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 #166   April 2019 Theme:  The 7 Chakras
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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.


Rainbow Owl

Most people, when first introduced to the SoulCollage® Companions Suit, say something like this, “I understand why Seena Frost included Animals in this suit, but what’s up with the chakras? What do they have to do with the Animals?”

Good question! Maybe you are wondering the same thing. If so, here’s the scoop…

Seena introduced the Companions Suit as a representation of the energetic dimension of our lives. The Committee Suit represents the psychological dimension, the Community Suit shows us the relational dimension, and the Council Suit gives image to the archetypal dimension. When you think of the suits in this way, and can see the Companions Suit as representing the energetic dimension, it makes perfect sense to include both animal energies and the physical energies of our bodies.

The wonderful little book, The Personal Totem Pole, by Stephen Gallegos, is what Seena was reading when she was creating the SoulCollage® process, and forms the foundation for the Companions Suit. I strongly encourage you to read it. Don’t get turned off by the cover! It’s an interesting read with lots and lots of good examples. This is the first book I read after becoming a Facilitator in 2005 when I was bewildered by this suit, and everything clicked into place when I read it!

The card that I share here this month is my Companion of the Companions - Owl. He appeared to me, as a pure white owl, several months ago in some inner imagery work I was doing. I was quite surprised, as I have already met the Companion Animal in each of my chakras. So I asked him who he was and he told me that he was the “Companion to the Companions!” He watches over and walks/flies with all of them, separately as well as together. He is a gentle reminder to me that the chakras don’t work separately, but as an interdependent community of their own.

One day not long after discovering Owl, I was browsing through Etsy and happened upon a rainbow owl image created by artist Valerie Flynn.  I purchased the art and created this card here to honor my Companion to the Companions. He did appear to me as a white owl, however I wanted the card to show the rainbow colors of the chakras, so I decided that this was the perfect image!

So don’t be surprised if, after you meet and work with all seven of your Animal Companions, you meet your own “Companion to the Companions!”

Here are some excellent resources that I have used to explore more about the energetic dimensions of the chakras:

The Sevenfold Journey, by Anodea Judith. If you only buy one book about the chakras, this should be it! Full of information about each of the chakras PLUS lots of activities, movement, and journaling to assist in opening and balancing each of the chakras.

The Seven Chakra Sisters, by Linda Rosenthal. It looks like a children’s book from the outside, but it’s really not! Quite imaginative yet full of good info.


Anne Marie Bennett is a SoulCollage® Facilitator / Trainer, published author, website goddess, and two-time cancer survivor 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 web 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 and two adolescent felines who keep them hopping. Anne Marie’s books about SoulCollage® are available here.

 
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Guest Columnist: Linda Woolfson


I’m Linda Woolfson, MA, PhD, SoulCollage® Trainer & Facilitator, writer, translator and creativity catalyst. I enjoy integrating my personal yoga practice and Holotropic Breathwork experience into my work with clients, and offering innovative ways to embrace ourselves as embodied beings through SoulCollage® and other creative explorations.


Companions and More:
The Treasure-Chest of the Chakras

Our beloved Seena Frost was so finely attuned to the gifts our chakras can bring us that she gave them a whole suit in the SoulCollage® deck. Later, she even went on to make another unique contribution by announcing with great excitement that she’d discovered a new chakra: the “four and a half chakra,” the clown chakra, located in the nose!

Sinking softly into the Companions suit guided meditation can be one of the greatest pleasures of SoulCollage®. By inviting us to find an animal in each of our chakras, Seena offers us an intimate process for connecting with and sustaining a relationship with them as we grow and change. In the 2,000-year-old wisdom of Hindu & Buddhist tradition, the “wheel” of each of the seven chakras has its own distinct identity. Each is both physical and psychological. Each one connects with all the others. The chakras taken together as a system can become a sort of bio-energetic map to help us find our way as embodied beings. As chakra expert Anodea Judith says, the chakras, as “organizational centers for the reception, assimilation and transmission of life-force energy,” can become “the stepping stones between heaven and earth.”

The chakras are indeed a treasure-chest. As such, there are many ways we can bring them into our SoulCollage® practice, not just individually but also as a map or system, rather like a personal Indra’s Net which is another beautiful, intricate structure composed of points of lit-up, colorful energy all connected with each other. In addition to making cards for each of your seven Animal Companions, you may find it helpful to create a SoulCollage® card for all of the chakras together.

In my own deck I have a diptych – two chakra cards, each with its own identity yet inseparable from the other. Here they are:


Redwood Chakras
Committee Suit

I am one who reminds you that you are an embodied being. I am one who gives you strong clues located in your body. I am one who gives you exact, up-dated information to help you to grow with time and patience into a being of intricacy and wisdom.

Moon-Wheel
Council Suit

I am the one who turns with the seasons, turns with the Earth and turns with the Music of the Spheres. I am the one who is curious about her place on Indra’s Net. I am the one who yearns to attune to resonances and patterns beyond my human reach.


These two cards can really come into their own when drawn in a reading, by challenging me to include the “bigger picture.” They encourage me to adjust the focus of the lens to a wider angle and to include one more level of perception.

Another way you might integrate the chakras into your regular SoulCollage® practice is to do a weekly, monthly, seasonal or annual reading focused only on the chakras. Here’s how this can work:
  • Find a chakra-related question you want to ask your Neters, such as “Which of my chakras is asking for my attention right now?” or “Who has guidance for me about the tightness I’m feeling this week in my third chakra?”

  •  
  • Draw one, two or three cards from your deck to answer your question.
I do this type of reading every month, and more often if I’m feeling persistently out of balance.

Bringing the chakra system into our SoulCollage® practice can help us in many ways. It can empower us to identify with greater clarity the challenges we’re currently facing, help us to take better care of ourselves, support us in developing greater self-compassion and persistently remind us of the very basis of our nature: that we are holistic beings whose bodies, minds, hearts and souls are inseparable parts of our wholeness.


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, and Trainings in both countries. She trained with Seena Frost as a Facilitator in 2010 and has been exploring the depths of SoulCollage® and introducing others to this empowering process with enthusiasm ever since.

Join Linda in Portugal this autumn at the “Vibrant Woman - SoulCollage® & Wellbeing Retreat” for a deeply replenishing exploration of what true self-care means for you. Visit this page for more info.

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

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



Uniting the Chakras
Council
Natalie
Colorado

I am one who unites all chakras into one brilliant field of energy. I open body, mind and spirit to the flow of this energy to achieve balance, health and well-being.





Security
Companions Suit:
Root Chakra
Karen
Ohio

I am One who is rooted in solid ground. Here I’m comfortable and sure-footed, dancing freely among the earthy mushrooms. I am the capable One who built a stable life. But I sense how dark and dense it gets here; I feel gravity’s pull. I reach toward my upper chakras but a caul obscures my vision, a remnant of old family patterns that entrap me. I want to leave stuck energy behind and rise up.

 


From Power to Love
Companions Suit:
Solar & Heart Chakras
Karen
Ohio

I am One who feels where the energies of power and love reside in my body. I am One who has relied more heavily on my power center than my heart center. I seek better balance between my solar and heart chakras. I realize the importance of shifting from the love of power to the power of love—to improve my own health and help raise planetary consciousness. I sense my heart bloom open.





Throat Chakra
Companions Suit
Audrey
Colorado

I am one who is breaking free from not speaking my truth. I am one who is stretching my ability to be myself at all times. It is time for me to begin speaking out when there is something that pains my soul. If I can't speak out about my pain, no one will know I am feeling it.





Root Chakra
Companions Suit
Denise
Texas

I am the one who connects to the energies of earth and water and air. I am the one who is grounded in my space but fill my strength as I move with the different energies. I am the one who knows the flow of season changes, the cycles of nature. I am the one who keeps my grace and balance as I move from place to place, time to time, situation to situation.





Rainbow Chakras
Companions Suit
Teresa
Pennsylvania

I am one who sees all the colors of the rainbow in the chakras. I am one who strives for balance and for energy. I am one who is learning the power of the chakras.





Precipice
Committee Suit
Karen
Ohio

I am the one who is perched alone on a precipice, watching the cosmos swirl around me. My skirt billows upward, its violet plumes an aura tingling my crown. I feel securely attached to Earth and draw energy up from my root chakra. I sense that opening my crown chakra to higher consciousness is within reach at last, if only for an instant. I shift my gaze upward, breathe deeply, and follow the chakra path of liberation from root to crown, dissolving into Universal Mind.




All the Animals
Companions Suit
Anne Marie
Massachusetts

We are the ones who guard your chakras. We are the ones whose energy directly relates to your chakras. We are the ones who keep you physically whole and strong.




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: Witness
June: Creativity
 
 
 
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KaleidoSoul - Spinning the fragments of your world into wholeness and beauty through SoulCollage®.


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SOULCOLLAGE® FACILITATOR TRAINING

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
July 3 – 7, 2019
Trainer: Jennifer Boire
Assisted by: Christine Larose

If you love SoulCollage® and would like to share it with others, come train as a Facilitator this summer at Villa St Martin, Pierrefonds (Montreal), Quebec. The Training will be in English; if you speak French, Christine Larose will translate. The Facilitator Training is different from a SoulCollage® retreat or workshop, even though in both settings a participant may experience deep personal process. Prerequisites are listed on the website. Keep in mind that registration fees on website are in Canadian dollars, not American.

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COLORADO

SOULCOLLAGE® FACILITATOR TRAINING

Estes Park, Colorado
August 5-9, 2019
Trainer: Marcia Chadly
Assisted by: Laura Lyon

 Majestic mountains and whispering cool mountain air are waiting for you at this special SoulCollage® Facilitator Training. You are invited to join us this August at the peaceful Dao House retreat center nestled in the Rocky Mountains. Pay in full before April 1st and you’ll receive an early bird gift worth $90. Combining your Training with a vacation is a fabulous idea. Colorado is filled with beauty and great things to do. You are welcome to bring someone with you who is not part of the Training. Remember Facilitators who are retraining get fresh inspiration and a special discount!

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MASSACHUSETTS

SOULCOLLAGE® FACILITATOR TRAINING
Westfield, Massachusetts
November 6-10, 2019
Facilitator: Anne Marie Bennett
Assisted by: Jeanne Marie Merkel


Join us at the peaceful Genesis Spiritual Life Center in western MA for a unique weekend experience of community, learning, laughter, and professional training to spread the joy of the SoulCollage® process in wider circles in your world.

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Upcoming SoulCollage® Retreats

BALI

SoulCollage® and Balinese Culture
Patas, Bali
April 29 -May 12, 2019
Facilitator: Erica Crawford

This two-week retreat will combine discovering and working with your Chakras with Balinese culture. We will be staying in a non-tourist small village with a Balinese family. We will have plenty of time to make cards, explore their message and learn about chakra energy. Don’t miss this chance to do SoulCollage in paradise. $1500 investment includes lodging and meals as well as the workshop (also transportation & airport pick-up and delivery).

Please email Erica for more information ericacrawford@mac.com or call her 831-596-1437


MASSACHUSETTS

Mining the Mother Lode with SoulCollage®
Westfield, Massachusetts
May 10-12, 2019
Facilitator: Anne Boedecker, Gail Byrnes

Mother’s Day offers us the opportunity to explore both the personal aspects of our relationships as mothers and/or daughters and the transpersonal archetype of the Mother. Using the myth of Demeter and Persephone we will delve into the archetypes of Maiden, Mother and Crone, examining their light and shadow sides. These will provide a container for investigating the nature of our own relationships with older and younger women. We’ll be using SoulCollage, film clips and shamanic journeying to deepen our understanding and expression of these elements. You’ll be able to share your cards and journaling in small groups in as much depth as you wish. This retreat is not for mothers only! It will be, however, a perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day with (or without) your own mother, daughter, and/or granddaughter.

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PORTUGAL

Portugal as Portal to Presence
Cascais, Portugal
May 20-26, 2019
Facilitators: Linda Woolfson, Catherine Anderson

Join SoulCollage® Trainers Catherine Anderson and Linda Woolfson on a pilgrimage of creative pleasure and discovery in Portugal next spring! Our inspiring blend of photography, journaling, word-play, poetry, SoulCollage® and labyrinth activities will encourage you to access the full vibrancy of your creative soul as we explore the wild and beautiful coastline, visit Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra, eat fabulous food and connect with the real Portugal which most tourists never experience. Book your place now!

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OREGON


Solstice Soul Renewal with SoulCollage®
Detroit, Oregon
June 9-12, 2019
Facilitator: Glenda Goodrich, Ann Christensen

Join us at Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat Center, a magical place of spiritual renewal with old growth forests, mineral horizon springs, yoga, massage and nourishing food. Truly a gift to yourself. What is your soul longing for? Let the magic of SoulCollage® deepen your presence with your longing and knowing. Solstice is a time to awaken the luminosity within you. Play in the pure joy of creating personal collages. Heighten self-discovery through journaling, meditation, sound, labyrinth walking, community, and time in nature.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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NEW MEXICO


SoulCollage® Soul Journey Retreat
Santa Fe, New Mexico
September 4-8, 2019
Facilitator: Deborah Milosevich

Join other kindred spirits for a SoulCollage® Soul Journey at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent and Retreat Center, nestled in the pinion-covered foothills of the Rocky Mountains. During this retreat, you will create or add to your own unique deck of SoulCollage® cards, do readings and share insights, create a small tin shrine in honor of someone you love or want to honor, have continuous access to the card making tables, experience the charming town of Santa Fe, and have the opportunity to take great hikes and star gaze at night. The Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent and Retreat Center is the perfect place to reflect and connect with spirit.

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ARIZONA


Creative Vision: Art Retreat
Sedona, Arizona
September 16-22, 2019
Facilitator: Kat Kirby

Are you wishing for some creative zest in your life but don’t know where to find it? Would you love to spend time in nature and recharge your batteries? Do you feel you might benefit from some “Me Time” with a bunch of art supplies and like-minded women? Then come join me in the red rock landscape of Sedona, and rediscover your creativity. Explore the area, explore art-making, and explore your Self. This retreat is designed to invigorate your artistic senses and help you find new ways to relax and renew. From art journal making, to stamp carving, to SoulCollage®, your imagination and “inner artist” will delight you!

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PORTUGAL


Vibrant Woman SoulCollage® Retreat
Alentejo, Portugal
September 30 – October 6, 2019
Facilitator: Linda Woolfson, Lucy Schaaphok

Are you exhausted too often? Thirsty for new inspiration? Longing for an indulgent yet fulfilling break? Eager to connect with yourself in some new and replenishing ways? Let our inspiring blend of SoulCollage®, Yoga Nidra, chakra exploration, beach-time, coast -walks, star-gazing and delicious local food in an unspoiled natural environment work its magic on you. Reconnect with your joyful spirit, renew your relationship with yourself, celebrate your sensuality, dive into your creativity and transform your self-care in new ways. Join us for a relaxing yet transformational week on the wild Alentejo coast of Portugal. Unwind and reconnect with your soul!

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MEXICO

Day of the Dead SoulCollage® Retreat
Oaxaca, Mexico
October 30 – November 3, 2019
Facilitator: Nancy Clingan

Join other kindred SoulCollagers for card making around the theme of death and dying as perceived and celebrated in the Mexican tradition. We will visit with a Mexican family and spend the day with them in their pueblo cemetery. Food, lodging, materials, other tours, all activities and art projects are included, all for $750. Payment plan available too! Register soon - space is limited.

Please email Nancy for more information nenzi@sover.net or call her at 802-275-2798
 

ENGLAND

Return to Avalon - Goddess Retreat
Glastonbury, England
April 25 – May 8, 2020
Facilitator: Cat Caracelo

Join Cat in 2020 as she travels to a place of myth and memories, where the landscape is a mirror of the Soul. Return to Avalon at Beltane, honoring the goddess at May Day festivities! Experience a dynamic, heart-centered time of renewal, discovery, depth and connection. Join with kindred women to embrace this sacred place, staying in a restored farmhouse, with two homes, orchard, view of the Tor and spa on site! Journey to sacred sites, explore the earth-based energies, honor the Goddess and make inspired art with SoulCollage® and more, in this all-inclusive retreat to Glastonbury, England and surrounding areas.

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All articles in SOUL SONGS are copyrighted 2019,
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