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 #172   October 2019 Theme:  Sorrow/Grief
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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.


Staying Close:
Grieving Over a Beloved Animal Friend

In the summer of 2009 we adopted a beautiful five-year-old yellow lab named Suzy. She was a feisty sweetheart who bounded (literally) into our lives with exuberance and joy. So much energy! I tried taking her for walks but I found that I just couldn't control her. So my husband and I took her to a six-week training class at the local pet store.

The first commands we learned were "sit" and "stay." Then we worked our way up to "drop it" and "leave it" and "wait." After that, we graduated to walking with Suzy. I thought the command for keeping the dog beside me would be "heel." But instead, our trainer used the word "close" as in "stay close beside me."

The next weeks as I was taking Suzy for her daily walks, I found myself saying the command many, many times. It almost became a chant. If she pulled on the leash too much, or tried to stray I would give the command: Close, close, stay close, stay close. It had a nice rhythm to it! If she got sidetracked too long by a certain clump of grass, I would chant again: Stay close, close, stay close.

After several days of this, the command Stay Close was so ingrained in me that I was hearing it in my sleep and in my dreams! And one day, when I was telling Suzy to stay close, I had the distinct impression that Spirit was telling ME to stay close as well. Stay close to Spirit, keep myself grounded in Spirit’s wisdom and grace by keeping my thoughts and actions aligned with what I know to be true, and by staying connected to the people who love me without measure, as I loved Suzy.

In November of 2018, we said good-bye to Suzy as she made her transition back Home. By then, she was completely blind and mostly deaf. It had been difficult to watch her aging during the last year or so as arthritis in her hips made it increasingly harder for her to accompany me on our walks.

The grief I felt in the months following that tearful farewell was draining, to say the least. I managed my sorrow by journaling, and taking extra care of my body, and by EFT Tapping which didn’t take away the grief, but lessened its intensity and helped me to not get stuck in it.


Another thing I did to help me through the grieving was to make a new SoulCollage® card for Suzy. I felt the need to give image to a new relationship that I sensed was forming, now that her body is gone and only her spirit remains with us. I cut out the image of Suzy from a photo of her when she’d first come to us. The other images I already had in my stash and they seemed to beg me to join Suzy on the card!

This card now sits in a prominent place in our upstairs hallway where I see it and touch it every time I go into and out of my Quiet Room (aka my study). It is comforting to me in a most visceral way. Suzy’s energy seems to beam into my heart right off of that card, and I allow myself to continually be reminded of her presence and of all the love she gave us and of how much she taught me about playing and loving and enjoying life.

And sometimes I can almost hear her sweet spirit whispering to mine, “Stay close, Anne Marie, stay close.”

Putting It Into Practice

If you’ve ever experienced the particular grief that follows the loss of a beloved animal friend, there’s a 60-minute audio in our Kindred Spirits Members Only Audio Library where I share cards similar to Suzy’s second card (above) that I made for our cats Sasha and Scooter after they died in 2006 and 2011. Also there are some excellent journaling questions to help you process through the three stages of grief associated with pet loss (sadness, remembrance, and spiritual growth), as well as some excellent resources.

EFT Tapping is also an amazingly helpful resource for handling grief of any kind. Here’s a way to get started. 

And finally, I would suggest that you make a separate SoulCollage® card for any beloved animal friend who is no longer with you. Take your time to seek out the images that feel “just right.” And then ask him or her, “Who are you?” and “What is your gift to me?” and any other questions that rise from your soul. This is such an excellent way of staying close to that animal’s spirit, because it is still very present to you even though you cannot see him or her.


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: Cat Caracelo
I am Cat Caracelo, M.A., a SoulCollage® facilitator, depth coach, teacher and artist from Petaluma, California, offering my work individually and in global teaching forums. This column is for all of you who are exploring your creative and are ready to discover more depth in your SoulCollage® journey.


When Grief Comes

Pain. Loss. Grief. There are many ways that grief comes close and impacts our everyday lives over the course of a lifetime. Our heart breaks and we feel so much it is hard to hold or even know how to respond.

Profound or subtle, grief is experienced in so many ways.

As difficult as it can be to talk about, grief and loss is hard not to acknowledge. We are surrounded with personal, collective, communal, ancestral, and generational grief. It is something that touches every part of our lives. In a world that is experiencing rapid and constant change, there is a need for continuous tending and releasing, expressing that which is so hard to grasp and equally hard to escape.

When it comes to grieving, we must have safe space to release and express…unfurl, release, quietly fall apart, or cry, scream, tear asunder… time to sit and wait until the time we are ready, and then slowly we will step, mend, stitch, make sense, express, remember, cry, recover… and all the while we are bringing together the edges and wounded places of the heart.

Tenderness, understanding, and compassion are wise and patient companions to times of deep grief - allowing us to create the needed safe space inside, for us to face life, within the loss and pain.

Compassion is defined as a deep caring for the pain of others, accompanied by a desire to help. It is interesting that compassion is less often defined in terms of oneself when self-compassion is one of the greatest strengths we can develop, one of the greatest gifts we can receive to navigate grief and loss.

We move into compassion for ourselves when we identify, understand and forge a new relationship with whatever lives within us, naming and claiming the many ways grief is being experienced and expressed.

So often grief and loss are complex and confusing - more easily held beneath the surface, tucked away so that one can fake it and function. It is through the deep meeting of ourselves within the deep landscape of grief, that we can find and foster what is most important. This helps us to find a way to move with the grief into a new place of being.

We move into compassion for ourselves when we can communicate with and unravel the fears and false beliefs that we have absorbed from our past experiences. Many times, it is hard to understand the fallout of traumatic or unexpected loss. Grief is profound, yet we will downplay our own feelings and responses, comparing and forcing reconciliation when time has not had a chance to begin to heal.
Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror up to where you’re bravely working.
 - Rumi
We may find at times that we are making ourselves wrong for feeling, reacting or responding to transition, grief, loss and change in our own unique way. There is no right way or wrong way to move though the experience of loss, only our way.

There is no hierarchy of Grief. The experience of comparing, dismissing and holding judgment toward one’s own expressions of grief can be an indication that moving onto the path of compassion is needed.

The experiences which may evoke grief experience include: work transitions, life-stage transitions, early childhood trauma, attachment or neglect, illness, loss of a loved one, adult trauma and trauma at a distance, tragedy in the world, earth-based pain/changes, personal losses, changes in ability and mobility, aging, empty nest, life-style change, loss of desired outcomes, crushed dreams, care-giving, compromised health, illness of loved ones, death of a pet, change in our living situation, natural disaster, challenge with relationships, communal/political change and the list goes on and on…

We must be present to the grief that is within us. It is real and needs to be acknowledged and held with compassion.

Through SoulCollage® we have the opportunity to explore the true nature of our own experiences, immediately within our creative experience and over a more extended time allowing our cards to speak to the deeper truths that are held within. Using our art to process and speak to grief, allows the undercurrent to be acknowledged and recognized. It can be surprising and profoundly comforting when our grief stories surface in unexpected ways.

Grief in not an exact path; it does not follow a prescribed cycle, and it cannot be anticipated or avoided. It is one of the initiations that we, as humans, are destined to go through but desperately want to avoid.

Choosing the path of creative compassion offers opportunity to meet ourselves within our grief, to travel with our grief, to enter into a new phase of the journey through life and love and loss.

Allowing your experiences with grief and loss to move to you and through you creates a compassionate space to be beautifully human. In times of loss and transition it is important to invite your artmaking to become a path of release.

May your creative practice guide your process and mend your heart.

Creative Prompts

Explore the one or more of the following prompts with your own SoulCollage® cards. This approach can be a way to safely connect with what is held within your story, and a way to express when grief is acute and lingering.

What I see…
What I feel…
What I know…
What is missing…
What remains...
What is healing…
What is held…
Within the whole there is…


Cat Caracelo, M.A. is a Depth Coach and SoulCollage® Facilitator since 2007, working with expressive arts and transformative process to guide individuals and groups internationally. Cat is the founder of JourneyPath Institute and JourneyCircles™ Process. Her dynamic Mythos Journey + Quest eCourses and retreats offer transformative process and mythic themes designed to explore one’s own stories, seeking healing and expand possibility. Please visit Cat’s website Journey Path Institute to find articles and information about depth coaching, classes, training programs and retreats.
 
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 Sorrow or Grief.

 



Angel of Sorrow
Council Suit
Natalie
Colorado

I am one who weeps for humanity's profound losses, both individual and collective. I weep for those who lose loved ones, with those who anticipate their own death, and with those who grieve over the deaths of victims of war, violence, starvation and disease.





Reflections on My Mom's Passing
Committee Suit
“T”
Colorado

I am one who admires my mom's strength and courage. I am one who has come to realize how my mom reframed the pain and loss in her life with divorce, the loss of her young adult son, and 2 bouts of cancer, greatly admiring that she ultimately chose to focus instead on that which brought her joy, especially her love of painting, music, and theater. I am one who is grateful that my mom, with her love of arts, gave me an appreciation for the same.




Heartbreak
Committee Suit
Tisha
Michigan

I am one who is frozen in pain as the world rushes on around me. I am one who is in a ball of despair, drowning in the water of my own tears. The jagged edges of my heart cut through the walls of my chest; I feel the sensation of anguish drip throughout. I am numb, unable to put the pieces back together.




Is This Death?
Community/Council Suits
David
California

I Am One who was blindsided by illness, and bravely, consciously, and with acceptance, met my fate, sooner than later, to my surprise and sadness.

 
 


Doula
Council Suit
Cat
California

I am the one who stands at the chamber of the dark, the witness to your suffering and pain. I am the scar written on the skin, the knife that cuts the pain, the keeper of undone dreams and lost things. I gather my skirts to walk the edges of the underworld with you as you travel its broken path. I am the banshee and the child, the howling grief and the wild. When you are ready, I'll guide your light to find its home in the heart.

 



Walking into Love
Suit Unknown
Claudette Hunter
California

I am the one who sees death as another journey, far more amazing than we can ever imagine.

(From Claudette) I made this card seven years ago when a dear friend died. It has comforted and sustained me and others through many losses since then. I hope you find peace in it.
 




Survivors of 9/11
Suit Unknown
Dani
Washington

We are the survivors of 9/11. We remember those who lost their lives. We live at the effect of that day and it shapes us. We carry the loss and grief in our hearts, as we pray for Peace in our world. May all children be safe.
 





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

Future themes include:

November: Transition/Change
December: Holidays
 
 
 
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Trainer: Anne Marie Bennett, assisted by Jeanne Marie Merkel
 

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Join us at the peaceful Genesis Spiritual Life Center in western Massachusetts for a unique weekend experience of community, learning, laughter, and professional training to enable you to spread the joy of the SoulCollage® process in wider circles in your world.
 
Note: Anne Marie is hanging up her Trainer’s Hat, but not her SoulCollage® Hat! After December 2019, she won’t be doing Facilitator Trainings any more but she will continue leading online classes, as well as workshops and retreats in person. KaleidoSoul and Kindred Spirits will be her primary concern, going forward!

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Upcoming SoulCollage® Retreats

PENNSYLVANIA

Women Who Run to the Stones
Bangor, Pennsylvania
October 11-13, 2019
Facilitator: Marci Wenn, Maryann Frantz
1 Space Left!

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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MASSACHUSETTS

A Journey Back to You- Retreat at the Beach
Falmouth, Massachusetts
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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NEW LISTING!
CALIFORNIA


Embrace Your Creativity: A SoulCollage® Feast for the Soul
Scotts Valley, California (1440 Multiversity)
November 3-8, 2019
Facilitator: Mariabruna Sirabella

Every personal story is engineered through the unpredictable and inescapable encounter between our own nature, willpower, and the external forces we must contend with. Along the journey, sometimes we forget our inherent wholeness and potential. This empowering experiential workshop invites you use SoulCollage® to travel back in time and take a fresh look at who you are, what you have gained throughout your life, and what you have already contributed, as you reimagine your lifeline with new perspective. Explore how SoulCollage supports organizational development, conflict management, and compassionate awareness for leadership in any field.

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NEW LISTING!
CALIFORNIA


Let’s Talk About Love- Annual SoulCollage® Winter Retreat
San Rafael, California
November 21-24, 2019
Facilitator:
Mariabruna Sirabella

Love is hidden in plain sight within every SoulCollage® card. Mariabruna invites you to explore your Neters’ deep springs of Love and use them to illuminate experiences, from personal needs to spiritual longings. At this retreat you will: Explore the facets of Love. Expand your awareness of its presence in your deck and the world. Harvest love from your Neters through consultation of your deck. Create new cards to anchor the salient steps of this journey. Acquire tools for self-care through the love that surrounds you. Explore the deep connection between love and the four Elements.

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NEW LISTING!
CALIFORNIA

Invite Your Daemons to Tea: A SoulCollage® Retreat on the "Shadow"
Big Sure, California (Esalen)
February 23-28, 2020
Facilitator: Mariabruna Sirabella

Your creativity, imagination and intuition will guide you in a stirring exploration of what C.G. Jung termed “Shadow”. You will “Invite your Daemons for Tea” to access the great reservoirs of golden energy hidden in “shadow” areas of the soul we tend to judge, fear, or ignore. Those secreted, yet necessary inner parts are a most potent source of change and freedom. Engaging them in a new relationship ignites a quiet revolution that brings gifts of choice and joy to the soul. Creating and using SoulCollage® cards together with poetry and movement will entice transformation in a respectful, inspiring environment.

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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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NEW LISTING!
BALI

Immerse Yourself in Balinese Culture while doing SoulCollage®
Bali
May 25 – June 3, 2020
Facilitator: Erica Crawford and Edy Phodes

Join two facilitators for a journey to identify your Spirit/Totem animals through guided meditation and your own inner wisdom. We will be making cards for our Companions Suit. We will do this in a small village in Bali hosted by our personal friend and his family. You will get to experience the food, dance, art, and so much more in this traditional village where the only accommodations are owned by my friend. It's a once in a lifetime experience to do SoulCollage® there amongst the orange groves and rice fields. Contact me for more detailed information. Namaste.

Contact Erica for more information: 831-596-1437 or ericacrawford@mac.com


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.

Contact Lisa to be notified of new dates.
 

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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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