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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 #39    September, 2008
                                                                  Theme: Sexuality

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!


    Sexuality and SoulCollage

    In terms of topics that people have a hard time talking about, sexuality ranks right up there at the tippity top.  Because of this, I want to express my gratitude for the five women who shared their SoulCollage cards and writings on this sensitive subject. I also would like to applaud Karen Mann for her column (see below) that she has written with such honesty and grace.

    I have posted two of my own cards about some recent experiences with sexuality on my blog, Inner Surprises.  You can read what I've written there. 

    What I suggest this month is that you read what I've written, and what Karen has written, and absorb the energy from the cards that you see here in this issue of Soul Songs. 

    Then spend some time listening "inside."  What do your inner voices have to say about what's going on with you sexually?  Are they voices of pleasure, joy, fear, shame, anger, curiosity, gratitude, or...?

    If there are sexual wounds that haven't healed or if you are experiencing sexual difficulty in some way, look through your Council cards and Companion cards.  Do any of them have love, support, or wisdom to offer you in this area?

    And please don't overlook those in your Community. There is much healing to be found there as well! 


    Look through your saved-up SoulCollage images that haven't found a "home" yet on a card.  Do any of them have anything to say about your Sexual Self?  Is it time to make a SoulCollage card for your deck about this topic?

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. 


It's Not Really About My Sexuality

When I was askedto write about the topic of "sexuality" and how I've explored it through mySoulCollage practice I felt quite conflicted.  Deciding what to write about was quite a bigdecision, raising many questions for me. How much will I share?  How willthose who read my story respond?  What doI feel comfortable writing about? 

The reason formy trepidation is that my life partner is a woman, and announcing this and "comingout" to you is a big deal for me.  Thereis a part of me that feels that sometimes I am judged on the basis of my sexualpreference, and therefore in certain circumstances I choose not to share thisinformation.  On the other hand, I feelthat this is just part of who I am, and it should be no issue to discuss thiswith you, although I'm the further confused because maybe there is no need totell you this at all.  I could write anarticle about sexuality without mentioning my sexual orientation at all, becausein a way it is immaterial. 

Herein lies adilemma I face on a regular basis.  Do Ikeep this fact about myself to myself, as it really is no one else's business,or should I share it when appropriate, as it is a part of my life and who Iam?



One of mySoulCollage cards that deals with this confusion
is called "Coming Out of theShadows."  This is the first SoulCollagecard I ever made about my sexuality, and interestingly enough I haven't reallydone any journaling work with this card. It was as though making this card was a huge enough step, having towrite about it was too much to cope with at the time.

When I journaledwith this card today I wrote:

"I am the one who has hidden an aspect of my true selffrom many.  I am scared to share thispart of my life for fear of being judged. I have chosen to hide my relationship preference from others in thepast, but now I am growing braver and getting ready to be my true authenticself."

Another cardalong this theme of "coming out" is called "Showing my True Self".  "I amthe one who has tried many things, looking for what is right for me.  I am the one who has pretended to besomething that is not quite true in order to be liked.  In the past I have hidden my true self andwas too scared just to be me."

What I am beginningto realize is that the issues illustrated in these cards have less to do withmy sexuality than I initially thought and more to do with how I feel aboutmyself.  Feeling judged and like I do notlive up to others' expectations is a theme that follows me into many aspects ofmy life.  I am scared that I won't beaccepted by other parents at my son's school because I'm much younger than theyare.  I'm afraid I won't be takenseriously in my professional life because I don't work fulltime.  I'm worried about how I have been perceived inthe past because I was overweight. 

Thislist goes on.  My nervousness about mysexuality is just one symptom of the same lack of confidence.

Making theseSoulCollage cards (and eventually journaling with them when I allowed myselfthe opportunity to confront the issues) has helped me to see that this is acontinuing theme throughout my life.  Whenviewed objectively I can see that there may be some people who are notcomfortable with my sexuality, but if I can learn to stop worrying so muchabout what other people think of me, I'm sure to enjoy life more. 

Exploring these cards has helped me make adecision to stop hiding aspects of myself for fear that someone won't like meand instead choose to be honest about myself with others, because that feelsauthentic and true.
 



Karen Mann is an artist, art teacher, LifestyleCoach, yoga and meditation teacher, and SoulCollage® facilitator. Karen hasbeen working with SoulCollage cards for more than four years and facilitates avariety of SoulCollage Groups. Karen also runs SoulCollage Facilitator Trainingweekends. Karen offers regular workshops inMelbourneandGeelong,Australia,and is also available to travel to other regions inAustralia. For more information, orto contact Karen, 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 Sexuality.





  Safe Sexual Adult
Suit: Committee
Artist: Kathleen
Location:
New South Wales,
Australia


 I am the one who is waiting for the One whohas the right key to unlock my heart, mind, body, to unlock the bars on theentrance of my inner worlds.  I am the one who waits for things to beperfect - in perfect love and perfect trust.  I am the one who needssoftness, tenderness, sweetness, flowers to fully open up.  
I need understanding and time to unfold myprecious gems.  I do not reveal my wholeself.  I keep my most private partscovered - the parts that give
the most pleasure
.






Sensuality/Passion
Suit: Committee
Artist: Cindy

Location: Oregon

I am the one who isfull of fire, molten and juicy.  I dance to an inner rhythm, allowing mybody to express
and enjoy pleasure.

I am juicy, fertileand flowing with fire.
I dance to the rhythm of my heart.






Yes Please
Suit: Committee 
Artist:Alison
Location:
Byron Bay, Australia


I am the one who lovesher sensuality and sexuality. I am the one who loves sex, I am the one who isenjoying it even more post-menopause, I am the one who loves to feel like awoman, I am the one who feels my life force and vitality through mysexuality, I am the one who says....
yes please!

 



To see two more
SoulCollage cards
from our readers
on the subject of Sexuality,
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:
Source,
Witness / SoulEssence
The Holidays









KaleidoSoul Notes

Noteworthy resources for anyone interested in SoulCollage


                                                                    


New!!

Check out this awesome set of brand new CD's created by SoulCollage's creator Seena Frost.  There is one on each of the four suits, plus one on the Transpersonal cards, and another on doing card readings with your deck.  All include new information and stories that are not in the book, which was published in 2001.   Available now at Hanford Mead Publishing.  

Note: Remember, if you're a SoulCollage Facilitator, you need to call Hanford Mead directly to order your CD's because you're entitled to a 40% discount. 



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. 

September's tele-class is  called:

with Sandy Guderyon, SoulCollage Facilitator in California. 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 next month... so stay tuned for more information,  coming soon to this KaleidoSoul page.