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 #156  June 2018 Theme:  Survivor

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
Hi! I'm Anne Marie, the creator of, and a SoulCollage® facilitator in Massachusetts. If you're just starting to sing your song with SoulCollage®, this column is especially for you.

Telling All Your Heart

In her book The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown talks about the qualities that make up what she calls a Wholehearted Life. One of these qualities is courage. Did you know that the root of the word “courage” is cor, which is the Latin word for “heart?” The original meaning of the word courage is “to speak one's mind by telling all one's heart.” Isn't that just beautiful?

Brené says that nowadays we tend to get heroics confused with ordinary courage. We tend to think of “heroes” as the only ones who are courageous. Of course they are, and this is because they have put their lives on the line. Think of the bystander who dives into the water to save a drowning child. Think of the firefighters on September 11. Think of the one who runs into a burning building to save a woman's beloved dog.

Yet they are not the only ones who exemplify courage.

I thought a lot about courage when I was going through my surgeries and treatments for cancer in 2002 and 2011-12. Friends often commented on how “courageous” I was and that puzzled me because I felt anything but courageous. I was full of fear, but from listening to my friends, I learned that the act of actually navigating that fear instead of giving in to it was another true meaning of courage.

For me, that really was a choice, and as Brené explains in her book, it was a real example of putting my vulnerability on the line by allowing the fear, accepting it, living side by side with it, and ultimately learning to navigate it.

Recently, I was participating in a committee meeting and we were trying to come to consensus on a certain matter. It seemed like we were all in agreement but at the last moment, one woman spoke up and told us why she wasn't in agreement with us. That was a heroic, courageous thing to do. It turns out that because she spoke her mind by telling us her heart, this opened up a brand new dialogue, and we were able to come to an even better decision than we had thought possible at the beginning.

I am making my way through my days now, looking for ways to truly speak my mind and “tell my heart.” I know that it's not always safe to do this, and part of caring for myself is knowing when to open up and when not to.

For me, “surviving” is not merely about getting through a difficult experience; it’s about being present, authentically present during the hard times. It’s about not running away from ourselves when the going gets rough. It’s about reaching deep down inside our hearts and accessing even the tiniest bit of courage in order to move forward with grace.

Time for Reflection

Make a SoulCollage® card for the part of you who is courageous, or has been courageous in the past.

Pay attention when people in your life speak their mind and their heart in courageous ways.

Make a SoulCollage® Community card for one of these people and let it be a visual reminder for you to do the same.

Editor’s Note: This column is adapted from Anne Marie’s book, Through the Eyes of SoulCollage®: Reflections on Life via the SoulCollage® Lens, available here on Amazon.


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.


Navigating Times of Transition with SoulCollage®

60 minute SoulCollage® Zoom video class
with SoulCollage® Facilitator
Jeanne Marie Merkel from New York

Throughout our lives we go through many transitions. These times of change call us to leave behind what no longer serves us, traverse through a void of the unknown, and reweave our life.

SoulCollage® enables us to consciously navigate these transition times and create a vibrant and authentic new life.

Please bring a journal and one SoulCollage® card that represents a transition period in your life, or pick one card to give you guidance for a current transition.

SoulCollage® Facilitator Jeanne Marie Merkel is a Life & Transition Coach from New York, and has assisted Anne Marie Bennett in training over 250 SoulCollage® Facilitators since 2007.

Date:  Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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Guest Columnist: Michele Manos

Surviving with Resilience

Coming into the world as a surviving twin, I’m strongly connected to Survivor as an archetype (see my SoulCollage® Survivor card, left). I’ve since fought many physical challenges such as a near-fatal childhood illness and now, a progressive chronic disease. My life continues to be a spicy mixture of blessings and battles, opportunities and obstacles, friends and foes. And yet, I‘ve survived to tell the tale. Some might say I’m a fighter, while others see me as fortunate or lucky. One thing’s for certain, I’m a strong spirit and I’ve developed some hefty resilience.

Put simply, resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity, to adeptly recover from difficulties. It’s absolutely not about “toughing it out,” putting on a happy face or perpetual fearlessness. In fact, the building blocks for resilience include experiences of pain, fear and distress. Resilience is mustering the psychological, physical and emotional fortitude to survive the greatest of stressors. It requires a blend of adaptability, resourcefulness, strength, and determination. Sometimes it’s nourished by the support of others; often, it comes solely from within. Resilience is a means of finding balance in troubled times. It is perseverance on continuous replay.

Yes, YOU are resilient! Each one of us has resilience, but we differ in how we put it to work in coping with life’s challenges. We can grow our resilience through the conscious choice to nurture it. We may also participate in groups, such as advocacy or faith organizations, where we contribute to collective resilience and grow our own tenacity.

For me, an early opportunity to build resilience was intertwined with the emotional and social struggles of being the only child of a divorced mother (scandalous situation, at that time). I learned to make the most of my greater-than-average alone time, applying my growing creativity and curiosity to pursuits like writing stories and plays. I found books, music, fields and forests that captivated me, feeding my sense of adventure and infinite possibilities. I have a bittersweet SoulCollage® card for my “Isolated Child” who is somewhat lonely, but increasingly content as she independently explores the world around her.

As I’ve weathered the disappointments, losses and traumatic events throughout my life, my extended family has provided a generous, reliable support system. However, as I grow older, I’m more frequently relying on myself. Despite the chaos around me, my life experience (and doses of humor and optimism) provides me the fortitude and gumption to carry on. The SoulCollage® card that best reflects my resilient self is called “Weathering the Storm.” One of my favorite cards, it embraces the spiritual core of my resilience.

Right now, acceptance is of particular importance to my resilience, as is growing my perspectives. And there’s a related capacity that I’d like to develop more of: flexibility. I want to apply firmness more selectively, and learn to benefit from flexibility. However, I aim to avoid excessive adaptability that might lead me into dangerous situations or toxic environments.

There’s also a good deal of preparedness supporting my resilience. Much of that comes from my rich and varied life journey. I understand very well that “it can’t get any worse” is always untrue. I’ve learned to anticipate challenges and obstacles, cushioning the impact of painful disappointments. Accordingly, I have a humorous and significant card called “Expect the Unexpected!”

For me, the Survivor archetype and resilience have similar shadow aspects. At their worst, they can become facades, concealing and denying the emotional responses to adversity. And by being overly prepared for and expectant of “the worst,” cynicism and defensiveness may creep in. Also, without integrated self-care, sustained resilience can lead to burnout and a willingness to give up the fight.

The American Psychological Association likens resilience to rafting down a river with continually changing conditions such as rapids, boulders and other obstacles, as well as pleasant, calm waters. With time, you become more adept at navigating the challenging stretches. “You can climb out to rest alongside the river. But to get to the end of your journey, you need to get back in the raft and continue.” Indeed, that’s what resilience is all about.

Some things to ponder about resilience:

  • Do you have a story that showcases your resilient self, your ability to adapt and bounce back from a difficult situation? What inner wisdom helped you? What people and other outside forces supported you?
  • Take inventory of your SoulCollage® cards and consider the Neters that have helped you develop resilience. What Committee (personality) parts contribute to your resilience or to being a “survivor?” Which undermine your ability to healthily and gracefully survive crises? Which Animal Companions are present when you’re in survival mode? What Community members have contributed to your survival and to the wisdom underlying your resilience?
  • What song inspires resilience in you? Read the lyrics and see what you discover there. Do you have any SoulCollage® cards that match the song’s energy or themes? (For me, there’s no better resilience anthem than Alanis Morissette’s “You Learn.”)

Dr. Michele Manos lives near Tucson, Arizona and has been a SoulCollage® Facilitator since 2008. She offers workshops, retreats and online courses that inspire students to “play with a full deck.” Her next online course” Suit Your Self” happens June 21- July 19. Learn more at her website here.  

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with Anne Marie Bennett
Animal Companions Suit
If you've been longing to learn more about this fascinating suit of Animal Companions, here's your chance! We'll learn about the Animal energies, and our body's chakra energies, and how the two are related within the SoulCollage® Animal Companions Suit. We'll use SoulCollage®, guided imagery, group discussion and journaling to dive deeper into the wisdom that the Animals have to give us.

July 15 – August 5, 2018

3 Tele-Classes, Easy to Access

All classes recorded so you don't have to attend "live."

Deadline for scholarship applications:
Friday June 20

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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 the Survivor Archetype.

Dr. Towbin
Community suit

I am one who wounds to heal. I delve deep in the body to help it heal. I excise what no longer works and create ways to restore function. I am one who always takes time to answer questions and explain what is happening. I stood with you when you were drifting quietly. I stood with you when there were troubles. I celebrated with you for the small steps forward. With kind demeanor I comforted and urged you to look forward. With a sense of humor, I made difficult times easier. Sharing a warm handshake, pat on the back or hug we advanced together on the path to successful completion of this journey.

Little Red Riding Hood
Council Suit

I am the One who went into the woods as a naïve girl and walked out years later a confident woman. I faced dangerous predators that I was unprepared to deal with. During my ordeals, I sensed the spirits of all the women who had faced the same dangers before me. They whispered their secrets of survival to me and I learned to protect myself. Predators still call out but they no longer are mortal threats. My time in the woods tested my mettle and I passed the tests.


Resilient Child
Committee Suit

I am one who is born into the harshness of this beautiful world. I am one who sees clearly and grows. I am one who is bolstered by dreams of another possible world. I am one who is resilient and open to magic, deep deep inside.

The Survivor
Committee Suit

I am one who views my cancer journey not as a gift, but as a catalyst for the emergence of many gifts. The immense gift of gratitude. The exhilarating gift of awakening to a greater belief in miracles, dreams and entry points into the realms of possibility. The reassuring gift of courage that I am strong enough to navigate through any rocky territory I may encounter in my life. The immeasurable gift of living with a heart that has opened wider and discovered an infinite capacity for love and connection. And the precious gift of life itself. I am one who is a survivor amidst countless survivors wishing to humbly share my gifts with others.

Surviving Divorce 
Committee Suit

I am one who is able to find balance despite turbulent losses. I am one who can find strength and resources and trust that I can survive and thrive amidst chaos.

Violence Alters It All 
Committee Suit

I am the one who is deeply wounded… who has shut the darkness outside. I am the one with the image of the loaded gun burned into my psyche. I am forever altered; I am among “the walking wounded.” I am serious and calm, wary and vigilant. I am fearless: “I have survived the worst.” Though no shots were fired, I know that part of me died that day. Even so, I am the one who has survived.


I am the Warrioress. I am courage, strength and I preserver through all aspects of life. I am here to protect and guide you. I stand with the great goddess, sword at the ready. Call on me when you need inner strength and courage to face your everyday challenges.

Council Suit
Anne Marie

We are the ones who lived through the fire and now we are resting on the other side of it, even though it still burns behind us. We are the ones who survived the fire. The disaster is behind us now and we are now in a place of presence and peace.

Committee Suit

I am one who is striving to go with the flow, and to embrace the reality that my future is not set in stone. Let’s not get all wrapped up in binding expectations.

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: Committee Suit
  August:  Teacher
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®!
Upcoming SoulCollage® Retreats


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.

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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.

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ReWeave Your Life with SoulCollage®
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health- Lenox, Massachusetts
September 16-21, 2018
Facilitators: Anne Marie Bennett, Jeanne Marie Merkel

Life’s transitions take many forms. We get laid off from work, change our marital status, move to a new location, start a business, watch our children go off to college, take on new relationship roles, or just start wondering what our purpose is in life. Being in transition can be unsettling—or it can be a time of great peace, joy, and renewed purpose. SoulCollage® is an intuitive process that can help us weave the many pieces of our lives together into one beautiful whole, whether you are in transition or not. Join us for 5 days card making, guided imagery, soul journaling, and lots of inner discoveries as we open to the depths of SoulCollage® in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts for an unforgettable retreat experience. Anne Marie and Jeanne Marie have been leading retreats and workshops together since 2006.

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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.

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La Dolce Vita- Goddess Retreat in Italy
Tuscany, Italy
September 14-24, 2019
Facilitator: Cat Caracelo

Join Cat for Fall 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.

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Articles may be reprinted by permission only.