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 #151  December 2017 Theme:  The Fool
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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.


The Holy Interrupter

Seena Frost, founder of SoulCollage®, strongly encouraged us to create archetypal cards for two energies that no one on this earth escapes. One, of course, is Death. We’re all familiar with that one. The other is the Fool. And although we’ve known its energy throughout our lives in various ways, we may not have known its name.

Death is the Great Interrupter, right? It comes, either to us or to a loved one, and our lives are interrupted with a finality that seems eternal. The Fool is also one who interrupts our journeys, but perhaps in not such a finite way. Seena was always greatly in touch with Fool energy, and she called it the “Holy Interrupter.”



When the Fool enters our lives with his or her interruptions, it is always a surprise. Some examples include: a medical diagnosis, a divorce, an unexpected pregnancy, leaving a job unwillingly, and falling in love. On my own journey, the Fool played a huge part in rearranging my life when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 and then with a scary cancer called angiosarcoma in 2011. Holy interruptions, indeed! The whole landscape of my life changed due to these diagnoses, and although at the time they felt like bad changes (well, okay, the worst changes ever!), and definitely changes that I Did Not Want, these interruptions served to affect transformation within me that could not have occurred otherwise.

Another time Fool energy entered my life in a big way was in 2005 when I attended my first SoulCollage® workshop. Talk about surprising! My whole life changed that day as I felt the pull towards becoming a Facilitator, leading workshops and retreats, and building a website to bring SoulCollagers around the world together.

Sometimes the Fool enters our lives playfully and rearranges things just a little bit, so that we hardly even notice. And sometimes he/she shocks us with a massive interruption, leaving us not knowing which way to turn. Either way, it is up to us to recognize the Fool when its energy is at work in our lives, and to honor it in some way. The best way I know to honor the Fool is to let go of our previously conceived ideas about how our life should be going, take the Fool’s hand and be open to what it has to teach us.
Whenever we think we’re in charge of things, the Fool may enter center stage to remind us to be mindful, humble, and amused. The Fool reminds us to Lighten Up! Not take our selves so seriously. But more importantly, the Fool leads us to opportunities we would never consider when everything is going our way…. And his or her gift is always a wake-up call. ~ Suzie Wolfer
As you ponder the Fool in your own life, I leave you with these questions to play with in your journal:

1. Write about a few of your own Holy Interruptions, when Fool energy was at play. This could involve any time in your life when you were happily going in one direction, and then something happened to change that direction.

2. What would it mean to allow myself to be foolish?

3. How is Fool energy showing up in my life today?


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 dog and two adolescent felines who keep them all young. You can read more about how SoulCollage® assisted her on her cancer journey on her website SOS Cancer Journeys. Anne Marie's newest book, Through the Eyes of SoulCollage® is now available.


 
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Guest Columnist: Linda Woolfson


I’m Linda Woolfson, MA, PhD, a SoulCollage® Trainer & Facilitator, writer, translator and creativity catalyst with a particular passion for bringing words and images together to fire our imagination and enhance our lives. I fell in love with SoulCollage® when I saw how Seena fully embraces the Fool. Here’s why.


Embracing the Fool

Do you remember the moment when you first realized that SoulCollage® really was for you? I do! For me, the illumination came when I saw that our beloved Seena didn’t take things too seriously – that she had a sense of humor – a great sense of humor.

In my early days of exploring SoulCollage®, it was her clown personae, Ms. Anne Thrope and Wink, who won me over completely. Here was a woman who challenged herself to stand back and laugh at herself, and who strongly encouraged the rest of us to bring the Fool center-stage in our creative journey of self-discovery.

The first SoulCollage® card I ever made turned out to be the Fool. He is still one of my richest and most mysterious Neters. He says:

I am The One who reminds you that truth has a playful nature. Be ever-wary when you think you know “The Truth!” Remember to stand back from The Truth You Think You Know and coax a slight smile onto your face. Then your “Truth” might start to have some truth!

As centuries of people have recognized before us, the Fool is an irreducibly complex presence. He of course has different guises – the Jester, the Trickster, the Clown, and many others. He can be close to the Inner Child and also to the Sage . . . and at times to the Destroyer. It is no wonder that he is un-numbered in the Tarot deck. Either 0 or XXII in the Major Arcana, he appears both at the beginning and the end of our journey towards wisdom – the eternal “wild card.”

In the royal courts of medieval and Renaissance times, the Fool had a unique place as the only courtier allowed to mock and challenge the king. He was the “wise fool” who could speak the truths that no one else dared utter, because as the Fool he couldn’t be expected to “know better.” A sort of playful misfit or prankish innocent, he could not be held fully responsible for the views he expressed and was therefore safe. He had, typically, a sort of powerless power!

All of this richness is SoulCollage® gold. Making a Fool card is just the very beginning of our Fool’s journey within SoulCollage®. Luckily for us, Seena imbued the process with Fool-ish potential. As a presence capable of standing back far enough to see situations in a comic light, the Fool is close to the Observer, another card Seena recommended that we all make, and to the Transpersonal Witness. So one of the very best things you can do with your deck is to… play the Fool! Here are three ways you might enjoy doing so:

1. Lay out your whole deck and scan your cards for any elements of the Fool. You may find, as I have, that some of your glummest cards are full of Foolish-ness. Here’s my own current favorite of this type. It says to me:

I am one who insists on sitting here and not turning around. My glass is always half empty and that’s the way I like it!

I love how the little black dog echoes the little white dog who accompanies the classic Rider Waite Tarot Fool (and of course I only saw this after I’d created the card!).

2. Do a reading from the perspective of the Fool. First find your Fool card, or if you haven’t yet made one, another card in your deck with strong Fool-ish presence. Then proceed as always in a reading, except that this time try reading the cards as if you are the Fool. It can be amazing to bear witness to the dialogues that develop between the Fool/Reader and your other Neters. Well worth a try!

3. Check your deck for female fools, or intentionally create some. Traditionally the Fool is a male or androgynous presence. I have several highly Fool-ish cards in my deck who happen to be women – I bet you do too.

It’s amazing how much wisdom can surface when you cultivate a relationship with the Fool in your deck. You may even discover that this nonjudgmental, stepped-back and mirth-filled presence goes beyond any individual Neter and is woven into the fabric of SoulCollage®.


Linda Woolfson, MA, PhD is a SoulCollage® Facilitator and Trainer, writer, translator and creativity catalyst. Of South African origin, she now enjoys living a dual-based life between the United Kingdom and Portugal, running SoulCollage® and creativity workshops, retreats & Trainings in both countries. Linda has been exploring the creative process through writing for many years and working with SoulCollage® since 2009. You can find out more about her activities on her SoulCollage® website, and on her Facebook page.
 

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

Each card below is a card from one SoulCollager's Deck that represents the Fool.



The Fool
Council Suit
Kas
Pennsylvania

I am the one who loves to mess with your mind. I am the one who wears wild face paint and appears all done up to hide who I really am. I remind you that it is never what it seems. Remember there is always more to see than appears. Have fun with me, but to go deeper may reveal a depth you are not ready for. Take a chance with the fool? I will not deceive you, or will I? Dance with me.





The Fool
Coucil Suit
Alice
Illinois

I am one who dances to the drumbeats between the worlds of Sun and Moon with bells on my ankles as I walk a forest path to the mountains edge along with my faithful companion Wolf, Keeper of Intuition and Spirit with my spiritual compass to guide me I rise up like the Phoenix as I set on my journey.


 


Vital Energy to Transformation
Council Suit
Mylene
France

I am the one who appears when everything is almost easy but you know that it does not suit you. I am the one who destroys everything, to better rebuild. I am the one who brings you back on the right path when you are lost. I am the one who could well take your wishes for realities and mess up your world. I am the same as the phoenix after burning your wings, helping you to be reborn for a better life.





The Fool
Suit Unknown
Nancy
California

I am one who is always smiling. I am one who says “Carpe diem", live life fully! I am one who takes things lightly, rolls with the punches and can laugh at myself. I am one who loves to entertain, bring the fun side out of others, and leave the world a better place. I remind you to leave me out where you can see me. Don’t tuck me away in a box. Let me guide you as you go through challenges or when you have negative thoughts. I’m here to remind you of who you really are and what you’re made of.





The Fool
Council Suit
Dot
Pennsylvania

I am one who makes my living as a "fool"-- bringing humor and sometimes disruption into life. I am one who helps people to laugh at themselves and to lighten up, when life needs to be taken less seriously. I am one who laughs at myself and sees my own self as the Fool. I am one who is sometimes seen as a clown or court jester-- but who reveals the truth and meaning that lies at the heart of the matter. I am one who invites you to laugh with me.





The Fool
Council Suit
Melisa
Ontario, Canada

I am the one who begins a new journey. I am an innocent starting out on a new path - the path to enlightenment. I am on a quest for knowledge, for wisdom, for the secrets of the universe. What will I find along the way? Who will I meet? What will I see? And what will I learn? These are the questions I hope to answer on my journey.





Suzy
Community Suit
Anne Marie
Massachusetts

I am the one who embodies fool energy. I live in the moment and delight in the smallest things. I go with your flow and I go with my flow. I offer you joy and the unabashed ability to love and be loved unconditionally.





The Fool
Suit Unknown
Suzy
Montreal, Canada
I am the one that is here to remind you to stop taking everything so seriously. We are here for a good time, not a long time. We do not have to be poised and in control all of the time. Lighten up! If that is not enough I offer you a goat with a bow on her head and a flamboyant lady not afraid of looking ridiculous. Embrace the fool!

 



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: Hero/Heroine
February: Open Call
 
 
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®.

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MASSACHUSETTS

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April 26 - May 7, 2018
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Walking the Beauty Way
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May 3-6, 2018
Facilitators: Marti Beddoe


Both new and seasoned SoulCollagers are welcome to this serene time of renewal and contemplation. Supported by a nurturing circle of women, you will explore the Neter of Beauty through the practices of SoulCollage® and meditation. You will connect with 11 other shining souls who, like you, are committed to serving as a positive influence in the midst of our challenging times. You will be guided to create an art-form that is your personal expression of the healing power of Beauty. In addition, you will learn some practical and potent practices to sustain your soul as you continue Walking the Beauty Way after the retreat.

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May 5-15, 2019
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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 2017,
by Anne Marie Bennett and
Catherine Anderson, Cat Caracelo, or Linda Woolfson.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.