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Catherine Anderson

SoulCollage® Evolving – Going Global 

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Napkinwriter shares this message from Catherine Anderson, artist, photographer, author and evolutionary leader with you of her work in South Africa. When I took her SoulCollage course in Charlotte, NC a few months ago, she shared with me all the blockages, doubts, and just plain physical travel circumstances she had to overcome to stay true to her commitment to give of herself on this level.

This is worthy for you to know.

“How each of us nurtures, heals, and explores Soul will have impact on the vast cultural changes beginning to manifest.”   Seena Frost

Dreaming into Being: Bringing SoulCollage® to South Africa

by Catherine Anderson

 

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Everything we do begins with a dream. In 2005 I offered the first SoulCollage® workshop in South Africa and I sensed that the process would be a wonderful tool to be used in healing and reconciliation work in the country. I knew that people working directly with the communities were needed for SoulCollage® to be most effective. And this year my dream became a reality when I held the first SoulCollage® Facilitator Training on the continent of Africa in Durban, located in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. I think there is some magic that takes place when we, through our thoughts, put a dream out into the universe. It is almost as if we dream our vision into being.

                                Enjoy Catherine’s video of the new South African Facilitators.

 New Facilitator Alan Hofland, who works with the non-profit community care and support center, Woza Moya Project, held his first workshop with their staff members two weeks after his Training. This workshop is a pilot to work out any cultural nuances that might arise before he shares SoulCollage® further in the rural community. Alan will be sharing with people whose first language is Zulu, who have had limited educational opportunities, and who live in a rural area where there is no running water or electricity.
Annabel Morgan, a “humanitarian clown” working with Clowns Without Borders South Africa, also trained as a Facilitator and will be taking SoulCollage® into the rural areas of South Africa and Swaziland. Annabel has already shared SoulCollage® with a group of her fellow clowns who do not have English as their first language and who live in rural areas. She reported that one of the clowns even used his images to generate ideas for a new clown routine! Annabel felt that the SoulCollage® session also contributed a new depth and honesty to the interactions of the group during their week of training together.

 

I’ve also learned about the concept of “ubuntu” from these African communities. Ubuntu is a way of living that acknowledges that we are all interconnected, that I am who I am because of everyone else who touches my life. Archbishop Desmond Tutu describes it like this: “A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.”

 

Many times it is those with the least that can teach us the most. I know that the time I have spent with the people of Woza Moya has taught me gratitude and a deep appreciation for the people who make a difference in the lives of others. I also believe that our own self-discovery through the process of SoulCollage® can bring us closer to living with a sense of “ubuntu.”

Catherine Anderson is a SoulCollage® Facilitator and Trainer in Charlotte, NC. She is the author of “The Creative Photographer” and in addition to SoulCollage® offers photography, visual art journaling and creativity workshops. Email Catherine.

Woza Moya Welcome
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Visit www.soulcollage.com to learn more about SoulCollage® and experience a personal card reading.

   Train as a SoulCollage® Facilitator with Seena Frost in Santa Cruz, CA (a few spaces still available) on September 7-9.

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Look to This Day!


Here are some thoughts shared by Christine Whitelaw, of Australia. She mindfully has given her gifts of words, and photos for nearly two years now. With her permission, I share just a few of the breathtaking photos she brings to us who read and visually enjoy her blog.

I tell her that because of her, every day, I get to take a walk in an abundantly beautiful and precious Australia, enjoying the innocence and beauty of nature.

http://dadirridreaming.wordpress.com

“Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life,
In its brief course
lie all the verities and realities
of your existence:
the bliss of growth,
the glory of action
and splendor of beauty
are but experiences of time.

For yesterday is already a dream
and tomorrow is only a vision,
but today, well-lived, makes
yesterday a dream of happiness
and tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well therefore to this day!
Such is the salutation of the dawn.”

Kalidasa, Sanskrit poet and writer 4th C  AD

From dadirri7  Post –  June 1

“We live in community, or do we? Are we aware of where we are and what we are doing? Are we aware of others and the living world we share? Awareness leads to wisdom, compassion and happiness. Astrology points to a new opportunity this week to make a big difference through our own small action in mindfulness.

Mindfulness is not difficult. It means paying attention to where you are and what you are doing. It entails taking your surroundings in instead of shutting them out. Sure, you can text while climbing a flight of stairs, but do you know how many stairs you just climbed? That’s an example of a small thing that can have a big effect in a positive way. If you start paying attention to the number of stairs, you might become conscious of the number of trees, then all of a sudden birds will start singing out of nowhere and you’ll feel your heart beating and actually taste your food and maybe even notice the fragile, precious beauty of other people. There is no limit to how far you can go with mindfulness, but it does place a limit on what you are capable of — the kind of limit that makes the world safer when we are self-compelled to simply love”

A article by Len Wallick at Sense from Senselessness — Venus, Mercury, Pholus and Ixion

Here are a few photos from Christine from her mindful walks and experiences in nature in Australia. Because the photography is so exquisitely beautiful and the shared information about the nature scene so soulful and soothing, Christine now has lots of viewers following her travels.

I hope this does not interfere with the beautiful privacy  and communion she shares with nature. Somehow, I don’t think we do. We, her followers, are very grateful, but quiet as we gaze with her.

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Spikey Whiteface in Thorny Bush


I thought you might like to see the marsupial wildlife for a change. These are our lawn mowers and hedge trimmers! In the mornings and evenings they gather on the grass around the house and in the orchard, looking for sweet pickings.

Little Wattebird in the Grevillea ‘Moonlight’

by watching you see how the plants and birds work together

The sand is soft, short rushing waves aerating the beach so that our feet sink in deep with each step. I think of Good King Wenceslas, and how it helps to walk in the footsteps of one who has gone before and firmed the way for you. I often do it on the beach, follow my own steps home.

I reflected that it is tough going first, leading the way, opening a path for others to follow. We see it in families, the first child has the hard battles and the others find an easier path through growing experiences, simply because someone else has gone first. In any field of endeavor it is the the way showers who have the lonely job of creating something, a new way of seeing, or doing. Of course it is also exciting, and I hope now that so many of us can see a better world is possible that we can stick with our vision, our new way of doing, to bring it into being.”


Thanks for the walk, Christine. We love following your footprints.

About dadirri7

Christine Whitelaw is having fun with her new camera, a Canon Powershot SX40 HS; spends far too much time blogging, and otherwise teaches yoga, practices craniosacral therapy, plays with two year grandchild, grows waterlilies and walks on the beach.

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Photo by Christine Whitelaw – Australia 

In his writings, his Holiness, the Dalai Lama says, “…taking care of the planet is nothing special, nothing sacred, and nothing holy. It is something like taking care of our own house. We have no other planet or house except this one…we have no alternative, we have to take care of this home.”

“After all, the human being is a social animal,” I tell my friends.

“They have no need to study philosophy, these professional , complicated subjects,” he continues.  “By simply looking at these innocent animals, insects, ants, bees, etc, quite often I develop some kind of respect for them. How? Because they have no religion, no constitution, no police force, nothing. But they live in harmony through the natural law of existence or nature’s law or system”

“We human beings, what is wrong with us? he ponders. “We have such intelligence and human wisdom …so often used in a wrong way or direction. As a result, in a way, we are doing certain actions which essentially go against basic human nature….”

He calls love and compassion a universal religion…”if we look closely at human nature, affection is the key to a good heart. I think the mother is a symbol of compassion. Everyone has a seed of good heart.”

“Science and technology, together with human compassion with be constructive. Under the control of hatred, it will be destructive.”

The Dalai Lama began this topic by telling his audience that they may have come there that evening with some expectations, but that essentially “I’ve nothing to offer you.” He said he simply wanted to share some of his own experiences and views.

He said that from a certain viewpoint, religion is a bit of a luxury. “If you have religion, very good; even without religion you can survive and manage, but without human affection, we can’t survive.”

The Dalai Lama

There is a Global Coherence Initiative, which is a science-based, co-creative project to unite people in heart focused care and intention. It aims to facilitate the shift in global consciousness from instability and discord to balance, cooperation and increasing peace (www.glcoherence.org).

One of GCI’s roles is to provide education and technology for increasing heart coherence in individuals and teams.

Increasing heart coherence creates an alignment of body, emotions, mind and spirit that increases balance and effectiveness in individual groups and contributing to global coherence. This, in my opinion, is a technique needed to catch the attention and commitment of today’s leaders, powers of state and corporate and political structures. It is simple to learn, it may not be easy to effect the desire for change.

But just look at today’s world view –torn, fragmented by wars, unthinkable genicide of innocents, the hungry and homeless, the scarred Earth. Someone — somewhere– has to start doing something different from the way we’re doing it now. And I don’t think that boils down to the differing political parties.

I think it has more to do with the individual heart and mind consciousness that will rise up in bigger numbers than the individual alone and change whole systems in doing so — and there is no better place to start than in the heart.

We are studying and practicing the simple technique  of Heart Resonance in our Birth 2012 on-line course with Barbara Marx Hubbard.  The course also offers a glimpse of other styles of leadership, reaching group agreement, not by the battle of wills and egos, but by truthfully searching for the highest good of the individual, community, country or world. I don’t think these methods have much chance of success and use in the world unless we sincerely do the heart work first and are willing to commit to this for the good of humankind.

Can anyone watch the news these days and not have their heart tugged on a little bit or a lot. There’s too much that goes against nature going on in our world, and it would be a shift, indeed, if each human looked into their own heart and soul and discovered what it is that would be natural and in harmony (like the birds and the bees) for them to do — in big or little ways — that will increase the amount of goodness in the world on a daily basis.

The attitude of “I can’t do anything about it” is just not viable today in our world.

The technique of Heart Coherence was developed the Institute of Heart Math by Doc Childre. It is a simple, yet powerful technique to release stress, bring more coherence into your heart rhythms and build resilience. Once you’ve learned it, the technique only takes a minute to do and you can do it anywhere, anytime.

By the way, this is just not a “do-gooder” ideal. Simply by incorporating this as part of your life and prayer practice, the Institute has demonstrated by scientific tests, that you are creating goodness and health in your own body. Your own self-healing   powers (which many of us do not know we have; the birds and the bees know it!) will activate on many levels.

Physically, you may heal a wound, unblock a blockage, or intuitively know who you want to bring your treatment needs to; mentally, you may lighten up and find paths to uncomplicate complicated issues you wrestle with; spiritually, you will, for certain, develop a taste for this compassion that the Dalai Lama says is so necessary. And you will find a sense of connectness to others that most likely did not exist before.

I intend to bring Heart Resonance into my teaching workshops in the fall and spread its availability to learn in my little portion of this Earth.

This is science and technology with compassion and it works.  I can do my little part in nature to encourage harmony and love.  These qualities do need to be birthed into our world in ever increasing numbers. Our planet and its people are depending upon it.

For further information, www.heartmath.org

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