Soul Songs: Your SoulCollage NewsletterSoul Songs
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Issue #87  September 2012 Theme: Sadness
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Angel of Sorrow


 
I made this card about 6 years ago, early on in my SoulCollage® journey. It really surprised me, because I love color so much... and this one is in shades of black and white. I also was surprised when I started to interpret this card because I thought it was about the part of me who grieves and feels deep sadness over loss. BUT... as soon as the card began to "speak" to me, I discovered it really was a spirit guide of sorts. Listen...

Who are you?
I am the one who grieves with you when you hear bad news or when you suffer in any way. I am the one who feels your losses as pain and grief. I am the one who honors your loss, who holds your loss, who allows you to grieve. I am the one who sits with you in the shadows of your pain and vulnerability. I am the one who breathes new life into you when your grieving is done. I am the one who walks hand in hand with Sorrow. I am the one who helps you to bear the pain of any loss.

What do you have to give me?
I give you acceptance and hope. I give you a shoulder to lean on and a Knowing that you are not alone. I give you warm wings to shelter and comfort and protect you. I give you new directions, new life.

What do you want from me?
I want you to feel the pain of your grieving. I want you to fully enter it, and to hold my hand while you are in that space of loss. I want you to know that Sorrow has its own gifts, and you cannot receive them until you enter that particular darkness. I want you to know that the darkness of grief is safe when you invite me to join you in that darkness.

This card held deep meaning for me, not just in the fact that I discovered a new archetypal Spirit Guide. This was one of the first cards I made where I thought I was making a card about one thing, but when I listened to its voice, it was really something else entirely! This was a huge lesson in trusting the process, and letting go of left brain rational thoughts when working with the cards.

I encourage you to embrace your own sadness, when it comes, and know that you are not alone, never alone, when you face loss of any kind. Perhaps you have your own Angel of Sorrow who watches over you.


 
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.
  
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Sadness

"You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness."

- Jonathan Safran Foer

Sadness. Depression. Who wants to write about these subjects?

Yet if we were never sad, how would we truly know happiness?

Sadness is a normal emotion, different from depression. Depression is when sadness lingers and becomes overwhelming, interferes with everyday life for weeks or longer.

Wikipedia states that "Sadness is emotional pain associated with, or characterized by feelings of disadvantage, loss, despair, helplessness, sorrow, and rage. These feelings of certain things are usually negative. When one is sad, people often become less outspoken, less energetic, and emotional. Crying is an indication of sadness."

And who never cries?

Since the beginning of recorded history, creative efforts in artistic pursuits have been linked to "melancholia," although severe depression can inhibit one&'s ability to create. Perhaps making art or music helps an artist cope with their feelings, or maybe they are most creative when the fog is lifting. If a person is sad, it is likely their mood will lift if they get their hands in some clay or put a large piece of paper on the wall and start painting or doodling. That&'s what art therapy is all about!

And that is why I agreed to write this column about sadness.

Where would we be without the "blues?"

Artists and musicians would be out of business without their low moods, sad breakups, and feelings of loneliness and isolation. These life events often make people want to share the experience, and we feel better once we know we are not alone with these feelings.

When we lose a loved one and are filled with grief; when we experience a break up; when our best friend moves away; when we are sick of the grey overcast skies yet another day; when we don&'t get picked for the team we want to be on.... these are various causes of sadness.

A wonderful way to acknowledge and work with sadness and sorrow is through SoulCollage®. Often we try to ignore or deny feelings that are difficult, but sometimes our most beautiful and profound cards are the results of dark moods or melancholia.


My first card, above, shows a boat, a woman, and a heart. This card came to me as I was working through feelings about my divorce from my daughter&'s father. I felt as if his love of sailing and his need to be on his boat surpassed any feeling of love or responsibility to his family. This card says I Am One Whose heart was pierced by a boat. I lost my way in our marriage because sailing was not my first priority. I Am One Who refused to give up on myself by becoming someone I was not. I found it very healing to create this card, and I know when it shows up in a reading that it is reminding me that I was able to find strength and make sense of a very difficult time, and can do it again if I need to.

My next card speaks of that feeling in the pit of my stomach when sadness takes over. Even the dog looks depressed. This card expresses the deep darkness of the depths of despair. I Am One Who sees the darkness and cannot find the light. I feel alone even when I am with my best friend. I Am One Who knows sadness.

The next time you feel down and blue, see if you are able to sit with your images and blank mat boards, and create whatever wants to be created from that uncomfortable place. Or do a reading about your feelings, and see which Neters show up to help you through. From the depths of these dark moods come many wonderful things, if you trust the process.

- "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."

- Dr. Seuss




Kat Kirby is a Registered Art Therapist, SoulCollage® Facilitator and Trainer. She leads creative workshops and retreats throughout the US and abroad. Kat has been working with SoulCollage® since 2006 and believes strongly in the healing power of the arts. For more information about Kat's SoulCollage® workshops, trainings, and retreats, please visit her website, 2 Kat Studios.
 

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

Each card below is a card that represents Sadness from one SoulCollager's Deck.




Sad and Lonely
Committee Suit
Laurie
California

I am the one who puts on a brave face when I feel so cold and so lonely and sad inside.




Grief for the World
Committee and Community Suit
Rhoda
Washington

I am One Who grieves for
Irretrievable loss and destruction
on our planet.
I grieve for Japan - its people, its land.
I grieve for future generations.
I grieve for lost habitats and species.
I grieve for lost cultures and peoples.
I pray for this world.
In the face of loss,
I stay connected to the land.
I stay connected with people.
I stay connected with love and forgiveness.
I have hope and fortitude.
I will continue to love and cherish life.




Grief
Committee
Claudette
Bakersfield, CA


I am one who is grieving and so sad about this struggle with cancer that my friend is going through.
I am angry that this is happening to her and that I can't do anything to change it.
My heart aches for her and I will miss her so incredibly.
But through my tears I marvel at her strength and determination to learn every lesson she can from this journey.




Universal Grief
Council Suit
Paula D.
Northern California


I am one who feels your heart breaking.
I cry with you,
I mourn your loss as it is my own.
I am one who finds some small comfort in crying together.
I see your pain, I hold you in my heart as we, together, hold and honor the feelings.



Sadness
Council Suit
Cynthia
Pennsylvania


I am the one whose life is punctuated with loss and grief.
 I am the one who experience sadness when I least expect it.
I am the one who experiences deep joy in the midst of sadness.




Sad News
Kathleen
Michigan


I am the who has learned that my daughter has breast cancer.
I am the one who is overwhelmed by this news and so afraid I will lose her.
I am the one who is hopeful for recovery.




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

Future themes include:

Seasons: Autumn
Forgiveness
Community Suit: Authors
 

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