Soul Songs: Your SoulCollage NewsletterSoulSongs
Your SoulCollage® Newsletter

Enabling us to sing the songs
we were born to sing
through the practice
of SoulCollage®
Issue #53   November, 2009 Theme:  Prayer
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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.


Stay Close

This summer we adopted a beautiful five year old yellow lab named Suzy. She's a feisty sweetheart who lives with exuberance and joy. Lots of energy. I tried taking her for walks but just couldn't control her. So we 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 too much, or tried to stray: Close, close, stay close, stay close. If she got sidetracked too long by a certain clump of grass: 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.

It was right about that time that I was working with Catherine Anderson on the description of this month's tele-class SoulCollage® As Prayer (see below). I was trying to decide what to write for this column on Prayer, and after chanting the "Stay Close" mantra several hundred times on my Suzy Walks, it became very clear to me that prayer simply is this: a way for us to stay close to God (or whatever name you choose to give Source).

When I pray, it is simply a way to strengthen my relationship with Spirit (the name I choose to call God). If I stray too far from Spirit's path for me, prayer brings me back. If I get sidetracked by something that isn't good for me, prayer reminds me Who I am connected to.

In my life's journey, my knowledge and expression of prayer has taken many forms. I have been in church prayer groups where praying out loud was the main mode of expression. I have sung prayers and danced prayers. I have prayed silently. I have prayed while weeping and laughing. I have prayed with rosaries and mala beads and a prayer necklace I created myself. I have prayed simple prayers and complex prayers. I have prayed while walking a labyrinth and I have prayed in grand cathedrals. I have led prayers in an Episcopal church and I have been led in prayer by a Buddhist teacher. I have painted prayers and written prayers with words. Now I am beginning to learn to use SoulCollage® as a tool for prayer as well.

I hope you'll join Catherine Anderson and I on November 17 for our monthly KaleidoSoul tele-class, SoulCollage® As Prayer (see below), where we'll explore this topic more fully and actually create some prayers with our own decks (and if you don't have a deck yet, just bring some images with you to the call).

And wherever you are in your own prayer life, I encourage you to see prayer as a way to "stay close" to Spirit (however you choose to call Spirit).



November KaleidoSoul Tele-class
SoulCollage® As Prayer

with Catherine Anderson
Tuesday November 17, 2009
7 pm 8 pm (Eastern)
$10
FR*EE for Kindred Spirit Members
Click here for more details about the tele-class.

 
Anne Marie Bennett is a freelance writer, self-taught artist, SoulCollage® Facilitator and Facilitator Trainer 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.
 
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. 




At the time of publication, Karen was preparing for a trip to the States to attend the Annual Facilitator's Conference.  She'll be back as usual in next month's issue. 



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 four years and facilitates a variety of SoulCollage® Groups. Karen also runs SoulCollage® Facilitator Training weekends. Karen offers regular workshops in Melbourne and Geelong, Australia, and is also available to travel to other regions in Australia. For more information, or to contact Karen, please visit her website, Flying Colours Creativity.

 
 

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Soul Songs Back Issues - Read back issues of Soul Songs on this KaleidoSoul page. An excellent resource. Just look for whatever SoulCollage® topic you are interested in, and read to your heart's content!

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KaleidoSoul Creations

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

Each card below is one SoulCollager's expression of Prayer.
 
   
 


Judy
Massachusetts
Prayers

 I am the one who is lit by the flame of divine love.
I am the one who enters the depths of soul and inner sight to see and feel and become all that I seek.
I am one who yearns for peace and joy, who bows my head in humble emptiness, softens into an expansion of time and space, nothingness and fullness, simplicity and blessed silence.






Rhoda
Washington

I am One Who reminds you to return to the Sacred Word when your mind wanders or you get upset or lose your way.
My touch is as gentle as a feather, reminding you of your intention to be receptive, your desire for attention of the heart, and your ongoing consent to the presence and action of God in your life.






Jo
Australia
Grace of Prayer
Council Suit

I am the One who is always here with you, pouring down my Grace upon you whenever you feel the need to connect with the Divine.
I am the One who knows that your moments of delight in music, art and poetry, and in being in Nature, are prayers from the deepest part of you to the Divine - I hear your prayers.
I see the pure child-like spirit in you who trusts that your prayers will be answered
I am the One who answers all your prayers.
I am the same One who heard the prayers of The Ancient Ones who had a deep affinity for the Spirit of the land and who teach you to honor it.






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


Future themes include:

Third Chakra Animals
Creative Muse
Fourth Chakra Animals
Community Suit: Siblings 
 
 
 

KaleidoSoul Notes
KaleidoSoul Notes

Noteworthy resources for anyone interested in SoulCollage®


Facilitator TrainingsFacilitator Trainings: Information about content and dates/locations of upcoming trainings of SoulCollage® Facilitators.


SoulCollage websiteSoulCollage 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®.


Tele-Classes - These are fun, interactive tele-classes that are easily accessed from anywhere in the world. 
 
This month's tele-class is:
SoulCollage® As Prayer
with Catherine Anderson, SoulCollage® Facilitator in North Carolina.  There are more details on this KaleidoSoul page.


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