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 #146  August 2017 Theme:  Heart Chakra
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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.


Opening The Heart

Years ago I saw a New Yorker cartoon that has stayed in my mind ever since. The image shows an old man in his apartment, hunched over and standing by the front door which was laden with padlocks and chains. He was staring in amazement at the bottom of the door because someone was slipping a big lacy heart Valentine through the sliver of space between the bottom of the door and the shiny surface of the floor.

I was struck by the very simple fact that no matter how many locks we put on the doors to our own hearts, no matter how much we try to wall ourselves off from others, no matter how we build barbed wire fences around our hearts to protect ourselves . . . there is always a tiny sliver where Love can find its way in.

I’m talking about Capital-Letter-L Love here, folks! The Love that surrounds us at all times. Call it what you will. Spirit. God. Source. The One. Buddha. Allah. Each and every one of us is Beloved of this One. I am passionate about this belief.

There have been many times in my own life when my heart has been wounded, and a few times I honestly thought I would not recover. These were times when I offered all my love to someone and that love was rejected, returned, rebuffed. My heart felt sore, weary, broken. At those times I was certain that I could protect myself by padlocking the door to my heart, many times over. “Don’t let anyone else in,” whispered those sad, world-weary, wounded parts of my self.

And yet. Love still found a way in. Sooner or later, I would feel it. In a moment or prayer or meditation. In the glimpse of a word or a look from a loved one. In a story that I read or a move that touched my heart. Spirit always finds a way in, whether it be a tiny crack, or the widest open window.

My challenge is to be continually aware of what’s going on in the heart chakra area of my body. Is it feeling tight and restricted? Open and flowing? Somewhere in between?

My challenge is also to be aware of the place that Love has in my life. Am I able to freely show my love to others or am I holding back? Am I open to the love that the Beloved has for me every moment of my life or, like the man in the cartoon, have I padlocked the door to my heart?

As long as I am aware of those times when I am not open to the Love that is swirling all around me, I can more easily get the key and remove the locks that are blocking me from experiencing how Beloved I truly am.

Time for Reflection

What’s going on with your own Heart Chakra energy this week? Are there locks on the door to your own heart? How can you open that door? What would it take?

What does it mean to you to live with an open heart? How does Love flow freely from Spirit’s heart to yours, and from your heart to others?

If you know who your Heart Chakra Animal Companion is, place that card front and center this week. Spend some time imagining a conversation with this Animal energy regarding how open or closed your heart is.

If you haven’t discovered your Heart Chakra Animal Companion yet, use this page to help you find out how. 


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, an elderly dog and two adolescent felines who keep them all young. You can read more about how SoulCollage® assisted her on her cancer journey on her website SOS Cancer Journeys. Anne Marie's newest book, Through the Eyes of SoulCollage® is now available.

 
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Guest Columnist: Karen Regina
Hello, I’m SoulCollager Karen Regina from Cincinnati, Ohio. This is my second column for Soul Songs, and I’m honored to follow in the footsteps of the thoughtful Facilitators and gifted writers whose wisdom typically fills this space. May my words help open your ears to new voices and inspire new cards.



Revelations from My Heart

Love is a recurring theme in my deck, not because I’ve mastered it, but precisely because I’ve not, especially when it comes to romantic partnership and self-love. From the beginning of my SoulCollage® journey, I’ve been drawn to heart symbolism. I keep a separate envelope that contains many dozens of heart images, most of them jewelry or art pieces from mail catalogs. Many of these heart symbols end up on cards, tucked into corners or peeking out from under a larger image, to remind me of love’s energy. I have multiple heart chakra cards and several Council suit cards for the archetype of Love. I store my cards in my green-and-pink heart-chakra-colored Sacred Space room, so I like to think they’re always bathed in a patina of love.

I made this first card intuitively, the meaning not clear for a time. It seemed to have something to do with my back, a subject I revisit often in cards, since I have mild scoliosis. I liked the symmetry of the four figures and since I do some back stretches, this picture spoke to me. I tried placing various small images in the center but none worked—until I laid the small pink heart there. I thought, OK, it’s a good color match and the size works, so that’s the one. Maybe the message is to give my back some loving care. I slipped the card into my deck. Then one day, my daily reading from Marianne Williamson’s A Year of Miracles book was titled “On Not Turning Away from Love.” She posed the question, “Why would we turn away from love?” Instantly, I reached for this card and realized that what it actually showed was me turning my back on love, over and over.

I watch Marianne’s weekly online Livestream lectures and she comments often about love. She notes that women often lament having no romantic partner and the dearth of eligible men. Wryly, Marianne observes that actually there have been plenty of potential partners that have crossed our paths, only we “blew it.” I squirm when she says this because I recognize its truth in my own sorry love life; I’ve not had a romantic partner for decades. With this card, Self presents evidence that I have indeed turned my back on love. While my ego mind can recount valid (i.e., hurtful) reasons why I chose to do so, I need to own my resistance as the problem.

I am One who too often turns my back on love, keeping it at bay. I close myself off and refuse to see the love in my midst. I am One bowed by sadness and isolation, washed out from lack of love. I am One who looks at what is black and white, missing the bright colors of Love.

This card, made intentionally during an online class, is about the heart chakra. Here, the woman faces front, looking at herself across the flower-filled center, as green and pink foliage—heart chakra colors—surrounds her. The card has a warm, optimistic sense, suffused with the scent of self-love and a desire to just sink into the extravagance and be comforted by it.

Self-love is something I continue to address because my ego and inner critic can be brutal. The repetitive motifs of female figures in these two cards suggest recurring patterns—bouts of resisting love and cycles of nourishing self-love.

I am One who basks in the sweet sensations of self-love. I am One whose heart blossoms as I practice self-love.

The third card manifested the day after I committed to writing this column, and it determined the subject I’d write about. That morning I opened Sue Patton Thoele’s The Woman’s Book of Soul to the meditation “Surrendering Head to Heart.” Her words resonated with me, as she described how individually and collectively we are out of balance, having for so long allowed the head to rule over the heart. “We need to return to the balance and harmony that can be achieved only by training our heads to surrender to the wisdom and compassion of our hearts.”

I knew at once I needed to make a card reflecting this truth. For most of my years, I’ve relied on my mind to lead and manage my life. Following my heart has been much trickier for me. Yet this card manifested quickly and easily, visually showing me the path. The large red heart dominant in the background might seem a bit of an overcorrection, but I wanted a vivid reminder to rebalance in favor of my heart. A Course in Miracles calls the shift from head to heart a “journey without distance.”

I am One learning the wisdom of surrendering my head to my heart. I am One choosing to feel more and think less, accepting Love’s guidance. I am One revealing my heart to others.

As I look over these three clearly related cards, I notice a progression in colors from pale pink against stark black and white, to soft greens and rosy pinks, to vibrant red. My heart energy grows stronger, I sense. I also notice that in each card, there is really only one person. The key to finding, having, and sharing love is not about others; it’s about Me. That’s my ongoing lesson. Daily meditative readings will continue to inspire new cards, and I’ll stay alert to how the messages of individual cards become more powerful when considered in context with others.


Karen Regina, M.Ed., is retired from a career in secondary education, history museums, and at the University of Cincinnati, where she instructed and supervised pre-service teachers. She began her spiritual journey in the early 1980s, under the guidance of such pioneering teachers as Sondra Ray, Barbara DeAngelis, and John Gray. Karen delved into SoulCollage® in early 2014 and quickly embraced it as the cornerstone of her current spiritual practices.
 
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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 their Heart Chakra in their lives.

 


Opening My Heart
Suit Unknown
Ingrid
Denmark

I am one who is opening my heart chakra. The color frequency is turning from green to Rosa. I am one who is feeling empathy to all living creatures. We are all one and many.





Chippy the Chipmunk
Companions Suit
Melissa
Texas

I am one who might be cute and little, but I have a BIG heart that loves deeply. I am one who gives you maneuverability and quickness, the agility to be smart and protect your heart. My gift to you is the pine cone, for it opens up AND is protected and resilient.




The Ant in my Heart Chakra
Companions Suit
Heather
Hawaii

I am one who presses on. I am one who goes deep. I am one who remembers the way. I am one who desires community. I am one who helps dry barren land become irrigated so that it is able to grow things. I am one who is strong and can carry much more than my weight. I am one the plans for the future. I'm one who is committed and gets things done. I am one who is tenacious. I am one who spends a lot of time in the depths and working to support, to sustain.




Bear
Companions Suit
Gail
Connecticut

I Am One Who has the heart of a bear; fierce and tender in turns. I Am One Whose heart is filled with community, connection, and compassion. I Am One Who longs for equal time in solitude, sanctuary, and serenity. I Am One Who leads from the heart, bleeds from the heart, sings from the heart, and cries heart wrenching tears. I Am One Who strives to live a wholeheARTed life.




Heart Chakra
Companions Suit
Audrey
Colorado

I am one who uses the light of my heart chakra to follow my path. I am one who looks for nourishment where ever I can find it.




This Heart is on Fire
Suit Unknown
Judy
Massachusetts

I am the one whose heart is on fire. May I be the one whose heart extends passionately toward all that is good, sacred, kind and wondrous.




Heart Chakra
Companion Suit
Diane
Washington

Up from the depths I rise into the sunshine. I bring rainbows to accompany us on the journey to health. I can hold my breath for a long time, as you have been doing. There is no need to stop breathing. My heart is big and strong and pure. We will flow through the sea effortlessly. I will carry you.




Heart Chakra
Companions
Kas
Pennsylvania

I am the one who is filled with compassion and love. I listen to the sounds and vibrations around me. I put my ear to the ground to see what is coming. I open up to understanding that all is centered in the heart. This is the place I live and move the love around and upwards. Hear my horn make the music of love as I share it. I am large, powerful and sometimes move slowly along. Swaying with an inner song that only I hear and turn up when needed.




Cat
Companions Suit
Anne Marie
Massachusetts

I am the one who lives in your heart. I am the one who loves unconditionally, who lives and loves with feline grace. I am the one who brings comfort, loyalty, and playfulness to how you love.




Heart Chakra
Companions Suit
Susan
California

I am one who sees clearly the elements of the heart. I know my heart is a pathway to spirit and my essential being. I see the young elephant and eye of the Mother and know that an open heart nurtures and loves and accepts nurturing and love in equal measure. And I see and recognize that when my heart is coiled around itself like the dragon, it can lead to deep sadness, fear and mistrust. My message for you is to honor and guard all the elements of your heart’s energy. Respect its power within you. Your heart is the gateway between your lower and higher chakras, between yourself and others. Nurture it every day with kindness and open it to compassion.




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

Future themes include:

September:  SoulEssence
October: Open Call
 
 
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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Follow the ancient pathways to a place where myth and memory connect, where the landscape is a mirror of the soul. Join a small circle of women to journey to sacred sites, engage with the lands, explore the earth-based energies, honor the Goddess and reflect experience with expressive and expansive art, SoulCollage® and more. Twelve-day all-inclusive retreat offers two extraordinary homes, with grounds, spa, chef-prepared dinners, sacred sites and dedicated creative space. Payment plan is available.

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