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 #169   July 2019 Theme:  Our Evolving Decks
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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.


The Changing of the Suits


I had been practicing SoulCollage® for less than a year when something strange happened during a journaling exercise with my Joyful Transition card. This was one of the first cards I had created and when I first worked with it, it was definitely a part of my Committee Suit of inner voices, also known as personality parts. I knew this for certain because it was speaking to me as if it were inside of me, telling me a bit about what Seena calls my “local story,” my personal history:

I Am the One Who is leaving something behind. I Am the One Who is excited about where I am going. I Am the One Who is all dressed up and celebrating this transition! I Am the One Who is moving into something new and exciting and different, and I Am the One Who can't wait to get there!

Yes, this Neter was definitely part of my Committee Suit, my “local story.” I felt good about this knowing. I knew even then that we can't always know the suit (or even the meaning) of a card right away, but this one felt very clear.

Then one day, several months later, I drew my Joyful Transition card in a daily reading and when I journaled with it, it was speaking very differently to me. Listen:

I Am the One Who leads you to new places and people and adventures. I Am the One Who safely guides you through the open doorways to your future. I Am the One Who wants you to follow me wherever I lead you, even if sometimes that means leaving colorful worlds behind for black-and-white territory.

Can you sense the difference in the two voices? For me, it was like the energy on this card was now a guide of sorts. She was talking to me about the Larger Story of my life. I heard her telling me about many different transitions on my life's journey, not just the one I had been going through when I made the card. As I heard this, it occurred to me that this was now the voice of a Council card.

Then, of course, the part of me who likes things to be all wrapped up in neat little packages got very upset. “No, no, no!” she hollered. “That's not right. This was a Committee card. How can it suddenly be a Council card?”

It seems that I was still operating under the assumption that once I had a card labeled nice and neatly, it would be pigeon-holed forever as such.

I was so perplexed and distressed by this change of events within my deck, that I emailed my friend and sister-Facilitator, Karen Mann in Australia. She had been making and working with cards much longer than I had, and I really respected her wisdom about all things to do with SoulCollage®.

What a relief when she emailed me back, saying it was a normal occurrence for our cards to change suits now and then. She told me not to worry about it, to just go with the flow of it and to trust the process, to trust myself. She said that not everything in SoulCollage® could be clearly categorized. Were truer words ever spoken? I think not.

It so happened that when I created the Joyful Transition card, I was right on the edge of a major life transition out of a customer service job I'd held and loved for 10 years and into a life of creating my own business. When I first dialogued with this Neter, it was telling me about that particular transition. But several months later, I was already “through the door” of that transition and immersed in the middle of life on the other side of it. When I dialogued with her at that point, she made the shift away from my local personal story (Committee Suit) and over to the larger story of my life (Council Suit).

This event stands out clearly in my mind now as a huge turning point in my SoulCollage® journey. After the “changing of the suits” by this one card, I was much better able to enjoy the mystery of the process and to let my expectations go completely.

Sometimes the cards don't just change suits; they change what they are “about.” This is because we are continually changing and the landscapes of our lives are continually shifting. It follows easily that our Neters are also changing right along with us.

And as we evolve, so do our cards; as our cards evolve, so do our decks.


Anne Marie Bennett is a SoulCollage® Facilitator / Trainer, published author, website goddess, and two-time cancer survivor 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 web 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 and two adolescent felines who keep them hopping. Anne Marie’s books about SoulCollage® are available here.

 
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Guest Columnist: Michele Manos

Character Studies


I think that’s a wonderful summary of what SoulCollage® is: a study of our personal cast of characters. Our Committee cards represent the many characters or facets within us, while the Community suit reflects the others who’ve impacted our lives. Our Companions embrace nature’s characters that are of special importance. Council cards represent aspects of character that are mythic, grand and universal.

Lately, characters of a different sort are guiding me to deeper self-reflection. These are the figures and personas we find in fiction. I meet them in books, films, television series and plays. From the grandest of Broadway musicals to a modest collection of short stories, I am increasingly aware of which fictional characters captivate me, intrigue me, frighten me or simply annoy me. Some observations help me to better understand myself; others shed light on past or current relationships. Of particular meaning are the characters that have helped me meet a new Neter or broadened my relationship with an existing card. Fiction is proving to be a key informant as I and my SoulCollage® deck evolve.

My first example comes from what many regard as the first modern novel: Cervantes’ Don Quixote. While I’ve not yet read it in entirety, I can describe every scene and sing every song from the musical Man of La Mancha! This tale has sporadically touched my life since the 1960s, including studying excerpts in high school and enjoying a 2018 Edinburgh Fringe play that brilliantly interwove the struggles of Cervantes and Don Quixote. I have always intended to honor Quixote somehow in my deck, but it didn’t happen until this year. I was experiencing overwhelming futility blended with some serious determination when I came upon the term “quixotic” in an article. It was clear: I needed a Quixote card and I needed it now! I found two perfect images and made this card. We had quite a conversation and although I’d “wanted” this card to be about me, it spoke as the expert consultant on honorably tilting at windmills. He reminded me: “targets are moving fast in this world – it’s not your skill, it’s the shifting landscape.” This card is in my Community suit.


Nope, we’re not getting through this article without mention of Game of Thrones. Through the books and the years-long television series, the character of Tyrion Lannister has become a soulmate. Additionally, I’m a big fan of the actor who played Tyrion, Peter Dinklage. I have a Community card that honors both the character and the man, and it’s a wonderful reminder that good and powerful things do come in small packages (I am a petite person). That card recently offered me the humorous perspective that there can be utility and importance in cleaning up other people’s messes.


I don’t want to neglect non-human characters, so I’m sharing my rebuilt “Playful Self” card. The original card didn’t feel complete until I found an appropriate image of King Julian from the 2005 film, Madagascar. He is one of my favorite characters of all time. He embodies the unbounded capacity to enjoy making a fool of oneself. I adore him and, in turn, the silly and sometimes foolish parts of me. And, yes, I do “like to move it!”

Lastly, I want to share the ongoing journey I’ve had with self-destructive young women characters. I noticed being particularly bothered by young women doing risky, “stupid” things. This happened with books, films, and television series. I’ve recently prodded myself to watch the new series, Euphoria, which displays such behavior almost unbearably. Well, I’m suddenly feeling much less irritated by such portrayals. Why? I’ve begun making a card for my own “risky teenager” self and it’s quite liberating! I’ve already had several forgiving conversations with her.

I invite you to discover what wisdom your favorite or most despised fictional characters might have to offer on your journey of self-discovery.

Here are some explorations for you to try:

1. Is there a specific fictional medium that you relate to most strongly? For example, are books or films more engrossing for you? Or perhaps you’re more of a generalist and can relate to a compelling character from any medium. Take some time to think about how you are most likely to meet memorable fictional characters. How did you meet them when you were younger?

2. Recall a fictional character that has inspired you recently. Take some time to note what aspects of this person (or animal or fantasy being) appealed to you. Consider how this character is similar to you or how it evokes something you are striving for. Peruse your deck to see whether you have cards of any suit that reflect an aspect(s) of the character. Allow this character to inspire a new card, if that feels right.

3. If you’re up for it, try using character studies to embrace shadow energies. Give some attention to a character that has annoyed or repulsed you. Again, look through your deck. Consider creating a card, if that is helpful to your processing.

4. Can you identify a character “type” that consistently speaks to you? This may be an archetype of known or new meaning to you.

5. Consider re-reading, listening to or viewing the sources of these characters once you have worked with your cards. Ask your card(s) to comment on these original sources that inspired your introspection.


Dr. Michele Manos lives near Tucson, AZ. She loves discovering and sharing new ways to work with her SoulCollage® deck. She offers SoulCollage® Card Games workshops and retreats in beautiful Arizona and elsewhere. Visit her at her website here.  

 
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 Our Evolving Decks.

 



Protector
Suit Unknown
Ingrid
Georgia

I am the one who wishes to feel the blossoming warmth of singing and beating to the rhythm of my own drum. I am the one who teaches you how to navigate the beautiful field of life and shows you how to free yourself from carrying the burden of unbalanced shadows.





Born on the 4th of July
High Achiever
Committee Suit
Fran
Texas

I am one who is the driver in your life, the one who says, “You can do it.” I give you confidence that you can succeed. I am one who wants you to relish your achievements, pat yourself on the back for having been a businesswoman, and celebrate how much you accomplished. I want you to see yourself positively and to let go of any regrets that still remain. I am one who reminds you not to stretch yourself too thin, growing weary and irritable. I am one who helps you discern about taking on new things just to please me.





Celebrating Menopause
Council Suit
“ T”
Colorado

I Am One Who feels inspired by many the many strong, active, sensual, colorful, and vibrant older women I've met. I Am One Who looks at each of the many strands, each of the many fringes of life experiences, and is digging in and bringing it all together now, creating something beautiful from all of that.





Light-Child Guide
Council Suit
Andrea
Virginia

I am the one holding God's light for you to guide you on the journey. I can help you to open the gate and get you on the path.

 


Caregiver
Committee Suit
Denise
California

I am the one who is the caregiver. I give of myself to all who need me. I am here to remind you that as you care for others do not forget to take care of yourself.





Kindness
Suit Unknown
Hilda
Florida

I am one who feels deep compassion for homeless people for I once lived on the streets when I was a young person. I am one who survived that experience by the grace of God and the kindness of strangers.





Sassy Does It
Committee Suit
Andrea
Virginia

I am the one who is self-assured and fun-loving. I am the strength residing in you. Ha! Enjoy life!





Stretch
Committee Suit
Laura
California

I am one who is bound and determined to return to a state of flexibility. I know I have the perseverance and endurance to do what it takes. I unwind layer upon layer of the protective armor that is no longer necessary – the binding that constricts me and hides me. I am only protecting myself from myself. It’s time to be present in the NOW.




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

Future themes include:

August:  Sacred Places
September: Balance
 
 
 
KaleidoSoul NotesKaleidoSoul Notes

Noteworthy resources for anyone interested in SoulCollage®


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


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KaleidoSoul - Spinning the fragments of your world into wholeness and beauty through SoulCollage®.


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Exploring Shadow with SoulCollage®

Online Series of 3 Tele-Classes
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Moon Magic:
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Starts July 30, 2019

 
In this eCourse, you will be meeting the moon, drawing it to you through our art and inviting its wisdom to guide your life as you move through the phases... New Moon to New Moon.

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SoulCollage® Facilitator Training
COLORADO

SOULCOLLAGE® FACILITATOR TRAINING

Estes Park, Colorado
August 5-9, 2019
Trainer: Marcia Chadly
Assisted by: Laura Lyon

 Majestic mountains and whispering cool mountain air are waiting for you at this special SoulCollage® Facilitator Training. You are invited to join us this August at the peaceful Dao House retreat center nestled in the Rocky Mountains. Pay in full before April 1st and you’ll receive an early bird gift worth $90. Combining your Training with a vacation is a fabulous idea. Colorado is filled with beauty and great things to do. You are welcome to bring someone with you who is not part of the Training. Remember Facilitators who are retraining get fresh inspiration and a special discount!

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Upcoming SoulCollage® Retreats


MAINE

Soul Path Discoveries with SoulCollage®
Saco, Maine
August 19-23, 2019
Facilitator: Gail McMeekin, Deb Knox

Are you ready for changes and craving inspired guidance to stimulate new pathways that will lead you to a life filled with creativity, pleasure, love, and a sense of life purpose and meaning? Are you seeking new adventures in your life? Spend 4 days on a lovely SoulCollage® retreat with Gail McMeekin, LICSW and Deb Knox as they take you on a life-changing Soul Journey, where images, imagination, and writing your life stories, serve as fun and potent catalysts that will illuminate clear, divine next steps for your unique Soul Path. You will also have time to enjoy the Maine coast, relax, play, and meet wonderful creatives!

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NEW MEXICO

SoulCollage® Soul Journey Retreat
Santa Fe, New Mexico
September 4-8, 2019
Facilitator: Deborah Milosevich

Join other kindred spirits for a SoulCollage® Soul Journey at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent and Retreat Center, nestled in the pinion-covered foothills of the Rocky Mountains. During this retreat, you will create or add to your own unique deck of SoulCollage® cards, do readings and share insights, create a small tin shrine in honor of someone you love or want to honor, have continuous access to the card making tables, experience the charming town of Santa Fe, and have the opportunity to take great hikes and star gaze at night. The Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent and Retreat Center is the perfect place to reflect and connect with spirit.

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ARIZONA

Creative Vision: Art Retreat
Sedona, Arizona
September 16-22, 2019
Facilitator: Kat Kirby

Are you wishing for some creative zest in your life but don’t know where to find it? Would you love to spend time in nature and recharge your batteries? Do you feel you might benefit from some “Me Time” with a bunch of art supplies and like-minded women? Then come join me in the red rock landscape of Sedona, and rediscover your creativity. Explore the area, explore art-making, and explore your Self. This retreat is designed to invigorate your artistic senses and help you find new ways to relax and renew. From art journal making, to stamp carving, to SoulCollage®, your imagination and “inner artist” will delight you!

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PORTUGAL


Vibrant Woman SoulCollage® Retreat

Alentejo, Portugal
September 30 – October 6, 2019
Facilitator: Linda Woolfson, Lucy Schaaphok

Are you exhausted too often? Thirsty for new inspiration? Longing for an indulgent yet fulfilling break? Eager to connect with yourself in some new and replenishing ways? Let our inspiring blend of SoulCollage®, Yoga Nidra, chakra exploration, beach-time, coast -walks, star-gazing and delicious local food in an unspoiled natural environment work its magic on you. Reconnect with your joyful spirit, renew your relationship with yourself, celebrate your sensuality, dive into your creativity and transform your self-care in new ways. Join us for a relaxing yet transformational week on the wild Alentejo coast of Portugal. Unwind and reconnect with your soul!

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PENNSYLVANIA

Women Who Run to the Stones
Bangor, Pennsylvania
October 11-13, 2019
Facilitator: Marci Wenn, Maryann Frantz

Join a group of Outlandish women for a SoulCollage® weekend and embrace the Myth and Mystery of the standing stones at Columcille Megalith Park, a place where curious travelers can transcend time and place and discover their personal Outlander Wild Woman archetype. Ample time will be allotted for personal exploration of the grounds. Using the standing stones as a portal, we will explore several techniques during our card making that help us recreate our own personal journey to our Wild Woman nature. Enriching this experience will be exploration of the Labyrinth, storytelling, drumming and yoga movement.

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The registration form with payment info is here.



MASSACHUSETTS

A Journey Back to You- Retreat at the Beach
Falmouth, Massachusetts
November 1-3, 2019
Facilitator: Minette Riordan, PhD., Susan Nutting

Explore art as a creative process for connecting and listening to our own inner wisdom. Experience different aspects of mapping and identifying parts of self through SoulCollage®, JourneyCircles™, Art Journaling, Zentangle® and bookbinding. The interplay between these different processes will offer a deepening of your experience as an artist. Learn new skills and explore how to layer different tools to create more meaningful experiences. November is a perfect time of year to pause, reflect and gather the wisdom learned during the year as you cast your gaze forward to the coming new year. Come to play, create and expand.

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ENGLAND

Return to Avalon - Goddess Retreat
Glastonbury, England
April 25 – May 8, 2020
Facilitator: Cat Caracelo

Join Cat in 2020 as she travels to a place of myth and memories, where the landscape is a mirror of the Soul. Return to Avalon at Beltane, honoring the goddess at May Day festivities! Experience a dynamic, heart-centered time of renewal, discovery, depth and connection. Join with kindred women to embrace this sacred place, staying in a restored farmhouse, with two homes, orchard, view of the Tor and spa on site! Journey to sacred sites, explore the earth-based energies, honor the Goddess and make inspired art with SoulCollage® and more, in this all-inclusive retreat to Glastonbury, England and surrounding areas.

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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 2019,
by Anne Marie Bennett, Cat Caracelo, Linda Woolfson,
Marti Beddoe, or Michele Manos.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.