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 #66  December, 2010 Theme:  Creativity 
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.

If someone forwarded this newsletter to you, please subscribe here.

Read back issues of Soul Songs on this KaleidoSoul page.

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.

 
I am taking some time off in December to let 2010 settle in my bones and to start dreaming about 2011. In place of my regular column this month, I am offering some juicy creative resources for you to revel in.

I look forward to meeting you right here in Soul Songs in the New Year. In the meantime... I am wishing you all a season of renewed joy, creativity, abundance, and good health!



Recommended Books on Creativity:

Changing Patterns: Discovering the Fabric of Your Creativity, by Daena Giardella and Wren Ross. If you could have only one book on the creative process on your shelf, it would be this one. But, wait! It's really TWO books in ONE! The first half of the book is called Exploring Your Creative Process, and I absolutely love the way it's written- immensely readable with lots of real stories and visual metaphors to get you really thinking, plus a wonderful chapter on ways to work with your Inner Critic. The second half of the book is called Knitting as a Metaphor for Life, and I have a feeling you will love this as well, even if you've never knit a stitch in your life!

Art Escapes, by Dory Kanter. Daily exercises and inspirations for discovering greater creativity and artistic confidence. This beautiful large-sized book is spiral bound so it's easy and practical to use. Divided into topics: Have Fun and Keep It Simple, Opportunities for Everyday Creative Moments, Putting It All Into Perspective, Art Assemblage, Collage and Other Inspiring Ideas, Let's Go Outside and Paint.

Recommended Creativity Websites:

The Artist's Creed - If you're feeling stuck or not worthy of giving yourself time to create, take a listen to this short YouTube video presentation by Jan Phillips. 

True North Arts - Need a little creative direction? You'll find it here, at the home of Kindred Spirit Kathryn. Her online workshops are affordable, inspiring and fun.

Intuitive Creativity - Awesome blog of 100 collages by our friend Shelley Klammer of Vancouver, who also has a fabulous website, Collage for Self-Discovery. Click on each smaller version to see a larger version and a quote that goes with it. Allow these collages and/or the accompanying quotations to inspire your own SoulCollage work this month.

 
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.
 
 Our Next Tele-Class
 

 
Alchemy of the Soul
Thursday, December 9
Featuring special guest Earl Storm,
SoulCollage® Facilitator and Wizard of All Things Creative in California.
 

Time:
7:00 pm Eastern, 6:00 pm Central,
5:00 pm Mountain, 4:00 pm Pacific,
2:00 pm Hawaiian, midnight in London,
Friday 11:00 am. in Melbourne Australia
and Friday 1:00 pm in New Zealand

Please visit this page now for more information.
 

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. 




Many Ways of Being Creative

Over the years I have heard so many people say "I'm not very creative" or "I wish I was more creative," especially when they have been to my house and seen my artwork or heard that I studied visual art at university. These people think of being creative as being able to paint or draw or do handcrafts. I like to challenge people when they make such statements and encourage them to start thinking more broadly about their definition of creativity.

  

Dictionary.com defines creativity as: the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination.

I believe that all of us are creative in different areas of our lives. Think about the ways you transcend traditional ideas, rules and patterns in your own life:

  • Do you alter recipes or even make them up as you cook?
  • Do you enjoy spending time designing a garden that is delightful?
  • Do you like decorating your house, combining fabrics, colors and textures that are pleasing?
  • Do you find developing databases something that is easy and fun?
  • Do you enjoy making up stories to entertain your children or grandchildren?
  • Do you keep a blog, sharing your unique thoughts, ideas and experiences?
  • Do you like doing people's makeup and hair?
  • Do you enjoy knitting beautiful scarves and garments, using your own choice of wool?
  • Do you like creating policies and procedures in the workplace?
  • Do you love creating perfect events- putting a lot of thought and imagination into throwing the perfect party to celebrate special events in the lives of people you care for?
All of these and many more are creative pursuits. In each of these activities you are taking an idea and shaping it to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, and interpretations.

The way that creativity plays out in my SoulCollage® deck is that I have the "Creator" archetype as part of my Council Suit. It says I am the one who loves to try new things, invent new methods and birth new ideas. My creative energy can feel magic, as if I am producing something from thin air.

My Creator archetype works very closely with her ‘sister' archetype, the Pattern Maker. This Council Neter says: I am the one who takes a bit from here and a bit from there, and puts it together to make a new version of the truth. Everything I experience, gets mixed together, shuffled and reassembled, to create my new understanding of what is."

The creative action of these two archetypes is then seen through a variety of different Committee Members who partake in creative pursuits in my life. These Committee Neters include the artist, the writer, and the administrator (who creates systems and procedures), as well as the home decorator, the cook, the event manager, and the teacher (who designs creative lesson plans and activities).

I believe that everyone is creative, in different aspects in their life. Your creativity may not be in an area that is traditionally seen to be ‘artistic' or ‘creative' but if you allow yourself to think about the things you love to do, I am sure you will find that there is an element of creativity involved. Mary Lou Cook says "Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun."  This quote reminds me of my "Creative Abandon" SoulCollage® card (see above) which encourages me to follow Mary Lou Cook's advice: take risks, have fun and break rules!

I encourage you to try it too. Go on... have you expressed your creativity today?
 

 

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

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


Artistic Child
Judy
Massachusetts

I am the one who loves colors and shapes and dreams up ways to let out the child inside me who never holds back. I am the child who scribbles her way toward play and wisdom, silliness and purpose, motion and meaning. I am one who begins with one small yellow crayon to discover the stars.

 


Beginner's Mind
Toni
Oregon

I am one who is your spontaneous, creative inner child. I come out to rejoice, to play and to create wonderful, colorful cards.




Frank Lloyd Wright
Dot
Pennsylvania

What I want from you is the patience when you are creating to allow the form and function to inform your process and production so you will be able to bring the beauty that is inside you outside for all of the world to see and to enjoy. I want you to know and to claim that you, too, are an architect of good design and a creator of beauty. I want you to remember that whenever you create you are in the realm of the divine creator/creatrix and they are in you bringing into being what is needed in the world. I want you to remember that you were born to bring beauty into the world.




Creative Muse
Brenda
Massachusetts

I am the one who reminds you of the many different creative mediums. I am the one who shows you how to experience the artist with you. I am the one who says go ahead and create, bring color and joy into your life. I am the one who says it's absolutely okay to play... play... play. I am the one who dances with creative ideas. I am the one who will awaken your imagination beyond your wildest dreams.





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: Ancestors
Fear
Animal Companions: Air
 
 

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®.


Kindred Spirits Join our fast-growing worldwide membership of people who put the "soul" in SoulCollage®!
 
New SoulCollage®
Online Course

Vision Quest 2011
with Cat Meehan

Take yourself on an in-depth SoulCollage(R) adventure with a kindred community of SoulCollagers and creatives. Find out how to bring art and your own mythos into the new year. Visit this page for more info now. 
 
 Upcoming SoulCollage® Retreats

MASSACHUSETTS


Pure Bliss: Self Care Using the Expressive Arts
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
Lenox, Massachusetts
February 16-18, 2011
Facilitator: Anne Marie Bennett, Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli & Susan Stratton

Do you want to bring into awareness aspects of yourself that you sense are there but can't clearly see? Now is your chance to engage and awaken those aspects through creative exercises designed to take you on a journey of self-discovery. Dive into your inner world in a reflective two-night retreat focused on relaxation, self-expression, and pure enjoyment. We'll dive into SoulCollage®, paint, draw and build sculptures in a sand tray, and enjoy creative exploration in a healthy, fun, safe community setting.

Interested? Call Kripalu at 1-866-200-5203 or visit this page of the Kripalu website. 


Expanding Our Soul Work with SoulCollage®: A 3 Night Retreat for Women
Rolling Ridge Retreat Center, Andover MA
June 15 - 18, 2011
Facilitators: Anne Marie Bennett, Anne Boedecker

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. The card making tables will be set up round the clock all three days, so you can make SoulCollage® cards while breakout sessions are going on, in the middle of the night, and in your jammies by the light of the moon if you want! The focus of our breakout sessions during this retreat will be using our cards to deepen our soul work. We'll be building relationships with our cards as we work with them in various ways: writing, movement, and readings. Kindred Spirits save $50. 

Interested?  Visit this KaleidoSoul page now.


CONNECTICUT


The Three Faces of Silence: The Transpersonal Cards
Willimantic, Connecticut
July 22-24, 2011
Facilitator: Seena Frost and Mariabruna Sirabella


This is a weekend of reflection, contemplation, and silence in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. This silent retreat will be a time of honoring the Transpersonal Dimension as we take inspiration from the three silent cards of Source, SoulEssence, and Witness. It will be a sacred time of connecting with Spirit through poetry, music, reflections, and an extended period of silence. Come and let your soul expand as you rekindle your connection to the Source! Early bird discount: Register before December 15, 2010 and save $90.  A retreat led by Seena on the East coast will fill up quickly. Sign up now and reserve your spot! Only 20 spaces available. Registration Deadline: January 1.

Interested? Contact Barbara, bmmarston@yahoo.com, or visit this page of the SoulCollage® website.

 Special Offers




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


 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 2010,
by Anne Marie Bennett and Karen Mann.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.
 
Follow us on Twitter!

Friend us on Facebook!