Sunday, January 11, 2009

Marti Beddoe

Naperville, Illinois


Discovering and expressing life’s beauty, meaning, and purpose have been the consistent threads of Marti Beddoe’s journey since her Libran birth in 1948. Marti has creatively woven those threads into her life and work...
  • as a community organizer;
  • as an imaginal educator, teaching topics ranging from the ABC's to theology and spirituality, to people from diverse backgrounds and all age groups from womb to tomb;
  • as a single working mother and full-time student;
  • as a career/life coach and founder of Right Livelyhoods and Designs for Peace;
  • as an artist;
  • as a friend and mentor;
  • as a spiritual partner and wife; as a mother and step-mother of five; as a grandmother of 7;
  • as a caller and facilitator of PeerSpirit women’s spirituality circles;
  • as a student of the Enneagram, psychology, astrology and mysticism;
  • as a meditator and meditation teacher;
  • and now, as a facilitator of the SoulCollage® process.

SoulCollage® Circles

With respect and gratitude, I acknowledge my teachers Jean Houston, Seena B. Frost, Kylea Taylor, and Anne Marie Bennett, the Giants upon whose shoulders I stand. In October 2007, I had the pleasure of participating in the first East Coast Facilitators Training in Baltimore, MD led by Seena and her colleagues. It is an honor and a delight to share the SoulCollage® process with anyone looking for “a way to dive deeper into an awareness of their many-faceted Self/Soul parts”, especially their own Inner Healer and Wise One.

In September 2005, after learning the SoulCollage® basics from my friend Jon Hansen, I called a circle of friends interested in exploring the lush intersection between creativity and spirituality. We have met the first Saturday of each month since then. At the center of our SoulCollage® circle is a sacred space of silence, a bottomless well where we can pause to drink deeply the nectar of authenticity, creativity, encouragement, integrity and wisdom before returning to our daily lives.

I am especially interested in fostering similar kinds of communities of SoulCollagers where members learn the powerful practice and utter privilege of being Witness to the mysterious unfolding of personal and collective beauty, meaning, and purpose. Currently, I facilitate a monthly SoulCollage® circle at a cancer resource center where members can find respite from their daily health challenges and dive into a dialogue with their Souls.

If you would like to celebrate a special Life Passage, I can help you design an event that would incorporate SoulCollage card making, resulting in a memorable and meaningful experience for you and your loved ones.

About My SoulCollage® Cards

In April of 2005, I saw Jon Hansen’s breathtaking SoulCollage® cards and I was hooked! Though I had made and had taught my clients how to make collages of Treasure Maps/Vision boards for decades, Jon’s cards were like no collage I had ever seen! Their other-worldly quality more closely resembled images on a 16 square quilt I made in 1997, an attempt to create a non-verbal autobiography of my life’s most significant events. The quilt’s images were based on symbols mined from my dreams. SoulCollage® feels like a natural continuation of my quilt.

Despite my love of language, sometimes in life, there are experiences that are simply beyond words. That is what I love about SoulCollage®! From the cards’ images, a flow of soulful poetry is summoned and expressed as the "I Am the One Who..." statements.

I have especially enjoyed delighting my loved ones with the gift of a Community card depicting their essential nature. During a course of work with Internal Family Systems, making many Committee and Council SoulCollage® cards enhanced and accelerated great personal insight, healing and integration. Notably, I was able to confront and heal the ferocious "Inner Critic" part, which then allowed me to take a profoundly transforming journey from "Bad Mother" to "Whole and Nurturing Mother".

When I am with close friends, I share my newest cards as a way to express what is currently most alive in me. Along with my daily meditation practice, SoulCollage® has become a rich spiritual practice. Since emergency heart surgery in December 2007, my SoulCollage® practice has helped me begin to map and explore a new and more expansive territory of consciousness emerging within.

By February 2009, my deck has grown to 97 cards: 7 Companion cards; 22 Community cards; 37 Committee cards; and 31 Council cards. My beloved husband Harry Hitzeman has offered me great encouragement and honored the SoulCollage® process by building special shelves to display some of my cards in our home.

As I enter the third trimester of my life, I am very grateful to Seena and Source for the ever-deepening Well of Joy and Wisdom made available to my psyche, soul and spirit through the practice of SoulCollage®. I invite you to explore your own Well and discover what beauty, meaning and purpose it holds!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Return to a New Normal

When the soul wishes to experience something, she throws an image of the experience before her and enters into her own image.
-- Meister Eckhart
This is the story of one soul’s journey. It is a story best told through images and with few words. This story illustrates the power of the SoulCollage® process to hold the center as Witness while a soul undergoes a profound transition. It is a story that is particularly personal and utterly universal. It is a story of the One and the Many...

Thanksgiving 2007

With gratitude and pleasure, I heed Seena’s advice and create the Fool, Death and Lightbearer cards. I share my Death card with Harry, my soul mate and husband. Our dialogue takes us to a deeper, more respectful understanding of our differing views of death. Harry admits he has never considered the possibility that death could hold any beauty. Four days later, Harry’s oldest brother makes his transition unexpectedly. Our reflection on the Death card Neter serves to strengthen and comfort us. In the midst of our grief, we are able to stand in a solid place, consoling Jim’s distraught family more effectively. Then, 13 days later, another surprise...

December 11, 2007

I have a sudden heart attack and emergency open heart surgery. During this event, my soul enters into an experience where Death midwifes her into her next existence, a place of unparalleled beauty and serenity. After an eternity, Sophia the Lightbearer guides her back into this life with her beloved mate. Since words fail, I will let the Return card tell the rest of the story. (The people on the card are Harry and my late parents with my precious dog Jess.) Thirty six hours later, I regain consciousness. There on my bedside table, sits the Lightbearer card! Some time passes before I begin to comprehend the enormity of my soul’s journey and its Return to a New Normal.

Winter and Spring 2008

As the body heals and the mind and personality struggle to accept the New Normal, I am steadfast in my SoulCollage and daily meditation practices. Sophia shines her bright light as I explore this new territory, seeking to grow in wisdom. Deliberately the newborn soul in me retreats from her old life into a hermetic existence. Patiently, she waits in a safe, vast, and silent cocoon of Darkness, allowing the eternal flame to burn off all that is unnecessary for the next stage of the journey. My soul completely surrenders to the Great Mystery, trusting that the Darkness, like the Light, will bring healing and wholeness. I am willing to become New, once again.

Summer 2008

My soul emerges from her safe cocoon, draws back the curtains, opens the window and welcomes the refreshing breeze of illumination that brings new thoughts, new possibilities and new life. I am awake and aware, receptive to whatever will be. I am deeply grateful for the transforming journey, for its gifts of profound peace, beauty, meaning and purpose, and for its many mysteries. I offer my re-newed heart and soul in service to all of life, as I await Sophia’s guidance.