When I first learned about SoulCollage it was as a volunteer as a Creative Coach for the Art for Healing program at Hartford Hospital. My supervisor at the time facilitated a SoulCollage experience for all of the new volunteers. Since from a very early age I always enjoyed creating collages from magazine images, I figured I would enjoy this part of my training. What I was not prepared for was how the process of SoulCollage helps a person delve deeper into his or her own inner wisdom to use as a guide for better understanding and wellbeing. SoulCollage is an intuitive process to creating collage for personal discovery. Not only is SoulCollage a process in which one can learn about themselves and their soul journey, but it is also as a process that can be used for healing.
Let me say right out of the gate that you DO NOT have to be an artist or have any artistic skill in which to create SoulCollage® cards. The cards themselves are a fascinating piece of art, but the process of creating them and then processing them is the crux of SoulCollage. To create a card, you have to quickly pull magazine images without much time for thought. The time given for image selection is quite small, which means that what you grab you are intuitively drawn to for a reason. Keeping the selection of images as a right brain activity is key.
Using the images you have selected, you then just assemble them onto a piece of matt board using scissors and a glue stick. You can cover the whole board, or you can leave open spaces. This is totally up to you. There really are no rules in creating your collage, with the exception that text is never used. Once words are placed on a card, then the interpretation of the message from that card remains limited by the words on it. Therefore we stick to images only in collage creation.
After the collage is assembled, the process of using “I am “statements in journaling and discussion is followed, which is facilitated by the trained SoulCollage® facilitator. The creator of the card speaks from the images perspective using “I am “ statements such as “I am the one who____”, “I am here to teach you ______”, and “I want you to _______”. It is with this journaling and discussion process that we gain the message being given to us from our inner self. I have found this process to be very powerful, particularly when done in a group discussion.
Eventually creating a deck of cards and using them for intuitive purposes is a goal of SoulCollage, however much meaning and direction can be found in the creation of just one card. What comprises a SoulCollage deck varies from person to person, however the creator of the process of SoulCollage®, Seena Frost, does give a structure to a deck that one can follow. A SoulCollage deck does contain four suits: The Committee Suit, The Council Suit, The Companion Suit, and the Community Suit. There are also three transpersonal cards: The Source Card, The Witness Card, and the Soul Spark. As cards are made for each suit, journaling using the “I am” statements is done. In this way a personal deck is created from the messages and purpose of your own soul, so for me personally it would have more meaning than that of a commercial deck of tarot cards.
Lets take a closer look at what comprises each suit of a SoulCollage® deck:
- The Committee Suit represents and honors your inner voices, the various parts of your personality. There are positive Committee members (happy child, good friend etc.), neutral members (teacher, artist, etc.), and some that may seem negative and bothersome (inner critic, procrastinator…etc.). Each of these inner Committee members are a part of you and they are all needing to be heard. As with any committee, there are a couple of them that are more dominant and appear to always be “running the show”, while others are present but more in the background or hidden in the shadows. However, all members of your committee need to be seen and heard, and making a SoulCollage® card for each of them is the most powerful way in which to do this. I have made several cards recognizing my Committee members, but have more to create (I seem to have a large Committee!) Some of my members are: the teacher, the student, the organizer, the procrastinator, the believer, the shopper, the cheerleader, and the healer. It is best to create a list of your own inner voices, or Committee members, so that when you wish to create cards fro your Committee Suit, you have a reference point.
- The Community Suit contains cards with images of the people, pets, and even specific places that have played a significant role in creating and shaping who you are as a person. This can include: family members, friends, colleagues, mentors, pets, celebrities, religious or political figures, fictional characters, authors, and more. They can be living or dead, people you actually know or people you only know through their art, writing, or unique contribution to the world. When creating these cards, imagine who you would want in your Community as well as who is already in your community. Specific places that have always been a part of your life or have driven you in some manner can also be incorporated into your Community. For example, I grew up on Long Island, NY and Robert Moses State Beach was a big part of my life growing up. Eventually I will make a card for this place to rest in my Community, as it has been a place I would often go or imagine to give me clarity. You can use photographs or other images from magazines that capture that being’s essence. When you consult a Community card, you are accessing that person/animal’s unique wisdom and perspective as you remember it.
- The Campanion Suit represents animal guides or totems. One Animal Companion is identified for each of the seven chakras, or energy centers, in your body, through a guided visualization that can be facilitated by a trained SoulCollage® facilitator. You can also discover your animal guides in other ways. For example, you might already feel an affinity with a certain animal. You might start paying attention to the presence of animals in your life and notice that you are seeing a certain animal more often than usual. An Animal Companion might make itself known to you through a magazine image or a dream. When you consult a Companion card, you are accessing the wisdom of your energetic body as well as the larger, more mysterious energetic realm.
- The Council Suit contains cards that represent various archetypes that guide you in your life. Archetypes are universal themes or ideas that are known to people everywhere with no regard to race, culture, religion or gender. You do not choose your archetypes; they choose you. Some examples of universal archetypes are: The Divine Mother, The Crone, The Healer, The Creator, The Teacher, Wild Woman, The Great Father, Death, Shaman, Divine Child, The Savior, The Fool, The Hero, The Lightbearer, and The Warrior. When you create cards for this suit, it is important to keep in mind that your archetypes have already chosen you. Consider that over all energies have always been guiding forces in your life when creating these cards. When you consult a Council member, you are accessing the wisdom of the spiritual realm and the collective unconscious.
- Transpersonal Cards are three specific cards that each SoulCollage® deck should eventually contain. The Source card is a representation of “The One” from which each of “The Many” flow. This concept can be expressed as God, Goddess, Creator, Divine Source etc. depending on your soul’s view. This card does not get processed with “I am” statements. When using your cards for a reading you will place this card at the center of the space representing the one consciousness that connects all things. The Witness card represents the part of your soul that stands in witness of your thoughts and actions. It is like a mirror offering no judgment. The Soul Spark card is a representation of drives your soul and gives you the spark to move forward.
Do you need to have a full set of SoulCollage® cards in a deck to use for the purpose of a reading or to consult for guidance? Absolutely not! There is no guidelines for how many cards are needed either. I have seen decks that contain up to a hundred or more cards and decks that contain as little as ten. SoulCollage® decks are always in progress. This is a fluid process too. In fact, you may find a card that you have created and thought was a Council card has changed and is now a Committee card. Furthermore there will be cards that you create that you have no idea which suit they belong to, yet they are an important representation of you and your life. This is ok too!
When you engage in the process of SoulCollage® you are delving into your inner wisdom, especially when you complete the “I am” journaling process. This process alone is eye opening and offers guidance and healing. So just creating one card is helpful and can give you insight. When you decide to go further and develop a deck of cards, you will always have a source of guidance straight from your inner self or soul to help you through life.
As a SoulCollage® facilitator, I do offer classes and opportunities for you to experience this process. Feel free to check the following links for more information on what I have to offer you.
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Lisa Huppert is a gifted Psychic Medium, Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Healer and Master Teacher, Tibetan Bowl Sound Healer, writer, and multimedia artist. She holds a MA in Integrated Health and Healing from The Graduate Institute, a MS in Language Arts, as well as BS in Special Education & Elementary Education. Lisa is a certified Holistic Stress Management Instructor as well as a SoulCollage® facilitator.