What it is and why I do it.
Curious about what SoulCollage® was all about, I attended some workshops presented by a few different facilitators. The first was an “Open Studio” in Portage, WI. I walked in, viewed tables covered with pages from magazines, photographs from calendars and five smiling women who welcomed me. Peggy, our facilitator, invited me to find a seat at the worktable and proceeded to give us an overview of the card making process. She shared a poem about looking at our lives with gratitude and some images she felt illustrated this theme. We were then encouraged to go find our own images.
With my little stack of pictures, I returned to my spot and started looking at combinations. I contentedly cut several images and played around with them until a “right” combination seemed to present itself. Grabbing a glue stick, I carefully pasted my pictures on the 5″x8″ mat boards Peggy provided.
The next part of the process was to identify yourself as the main image in your card, whether it is a statue, a tree, or a big purple box. Speaking as if you are the image, you answer several questions including “I am one who…” For me the process of inquiry brought forth really interesting information that I didn’t know was inside of me! It enables your inner voice to be heard, your intuition to speak. I was hooked!
After a few workshops with different facilitators, I decided I wanted to become one myself. I took my training in MN in Oct. 2013 and learned a lot about SoulCollage and its benefits. I now teach intro workshops, and use this process in my coaching practice to help others explore their calling, life purpose, and potential career paths. It is a wonderful activity to do alone or with a group of friends to prompt self-discovery and personal healing and spiritual development.
How to do SoulCollage®
You can make cards with intention and a theme such as “Summer”, or “Remembrance” or you can make them purely on intuition. You simply look through images and select those that interest you. Then you cut them out and play with arranging them on your mat card. No artistic talent is necessary to enjoy this creative process. For example, my card “Serenity” (pictured above) came about because I found a lovely picture of a bamboo forest. Later I came across photos of sacred statuary and cut out the figure you see in my card. When I put the two together something just “clicked”. The card elicited a feeling of calmness and it had an energy of invitation. (I really want to walk in that forest!)
The key to SoulCollage® is the powerful effect of self-inquiry questions that reveal what your card means. I find it is most helpful to experience this process with others. One person asks the questions and records the answers for the card maker. The recorder then reads back what the card maker said. It is amazing what can come out of you! Additionally, you may want to journal about your card(s). What was your experience in identifying with the image? What thoughts or memories did this process elicit?
What makes SoulCollage® different from other collage processes?
Usually people make a big collage representing several things all one large sheet of paper like a Dream or Vision Board. In SoulCollage®, you work with just one energy or theme per card. Additionally, SoulCollage® is comprised of 4 suits:
- Council represents archetypes, or universal principles, which seem to be influencing our lives. Examples might be: Strength, Love, Faith, the Great Mother/Father, the Guardian/Protector, Transformation, the Destroyer, the Magician, Happy Child, the Hermit, or “Serenity” as pictured above.
- Committee represents the inner parts of you, or multiple facets of your personality like my card pictured below; “the Photog” which features a few of my favorite shots.
- Community represents the people and pets and even places that inspire, love or support you. They may be present in your life today or in your past such as ancestors or teachers. For example, my “Fur Friends” card pictured above right is about the joy and companionship I had with past pets.
- Companion represents your physical energies (as in the Chakra system) or animal guides or totems.
Beyond the enjoyment of card making, you can also use your deck to do a reading. It’s you own personal guidance system. There is no limit to how many cards you can make and each is a perspective of your personality or an aspect of you. Ask a question and pull one or more cards. To read them you take on the role of each of the cards you’ve picked and answer from its point of view. The key is to just allow your intuition and imagination to give a voice to your images.
Where did SoulCollage® come from?
It began with Seena Frost, a psychotherapist. She attended a three year training with Jean Houston and at the end, she made cards for the other participants. Those cards became the Community suit. Since 2001, Seena Frost’s work has ignited a worldwide interest in SoulCollage® and has evolved into an international community of facilitators and “SoulCollagers” enjoying and sharing this simple, yet profound, process.
There are now over 1,500 trained SoulCollage® Facilitators in 28 countries and 12 Trainers who travel internationally. You can find out more about SoulCollage®, available workshops, and facilitators in your area by going to SoulCollage.com
If you are in the Madison, WI area I’d love to share more about SoulCollage® with you.
Please see my scheduled SoulCollage® workshops, Open Studios and Intros on my Workshops webpage. I love to introduce people to this process. Please contact me if you’d like me to do an “Intro to SoulCollage®” presentation for your group or if you’d like more information.
SoulCollage® is a trademarked process created by Seena Frost. For more information on Seena, the process, or Facilitator Training please visit her website.
These collaged cards are used only for the cardmaker’s own inner exploration. SoulCollage cards are not sold, traded, bartered, or copied (except as a back-up for the cardmakers own use) as is stated in the Principles of SoulCollage®. Where SoulCollage cards are available to be seen by others, it is for the purposes either of demonstrating the SoulCollage process or of sharing the cardmakers’ inner process in the context of community. SoulCollage® is grateful to the artists and photographers who make this deep awakening process possible and in all ways SoulCollage® seeks to be respectful of their rights.