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 #84    June 2012 Theme:  Elements: Earth
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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.


Sacred Rocks, Sacred Earth

Be humble for you are made of earth.
Be noble for you are made of stars.

--- Serbian Proverb


I was visiting my stepdaughter Merri a few weeks ago and was sitting in the kitchen talking with her while she was preparing lunch. There was a new plant on the table in front of the window and Tori, now 5, pointed it out to me. I oohed and ahhed over its green finery appropriately, then turned my attention to something that Merri was saying.

But Tori tugged on my sleeve. "Bella, look!" she insisted, bringing me back to the potted plant. She then plopped herself on my lap and began examining the small stones that Merri had placed around the top of the soil in the pot. One by one, she picked up the rocks and studied each one. We exclaimed in wonder at the individuality of each stone. Together we pointed out various colors, shiny bits of mica, different shapes, jagged or smooth edges. She was in absolute awe and delight at these little rocks, none of which were more than half an inch in diameter.

Krishnamurti was an Indian writer, speaker and philosopher who taught that if you take any old rock from outside and put it in the middle of your living room, and every day you pay attention to that rock, it will become a sacred rock. Why? Because we have paid attention to it. There is holiness and there is wholeness in paying attention.

So I’ve been paying attention to Earth these last few weeks, really looking closely and paying attention. And I have been startled by so much beauty, so many sacred gifts that are just bursting to be seen, felt, experienced, enjoyed. The many miles and many shades of verdant trees lining the highways I drove this week. The bold and delicate iris in our garden which bloomed on my birthday. Huge seawashed rocks lining the ocean shore near where I live. The deep rich earth which feeds my mother-in-law’s garden. The lush array of greenery and flowers that bloom there.

The Serbian proverb above always gives me pause. Be humble, for you are made of earth. If I think of those words in light of the sacred rocks I recently discovered with Tori in her mother’s new plant pot, then I am indeed humbled. What a glorious thing- to pay attention to this big wide beautiful Earth we’ve been given. What a humbling thing- to realize that I am made of the same materials as this big wide beautiful Earth.

In preparing for this essay, I realized that I had no cards in my SoulCollage® Deck that symbolize this relationship with Earth that I am talking about here- the relationship that is deepened by slowing down and paying attention. I do have a card for Gaia, Mother Earth, but that is not what I am talking about here. I am talking about something more personal, more relational. So I’m in the process of making this card and will post it on my blog when it is finished.

In light of this theme of paying attention and honoring our sacred Earth, here are some resources I hope you’ll enjoy:

Forest Bathing - This is not something I made up. It’s a time-honored Japanese practice called shinrin-yoku. It began in 1982 and is now a recognized relaxation and stress management activity in Japan. Recent studies show that forest bathing is very affective at increasing a component of the immune system that fights cancer. 

Essence of Wild - This is a lovely website focusing on the heart and soul of nature. I love their concept of Barefoot Breathing - a practice of placing your bare feet on the earth while you practice mindful breathing.
 

 
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, two elderly cats and one youthful dog who keeps them all young. You can read more about her on her website annemariebennett.com or on her blogs Inner Surprises, and Standing Still.
 
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Guest Column:  Catherine Anderson


My name is Catherine Anderson and I'm a SoulCollage® Facilitator and Trainer from Charlotte, NC. I am delighted to be adding my voice to Soul Songs and hope that my words inspire you to look more deeply into your deck of SoulCollage® cards.


Earth: Mother of All

"If we think of ourselves as coming out of the earth, rather than having been thrown in here from somewhere else, we see that we are the earth; we are the consciousness of the earth. These are the eyes of the earth. And this is the voice of the earth." --- Joseph Campbell


When I spend time in natural surroundings, feeling the sun on my shoulders, the breeze on my skin and the sound of the birds, I find I breathe more deeply and my body relaxes. I feel at home. But few of us have the luxury of basking in nature on a daily basis, and yet our lives are so intertwined with the earth. The earth rotates and as it turns we are affected by the rhythm of the seasons, the rhythm of the oceans, the phases of the moon and the hours of sunlight. The earth we live on affects our lives in a profound way.

According to Clinton Ober, one of the authors of the book Earthing (KIMEE AMAZ AFFIL LINK PLS) : "We humans, as all other living beings, are electrical creatures on an electrical planet, and the ground beneath us is more than something we just stand, walk, play, and build on." The book explains how grounding refers to the electrical potential of two conductive bodies equalizing. This is what happens when the skin of our body touches the skin of the earth. So in a real sense we have a living relationship with the Earth on which we live.

The tradition in many religions of full body prostrations is a reminder to touch the ground with our bodies. People who carry an inner peace and calm with them are referred to as "down to Earth" or "grounded." And we all know that time spent gardening with our hands in the soil renews and invigorates us.

Many of my SoulCollage® cards call on me to move closer to my true nature by connecting more deeply with the natural world. My "Green Self" card (above) reminds me:

I am the one who feels the bliss and relaxation of close connection to the earth when I allow myself to become one with the natural world.

The Earth also offers nourishment for our physical bodies. To plant a tiny seed and see it become food for our table seems miraculous to me. My "Grateful Self" card (left) reminds me that the Earth provides me with an abundance of opportunities for joy, for play and for nourishment, both inner and outer. This Neter says, I am the one who co-creates with Earth to provide all I need to sustain my body and soul.

What about the rhythms of the earth? The invention of the electric light allows us to be awake late into the night, when all is dark outside. Refrigeration has allowed us to eat foods even when they are not in season. Although these developments have allowed us certain advantages, they have disconnected us from the cycles of the seasons.

Consider becoming more aware of the changing of the seasons and even create a series of SoulCollage® cards that reflect this circle of birth, growth, degeneration and death. The changing seasons are a powerful metaphor for the cycle of life-death-life. In fact, this continuous cycle is even reflected in the life-giving soil of our earth which is made up of parts of creatures long dead, mingled with the dust of generations of flowers and plans, trees and animals and our own ancestors. Indeed, as Hildegard of Bingen reminds us "The earth is the mother of all, for contained in her are the seeds of all."



Catherine Anderson is the author of the book The Creative Photographer.  In addition to SoulCollage® workshops, Catherine teaches photography, visual art journaling, creativity and bookmaking workshops from her studio in Charlotte, NC and leads Photography Retreats in the US, South Africa and Italy. You can visit Catherine at her website.
 

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

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

 


We Are One
Council Suit
Claudette
California


We are all connected in this world, though sometimes we forget and others don’t even realize it. We are all responsible and are charged to express that responsibility.




Earth Wisdom
Council Suit
Melisa
Ontario, Canada

I am the one who is ancient -- I have been here forever. My strength knows no bounds. No matter what happens, I will still be here. I am the one who has seen all. I know all. I am wisdom. I have secrets. I have secrets and knowledge to share with the ones who are curious enough to come looking.




Earth Birth
Council Suit
Catherine
California


I am born of the feminine aspect of earth. I am one fully embodied, emerging woman. I am here to remind you of your primal earth origins. I am the sacred feminine alive in the earth body now.




Fountain
Suit Unknown
Maria
Brazil


I am the one who is in line with wiser people always looking for the fountain of wisdom, believing that Nature gives us everything we need.

 


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

Future themes include:

July- Seasons: Summer
August- Open Gallery
(send us anything!)
September- Sadness/Loss 
 
 

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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All articles in SOUL SONGS are copyrighted 2012,
by Anne Marie Bennett and
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Articles may be reprinted by permission only.