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 #155  May 2018 Theme:  Trust
Welcome!

Greetings, and welcome to Soul Songs, the official KaleidoSoul Newsletter, and the only monthly newsletter that focuses exclusively on SoulCollage® ideas, resources and artists.

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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.



Releasing Fear, Embracing Trust

This image of the girl with the man and woman intrigued me as soon as I saw it in the pile of magazine pictures at the first SoulCollage® workshop I attended in 2005. When I made this card for my SoulCollage® deck, I thought it was saying something to me about balance.

However, when I trusted the process, journaled with it, and allowed its voice to speak to me, I was surprised to discover that it was about something else entirely:

I am the one who takes risks, who steps out and trusts that I am being taken care of, no matter what. I am the one who lets go of fear in order to walk across this high wire. I can let go of fear because I know that I will be caught if I should fall.

I am the one who is supported by the strong arms and the love of others. I am the one who can take risks because my own inner balancing mechanisms are safely in place. I don’t step forth into the unknown without that support beneath me, without that inner balance in place.

I give you the gift of Trust- in yourself, in others, in Spirit, and in the perfect order of the Universe.

I was thrilled to hear these messages from this newly-discovered part of me! Soon after I made this SoulCollage® card in 2005, I took a giant risk by quitting my low-paying, noncreative job that had been my safety net for ten long years. Leaving that job allowed me to step out onto a whole new path (creating KaleidoSoul and facilitating SoulCollage® workshops) that reaffirmed my creativity and teaching skills which had long been on the back burner of my life. This particular card showed up several times in the following months during my daily SoulCollage® card readings, and its message to me was always one of leaving the fear behind and moving forward with joy and trust.

Inner Reflection: Is there a part of you who is ready to let go of something old and step out in trust on a new path? It may be something as big as seeking a new job or relationship. Or it might be something smaller, but no less significant. Give this part of your inner world some power and strength by simply recognizing it and bowing to it. You can dialogue with it, or make a SoulCollage® card of your own to honor it. Name all of the support systems that are already in place for you as you begin this new part of your journey. Visualize yourself like the little girl on my card… walking across the entire thin pole. Imagine yourself falling, too, and notice how it feels as those four strong, loving arms catch you and hold you away from harm.
 

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.

 
 
OUR NEXT TELE-CLASS



Giving Voice to Our SoulCollage® Cards

60 minute SoulCollage® tele-class
with SoulCollage® Facilitator
Ariana Newcomer from California

The human voice is a miraculous instrument. It is us at the most fundamental level. It is the expression of our essence through sound. It is the voice of our soul. Yet, we take it for granted. Most of us only use a small portion of its expressive capability.

SoulCollage® is a wonderful ally in opening our voices. Our cards express aspects of our soul. As Seena Frost, founder of SoulCollage® said, “Soul includes all of our many inner parts who strive, over a lifetime, to translate our unique SoulEssence into myriad yet congruent forms.”

In this class, we’ll explore not just what our cards want to say, but how they want to say it. Does the Neter have a deep voice, or high voice? Is it confident, hesitant, powerful? Tired? Excited? Loud? Quiet?

When we hear the different qualities of sound in the voices of our cards, it deepens our understanding of the nature of the Neter. The Neter, itself, feels more fully and genuinely heard and understood. Then a great dialogue can happen.

We open to a more full and authentic expression of our whole selves. We speak in the voice of our soul. We carry that expansion of expression into our daily lives.

Committee Suit cards (our inner parts) are especially helpful to work with this way. Please have some of yours with you. What will you discover as your cards to speak in their own voices? 

Date:  Wednesday May 30, 2018

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Guest Columnist: Linda Woolfson


I’m Linda Woolfson, MA, PhD, SoulCollage® Trainer & Facilitator, writer, translator and creativity catalyst. My particular enthusiasm is to bring words and images together to fire our imagination and enhance our lives. I have a passion for exploring SoulCollage® in innovative and creative ways.


Evolving Trust

Our local beach yesterday was so stormy, the spring tide so high and the wind so strong that I almost decide to give my long-awaited walk a miss and go home. For days I’ve been longing for this break between the rain-showers. So off I go, leaning into the wind.

What is that at the other end of the beach? With the steel-grey waves this high, surely not surfers? Two slim figures are running. Kite-surfers – in this wind? Their colorful kites flap for a moment on the beach, then rise up behind them, filling out into taut, glistening arcs as the two young men launch themselves full-tilt into the flying surf, then jump nimbly onto their boards. I watch entranced as they glide along a wave, parallel to the sand. Across the wave-tops, in the tearing wind they skim, relaxed as on a summer day, then take off into the air, turn fully upside down, kites billowing, then turn again, skim lightly towards the shore, and touch base on the wet beach.

I gasp as off they go again, this time straight out into the ocean, riding the wave-tops, lifting up into the air, touching down on water, up, down, gliding, jumping, bouncing, skimming and sailing back to shore. I’m so glad I stayed!

It is breath-taking to bear witness to such skill, resilience, daring, talent, guts, courage and athletic beauty. Yet without the underlying, much-taken-for-granted bedrock of trust, none of that would have happened. From the surfers’ perspective, trust in their understanding of wind and water, trust that the elements will behave as they predict, that their own well-trained muscles, bones and sinews will withstand and respond to the battering of wind and waves, and that the mind and the reflexes will all work together in harmony.

Even from my own perspective, it required trust to be on that wind-swept beach: trust, based on long experience of this particular beach, that I could walk across it on a stormy day and not be swept out to sea. Trust also that that there wouldn’t be a tsunami in the next half hour.

So much of what happens in our lives rests on this complex blend of experience and intuition. SoulCollage® gives us a wonderful way to explore over time and develop our awareness of the intricacies of our connections with trust. From about the age of three onwards, building trust involves cultivating a relationship with ourselves. To develop trust, we must meet the challenge of becoming open and thus vulnerable:

Here is my Committee suit card called “Wide-Eyes and Vulnerable.” This Neter says...

I am one who has decided to put aside timidity and fear, to take a risk and to come out of hiding. I am scared at the wide-open spaces out here yet full of wonder at the world around me.

Building trust between colleagues, family and friends, is an epic adventure of living. Betrayal is, after all, the core of tragedy, while trust is the “glue” of many of the best things in life, ranging from productive collaboration with colleagues, to friendships, community, love, relaxation, fun, shared jokes and intimacy.



And beyond all the complexities of the many human interactions involving trust, there’s trust as it merges into faith, playing its part in how we relate to past and future, create sacred space, and develop our personal connection with the one-ness of the universe.

Above is my Council suit card called Evolving. This Neter says:

I am one who, while lighting the candles, connects with the light. I sense my belonging to a greater Oneness. I am one who builds my awareness of the clarity and the mystery beyond human understanding. I am one who is evolving.

What does your SoulCollage® deck show you about your current connection with trust? Go through your deck slowly, mulling over all the cards which relate to this important theme. Once you’ve done that, create another card purely intuitively, while meditating about what trust means to you. Trust that another facet of trust will come forth! 


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 s & Trainings in both countries. Linda has been exploring the creative process through writing for many years and working with SoulCollage® since 2009. Join her next month at KaleidoSoul to enjoy tuning into your five senses and exploring how your senses can enliven and deepen your SoulCollage® journey - details in this newsletter. Read more about Linda’s activities Collage Your Life 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 from one SoulCollager's Deck that represents Trust.



Trust but Verify
Suit Unknown
Natalie
Colorado

I am one who is cautious but not fearful. I know when I am safe and when I sense danger, or if I am trusting without questioning my surroundings or the people I'm with.





Trust
Suit Unknown
Siobhan
Ireland

 


Fearless
Committee Suit
Karen
Ohio

I am the one who trusts myself to remain steady, no matter what’s swirling around me. I am the one who knows how to maintain my balance by using the right tools. No matter how distracting the circumstances, I am one who looks straight ahead to my destination and puts one foot in front of the other. I trust I’ll get through this to the other side.





Trust
Committee Suit
Leeann
Pennsylvania

IAOW rides furiously into the unknown trusting that I will arrive safely. I am one who is not sure of where I am going or why I am going but I feel compelled to make the journey. I am one who believes that one must step out and take risks. I am one who will walk the tightrope trusting that my support system will catch me when I fall.





Surrender
Committee Suit
Anne Marie
Massachusetts

I am the one who has LET GO and yet I know I am safe because I am attached to Spirit. I am the one who is relaxed and floating and held. I am the one who trusts that Spirit is holding and will hold me always, in life as well as in death. I am the one who has let go of the holding on. I am the one who is letting Another hold me instead. I am the one who is free.





Trust
Council Suit
Anne Marie
Massachusetts

I am the one who rests easy as I take each next step. Whether I am moving forward with someone by my side, or diving freeform and alone, I trust that I am on the absolute right path, and that the next step will always be revealed to me.

 



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: Survivor
July: Committee Suit
 
 
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®.

Kindred Spirits Join our fast-growing worldwide membership of people who put the "soul" in SoulCollage®!
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3. Any SoulCollage e-course or e-book in the KaleidoSoul Shop (Value: $35) 

4. A pack of 35 pre-cut colored mat boards (Value: $20)

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ONLINE WORKSHOP: Explore Your
5 Senses with SoulCollage®

4-Week Online Video Workshop with SoulCollage® Facilitator/Trainer Linda Woolfson

June 10 - July 1, 2018

Includes: 4 tele-classes, all class recordings, supportive community, handouts, journaling prompts, guided meditations, email support from Linda Woolfson and lots of luscious hands-on sensory explorations

All classes video recorded so you don’t have to attend “live.”

Kindred Spirits: Save 25.00
Use your special coupon code when you register:
Lots more info here.
 

Upcoming SoulCollage® Facilitator Training

ENGLAND, UK

SoulCollage Facilitator Training
Surrey, England, UK

May 17-20, 2018
Facilitator: Linda Woolfson


Interested in sharing SoulCollage® with others and deepening your understanding of your personal practice? This Training prepares participants to share SoulCollage® with others through groups, workshops, classes and other professional applications. What better time and place to train as a Facilitator than in the English countryside in springtime? Spend four glorious days finding out how you can make your own unique contribution to spreading our beloved process to others. Enrich your own practice in the company of others who share your passion for SoulCollage.

Visit this page for more info.

 
Upcoming SoulCollage® Retreats


MASSACHUSETTS

Bringing the Inner Out – with SoulCollage®
Duxbury, Massachusetts
May 18-20, 2018
Facilitator: Dee Davidson

This is a weekend workshop to clear the cobwebs and gain tools to make the changes that you feel in your depths. After using the labyrinth to journey in with meditation and contemplation, we will then spend time in the process of creating SoulCollage® cards. During this time we will be discussing “how” these cards can help to bring about a relationship with our inner selves and begin to discover that which we let go of. Through conversation with cards and witnessing others, the journey unfolds. Let us adventure on...

More info here.


PORTUGAL

Altered Books in Portugal: Exploring Words and Images
Tomar, Portugal
September 12-16, 2018
Facilitator: Kat Kirby, Linda Woolfson

Join us for five days of creative heaven, creating altered books at a beautiful retreat center in central Portugal. Explore this enjoyable type of mixed media artwork. Transform a book from its original shape into something rich and expressive, filled with your personal creative choices and styles. Enhance your SoulCollage® experience by discovering new facets of your creativity, then use your altered book to work with your deck! Experiment and play with papers, paints, texture, words, and symbols. Kat and Linda are experienced SoulCollage® Facilitators who are combining their love of creativity to bring you this unique experience in their favorite part of the world.

Visit this page for more information.


MASSACHUSETTS

Dreaming the Shaman’s Journey with SoulCollage®
Westfield, Massachusetts
September 14-16, 2018
Facilitator: Anne Boedecker, Gail Byrnes

Awaken your spirit through shamanic journeying and SoulCollage®! Join us for an intensive weekend retreat at the beautiful Genesis Retreat Center. We will begin each session by creating sacred space, and then you will be guided through the shamanic realms. You'll take what you learn from your teachers and guides and give it voice through SoulCollage® card making and journaling. Fee includes two nights lodging + six meals. Register soon; space is limited.

Visit this page for more information.


CONNECTICUT

SoulCollage® By the Sea: Discovering Our Chakras
Madison, Connecticut
September 28-30, 2018
Facilitator: Debbie Mitchell

At this relaxing, renewing two-night retreat, we will explore our Chakras. Chakras are the energy centers in each of our bodies and each Chakra pertains to different areas of our lives. Join other SoulCollage® lovers as we play with colors and images while we discover the energies that lie within us. No experience necessary. All levels welcome.

Visit this page for more information.


ITALY

La Dolce Vita- Goddess Retreat in Italy
Tuscany, Italy
May 5-15, 2019
Facilitator: Cat Caracelo


Join Cat for Spring in Tuscany where we will stay in a beautiful villa with a small circle of amazing visionary, artistic and wholehearted women! Dance with La Dolce Vita and seek the wisdom of the Goddess: Diana, Minerva, Melusina, whose ancient Etruscan names and energies are held in the heart of this land. We will work with SoulCollage®, mixed media and layered process as we connect with the expression of the divine feminine. We will visit sacred springs, mythic gardens, inspired environments and sultry seas, beautiful places in Tuscany, as well as Florence and Siena - where we will explore alchemical energy, artistry and vision as reflected in the dreamscapes of the ancient, renaissance and modern artists.

Visit this page for more information. 
 

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SoulCollage® is a trademarked process created by Seena B. Frost.
For more information about Seena and the origins of SoulCollage®, please visit her website


SoulCollage® cards are made either from one's own art or from images found in materials which have been bought by or given to the SoulCollage® card maker. These collaged cards are used only for the cardmaker's own inner exploration. SoulCollage® cards are not sold, traded, bartered, or copied (except as a back-up for the cardmakers own use) as is stated in the "Principles of SoulCollage®." Where SoulCollage® cards are available to be seen by others, it is for the purposes either of demonstrating the SoulCollage® process or of sharing the cardmakers' inner process in the context of community. SoulCollage® is grateful to the artists and photographers who make this deep awakening process possible and in all ways SoulCollage® seeks to be respectful of their rights.

 
All articles in SOUL SONGS are copyrighted 2018,
by Anne Marie Bennett and
Catherine Anderson, Cat Caracelo, or Linda Woolfson.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.