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Issue #102  December 2013 Theme:  Compassion
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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.


Happy Holidays!

I'm taking a break from column-writing this month as I prepare for the holidays.

Imelda's column, below, has some wonderful wisdom on the topic of compassion, and I hope you'll spend some quality time with it.

Also, this CD by Jennifer Berezan has an amazing (22 minutes) track of a beautiful chant (in English) called She Who Hears the Cries of the World, which is a tribute to Kuan Yin, the goddess of compassion. I highly recommend this for any inner work you are doing with compassion on any level.


Happy Holidays, everyone! 

 
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, an elderly cat and one youthful dog who keeps them all young. You can read more about how SoulCollage® assisted her on her cancer journey on her website SOS Cancer Journeys.
 
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.


Compassion: There is Love

When I was growing up, a saying I often heard was, "There, but for the grace of God, go I." It spoke of the recognition that, however debased or reduced in circumstances a person was, it was mere chance and good fortune that put them in that place, and us in ours. Whatever they might have done, those same circumstances might have led me to do the same. This recognition is to me the root of compassion. Whenever my grandmother said those words, it was always with a softness that wasn't very usual in her speech.

It has been ten years now since my first encounter with SoulCollage®. This amazing journey has, more than anything else, led me to experience in a deeper and more understanding way, compassion for myself and for others. It seems to me, in fact, that if we engage with SoulCollage® for any length of time, the inevitable result will be a stronger sense of compassion.

As we create the image of any of our Neters, as we listen when it speaks, we meet this real and untarnished part of our humanity. And when we meet our common humanity with any person, compassion is born. When we meet the common experience of being part of this earth, part of all, part of the One and of the Many, compassion is also born.

I began to make cards for my Committee members, and to encounter those aspects of myself that normally brought up in me a critical or judgmental response. This was the experience of listening to the voice of my Angry self or my Shy self, or of having a dialogue in which I heard what these Neters' gifts are to me, and especially what they wanted from me.

This experience caused a shift in the relationships within me, as well as in the relationships I have with other people. It somehow became easier for me to recognize what those gifts might be in other people too. As I found my compassion for my own "negative" or shadow aspects, so I could begin to find it for others also.

It is not always an easy thing to be compassionate with ourselves. Sometimes, it is harder to forgive ourselves for a failing we might accept in others. In my professional life, counseling young people, my clinical supervisor practices "compassionate supervision", and it is always surprising to me how resistant I can be when invited to look compassionately at myself and my actions when I talk about having done something "wrong."

Blame and shame come more easily than acceptance, forgiveness, compassion. When I am withholding compassion, there is a tightness in my body. When I yield, when I begin to feel compassion, always there is a softening, warmth in the belly.

If you have been making SoulCollage® cards, and especially if you have been listening to their voices speaking the "I Am One Who...", and have not yet felt a shift in your sense of compassion, maybe it would be useful at times to add the words "With compassion, I tell you...." or "From your compassionate self, I say...."

The card I share today is not my "Compassion" card, for the truth is, I don't have a card that represents my compassionate self (yet!). This is my heart chakra Lion Companion card. When I experience a sense of compassion for myself or for others, another way to say it is, "There is Love."


Imelda Maguire is a SoulCollage® facilitator 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 Compassion from one SoulCollager's Deck.




Compassion
Committee Suit
Judy
Massachusetts

I am one who knows a tender heart can find grace through kindness and the touch of a warm hand.
The gift I give is compassion.
What I want from you is to open, and allow all the love you give to turn around and enter back to you, into the very veins of your body and soul.





Kuan Yin the Hearer of Cries
Council Suit
Jyotimitra
Australia

I am the Goddess of Compassion and Mercy.
I am unconditional love.
I am the Bodhisattva and Saviour.
I am one who hears the cries of the world; the many calls for understanding, comfort and solace.
I am one who saves beings from suffering and ignorance.





Compassion
Committee/Council Suits
Kas
Pennsylvania

I am the one who sleeps in broken places.
I am the one who finds shelter in the broken places.
I am the one who feels the awe of being surrounded by love and understanding.
I am the one who accepts the gift of fertile ground to grow again.




Kwan Yin
Council Suit
Anne
New Hampshire


I am the One who hears the cries of the world.
I am the One who hears your cries.
I am the One who has compassion for all.
I am the One who has compassion for all of you.
I am Kwan Yin.

 


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

Future themes include:

January: Balance
February: Community Suit- Pets

 

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