SoulCollage® as Daily Practice

My crafted SoulCollage® cards are my personal and highly imagistic personal narrative. Print media, glue sticks, a rotary cutter, cutting mat, a brayer, and a number of 5" x 8" cuts of matboard are my raw materials. When I begin feeling a little antsy or distracted or belittled or happy or proud or any emotion that may come my way, I make SoulCollage® cards. The "making" process calms me on a daily basis and when I "image" a thought (whether it is unconscious or conscious) I begin to feel grounded again and become more mindful. My SoulCollage® cards teach me how to be me and provide me a sense of balance.

I AM ONE WHO Finds Balance in Daily Practice SoulCollage®

I find the answers and definitions of my cards through journaling or just simply positing the card in a space where I can look at it as I pass through the hallway into my studio. I have become comfortable with any and all ambiguity surrounding the meanings of some cards and have learned to trust my intuition. I now know that there are no accidents when images come together and join one another to compose a SoulCollage® card. Answers come when they are ready to be found. Art is a healing gift and I have come to believe and trust, on a highly intuitive level, that the many SoulCollage® cards that I have crafted since September 2010 are a deeply personal collection of collage art that has made my many prayers and meditations come into tangible form.

References

Allen, P.B. (2005). Art is a spiritual path: Engaging the sacred through the practice of art and writing.

     Boston, MA: Shambhala.

Atkins, S., Adams,M, McKinney, C, McKinney, H., Rose, L., Wentworth, J. & Woodworth, J. (2003).

     Expressive arts therapy: Creative process in arts and life. Boone, NC: Parkway Publishers, Inc.

SoulCollage® as Daily Practice

My crafted SoulCollage® cards are my personal and highly imagistic personal narrative. Print media, glue sticks, a rotary cutter, cutting mat, a brayer, and a number of 5" x 8" cuts of matboard are my raw materials. When I begin feeling a little antsy or distracted or belittled or happy or proud or any emotion that may come my way, I make SoulCollage® cards. The "making" process calms me on a daily basis and when I "image" a thought (whether it is unconscious or conscious) I begin to feel grounded again and become more mindful. My SoulCollage® cards teach me how to be me and provide me a sense of balance.

I Find Balance in the Daily Practice of SoulCollage®

I find the answers and definitions of my cards through journaling or just simply positing the card in a space where I can look at it as I pass through the hallway into my studio. I have become comfortable with any and all ambiguity surrounding the meanings of some cards and have learned to trust my intuition. I now know that there are no accidents when images come together and join one another to compose a SoulCollage® card. Answers come when they are ready to be found. Art is a healing gift and I have come to believe and trust, on a highly intuitive level, that the many SoulCollage® cards that I have crafted since September 2010 are a deeply personal collection of collage art that has made my many prayers and meditations come into tangible form.

The Suits of the SoulCollage® Deck

In her book, SoulCollage®, Seena Frost recommends making cards that fall into various "suits" that will eventually make up your SoulCollage® deck. For a deeper understanding of these suits, you may enjoy reading her book. Attending a workshop or retreat will give you more information on this aspect of the SoulCollage® process as well. It is not necessary to know which suit your card will fall into as you are creating it...that can come later. If you do know, that's OK too. One wonderful attribute of the SoulCollage® process is that you can't do it "wrong"!


SoulCollage® Council Suit

SoulCollage® COUNCIL Suit: 

The Archetypal Dimension

The Orphan

Council cards represent various archetypes that we each recognize or feel operating in our lives. Council cards are often about various "bigger than life" concepts or ideals that are important to us as individuals but that also carry meaning for others. Archetypes reside in our personal collective unconscious and the collective consciousness of the planet. For a more thorough explanation of archetypes and Council cards, you may enjoy reading Seena Frost's book, SoulCollage®. This is an example of  a Council card.  

SoulCollage® Committee Suit

The Psychological Dimension

                                 The Brave One

I think of the Committee suit as all those various "parts" that reside within me, sub-personalities, almost like a group sitting around a dining room table. Whenever I am in a situation, certain members of my committee may speak up more loudly and others may hold back. Certainly, each of these parts wants to be acknowledged by me. This is an example of a Companion Card.

SoulCollage® Community Suit

COMMUNITY Suit: 

The Communal Dimension

Travel Companion

Community card create opportunities to make cards that visually capture the essence of special people or pets in each of our lives. Each card acknowledges and honors the impact that person or pet has had in our lives. These special individuals or pets can be living or deceased beings and may be honored as souls that we have actually known or perhaps those we have admired from afar.  

SoulCollage® Companion Suit

COMPANION Suit: 

The Energetic Dimension

Companion cards recognize animal guides imagined in our body’s energy centers. Animal guides offer us wisdom and insight at various times in our lives. Seena's book outlines a process to access these animal guides in a very personal way and to relate them to the various parts of the Chakra or energy system in the body. These is an example of a Companion Card.

COUNCIL SUIT WOUNDED WOMAN

SoulCollage® & Trauma


COUNCIL SUIT  WOUNDED WOMAN

SoulCollage® & Trauma

A SoulCollage® Facilitator talks about how SoulCollage® images softened the trauma she experienced:

[As I created] SoulCollage® cards that "spoke," the trauma began to losehold over my life. I believe that we cannot heal what we cannot visualize. The very act of finding images brings trauma to the realm of the soul. There the trauma can be confronted, worked with, and accommodated so that eventually it loses its terrifying god-like power. This is part of integration; trauma gradually becomes merely one of many life events instead of the central event that controls the way we live afterwards. I advocate making cards to represent trauma and aspects of trauma (Frost, 2010, pp. 150-151).

Frost, S.B. (2010). Soulcollage® evolving. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc.