throughout the year. For more information about Cat please visit her website and blog Finding Gypsy, learn more about exciting coaching offers, ebooks, classes and retreats.
 

 

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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 that represents an Animal Companion from one SoulCollager's Deck.




Wolf
Companions Suit
Madeline
Virginia

I am the one who brings you the gifts of intuition, instinct, loyalty, survival, swiftness, play, bravery and voice. I also bring to you the sense of community, of belonging to a pack/tribe.




Owl
Companions Suit
6th Chakra
Karen
Oregon

I am the one who sits caged, trapped by your fears of fending for yourself. I am the one who has wisdom and a vision of the future... if you were only willing to take a chance. I am the one whose eyes look dead and empty while held captive by your fears and self-doubt.




Mongoose
Companions Suit
2nd Chakra
Christie
Hawaii

I am the one who embodies fearlessness. I am wildly creative and fiercely protective of your need for self-expression. I will defend self, family, home, and also the fruits of your artistic endeavors.

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The Flicker
Companions Suit
Heart Chakra (4th)
Tamara
Colorado


I am the one who has an open heart that is blossoming with love for all humanity. I am the one who is grounded and has wings to take me high above the landscape to see the truth of a situation. I am the one who lives a life filled with color and joy!




Elephant
Companions Suit
Root Chakra (1st)
Nancy
New Jersey


I am the one who grounds you. I am the one who holds you strong and steady on the earth. I am the one who is big and strong but is also gentle, playful, and full of friendship and deep caring.

 


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

Future themes include:

Elements: Fire
Mother Earth/Gaia
Seasons: Spring
 

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®.


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