Soul Songs: Your SoulCollage Newsletter
Issue #179   May 2020 Theme:  Peace
Welcome!

Greetings, and welcome to Soul Songs, the official KaleidoSoul Newsletter, focusing on SoulCollage® ideas, resources and artists.

Our intention is to fill each issue (and your life) with inspiration, soul-solace and delight. Whether you are new to SoulCollage®, or already immersed in the creation of your deck, Soul Songs is for you.

Please feel free to forward this newsletter to any friends, colleagues, or family members who will enjoy it.

View this newsletter as a web page with complete color and graphics.

If someone forwarded this newsletter to you, please subscribe here.

Read back issues of Soul Songs on this KaleidoSoul page.

 

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 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®.



Peaceful Warrior Rides Again

At a SoulCollage® gathering several years ago, I found myself in a discussion about the current political situation in the United States. The topic of archetypes came up and someone referred to the battle between the two (then) current presidential candidates as a contest between a Warrior and a Peacemaker.

Since SoulCollage® does not play favorites when it comes to politics or religion, I won't go into which presidential candidate was being governed by which archetype. I only mention it here as a reminder that everyone around us (well-known or otherwise) is influenced by ancient archetypes.

I also mention it because it reminded me that in my own personal Council of archetypes, I don't have a Warrior or a Peacemaker. Instead, I have a Peaceful Warrior.

She came to me very early in my own SoulCollage® journey. I made the card intuitively, and when I initially journaled with this Neter, I was surprised to hear her telling me that she is my Peaceful Warrior. I hadn't been consciously aware of her before, but listening to her and looking back on my life I can see the kernel of truth that she shares with me. I have never been one to valiantly charge in to save the day, or rescue someone with clanging symbols and loud bellows. My Warrior's way is softer, gentler, and more low-key. Her intention is to handle conflict peacefully.

Several months after meeting my Peaceful Warrior Neter, I was in a difficult situation where I worked. There had been a huge misunderstanding over something I had said about my boss, and I found myself being reprimanded unfairly by her boss. In the midst of my anger, I did a SoulCollage® reading for guidance, and Peaceful Warrior is one of the two cards that I randomly drew.

I did some journaling with her, and she told me that I could rely on her energy and strength to deal with this situation. She gave me the idea to talk this out in a reasonable and peaceful manner with David, my boss's boss. I realized that I could stand up for myself in a real and visible way while utilizing this Peaceful Warrior energy to calm the rough waters. I actually propped the card up on my desk beside the phone when I called David the next day. This Neter's strong yet peaceful energy enabled me to stand my ground in a way that wasn't hurtful to anyone, while expressing myself in a way that allowed each of us to be heard and understood.

It was a powerful experience that I will never forget. Not just the phone call itself, but the fact that I went to my deck with a real need, and received an immediate, practical, wise answer.

Time for Reflection

Take some time this week to think about the archetypes of Warrior, Peacemaker, and Peaceful Warrior in your own world. How do these themes play out in people and places that you know? Do you relate more strongly to one or another? What are the bright and shadowed sides of each of these archetypes? If you resonate with one of these archetypes more strongly than another, look for images that you can relate to and create a card for it for your own deck.


Editor's Note:
This essay is from Anne Marie's book Into the Heart of SoulCollage®: 87 Essays Exploring the Many Facets of SoulCollage®. Available on Amazon now.


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.

 
OUR NEXT VIDEO CLASS

Getting Through the Stuck Places:
Embodiment Practices for SoulCollage®


 60 minute SoulCollage® Zoom tele-class with Facilitator Michaela Daystar from California


Date: Wednesday May 27, 2020
 

Easily Accessible from Anywhere in the World!

FR*EE for our KaleidoSoul Kindred Spirit members.

Visit this page for more info now.
 
Guest Columnist: Michele Manos


Retreating to Peace

The word retreat is an interesting one. It can refer to drawing back from a battle, which is a form of pursuing peace. As a verb, it can mean to withdraw to a quiet or secluded place, perhaps seeking peace. As a noun, it may refer to a quiet place where one can restore one's inner peace. Or it can refer to a period of seclusion for a specific purpose, perhaps at an organized event. In so many ways, retreat is a tool for peace within and without.

Many of us have attended a retreat for one or more days. We know that healing and rejuvenation can come from such a sacred "time out" in a place that is different from our everyday surroundings. We could say that we retreat to a retreat. As a SoulCollage® retreat leader, I treasure the magic that happens when time and peaceful space are available to focus on inner explorations. But right now, in the time of COVID -19, we're necessarily taking a pause from in-person retreats.

So, how might we retreat while we are involuntarily sequestered? Of course, our SoulCollage® practice offers many opportunities. As we explore and consult our cards, we can engage our Neters in calming and peaceful pursuits. They can create paths for inner peace, both actively and ritually. I've developed a tool, called an Inner Retreat Card, to help me get the most from my Neters and to support my pursuits of inner peace.

Why have an Inner Retreat Card? Ideally, each of our parts, or Neters, is in balance itself and with its cohort of Neters. We are at peace within, with all parts in tune and in harmony. But in reality, we usually have inner or outer energies that are conflicting or otherwise hindering us. Maybe they are overwhelming us with too high a dose, or maybe they're painfully absent. With an Inner Retreat Card, we can provide a "time out" for specific aspects of ourselves, our archetypes, our community or even our spirit helpers represented by our SoulCollage® cards. The Inner Retreat card provides a tangible and energetic safe haven to hold any cards from any of the four suits, for as long as you wish.

My Inner Retreat Card includes a beach and calm, welcoming waters. It provides sun or shade for one or more beings to settle in comfortably. It is quiet and offers an expansive view for contemplation. The temperature is perfect and there is a cool, gentle breeze. This is a place where any of my Neters will feel nourished and protected. I often place a card face-to face with it, and then set them in a special place. If a Neter is annoying me, or getting in my way, I may put it in retreat.

Sometimes, a card may simply need rejuvenation, or some distance as I prepare to learn more about it. Other times, I place multiple cards in retreat to help them find balance or develop a collaborative relationship. At first, I kept my Inner Retreat Card as a tool to use with my SoulCollage® deck. Now, it has settled into my Community Suit, representing my capacity to manage my inner workings.

Right now, my Inner Retreat card is hosting two Neters. They are stacked together and tied with a ribbon, on a sacred altar. My intention is for some futility to be resolved, and for some understanding to evolve between the two cards shown here. One is my Committee card: Impatience/Intolerance. The other is a new Community card that represents the "Deniers and Defiers" of the serious and disruptive pandemic we are experiencing. After they have spent several days together, and I feel that the tension has lessened, I will ask the two cards to dialogue. That simply can't happen right now because they are too "charged." That's why they are in the retreat space, which affords some energetic transformation.

Perhaps you'd like to create and use an Inner Retreat Card:

1. Your Inner Retreat Card will be made as you would any SoulCollage® card, using a blank card the size of those in your deck. You may want to do a meditation or journey to envision the aspects of your inner retreat space. Is it outdoors or indoors? Spacious or cozy? Perhaps it is a fantasy place or somewhere out of this world. This is your place to serve your Neters. Take the time to find the right image(s) to represent your vision of this space.

2. Your Inner Retreat Card may be paired with one or more of your cards, perhaps stacked together on a stand, wrapped in fabric, tied together with ribbon - whatever provides the ritual and energetic, subconscious exchanges that are helpful for you. You may want to set aside a special place or altar where you use your Inner Retreat card.

3. Place one of your new or mystery cards with your Inner Retreat Card for a day or more with the intention that it will find peace and clarity. Ask it to introduce itself and ask about its wisdom after it has been in retreat.

4. Choose two cards that might benefit from some peaceful time together. Ask them each to tell you their opinion of the other. Place them in retreat together for at least a day. When they return, ask them each to tell you what they admire about the other.

5. Your Inner Retreat Card may be kept as a tool, or it may find its way into one of your suits as your capacity to internally manage and heal your Neters. It's up to you!

I hope you will gain insight and wisdom from having an Inner Retreat Card available in your SoulCollage® practice.
 

Dr. Michele Manos lives near Tucson, Arizona and is the developer of SoulCollage® Card Games and Playing with a Full Deck Retreats. Learn about her retreats and classes on her webpage
 

NEW! SoulCollage® Zoom Series

Walking the Beauty Way Circle
Guided by Facilitator Marti Beddoe from Illinois

6 (Six) 90-minute Zoom Circles
June 21 - August 30, 2020
 
 Dear Friends,
  • Do you feel called to help yourself and others who are struggling in today's stormy seas?


  • Would you like a seasoned Guide to teach you grounded ways to shine your healing heart-light out to others?

The Walking the Beauty Way Circle
is a supportive community of souls intent on responding to the suffering of today's world in a concrete way.

Through the spiritual practices of SoulCollage®, Meditation, and Harmony Self-Promises©, you will explore the Neter of Beauty and experience its transformative power to bring genuine healing to yourself and others.

Please visit this page to learn more.

Our Kindred Spirits members are saving $37
on this unique online SoulCollage® experience.
Find out more about Kindred Spirits here.


Marti is also offering a generous discount for anyone who wants to participate but who has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Check out her page for more info.
 
NEW! SoulCollage® Self-Paced Series

Into the Woods, A Once Upon a Time
Fairy Tale Journey
 
with Stephanie Anderson Ladd,
SoulCollage® Facilitator from North Carolina

July 10 – October 1, 2020
 
Why not take a journey into the world of fairy tales during this time of sheltering and inner focus? This 3-month online course is self-paced and designed to allow you to become the Innocent who enters the forest (the Unconscious) and who returns transformed. We will explore six fairy tales, including Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Hansel and Gretel, Vasalisa the Brave, and The Handless Maiden. Each story tells of a little girl who goes Into the Woods, and so will we...

Every two weeks you will receive a beautifully illustrated lesson (pdf with a link to read the fairy tale) that explores the history, themes, archetypes and symbols of the tale, including journal prompts. You will make a SoulCollage® card or cards as you feel inspired to add to your Council, Committee, and even Companion and Community suits, and share your images and wisdom gained in a private Facebook group.

Kindred Spirits members, be sure to use your special coupon code to save $20.

Visit this page for more information.
 
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 Peace .


Peace
Council Suit
Natalie Parker
Colorado

I am the one who is the archetype of Peace on Earth.
I am one who brings cooperation, harmony, love and understanding to all humans.
I am calm, centered and nonviolent toward all my fellow beings.




Peaceful in Time
Committee Suit
Marti
Illinois

I Am One Who hears the clock ticking down
As the time of this life swiftly moves forward.

I Am One Who is at peace
With the transformations,
Past, present, and future.

I Am One Who is reborn
With every breath,
Every prayer, and every awakening.



Serenity
Council Suit
Dee
Wisconsin

I am one who invites you into the still places of peace and serenity.
I am the one who is infinitely patient.
I will guide you on the quiet path.
I await you in the green places of the spiritual garden.
The peace you seek is within you. I want you to stay on your path (of meditation), and be compassionate with yourself when you stray from it.
Know that I await and welcome you knowing that you will be back.



Peace Amid the Storm
Suit Unknown
Karen
Virginia

This card was created to illustrate one of my favorite quotes:
Serenity is not freedom from the storm; but peace amid the storm.


 

Serenity
Committee Suit
Kristine
California

I am one who is calmed by the sounds of nature.
I close my eyes and feels serene – at one with the universe.
The candles bring light and warmth to my soul.
The bird, a cardinal, is a visit from my recently departed mother and fills me with the knowledge that she is now at peace.
And that allows ME to be at peace with the world.



Harbinger of Peace
Committee Suit
Dee
Wisconsin

I am one who endeavors to bring forth light in self and others.
I am gently nudging you to look within.
Peace is not found outside of you but within.
I want you to rest in the arms of the Divine, nourish your own sense of inner peace, bring your light to the world in service.
Your light will help others find theirs - be the peace you long to see in the world.
 


Zen
Council Suit
Kristine
California

I bring the gift of meditation.
I bring you the ability to listen to your inner voice.
The amethyst is your birthstone; the coral is the sea that fills your soul.
I give you a mirror to see the beauty within yourself.
I bring you peace and tranquility.
 


Yearning for Peace
Suit Unknown
Dot
Pennsylvania

I am one who balances atop the scissors’ points which are balancing upon the rock’s strong base.
I am one who knows my very being is as precarious as this fragile piece of paper folded carefully into a flying crane symbolizing peace.
I am one who wishes my existence were as solid as the rock on which we balance.
I am one who yearns for peace to be reality.
May it soon be so!





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: SoulEssence
July: Dreams and Desires
 
 
 
KaleidoSoul NotesKaleidoSoul 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®!
Enjoy These Books About SoulCollage®
FACILITATOR TRAINING

ONTARIO, CANADA

SOULCOLLAGE® FACILITATOR TRAINING

Arnprior, Ontario
October 7-11, 2020
Trainer: Jennifer Boire


Are you interested in learning more about SoulCollage® and how to share it with others? Do you love exploring your creative self with intuition, images and imagination? Come train as a SoulCollage® Facilitator at the peaceful Galilee Center in Arnprior, Ontario (just west of Ottawa). Prerequisites are listed on the website (see below)

Current Facilitator Circle Members: Take this training as a refresher, and save $250.00. Please inquire before registering.

Visit this page for more information.


MASSACHUSETTS

SAVE THE DATE!!
SOULCOLLAGE® FACILITATOR TRAINING

Westfield, Massachusetts
October 28 - November 1, 2020
Trainer: Isabel Phillips


Registration isn’t open yet, but if you live in New England and are wanting to become a SoulCollage® Facilitator, this just might be the perfect Training for you!

So… save the date and stay tuned for more details.

Upcoming SoulCollage® Retreats
ARIZONA

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.

Visit this page for more information.


NEW MEXICO

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!

Visit this page for more information.


ROYAL CARIBBEAN LIBERTY OF THE SEAS

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).

Visit this page for more information or email Teffany Heffner

 
ARIZONA

Communing at The Casa:
A SoulCollage® Card Games Retreat for Facilitators

Scottsdale, Arizona
POSTPONED
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!

Visit this page for more information. 

 
CONTACT US
Soul Songs Back Issues - Read back issues of Soul Songs on this KaleidoSoul page.
Just look for whatever SoulCollage® topic you are interested in,
and read to your heart's content!


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 2020,
by Anne Marie Bennett, Cat Caracelo, Linda Woolfson,
Marti Beddoe, or Michele Manos.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.

Soul Songs banner created by BestDesign4You on Fiverr.
Image of singing birds Copyright: Kudryashka from Deposit Photos.