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 #162  December 2018 Theme:  Peace
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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.


Give (Inner) Peace a Chance

All we are saying...
is give peace a chance.
~ John Lennon, 1969


I recently heard this song as background music on a television show, and something inside of me seemed to sit up and take notice. When John Lennon wrote this in 1969, he was writing and singing about world peace. The song quickly became the anthem of the anti-war and counterculture movements, and was sung by half a million demonstrators in Washington D.C. at the Vietnam Moratorium Day, on November 15 that same year, led by Pete Seeger. You can listen to an original recording of John Lennon singing it here.

The other day, when I heard this song again for the first time in many years, I was struck by something else. First of all, the chorus kept running through my mind and I found myself humming it for what seemed like days on end. You know what it’s like to get a certain lyric stuck in your head? When that happens to me, I know that some deeper message in the words is trying to get through. So I pondered and I journaled.

Yes, at this crucial point in history, the world surely needs to give peace a chance. But what about inner peace? What about giving time and energy to calming and assuring all the stressed-out, anxious, fearful inner parts of my Self? What about giving inner peace a chance?

Deep and abiding inner peace is what allows me to create the life I’m longing for. This means making peace with all of my inner parts, even the annoying, pesky ones. It means making peace with my physical body, all of my life experiences, even making peace with death. Making peace with my relationships. Making peace with my past mistakes and disappointments.

In SoulCollage®, we call all these inner parts “The Committee” and you can read more about them here. Sometimes it does require taking a chance, taking a leap of faith, or at least a tiny step, towards making peace with them. We might not see how a troubled, challenging inner part of us could ever be at peace. The shadowed parts are the most difficult to make peace with, in my experience. But we do it one tiny step at a time, trusting the process every inch of the path, however long it may appear to be.

One day a few months ago, as I was lying quietly in Savasana pose at the end of yoga class, I felt totally at peace and harmony with myself. The teacher was quietly and lovingly covering each person with a soft green blanket. Candlelight flickered in the darkened room. I could hear my breath and my heartbeat, one and the same. Suddenly an image came to mind- surrounding me on the floor (instead of the 15 other Yogis) were all of my many inner Committee parts. And each one was relaxing and mellowing into the peacefulness that surrounded me and floated within me. I make that a practice now, when I’m meditating or in yoga class. I imagine all of my inner parts have come together, with me at the helm, to experience the deep peace that comes with self-compassion and complete acceptance.

Synchronistically, two books recently crossed my path that speak to creating peace in our inner worlds among our inner casts of characters. If you struggle with making peace with any of your own inner Committee parts, these might be helpful:

Negotiating the Inner Peace Treaty, by Chelsea Wakefield. Becoming the Person You Were Born to Be. A real gift to anyone interested in finding out more about the many selves that make up our Inner Cast of Characters. Clear, thoughtful, and lyrical, it guides the reader along the fascinating journey of self-discovery, providing support and practical suggestions along the way.

No Enemies Within, by Dawna Markova. A Creative Process for Discovering What's Right About What's Wrong. A helpful, compassionate book that helps put some perspective on those inner parts of us that give us the most trouble. This is available only from second party sellers now but it is well worth getting a good used copy.
 

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: Cat Caracelo

I am Cat Caracelo, a SoulCollage® facilitator, depth coach and artist from Petaluma, California, offering my work individually and in global teaching formats. This column is for all of you who are exploring your creativity and are ready to discover more depth your SoulCollage® journey.


Being Peace

In this world, it can be hard to know Peace.

Anxiety, worry, and convergence of complex energies can crowd out peace.

We are so often called to cultivate peace, bring peace, find peace, but creative process asks us how are we invited and inspired to BE Peace.

The path of peace holds the energies of harmony, connection, freedom and love. The absence of these four elements often cause anxiety, conflict, disruption and isolation.

Each of us has the opportunity to create peace, impacting the lives of those we touch, and feeling the influence of those lives that touch us. Seeking peace is a powerful way to activate healing in a tumultuous world.
The Peace of Wild Things

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the middle of the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief.
I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

- Wendell Berry
Using the poem to inspire your own creative process… how can you discover your deep nature within to be free, and to be peace?

To be peace is to acknowledge the center where equilibrium is held. Being peace is connected to the nature within - a space where balance is active and while many things can move in, out and around, they will not disrupt the center. Being peace is an act of trust in the capacity of the human spirit.

Create with these narrative prompts to tell a new story about being:

I am Peace…

I am the Center…

I wake…

I go…

I come to…

I rest in…

Creative expression, through artmaking, dialogue and story, will transform our experiences. Where there are disruptions, distinct and separate parts of self can be discovered and integrated into a new whole, bringing peace to what was broken or broken open, if we are willing to trust and be peace, even in the storm of the story.

The call to seek and find peace within the creative is vital and dynamic, requiring curiosity, courage, commitment and trust. When seeking peace, we must also be willing to hold and share the many ways we are undone, out of balance or harboring pain. When tumultuous experiences spin around and stir emotion, there is an opportunity to turn to art to seek deeper understanding and find peace.

When you have exposed the truth in your art, when you have poured out your pain and discovered a needed piece of your story, then you are free in that moment to BE PEACE.

If Peace is a Bridge over troubled waters, notice if you are seeking peace, making peace or Being peace. Peace comes from traveling the path, finding the truth, releasing the trigger, exposing the conflict, unraveling a worry, and uncovering other sources of dis-ease. Not to banish or destroy, but to invite each of these experiences to become a bridge from there to here - so that each can be known and be seen… which brings peace.

A special place can bring peace. A place of peace offers solace and sanctuary from disruption. Like Henry Thoreau at Walden Pond, a sacred place will calm the tumult of “too much” and is often discovered in the outer wild, where nature restores balance and contemplative time can soothe the soul. Within our art we also discover places of peace, inner landscapes that provide us peace.

We are called to seek it, search for it, carve it out and cultivate it, like never before. When peace is not easily found in the world, we yearn for it. The tenderness of life and the importance of peace for the human spirit is undeniable. Being able to slow down, to pause, to get quiet, to create space, to witness, to find center, to restore balance and to breathe deeply... these are all ways peace can be discovered and recovered.

Turning to creative expression through SoulCollage®, and other forms of art as process, is a vital way to explore what peace means to you, what peace brings to you. Holidays can be difficult. Explore where creative ritual and traditions that are important can restore and cultivate peace.

I created the fre*e seasonal journey Twelve Nights of Solstice to bring peace to the conversation and restore the deeper meaning of Solstice in the busy season where we sometimes tend to get a bit lost. You are invited discover your path of peace starting December 9th, with guided meditations, creative prompts and more - please register here.

Be peace!


Cat Caracelo, M.A. is a Depth Coach and SoulCollage® Facilitator since 2007, working with expressive arts and transformative process guiding individuals and groups internationally. Cat is the founder of JourneyPath Institute and JourneyCircles™ Process. Her dynamic Mythos Journey + Quest eCourses and retreats offer transformative process and mythic themes designed to explore ones own stories, seeking healing and expand possibility. Please visit Cat’s website to find articles and information about depth coaching, classes, training programs and retreats.

 
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 Peace.



Bridge of Peace
Community Suit
Cat Caracelo
California

I am the one who reaches out to create, I am the one who remembers delight as ideas shine through the windows of my life. I am the pure peace of touching joy that bridges everyday life, the baby muse, fingers that connect love to life.





Seeking Peace
Council Suit
Cat Caracelo
California

I am the one who steps beyond the water’s edge seeking the space of rest and renewal. I am the lantern within; Spirit Bear comes to guide my light. Together we travel to seek a safe place of hibernation. I am the one who is the light of peace in the winter’s dark.

 


Peace
Committee Suit
Suzanne
Montreal, Canada

I am the one who wants you to remember to shine your light and keep the faith, inner peace is a step towards healing the planet. We are not separate, we are vast, expansive and connected.





Peace and Essence
Suit Unknown
Virginia
North Carolina

I am the one who gently breathes essence through all things. I am the one whose peace is all pervading.





Cranes of Peace
Suit Unknown
Dot
Pennsylvania

Cranes of peace
folded in hope of making
the miracle be real:
Peace on Earth.

I am one who saw the peace memorial at the church beside Ground Zero. I am one who saw the origami peace cranes folded by the thousands in hope of making peace a reality.





At Peace in the Garden
Council Suit
Maxine
Massachusetts

I am one who meditates amid lush greenery and white and purple flowers and soft blue sky. I am one who is at peace, gentle and unperturbed. I am one who is grounded.





Heal the World
Community Suit
Suzanne
Montreal, Canada

Our beautiful blue planet provides us with everything we could ever need. It needs our love and protection. In this divisive time, we must all radiate peace.




Calm
Committee Suit
Karen
Ohio

I am the one who needs peace and calm to thrive. I am wise enough to step away when life gets too frenzied. I find peace in solitude. What I give you is a private retreat, yours alone. I gift you gentle breezes that whisper calming words, warm sand to soothe your weary feet, and a setting sun to soften your vision. I want you to give yourself the luxury of peaceful surroundings. Know that the peace you seek is simply a shift in perceptions.




Feminine Elder
Committee or Council Suit
Maxine
Massachusetts

I am one who has lived many years and feels peace and contentment from within. I am one who is at home and at peace with all facets of nature: mountains, both rocky and snow-covered; trees; green grass; rocks; burial sites; lakes and oceans; the mysteries in shells. I am at peace and comfortable with my femininity. I am one who is comfortable in the world.




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- Doorways
February: Council Suit (Archetypes)
 
 
 
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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.


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KaleidoSoul - Spinning the fragments of your world into wholeness and beauty through SoulCollage®.


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Upcoming SoulCollage® Retreats


CALIFORNIA


Spring Rising Goddess Retreat

Sonoma, California
March 6-10, 2019
Facilitator: Cat Caracelo

Explore the archetypes of the higher self, make inspired art, and deepen your connection to the path of transformation as you celebrate the rising light of the fully expressed self, energy that is emerging with Spring Equinox. Step into the story of who you are becoming! Each day we will gather and travel with archetypal energies, goddess guides and the wheel of the moon. We will be creating and identifying touchstones for healing and wholeness. In many ways we will be making powerful mythic connections as the creative journey expands our life experience using SoulCollage®, JourneyCircles™ and mixed media assemblage.

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THE NETHERLANDS

International SoulCollage® Retreat
Gorredijk Friesland
May 17-24, 2019
Facilitator: Lucy Schaapock

Take some time to dive deep into your own soul, your inner magic and wisdom. Friesland, the unspoilt and ancient Province of the Netherlands has lots of water, myths and spirituality, and will be our home for the week. Here we will have a special retreat with like-minded people from all over the world who love SoulCollage®. Rest deep within your own ancient wisdom. Reawaken archetypes and inner personalities that live in and through you. Come and enjoy, connect with others and your own creative heart. Have you ever wanted to come to the Netherlands? Now is the perfect time!

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PORTUGAL

Portugal as Portal to Presence
Cascais, Portugal
May 20-26, 2019
Facilitators: Linda Woolfson, Catherine Anderson

Join SoulCollage® Trainers Catherine Anderson and Linda Woolfson on a pilgrimage of creative pleasure and discovery in Portugal next spring! Our inspiring blend of photography, journaling, word-play, poetry, SoulCollage® and labyrinth activities will encourage you to access the full vibrancy of your creative soul as we explore the wild and beautiful coastline, visit Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra, eat fabulous food and connect with the real Portugal which most tourists never experience. Book your place now!

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ITALY

La Dolce Vita- Goddess Retreat in Italy
Tuscany, Italy
September 15-25, 2019
Facilitator: Cat Caracelo

Join Cat for Fall in Tuscany where we will stay in a beautiful villa with a small circle of amazing visionary, artistic and wholehearted women! Dance with La Dolce Vita and seek the wisdom of the Goddess: Diana, Minerva, Melusina, whose ancient Etruscan names and energies are held in the heart of this land. We will work with SoulCollage®, mixed media and layered process as we connect with the expression of the divine feminine. We will visit sacred springs, mythic gardens, inspired environments and sultry seas, beautiful places in Tuscany, as well as Florence and Siena - where we will explore alchemical energy, artistry and vision as reflected in the dreamscapes of the ancient, renaissance and modern artists.

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Articles may be reprinted by permission only.