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 #107   May 2014 Theme:  Dreams
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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.


Sleeps with Angels

I am so grateful to Cat for suggesting this topic because it reminded me of a very scary dream I had a while ago. In the dream, I was being held prisoner by a young woman with a rifle. There was a lot of movement in the dream, a lot of fear, even upon waking. It was one of those dreams that continued to haunt me, even days later.

I decided to create a SoulCollage® card to give image to this dream and to listen to it. As I did this, I physically felt the fear lessening and a new awareness dawning. Making the card reminded me that there was someone else in the dream with me, an older man, and it was he who was protecting me from the woman with the rifle. In my "fear and trembling" I had completely forgotten about him! Putting him on the card between myself and the tormenter, caused a huge shift to occur inside of me.

I also did the journaling with my card, allowing EACH of the three beings on the card (the prisoner, the tormenter, the protector) to tell their story. It was breathtaking inner work that I will never forget.

Shortly after that nightmare of a dream, the above card came to me intuitively. Working with it later, I heard the sleeping woman telling me (among other things), I am the one who sleeps with angels all around me. I am safe as I sleep. I am safe in my waking hours too. 

 
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 Journeyss.
 
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Guest Columnist: Cat Caracelo

I am Cat Caracelo,M.A., a SoulCollage® facilitator, life coach and transformative artist from Petaluma, California, offering my work individually and in global teaching forums. This column is for those of you who have already made some cards & are ready to discover more depth your SoulCollage® journey.


Inner Dreaming

Dreaming is a powerful connective conduit to the creative process. I experienced my creative path emerging through layers of working with my own life material and being exposed to dream work as a form of remembrance and healing, connecting with deep inner knowing and ancestral memories. This period of time was filled with new ways of accessing information, linked and cross-pollinated with learned, intuited and felt experience.

Remembering myself was met with a sense of touching past lifetimes, honoring my sacred relationship with symbols, living elements, the reflective surfaces of the moon and patterns held in the starry sky. These informed me of things that I already knew, but had forgotten.

Awakening from dreamtime, I would listen to the rhythm of the rain and feel the heartbeat of the earth. I was being given a language, a frame of reference, a tool to organize around in this time of awakened dreaming, and I found that the language of dreaming carried forward into my life. These dreams were a narrative of remembrance and I invited the ancestors to help me to journey and remember. I wrote the words and made the marks to remember slivers of quicksilver details, flickers of light showing me the way, as I danced with my deep history and myriad mythologies.

At this time I had a series of dreams that became important as I developed and explored my personal myths and thought about who I was to become. Rather than a complete dream chronology I will share a few details that are relevant to my unfolding journey, then and now.

Dream #1: I am a small child and am rescued from a flooded land by a large lion that is my guardian. I ride on my lion’s back to visit my family but not to stay with them. My lion is protective and possessive, while at times exhibiting jealousy. My interaction with him is familiar and playful, even when he is jealous. I am directive and bossy, shaking his mane in both hands as he growls. I trust him, even knowing that he watches over me with his own purpose.

My lion became a very powerful presence. That dream was a point of departure for me - I didn’t understand it or make sense of it for a number of years but the child aspect of this dream returned to me in several incarnations, developing as she matured. I also incorporated the lion in multiple ways, exploring the big cat and top predator energies (both masculine and feminine) through totem Mountain Lion raising her cubs, a journey guardian as the masculine Mer-Lion, and finally in the integrated form of Sehkmet, the Egyptian lion goddess.

Dream #2: I arrive at a compound in Italy. My lion is with me as we arrive. The compound is owned by an extended family of circus performers. In a clearing between the homes there are three small giraffes that do tricks. There are three houses in the center of the land around a main house where the families all come together.

The essence of place, purpose and family was very strong in this second dream, the giraffes and the performers were focused on practice and playfulness. It was a dream of joyful belonging, connection and purpose. Years later I brought together my family past, present and future (parents/adoptive family, ex husband, children and grand girls, new love with a rekindled romance as I reconnected with a 30 year lost love).

Dream #3: I am in a cave in southern Italy. Within the depths resides a red queen. She is a gypsy and an ancestor. Color, texture and place are important in this landscape, This cryptic dream thrummed with the heartbeat of the earth, as the voice of this statuesque woman stated, "You belong to me, you are of me."

This was heard as an ancestral message. It reverberated as I encountered other 'wise women' who came through my art and journey work, showing me unrecognized aspects of my deep history and the matrilineal magic that was lost in the past. The sense that I got from the third dream was the resonance of the cave. It was the Great Mother’s womb and tomb, recalling the essence of early goddess lore held in Southern Europe, before my people moved into the northern islands, and a more ancient root line into Africa.

The themes of these dreams informed me in an intuitive and deeply understood way, illuminating and enriching my life-path backwards and forwards. As I remember them in detail years later I continue to see more within them that seem prophetic, details that were unrecognized at that time continue to live in my life, connecting and linking me to myself.

The unfolding purpose of dream language is ever present and active. Dreaming is a form of consciousness, considered to be held within deep states of unconscious sleeping. The act of dreaming happens at all layers of awareness and although it cannot always be accessed it is always active. There are sleeping dreams and waking dreams, dreams that happen in twilight time, and during visioning practices. Developing the conscious connections within these many layers of dreaming is always potent and powerful, whether traveling in dreamtime, tending, unpacking, amplifying or awakening your dreams through their symbolic language and image clues. Dreaming that happens through time and space can activate deep healing and offer visionary direction for self and others. When translated into SoulCollage® or expressive art, these dream clues help to bring deep messages, meanings, symbols and connections to the surface of our ever awakening consciousness.

My dreams showed me the universal through the archetypal and collective imagery, yet they were very personal within their cryptic and veiled nature. I was translating my own experiences into imaged experience, a distinctive form of living art. In that same way reflective art-making was a necessary process to deepen, explore and expand the dream material. As in lucid dreaming, it is a way to dream the dream forward. Dreaming the dream forward can also activate living into life in ways that may not have been experienced, as of yet.

Indigenous dreamer Apela Colorado shares this about the information that comes through dreaming, "Ordinary reality is not real at all [within the dream] it is only an instant but in that moment we experience something timeless and real - our own truth. Truth, according to native thought, is meant to be lived. When a dream comes, work of a transformative nature is sure to follow."

Try This: Bring one dream image to the surface of your consciousness in art-making and see where it begins to guide you forward.


Cat Caracelo, M.A. is a Depth Coach, SoulCollage® Facilitator and transformative artist guiding individuals and groups internationally. Cat is the author of Gathering Wholeness: The Art of Identifying and Exploring Parts of Self and has been working with SoulCollage® since 2007. Her dynamic Mythos Journey eCourse offerings combine thematic journeywork, and art-as-process to explore personal myth and conscious life design. Please visit Cat's website to find articles and information about coaching, classes and destination retreats.
 

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

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




The Continuing Dream
Dreams/Committee Suit
Kas
Pennsylvania

I Am the One Who flies above all that is scary and unclear.
I Am the One Who is able to coast and glide on the wings of the wind to take me away.
I Am the One Who is safe and sees the tree tops and the spray of the ocean.
I can fly anywhere.
I Am the One Who flies back to see if I am still scared of what it was.
Usually, there is laughter and I feel safe with what once I couldn't understand of but now I may stay above it always able to "fly away."






The Dreamer
Committee Suit
Melisa
Ontario, Canada

I am the one who has her head in the clouds.
I am the one who prefers fantasy to reality.
I am the one who sees all the magic in the universe when I close my eyes.






One Who Dreams
Suit Unknown
Jennifer
Oklahoma

I am one who dreams.
I am comfortable in the land of symbols and archetypes.
I reside in the place where connections are mysterious and convoluted.
Sometimes I wake up with a clear idea of what I am trying to tell myself, and sometimes I wake up wondering. I am one with a dream landscape that seems familiar but just out of reach as I try to remember.
I am one who returns to the scene of the dreams of many years ago.






The Dreamer
Committee Suit
Gail
Massachusetts

I am one who floats in the sea of dreams.
My dream world is rich and vibrant.
The tether allows me to journey without fear.
I give you permission to go as deep as you would like to go, knowing that you will be safe.
I want you to trust in the process.
Remember to pay attention – sometimes you like the dream state a bit too much!





Sherbert Rainbow Dreams
Suit Unknown
Tamara
Colorado

I am the one who is living out a childhood fantasy where the whole world is colorful and filled with joy!
I am the one who knows that anything is possible as I ride my dolphin through the candy-colored sky.





Suspended Between Worlds
Suit Unknown
Tamara
Colorado

I am the one who is floating between two realities.
I have learned to go with the flow even though sometimes it can be disorienting.

 


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

Future themes include:

June: Journeys
July: Community Suit: Friends

 

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