When I took my SoulCollage® facilitator’s training in 2005 in Northern California, Anne Marie Bennett was also there from Massachusetts. She was so drawn to the method that she began giving workshops and set up a website and store on the Internet she calls KaleidoSoul. She also offers online classes on the method there. Like me, Anne Marie (although she is much younger than I am), was a breast cancer survivor when I met her and we shared SoulCollage® cards about that experience at our training. Both of us were obviously hoping we were home free.
I belong to Anne Marie’s KaleidoSoul listserv, but have not been an active participant. Then I saw via a Facebook post that she is registered on Caring Bridge, A Nonprofit Connecting Family and Friends When Health Matters Most, which I am familiar with, and that she was re-diagnosed this summer with a rare form of breast cancer caused by the radiation from her 2002 treatment. Damn! What is so moving to me is that she is making SoulCollage® cards to milestone her diagnosis and treatment at KaleidoSoul. You can see all her cards and words to date here.
I believe in this method as a powerful tool for spiritual, physical and mental health and healing, but her examples make the method crystal clear to those who might not be familiar with what can happen when SoulCollage® cards are created.
I had been forgetting two of the three powerful questions a card creator can make after the card is complete to deepen the experience, and Anne Marie's cards and words reinforced in me that I want to do this, too, and place more emphasis on that with the people I teach the method to.
The question I do use and have shown examples of at Sacred Ordinary is what I call the “I am the one who statements,” personifying the meaning of the card. Seena Frost, the creator of SoulCollage®, calls this the “Who are you?” question. What I had not been doing are asking these two questions: “What do you have to give to me?” and “What do you want from me?” Reading Anne Marie's words are excellent examples of the power of these questions.
This is National Breast Cancer month and seeing Anne Marie’s images and words at KaleidoSoul has truly moved me on many levels. Here’s to her complete recovery!