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 #77   November 2011 Theme: Community Suit: Music/Musicians
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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.


Adding Musicians to Your Deck

Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul. ---Plato

Sometimes people ask me how to discern exactly which artists, authors and musicians to add to their SoulCollage® Deck's Community Suit.  Face it- it's fairly simple when it comes to deciding which family members and loved ones to honor with Community cards. But if I made a SoulCollage® card for every artist, author and actor I cared about, my Deck wouldn't begin to fit in my house, let alone my card carrier!

I think it's helpful, in this discernment process, to ask ourselves which artists have touched our life in an unmistakable way and on some kind of a soul level. There is a very keen difference between a musician who makes a difference in our life and one whose music we simply enjoy. This is something that each of us can only decide for ourselves.

For example, in my teens and twenties, I (practically) only listened to these three musicians: John Denver, Neil Diamond and Barry Manilow. I LOVED their songs, their energy, their music, and how their music made me feel. All of their music touched me on some level. However, the only one of the three of them who has "made it" into my SoulCollage® Deck is John Denver. This is because I felt (and still feel, even though he is no longer with us) a certain connection with him through his music. This is a soul connection, a connection that implies something much deeper than the fact that I simply like his music.

I think back to my teens and twenties and I see that John Denver's music permeates my memories and my life. He inspired me to play guitar. He touched me with his dedication to Mother Earth and to preserving wildlife. His creativity was to me a joy and a blessing. I am grateful that I was able to attend three of his live concerts in my lifetime, and the last one was just a few months before he died in 1997.

Now, this whole reflection experience might be very different for you. You might have only listened to John, Neil and Barry also "way back when," but when you stop, become present with yourself and rest with their energies for awhile, you might realize that you were soul-connected to Neil. Or Barry, for that matter! Or, of course, someone else altogether.

So, if music is a big part of your life and you want to honor some musicians in your Deck, take some time and scoot back through your recent and no-so-recent memories. Is there a singer or other musician who has had a deep impact on your life? Don't just think pop music. There's opera, blues, jazz, soul, folk and Broadway. And don't just think singers. There are orchestra conductors, bands, band leaders, choruses, composers, librettists, and instrumentalists.

Spend some time this month looking at the role that music has played in your life over the years and choose at least one musician to honor with a SoulCollage® card. And please do share with us all on the KaleidoSoul Yahoo Group.

 
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.
 
 OUR NEXT TELE-CLASS
Honoring Death in Our Decks

Guest Facilitator: Dot Everhart, SoulCollage® Facilitator in Pennsylvania.

Sunday Nov. 13, 7pm EST

Having just celebrated Halloween, the Mexican Day of the Dead and All Soul's Day, we will explore how our cards assist us in honoring loved ones who have already passed, and examining the images we have chosen to represent death and transitions in our Decks. You are invited to review your entire deck and bring to this call any cards you've made to honor loved ones who have passed and any cards that symbolize death or transitions.

Please visit this page now for more information.
We hope you'll join us!
 
Guest Columnist:  Kat Kirby


I'm Kat Kirby, Art Therapist and SoulCollage® Facilitator and Trainer from San Diego, CA, soon to be from Prescott, AZ!! I work with people in recovery from addictions and eating disorders, and share my passion for SoulCollage® wherever and whenever I can. I am excited to be writing for Soul Songs, and hope you find that my words inspire you to create a new card or two!


Music Makes Things Better

The influence of music in our lives is huge. When we hear a few bars of an old familiar tune, we are immediately brought back to those times: what clothes we wore, how we styled our hair, what perfume was popular, who we had a crush on... etc. When I sent out a recent newsletter at the end of summer and attached the tune "See You in September," many readers sent emails with their own memories of what was happening for them when that song was popular.

My mother played the ukulele, and every Sunday when we traveled to our grandparents house ("over the river and through the woods, to grandmother's house we go".....), she would sit in the front seat, strumming her uke and singing such classics as "Red River Valley" and "Billy Boy." Although sometimes she was doing this for her own self-soothing, as she had a difficult relationship with her parents, we four kids in the back seat just enjoyed the fun. We'd sing along and the trip went so much faster. Music just made things better.

Music has always been important in my life. I remember the day my older brother Kenny came into my room early one morning all excited and told me to come to his room and listen to a new group that was playing on his clock radio...."The Beatles." I had never heard anything like these voices, the harmony, the beat, and realized something really new was happening in the music world. It was one of those defining moments when you are awed by something you might not really understand just yet.

Joni Mitchell was one of the first of many musicians who influenced me. The combination of her originality, beauty, creative talent, and of course long string of famous musician lovers had me intrigued. Her musical style of "open tunings" led me to try new things as I played my guitar, and when I wanted to relax or find peace within myself, my Joni Mitchell albums were always my first choice. Her angelic voice and incredible range never stopped me from singing along!

I Am One Who plays guitar and sings, who creates beautiful music for you to enjoy. My songs seem strangely familiar to many people from all walks of life, although my story is definitely my own. I Am One Who follows my heart and mind, and I encourage you to do the same.

My Community suit (in my mind) includes several cards for artists and musicians I admire, yet as I write this column I realize I have yet to actually create them. I will be making cards for Eric Clapton, the Beatles, Bonnie Raitt, Simon & Garfunkel, and probably a few more. The challenge with these cards is the concept of intentional vs. intuitive. Creating Community cards in general involves thought and planning, finding the perfect image of the person, and putting the image on the right background. As I am currently in the midst of selling our home, moving to another state, and starting a PhD program online, it's hard to make time to search for the right images....and yet, I know it's important to continue to develop my SoulCollage® deck, and therefore myself. And I get such joy out of my Community cards, once they start speaking to me in my readings, that I remember that we need to "trust the process."

Happy Creating!


Kat Kirby is a Registered Art Therapist, SoulCollage® Facilitator and Trainer. She leads creative workshops and retreats throughout the US and abroad. Kat has been working with SoulCollage® since 2006 and believes strongly in the healing power of the arts. For more information about Kat's SoulCollage® workshops, trainings, and retreats, please visit her website, 2 Kat Studios. .

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

Each card below is a card that represents Music or Musicians from one SoulCollager's Deck.  

 


Carlos Nakai
Community Suit
Sarah
Cincinnati, Ohio

I am one who is hearing the gentle voice of golden notes calling on the wind. ~Listen~ - calling us to Center; ~Listen~ from the 4 corners calling us to our Collective Center; ~Listen~ calling us Home.


 

Grace Notes
Community Suit
Deb
Virginia

I am the one who... feels the ancient rhythm of life flow in me as I sing my way through life. Music is how emotions sound, and it fills my heart and mind every single day. I am the one who is grateful to those whose songs lift me, and fill me, and carry me along.




Pavarotti
Community Suit
Dot
Pennsylvania

I am one who sings-- with gusto and with tenderness-- of love and all of life's powerful feelings. I am one who is a citizen of the world, sharing my songs with people all over the world. I am one who loves singing and eating and cooking and my family. I am one who makes love with a beautiful woman through singing or who thwarts my rival with a bombastic song. I am one who sings soaring duets with a lovely soprano or blends my tenor with the sonorous bass. May I be one whose voice and whose song will be heard and valued forever!




John Denver
Community Suit
Toni
Oregon

I Am One Who was nature's troubadour. I sang of my soulful connection with the wild places and all of Earth's creatures. My spirit soared with the eagles and frolicked with the dolphins. I shared my joyful communion with Nature in my music.

 


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

Future themes include:
Animal Companions: Water
Joy
Community Suit: Lovers
 
 

KaleidoSoul Notes
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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®.


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Upcoming SoulCollage® Retreats
HAWAII
 

Women's SoulCollage® Retreat
Kihei, Hawaii
November 2-7, 2011
Facilitator: Rona Smith and Suzy Allegra


Explore inner life in Paradise! If you want to re-energize your creative soul, discover your deepest being, and have a fun, meaningful vacation, this is for you!

At our retreat, you will:
  • Gain clarity, understanding, and acceptance
  • Find direction and inner strengths
  • Discover the myths of Hawaii to broaden your scope of helpful neters
  • Learn rituals created exclusively for our retreat
Spend five days exploring your inner world, while you discover magical Maui. Smell the fragrant air, stroll the beautiful beaches, dip in the warm Pacific and walk an evocative labyrinth. This will be a retreat you will never forget!

Registration Info Here

 

MINNESOTA
 

The SoulCollage® Council Suit
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MNRetreat
November 18-20, 2011
Facilitator: Glenda Huston


Do you ever wonder where you find the courage to stand up for what is right? It could be the Warrior archetype influencing your life. Or do you find yourself able to create treasures from "trash?" If so, the Artist archetypes may be working through you. Join us the third weekend in November and explore your personal connection to the archetypal energies that influence your life and are reflected in SoulCollage® via the Council Suit. Through meditation, group sharing, poetry, music, movement, journaling exercises and intuitive readings, you will tap into the music of your soul, your own SoulMusique.

Contact Glenda Huston at glenda@soulmusique.com or 612-803-8376
for additional information or to register



GUATEMALA
 

SoulCollage® and Yoga Retreat
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

February 4-11, 2012
Facilitator: Laura Hansen


On this retreat, daily gentle yoga and expressive movement will open our bodies and support our creative unfolding. Meditation practices will open our hearts. And the SoulCollage® process will deepen our connection with our innate wisdom. To soak in the riches of the beautiful and gentle Guatemalan culture, there will be outings and excursions to visit nearby traditional Mayan villages, artisan markets, a women's weaving collective, and market towns. There will be abundant free time for card making, swimming or kayaking in the lake, lying in a hammock amidst the lush gardens, receiving a massage, journaling, or reading a book.

Registration Info Here


MASSACHUSETTS
 


Coming Fully Alive: Awakening the Divine Feminine with SoulCollage® & Altered Art
Westfield, MA
June 14-17, 2012
 
Facilitators: Anne Marie Bennett, Anne Boedecker, Jeanne Marie Merkel


We will use SoulCollage®, journaling, small group sharing, drumming, ceremony, altered books, and card readings in order to embody the innate knowledge of our own feminine power. We'll also create rituals together that bring our deep engagement with our cards and art to life. There will be LOTS of time for card making, sharing our SoulCollage® cards and card making ideas, as well as doing readings with our Decks. No previous artistic experience is necessary. For beginners as well as experienced SoulCollagers. Relax. Renew. Connect. Create. Ahhhh.....

Lots more info here
 
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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.
  
All articles in SOUL SONGS are copyrighted 2011,
by Anne Marie Bennett and
Cat Carcelo, Imelda Maguire,
Kat Kirby, or Catherine Anderson.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.