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Creativity IS a Spiritual Practice

When we see through our hearts, we recognize that every single one of us is infused with creativity. Divine Sparks are embedded in everyone and everything. It's up to us to be courageous, to look and listen deeply, to find the sparks, gather and release them back into the universe, transformed into something new. Join me as we wake up to the sacred-ordinary blessings waiting to greet us each and every day.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Gratitude and SoulCollage®: Anne Marie Bennett

Oh my goodness, how to introduce this beautiful, creative, warm, intelligent, inspiring Soul??? Anne Marie Bennett was my first "contact" person via email before I went off to California, trusting Spirit that yes, this practice, SoulCollage®, was something I was destined to learn how to experience and offer to others. Although I was not able to actually meet Anne Marie in person for at least another year we stayed in touch and she even posted one of my cards to her fantastic website KaleidoSoul a resource for everything SoulCollage®! I have since had the pleasure of experiencing Anne Marie's SoulCollage® retreats and co-facilltating workshops with her too! She even honored me by asking me to host a KaleidoSoul tele-class  titled SoulCollage® and the Art of Sacred Listening in July of 2009.

Before Anne Marie discovered SoulCollage® and became a SoulCollage® Facilitator and then one of Seena's trusted SoulCollage® Facilitator Trainers, she survived a valiant battle with breast cancer that you can read about in her inspiring book Bright Side of the Road. I interviewed Anne Marie about her book when it was first released, you can read that interview here.

Over the years Anne Marie and I have developed a special friendship based on respect for each others life journeys and creative gifts as well as the quality of our work as facilitators, mentoring others through their own healing journeys. (Plus we really just enjoy each others company!!!)

Below is one of Anne Marie's SoulCollage® cards and her reading for it. A reading is the act of  "stepping into the card" to listen to one's own soul's wisdom accessed through Source. I understand this process to be a form of Spiritual Direction with a visual aid, the imagery on the card.

Please join me in welcoming my dear friend Anne Marie Bennett to Shine the Divine today!

SoulCollage® Card by Anne Marie Bennett
I Am the One Who Feels Grateful

I am the one who leans back and lifts my arms up to the sky. I am the one who is surrounded by light. I am the one who is surrounded by small and large holinesses. 

I am the one who is grateful for light, and Spirit, and rainbows. I am the one who is grateful for my life.

I am the one who feels grateful and great-full for my family, dear friends, for my work in this wide, wonderful world.  I am the one who says thank you to Spirit for who I am and for bringing me here.

What Gifts Do You Give Me?

I give you the ability to notice all that is good all around you, at any given moment.
I give you joy.
I give you the gift of the present moment, for that is where gratitude lives.

What Do You Want From Me?

I want you to live your life from every point of gratitude.  I want you to remember to say thank you. I want you to know that taking a moment (or two!) to close your eyes, lean back, and lift your arms to the sky… is not time wasted, but time well loved.

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I hope you will visit KaleidoSoul and browse through all the inspiring resources Anne Marie has to offer!

MORE LINKS TO EXPLORE: 
Click here for news about upcoming June 2011 KaleidoSoul retreat,
and here upcoming March 2011 SoulCollage® Facilitator training.

Anne Marie has graciously made the link to the SoulCollage® and the Art of Sacred Listening tele-class I facilitated in 2009 available for non-kindred spirit members. If you want to listen to my class (there is a guided meditation included), click  here.
 
This link will take you to the resource on my SoulCollage® blog that is mentioned during the tele-class.

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In case you missed them, here are two interviews with Seena from my friends Anne Marie and Cheryl
November 8 -     Kaleidosoul - Anne Marie Bennett

November 14 -   AcapellaSoul - Cheryl Finley
 
Seena's other blog stops are listed below! 

November 17 -   Shine the Divine: Creativity IS a Spiritual Practice-Laura Hegfield
November 22 -   Listening for the Whisperings - Catherine Anderson 


4 comments:

  1. So much synchronicity here for me! I just discovered Anne Marie Bennett yesterday. And I've been having some difficulty with my approach to SoulCollage. So I decided yesterday that I need to approach it from the standpoint of gratitude for all things.

    This is a beautiful post. Thank you, dear Laura!

    Love and hugs,
    xoxoxo
    Angela

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  2. Thank you, Anne Marie. This was just beautiful on a blustery, grey November afternoon.

    And thank you, Laura, for sharing your gratitude through your remarkable friends.

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  3. That is simply beautiful and uplifting, in pictures and words . The image comes across not only visually pleasing, but the colour composition carries an aura of happiness and well being.;)
    xoxo

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