What is SoulCollage?
One of the most exciting things I have discovered about SoulCollage is the joy of leaving my head and all of the words behind as I let the images and symbols buried deep within gently rise up to the surface to inspire and inform me. The magic is in the doing, not the talking and writing. Trying to capture SoulCollage with words is like trying to catch a bubble. The magic disappears!
So here is a brief overview to acquaint you with the process. SoulCollage was developed by Seena Frost, a therapist in California. I was trained as a facilitator of the process directly by Seena. SoulCollage grew from Seena’s deep work in spiritual exploration, world myths and archetypal psychology. The premise of the work is basically, all answers lie within. Our inner world is a deep and everlasting spring of wisdom, silently and sometimes not so silently, waiting to be explored and honored in our daily lives. These different parts of us are the ones that drive our unconscious behaviors, habits and patterns. They are our shadow selves as well as our light. Bringing awareness to this rich inner life is an enjoyable and creative as well as therapeutic way to integrate all of the many different voices residing within us. By giving them a voice and listening to their story, we bring honor to our past experiences and glean the wisdom they hold for our journey.
Meister Eckhart, one of my favorite authors and mystics said, “When the soul wishes to experience something, she throws an image of the experience out before her and enters into her own image.” Joseph Campbell’s work relied heavily on the concepts of our soul and our dreams speaking to us in images and symbols as did Carl Jung. "THERE IS MORE REALITY IN AN IMAGE THAN IN A WORD.", Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth. SoulCollage is about plumbing our depths for the symbols and images that wish to be made conscious within our psyche for our healing and greater awareness of our life, our purpose and our psychological and spiritual growth and evolution.
How to do it
The best part of the process is it's lots of fun! All you need is a couple of magazines and some glue! So get ready for a play date with your inner child that will be more rewarding than you can imagine.
First, gather a pile of old magazines. If you are anything like me, you will have them “stored” and stuffed everywhere just waiting for that next project or a quiet afternoon to read. Ha! They are really there awaiting your discovery of SoulCollage! You will need a good glue stick like UHU and some mat cards for your base. Actual SoulCollage cards are 5 x 8. This size gives enough room for our images while easy to handle in a deck and readings format.
Next, carve out a few hours of time with no interruptions. Put your cell phone away and let voice mail pick up your home phone. Create a sacred space for yourself for the next few hours. Put on some inspirational music. I like soft music, usually classical or new age but this is a personal preference. I light incense to bring a calming vibration to my space. When I am ready to begin, I light a candle with an invocation to be guided by Spirit for my highest good. I take a few minutes here to thank all of the artists who have unknowingly lent their creativity to help me gain a deeper understanding of myself and my journey. I center myself with slow, deep breaths and enter my inner world.
Then the ripping and tearing begins! Every image that speaks to me in any way at all is released from its bondage in the magazine. After I have a good pile of images, I cut them out. The more the image is cut away from it’s original background, the easier it is for it to become a personal symbol when repositioned with other images and backgrounds. It is truly magical but you won’t believe it until you experience it! The images really know where they want to be to become a part of me, my journey, my healing. The more I stay out of my head and let the images take the lead, the deeper the message becomes. Sometimes I don’t know the meaning of the cards I create for months and months. and the meanings are always changing as my life changes. Sometimes a card will have an archetype or energy immediately apparent. It is preferred to let one energy be the focus of each card, as this will become important in the future when you use your cards for readings. For example, I have a Lonely Child card as well as an Innocent Child card. These cards hold two separate meanings for me in my life and each one is important in itself for my own self-knowledge and information.
Making these cards can become totally obsessive so be prepared! It is as if all of the different voices within you are finally getting their say, their place of honor in your life. It is fun and creative but also deep, spiritual work. Seena likes to call it “Soul tending” and that fits perfectly. Don’t forget to have a box of tissues around. I have never had a workshop or a private session where tears did not flow! Now go forth and cut and paste to your heart and Soul’s delight and revelation!
You can also visit the official website at www.soulcollage.com for more information and to purchase SoulCollage products.
SoulCollage cards are for self exploration only. They are never sold or traded for any reason.
I am the one who instills guilt.
I am the one who is always driving you to be more holy, more like Mary.
I am the nuns who taught you and drove you to be "perfect" like Mary.
I am the invisible, ever present evil regarding all things sexual.
I am the devil urging you to act in unholy ways.
I am the one who has kept you safe in dangerous times.
I am the one who caused you to pause and reconsider impetuous actions.
I am the one who stood by you as you developed you own convictions.
I am the one who encouraged you to experience sex as sacred.
I am the one who had your best interests at heart, always.
I am the One who comes in the name of God for the benefit of all Creation.
I am the One who sees the Divine in every inch of Creation.
I am the one who leads the people back to their rightful place of Honor and Glory.
I am the one who came to show the path of true Love and Forgiveness.
I am the one who cries for all that is unborn within me.
I am the one who travels to the dark regions to bring back wisdom and self knowledge.
I am the one who dies to self to birth a new me.
I am the one who embraces all death as a necessary part of all life.
I am the One who protects my children at all costs.
I am the One who understands un-healed pain.
I am the One who sees the innocent child in the rage-filled man.
I am the One who is good enough just as I am, broken, bleeding and perfect.
I am the One who is on your back 24 hours a day.
I am the One who tells you you are never thin enough.
I am the One who tells you you are never good enough.
I am the One who tells you you are never pretty enough.
I am the One who tells you you are never put together enough.
I am the One who tells you you are never enough. Period.
I am the One who wants you to be liked and accepted.
I am the One who looks out for the approval of others even when you don't care.
I am the one who is protecting you from judgement and disapproval.
I am the one who always has your back.
I am the One who receives wisdom from the ancients for the good of all.
I am the One who reads the winds, the stars, the Moon.
I am the One who sees and acknowledges the ever present Mystery.
I am the One who was pure and Holy.
I am the One who radiated innocence and joy.
I am the One who was connected to my inner Divine.
I am the one who sits alone, friendless.
I am the one who cries alone, motherless.
I am the one who feels alone, fatherless.
I am the one who is invisible.
I am the one who is breaking free of my limitations.
I am the one who is finally free to express myself in all that I am.
I am the one who bursts forth out of bondage.
I am the one who always held the key.
I am the one who comforts the lost child.
I am the one who clothes the naked child.
I am the one who feeds the hungry child.
I am the one who hears the cries of all children in this world.
I am the one who's heart breaks for all children everywhere.
I am the one who travels in all directions of time to gather my ancestors spirits.
I am the one who moves into the unknown to bring back healing for all.
I am the one who stands with all woman as we become one strong and Holy voice.
I am the one who takes change in stride.
I am the one who never falters when a new path is indicated.
I am the one who moves ever forward knowing all paths are valid.
I am the one who trusts I am exactly where I am supposed to be at all times.
I am the one who is rooted in our Mother, the Earth for all time.
I am the one who has soaked up our Mothers tears, generation after generation.
I am the one who witnesses Her destruction at the hands of mankind.
I am the one who seeks to heal "all" creation.
I am the one who protects the ancient wisdom.
I am the one who shares this wisdom with those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.
I am the one who weeps from a broken heart for the sake of our Mother.
I am the one who knows what we do to others, we do to ourselves.
I have a suite in my deck espressly for travel. India is one of the places I dream of going.
I am the one who walks into mystery.
I am the one who seeks unity with all cultures, all peoples.
I am the one who thirsts for new adventures.
I am the one who explores all spiritual paths.
I am the one who trusts in the road ahead.
I am the one who is comfortable in a man's world.
I am the one who is comfortable with controversy and disapproval.
I am the one who understands the power of the feminine.
I am the one who honors the power of the feminine and makes it work for the good of all.
I am the one who stands in my power at all times.
I am the one who strides confidently in my own direction.
I am the one who embraces the dark.
I am the one who knows I am guided at all times.
I am the one who knows I am safe at all times.
I am the one who knows I am supported at all times.
I am the one who travels no path but my own.