Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Grass Angel

This week, Anne Marie's challenge at Inner Surprises is to create a SoulCollage card from a favourite quote, and when I read it, I knew immediately which quote I would like to base my card on.

Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers, "Grow, grow."
...................................- The Talmud

I came across that quote 9 years ago, when I first encountered and began the adventure that is The Artist's Way. I think this was the first book I'd seen that was sprinkled with quotes in the margins, and if Julia Cameron left me with nothing else, it was a store of marvellous inspirational quotes, including that one. (By the way, she did leave me with a whole lot more than that!)

This quotation stays with me, and comforts me. It reminds me that there is invisible support all around, and that I only have to trust and rely on that support.

The angels that appear here came from a Christmas card that came from my Aunt Nell in 2001. I've saved it, and the angels were over my bed for the past few years, waiting for me to decide where they really belonged. Well, they belong here, on this card, honouring the quote, honouring Aunt Nell, and echoing the prayer for children which I love:

"I am, O my God, but a tiny seed which Thou hast sown in the soil of Thy love, and caused to spring forth by the hand of Thy bounty. This seed craveth, therefore, in its inmost being, for the waters of Thy mercy and the living fountain of Thy grace."
........................................... (Baha'u'llah, Prayers and Meditations by Baha'u'llah, p. 177)

I think the angels represent that grace, and I am glad now to have this visual reminder for myself.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Celebrating Seena

When I first encountered SoulCollage, I felt an immediate connection - a Gimme! feeling. I know this is not unusual. Many of the people who turn up at the KaleidoSoul Yahoo group are obviously gripped by the same excitement, the same urgency about getting into this process.

So, at first, at the beginning, I didn't pay a lot of attention to where this had come from. Yes, there was a book, and of course I ordered it straight away, but it was the content, not the author that interested me at that time.

Then, in reading the book, in working with the cards I'd begun to make, and reflecting on what she said in the book about our engagement with the cards and neters, I began to get a sense of this person whose wisdom I was drawing on. - A sense of a gentle, knowing, accepting person, who was offering such a wonderful tool to us.

Within a few weeks, I was totally smitten with SoulCollage. One night, in a dream, a voice - a woman's voice - told me that I should Come! Come where? I wondered. Hmmm... And then, the audio-tapes I had ordered arrived, and I heard Seena's voice. Ah! That's the voice from my dream. Come? Come to the States? You have to be joking. Not possible! was my first response. But the seed was sown. The call had been heard. And 3 years later I did go. I went to California for facilitator training with Seena. What an experience!

Seena is, to me, one of those rare and wonderful souls who knows what she is here on earth to do, and she is doing it. Helping people to discover the many parts of themselves through the medium of SoulCollage. Her gentle spirit is a delight to encounter.

When her 75th birthday was approaching in February, and SoulCollage facilitators were invited to create a card to share with Seena as a celebration, this was the card I made, and these were the words I added:

.........I am one who brings light, who sheds light on dark places.
.........I am one who understands the One and the Many.
.........I am one whose call you heard and answered.
.........I am one who gives with open hands and welcomes with arms, who listens with full attention, who speaks
..............with great care.
.........I am one who offers tremendous gifts to the world.
.........I am a being of light.

It feels right to share it here now. If you have not read the book, go to the SoulCollage site and check out some of the articles Seena has written. You will not be sorry you have encountered this wonderful woman!