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Issue #76   October 2011 Theme: Animal Companions: Land
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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.


Big Brown Mama Bear

When I first began working with SoulCollage®, I was drawn to the idea of making cards for Animal Companions although I was a bit confused about the Chakras. As I started learning more about the process, I began discovering my Animal Companions using Seena's Introduction to SoulCollage® CD.

Looking back, I find it really interesting and revealing that the first Animals who "appeared" to me were those of my upper chakras. They came to me in this order: Heart Chakra (little brown bird), Throat Chakra (Lion), Third Eye Chakra (Dolphin) and Crown Chakra (Swan). Then there was a big long pause of several months while I began to learn and focus on the lower chakras.Brown Bear came to me next as my Root Chakra Animal Companion. And much later, my Sacral Chakra and Solar Chakra Companions made themselves known to me (Leopard and Butterfly, respectively).

I find this interesting and revealing because up until the point of me discovering SoulCollage®, I was living mostly in my upper body, mainly my head! I had a really hard time with the concept of "groundedness" that Brown Bear in my First Chakra teaches me. But I am learning!

When I first worked with Brown Bear, she said to me:

I am the one who is standing with all four paws flat on the ground. I am the one who is grounded. I am the one who provides shelter and light for myself and my family. I am the one who loves the night and also the light of day. I am the one who enables a good balance of strength and power (day/solar energy) along with intuition (night/lunar energy).

I give you the medicine of dreamtime. I give you shelter, sustenance and a home that embraces you with color and light. I give you healing for all your wounds.

I want you to sit awhile with me and rest in the shelter of my sturdy body. I want you to know the perfect balance of power and intuition.

The lessons of Brown Bear are still working in me. I find that I draw this card often in Readings, and her message is always pertinent to me. A couple of times her message has been to me about how mother bears are fiercely protective of their cubs. And so can I be, of my own stepchildren and grandchildren, and even of the Neters in my inner world.

I actually drew this card a few weeks ago in one of my Every-Other-Daily Readings. Here is what she said to me in light of my upcoming chemo treatments:

I am the one who reminds you to stay grounded, on all fours, close to the ground. I am the one who invites you into your healing home that is lit with warmth and golden light. I am the one who is strong, who protects her cubs with fierce love. My message for you today is this: stay in touch with your root chakra as you go through these next few weeks preparing for the chemo treatments. Keep connected to the earth by focusing on your legs, your feet, your connection to the ground. All is well. My bearness will guide you and keep you safe. Above all else, dear one, you are safe.

Pay special attention this month to any Animal Companions in your Deck who are connected to the Earth. Allow them to remind you to ground your body, to stay connected to your body in whatever way works best for you!

If you haven't yet discovered any Animal Companions that live on the land, choose one anyway and spend a little time journaling with it. Listen to the message that this animal has for you right now in your life. Here are some examples. Read them over and notice which one(s) you are drawn to: Elephant, Turtle, Cat, Buffalo, Bear, Lioness, Snake, Flamingo, Kangaroo...


 
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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Guest Columnist:  Imelda Maguire


Hello! I’m Imelda Maguire, SoulCollage® facilitator and trainer from Donegal, Ireland. Also a counselor and poet, my joy is in working with others in healing and creativity. 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.


Animal Companions – Earth

In preparation for writing this – my first column for Soul Songs – I spent some time reading some of the back issues, and what riches I've found there! Yes, I've been a subscriber right from the very beginning, and yes, I do read and enjoy it each month when it pops into my inbox, but spending a little time in the archives has really brought home to me the breadth and range of information and inspiration that is available to us all the time here on the KaleidoSoul website. If you haven't had a chance to do this before, go ahead, start browsing and see what you'll find!

I've been reminded that the animal companions have been a regular feature here, and that there have been issues devoted to each of the chakras (from August '09 to August '10), as well as many Companions Suit cards being featured in other issues.

My own journey with the Companions Suit began shortly after I first met SoulCollage® in 2003. The first of these cards I made was my Heart Chakra companion – Lion, and the journey continues in bursts of activity as well as in quieter times. (Let's say there are seasons of activity and quiet!)

Inspired by many of Karen Mann's articles, I've researched some of my companions, and have always been fascinated to find that the animal chosen by intuition or through listening to Seena's guided meditation, has characteristics, meanings and mythical associations which perfectly meet aspects of the chakra to which they are attached.

For instance, my first chakra is the location where I met Salamander, about which I knew nothing at all, other than that I like what the artist Gaudi has done with them in his park in Barcelona. I thought this was a reptile, when in fact it is an amphibian – so it is of both water and land. Looking into it, I discovered that this animal helps to connect us to the mysteries of the earth, to feel grounded in the present moment... and that in magical traditions, Salamander also relates to the element of fire. The first chakra is also related to Fire! When we meet our chakra companions, this seems to be one of the times we discover how much we can "know" without knowing that we know it.

When I finally met my third chakra, Elephant, I posted a piece on my blog showing all seven cards.  There I mentioned that I'd noticed a pattern of "lower" chakras relating to reptiles or mammals (for me) and "higher" chakras relating to birds. Glancing over the examples in other issues of Soul Songs, it seems that the same might be true for others, and I find that very interesting.

In SoulCollage® Evolving, Seena explains that the idea of using animals to represent our chakras helps us to get in touch with our elemental energies. When I consider the element of "Earth," I think of words like Groundedness and Solidity. The animals of the land meet and fit themselves to the place in which they live so perfectly. I think of how Leopard (my second chakra companion) moves through bush and scrub, how it camouflages itself to match the trees within which it rests and awaits its prey. I notice Elephant's powerful strength (my third chakra companion), and Lion's ease of movement through the landscape within which it travels. It is as though they are all at one with the earth, and in connecting with them, I too am invited to meet the part of myself that can be like that.

Allow me to leave you with my Heart Chakra companion – the Lion. I hadn't known that the astrological sign of Leo (lion) rules the heart, but it didn't surprise me to discover that either, and of course, the word courage comes from the French for heart (coeur), so to be "lion-hearted."


As you select any of your Companion Suit cards that relate to land animals, why not invite them to help you relate to the element of earth, by saying "I Am One Who is of the earth in my...."

I wish you joy in your continuing journey with your Companions of the Earth.


Imelda Maguire is a SoulCollage® facilitator and trainer from Donegal, Ireland. A counsellor, poet, Bach Flower Remedy practitioner, and creative-writing facilitator, her joy is in working with others, in witnessing a-ha moments and experiences of healing. She has been sharing SoulCollage® with groups since 2003, when she first discovered the process, and delights in others' excitement on meeting their Neters for the first time. .

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

Each card below is a card that represents an Earth Animal Companions from one SoulCollager's Deck.  

 


Badger
Companions Suit- 1st Chakra
Carol
Oregon

I am the one who survives by my wits, solitary by choice in the wild. It is beautiful here, quiet and green. My roots are strong here.


 

Polar Bear
Companions Suit
John
Australia

I am the one who is calm, relaxed and confident. I move with grace in my power. I am the one who can see where I am going. I am not perturbed by strange surroundings, as I am clear in my vision of where I am going. I carry no attachment or dependence upon what has been left behind or where I have come from. I do not have to be in my natural surroundings in order to feel at home. I am neither threatened nor supported by my surroundings. I am supported by my power within.




Giraffe
Companions Suit
Sharon
New Hampshire

I am the one called Giraffe and sit with your root chakra guiding you towards Groundedness, Self-Esteem, Safety and Security. I walk with you, but have the ability to see far more than your eyes can see due to my long legs and neck. Children are fascinated at the site of me and reach out to touch and feed me. I embrace them calmly and with love. I give you the gift of perspective -- of seeing that which you cannot see. I also give you the ability to taste the sweet leaves that only we can reach.




Lion- 5th Chakra
Companions Suit
Anne Marie
Massachusetts

I am the one who is the king of the jungle. I am the one who knows when to roar and when to keep silent. Remember that your voice is power.

 


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

Future themes include:
Community Suit: Musicians
Animal Companions: Water

Joy
 
 

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