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Soul Songs
 
 Your SoulCollage Newsletter

Enabling us to sing the songs
we were born to sing
through the practice
of SoulCollage®


Issue #33       March, 2008
                                                                Theme: Inner Child

Welcome!

Greetings, and welcome to Soul Songs, the official KaleidoSoul Newsletter, and the only monthly newsletter that focuses exclusively on 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. 

Please feel free to forward this newsletter to any friends, colleagues, or family members who will enjoy it.

View this newsletter as a web page with complete color and graphics.
 

Soul Singing with Anne Marie

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.


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

    Julianna and Me

    Meet my inner child, Julianna! I made this SoulCollage card to honor her.  She is the youngest, most innocent, purest, most joyful part of me. She is the one who loves to play, sing, dance, have fun and let loose. She is the one who is clearly only in the present moment.

    I found it helpful to give her a name.  You might want to try this too.  I find that my day is much lighter and free of confusion, fear and self-doubt if I check in with Julianna several times a day: "How are you doing, dear?  What's going on with you? How are you feeling?  What do you need?  Can I get you anything?"

    As I work on re-parenting her now, the way I wish I'd been parented when I was her age, I find myself growing slowly and surely into the woman I long to be. 

    Here are some recommended resources for working with your own inner child:


    Recovery of Your Inner Child, by Lucia Capacchione.  An amazing book by one of my favorite self-help authors.  There are lots of beautiful ideas here if you're curious about meeting your inner child and getting to know him/her better.

    Inner Bonding: Becoming a Loving Adult to Your Inner Child, by Margaret Paul. Exactly what the title says!

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.




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. 

 

The Happy Inner Child


The "happy child" is a card that SeenaFrost (author of the SoulCollage® book) recommends beincluded as part of every SoulCollager's Committee Suit. Everyone, no matter where and how you wereraised, has a happy inner child voice.  This part is innocent and whole, loved andsecure, joyful and contented. 

Some of us may not have many memories ofbeing a happy child, but I believe that we all did begin life as an innocentand happy child.  Rachel Carson wrote: "A child's world is fresh and new andbeautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most ofus that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful andawe-inspiring is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood."

While I have made cards that represent mydifficult childhood experiences, including the "broken child" and "the childwho always put on a happy face," I believe that deep inside I still have theremnants of my "happy child."  Whetheryour childhood was idyllic or challenging, we all did begin life "full of wonderand excitement."

The purpose of having a "happy child" SoulCollage card is to remind ourselves that somewhere inside us (and it may be deeplyhidden), there still is a childlike part of us that is an innately filled with aweand enchanted by the beauty that surrounds us. The aim of the happy child card is not to heal a 'broken' or 'damaged'part of self, but rather it is a reminder that there is already a "happy child"that exists inside you, and that you can reconnect with whenever you choose.

Initially I found it difficult to truly tapinto my happy child. She started out still feeling scared and like she didn'tknow properly how to connect with her own childlike delight.  She certainly needed lots of coaxing toconnect with that sense of wonder and enchantment.

My happy child started out nervously saying: I am the one who has permission to besmall and delicate and cherished.  Iwant you to care for yourself in a way that assists you to be truly happy.  Through nurturing yourself you can find aninner sense of calm, peace and contentment.

For me, part of the process of connectingwith my happy child involves making her feel safe and cherished, inspired andexcited.  So by following my happychild's advice, I include nurturing things in my life, and make an effort toremember and include activities that I enjoyed as a child.  These nurturing things include: walking on the beach, reading abook in the sun, taking bubble baths, cutting and pasting and collaging,singing out loud, flying a kite, making daisy chains... etc.

My happy child now feels nurturedsecure and willing to once again view the world with a positive and excitedoutlook.  Now I can easily connect withmy happy child and, whenever things feel too serious or heavy, I can arrange a playdate with her.  She really can shift myperspective and reinvigorate my sense of fun and enchantment.  She now says: Swing your feet to and fro and enjoy the feeling of freedom and thefun of playing.  Embrace pretty things,nice textures, and the fun of being you.

I encourage you to follow Seena Frost'sadvice and make yourself a happy child card for your deck.  Then make a list of things s/helikes to do. Choose to make engaging in thesechildhood activities a high priority.  Allow your happy child to assist you to live a life filled withjoy and wonder, because as I read on a greeting card the other day, "Where is it written that life is supposedto be serious?"



Karen Mann is an artist, art teacher, Lifestyle Coach, yoga andmeditation teacher, and SoulCollage® facilitator. Karen has beenworking with SoulCollage cards for more than two years and facilitatesa variety of SoulCollage Groups. She also works with individuals. Karenis based in Melbourne, Australia. For more information, or to contactKaren, please visit her website,
Flying Colours Creativity.

 
 



       Kaleido-Deal
       of the Month
       March, 2008


There are TWO new e-books in the KaleidoSoul Shop. And you can save big by purchasing both of them at once... this month only!








SoulCollage® is a trademarked process created by Seena B. Frost.  For more information about Seena and the origins of SoulCollage,
please visit her website.

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, 2008, 
by Anne Marie Bennett and Karen Mann.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.
 

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

In keeping with this month's theme, each card below represents one SoulCollager's expression of their Inner Child.

 
 
Inner Child
Committee Suit
Artist: Joanna

Location: Virginia

I am the One who has felt wounded, angry and alone for
a

very long time.



 
Happy Child
 Committee Suit

Artist: Marilyn
Location: Oregon

I am the silly, dress-up, dress-down, goofy, giggling,full-of-wonder one.

I am the one with enough energy for four, wholoves to 
explore, who greets life with a smile and who has all thesupport I need
to reach for the stars.



 
Inner Child
Committee Suit
Artist: Jeanie
Location: Minnesota 

I am the one who looks for the best in the upcoming events
in my life.

I am the one who can face anything (as long as I have
mybear!)

I am the one who is ready for
new adventures.




 Inner Child
Emerging with Hope
Suit: Committee
Artist: Doree
Location: Colorado

I am the one who embodies your creativity, dreams,enthusiasm, and confidence.  

I am the one who held space for your soul and its needs, itsdesires and its delights.

I am the one who is now restoring your access to your latenttalents and gifts. 

For, I am the one, you see, who carefully selected andplaced all your unborn talent and gifts into a box, sealed the box, covered itwith happy and protective paper, tied the whole securely with a ribbons andbows, put it in my pocket, and hid in your unconscious until it was safe forthose gifts to be returned to you in the conscious world.

I am the one who is now returning your latent gifts andtalents to you so you can work with them.  Open them freely, use them forany purpose you wish, as long as you use them joyously!! Experiment!  Specialize!  Generalize!  Own and celebrate yourchoices--they are solely YOUR soul's!



Please feel free to submit one of your cards for a future issue by sending
a reply email to this newsletter.
Future themes include: Abundance, The Fool Archetype, Loving Our Bodies.





 

KaleidoSoul Notes

Noteworthy resources for anyone interested in SoulCollage

 
SoulCollage 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.


Kindred Spirits-
Join our fast-growing worldwide membership of people who put the "soul" in SoulCollage! Receive a weekly newsletter all about SoulCollage, advance notice of new SoulCollage materials, half- price discounts on all e-courses and e-books in the KaleidoSoul Shop. And more!


Tele-Classes- These are fun, interactive tele-classes that are easily accessed from anywhere in the world.  March's tele-class is all about Dancing With Your Inner Child, with Anne Marie Bennett (and Julianna!). There are more details on this KaleidoSoul page.



SoulCollage Weekend Retreats:

Imagine creating SoulCollage cards to your heart's content for hours and hours at a time, and in your pajamas if you want to!  Wouldn't it be wonderful to connect with other SoulCollagers from all over the country?  And don't you deserve a special weekend of creativity and fun?  Our annual spring retreat is being held in Essex, MA this year from April 10-13, 2008. Why not join us for three wonderful nights of sharing, stories, and SoulCollage? You'll be glad you did.   More info on this KaleidoSoul page.



Facilitator Trainings: Information about content and dates/locations of upcoming trainings of SoulCollage Facilitators. Current locations are: California,  Maryland, New Mexico, and Massachusetts.


And... the first ever Australian SoulCollage Facilitator Trainingwill be held in Byron Bay May 30- June 1. For more information about this training or to express interest in a future Facilitator's Training in Australia, please contact Karen Mann.