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Issue #129   March 2016 Theme:  Athletes
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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.


Athlete Archetype Whispering in My Ear

Even if you don’t relate to this theme of Athlete, please read on anyway! When I suggested this topic to our four regular columnists, none of them wanted to touch it with a ten-foot pole, so if you don’t relate (yet), you are in good company! Frankly I didn’t relate to this theme either. Or so I thought.

Once I knew I’d be writing about the archetypal energy of Athlete, I did a little research and I came across this statement by Caroline Myss:

This archetype (Athlete) represents the ultimate expression of the strength of the human spirit as represented in the power and magnificence of the human body.

She goes on to strongly suggest that we shouldn’t evaluate our connection to Athlete energy by whether our physical skill is on par with that of professionals or whether our body in peak perfection or not. When I read that, something inside of me sat up and paid attention.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with the beginnings of osteoporosis, and that, along with a touch of arthritis in my hips, spurred both my primary care doctor and my Naturopath to urge me to start a regular walking routine. I am also a little overweight so with all of that combined, I definitely related to that bit about my body not being in "peak perfection."

So . . . I began walking. I started out going around the block and gradually worked up to one mile about three times a week. Eventually I started feeling an inner sense of "I can do more than this," so I walked that mile 5-6 times a week. After a few months of that, I could hear that inner whispering starting up again: "You can go a little further; this doesn’t feel like enough." So once a week or so I pushed myself to do 1.5 miles. Gradually, after a few more months, 1.5 miles became the norm and now I am able to walk that every day. Even on rainy or snowy days now, one of my first thoughts in the morning is "When can I walk today?" Fortunately, we have a treadmill in our basement so I really have no excuse, but 99% of the time, I don’t even want an excuse! Pretty soon I will be at the point where two miles will be the norm instead of 1.5. Imagine that.

Caroline Myss also said:

A person dedicated to transcending the limits of a physical handicap qualifies as much for this archetype as the professional or artistic athlete, because the development of personal will power and strength of spirit is a requirement for the body to manifest its perfection.

Well, that seems to define me to a T! My handicap was my weakening bones and my arthritic hips, but it was also a sense of limitation in my mind. When I began this journey I never thought in a million years that in just 11 months I’d be walking two miles almost every day and looking forward to it! I truly believe that a bit of archetypal Athlete energy has been whispering in my ear and I am grateful that I’ve been open to it.

Several years ago on The Amazing Race, one of the challenges was to walk across a very high wire strung between two cliffs. Of course, the contestants were harnessed so they wouldn’t fall to their deaths, but it was still a terrifying experience. I will never forget one young woman, equally terrified, who whispered to herself "I can do this," all the way across the wire. I was so moved by this that I made a SoulCollage® card to honor that part of me who is attuned to that inner whispering. My card is above, and you can read my journaling from this card here.

During the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, four-time USA skating champion Jeremy Abbott crashed into the wall in front of millions of viewers during a competitive routine. It was a hard, potentially disastrous fall. And yet he didn’t stay down. He got up and continued skating. Something tells me that archetypal Athlete energy was working in him that day, whispering in his ear as well, "You can do this. Get up. Keep going."

What about you? Is there a physical limitation that you are experiencing? Can you open a bit to the Athlete archetype and see what it’s whispering in your ear? Go ahead… you can do this too!

Resources:
Read more about Athlete as archetype here and here.

 
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: Ricia Fleming

I am Ricia Fleming, a licensed social worker, mental health counselor, and SoulCollage® facilitator in Massachusetts. This column is for anyone who thinks they cannot possibly relate to the theme of Inner Athlete. I didn’t think it applied to me either but I was open to exploring more. Read on and see if anything inside of you shifts!


In Search of my Inner Athlete

Oh, why have I volunteered to write this column about my Inner Athlete? Me, who often gives thanks that she was born before Title IX, the law that gave American women a place in athletics in 1972. Until then, only 1 in 27 American girls competed in high school sports. I was not that one.

But I trust the impulse that made me say "I’ll write that column." So the quest for my Inner Athlete begins.

She’s not among the cards already in my SoulCollage® deck. It’s time to make an intentional card for her.

Head to the used book store. Invest in two books of sports photos. Behold the images, and imagine becoming those athletes with their rippling muscles and their strained grimaces, their dejected losses and their elated wins.

Try to imagine organizing my life around winning. Championship boxer Muhammed Ali said, "I hated every minute of training." I try to imagine training; to imagine hating it and doing it every day because I want to win.

Rummage in my memory banks: take out memories of swimming, bike riding, caving, skating, dodge ball, somersaults, monkey bars. So much is forgotten, so much just packed away in boxes marked "unimportant" or "entertainment" or "playing." Not "athletics."

Stick with it, make some cards: Roger Bannister breaking the 4 minute mile; teammates in uniforms straining for the ball; a gymnast accepting an Olympic gold; a competitive woman body builder, muscles greased and bulging; determined.

As I hang out in that alien world, it becomes a little more familiar, though never home.

And then, from all the memories and images, something emerges.

It’s her! My Inner Athlete!

She is 10 years old, maybe 11, jumping rope on the blacktop driveway of Spring Garden elementary school. Her name is "Champeen Jumper" and this is what she says to me:

I am the One Who is focused and determined to win. I am the One Who found something I am physically good at, and practiced and practiced with the Little Girls, and now I’m in the Big Girls Champeen Jumper competition, and I’m winning! I am the One Who you have forgotten about but still lives in your memory and your body cells.

I give you the kinetic memory I carry of leaping over that rope, flying across the playground, around the tree and the parked car, and running fast, much faster than the girl behind me, and getting back to the turning rope just in time to make my jump. I give you the memory I carry of the rhythmic snap of the rope on the blacktop, the pause as I work out the exact timing so I can get in, jump over the rope, and get out without getting a rope burn on my neck.

My message for you is this: Don’t ever forget me again! I run so fast and jump so skillfully and plan so strategically. I can help you in your present life: Call on me when you need drive, adrenaline, force of will. I’ll help you keep your eye on the prize.

Tears well up when I read this. I have minimized her by saying to myself "What’s a jumprope championship compared to the Super Bowl or the World Cup?" I was wrong. She is precious.

Welcome back into my consciousness, my dear contender for champeen jumper of New Jersey, Spring Garden School Playground Division.

My Little Inner Athlete joins others in my Inner and Outer Worlds. She’s in my deck with the basketball players and Olympic champions. She joins the spiritual athletes who do yoga. She joins the artistic athletes who dance, especially those in my beloved "Debbie Davis and the Senior Moments Tap Dance Troupe." We may not be on TV’s "Dancing with the Stars," but we are a powerful team showing physical skill, determination, and grace in our dance performances.

My Inner Athlete has only been in my life for a month, and together we’re learning how she got squashed and forgotten, and what will help her to grow and prosper, as well as how she can help me to find and follow my bliss. Together we invite you over to my website blog at Chronic Covert Trauma to read more and to join in exploring how this plays out for you.

And thank you Anne Marie, for the request that pushed me to this rich adventure.


Ricia Fleming is a licensed Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor and SoulCollage® facilitator offering consultations and groups in the Boston area. She invites people to Rolling Ridge Retreat Center for a SoulCollage® Massage, a relaxing bodywork session surrounded by the energies in your cards. Come explore healing the ordinary non-physical attachment traumas and following your bliss at her website/blog Chronic Covert Trauma.
 

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

Each card below is a card that represents Athletes (Inner, Archetypal, or Community) from one SoulCollager's Deck.




I Am a Winner
Committee Suit
Carrie
Wisconsin

I am the one who knows how to achieve my dreams. I am not afraid to hold a dream close to my heart and work hard to achieve it. I know the joy of being completely absorbed in what I am doing. I am the one who is confident and proud. The work, effort and training has paid off! It feels great to be a WINNER!




Hank Aaron
Community
Jann
Iowa

I am one who, while playing baseball and chasing Babe Ruth's home run record, modeled living life with grace, dignity, and joy under conditions that were far more difficult than many were aware at the time. Through using my natural gifts, I became a beloved and lasting inspiration to the children who idolized me.




Marathon
Suit Unknown
Michele
Massachusetts

I am one who dreams big audacious dreams. I am one who accepts the challenge and adventure of discovery. I am one who accepts the first step to accomplishing my dream. I am one who is willing to go the distanc. I am one who does not quit.




Target
Suit Unknown
Michele
Massachusetts

I am one who chooses my goal and keeps my eye on it. I am one who is empowered by obstacles. I am one who knows success and learns from failure. I am one who keeps focused on the purpose and direction. I am one who continues to practice and learn from my teachers.




The Quiet Run
Committee Suit
Kas
Pennsylvania

I am the one who enjoys the rigors of walking and taking a quiet run in nature. I am the one who knows that with the physical exertion comes elation of emotions, inspiration of spirit and mind. I am the one who also reminds you that relaxation is turned up and stress, turned down. The body begins responding in different ways of thrills and commitment in little but sure steps.




Power Girl
Suit Unknown
Michele
Massachusetts

I am one who is bold and determined. I am one who chooses to move past fear. I am one who looks in all directions to harness my power. I am one who is empowered by my inner strength. I am one works to create light for others.




The Champion:
"Winning for My People"
Council Suit
Ricia
Massachusetts

I am the one who concentrates all my strength and power on getting the ball for my team.I am the one who mightily battles for the lives of my people. My gift to you is this smaller version of my uniform. It’s just your size. Put it on. Sleep in it. Wear it when you need courage and strength to emerge from the sidelines and stand for what you believe in.
 



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