Soul Songs: Your SoulCollage NewsletterSoul Songs
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we were born to sing
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Issue #130   April 2016 Theme:  Patience/Impatience
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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.


To Be or Not To Be . . . Patient

I have struggled with patience all my life. When taking inventory of my “strong points” or “bright qualities,” patience never makes it to the list! In fact, one of the very first SoulCollage® cards I made was for my impatient self. He is an impish yet angry little gremlin who says:

I Am the One Who can't wait, doesn't want to wait, and refuses to wait. I stomp my foot in anger because I'm in a hurry, dang it all! I can't wait to get to where I want to go. I will do anything to avoid long lines of traffic or waiting for anything, and it hurts my head to even think about it.

Until I started practicing SoulCollage®, I didn't even think about what it might mean to cultivate patience, or to try and practice it once in a while. Then, after living with Mr. Impatience for a while, I decided to give image to the tiny piece of me who knows what it is to actually practice patience once in a while.


Here is what my Patient Self said to me when I first made this card to honor her: I Am the One Who sits quietly and waits for whatever is coming on the horizon. I Am the One Who doesn't mind waiting. I Am the One Who is enjoying this moment, right now, and am not even thinking about what I am waiting for. Being in the moment is what makes it possible for me to be patient.

That was a heart-opening moment for me, just listening to those words. I am now learning that the key to being more patient is not focusing on what I am waiting for, whether it's a test result from my doctor, a check in the mail, the release of the last ten pounds, or a vacation that I'm looking forward to. The key to activating the energy of patience is being open to this present moment, right here, right now.

Another key to cultivating patience has to do with trust. In my own life, I activate patience much more easily if I can simply trust that the Universe is on my side, that all is well, that I will be given what I need (not necessarily what I want) no matter what. Life becomes easier then, and I am able to rest more fully in this moment instead of focusing on the future that I have been impatiently waiting for.

Time for Reflection

Do you have an impatient self? Find some images that bring that energy to mind and make a card for it. Do some journaling with it. Let it speak to you. What gifts does impatience have to give you? When does impatience serve you well? When does it get in your way?

What lessons have you learned about patience on your own journey? Is it easier to be patient at certain times? Make a card to honor the part of you that knows how to practice patience. Listen to what he/she has to teach you this week.


This essay is from Anne Marie Bennett’s newest book, Into the Heart of SoulCollage®. There are 87 essays covering topics of Committee Suit, Council Suit, Difficult Times, Creativity, Shadow, The Big Picture of SoulCollage® and more!
 
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 dog and two adolescent felines who keep them all young. You can read more about how SoulCollage® assisted her on her cancer journey on her website SOS Cancer Journeys. Anne Marie's newest book, Through the Eyes of SoulCollage® is now available.
 
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Guest Columnist: Linda Woolfson


I’m Linda Woolfson, MA, PhD, a SoulCollage® Trainer & Facilitator, writer, translator and creativity catalyst with a particular passion for bringing words and images together to fire our imagination and enhance our lives. Patience seemed irrelevant to me until moving to Portugal gave me a golden opportunity to reconsider this seemingly old-fashioned and boring quality!


The Practice of Patience

One of the things I love most about living an international life and having homes in two countries is observing the psychological qualities which different peoples single out as being valuable or virtuous. In the United Kingdom, even though things have changed dramatically over the past few decades, “stiff upper lip” is definitely high on the agenda. The Brits value the capacity to face challenges uncomplainingly and expressing your feelings can still be judged as weakness. There’s an accompanying body language: straight back, shoulders squared and jaw tight.

In the 1980s we relocated from the UK to Portugal. Portuguese life at that time was much less efficient than it is now and everyone spent what seemed like hours each day standing in queues. Waiting in the endless line at the bank just to cash a cheque, impatiently tapping my toe and half suppressing my sighs, I’d become uncomfortably aware that no one else was behaving this way. In the quiet bubble of cordial conversation people would occasionally chuckle or shrug with humour at the long wait. And as they did so they would always murmur: “paciência” – patience.

In my early years in Portugal this word drove me crazy. “What’s wrong with these people?” I’d ask myself. “Why do they put up with it?” The body language also make me furious: that shrug, those hands held palms up in humorous resignation – how could anyone tolerate so much inefficiency? How could they be so passive? Yet over the years my attitude towards the central place of patience in Portuguese culture has shifted. Slowly I’ve come to understand the wisdom in “paciência”: why get all worked up when you can have a chat or enjoy some quiet time with yourself? I began to realize that standing in queues with an attitude of “paciência” was an active spiritual practice rather than an unhealthy tolerance for having no power to change things.

I began to connect the patience of Portuguese people standing in queues with other practices I have always loved, such as the painting of illuminated manuscripts, initially by monk/scribes in medieval monasteries and later by secular artists. Bringing just one illuminated letter from initial design to gold-leafed completion took months of patient dedication. Centuries later those letters still dazzle us with an exquisite type of beauty at the core of which is patience.

One of my SoulCollage® cards (see above), made completely intuitively, later revealed that it was called “The Scriptorium” – a room in a medieval monastery dedicated to writing and illuminating books on specially prepared “vellum” made of animal skins. At the centre of an illuminated letter “P” sits a wise and regal magus figure.

I am the one who reigns at the centre of a big blue illuminated “P”: I come to tell you that patience IS a virtue. Life requires that you develop the Practice of Patience. “P” may seem unexciting yet P is a Portal to realms beyond your understanding. No journey can be made without Patience.”

My Magus of Illumination reminds me of something the poet Rilke says in his Letters to a Young Poet:

I beg you to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language.

Once you get past tapping your foot, patience becomes a mysterious state of being. It requires us to be open to accepting emptiness without it seeming a trap, to be willing to be still and see what emerges from the stillness.

In our 21st century world of ceaseless motion and constant interaction it can be a real challenge to slow down and enter the apparent emptiness of patience. Thank goodness that we have our SoulCollage® cards to help us find our way.
 

Linda Woolfson, MA, PhD is a SoulCollage® Facilitator and Trainer, writer, translator and creativity catalyst. Of South African origin, she now enjoys living a dual-based life between the United Kingdom and Portugal, running SoulCollage® and creativity workshops, retreats & Facilitator Trainings in both countries. Linda has been exploring the creative process for many years and working with SoulCollage® since 2009. You can find out more about her activities on her SoulCollage® website and on her Facebook page.
 

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

Each card below is a card that represents Patience/Impatience from one SoulCollager's Deck.




Patience
Committee
Kas
Pennsylvania

I am the one who awaits the fruition of dreams long ago created. I am the one who sometimes feels the lure of drama and grand frustration as patience becomes frayed and edgy. I remind you to allow the letting go of the outcomes, to feel the ease that opens the doors of imagination. Be grateful for it all! Be quiet, calm and tuned in your daily dance with life. Remember the outcome is blessed and often more than you could have imagined!




Baby Steps
Committee Suit
Char-Leah
Florida

I am one who takes baby steps in new situations and decision making. I am one who does not dive into something without understanding what I'm getting myself into. I am one who allows time for growth and change. I want you to know that perspectives get blurry when I am not practiced. Too much of me and you may miss opportunities, seem withdrawn or insensitive to others.




Impatience
Committee Suit
Kat
Arizona

I Am One Who is impatient. I feel like I could just snap, bite your head off. My skin is crawling, and I hate to wait. Come on already! Get 'er done!




Patience
Committee Suit
Kat
Arizona

I Am One Who is patient. I am relaxed and serene, and in no hurry. Take your time. There's so much beauty all around. Just like the tortoise, I encourage you to move slowly and enjoy the journey!




Impatience
Community Suit
Pam
Kentucky

I am one who is green with the frustration of waiting. I think it all comes faster to everyone else, which makes me envious. I am holding on tight knowing I am not in charge of time. But I am still not happy about it.




Patience
Committee Suit
Do Mi
Oregon

I am the one who is standing strong. I am the one who is waiting. I am the one who is surrounded by growing green. I am the one who is ready for anything. The sun is shining on me but I do not see it. I am calm. I am braced. I am strong. I am burgeoning. I am self-contained. I am here to tell you that growing is happening inside you and all around you, drawn to the sun. The gift I have for you is patience.
 



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June:  Self-Care
 

KaleidoSoul Notes
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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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Upcoming SoulCollage® Retreats

ENGLAND

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MASSACHUSETTS

Pieces of You: Fitting Your Life Together with SoulCollage®

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May 7-8, 2016
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We are gathering again for our annual early May retreat at Genesis Retreat Center. Join brother-sister team Anne Marie and John for a weekend retreat of relaxation, fun, creativity and inner surprises.

Working with the various aspects of our lives, we will learn new ways of using the SoulCollage® process to help us piece together our journeys. We’ll explore the puzzles of our lives using guided imagery, journaling, card readings, group discussion and of course… card making!

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September 2-3, 2016
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Since 2009, SoulCollage® Facilitator Michele Manos has been creating and sharing meaningful ways to explore your SoulCollage® deck as a whole - honoring and integrating your ever-evolving aspects. These "Card Games" offer an understanding of the cards' intricate relationships. Ideas for new cards come forth, as do new perspectives on old ones. Through storytelling from her own deck, Michele will provide group and individual instruction - with ample time to explore your deck, journal, make cards and share. You'll learn new ways to utilize your deck as a supportive resource for embracing life's challenges and as a powerful tool for inner balance. This retreat is intended for Facilitators as well as for experienced SoulCollagers who have a lot of cards that are mostly categorized into suits.

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At this weekend retreat at Kirkridge Retreat center, we'll explore the blessings and challenges we often experience in times of change and transition. Through conversation, reflection and ritual, we'll embark upon a creative journey which honors and celebrates where we've been, where we may be going, and the gifts of the present moment. SoulCollage® will allow deepening of our understanding of our own transition times, and how we can support the gestation, uncertainty or renewal that is stirring in our lives. No artistic experience necessary! Come, nourish yourself at Kirkridge, a place of openness, spirit, hospitality and creativity.

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Facilitator Training

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October 20-23, 2016
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