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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 #38       August, 2008
                                                                  Theme: Time

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!


    Time in a Bottle

    Judging from the number of card submissions we received on the theme of Time, I'd say it is a topic that is on everyone's minds!

    In my column this week, I'd like to share a few of my own SoulCollage cards on the subject of our relationship with Time.  One is called Time in a Bottle, which I named after the famous Jim Croce song.  For me, this card perfectly captures my own feeling of "not having enough time."  But notice, in my interpretation, that this part of me serves a positive purpose as well.

    The other card I'd like to talk about is called Mindfulness.  I don't know about you, but I really love those Dali-esque clocks.  And I also love how that card turned out to be about the exact opposite of my "Time in a Bottle" card.  For me, mindfulness is the antidote to feeling like I don't have enough time.  If life truly is about being, rather than doing, then perhaps I can focus on the gifts that this card brings to me as well.

    I strongly encourage you to spend some time this month taking a step back and really looking at your own relationship with time.  Be on the lookout for images in magazines (or elsewhere) that express your thoughts and feelings about Time.  Use the cards from our readers in this issue to inspire you!

    Also, I recommend this excellent book to help you get your own relationship with Time back into healthy mode:

    Time Shifting, by
    StephanRechtschaffen.  This book seems to be out of print on Amazon, but there are lots of  "like new" copies there for really low prices.

    And... if you want to connect with some other SoulCollagers on this topic, why not join us for this month's tele-class with Facilitator Alia Calendar?  It's called Kairos: The Gift of Timeless Time, and there are lots more details on this KaleidoSoul page.




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. 


I Am the One Who
Leaves Things to the Last Minute

LeonardBernstein the great conductor,composer, author, music lecturer and pianist once said, To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and notquite enough time.
 

I have beenfollowing this approach for most of my life. I rarely seem to allow myself enough time to complete schoolassignments, send birthday cards, pay bills, write my newsletter columns,prepare for workshops I am conducting...etc. Frequently I find that I have "not quite enough time" to complete tasks,working late into the night of the "due date." The regularity in which I find myself in this situation should mean,according to Bernstein, that by now I should have achieved many great things!  Unfortunately I'm not sure that this is thecase as yet.
 

Interestingly, Ido possess time management skills.  Iregularly meet the deadlines required by my job, and as a life coach I am wellversed in time management techniques and have assisted many people to managetheir own time better.  So why have Iformed a habit of leaving things to the last minute, and how does this serveme?  
 

Here is a card (see below) Ihave made which explores this pattern of mine.
 

Who are you?

I am the one who always leaves things to the lastminute.  I am the one who protects myself from the wrath of myinner perfectionist by limiting the time I have available to complete tasks.  When I don't have much time I find myself inthe situation where it just needs to be done, and "near enough" has to be "goodenough," as there is no extra time available. I have to put up with the standard of result that is possible in theavailable timeframe and stop when the due date arrives. 

 

What do you have to give me?

I give you time pressure which means the task getscompleted because it has to.  I give youexhaustion so you stop worrying about the result.  You can't stress, you're just too tired!

 

What are your positive intentions?

  • Things get finished (rather than avoided throughprocrastination)
  • I have to trust that the quality will be "good enough"- I haveno choice.
  • I avoid worrying- exhaustion stops me from over-thinking andstressing and I sleep well
  • The task is not overworked and reworked due to fear that it isnot prefect.  (There is no time tokeep repeating something until it is perfect.)

 

After journalingwith this card I have some more clarity about how this bad habit of leavingthings to the last minute serves me.  Itcertainly seems like there are other methods that could achieve the abovepositive intentions while avoiding a whole heap of stress and while getting amuch better night's sleep.  Now that Ihave more clarity around how this habit helpsme, I can try and replace these unhealthy strategies with some more stress-freetechniques.


I wonder if Ican change these habits by the time my next column for Soul Songs is due?  I'm sureAnne Marie would appreciate getting a column submitted well and truly ahead ofthe due date. 



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 (and on the additional page) represents one SoulCollager's expression of her relationship with Time




  TimeWise
Suit: Committee
Artist: Judy
Location: Massachusetts
 

I am the one who honors
all the blessings of my youth
and all the wisdom of my years.

I am the one who isgrateful
for having been born so this
heart may birth the taste of
love and grief and laughter
and loss. 

I am the one whoholds
sweetness in the arms of
time that wraps around my
being as a bold birth into
life itself, in all of its
mystery and magic.

   I am a tiny moment inan
infinite search for my own

true home.


 

TaskMaster Time
Suit: Committee
Artist: Heather

Location: Ontario

I am the one who nips at your heels and makes your heartrace. I muddy your moments of quiet reflection and make your wise voicedifficult to hear.




Life is Short
Suit: Committee Artist:Alicia
Location: New Zealand

I am the one whoreminds you to: Live like there's no tomorrow, Dance like no one is watching.Leap for your dreams. But don't forget to take time to stop and smell theflowers.



To see several more
SoulCollage cards
from our readers
on the subject of Time,
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:
 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. 

August's tele-class is  called:

with Alia Calendar, SoulCollage Facilitator in Washington. 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.