Soul Songs: Your SoulCollage Newsletter
Issue #178   April 2020 Theme:  Mystic

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Soul Singing with Anne Marie
Anne Marie, the creator of 
Hi! I'm Anne Marie, the creator of, and a SoulCollage® Facilitator in Massachusetts and worldwide online. This column is all about presenting ways to get your soul singing with the deep, wide, wonder-full process that is SoulCollage®.

Mystical Child

I have to admit that I’ve always loved the word “mystical,” but I’ve never really thought about what it actually meant until I began feeling my way into writing this column. Richard Rohr seems to express it best. He said:

For me, the word “mysticism” simply means experiential knowledge of spiritual things, as opposed to book knowledge, secondhand knowledge, or even church knowledge.

That really resonates with me! Experiential knowledge of spiritual things. Not just reading about it or listening to what others have to say about it but actually experiencing it myself.

In Linda Woolfson’s column, below, she refers to the word “mystical” as a radical receptivity to the Sacred. That feels important to me as well. Being open and receptive to that which is sacred in my life—to Spirit (or God or the Universe- however you choose to name the Sacred), to spiritual experiences, to the Love that surrounds me and fills me at all time—is something I strive for more and more.

In pondering these definitions, I immediately thought of my Mystical Child Neter. I remember her well; she is still very much a part of me. When I ask her “Who are you?”, she replies:

I am the one who believes in magic and fairies and that wishing is for real. I am the one who talks to angels and animals and hears them talking back to me. I am the one who believes in prayer, who prays frequently and fervently.

I am the child in you who is in direct contact with the Divine.

I am the one who believes in magic, who watches spellbound as rabbits come out of hats and scarves change colors in mid-air. I am the one who acknowledges the Mysteries of the Universe, who accepts the Mysteries and loves them as they are.

I give you a sense of mystery and awe in the universe around you.

I give you knowledge of other realities and the open mind to accept them..

I want you to stay connected to the Divine. I want you to pay attention to your dreams.

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
~ Roald Dahl

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 love and appreciate the power of SoulCollage® to support us in exploring and enjoying our inner Mystic.

SoulCollage’s Mystical Thread of Gold

So strong was Seena Frost’s passion for spirituality that as a young woman she chose to study Divinity at Yale University. Later on, during the time she was developing SoulCollage®, she immersed herself in the thought and writings of an array of spiritual teachers including 14th century German mystic Meister Eckhart, Hildegard of Bingen and many more including her favorite poet, the medieval Sufi mystic Hafiz.

In her humorously engaging book Journal of a Steadfast Fence, Seena expresses, through a series of poems and photographs, the relationships she developed with the wooden posts of a fence which she saw every day on her regular walk. The fact that Seena had such sustained relationships with a series of ancient fence-posts encountered on a daily basis shows how mysticism was for her an integral part of daily life.

Seena “read” the fence-posts rather like we read SoulCollage® cards– honoring, listening to and observing them until they reveal their wisdom. Her relationship with “The Mystic” is particularly strong:

“On the day the Formless One
And shattered into a zillion forms,
Love became needed and so
Love was born.”

So begins the poem “The Mystic Speaks of Love,” drawing us instantly into the perspective of the Mystic: way “outside the box,” far removed from the safe familiarity of linear thinking, speaking simply yet with authority about something vast and mysterious, both beyond our human understanding and strangely accessible.

Seena’s Mystic, in speaking of love, voices the awareness shared by all mystics, of separation and yearning for one-ness:

“So, when I see you and you see me,
Love appears,
When I bow to you and you bow to me,
Love comes nearer.
Love re-members us
As One.” *

It’s therefore not at all surprising that a golden thread of mysticism runs through the fabric of the SoulCollage® process. A numinous statement by Meister Eckhart inspired Seena to evolve what we SoulCollagers now call the “I Am One Who...” exercise: When the Soul wishes to experience something, She throws an image of the experience before her and enters into her own image.

Again, like the Mystic in Seena’s poem, Meister Eckhart speaks with authority and presence of something mysterious, way beyond logic, yet signaling an awareness to which we connect through our intuition and our imagination.

SoulCollage® encourages us to engage in a process of drawing out and cultivating the subliminal, poetic dimensions of our awareness. Such forms of awareness show an affinity with the Mystic’s perspective. Perhaps the Mystic archetype is alive in most of us SoulCollagers, to some degree and in some form. As with any archetype, there are many ways we can explore the Mystic in ourselves through our SoulCollage® practice.

First of all, with an open, relaxed awareness, enjoy gently exploring your whole deck and just seeing how and where the Mystic may already be present in your cards. Here’s one of mine from my Committee Suit, called The Daydreamer.
I Am One Who loves to waft off into daydreaming. For me the everyday world can become the starting point for spiraling journeys in unexpected directions. I Am One Who enjoys playfully opening doorways to numinous new territories of creativity. I Am One Who is open to Mystery.

To align yourself with, or meet up with the Mystic already in your deck, here are some questions for guidance:

  • Which of your Neters have a mystical leaning?
  • Is there a special tone to the voice of your Inner Mystic?

  • What animals, birds and people does your Mystic like best? v
  • Are there doorways in your deck opening into territories of mystical affinity?
  • Are there pathways, roads or rivers in your deck leading to mysterious places?
  • What colors does your Mystic particularly savor?
As well as exploring the mystical elements already present in your deck, you may feel motivated to create a Mystic card intentionally, to support you in cultivating closer attention to the Mystic in you. Or perhaps, as I did, you have a “mystery” card whose place in your deck has eluded you until now, and who turns out to be your Mystic card? Here’s mine:

The Mystic and Foxes
Council Suit

I Am the One Who follows with devotion the path of the Mystic. I am at one with animals and with nature. The light stroking the forest floor to emerald is in my fingers; the muzzle of the fox nuzzling her sibling is my nose too. I too feel the roughness of fox-fur and sniff the musty scent. I Am One Who cultivates a radical receptivity to the Sacred.

Exploring the presence of the Mystic in your deck can become a rich and rewarding adventure. I invite you to enjoy uncovering the voice, the wisdom, the soulfulness and the humor of the Mystic in you.

* Seena’s poem is reprinted with permission from Kylea Taylor and Hanford Mead Publishing Co. You can purchase “Journal of a Steadfast Fence – A Collection of Poems and Photographs by Seena Frost” here.

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, SoulCollage® Trainings, and retreats in special places 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.

To find out more about Linda’s workshops, SoulCollage® Facilitator Trainings and retreats visit

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, SoulCollage® Trainings, and retreats in special places 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.
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The Power of Place:
an online SoulCollage® video series
with Facilitator/Trainer Linda Woolfson
May 2020

Our relationship to place has been undergoing a radical shake-up recently: what does it mean to you to be at home? To be confined? To be free? To travel?

This will be a wonder-full opportunity to enjoy using SoulCollage® and your imagination to discover the surprising and intricate power of the places in your life.

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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 Mystic.

Companions Suit

I am one who is guided by my owl, who helps me to see beyond the veils of illusion where there are finer realities that beg to be known.

Alchemical Magician
Council Suit

I Am One Who Is a Visionary Catalyst. I am one who can illuminate new perspectives and initiate change.

Howard Thurman
Community Suit

I am one who is often referred to as a famous preacher in the African American tradition and civil rights activist. I am one who is less often referred to as a mystic, yet my writings clearly show that I am one in the mystical tradition. I am one who defines mysticism as “response of the individual to a personal encounter with God within his own soul.” I am one who challenged social activists to stay grounded spiritually and to allow their actions to flow from their spiritual practices and their prayer. I am one whose mystical wisdom and challenge is still valid today.

Inner Bliss
Council Suit

I am one who finds peace and inner bliss within. I am one who sees the light from Source and bathes in it as much as possible. I am one who anchors herself in stillness daily. I am one who listens within for messages. I am one who does not find it mystifying but rather experiential to feel this connection. I am one who believes we all can feel this inner peace.


My Archetypal Mystic
Council Suit

I am one who is the embodiment of all unknowing in the depths of darkness and mystery. I am one who sees without seeing, beyond the physical world. I am one who feels dis-embodied when sinking into the empathic space of others, absorbing their unexpressed feelings, touching my own ... I am one who needs creative and grounding spiritual practices to dwell in Mystery.

The Mystic Within Me
Council Suit

I am the one who is a mystery. I am the one who is full of surprises. I am the one you’re afraid of but also the one you desperately seek. I am your silence and your stillness. I am the one who you find peace in.I am the one who is blurry at times but becomes clear. I am the one who gives you answers and guidance. I am the one who gives you light. I am the one who holds realms and worlds. I am the one who connects and communicates with the soul, your soul. I am the one who represents who you really are. I am the one who holds a gift. I am the mystic within you.

Inner Mystic
Committee Suit

I am the one who contemplates the great mysteries. I look upward, connecting with the Star Child above, vibrating to her same frequency. I am the one who receives subtle intuitive messages showered down as stardust magic. I want you to believe you have this ability. Open to receive answers and insights. Listen for my soft whispers. Ask, so I can provide answers. I am your Inner Mystic and I enable you to unlock the mysteries.

Ecstatic Dance
Council Suit

I am one who feels the wonder of union through music and dance. I can close my eyes and journey within, where time stops and the universe or One Song keeps me up and going. I am one who longs for this sense of timeless wonder. Joyful communion!

Council Suit

I am one who climbs to higher realms through meditation. I am one who finds the holy by being still. I am one who sits and breathes in the Divine Breath and is renewed. I am one who breathes out Fear and breathes in Love.

Terceira Suit
(Part of Committee)

I am one who dives into the calling from the Divine, with fear, trust, my mermaid tail and Atlantean blessings. I am one who feels the presence of Others as I breathe in the land, the sea, the stones, the air through my fingers and every cell of my human body. I am one who connects the land, sea and air with Human (the 3-legged crack between the rocks is an ancient symbol for human). Through presence, prayer and ritual, I am guided to connect the present and past to co-create a wondrous future. I am one who creates and re-opens portals for information and healing, as divinely guided.

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: Peace
June: SoulEssence
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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®.

Kindred Spirits Join our fast-growing worldwide membership of people who put the "soul" in SoulCollage®!
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Wisdom + Wild
Binghamton, New York
May 23-26, 2020
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Spend four days creating with a circle of women diving deep, making art, and kissing the muse as we gather wisdom, express wonder, and find our wild. We will be creating, playing, and circling in a powerful way. Feel yourself wrapped in the beauty of the rolling hills on a luscious private property with lake, gardens and studio space. Find yourself inspired as you explore and expand the energy of wisdom + wild in your art and life, using SoulCollage® and mixed media techniques. We will gather under the New Moon and call in guidance from the four directions to step into a new season of life. Visit this page for more information. 

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Sardinia, Italy
June 18-25, 2020
Facilitator: Mariabruna Sirabella

Crystal clear seas, sandy beaches, granite rocks and verdant vegetation will be the setting for Mariabruna’s 2020 Annual Retreat in Motion on the island of Sardinia, Italy. Experience a full immersion into the sacred places and pristine nature of Sardinia. Experience transformation, new insights and fresh inspiration as you celebrate the Summer Solstice, practice SoulCollage®, and swim in pristine waters rejuvenating body and soul. Excursions to explore the natural and historical wonders of Sardinia will be interspersed with days of reflection, meditation, SoulCollage® and other creative activities.

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Where Soul Meets Spirit: Art Retreat in Sedona
Sedona, Arizona
September 23-27, 2020
Facilitator: Kat Kirby

If you’d love 5 days of enjoying creative time in the studio, join us in the magical landscape of the high desert in Sedona, Arizona. Creative expression is settling down with your Inner Child, allowing yourself to create without expectation or judgement. We’ll be making a hand-made journal, some SoulCollage® cards, and a cigar box shrine. What is your unique creative voice? What is the story you are telling? Let’s find out, and spend time encouraging you to blossom. This retreat is designed to invigorate your artistic senses and help you find new ways to relax and renew. You will feel welcomed and encouraged to explore your creative side. Your imagination and sleeping “inner artist” will awake and delight you. And you will be given tools to continue your exploration of the arts when you return home.

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Soul Journey Retreat
Santa Fe, New Mexico
October 2-6, 2020
Facilitator: Deborah Milosevich

This Soul Journey retreat will be held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent and Retreat Center, nestled in the pinion-covered foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Rising to over 12,000 feet, with the great peaks of the Sangre de Cristos as a backdrop, this place is truly where one can cultivate the richness of life and spirit. The beautiful conference and dining rooms overlook the Monte Sol and Atalaya mountains, with the Ortiz and Sandia mountain ranges in the distance. The lush campus offers serenity, privacy, and space. Some of the best hiking is right outside the facility. We will make SoulCollage® cards, share insights, and have the opportunity to create a one of a kind art piece. We can also listen to the Nuns singing in the morning!

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SoulCollage® at Sea - Cruise and Play
Departing from Galveston, Texas
April 25 – May 2, 2021
Facilitator: Lora Dail, Teffany Heffner, Anne Marie Bennett

Do you love cruising? Do you love SoulCollage®? We'll be onboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas for a Western Caribbean cruise, making and reading cards while enjoying all the benefits of cruising. Join our private Facebook group "SoulCollage®: The Voyage Continues - A Travel SoulCollage® Experience" to get more information on how to reserve your room for this adventure, or email Teffany directly (see below).

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Communing at The Casa:
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Scottsdale, Arizona
Facilitator: Michele Manos

A special kind of SoulCollage® magic happens when Facilitators gather! Nourish yourself and your practice at this weekend of learning, sharing, individual activities and group rituals – a perfect blend of a retreat, a workshop, a conference of colleagues, and a meeting of friends. Co-sponsored by SoulCollage Inc. for SoulCollage® Facilitators, this retreat offers a taste of some of Michele's newest Card Game activities to Play with a Full Deck. Picture yourself with thousands of images, space and time to make cards you’ve not yet had the tranquility to make. A beautiful desert setting with gardens, pool and labyrinth await you!

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