Soul Songs: Your SoulCollage NewsletterSoulSongs
Your SoulCollage® Newsletter

Enabling us to sing the songs
we were born to sing
through the practice
of SoulCollage®
Issue #70  April 2011 Theme:  Goddess
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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.



A God Who Looks Like Me

I have been debating about what to write in my column this month. I do not consider myself an expert on the theme of Goddess or on feminine spirituality. I don't even have any cards (that I know of!) representing Goddess in my Deck. So I've decided to share my own sweet journey towards the Divine Feminine.

I grew up in the 50's and 60's and our family was Roman Catholic. We went to church weekly until my Confirmation at age 13. By then, my two older brothers were grown and on their own, and my parents had various reasons for no longer attending. However, I went by myself! I was drawn to the liturgy, the ceremony, the music, the prayers, and to God.

As I grew up, and even into my 40's, my concept of God was male-oriented. Patriarchal. Whatever you'd like to call it, that's what it was. I am glad of it, though, and here is why:

My father was a warm, loving, living example of unconditional love. My mother, although she tried her best, was not. I had 2 big brothers, no sisters. I had positive and powerful relationships with male priests along my journey: Father Alagna, who sat with me several times in college as I wrestled with the tension between Catholic dogma and my own deeply personal journey with Jesus. Reverend Dunn (well, okay, he was only five years older than me, so I called him Donald!), whose passion for bringing Christ out into the world was contagious. Father Randy (I didn't call him Father, either!) who acted as my spiritual director for several years.

I am so grateful for all of this positive male influence in my life because it fed and nurtured my soul in ways that were perfect for what I needed at the time.

It wasn't until 1995 that I realized there was another way of looking at and experiencing God. That year, I came across the book, A God Who Looks Like Me, by Patricia Lynn Reilly. The subtitle was Discovering a Woman-Affirming Spirituality. My whole inner world changed, with the reading of this one book!

The following year, Dance of the Dissident Daughter found its way into my hands and my spiritual journey took another turn. This book was written by Sue Monk Kidd, and I had previously read (and loved!) several of her books on Christian spirituality. This book, however, told of her "Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine." I devoured each page as I discovered that her words, her research and her personal story, was quenching a thirst that I hadn't even known was a part of me. 

One sentence in particular rang truth throughout my whole body, mind and spirit:

To embrace Goddess is simply to discover the Divine in yourself as powerfully and vividly feminine.

I have been re-reading these books as I prepared to write this column, and I am touched all over again by the balance that these truths continue to bring to my own life and journey. It's not like I discovered the feminine side of God and suddenly discarded the masculine. I still feel close to Father God, and now I hold the energy of the Divine Mother as well. I still sometimes converse with Jesus in my inner meditations and I have delightful conversations with various feminine energies as well. I honor male priests/ministers and female priests/ministers. For me, the real revelation is not that Goddess replaces God, but rather that they complement and balance one another.

Other Recommended Reading:

The Mother's Songs: Images of God the Mother, by Meinrad Craighead

The Litany of the Great River, by Meinrad Craighead
 

 
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 is also the author of Bright Side of the Road.  She lives in eastern Massachusetts with her middle-aged husband, two elderly cats and one very youthful dog who keeps all of them young. You can read more about her on her website annemariebennett.com or on her blogs Inner Surprises, and Standing Still.
 
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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. 




Oonagh Finds Me!

When I trust the process, I know that the message from my SoulCollage® cards will find me exactly when I need to hear it. This is what happened for me when Oonagh made herself and her message known to me. I had made a SoulCollage® card intuitively, meaning that when I stuck these images together I didn't have any conscious understanding of what this card was about. I felt "called" to use the images that became my Oonagh card, but initially I didn't know her name; I just knew that the card felt "right."

One day, as I was reading the book Archangels and Ascended Masters, by Doreen Virtue, I came across the description of Oonagh, an Irish Goddess. While Doreen described Oonagh as being portrayed as having golden hair long enough to reach the ground (which obviously is not how my goddess looks), she also said that she was the goddess of love relationships, aesthetics, magic and that she was a fairy queen who loved to dance with the fairies in nature. When I read this description I just "knew" I had a SoulCollage® card that matched this description. I went to my deck and looked at this card, and even though her hair was short, she definitely felt like a modern-day Oonagh.

When I went back to read this passage about Oonagh in Doreen Virtue's book today, I read with great interest the part where Doreen Virtue recorded a little of the "conversation" she had with Oonagh. Oonagh said:

"It is I who inspires ballet and other lovely dance... Use movement to make your heart swell with excitement and gratitude…Call on me for the motivation to exercise, and I shall visit you at twilight, and again just before dawn. I shall sprinkle over you my magical and potent fairy dust to get you moving upon awakening. I shall act as a physical therapist and dance coach to encourage you to stretch, sway, dance to rhythms in nature and music, and enjoy the beauty and grace of your heavenly body."

Pages 146-147, Archangels and Ascended Masters
This message from Oonagh seems to fit with a goal I have recently set to enjoy doing more physical activity in my day. I have found that Zumba classes and other dance classes help me stay inspired and encourage me to move! I have recently also been attending a "boot camp" class, but have started to realize that this isn't really working for me, and that a more gentle type of movement fills both my heart and my body with joy.

Usually I would not look in another book to connect to the energy of one of my SoulCollage® cards. But in this case, by trusting my intuition, I feel the message I have just received (as part of my research for this column) is absolutely perfect.

I then sat down and did some journaling with my SoulCollage® card, using the I Am The One Who... process, to explore this energy deeper. My Oonagh said:

I am the one who loves to dance. I am the one who needs to move in a way that brings me joy, and does not have to "push through" the pain barrier. I am gentle in my energy, gentle in my life and should honour this by being gentle in my exercise. I am the one who will quit boot camp and enjoy dancing or listening to good music as I exercise at my own pace. I am the one who will exercise in the fresh morning air as I love the quiet and the peacefulness of exercising before work.

I am now feeling more inspired to exercise by myself, or in a group to music, and I will enjoy getting up early, to get my exercise done before the day starts, enjoying the quiet time before everyone wakes up. When I sat down to write this article I had no intention in sharing about my exercise routine, but by trusting the process, I have received the message I needed to hear! Any way, I'm off to go dancing now...



Karen Mann is an artist, art teacher, Lifestyle Coach, FasterEFT Practitioner and SoulCollage® Facilitator and Trainer. Karen has been working with SoulCollage® since 2004. Karen offers regular workshops in Melbourne and Geelong, Australia and also runs SoulCollage® Facilitator Training weekends. Karen's passion is using SoulCollage® combined with FasterEFT to help others to gently remove unconscious blockages around food, weight and dieting. For more information, or to contact Karen, please visit her website, Flying Colours Creativity or her blog Stop Weighting, Start Living.
 
KaleidoSoul Creations
As promised, we are featuring SoulCollage® cards from our readers in each issue.

Each card below is one SoulCollager's expression of the Goddess.  
  

 
Knitting Goddess
Dawn
New York

I am the One Who knits you together when your spirit is feeling frayed and disconnected.
Choose your yarn.
Pick up the thread and make yourself a warm knitted haven ~ better if it is of your making.


 
 


Goddess
Anne
New Hampshire
 
I am the Goddess of All Things Green
I am the One you never see
The One who whispers in the wind
I am the scent of juniper and pine sap
I am the One waiting under the snow
Waiting to make all things green again





Chalice of the Sacred Feminine
Sue
California

I Am One Who holds the sacred Mystery of life.
I am the ever-present portal through which your story may be written and destiny made manifest.





Kali
Council Suit
Dot
Pennsylvania

I am the One who lives in the fire, who rages with desire that feels so dire it can destroy.
Beware! I am the One who offers the fire to fuel your desire to energize your soul's fire to claim your deepest desire.
Welcome! I am the One whose fire can destroy with rage and blind passion... too full of self, too blind to the world to work for common good. Caution!
I am the One whose light from the fire illumines the Way to channel the rage and choose as a sage the target for Kali's destruction. Burn on!"

 
 



Please feel free to submit one of your cards for a future issue by sending a reply email to this newsletter.


Future themes include:
Death
Community Suit: Family
Wild Woman Archetype
 
 

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.


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