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Soul Songs

Spinning the fragments of
your world into wholeness & beauty through SoulCollage®

Issue #13 July 2006
Theme- Companion Animals Suit


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Grab a cup of your favorite hot (or cold) drink and cozy up to the computer while you browse around the KaleidoSoul website.
Here's what's new and exciting in the world of SoulCollage®.

The theme of this issue is the Companion Animals Suit of our SoulCollage Decks.
Have you read the KaleidoSoul page on Animal Totems yet?

All New Tele-Playshop!!!
Meeting One of Your Animal Guides
a fabulous, fun, imaginative one hour tele-playshop
on Wednesday July 12.

Guaranteed to build the Companions Suit of your SoulCollage deck!
More information

First-Ever SoulCollage Q & A Call

Got questions? Get answers!
Anne Marie will be available for an entire hour to answer questions
about SoulCollage. What do YOU want to know?

Monday July 10 - 6 pm Eastern, 5 pm Central, 3 pm Pacific,
12 noon Hawaiian, 11 pm European, 8 am (Tuesday) Australian

Dial: 1- 641- 696- 4444
Access code: 22669

Regular phone charges apply.
But check around, you can get some GREAT deals on calling card rates!

New Audio Recording in the KaleidoSoul Shop
Freeing Your Imagination With SoulCollage

Watch your imagination soar as you participate in some unique guided visualization experiences (otherwise known as
Magical Inner Journeys) designed especially for this recording. If you're new to SoulCollage, this recording will be just the jumpstart you need to make your first card. If you've already made some cards, you'll find your fires of creativity totally stoked! 58 minutes. Download immediately. Listen immediately, or save as an mp3 file and listen at your leisure, as many times as you want. Includes a list of online and other Guided Imagery resources as discussed in the class.
Presented by Anne Marie Bennett
58 minute audio recording of the June 13, 2006 Tele-Playshop


Have you checked out the new Inner Surprises blog yet?
Discover your own inner surprises
while exploring new SoulCollage cards.
While you're there, try out one of the
Weekly SoulCollage Challenges!

Soul Singing With Anne Marie

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

Suggestions for Newcomers to SoulCollage:

Meeting An Animal Guide

The Companions Suit is often the last one given attention when creating one's SoulCollage deck, so if you haven't even thought about your animal guides yet, that's perfectly okay.

But now that we're thinking about it...... you might actually have already "met" one of your animal guides (also often referred to as Animal Companions, or Animal Totems).

Maybe you can recall a vivid dream where an animal's energy was speaking to you clearly. Perhaps you already have a magical kind of connection with a particular animal, like my friend Janice who has been collecting leopards in every shape, size and form since she was a teenager. Look around your daily environment.... is there an animal that is present to you consistently that might be there to bring you its own particular flavor of wisdom?

Another way to get in touch with one of your animal guides is to do the guided visualization that Seena created just for this purpose. You can read the script on pages 38-42 of her book, SoulCollage. Or you can listen to her own voice recording of this visualization on her CD,
Getting Started With SoulCollage.

I'm offering a one hour tele-class on this topic on Wednesday July 12. We'll be talking about the importance of the Companions Suit within our decks, as well as the necessity of including animal energies in our lives today. I will also be leading an original Magical Inner Journey that will help you get in touch with one of your own animal guides. For more information, please visit the KaleidoSoul
Online Workshops Page now. Hope to see you there!


However you decide to meet your Animal Companions, it's important to remember that when the time is right, it will all become clear to you. This, like every other part of the SoulCollage process, cannot and should not be forced.

Trust that your animal guides will come to you and make themselves known to you in their own time and in their own way, and remember to be open to the messages they have to teach.
Anne Marie Bennett is a freelance writer, self
taught artist and SoulCollage® facilitator. Her background is elementary education and computer software training. She lives, laughs, writes, and sings (and makes her own SoulCollage® cards!) in Beverly, MA.

Soul Symphonies With Karen

My name is Karen Mann and I'm a SoulCollage® facilitator from Melbourne, Australia. This column is for those of you who have already made some cards & are ready to discover the symphony of voices inside of you and around you.

Animal Totems

The Companion Suit in the SoulCollage deck assists us to reconnect with the energy of animals and nature, and to connect with the power and lessons that the animal kingdom can teach us. 

As you "meet" your animal guides who are connected with each of your chakras, spend some time really getting to know each one. Embrace the energy and the unique lessons that each animal has to share with you.

Research your animal companion to find out what unique attributes they have to share with you. Look at its body, lifestyle and habitat and see what resonates with you.


Ideas for getting to know your Companion Animals:
Ø How does the animal move?
Ø Where does the animal live?

Ø What are its habits?

Ø What does it look like?

Ø How does it defend itself?

Ø What does it eat and how does it hunt for food?

Ø What are its mating habits and how does it raise its young?

Ø What can I learn from mythology and folklore?

Ø What are the positive and negative aspects of this animal?

Ø What sounds does it make?

Ø What element (air, water, fire or earth) is it related to?

The Beaver

My 1st Chakra Companion is a beaver. A beaver builds a dam, using wood, mud and leaves, cutting down trees with its teeth, to turn a stream into lake for it to live in. Beavers are industrious, persistent, hardworking and resourceful, and remind me that I can achieve anything I put my mind to (nothing is impossible!!!). I do however, have to be careful that I don't embrace the belief system that everything I achieve will be a result of hard work. I don't want to unnecessarily create situations where I have to work really hard before I achieve a result.

Further Information
I have certainly deepened my understanding of myself through the exploration of my Chakra Companions. If you're interested in this topic, please read my
Animal Totems Article on KaleidoSoul. You'll see more examples of my Companions SoulCollage Cards, along with how each one has deepened my own knowledge of my Self.

I really encourage you to get into research mode and spend some time getting to know your Companion animals. It is a wonderful way to learn more about yourself and the world around you too.

Karen Mann is an artist, art teacher, Lifestyle Coach, yoga and meditation teacher, and SoulCollage® facilitator. Karen has been working with SoulCollage cards for more than two years and facilitates a variety of SoulCollage Groups. She also works with individuals. Karen is based in Melbourne, Australia. For more information, or to contact Karen, please visit her website, Flying Colours Creativity.
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In keeping with this month's theme, each card below is from the Companions Suit
of someone's SoulCollage Deck.
Do any of these animal energies resonate with you?
Black Panther
Suit: Companions
Chakra: 2nd
Artist: Lis
Location: Massachusetts

I am the one who represents your sexuality and sensual power. I am the one who balances the masculine and feminine power within you. I am the one who is rare and mystical and who is lithe and athletic and strong.



Pauli Parrot
Suit: Companions
Chakra: 6th (3rd Eye)
Artist: Seena
Location: California

Often I am quiet and dull, chained to convention. But sometimes I am grabbed by the Creator, and then I push against all boundaries and soar on the wings of images and words. Then I break my chains and take you on a merry ride.
Are you ready to go?


Suit: Companions
Chakra: 4th (Heart)
Artist: Mili
Location: South Carolina

I am one who spreads my wings and opens my heart fully to the love and beauty within and around me. As I open, I become light, playful, and vividly colorful. What I have to say to you is you can do it too and in doing so will find joy beyond measure! Your heart is a treasure trove, not to be kept locked, but to be experienced to the fullest. 

Suit: Companions
Chakra: 5th (Throat)
Artist: Anne Marie
Location: Massachusetts

I am the one who roars when I need to roar and is silent when silence is demanded. I give you strength, courage, power, authority, wisdom. I want you to feel the power of life roaring through you.
KaleidoSoul Notes

Note-worthy sites & resources that are proven to be worthy of our readers!

Animal Totem Meanings- Divided into categories: air, water, land, reptile, insect. You might find one of your animal guides here!

Cycle of Power Animal Totems- this is the most extensive listing we've found of animal guides and their meanings. Scroll to almost the bottom and you can click on another alphabetical grouping of animals.

Animal Dreaming- extensive list of Australian animals and their animal totem meanings

KaleidoSoul's Animal Totems Pages- Lots more references to books, music, and other websites to help you build the Companions Suit of your SoulCollage Deck.

Previews of
Coming Attractions...

Next month in Soul Songs,
the theme will be
Personal Growth and Healing.
We'll be focusing on how
SoulCollage can be used as a tool for healing our personal and emotional lives.
Look for the next issue on
August 3


SoulCollage® is a trademarked process created by Seena Frost.
For more information on Seena,
the origins of SoulCollage, or SoulCollage Facilitator Training, please visit her website
All articles in Soul Songs are copyrighted by Anne Marie Bennett and Karen Mann, 2006, unless otherwise noted. Articles may be reprinted by permission only.