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Soul Songs  

 Soul Songs

Spinning the fragments of
your world into wholeness & beauty through SoulCollage®

Issue #22                                    April 2007
Theme- Chakras & the Animal Companions Suit


Greetings, and welcome to Soul Songs, the official KaleidoSoul newsletter, and the only newsletter which features 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.
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May we continue to allow SoulCollage® to transform us
from the inside out,
so that we are able to sing the songs we were born to sing,
every day of our lives.

KaleidoSoul Cafe
Grab your favorite beverage and cozy up to the computer.
Here's what's new and exciting in the world of SoulCollage®...

Seena Frost Offers SoulCollage Facilitator Training
                in Maryland this October

We know there are many of you who have been asking for an East Coast training, and now it's here! Seena Frost and Kylea Taylor will be leading this first-ever East Coast Facilitator Training, and Anne Marie Bennett will be one of the assistants.
Please join us if you feel led in this direction.

More details


Kaleido-Deal of the Month

Save $50
on our newest
KaleidoSoul SoulCollage Retreat:

There's A Universe Inside You
September 7-9, 2007
Spirit Fire Retreat Center
West Leyden, MA

                                                  payable in 5 small increments of $75

Lots more information!

This Kaleido-Deal is good until April 15 only.
Price goes up to $425 on April 15. 
The cost for KaleidoSoul Kindred Spirit Members
is only going up to $395 on April 15.


Your Personal
Totem Pole:
How Chakras Fit Into the Companions Suit

(a playful, interactive tele-class)
with Anne Marie Bennett,
SoulCollage Facilitator in Massachusetts

Date: Sunday, April 15, 2007
Time: 6 pm EST
: one hour
                                       Location: anywhere in the world, just pick up a phone and dial!

More details... give it a try!
It's a great way to deepen your SoulCollage practice, and to connect with others around the world who are practicing SoulCollage too!

Note: These tele-playshops are complimentary to our Kindred Spirit Members,
as are the audio recordings of them afterwards.  If you are a member, you will receive the phone number to call in the April 9 issue of Soul Treasures.


Soul Singing With Anne Marie

Hi! I'm Anne Marie, the creator of KaleidoSoul, and a SoulCollage® facilitator in Massachusetts. If you're just starting to sing your song with SoulCollage®, then this column is especially for you!

Suggestions for Newcomers to SoulCollage:
  • Find a SoulCollage Facilitator near you.
  • Try out the Getting Started with SoulCollage
  • 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!

    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.

    Click here for:
    upcoming workshops/retreats with Anne Marie.

      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.

Connecting with Your Chakras Intuitively
Through SoulCollage 

The third suit of the SoulCollage deck contains seven cards, each one relating to a separate chakra energy.  Some of you will come to the SoulCollage process with a great deal of prior knowledge about the chakra system, and others will not know much, if anything, about chakras.

I initially knew only a little about chakras before I set about making my Companions suit.  I remember asking people who knew more about this subject area to recommend some books for me to read on the chakras.  I was ready to begin researching chakras the way I research any other field of knowledge that I am interested in, through lots and lots of reading of books & web resources. 

Before I started my research however, I ended up trying Seena's guided visualisation exercise for meeting a companion animal, and to my surprise, I was able to connect with my chakra energies, find some wonderful companion animals and learn a whole heap about my chakra energies without reading any books.  This was a new and interesting way of learning for me.

Eligio Stephen Gallegos, author of The Personal Totem Pole: Animal Imagery, the Chakras, and Psychotherapy had a similar experience.  He says that the chakras were "originally a difficult concept for me as a Westerner to grasp."   He had difficulty accepting that (rather than being able to study the chakras academically and scientifically) knowledge about the chakras is gained from a "subjective exploration of the body."

Seena Frost has structured the Companions suit in a way that includes intuitive, subjective and individualized experiential learning.  Frost encourages us to find animal totems or allies that correlate with each chakra centre through use of a guided imagery exercise (see Seena Frost's CD, Introduction to SoulCollage). She suggests that we can also discover our Animal Companions through dreams, or within Holotropic Breathwork experiences.  These methods all allow us to intuitively find an animal spokesperson for each chakra.  

Once you have "met" one of your companions, you will make a SoulCollage card to represent that companion and begin learning about and working with that card in the same way you explore any of your SoulCollage cards (eg using the "I am the one who..." process and other journaling exercises). 

As you learn more about each card you are also learning more about your personal chakra system. 

I believe that we can learn about our chakras through intuitive exploration and that little or no previous knowledge about the chakras is required for these methods to be effective.  In the SoulCollage workshops which I lead, I don't give people any  information about the chakras before they participate in Seena Frost's suggested guided visualisation exercise.  I choose to present the Companions suit in this way so that participants can connect with their own experience of their chakras and animal companions without their logical brains trying to "figure everything out"  rationally.

I encourage you to explore each chakra and connect with your animal totems in an intuitive fashion.  Try to refrain from needing to intellectually understand the theory of each chakra and then  logically matching your chakra with an animal companion.  By using intuitive methods to explore your chakras and meet your unique animal companions, you will begin gathering your own personalised knowledge about your individual chakra system.

PS. A tip about further research on chakras is that after you have intuitively connected with your chakra energy & totem animal you may then wish to read some literature about the chakra you are currently working with.  I encourage you to read the literature with an open mind, not accepting the written word as gospel, but only taking on board anything that adds value to your personal experience/understanding, and discarding any information that doesn't 'sit right' with you.  For example, if  you read something that says that an out-of-balance root chakra can lead to a person acting out as a victim, if this seems appropriate to your situation, then it may be a good idea to explore this concept further.  If you don't think this applies to your situation, then don't try and find a way to apply it to your life... just let it go.

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 two years and facilitates a variety of SoulCollage Groups. She also works with individuals. Karen is based in Melbourne, Australia. For more information, or to contact Karen, please visit her website,
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SoulCollage is a trademarked process created by Seeea Frost.

For more information on Seena, the origins of SoulCollage, or SoulCollage Facilitator Training, please visit her website www.SoulCollage.com.

All articles in Soul Songs are copyrighted
by Anne Marie Bennett and Karen Mann, 2007,
unless otherwise noted.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.






KaleidoSoul Creations
As promised, we are featuring four SoulCollage® cards from our readers in each issue. Please feel free to submit one of your cards for a future issue by sending a reply email to this newsletter.

In keeping with this month's theme, each card below represents a card from the Companions
Suit in a SoulCollager's deck.

  The Bear- My Protector
 Suit: Companions
Chakra: Third (Power)
Artist: Raine
Location:  Australia

I am the one who fiercely protects you when the need arises.

I live inside you and represent loyalty, wisdom and strength.

In the past I have been sleeping the unending winter's  sleep  of self forgetting and have not heard your cry for help.

But now I am awake and will be here for you always when you need me.

My message for you is to remember that you can be
both fierce and generous at the same time and still be loved.

Suit: Companions
Chakra: Fifth (Throat)
Artist: Melissa
Location: Oregon

  I am the one who speaks my truth with clarity and passion.

I am the one who is willing to let my voice be heard even when it is
the lone voice.

I am the one who knows that expressing myself sets me free.

I am the one who connects to the universe through vibration.

I am the one who creates and re-creates myself through communication,
without and within.

Suit: Companions
Chakra: Seventh (Crown)
Artist: Caroline
Location: Hawaii

I am the one who guards the passageway to the subconscious.

I am the one who lives between two worlds.

I am the one who swallows the moon and from its essence creates luminous and mesmerizing tears.

I give primal wisdom, raw creativity, and dreamscapes pregnant with meaning.

There are times when it is necessary for you to look beyond the obvious --
penetrate the veil.

Bird and Nest
Suit: Companions
Chakra: Fourth (Heart)
Artist: Anne Marie
Location: Massachusetts

I am the one who takes wing and flies away from the nest.
I am the one who nurtures the eggs but also needs to fly free and soar high.
  I am the one whose heart is born to create, to nurture, and to savor my freedom.


Next Month in
Soul Songs...

Be on the lookout for our next issue which will sing its way into your email box on May 3.

Our theme in May will be:
SoulCollage Card Making