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 #73   July 2011 Theme: Community Suit:
Wild Woman Archetype
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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.


How Wild Are You?

I have been intrigued by this archetype (Wild Woman) for a long time, and was delighted when Tamara Brody, a SoulCollage® Facilitator in Colorado, suggested this topic for our monthly tele-class (see below) and Soul Songs theme. I don't have a card for Wild Woman in my deck yet, and as I am slowly allowing her energy into my life, I find myself looking for just the right images to represent her. Until then, this card is standing in her place!

While researching this topic online, I came across a wonderful article on the Wild Wolf Women of the Web website. In this article, the author says:
Being wild doesn't mean reactionary. It means to feel the life force coming up inside you and to honor it regardless of where it may take you. Free means unhampered by mores and pressures from the outside, creating an open space for that wildness to come through. You are free to say "Yes" as well as "No". You are free to follow your own trail, whether it appears wild or tame. Because wildness isn't an idea. It is a life force. It is atunement with Spirit. It is an ear to the small voice inside that leads you on your very own path.
I have copied this paragraph and am keeping it by my desk where I can read it often. I love the idea of wildness as a life force rising up inside of me. And even more than that, I am drawn to the idea of honoring wherever that wild life force leads. I love the idea that this wildness is connected to freedom, and that this is ALL connected to Spirit.

Looking back, I see that I have felt this wild, strong, life surge at many times in my life, but I have not always acted from it. I look back on the times that I have acted from it and rejoice in the power and freedom that invariably followed.

I encourage you this month to really take a look at this archetype and see where it is active in your life. Where are you encouraging of it? Where are you resisting its direction? Make a SoulCollage® card for this archetypal energy which touches us all in some beautiful way. And too, apply the Wild Woman energy to your SoulCollage® practice. Follow that wild inner voice, do what needs to be done, create from your heart in alignment with Spirit, and watch what happens!

If you'd like more discussion and information about the Wild Woman archetype, please consider joining us on Tuesday July 26 for our next monthly KaleidoSoul tele-class!


 
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.
 
 OUR NEXT TELE-CLASS
 

Led by Guest Facilitator Tamara Brody,
SoulCollage® Facilitator in Colorado
Let's explore the power of the Wild Woman Archetype using SoulCollage® as our tool.

Clarissa Pinkola Estes, in her soul-stirring book, Women Who Run with the Wolves,  brings the myth and mystique of the Wild Woman archetype alive through fables, legends, and fairy tales. These are powerful containers for our lives as we pass through milestones and confront challenges.

Join us on this call and discover how to claim your Wild Woman Archetype to accompany you on the path of your own life story. It is not necessary to have read the Estes book to benefit from this tele-class. It is also not specific to women. Men are certainly welcome and will also gain insights.



TAMARA BRODY is a SoulCollage® facilitator in Colorado, and she offers workshops regularly in her home studio as well as in the community through her business, Creative Connections. She took facilitator training with Seena in September of 2008. Please see some of her own Wild Woman cards in the Cards from Readers section to the right.

Please visit this page now for more information.
We hope you'll join us!
 

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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. 



Wild Woman and Self-Care

I've really struggled with writing this article. Over the last couple of weeks I have been feeling a bit lost, confused and stuck. I've felt that something was out of balance and that something needed to change, but it was hard for me to get in touch with what exactly I needed to do. I felt like I couldn't really find my inner wisdom. I've been feeling like my connection with my instinctual, wise "Wild Woman" was missing in action.

In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes says:

"Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species. Though the gifts of the wildish nature come to us at birth, society's attempt to "civilize" us into rigid roles has plundered this treasure, and muffled the deep, life-giving messages of our own souls. Without Wild Woman, we become over-domesticated, fearful, uncreative, trapped."
"Fearful, uncreative [and] trapped" could sum up how I've been feeling. I can now see (with the benefit of hindsight) that I was so caught up in my confusion and the overwhelming emotions that accompanied this that I actually stopped using some soul-tending practices that could have supported me and helped me re-connect with my instincts, intuition and innate sense of knowing.

As I have been searching for clarity, I wish I had made more time to do some SoulCollage® readings and journaling. I believe that SoulCollage® is a great tool for helping us to get back in touch with our "good instincts, passionate creativity and ageless knowing" and assisting us to hear the "deep, life-giving messages of our own souls".

When I journaled with my "Wild Woman" she said:

I tap into my passion and my intuition regularly and take heed of the cycles of the moon and connect with my truth deep within my feminine heart. I am the one who hears the tolling of the bell and answers the call. I care for myself on a regular basis and I dance to the rhythm of my own drum.

These last few weeks have reminded me that if I care for my "Wild Woman" in the good times, and include SoulCollage® Readings and other practices into my regular daily routine then I will have more chance of remembering to use them in the tough times.

I encourage you to find ways of caring for your own "Wild Woman" regularly so that you can tap into your "good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing" with ease. Daily or weekly SoulCollage® readings are a great way to do this, but of course you already know what practices work best for you. Please heed this reminder is to start using these practices and caring for yourself. Keep your connection with your "Wild Woman" active and stop her from becoming an "endangered species!"



Karen Mann is an artist, art teacher, Lifestyle Coach, FasterEFT Practitioner and SoulCollage® Facilitator and Trainer. Karen has been working with SoulCollage® since 2004. Karen offers regular workshops in Melbourne and Geelong, Australia and also runs SoulCollage® Facilitator Training weekends. Karen's passion is using SoulCollage® combined with FasterEFT to help others to gently remove unconscious blockages around food, weight and dieting. For more information, or to contact Karen, please visit her website, Flying Colours Creativity or her blog Stop Weighting, Start Living.
 

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

Each card below is a card that represents the Wild Woman Archetype from one SoulCollager's Deck.  
  

 


Wild Women
Community Suit
Anne A
Massachusetts

I am the one who supports my sisters
I am the one who celebrates
I am the one who aims for the moon
I am the one who shouts the truth
I am the one who lets go
I am the one who calls to my sisters





The Artist Within Comes Out
Committee Suit
Dianne
Texas

I am the one who loved to paint, to write, to design but put that away to become a more responsible adult.

Now I urge you, creativity, to surface again, to let me write and paint, paint anything -- realistic or abstract, classical or modern -- just let me paint, draw, write. Use color, use words.

Go wild!





Wild Woman Archetype
Council Suit
Tamara
Colorado

I am the one who has emerged from the depths and is living wild and free.
I am the one who feels the strength and cunning of my wild self surging through my body.
I am the one who is ready to run with the pack, to frolic and romp, and to howl at the moon.






Tamara's Sacred Quest
Tamara
Colorado

I am the one who has merged with my Wild Self.
I am the one who is ready to live my life from my basic instincts and to trust that will always be enough.





My Wild Woman
Committee suit
Tamara
Colorado

I am the one who is emerging from the depths.
I am the one who is ready to meet her wild self.


 


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


Future themes include:
Money
Community Suit: Family
Animal Companions: Earth

 
 

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®.


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Rediscover Your Creative Self with SoulCollage®
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July 29-31, 2011
Facilitator: Audrey Chowdhury, MS, ATR-BC


Are you longing to reconnect with the part of you that knows the power of creativity to heal? Would you like the opportunity to spend a weekend immersed in the SoulCollage® process? This is your opportunity to allow your inner healer to work some magic on you. Art therapist, Audrey Chowdhury will gently guide you through this journey into inspired card creation and sharing. Guided imagery and musical soul-journeying will be offered to help transport you to a healing place within. Relax and refresh your creative spirit at The Christine Center, a beautiful wooded retreat center in northern Wisconsin.

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SoulCollage® at Ghost Ranch
Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico
October 2-8, 2011
Facilitator: Kat Kirby


Immerse yourself in the soul-satisfying process of SoulCollage® for a wonderful week in the beautiful landscape of northern New Mexico. This is Georgia O'Keeffe country, where she lived and painted. Discover your soul's true voice as you enter the beautiful world of imagery and intuition. You will learn how you can consult your cards for self-exploration and understanding. The SoulCollage® process recognizes the One-ness of our existence as well as the Many parts of ourselves. This workshop is perfect for beginners and for those who have already started their SoulCollage® journey. Kat Kirby, Registered Art Therapist, SoulCollage® Facilitator and Trainer, and workshop leader from San Diego, will be your guide.

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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.
  
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by Anne Marie Bennett and Karen Mann.
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