SoulCollage® is a way to discover the One within the Many, and the Many within the One. (Here is a shot of some of the cards placed for the closing ritual).
SoulCollage® is a path. (This narrow lane wound its way through The Guest House property where the Facilitator Training took place).
SoulCollage® can be illuminating.
SoulCollage® reflects us back to ourselves. (This pond was right off of the deck).
SoulCollage® lets us gather with others. (It was a little too cold to eat outside this past weekend — which means I want to go back when it is warmer!)
SoulCollage® is a way to look at the bigger picture (this painting graced the hall outside our meeting room. It was such a great image to look at on our way in)
while also examining the details.
I am now trained to facilitate SoulCollage® workshops. If you live in my area and are interested, please let me know!
SoulCollage® is a trademarked process created by Seena Frost. For more information about Seena, the process, or Facilitator Training, please visit her website www.soulcollage.com, or visit the website of Anne Marie Bennett, whose passion for this process is evident on her website, www.kaleidosoul.com.
SoulCollage® cards are made either from one’s own art or from images found in materials which have been bought by or given to the SoulCollage card maker. 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.
The meditation was to pick a chakra, energetically bring the attention there, and then ask for an animal image. I settled on the fourth chakra, the heart center, and arrived eventually, quite perfectly it seemed to me, at a sand crab. First I saw a white fish of the deep, deep ocean, which shifted to a flea, and then to a mole, which finally became the sand crab (which is, surprisingly, sometimes called a ‘sand flea’ or a ‘mole crab’).
I am the one who lives at the edge of the land and the sea. I am attuned to the turning of the tides, the shifting of the seas, the cycling of the moon. I filter sea water very efficiently to feed myself from the little hole that I burrow into (backwards). I hear beachcombers’ voices and vibrations of movement, but I am protected (mostly) from them by layers of sand.
I want to remind you that even if you have backed yourself into a little hole, you can still feel the movements of the ocean, the dramatic swings of the moon. I don’t want you to mistake being out of view with being out of touch. Find ways to feel the Vastness that Is Life. Step outside. Find YOUR edge.
Process notes: I loved that layers of denim (from a Living Magazine article on the enduring popularity of denim and how to upcycle jeans) became the surf in this image — both because REAL denim became snow in two or three landscape quilts I made this winter, and because it is fitting for someone so devoted to fabric… The denim-as-ocean renders the Sand Crab’s message particular to my work as a fiber artist, i.e. —
working in my burrow (unfinished basement) with piles of fabric, can, if held lightly, bring me in touch with the entire world… there IS an edge there to occupy… (and it’s not making pin cushions!)
I also like that this card (and most won’t) includes two pieces of paper that came from prior artistic endeavor —
the splotchy background behind the crab was a second pull off of an iron-on transfer, or just one which burned up and decomposed (some do — esp. if they’re old)
the starfish and shells on the right (fluorescent) were made by placing teeny sea-finds on the scanner, and then tweaking the colors.
Seena Frost emphasizes that the process is a flexible one, but gives the participant FOUR SUITS as a starting point. More about that as I go on, but one of her four suits is the Companion Suit. The Companion Suit is comprised of our animal guides. Populating this suit with images can act as partial redress for the lack of nature in many of our lives. Also, it is a good suit to have because as Seena says, “the soul loves animal energy.”
Personally, I have noticed that it can be easier to accept an animal as perfect than to accept myself or another human being as same. My acceptance of all aspects of an animal’s behavior becomes a template for viewing human behavior — particularly stuff from the shadow.
It is not my intention to teach readers about SoulCollage®, but rather to simply share what is percolating in my studio, on my pages, and in my creative process.
To learn about this remarkable process, go to SoulCollage.com, where you can find out about Seena Frost, who developed SoulCollage®. She has audio materials available, as well as a book, which I own and recommend (“SoulCollage“, available through Amazon).
Or, dive into the amazing work and teaching of Anne Marie Bennett on her website, KaleidoSoul. Anne Marie’s passion for this work is evident on her site — you will find images, inspiring quotes, links, invitations to teleclasses and workshops, a huge archive of newsletters if you join, and much, much, more!
Here are two excerpts from Seena Frost’s website:
Seena B. Frost, M. Div., M.A. studied theology at Yale Divinity School, married, raised four children, and then received a Master’s degree in psychology from Santa Clara University. She is a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Special trainings with Jean Houston and Robin Van Doren inspired the combining of three of her life passions: spirituality, psychotherapy, and creativity. The SoulCollage® process and book have issued from this magical mix.
About the origin of SoulCollage™, Seena Frost says:
SoulCollage® originated in a program led by Jean Houston from 1987 to 1989. It was a time when I was immersed in world myths and archetypal psychology, and also I was exploring various spiritual paths. I was also practicing psychotherapy in my professional practice. The card-making process evolved over time with the aid of many women in my therapy groups. As they made their powerful, personal cards, shared them with each other and consulted them, we discovered the transforming possibilities of these images. In the book, SoulCollage®, I pass on to you what we discovered.
And from the home page:
What is SoulCollage®?
Seena Frost (photo by Susan Antelis)
SoulCollage® is a process through which you contact your intuition and create an incredible deck of cards which have deep personal meaning and which will help you with life’s questions.
Following the simple SoulCollage directions, your hands move fragments of cut-out magazine pictures around, fitting them together in a surprising new way and gluing them down on a card. Cards containing the images you select — or the images that select you — come straight through your Soul, bypassing the mind.
This is a multi-leveled, creative process which anyone can do. All you need is a good pair of scissors, pre-cut mat board cards, and images you can cut out from magazines, greeting cards, personal photos, postcards, catalogues, and calendars. It is wonderful to have other people with whom to share the process. The cards are fun to take to a friend’s house, to work with in therapy or support groups, or to keep on your coffee table.
A Note About SoulCollage Cards:
SoulCollage® cards are made either from one’s own art or from images found in materials which have been bought by or given to the SoulCollage card maker. 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 card makers 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 card makers’ 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.
I am so excited to have signed up for a weekend of SoulCollage® with facilitator Anne Marie Bennett in October. The mere act of signing up has been energizing. One obvious goal is to get all the nearly finished cards in my paper boxes turned into cards. And to sit with them. Lots of other goals — like reading through the archive of newsletters on Anne Marie’s site and exploring images I can find online — will also inform how I spend some of my time between now and then.
I will be posting about the process — what I am learning, how I adhere the images, copy/resize them, organize my materials, use the cards for guidance. I will also, of course, share the collages themselves.