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 #49   July, 2009 Theme: Wounded Child
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.

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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.



Anne Marie is on vacation this month and will return with another (amazing!) column in August.
Happy Summer, everyone!


 
Anne Marie Bennett is a freelance writer, self-taught artist, SoulCollage® Facilitator and Facilitator Trainer 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.
 


  
Back To Basics  Summer SoulCollage® Adventure
Four (90 Minute) Tele-Workshops
Designed to Get Your SoulCollage® Practice Up and Running!

Please visit this KaleidoSoul page for more information.

 
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. 



Broken Child


My "wounded child" aspect was so wounded and such an overbearing member of my Committee Suit that she saw herself as not just "wounded," but actually proclaimed herself as "broken."



I am the one who is broken. I am the one who was not wanted. I am the child who was rejected and was never enough. I am the child who was crying out for love & affection. I am the one who wants to know how to put the pieces back together again.




  
When I made this card I had seen the main image of the child a number of times and had not picked it up in an effort to avoid working with this part of self that was in so much pain. I recognized my "broken child" as the one who was sad, scared of rejection, had little self esteem, and felt everything very intensely. This pain felt overwhelming and all consuming. Avoidance was a coping technique I had definitely used in the past to avoid the pain, and I nearly used it again by trying to ignore this picture that had touched something in me.

Eventually I did trust my intuition and went back for that image. Then I even got brave enough to make this card, and am really glad that I did as it really was a great way to learn more about this aspect and how to help her.

One great thing I learnt about my "broken child" is that she is just one part of me. For many years I had been doing therapy and personal development work to heal myself, and stop feeling so much pain and constant rejection. I couldn’t explain where the pain came from or why I was so scared of rejection, it just was a "fact" and that was that.

In the SoulCollage book Seena Frost, says: "When you make a card for a so-called "negative" part it will give you a new perspective. Now you can see it as one piece of you and not as your whole being... You can now listen to it more objectively as you learn from where in your history it originated and for what purpose. You learn what it is afraid of and why it feels and acts the way it does." (pg 14-15)

After making this card and journaling with it I learnt about where the "broken child" came from, but in the end this wasn’t anywhere near as important as the sense of control I regained by realizing she was only one part of me (albeit a loud, bossy, scared part of me). I no longer viewed myself as "broken," but rather that I had an aspect that felt like a "broken child." This felt much more bearable and like I could cope with just a broken part, rather than being totally broken. I could see that my "fearless self" and my "grounded self" and my "happy child" and my "grateful self" and many other aspects could work together with this "broken child" and help her when things felt overwhelming or too painful.

Seena Frost goes on to say: "When you find a powerful image and create a card, you are doing healing therapeutic work. Often the troublesome part quiets down and takes a more appropriate place on your Committee" (pg 16). This was definitely the case for me. The initial journaling was painful and completed through tears leaving me very exhausted by my experience of exploring this aspect of myself.

The next time I drew this card in a reading however, I was not sure if I could cope with the emotional outpourings of this aspect, when to my surprise, the sentiments were much less intense and much more balanced. In fact, I’m almost tempted to rename her as "wounded" rather than "broken" and she now seems to have been hurt a bit in the past, but is healing, rather than smashed to pieces and beyond repair. What an amazing turn around- one I never could have imagined a little while back.


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 four years and facilitates a variety of SoulCollage® Groups. Karen also runs SoulCollage® Facilitator Training weekends. Karen offers regular workshops in Melbourne and Geelong, Australia, and is also available to travel to other regions in Australia. For more information, or to contact Karen, please visit her website, Flying Colours Creativity.
 
 
 

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Soul Songs Back Issues - Read back issues of Soul Songs on this KaleidoSoul page. An excellent resource. 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 2009,
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.

Each card below is one SoulCollager's expression of Wounded Child.
  

Wounded Child
Linda
New York


I am the one who has been beaten down and ripped apart. I am the one who thinks that I am damaged goods. I am the one who has been robbed of my innocence. I am the one who is rough around the edges, but tender inside.




Unnecessary Death
Allison
Oregon

I am the one who is misunderstood and willful. I don't know where I belong. I am the one who is not alone and is protected.




Abandoned Child
Marti
Illinois

I Am the One Who Lives all alone in a wintry landscape, Chilled to the bone with fear, Waking to the terrors of the night, Knowing my cries will be unheeded and unheard. After all, aren't I supposed to be the grown-up girl?




Dejected Child
Judith
Maryland

I am the one who is forgotten; yet I am ever present. Even though I am out of sight, I am never far behind. I feel a kinship with the clouds, who, when they are heavy laden, release the rainstorm. Be watchful while you play. My tears can drown your masquerade. I am sad because I want to be included. I want your love and attention. I long for the security of your warm embrace.


To see several more SoulCollage® Wounded Child cards 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:
First Chakra Animals
Feeling Sexy
Second Chakra Animals
Prayer
 
 

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®.


Tele-Classes - These are fun, interactive tele-classes that are easily accessed from anywhere in the world. 
 
This month's tele-class is:
SoulCollage® and the Art of Sacred Listening
Presented by Laura Hegfield, SoulCollage® Facilitator in New Hampshire. There are more details on this KaleidoSoul page.


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