Using SoulCollage® During Times of Transition with Cat Caracelo, SoulCollage® Facilitator in California.
Kindred Spirits Offering through Anne Marie Bennett’s KaleidoSoul
Working with active transition also means working with grief as we let go of one way of life before moving into another. Cat will guide us in exploring the phases of the “Moving Into Compassion” journey by using our SoulCollage® cards as we explore patterns both old and new. She will lead us through a guided meditation to help us with our individual transitions and there will be creative sharing too.
Come and join us:
Bring yourself, and a small pile of images including SCRAPS (scissors, glue, stick, pens, paints…anything that allows you to explore creatively) to play with while we talk and a notebook if you so desire!
I have posted some written and image based materials below and I will offer a couple of downloads for all class members after our call is complete!
Tele-Call Date: Monday, July 21, 2014
7 pm Eastern, 6 pm Central,
5 pm Mountain, 4 pm Pacific,
1 pm Hawaiian, midnight in London,
Tuesday 9 am. in Melbourne Australia,
and Tuesday 11 am in New Zealand
There is no time limit to grief – it is an ever changing, ever present, nuanced part of life. May you experience your grief in new ways, unraveling the threads of your stories as you need to… Exploring, creating and living new paths as you move into compassion and clarity.
– Cat Caracelo
Worksheet LINK: Symptoms of Grief
Tears are a river that takes you somewhere…
Tears lift your boat off the rocks, off dry ground, carrying it downriver to someplace better.
– Clarissa Pinkola Estes
There are many life occurrences and transitions that cycle in and out of life. They are each significant and they matter. We may find at times that we are making our self wrong for feeling, reacting or responding to transition, grief, loss and change in distinctive ways. This critical valuation, and judgment can be an indication the moving into compassion is needed.
Experiences of grief and loss include work transitions, life-stage transitions, illness, loss of a parent, sibling or child. Grief is triggered through tragedies that impact you personally, and those that happen close to home or far away, in the world, to the planet and to humanity. It may be personal experiences that hold grief reactions and memories, such as traumatic experiences, abandonment, loss of mobility, aging, empty nest, life-style change, loss of desired outcomes and care-giving. Loss of a pet, change in living situation and challenge within relationships can recall past experiences and release a flood of grief…grief is held within us for a myriad of reasons. All of them are valid, real and challenging. If grief lingers for a long time, it can become a source of stagnant energy, blame and shame often follow this stagnancy. Through depth process and understanding more about the grief you are experiencing, you will find a release valve and create some movement.
Compassion is that which makes the heart of the good move at the pain of others. It crushes and destroys the pain of others; thus, it is called compassion. It is called compassion because it shelters and embraces the distressed. – The Buddha
Moving into compassion requires facing our grief, understanding the many faces of grief and how emotion flows in and out of our life. This kind of truth-telling guides us toward compassion:
Compassion is often defined as a deep caring for the pain of others, accompanied by a desire to help. It is interesting that compassion is seldom defined in terms of oneself when compassion is one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves.
- When we give compassion to others but not to ourselves, we often end up feeling alone, worn out, and uncared for.
- A lack of compassion for oneself and others is a major cause of inner difficulty, heaviness and pain.
- We move into compassion for ourselves when we identify, understand and develop a relationship with the underlying reasons and life experiences as well as the feelings and behaviors.
- We move into compassion for ourselves when we communicate with and unravel the fears and false beliefs that we have absorbed from our past experiences.
- Moving into compassion is a process that takes time and tending…
A Message from Cat:
Thank you all for a rich exchange on this wonderful call!
Thanks to Anne Marie for the forum and Debra for the recording!
During the call I mentioned that paying attention to the parts of self that come through your creative process, recognizing them as messengers or image reflections, is a potent practice. Each comes with their own energies and symbolic resonance, they bubble up through the surface of your art to show you the way…through symbol, metaphor, atmosphere, movement, expression and tone.
Find the clues to how you are navigating times of transition within your creative practice.
Make space for your whole self, past, present and future. Recognize that triggering is often hidden, so pay close attention to what is underneath the obvious. Explore assumptions… and listen.
What is compassion, what does compassion look like if you are offering it to yourself?
What do you need?
Are you feeling and reacting to energy that is not yours?
Are you sensitive and flooded by your feelings?
Give yourself some extra TLC when working with this material and give your self time to unpack what you are experiencing. Please contact me if you would like some assistance.
If you wish to work more deeply with your transition time and need guidance you can ask me to explore depth coaching as a form of process, support, healing and transformation.
BONUS: I’d love to stay connected and add you to my mail list PLUS as a bonus gift I will send you a mini ebook on our topic and the Comparative Phases of Development Chart from my book Gathering Wholeness. Both are wonderful tools to reflect and deepen your inner work; and expand our conversation as you explore the vast amount of information embedded in your art. If you would like your own copy, simply email me using the contact form at the top of this page and ask for your “Compassion & Transition Time mini ebook”.
I welcome questions and look forward to anything else you’d like to share!
Disclaimer: Please excuse any typos or errors! I am an artist of life and written words can get away from me…