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 #164  February 2019 Theme:  Council 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 Ancient Pattern of Story

When I was first learning about archetypes at the beginning of my SoulCollage® journey in 2005, I knew immediately that Story is an archetypal energy that has had a strong hold on me since I was very young. My parents read stories to me from a very young age, and then I learned to read them myself. I began writing my own stories as early as the second grade, and as I grew older, I gave in to the pleasure of creating plays and novels. Looking back, I can see how stories that were told in television shows, movies, books, and songs throughout the years have touched and deepened my own life.

Carolyn Myss refers to archetypes as "ancient patterns that exist in human consciousness." Sit and breathe with this phrase for a moment. Ancient patterns. Existing in human consciousness. For me, Story is indeed an ancient pattern that is known throughout all human existence, no matter what one's race, creed or culture.

I couldn't find anything in any research I did about the larger idea of Story being an archetype. But I had listened well to Seena Frost. There are many archetypal energies that aren't listed in the popular books available on this topic. We each know our own life so much better than any other, so I made a card to honor this idea, this theme of Story that has prevailed throughout my life. Here is what this Neter says to me:

I Am the One Who offers the gift of light through the power of Story. I Am the One Who gives the story words and meaning. I Am the One Who creates the story, who enables you to see the story in many different ways.

I Am the One Who teaches and gets messages across through stories. I Am the One Who gifts and inspires your inner writer. I Am the One Who fosters your love of reading, your love of television, your love of movies.

My message for you today is this: I am a huge part of your life. My energy has been active inside of you from the very beginning and will continue to the end. Pay attention to me. Honor me by allowing my energy to flow through you especially through your writing.

Time for Reflection

Do you relate to this theme of Story in your own life? How and when has Story played an integral part in your journey? Gather some images to honor this archetype with a card.

If you don't relate to this particular archetype, meditate this week on the idea of archetypes as ancient patterns that exist in human consciousness. Looking back over your life with this in mind, what patterns do you notice? Choose an archetypal energy that you want to honor with a SoulCollage® card and commit to making it within the month if you can find the "right" images.



Editor’s Note: This essay is from Anne Marie Bennett’s book, Into the Heart of SoulCollage: Diving Into the Many Gifts & Possibilities of SoulCollage®






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: Cat Caracelo

I am Cat Caracelo, M.A., a SoulCollage® facilitator, depth coach 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 ready to discover more depth in your SoulCollage® journey.


Seeking Council

The Council Suit in SoulCollage® is where one will find personal experiences and messages aligned with the spiritual dimension. As one touches into the great themes of life, we are also finding images that reflect personal, communal, universal and collective experiences. We are, in fact, meeting the influence of the archetypal realm.

Just like archetypes themselves, patterns are visible when something inside is shimmering in response to growth and transformation....

Archetypes are visual, symbolic or energetic patterns that exist in the world. Many are seen and experienced within one’s life. Be it a reflection of the past, something held within present experience or a suggestion of what is possible, what is influencing change and what is coming close, new information becomes accessible.

The SoulCollage® Council Suit invites us to seek connections beyond the influence of roles and responsibilities of everyday life in order to move into relationship with our own archetypal energies. Guidance from our soul's knowing comes in the form of a specific archetype or universal archetypal expressions that are felt in the personal and the collective.

Archetypes are found everywhere; they bring self recognition into focus. Archetypal images and energies often come forward as you create. Some are understood immediately while others bring subtle messages. Visual archetypes often bring messages through images that will clarify and assist in healing and wholeness. We discover archetypal energies through art as process, exploring imagery, symbol, meaning and message. Sometimes it might seem like images come to reveal something that is happening in a story, dreamtime or myth, yet they are powerful aspects and reflections of our own patterns, some currently expressed and other not yet realized.

The word archetype was offered by Carl Jung, defined as the first original model of which all other similar persons, objects, or concepts are copied and influenced. These patterns derive from a universal collective unconscious of all that has ever been. Archetypes are big ideas that influence how we interact with our self and our life.

Archetypes are not just universal, they are personal. Those energies that are part of your Council Suit serve as powerful allies, teachers and guides. Some come to teach and lead you into a new stage of awareness, while others are energizing and evolving within you, shifting old patterns into new self-expression. All archetypes that come can assist in healing. They will provide support that leads to more aligned expression. Some may feel like trusted allies and other feel more complicated, connected to challenger energy, yet they ALL come to serve you.

Calling on certain energies held within your Council Suit can assist you in healing, clarifying and inspiring your next steps. Seek the deeper layer of support and find the strong connections that are already held in your council suit.

Invite clarity for something that you want to shift, heal, experience or expand into:
  • Gather your archetypal/Council Suit cards around you.
  • Ask for a chosen few to step forward.
  • Name this group your Archetypal Council
  • Seek those who are wanting to come forward and find others that you know are needed.
  • Choose from your intuitive belly, not your mind.
  • If there is an energy of presence missing, go ahead and create a new card for it.
  • Gather these few cards into a special space where you will see them often and where they can connect with you.
  • Ask questions and invite dialogue that will lead you to new awareness.
You might not know why this is the right time, but trust and create with your cards in a new way to see what happens when a small circle of archetypes gathers in to assist you with a certain question or issue that is challenging you at this time.

Remember to listen to each of these Council Neters. Invite them to share their wisdom. Give yourself time and space for gazing, waiting and listening so that you will discover something profound in your life unraveling, emerging, and finding voice!


Cat Caracelo, M.A. is a Depth Coach and SoulCollage® Facilitator since 2007, working with expressive arts and transformative process guiding 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 ones 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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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 a card from the Council Suit.



Mother Earth
Council Suit
Sandy

I am one who is single handedly holding all of Nature for Planet Earth. I am one who is sad to see what human beings are doing to my beautiful blue planet. I am one who needs humans to change their ways and treasure Nature as I do. It is not too late!





Intuition
Council Suit
Karen
Ohio

I am the one who is dark and mysterious, surrounded by cross-currents of thoughts swirling through the ethers. My diamond headset is an antenna attuning me to thought energies and connecting me to Source. I snag thoughts as they drift by, like Heron snatching up fish in its beak from the waters where it wades. I am a master fisher of thoughts, transmitting them into consciousness to bring clarity and brilliance to my vision. I am Intuition.

 


Warrior of Intuition
Council Suit
Cat
California

I am the one who sees through the deep I am the one who senses the movement that is far beyond reach. I am the guide who travels through the blue waters of intuition. Fierce in seeing what will come to meet you, I bring protection. You, noble one, are my kin. I am the watchful warrior who offers safe passage.





Guardian
Council Suit
Denise
Texas

I AM One Who is a Protector. I AM One Who is undaunted by demons or monsters. I AM One Who can face dangers with calm, serenity, and purpose. I AM One Who will stand between you and what will try to hurt you. I AM One Who will be there for you when you need my strength and be strong when you can't be.





Queen of Abundance
Council Suit
Maxine
Massachusetts


I am one who abounds in riches. I am one who holds the riches of fruit and beans from the earth, and the stones of aquamarine that adorn me. My rich skin tone reflects the coffee beans I give you. I give you the abundance and deliciousness of time to sit and sip your steaming cup of coffee each morning.





Shadow
Council Suit
Michelle
Maryland

I am the one who is the dark side of your personality. I am the one that exploits all your fears and insecurities. I am the one to help you understand, beware, and work with them. Your personal development and well- being will always depend on your ability to bring these shadows to the light and overcome them; so that you can grow and be healed.





Ascension
Council Suit
Denise
California

I am the one who all aspire to. The Ascended master, Divine Mother. I am here to tell you that you too can ascend to the highest realms. Be one with the Divine. Take my hand and I will guide you. You are truly loved and never alone.




Death Mother
Council Suit
Cat
California

I am the Great Goddess in altered form. Most will not know me but you are chosen. I bring destruction and disruption to your door. Not to harm but to temper and mold the daughters of time. To see my many visages is a gift, to feel my power is a strength. The tentacles reach to touch so that you too will know what is possible beyond the status quo. I seek to restore balance in times of chaos and bring the source back to center. It is She who needs 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:

March: Joy/Pleasure
April: The Chakras
 
 
 
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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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Westfield, Massachusetts
May 10-12, 2019
Facilitator: Anne Boedecker, Gail Byrnes

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PORTUGAL

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

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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.

 
All articles in SOUL SONGS are copyrighted 2019,
by Anne Marie Bennett, Cat Caracelo, Linda Woolfson,
Marti Beddoe, or Michele Manos.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.