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 #90  December 2012 Theme: Community Suit- Authors

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Soul Singing with Anne Marie
Anne Marie, the creator of
Hi! I'm Anne Marie, the creator of, and a SoulCollage® facilitator in Massachusetts. If you're just starting to sing your song with SoulCollage®, this column is especially for you.

Sharing an Author Card with an Author
When I first started making SoulCollage® cards 8 years ago (!), I gathered images to honor Geneen Roth, an author and teacher who writes about intuitive eating, weight issues, spirituality and authenticity. Her books have made a definitive, active difference in my life, and I love the card that I created, adding her voice to my deck.

I have drawn her card many times in readings over the years, and every time, her voice gives me encouragement and support, and sometimes even a little challenge!

She says: I am the one who reminds you to be present, to pull up a chair and listen to what is happening inside of you when you have the urge to overeat. I am the one who learns valuable, precious lessons from the felines in my life. I am the one who offers you freedom from compulsion and addiction. I want you to remember that food does not fill any emptiness that you feel. My gift to you is the knowing that you are precious, holy, beloved, safe.

In 2007, I had the good fortune to attend a weekend retreat with Geneen at Kripalu, in western Massachusetts. At one point, she held a book signing in the Kripalu Shop. About 60 people got in line to shake her hand and get our books signed. When it was my turn, she signed my favorite book, and then I showed her the "Geneen" card I'd made for my deck.

I was totally delighted because, instead of just looking at the card, nodding, and then beckoning for the next person in line, she spent a couple of minutes talking with me about the process of SoulCollage® and asking me questions about the card! I felt a real connection with her, and was happy to know that one of my real-life author Sheroes actually practiced what she preached!

I encourage you to consider adding some cards to your deck for authors who have touched your life with their words and publications. This is a beautiful way to bring their teaching and wisdom into your everyday world in a consistent, easy way.

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 SOS Cancer Journeys.

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Guest Columnist: Imelda Maguire

Hello! I'm Imelda Maguire, SoulCollage® facilitator 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.

My Dr. Seuss Community Card

I have more authors than family members in my community suit! It surprised me to find this, but there they are: poets, spiritual writers, novelists, and a special favourite, one who brings a smile to my heart whenever I see it: Dr. Seuss. I never owned a Dr. Seuss book as a child, but I loved getting the chance to explore them in our classroom library.

As I write, I do not yet know which authors appear frequently in the decks of SoulCollagers around the world, but I suspect that he is one of the most universally loved and known children's authors. Dr. Seuss tells me that I am one who is allowed to be silly, to speak in my own way, to exaggerate and enjoy language and words, and he tells me that there are many ways to make people listen to a serious message.

There are favourite authors missing from my deck, including one who was far more important in my childhood than Dr. Seuss - Enid Blyton. I have no picture of her, and never needed to know what she looked like to allow her voice to create worlds of adventure and wonder in my mind. Hers were the first books I owned and treasured. In fact, there are many writers for whom I have no photo with which to create a card - so often the picture that accompanies a review or interview will be the cover of their latest book, rather than an author photo.

Of course, that doesn't matter, since images that conjure the spirit of the person or their work will often create a more real SoulCollage® than a photo of the person. I've also found that favourite authors do appear in cards in the other suits of my deck. For example, the card that depicts Male creative energy/animus in my committee suit features quite a few male authors, and likewise, my Writer-self committee card has Toni Morrison and Carson McCullers in there.

What draws me to want to include authors in my community suit is simply the sense that my Community is a group of people who support, encourage or inspire me, who are there when I need a word that reminds me where I come from, that tells me that I am understood, that I am fine, that I am not alone. Of course there will be authors in there, along with friends and family.

Where would I be without Julia Cameron? Her book, The Artist's Way led me "home" to a world of creative expression. She holds my hand through the beginnings and bumpy patches of many a project. I can turn to her at any time - at 4 a.m., or when everyone else in my life is busy with something else. So where is my card for her? In the list of cards I'd like to get to sometime!

While I am not a Buddhist, Thich Nhat Hanh and Pema Chodron both feature among my cards. To draw either of them in a reading reminds me to ponder a line or two of their writings, to return to their books... often to simply breathe or to be compassionate with myself as well as others.

This is, I think, the great value of portraying authors who have inspired us, who have introduced us to ideas that elevate us above the mundane world, who have comforted us and befriended us, who have expressed the things we ourselves have not found the words to express. To have that card offers me a chance to consider and to express what the essential message of that person might be for me, through the use of that timeless, endlessly deep, and beautifully simple phrase "I Am one Who ..."

If you do not yet have cards for favourite authors in your deck, consider what they might look like if you did. What images would conjure the spirit of their writings for you; and if they could speak to you, what would they say?

Just as we thank the artists and photographers who inspire us and whose work forms our SoulCollage® cards, I think it is wonderful and fitting also to thank and honour the authors who have shared so much with us.

Who is on your list of "Authors I would like to honour with a SoulCollage® card?"

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.


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

Each card below is a card that represents the Community Suit - Authors from one SoulCollager's Deck.

Maya Angelou
Community Suit

I am the one who knows the pride of transformation into a survivor and into a woman who knows who I am, where I have been and where I want to go.
I am the one who knows how to say what I mean in a way that will move many hearts and minds to resonance and reverberation.
I am the one who knows why the caged bird sings and learned through the pain to find my wings and to use them to fly to freedom.

Tony Hillerman
Community Suit

I am the one who had a heart for the spirituality of the Navajo people.
My books portrayed their way of life and conveyed the beauty of the Southwest.
I was a bridge between the "gringo" culture and the Native people.

Lois McMaster Bujold
Community Suit

I am one who is your favorite author.
I am one who has a solid sense of place and pays close attention to the world around me, and to people and how they behave.
I am one who can weave together the disparate elements of science, politics, sociology, spirituality, humor and family into wonderful and satisfying tales.
I am one who writes intricately crafted books with captivating characters which call to you again and again and reward you each time you read them.

Tom Robbins
Ontario, Canada

I am the one who showed you how to open your mind, suspend belief, and really think.
I taught you to believe in magic.

Tara Brach
Community Suit
Anne Marie

I am the one who taught you about total and complete, radical acceptance.
I am the one who reminds you to be in the moment and only in this moment.
I am the one who teaches with compassion and humor.
My gift to you is the knowing that it is okay to be vulnerable and human and flawed, that you can accept whatever is happening with presence and grace.

James Michener
Community Suit
New Hampshire

I am the one whose writing career began in the U.S. Navy.
I am the one blending generations of a people and culture with fact and fiction.
I am the one who is passionate about the South Pacific.

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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 2012,
by Anne Marie Bennett and
Cat Caracelo, Imelda Maguire,
Kat Kirby, or Catherine Anderson.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.