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Soul Songs
 
 Your SoulCollage Newsletter

Enabling us to sing the songs
we were born to sing
through the practice
of SoulCollage®


Issue #37       July, 2008
                                                             Theme: Death as Archetype

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.

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.
 

Soul Singing with Anne Marie

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.

Suggestions for newcomers to SoulCollage:
 
  • Find a SoulCollage Facilitator near you.

  • Download the Getting Started with SoulCollage Workshop in a Box.

  • Visit KaleidoSoul and click on What is SoulCollage, SoulCollage Deck, and Making the Cards on the left menu.

  • Seena Frost is the one who created SoulCollage®. Visit Seena's website and see what four cards come up for you in the automatic reading, then read some of Seena's articles.

  • Read Seena's book, SoulCollage.

  • Listen to Seena's CD, Introduction to SoulCollage.

  • Don't forget to take it easy and always, always trust the processs!


    Death as an Archetype

    When I mentioned to a non-SoulCollaging friend last week that I was working on a newsletter with the theme of Death, she was incredulous.  "A whole newsletter?  Isn't that a bit gruesome?" she asked with what I swear was a shudder.

    You might actually be thinking the same thing, and that's perfectly okay.  Death isn't something we talk about on a regular basis.  Usually we even resist any thought about it, and even moreso the reality of it when it comes near to us in some way.

    And that is exactly why I wanted to focus a whole issue on this topic. As SoulCollagers, we are continually trying to bring wholeness to our lives, via our Decks.  This is why Seena Frost, author of SoulCollage, tells us "It is well to make a SoulCollage card for Death, because your deck cannot be complete without it."


    Seenaalso wrote, "The essence of Death is transformation.  Like the Fool, itis an Interrupter and a Surpriser.  Unlike the Fool, it has littlesense of humor, and the losses and changes experienced in thetransforming experience may be greater than those that the Foolinitiates.  When this card (Death) is drawn in a Reading, it hassomething to do with moving on, leaving something behind, or some kindof change."


    Death is a part of life. There is absolutely no escaping it.  It is an archetype that finds its way into every person's life, with no regard to religion, philosophy, occupation, race, gender, or culture. I urge you to look at the Death cards in Seena's book, as well as the ones in this newsletter (to the right) and the additional page as well.

    I also invite you to join us as we consider this topic further in our July 30 tele-class with Roberta Rook, SoulCollage Facilitator and Grief Counselor in Maryland:


  Illustrating Healing:
SoulCollage &
the Grief Journey


Inthe meantime, why not start searching out images for a Death Council(archetype) card for your own Deck?  It's important to wait for justthe right images.  And as you can see from our reader's cards in thisissue, there are as many different depictions of Death as there arepeople.

You might even make a Death card this year...  and then several yearsfrom now, you might need to make a different one, depending on how your understanding of Death changes and grows as you change and grow.  Again, as in all things SoulCollage, it's perfectly okay.



Anne Marie Bennett is a freelance writer, self- taught artist and SoulCollage® facilitator who trained with Seena Frost. Her background is elementary education, computer software training, writing, and mixed media art. She lives, laughs, writes, and sings (and makes her own SoulCollage® cards!) in Beverly, MA. More of Anne Marie's cards/interpretations are available on her blog, Inner Surprises.




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. 


In Memory of Lyn

This is thestory about how one of my SoulCollage cards "spoke to me" as I wasdealing with the loss of a dear friend. Lyn and I met and became friends when we shared a room at the June 2004 SoulCollageFacilitator Training.  We had stayed intouch via email and phone, sharing our SoulCollage cards and their meanings andbecoming great friends.
 

It is now threeyears since I received an email from Lyn's husband telling me the news that shehad died.  As I was reading the emailfrom him (with tears streaming down my face) I received a synchronistic messagethat assisted me with my grieving/healing processes.  My partner had a music video channel on inthe next room and called me over to see the video that was on because it was aversion of a song that she'd never seen before.  When I went to see, it was JanetJackson's - "Together Again."
 

This song is onethat holds great significance for me because it was a song which comforted me previouslywhen a close friend had died.  The lyricsare about losing a friend or lover and you can read the complete lyrics onthis page.
 

Everywhere I go
Every smile I see
I know you are there
Smilin' back atme
Dancin' in the moonlight
I know you are free
'Cause I can see your star
Shinin' down on me

Good times we'll share again
Makes me wanna dance.
Say it loud and proud
All my love's for you
Always been a true angel to me... 

Sometimes hear you whisperin'
No more pain
No worries will you ever see now baby
I'm so happy for my baby

 

Hearing thisspecial song was enough of a magic moment for me to feel a connection to ahigher energy, but then I saw the imagery in the film clipwhich includes an empty cage and a butterfly!   These are images I use a lot in my artworkand are very significant for me.  Itreminded me in particular of a SoulCollage card which at the time I called "Transformation," (see card in right column, above)but I'm now starting to sense it may in fact be my "Death" card.  I felt drawn to spending time with this cardand journaling with it after seeing this film clip.
 

This message wasrelevant on two levels. It felt like a message about Lyn, but it was also amessage that was very relevant to my current life circumstances as well.  Journaling with this card was a very powerfulexperience for me, and the synchronicities that brought me to create this card still give me goose bumps.
 

Another interestingmoment of synchronicity occurred as I was preparing to write thiscolumn for Soul Songs.  A couple of days ago I received an email fromLyn's husband to let me know he'd been looking through Lyn's SoulCollage cardsand had thought of me.  As I had lostcontact with him a couple of years ago, when both of us changed emailaddresses, this recent contact felt really special.  I truly feel like someone is "whisperin' " to me...

 

In Loving Memory of Lyn Snow- 1960- 2005

(This is a card from my Community Suit that I made tohonour Lyn)

 









Karen Mann is an artist, art teacher, Lifestyle Coach, yoga andmeditation teacher, and SoulCollage® facilitator. Karen has beenworking with SoulCollage cards for more than two years and facilitatesa variety of SoulCollage Groups. She also works with individuals. Karenis based in Melbourne, Australia. For more information, or to contactKaren, please visit her website,
Flying Colours Creativity.

 




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, 2008, 
by Anne Marie Bennett and Karen Mann.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.

 

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

In keeping with this month's theme, each card below represents one SoulCollager's expression of Death as an Archetype.




  Death
Suit: Council
Artist: Kathy Helen
Location: Vermont


Walking from this phase of life to the next, Imove into a light-filled world.





 

Death
Suit: Council
Artist: Lisa

Location: Virginia


I am one who says "yippeekioh yeeehawwwww! Bring on thenew adventure."


 






Transformation
Suit: Council
 Artist: Karen
Location: Australia

I am the one who is in a better place now. I
am the one who has made my sacrifices and now is free. I am the one who has
done the hard yards and am now ready to enjoy the peace. I am the one who is
learning to let go and accept change gracefully.



To see 3 more
SoulCollage cards on Death
from our readers,
please visit
this KaleidoSoul page.


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


Future themes include:
Time,
Sexuality,
Source,
Witness,
Soul Essence







KaleidoSoul Notes

Noteworthy resources for anyone interested in SoulCollage


Facilitator Trainings: Information about content and dates/locations of upcoming trainings of SoulCollage Facilitators.




Did you know that Seena is leading a Facilitator Training on the East Coast again? She is!  She'll be in Maryland October 3-5. Maybe you'd like to join her?  She won't be doing another Facilitator Training on the East Coast.  Assisting with this Training will be Kylea Taylor, Anne Marie Bennett, and Roberta Rook.




SoulCollage 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! Receive a weekly newsletter all about SoulCollage, advance notice of new SoulCollage materials, half- price discounts on all e-courses and e-books in the KaleidoSoul Shop. And more!

Tele-Classes- These are fun, interactive tele-classes that are easily accessed from anywhere in the world. 

July's tele-class is  called:


with Roberta Rook, SoulCollage Facilitator and Grief Counselor in Maryland. There are more details on this KaleidoSoul page.



SoulCollage Weekend Retreats:

Imagine creating SoulCollage cards to your heart's content for hours and hours at a time, and in your pajamas if you want to!  Wouldn't it be wonderful to connect with other SoulCollagers from all over the country?  And don't you deserve a special weekend of creativity and fun?  Our annual 2009 SoulCollage Retreat will be announced soon... so stay tuned for more information,  coming soon to this KaleidoSoul page.