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 #171   September 2019 Theme:  Balance
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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.


Balancing Within

It is important to keep in mind when working with our Neters that they are not individual entities that exist in and of themselves. Each part of us is in relationship with the other parts.

This concept was made clear to me one day years ago in a session with my therapist, Fran, when I was first beginning this inner work. She was guiding me through an imagery session where I was talking with my Inner Overachiever, who had been pretty much running my life with her to-do lists. I call this part of me Gabriella (see left). This Neter had been cracking the whip on me whenever I thought of taking a day (not to mention an hour) off.

Earlier in the session, I had been complaining to Fran about how my Inner Child, Julianna (see below), never had time to do anything fun anymore. After letting Gabriella talk for a while about all the many things on my to-do lists, Fran suggested that I ask her, “What do you think about Julianna?”

Without pausing a second, Gabriella replied, “Who? Are you saying that there’s someone in here besides me?” She was actually horrified to realize that she wasn't the only one in my inner world!

This was a defining moment in my inner work because it brought home to me (with resounding clarity) the fact that my inner parts are indeed in relationship with each other, and that the stronger, more overbearing parts have the power to push the others out of the way, if I am unaware of this imbalance.

That's what it all comes down to: awareness and balance.

In this case, Gabriella and Julianna both needed a re-shifting of power. Gabriella needed a lot less; Julianna needed a lot more. It was my awareness of their relationship that was able to bring about that balance in my life.

Take a look at your own life today. Is there an inner Committee part of you that has taken over? If so, that part of you is out of balance. What other inner part could use some more power in order to bring the first one into balance? Try creating a card for that part of you. If you already have one, take out your journal and write a dialog between these two inner parts. This is another good way to affect balance in your inner world.


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

SoulCollage® as a Balancing Act


One of the first SoulCollage® cards I made was for the archetype of Balance. That’s such a juicy word: balance. It’s a noun and a verb. It’s the core of many common phrases from “feeling out of balance” to “work-life balance” to “balancing the books.” As a noun, its synonyms include stability, parity and equipoise. The words stabilize, steady, and offset reflect balance as a verb. Balance is something we may strive for in our outer world through our chosen activities and efforts. Perhaps even more challenging is our quest to maintain a sense of inner balance.

SoulCollage® can be a powerful tool for understanding and pursuing balance. Our decks offer a multitude of ways to review and balance our inner budget. We can ask for help in seeing what’s nourishing us and what’s draining us; our Neters can offer guidance on how to keep our energetic and physical balance sheets in order to serve our needs and well-being.

The creation of my card called “Enough Already!” propelled me into a crucial balancing act over 7 years ago. This Neter spurred a huge venture into equilibrium – opting for early retirement from an increasingly toxic and futile job. She’s now an essential Committee member that I call upon whenever I am feeling exhausted, fed up, and out of balance. She often reminds me to set clear boundaries. She urges me to regain control of the vessel that is me and point myself toward health and happiness.

Talk of balance leads me to address the concept of opposites. If “patience is a virtue,” is impatience something evil? Since I was young, I heard the criticism that I was too impatient with myself and with others. Without hesitancy, I created my “Impatience” Committee card that includes the disdainful looks I might give when things are happening fast enough. Years later, I came to accept that I also am adept at patience, particularly as I began hearing “you have the patience of a saint” in chaotic situations. I finally deserved to have a card that reflected my patient self! That card includes a cherub on a turtle, on a background of painstaking beginner’s needlework. I continue to learn from these two opposing Neters, these extremes of a spectrum. Through asking each how they support me and how they impede my efforts, I’ve come to understand the importance of functioning at that balanced midpoint. Unrestrained impatience can become hurtful to those who don’t share my sense of urgency, and it can lead me to futility and frustration. However, in the right dose, impatience can be a source of determination and dedication to a task or goal. It can be a remedy for complacency. While patience is indeed a useful quality, too much of it can become an excuse for acquiescence, surrender, or even abandoning my dreams. Again, it’s all in the balance. Yes, it’s the power of what SoulCollage® birth mother, Seena Frost, referred to as both, and.


Taking this idea further, a meaningful SoulCollage® activity is to explore the essential balance within a single card, welcoming the entire spectrum of a Neter’s energies and impacts. Seena Frost (in SoulCollage® Evolving) reminded us that “every form has shadow” and encouraged us to see the light and the shadow within each card. “A key word here is balance; a Neter in perfect balance casts no shadow. However, our Neters easily lose their balance…” Since none of us maintains perfect balance, it is revealing to explore the dichotomies within our individual cards and learn what a Neter in equipoise has to offer. It’s useful to remember that each of our Neters has the capacity to help and to hinder. When hearing from a bright and seemingly helpful card, I’ll ask it to complete the prompt, “I may hinder you by…….” And when listening to a card that is casting a large shadow, I’ll be sure to ask it to describe the ways it can help me. To discover how a seemingly pesky Neter can serve as an ally, “I can be a helpful antidote to your ……… “is often an illuminating prompt.

May your SoulCollage® adventures become a stabilizing force on the balance beam of life!

Here are some explorations for you to try:

1. If you don’t yet have a Council card for Balance, consider making one.

2. Review your Committee cards and find those that reflect you in a balanced state, or a part of you that is essential to your inner balance. Perhaps some new cards are due.

3. Similarly, identify your Committee cards that reflect being out of balance, or a role or aspect that may contribute to a feeling of imbalance. What helpful qualities might they be hiding?

4. Look through your Community cards to see whether there are balance allies as well as balance disruptors represented there. It’s useful to recognize both kinds of beings in our lives. Perhaps you have a card for a special place that helps you feel the calm of balance – if not, maybe you’d like to create such a card.

5. When you’re feeling overwhelmed and out of balance, arrange a healing session among your Neters. Identify several cards that represent balance disruptors. For each one, find another card to serve as a balancer or antidote to its energy. You may ask the pairs to dialogue with each other. Or, simply place the pairs face-to-face and place them around a candle or other sacred object with the intention of creating energetic balance.

6. Embrace one of your most shadowy Committee cards by welcoming it to speak about the ways it can help you. Ask what light it can shed on a particular issue, what new perspectives it can offer.


Dr. Michele Manos lives near Tucson, AZ and is lifelong seeker of balance. 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
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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 the idea of balance.

 



Libra
Council Suit / Zodiac
Karen
Ohio

I am the Zodiac sign Libra. I balance. I am one who strives for balance and harmony in life. I seek justice and fair play, using the scales to weigh evidence to make sure justice is achieved. I consider “one” a lonely number. I like “two,” as in marriage and partnerships. I don’t like being alone; life is more fun as a couple.





Sacred Marriage
Suit Unknown
Carrie
Wisconsin

I am the one who has found the sacred balance between my inner feminine and masculine natures. My soul, as it marches through time, knows that this is what makes a balanced life.




Balance
Committee Suit
Kat
Arizona

I Am One Who balances my love of sweet things with healthy activities. I feel at ease when I can enjoy a cupcake and can enjoy downward dog. There are many doors to go through: I Am One Who gets to choose.




Caregiver
Committee Suit
Dot
Pennsylvania

I am one who works to balance my role as a caregiver with my responsibility to care for myself. I am one who is not always successful in this balancing act, but keeps working at it.

 
 


Balance
Committee Suit
Ruth
New Jersey

I am the one who finds balance in meditation and nature.

 



Balance
Committee Suit
Anne Marie
Massachusetts

I am the one who is balancing on this stool. I am the one who activates core strength in order to keep my body balanced and even. I am the one who knows that I also need to activate inner core strength in order to keep my mind and spirit (and my life!) balanced.




Balance
Council Suit
Michele
Arizona

I am the sacred tipping point. I remind you that everyone and everything has the potential to reach equilibrium.




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

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September 16-22, 2019
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Vibrant Woman SoulCollage® Retreat

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

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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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A Journey Back to You- Retreat at the Beach
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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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PORTUGAL

Soul Songs of the Spirit
Praia da Vitoria, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal
Rescheduled for 2020
Facilitator: Lisa Schad, Robert Hitz

Lisa is co-creating this special transformational retreat with Improvisational Pianist and Master Teacher Robert Hitz. They have designed a unique retreat on a magical island in that interweaves music and SoulCollage®. Each day, Robert will lead the group in a series of personal/musical experiences through the elements of GRACE: Gratitude, Reverence, Awe, Connection and Enthusiasm. The music will be interwoven with SoulCollage® as participants give voice to the cards and themselves. You will also experience natural ocean pools, lava tubes, spirit houses, magical forests and quaint villages, along with the freshest seafood and most hospitable locals. This will be a magical opportunity to manifest your mermaid archetype in house and ocean pools. All supplies included.

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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.

 
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Marti Beddoe, or Michele Manos.
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