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 #46   April, 2009 Theme: Playfulness
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Greetings, and welcome to Soul Songs, the official KaleidoSoul Newsletter, and the only monthly newsletter that focuses exclusively on SoulCollage® ideas, resources and artists.

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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.


Weaving Play Into My Life

We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
~ George Bernard Shaw


Last week I was thinking, "Oh, that column on Play will be a cinch to write." But now that I'm sitting here focusing on it, I have no idea what to say. What is Play, anyway? How long has it been since I actually Played (note the capital P)? And how can I bring more Play into my life?

According to a wonderful website I found, The National Institute for Play, Play is: a state of being that is intensely pleasurable. It energizes and enlivens us. It eases our burdens, renews a natural sense of optimism and opens us up to new possibilities. And according to Garry Landreth, founder and director of the Center for Play Therapy, play is any fun, enjoyable activity that elevates our spirits and brightens our outlook on life. It expands self-expression, self-knowledge, self-actualization and self-efficacy. Play relieves feelings of stress and boredom, connects us to people in a positive way, stimulates creative thinking and exploration, regulates our emotions, and boosts our ego.

Also, did you know that scientists (neuroscientists, developmental biologists, psychologists, and many more) have recently begun viewing play as a profound biological process? They are learning that play sculpts our brain; it makes us smarter and more adaptable. For many animal species it has evolved over eons with the result that the more advanced an animal is, the more they play.

As I think back in my life about the idea of Play, I can see that it really has had a profound impact on my own development and inner growth. As I child I loved playing on swings, and merry-go-rounds, games like Red Light, Green Light, word games like Hangman, and imaginary games like School and Battleship. I also played with our family cat, and made up plays and directed musicals on someone's front porch with the neighborhood children.

Nowadays, the ways that I play are different. Any amount of time that I sit at my art table to dabble with collage, or make a page in an altered book, or create a new Affirmation Altar... these are times of precious Play for me. My husband and I enjoy a good game of Scrabble now and then. And every week or so when I get down on the floor with our granddaughters (ages 2 1/2 and 1), I am swept away in spontaneity and giggles.

And for me, SoulCollage® brings with it a continual outlet for Play. When I SoulCollage, I am playing with images in a way that brings intense pleasure to my soul. Creating a new card energizes and enlivens me. Doing a Reading with my Deck eases my burdens and opens me up to new possibilities.

As I've been focusing on the topic of Play this past week, getting this issue together for you, I've become acutely aware of how much more balanced and joyful my life would feel if I incorporated more Play into every week. But I've been coming up with a blank slate in terms of how to actually do this. With that in mind, I did a Reading with my Deck to answer the question, "How can I bring more Play into my life?" You can read my Reading on this KaleidoSoul page.

Another resource that I've found blessedly helpful for weaving Play back into my life is a process called Interplay, which is a series of fun classes that include active, creative ways to unlock the wisdom of the body. InterPlay was developed by Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter over the last twenty years and there are classes going on around the world. Check out their site and see if there's a class near you that you can try out.

 
Anne Marie Bennett is a freelance writer, self-taught artist, SoulCollage® Facilitator and Facilitator Trainer 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. 



Getting the Hint... It's Time to "Play"


Over the last couple of weeks I have had four migraines. This is quite extreme for me, I don't usually get so many migraines in such a short period of time. I wasn't really sure what was causing these headaches. But over the last week I received a number of hints of what this could be about.

When I discussed my migraines with my qi gong therapist, she spoke about migraines often being caused by over thinking and worry, and pressuring ourselves too much. She suggested that I may like to put a smiley face sticker near my desk at work to remind me to have fun at work and stop pushing myself too hard.

Later in the week, in my daily SoulCollage reading I drew a card called "2 sides of me." When I journaled with this card it said "I am the one who pushes myself too hard. I am the one who needs to have fun and embrace joy and playfulness."

After discussing everything I was trying to achieve last week, and how annoyed I was with my migraines for interrupting me, one friend kindly suggested that I was "trying too hard." I was starting to notice a repeated theme here.

And then everything really fell into place when I received a reminder about the theme for this Soul Songs column being "playfulness." I looked at that email with a sinking feeling, because I knew I didn't have a card about being playful, and was pretty sure that playful really isn't a word that would ever be used to describe me. I felt a great deal of resistance, so much so that I wanted to email Anne Marie and ask if we could change topics. But I didn't write to her. I figured if I was feeling such resistance, there was probably something I had to learn from this topic.

Without a "Playful" Neter to consult, I thought I'd ask for some advice from a Neter I drew at random from my deck. I asked "Which Neter can share some advice for me about being playful?" The Neter I drew was "Make Time to Slow Down and Smell the Flowers." This card really was the perfect Neter to assist me with this question.

There are many playful elements to this card. For starters, there is the quirky layout, where the back of the car looks like a bit of a headscarf. The painted decoration on the car is certainly eye catching and not very serious, and then the idea of being rained on by petals and flowers certainly evokes a light-hearted atmosphere.

On further investigation, however, there is certainly a more serious aspect to this card. The woman pushing (there's that word again) the car by herself, with no shoes on, certainly looks like she is struggling and working hard. And the fact that she is pushing this card into the smiling woman's head, could certainly be alluding to the pounding head I'd experienced a number of times in the last couple of weeks. So I was ready to pay attention to the messages form this card.

I am the one who pushes too hard and gives myself headaches by trying too hard and by trying to figure everything out. Externally, it can appear that I'm doing all the right things, and I can dress like someone who is playful and fun, but inside my head, there is still lots of calculating and thinking going on, oftentimes too much so as to give myself a pounding head!

I asked this Neter "What do you want from me?" and it replied "I want you to stop pushing too hard." I want you to take that sense of fun you use in your style of dress and really start to live it. I want you to remember everything is easier if you have a smile on your face. I want you to bring play into your life."

So there you have it. The hints started out a little abstract earlier in the week, with headaches and migraines, but by the end of the week I was hearing the message loud and clear! I have to stop pushing so hard and taking things so seriously and instead need to start being more playful and enjoying myself more.

Author Tom Robbins once said "Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature."

It is clearly time for me to be less responsible and cautious and more playful and rebellious! Watch out, world!


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 four years and facilitates a variety of SoulCollage® Groups. Karen also runs SoulCollage® Facilitator Training weekends. Karen offers regular workshops in Melbourne and Geelong, Australia, and is also available to travel to other regions in Australia. For more information, or to contact Karen, please visit her website, Flying Colours Creativity.
KaleidoSoul Creations

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

Each card below is one SoulCollager's expression play.
  
 


Surprise
Suit:  Committee

Artist: Kara
Location: Washington

I am the One Who is astonished at daring acts. I am the One Who is joyful and laughs. I am the One Who leaps into the unknown with others, exuberantly, unafraid.

 


Maiden Me
Artist: Audrey
Location: Texas

I am one who loves to play dress up. I am one who is ready to have fun. I am one who is flirty & young.


 


Playing Alone
Suit:  Committee
Artist: Dianne
Location:  Texas

 
I am one who had to learn at an early age to play alone and have fun. My imagination knows no bounds.
 
  
 


Imaginary Play
Suit:  Committee
Artist: Anne Marie
Location: Massachusetts

I am the one who is absorbed in the world of make-believe. I am the one who loves to play pretend and dress-up. I am the one who is good at imagining other worlds. I am the one who finds joy in playing and pretending.

 
 

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®.


Tele-Classes - These are fun, interactive tele-classes that are easily accessed from anywhere in the world. 
 
 
Spicing Up the Soul of Life: Random Play with Your SoulCollage® Deck
Presented by Laurel Aston, Creativity Coach, Artist, and SoulCollageSoulCollage® Facilitator and in California. There are more details on this KaleidoSoul page.


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Soul Songs Back Issues - Read back issues of Soul Songs on this KaleidoSoul page. An excellent resource. Just look for whatever SoulCollage® topic you are interested in, and read to your heart's content!

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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.
 
 
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