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Soul Songs

Spinning the fragments of
your world into wholeness & beauty through SoulCollage®

Issue #9 March 2006
Theme- Using Your SoulCollage® Cards
 
 
Welcome!

Greetings, and welcome to Soul Songs, the official KaleidoSoul newsletter, and the only newsletter which features SoulCollage® ideas, resources, and artists.

Our goal is to fill each issue (and your life) with inspiration, challenge, and delight. Whether you are new to SoulCollage® or already immersed in the creation of your deck, Soul Songs is for you.
 
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May we continue to allow SoulCollage® to transform us from the inside out, so that we are able to sing the songs we were born to sing,
every day of our lives.
KaleidoSoul Cafe
Grab a cup of your favorite hot (or cold) drink and cozy up to the computer while you browse around the KaleidoSoul website.
Here's what's new and exciting in the world of SoulCollage®.
 
The theme of this issue is Using Your SoulCollage Cards, and there are a multitude of ways to do so. Take a look at the Using Your SoulCollage Cards page over at KaleidoSoul and you'll discover creative art, writing, movement ideas, and much more.
 
Seena Frost, SoulCollage's creator, will be teaching for an entire week at Kripalu this spring. Here is an opportunity not-to-be-missed, to learn from Seena herself! Click here for details.
 
The first annual KaleidoSoul SoulCollage Weekend Retreat will take place this summer in the beautiful Berkshires of Massachusetts. Imagine having hours and hours of time just to create SoulCollage cards and do readings! This retreat is for newcomers as well as those who are already working on their own decks. Affordable, fun, rejuvenating! Pay in full or spread the cost over several months. Better hurry, though! It's already half full and we only announced it six weeks ago!! Click here for more details.
 
FREE E-BOOK
There's a brand new e-book in the KaleidoSoul Shop! It's called
101 Tips & Tricks for Creating SoulCollage Cards with Beauty & Meaning. And guess what? You can get it absolutely FREE. Here's how: Simply take our short (5-10 minutes only) survey and let us know what you like/don't like about Soul Songs and KaleidoSoul!
Do it soon.
This offer expires on March 12, 2006.
 
We're looking for someone to design/create an official, fun, colorful KaleidoSoul Logo for the website and everything else KaleidoSoul! If you're a graphic designer or know someone who is, or if you just like fooling around with words and art, please get in touch with Anne Marie by sending a reply to this email.
 


Soul Singing with Anne Marie
Hi! I'm Anne Marie, the creator of KaleidoSoul, and a SoulCollage® facilitator in Massachusetts. If you're just starting to sing your song with SoulCollage®, then this column is especially for you!
 
 
Suggestions for Newcomers to SoulCollage:
Idea of the Month:
Mae West once said "Too much of a good thing is wonderful." I know she wasn't talking about SoulCollage images, but she might as well have been! Be sure to gather as many magazines as you possibly can, and spend oodles of time (at least a few hours to start) ripping out images that call to you. The more images you have before you make your first cards, the better!
 
 
Question/Solution of the Month:
 
Q. Does SoulCollage discourage the use of text?
Words have always meant a lot to me and I use them often in my other collaging. For some reason, (maybe I read it somewhere) I feel like I shouldn't be using text on my cards. I'm just wondering
what the suggestions/insights are on this aspect of the process.
 
 A. Great question, and I 'm glad you brought it up. It's one of the first questions that I ever asked, and I know a lot of people are always wondering about this, so you are not alone! The idea behind leaving words off of our SoulCollage® cards is that the images that we choose (or that choose us, as Seena likes to say!) speak to us on a purely subconscious level. Putting a word or words on a card tend to act as a label, which can limit the meaning of the images now, and in the future. Remember, we are making these cards not just as an activity in the present moment to express something we are feeling right now, but as a tool for us to access our own blessed inner wisdom, both now and in the days and months and years to come (see Karen's column, below).
 
Anne Marie Bennett is a freelance writer, self
taught artist and SoulCollage® facilitator. Her background is elementary education and computer software training. She lives, laughs, writes, and sings (and makes her own SoulCollage® cards!) in Beverly, MA.
 
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.

 

Using Daily Readings With Your Cards

 

On page 96 of the SoulCollage book, Seena Frost describes her "Daily Personal Practice with SoulCollage Cards". She talks about drawing 1 or 2 cards from your deck each morning and "letting these Neters be your Neters for the day".

My daily practice is to randomly draw a card each day. I then journal about the card I drew and leave it sitting out where I can see it for the day. It is a lovely way to start the day, connecting with myself and my inner wisdom, as well as receiving a message to accompany me through my day.


When I journal with a SoulCollage card as part of my Daily Practice, I keep it simple. I don't pose a question; I just see what message is waiting for me today.

I journal using the following leading sentences:

  • "I am the one who..."
  • "The message I have for you today is..."

I write quickly, without editing or judgement. I always write a new "I am the one who..." statement, without referring back to any previous writing. I feel this is important as it allows me to connect with the message the card has for me TODAY!

Sometimes I really have no idea what message a particular card may have for me when I draw it, but I remind myself to trust in the process & begin to write. Using this method, without any conscious knowing, I tap into a message that is oftentimes insightful and meaningful! This daily practice reconnects me to the "magic" of the SoulCollage process.

I keep all of my daily readings in a journal and I date each entry. I find it interesting to look back over time and see the different messages that each card has had for me.
 
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 two years and facilitates a variety of SoulCollage Groups. She also works with individuals. Karen is based in Melbourne, Australia. For more information, or to contact Karen, please visit her website,
Flying Colours Creativity.

 
 
SoulCollage® is a trademarked process created by Seena Frost.
For more information on Seena,
the origins of SoulCollage, or SoulCollage Facilitator Training, please visit her website www.SoulCollage.com.
 
All articles in Soul Songs are copyrighted by Anne Marie Bennett and Karen Mann, 2006, unless otherwise noted. Articles may be reprinted by permission only.
 

 

 KaleidoSoul
Creations
As promised, we are featuring four SoulCollage® cards from our readers in each issue. Please feel free to submit one of your cards for a future issue by sending a reply email to this newsletter.
 

I Will Not DIe
an Unlived Life
Artist: Mili
Location: South Carolina
I am one who refuses to die an unlived life. I am one who relishes each adventure to be found both in the beauty of the external world and within the mysteries of my internal world. I am one who squeals in delight as I ride the pumpkins and lets my hair blow freely in the autumn wind. I am one who amazes and defies the 'Old Woman of Regret' glaring out at me, showing her that life and all its fullness and richness is to be fully savored moment to moment.
 

Warrior
Artist: Georgia
Location: North Carolina
I am the one who is both warrior and silenced one. The warrior achieves and protects the vulnerability of the silenced one who feels unworthy. I am the one who has vowed to make my way powerfully in the world. I will not be silenced. I will not feel unworthy.
 
Dragonfly Dancer
Artist: Lin
Location: England
I am the one who dances with delight. I am the one who inspires your dreams. I am the one who will always be in you to guide you and encourage you as you dance your universal journey.
 
 
Gardener
Artist: Patricia
Location: New York
I am the one who longs for order in all things. I am the one who plants the seeds and waters the earth, but you are the one who must keep up with the growth and pull the weeds.
 

KaleidoSoul Notes

Note-worthy sites & resources that are proven to be worthy of our readers!
 
 
 
The Inner Organizer, how to organize your life in a creative, colorful, soul-full manner.
 
Sunburst Creativity- awesome articles on creativity, abundance, art, and valuing your creative work.
 
When I Loved Myself Enough- an awesome little book that fits beautifully with the SoulCollage® process of getting to know your innermost self.