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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 #28            October, 2007


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 process!


    A Friend By Any Other Name...

    ... is still a friend! One of the things I most love about SoulCollage is the Community Suit. It took me a while to actually make cards for this suit because I was having such fun just making cards intuitively.  Community Suit cards are mostly made intentionally.

    But once I got started, I couldn't seem to stop!  I have especially enjoyed making cards for the friends in my life, past and present.  And when I make a card to honor a friend, I always share it with them afterwards. 

    Sometimes I share the I am the one who's with them. Sometimes I just show them the card I made.  Sometimes I write about the card in a different way, explaining why I chose the images that are on the card for them.  As I write, it always becomes clearly apparent why they are my friend.

    I think it's also important to make SoulCollage cards for friends who are not in our lives now as well.  It's a good way to honor the place they once held in our lives, and to give space and time to remember the wisdom they once gave us.

    I encourage you this month to also notice if you have an Inner Voice (Committee Suit) that wants to speak up about being a good friend. Or perhaps Friendship is an archetype (Council Suit) that has played a big role in your life.  Maybe even one of your Animal Totems (Companions Suit) has a message to give you about Friendship.

    However you express it, be sure to be on the lookout for the theme of Friendship this month.  Past, present, or future... how does Friendship play out in your life?

    Recommended resources on friendship:

    The Art of Friendship: 70 Simple Rules for Making Meaningful Connections, by Roger and Sally Horchow.

    Sacred Circles: A Guide to Creating Your Own Women's Spirituality Group, by Robin Deen Carnes. 



    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.

    Please read more about
    upcoming workshops/retreats with Anne Marie.


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.

Nurturing Friendship
through Community Cards

 

Making Community cards is a great way to nurture and honor treasured friendships.  

In her SoulCollage book, Seena Frost describes the importance of the Community suit.  She says: "Usually therapy and spiritual work are done in a solitary manner or with a single therapist or teacher.  This may lead to a perspective which fails to notice the true "nettedness" of human experience.  Human beings are vitally connected with each other, and with all other human beings.  These connections need to be honored, enjoyed and used." (p.23) 

Seena views the Community suit as so important that it forms an essential part of her daily card reading practice.  She draws two SoulCollage cards daily; one Community card and one other card at random from the rest of the deck.  (This is one reason it is suggested that we put different backings on our different suits, so you can choose a card randomly from a particular suit).  

Seena then holds her Community Neter in a "special place of love for the day" and says that she will often let the person know that they are her "Neter of the day" by email, postcard or a phone call (see page 134 of the SoulCollage book).  She says that through the regular connections and contacts with people represented in her Community suit she has maintained some friendships that she may have otherwise lost contact with. 

One of the benefits of having Community cards representing your friends is that when you draw them in a reading it is like you can tap into the wisdom of what that friend would say to you if you were to ask them for their advice.  

In the middle of my recent 6-week trip tothe USA I did a SoulCollage reading when I was beginning to feel homesick and tired.  I drew my good friend Kerrilie's card as part of this reading.  This Neter gave me some very practical advice:  "You need good food, herbal tea and comfortable shoes.  You need to start taking proper care of yourself.  You can survive the next 3 weeks if you take time out to find some quiet when you truly need it.  It is time to start caring for YOU!" 

While this is not exactly earth shattering advice, it was exactly the kind of advice that my friend would have given me and it was exactly what I needed to hear at that time when I was feeling very alone.  At a time when I was not in daily contact with this good friend from home, I was still able to connect with her spirit.  



Karen Mann is an artist, art teacher, Lifestyle Coach, yoga and meditation teacher, and SoulCollage® facilitator. Karen has been working with SoulCollage cards for more than two years and facilitates a variety of SoulCollage Groups. She also works with individuals. Karen is based in Melbourne, Australia. For more information, or to contact Karen, please visit her website,
Flying Colours Creativity
.




KaleidoSoul
Announcements


October, 2007


All Things Bright and Beautiful- 3 night SoulCollage retreat focusing on the Animal Companions Suit.
April 10-13, 2008.  Essex, MA.  Join us for a creative, fun journey with our Animal Totems. 

If you're longing to bring the wisdom of the Animals into your life in a creative, personal way within the safety of SoulCollage.... then you will love this retreat.

If you're a KaleidoSoul Kindred Spirit Member, you can make several smaller payments instead of paying all at once.  But however you take care of that, we know you'll find this amazing, unique retreat affordable, powerful, and full of community, creativity and avenues for self-expression. 
 
There's lots more details on this KaleidoSoul page.


 
SoulCollage Tele-Class:  Our October tele-class is called The Hero's Journey: The Local Story, and is being led by Anne Marie Bennett and Robin Cooper-Stone, MFA.  Seena refers to the Larger Story (played out in the Companions Suit and the Council Suit), and also the Local Story, which shows up in the Committee Suit and the Community Suit. 

The Local Story is all about our own personal mythology, and we'll be discussing this in relationship to SoulCollage, and to our own individual hero's (and heroine's) journey.

There's more information on this KaleidoSoul page.
 
 




  KaleidoSoul Creations
As promised, we are featuring SoulCollage® cards from our readers in each issue. Please feel free to submit one of your cards for a future issue by sending a reply email to this newsletter.

Upcoming issue themes:
   * November- Gratitude
   * December- The Crone

In keeping with this month's theme, each card below represents one SoulCollager's view of friendship.

 
Girlfriends
Suit: Community
Artist: Lorraine
Location: British Columbia

I am the one who is honoured with longtime friendship.
I am one of three women who share history from grade school.
I give you reminiscence and shared memory,
a wealth of laughter, sadness and rich experience to explore.



 
Linda
Suit: Community
Artist: Kathryn
Location: California

I am your oldest friend.  I  know what you mean without you having to finish a sentence.  I remember our  childhood and am the keeper of memories for you.  I am one who loves Mother Nature and the living, breathing, beautiful earth and ocean.  I am one who  nurtures my creativity through painting and pastels.  I have created a warm,  welcoming
home for my family (husband and dog) which always is open to you. I am one who shows you the true meaning of unconditional love.



The Exotics
Suit: Community
Artist: Marilyn
Location: Oregon

We are the ones who make you laugh, who let you cry, who know 
everything about you and still love you. We are the ones who share 
adventures, late-night stories, scrabble games and crossword puzzles. 

We are the ones who sat by your hospital bed when you nearly died, 
the ones you ponder the big questions with. We are your sisters, your 
best friends. We are your true blessings in human form!



Inner Cheerleader
Suit: Community
Artist: Linda
Location: New York

I am the one who tells you that everything will be OK.

I am the one who lights up inside whenever I see you.
I am the one you run to and share good news.
I am the one who holds you through the tears.

I am the one who accepts and loves you for who you are and encourages you to reach outside
your comfort zone.




Jewel of Friendship
Suit: Committee or Council
Artist: Cindy

Location: Oregon

I am the one who surrounds you with companionship, love and laughter.

I am precious, beautiful and in full bloom. I am free spirited and playful.

I want you to recognize and nurture my precious gifts and enjoy the simple pleasures of
connecting in friendship.




 

KaleidoSoul Notes

Noteworthy resources for anyone interested in SoulCollage

 
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-Playshops- These are fun, interactive tele-classes that are easily accessed from anywhere in the world. Topics range from SoulCollage card making to various suits to dreamwork to how to do readings with your cards. There's more information about this month's tele-playshop on this KaleidoSoul page.

Facilitator Trainings- Information about content and dates/locations of upcoming trainings of SoulCollage Facilitators.





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, 2007, 
by Anne Marie Bennett and Karen Mann.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.