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Issue #82    April 2012 Theme:  Fear
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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.


I can have fear, but I need not be fear,
if I am willing to stand someplace else
in my inner landscape.
~ Parker Palmer


Transforming Fear

Early in 2011, we did our first issue on Fear. I put a notice up on our KaleidoSoul Yahoo Group, saying that I needed cards on the theme of Fear for this issue of Soul Songs. Usually I get anywhere from 4-6 responses, depending on the theme. How many cards did I get on the topic of Fear last year: MORE THAN TWENTY!

As they kept pouring into my email box (and many people submitted more than one!), I was led to realize that I'd hit a nerve of some sort. I can see very clearly now how Fear plays a distinct (yet sometimes subtle) role in ALL of our lives. Here is the story of my own Fear/Fearless cards that I shared in the February 2011 issue of Soul Songs. The cards from our readers in the right side column of THIS issue are all brand new, however. Take a look at them and see if any strike a chord in you.

And SoulCollage® is the perfect vehicle for us to give voice to our Fears, AND for us to begin to transform fear, to uncover Fear's many gifts.

Making a Fear Card

The impact of Fear holds true in my own life as well. Last year, after much inner work and outer guidance, I began to see more clearly the patterns of Fear that have been with me since childhood, passed on to me invisibly by an extremely fearful and overprotective mother. At a SoulCollage® workshop I attended last fall, I found some images that resonated with me about this flock of Fears in my inner world, and I intentionally made a card to honor them (see above).

We are the ones who are hiding out behind the windows and doors of your psyche. We are the ones (and there are many of us) who are afraid, who huddle together in your mind and whisper fears to you as you sleep and while you are awake.

We are the ones who have been with you since childhood. You inherited us from your mother. We were her fears too.

We speak to you of powerlessness and joylessness. We paralyze you with our scary stories that are mostly false.

We give you a sense of ancestral lineage... we give you a closeness to your mother that you never felt while she was alive. We give you something to think about and focus on besides joy. We give you huge distraction from the present moment. Sometimes, when the fear is valid, we give you time and a way to prepare, a way to meet the fearful thing or person.


I felt much more at peace after making and working with this card. There is something very powerful about giving our Fears image and voice. They become less powerful. We see that they are only one of the many, that they are not the ONLY voices inside of us.

Making a Fearless Card

At that same workshop, I made several other cards, and one of them was this one. As often happens with intuitive cards, I didn't know what I was creating until I let it "speak" to me. This one spoke to me of Fearlessness, which just about gave me goosebumps considering I was so focused on expressing my Fears. Evidently, there ARE other voices inside of me that do not buy into my Fear messengers from within!

I am the one who breathes fire, who plunges forward without looking. I am the one who bravely flies through the air, knowing and trusting that I will be caught. I am the one whose body is strong and tall and who stands and moves proudly through life.

I give you strength and I give you courage. I give you fearless energy to move through your life. I give you joy in the moving forward.

I want you to not hold back. I want you to JUST DO IT! I want you to move forward with trust and strength. I want you to leave your fears behind. I want you to know that you CAN do whatever you set your mind and body to.

Transforming Fear

In January I was led to do a three-card reading with my Deck, where I asked my Neters, "Who has wisdom to give me about how to transform fear in my life? When I start to have fearful thoughts, what can I do to be sure that Fear doesn't paralyze me?"

I drew 3 cards and was deeply amazed and wonderfully surprised at the 3 answers I received. I believe that the answers might just speak to some of you as well, so I posted the cards I drew, and their responses on my blog, Inner Surprises, and you can read them 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, two elderly cats and one youthful dog who keeps them all 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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Guest Columnist:  Kat Kirby


I'm Kat Kirby, Art Therapist and SoulCollage® Facilitator and Trainer from San Diego, CA, soon to be from Prescott, AZ!! I work with people in recovery from addictions and eating disorders, and share my passion for SoulCollage® wherever and whenever I can. I am excited to be writing for Soul Songs, and hope you find that my words inspire you to create a new card or two!



How SoulCollage® Helps Us Deal with Fear

"Fear" is one of those words you don't want to think about. Who wants to feel fear? Why would we make a SoulCollage® card about the part of our self that feels this scary emotion?

Let's begin by defining fear. According to Dictionary.com, Fear is "a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid".

I think it's interesting that fear is about the future, about what might happen.

People have all kinds of fears. Here are a few of them that spring to mind:

Fear of heights, spiders, the dark. Fear of not being good enough, not being accepted, not being loved, of being alone. Fear of sickness, of injury, of death. Fear for a loved one. Fear of the unknown.

We are all affected by fear, real or imagined, concrete or irrational.

One of the first SoulCollage® cards I ever made was an intuitive collage which spoke about FEAR. "I Am One Who fears death by fire, death by freezing. I scream in terror of the unknown, the darkness, the empty path. I fear that no one will hear my screams."

When I first studied art therapy way back in the 1970s, I was struck by the power that images have in our lives. Whether we create pretty artwork or dark representations, we are working through something that is deep within us. When we acknowledge the shadowy truth of Fear, when we create a card to represent what that looks and feels like, we lift a huge weight off our shoulders. Once we create the card, we take back some control. When we give Fear a voice of its own, to allow and encourage it to speak from the "I Am One Who" statement, we can begin to understand it a little better, and that can bring about healing and transformation.

AAnd in SoulCollage®, fear, as well as other shadow elements, can be explored in a safe and creative way.

This next card is my "Facing Fear" card. "I Am One Who is not afraid of you. I see you and I know you are scary, but I also see that you are a monster that I created, that I imagine. I Am One Who takes you for what you are: a reminder that I hold the power within my self, and that if I live in the moment, I will not be tormented by Fear."

We can make a card to balance out this emotion: the opposite of Fear, the strong and courageous self, or a Protector card (which is one of my favorite cards and which travels with me whenever I lead workshops or trainings elsewhere.)

One of the things that I remember learning in my Facilitator Training with Seena Frost is that when we make a card that feels uncomfortable or difficult, we do not try to make it less so. We don't add a pretty butterfly or a sunburst to lessen its impact. We create the card with its full fury, and we include it in our deck because we were driven to make it. It will help us on our journey.


"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself ..." FDR - First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933


Kat Kirby is a Registered Art Therapist, SoulCollage® Facilitator and Trainer. She leads creative workshops and retreats throughout the US and abroad. Kat has been working with SoulCollage® since 2006 and believes strongly in the healing power of the arts. For more information about Kat's SoulCollage® workshops, trainings, and retreats, please visit her website, 2 Kat Studios.
 

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

Each card below is a card that represents Fear from one SoulCollager's Deck.  
 
 


Fear
Committee Suit
Sophia
Maine


I am one who used to feel swallowed by fear, a vulnerable little girl overwhelmed by things larger than myself.
I am one who felt like I was drowning, underwater, unable to emerge.
I am one who had to teach myself to emerge, to realize it's okay to accept the support of others, to lean on loved ones during my time of need so when their time came, I'd be strong enough to support their leaning on me.
I am one who turned around, faced the fear, and watched the jaws close--not close on me, but close in a gesture of mutual respect and admiration.
I am one who is no longer afraid of fear.





Unsure/Afraid/Stuck
Committee Suit
Amy
North Carolina

I am one who is afraid to move forward; stuck in this spot, I look behind for reassurance.
I resist the pressure to go ahead before I am ready.
I feel murky, unsure, and uneasy.
I am afraid of judgment and am afraid to risk.
I ask, "will you still love me if I do it my way?"





Ghosts
Committee Suit
Sylvia Eichmann-Sueess
Switzerland


I am the one who, despite fear, descends deep into the darkest shadows of myself.
I am the one who finds the face of light there and brings it up to consciousness, that the ghost might become an angel.





Fear
Audrey
Texas


I am one who is afraid of what will happen if we don't control the amount of trash we produce.
 I am one who is frightened by the mountain of debris we carry around with us.
I am one who is afraid of what others are thinking when they look at me.





Don't Abandon Me
Committee Suit
Mar
Ohio


I am one who will cling to anything, regardless of how broken it may be just to be sure I am not alone.



To see LOTS more SoulCollage® cards on Fear from our readers, please visit this KaleidoSoul page.
 
 


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

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Seasons: Summer
 
 

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