The cards shown here demonstrate a basic part of the SoulCollage® process: Engaging and working with the energy of the cards, also known as the "I Am One Who..." process. To learn more, the award-winning book, SoulCollage® Evolving by Seena Frost, is a beautiful account of the process and an excellent place to start! Seena writes about: the history, how to make cards and work with them; using the process in celebration and blessing, rites of passage, personal retreat and much more; as well as how SoulCollage® has changed the lives of thousands of people, worldwide.

June 9, 2008

Sweet Ike


My daughter, Kamaria and I adopted Ike into our family in the summer of 1999. Before the three of us discovered each other, Kamaria and I were browsing the animal shelter to see who we would gravitate to.
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We stopped in the kitten room, I stooped to pet one, and I must've looked like a jungle gym to them! They were all over me! Before I knew it one was climbing up the back of my skirt (from the inside!)...one lept onto my back and was racing to my head (ouch! those sharp claws) then another one sprang onto me from out of nowhere! OMG!! I realized that was too much energy, we needed a mellow cat.
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As we walked out of the kitten room, Ike was sitting right there...eye level on his litte carpeted kitty-kat patio -I saw him, he saw me...and he said "meow!"... "Oooo, you talk" I said...and the rest is history! Kamaria and I both fell in love with Ike...and he's still talking!! Boy does he talk...in different tones i.e. a questioning meow, or a whining, nagging meow...and he's quite conversational, at length!...and he purs up a storm, you can hear him from across the room! I love it! and we love our Ike!
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Through this SoulCollage card, Ike says to me...
I am your furry companion. I am one who knows it's perfectly fine to be me...no apologies required! I am the one you give love and attention to, but not enough for me. I always want more of you...on my terms, and I know my terms are just fine. I know how to tell you what I want. I am one who speaks my voice, consistently. I know how to get my way. I am the one who's persistent and patient, sometimes. I am the persistent one...you can learn a lot from me. I am the one who loves you so much I want all of your attention. I am the one who turns on a dime from purring to biting...and you love me anyway.
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I want you to give me more of your undivided attention. I want you to realize that that time is tender and sacred and relaxing. I want you to want to give me more affection. I want you to soak up my love and do nothing else but cater to my desires.
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Through me you see that it feels good to be at peace with (and in) your body...jiggles and all. I give you overflowing love and affection. I give you love and companionship you can count on. I give you an example of authenticity. I give you permission to take as many naps as you need. I want you to know I love you and love being with you. I miss you when you're not here. I'm glad when you come home and sometimes get mad when you leave out again so quickly. I am one who likes being around you.

6 comments:

GreenishLady said...

What a strong personality Ike has, and how clearly he speaks to you through the card. Enjoy him!

Shiloh said...

I loved this story of how you met. I love cats myself. My own has quite a personality too. His name is Egypt. (Or Egee Peege.) You can see him on a card here: http://sunnydreamer.net/july_sept/cat_spirit.shtml ...if you like. I'm a new member to the group and have just browsed a bit till I am ready to jump in. Hope the day goes well for you.

Caroline said...

What great words came with this card. (Ike himself also looks wonderful.)

Helen Burton said...

Hi Cheryl:

Thank you for telling us all about Ike. He sounds loving and a great companion. Helen

sharryb said...

What a precious being is your Ike. Just like you. I love to hear your "I am the one's" from his perspective--those dear cats can be great teachers. I love my Luna and, of course, have a card for her.

Diannem said...

Oh, Cheryl, I love it that you made a SoulCollage (R) card for your cat, Ike. Do you mind if I copy your idea? I would like to honor my cats by making cards for my cats past and those that are currently in my life. They have given me so much. I have no family and virtually no friends in town anymore so Kiku and Saki are my family. We celebrate every holiday together and they never complain about their Christmas presents! I have kept track of your SoulCollage cards and your mandalas and find you to be warm and sensitive person -- just right for cats!