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 #106   April 2014 Theme:  Divine Mother
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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 was born in the 50'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 in my 30's.

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, The 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 the Divine Feminine 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 lives in eastern Massachusetts with her middle-aged husband, an elderly cat and one youthful dog who keeps them all young. You can read more about how SoulCollage® assisted her on her cancer journey on her website SOS Cancer Journeys.
 
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Guest Columnist: Imelda Maguire


Hello! I'm Imelda Maguire, SoulCollage® facilitator from Donegal, Ireland. Also a counselor and poet, my joy is in working with others in healing and creativity. 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.


Encountering the Divine Mother

When I find myself in times of trouble,
Mother Mary comes to me....


In one of the most beautiful Beatles' songs, Paul McCartney expresses something that is fairly universal. When we are in times of trouble, we find ourselves wanting comfort, wanting to be assured that everything is going to be okay. Even long after our mothers have passed away, or at times when they are far distant, when trouble comes, one of our most natural urges is a longing to be mothered. And this song speaks of the experience of receiving that mothering.

McCartney's mother's name was Mary (as was mine). When discussing this song, he was asked whether he was referring to the Virgin Mary. In response, he described a dream in which his own mother had come to him, but allowed that people could read whatever they wished into the song. Now, millions respond to it as something more metaphysical, as describing an encounter with what I think of as the Divine Mother.



I speak of Mary (having grown up in a Catholic, Marian-centred culture), but almost all cultures have within them a female figure that fills that role, the feminine aspect of the divine - the loving, nurturing parent - the Divine Mother.

During the week before my mother's passing, I was in California - an ocean and a continent away from her, to assist at a SoulCollage® Facilitator Training. I found myself drawn to a beautiful statue of Kwan-Yin in the grounds of the Buddhist retreat center where we were staying. In Los Angeles' magnificent cathedral, I was impelled to go to an altar of Our Lady of Guadalupe to light a candle - with an insistent voice telling me it was to be for my mother. Everywhere I turned in those days, the last few days of my mother's life, the hand of the Divine Mother guided and held me. It was long after word of her passing came (it had not been expected) that I recognized that we both had been held and mothered during that time.

I am no expert on mythology, on theology or on anthropology. My reflection and sharing is of my personal connection to the Archetype, the Council Neter that is Divine Mother. The two cards I offer are aspects of the same Neter - the one born out of the universality of the experience of being a mother, the other of being cared for by the Divine Mother.

We are her, and she is us, and she is with us.

Let it Be.


Imelda Maguire is a SoulCollage® facilitator from Donegal, Ireland. A counsellor, poet, Bach Flower Remedy practitioner, and creative-writing facilitator, her joy is in working with others, in witnessing a-ha moments and experiences of healing. She has been sharing SoulCollage® with groups since 2003, when she first discovered the process, and delights in others' excitement on meeting their Neters for the first time.

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

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




Divine Mother
Council Suit
Denise
California

I am the one who is mother of all.
I am the Divine Feminine.
I remind you that you do not have to be mother to anyone but yourself.
Let go of that need and know that I am present to help you give yourself the mother's love you yearn for.





The Muse
Council Suit
Iris
Finland

I am The One who inspires all great Art in the world.
I am the One Who has the freedom to come and go at Will.
I am The One who revels in all shades of emotion.
I am The One who is soft and yielding.
I am The One Who is the flow of Life.





Divine Mother
Council Suit
Linda
New York

I am the one who cradles you in Her arms and tells you it's gonna be alright.
I am the one who isn't always gentle when you need a wake up call.
I am the one who came to you in my boat during meditation.
I am the powerful Woman Within.
I am always with you.
I am your Mother.




Sacred Vessel
Council Suit
Connie
California

I am the one who is the Sacred Vessel.
I am the one who is the Mother of Life.
I am the one who is open to receive, hold and care for all that is given to me.




Divine Mother: Nurturing
Council Suit
Anne Marie
Massachusetts

I am the one who loves you unconditionally with a Mother's love.
I am the one who cherishes and adores every hair on your head.
I am divine love come to hold you and keep you safe.

 


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

Future themes include:

May: Dreams
June: Journeys

 

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®.


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Step into a transformative 'art & life' journey with Cat and Catherine! On Beltaine and May Day, a potent time of welcoming a new season of growth, gather with us for a powerful four-day journey where you will explore your deep mythic rivers, stories of your life and connecting to your mythic self; surrounded by the energies, symbols and sacred landscape of the Celtic traditions, we will journey with labyrinth, tarn, stones and circles. This is an all-inclusive retreat, with single or shared on-site accommodations and all meals. You will explore and create with individual and group process, experiential creative and instructional breakout sessions, exploration using SoulCollage®, mixed media, photography and more. Early Bird Pricing & Easy Pay Plan

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May 3-4, 2014
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May 22-28, 2014
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October 10-12, 2014
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Explore your deep myths with a circle of women in this extraordinary all-inclusive weekend retreat at Pine Manor, a wonderful sacred space in the Southern California mountains near Lake Elsinore. We will gather for a powerful three-day journey where you will explore art-making and depth process as you navigate the deep mythic rivers, dream pathways and sacred stories of your life with SoulCollage®, mixed-media, sand-tray and more. Early Bird Pricing & Easy Pay Plan

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Cat Caracelo, Imelda Maguire,
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Articles may be reprinted by permission only.