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 #97  July 2013 Theme:  Siblings

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Soul Singing with Anne Marie
Anne Marie, the creator of
Hi! I'm Anne Marie, the creator of, and a SoulCollage® facilitator in Massachusetts. If you're just starting to sing your song with SoulCollage®, this column is especially for you.

A Tale of Two Brothers

I grew up blessed with the love of two big brothers. John is 6 years older than me, and Joe is a whole decade older. Because they were so much older than me, they never picked on me or teased me; they were true personifications of what "big brother" is supposed to be. This card (left) is the one I made to honor Joe.

When I was younger, I was closer to John. He actually played games with me, read to me, and stayed up late talking with me. He is the one who explained "the facts of life" to me in ways that our mother could not. When I was in college, he is the one I called whenever I felt overwhelmed and discouraged. When I got into a challenging (what a euphemism!) relationship with an alcoholic in my late 20's, John is the one I called who spent a lot of time with me, listening and letting me cry. By that time he was a well-loved and respected therapist living three hours away from me. He let go of the big brother persona for an afternoon and worked with me as a therapist. I have always said that he saved my life that day, because I felt safe with him, breaking out of my isolation. And he pointed me towards Al-Anon, which gave me back my life in a much bigger way.

Several years later, I settled down with my husband Jeff and began helping him raise his kids from his first marriage. This took so much of my time and energy. John was busy with his own wife and boys and business. We stayed in touch but our paths seemed farther apart. Of course, I was so busy with my own job and stepfamily that I wasn't really paying attention to my relationships with my siblings.

When I went through treatments for breast cancer in 2002, it was Joe who made many trips up here to be by my side, to visit, to cheer me up, to bring me out of many a funk. Even though he is ten years older, as adults we do have a lot in common, and he lives closer to me than John does.

When I discovered SoulCollage® in 2005, I set about making cards for each of my family members. Mom's and Dad's cards flowed easily, as did the card for my brother Joe (see above). But John? I was truly stumped about what exactly to put on that Community card beside photos of him. I fretted for a long time, many months, until it dawned on me that the reason why I couldn't make this card for John was because we had grown so far apart that I didn't even feel connected to him anymore, at least not like I used to.

This was a major revelation to me. I'd been so busy with my own life and my own challenges for so many years, I'd lost track of my connection to John! I decided to change that by calling him more often, connecting via email (and later, texts) every now and then. And when our families were together for Christmas or a summer holiday, I made time to focus on him, to ask him about his work, his staff, my nephews. After a few years, I was able to make this community card to honor John (see left).

And I'm happy to report that in the last few years, our connection has gotten even stronger. This May John and I actually led a weekend retreat together! I presented the SoulCollage® piece, and he presented the therapeutic piece. There were 13 of us and I carry that whole experience with me as a precious treasure. Also, as part of that weekend, I was able to facilitate and witness John's first experience with SoulCollage®, which so far is one of my happiest (!) experiences as a facilitator.

I am so grateful to SoulCollage® for giving me this huge awareness of a special relationship gone awry, via the process of making cards for the Community Suit. I invite you to take a look at any loved ones in your own community whom you have yet to honor with a card for your deck. Is it because you haven't had time to make the card, or is it really because you don't know the person as well as you'd like to, as well as you used to? If it's the latter, set the intention to re-enter relationship with that person. Right now!

Anne Marie Bennett is a writer, self-taught artist, website goddess, cancer survivor, and d 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, two elderly cats and one youthful dog who keeps them all young. You can read more about her on her website SOS Cancer Journeys.
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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.


They are the people with the same frame of reference as you, the people who come from the same place as you; share memories and experiences that no-one else does. They share your blood. Brothers and sisters, siblings. As a kid, I didn't know the word "sibling." I remember encountering it and being surprised that there was a word that described brother OR sister in that way, and coming to like the sound of it, the friendliness of the word. Sibling. Someone who's there in your world.

I am acutely aware that there are those who don't have siblings. There are those who have lost siblings, or whose relationships with them are fractious or fractured. All my life, I've been blessed and felt myself to be blessed with my two sisters and two brothers, but never more so than in the past couple of months, during a time of illness, when they've each stepped up in a new way for me, been there, (or here), when I need them, openly, fully present to me in a very special way.

When I encounter someone in my life who gets me in a special way, someone to whose heart I feel connected, in a way that goes deeper than friendship, the word that comes to me is always Sister, (for the truth is, in my case, that type of connection is far more easily formed with a woman than a man).

I am doubly blessed in my life to have that heart-connection with my actual siblings. Perhaps because of our closeness in age, and the fact that we shared so many life-experiences, it is most obvious with Aileen, with me in my "Traveling Companion" card (above). "I am one who walks with you, exploring new paths, sharing our discoveries. I am one who knows your tastes and joys. I delight in the fact that so much of what delights me also delights you. I am your sister."

When I ponder the importance of siblings, it comes to me also that all our other family relationships are formed through that relationship in many ways. The aunts and uncles who look out for us are our parent's siblings. Their children become the cousins who form our tribe, that other group of people with whom we share our frame of reference. My cousins know who Nana was - really know it. This web, this network is different in all families, and lucky the family in which it sustains and nourishes.

There's a brother missing, and a cousin present in this card, but still it is the Spirit of Siblings for me: We are those who have shared our childhood, learnt from and taught one another; we are family, looking out for one another.

Both of these cards have pictures of my actual siblings, but it is not necessary to have photos in order to create a SoulCollage® card honoring your sibling(s), or expressing some aspect of the relationship with them. If there are difficulties or estrangement, you may find it healing to reclaim the relationship that was valued in earlier days by creating a card embodying that element.

Light and shadow, one and many are so often exemplified in these complex relationships. Exploring our sibling relationships can be such a rich area for our SoulCollage® practice (see Anne Marie's column above for an example of that!).

With thanks to my siblings – Mary, Aileen, Joe, Mike. Blessings on ye and love to ye.

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 Siblings from one SoulCollager's Deck.

Sister and Me
Community Suit

I am the one who has been estranged from my sister. Through SoulCollage® I have come to let go of resentments and past issues. I am the one who is reconnecting with my little sister. Slowly, but nevertheless, reconnecting.

Community Suit

We are the ones who wear similar dresses which Mom made for us. We are the ones who play together and argue together, who share the same parents. Sometimes we love each other, sometimes not, yet we walk the same path that forms us, each in her own way.

The Scapegoat
Community Suit

I am one of three little mischievous girls... the youngest.... I am the one who couldn't stand the drama of being caught and then lined up as if in a firing squad and yelled at... the one who would slowly raise her hand and say, "I did it," (even if I didn't)...the one who took the whipping to get it all to come to an end. I am the scapegoat.

My Sister Sally
Community Suit

I am the one who is/was your "little" sister. I loved Psalm 121; it reminded me of many of the times we went camping as a family and spent time in the "hills" of Pennsylvania. I am the one who became dependent on you and others for my care, especially towards the end of my life-- and you responded with love and compassion. I am the one who remembers all of the times you defended me as my "big" sister and am grateful. I am the one who loved you and hopes that you'll take care of yourself so that you'll enjoy a much longer life than I had.

Community Suit

I am one who is with you always, although my life on earth was cut short. I am your big brother, your protector, and guide. I showed you unconditional love at an early age, and the meaning of strength of character, leadership, kindness and hard work. Family is so important to all of us, and I will always be a part of our family.


Community Suit
New York

I am the perfect one. I am the one who made your life difficult growing up. I am the one who was forced into a treasurer role. I am the one who helped you keep your finances in check. I am the one who has faith in you even when you don't. I am the one who misses my sister when she can't come to family functions.

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KaleidoSoul Notes
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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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