SoulCollage®

When the soul wishes to experience something she throws an image of the experience before her and enters into her own image

Meister Eckhart, 12th century Christian mystic and poet

Flux, an image from Dinah’s Soulcollage Committee suit representing a member of her intrapsychic family, a configuration of self.

"Flux"– a card from my personal SoulCollage® deck

I am the One in the midst of flux

Wearing a floating halo-of bronze bracts and sepals

 

I am the One in a world of flotsam

in the presence of half glimpsed levels

SoulCollage® SlideshowSoulCollage® workshops

Dinah is a trained SoulCollage® group facilitator and offers a range of introductory and follow up workshops. For more information on workshop themes and dates please see the workshops page.

What is SoulCollage®?

Origins: Seena B. Frost (founder of the SoulCollage® model)

SoulCollage® is a simple, enjoyable process leading to change and transformation in those who use it. It was birthed  in the USA  in the late 1980s by the American Jungian psychotherapist, Seena Frost and since its inception has spread throughout the world, being applied in a wide range of therapeutic settings. It offers wise personal guidance when we make our own unique deck of collaged cards for private reflection and consultation.

It borrows elements from the theory and practice of Carl Jung, embracing his innovative theories concerning the Shadow aspects of the personality, active imagination, and his researches into Archetypes as universal energy patterns.

Defining the approach and its ingredients

Whether we consider ourselves to be artistic or not, as aspiring practitioners, we are invited to collage our own unique deck of cards to represent the One and the Many, to constellate the diverse dimensions of our soul, which are unified at their source.  The beauty of each card is in its meaning, not its aesthetics.

The 4 suits

Our personal decks are made up of an unspecified number of cards which divide into 4 suits referred to by Seena as the community, council, committee and companion suits. Using this system of suits enables us to be inclusive of the many contrasting dimensions of our soul, to cover the widest possible spectrum of its expressions.

The Committee suit

Often referred to as the psychological suit, the imagery in these cards constellates the different, often conflicting aspects of our idiosyncratic personality, whose members are sometimes referred to as the intra-psychic family i.e. the vulnerable me, the courageous me, the zany me.

Example: "Self in transition" card

Transitional self card from the Committee Suit.-Woman-striding over a threshold into a new landscape.

The Council suit

This suit is composed of archetypal imagery which is more universal.  We all share core energy patterns, which can find expression as human or animal metaphors.  These archetypes are deeply embedded in our psyches and found at a level Carl Jung refers to as the collective unconscious. These remain steady across time, culture and place and are common to us all i.e. the magician, the crone, the sage, the fool, the witch, the magical child.

Example: "Gaia as universal creatrix" card

Gaia card (the Creatrix)---(an example of an archetypal image from the Council suit in Dinah’s SoulCollage® deck.

The Community suit

This suit is comprised of people (and sometimes our pets) who have given us inspiration and guidance including our respected and loved teachers, family members and ancestors as well as those inspirational figures unknown to us who have acted as guides such as favourite artists, philosophers, actors, writers, spiritual teachers etc.

Example: "Natalie" card

Natalie Rogers from the Community suit, which includes inspirational figures unique to each one of us.

The Companion suit

Each card in this suit is expressed as a particular animal image accessed through a led process of guided visualisation to represent the physical energy located in each of our 7 chakras (vortices or energy channels).  It is unusual in being the only suit confined to 7 cards.

Example: "Pelican: throat chakra" companion card

Pelican throat chakra card in Dinah’s Companion suit.

Neters (Core energies)

We create each card to symbolise a single core quality, one of the many aspects of our Soul.   Seena Frost refers to this core quality as a neter (an Egyptian term).

Neters serve as either allies, guides or companions and emerge from a common Source, (the One), where they transcend their personal qualities.

Transpersonal cards

Source is represented by us in SoulCollage® as 3 Transpersonal cards: Source, Soul Essence and Witness,  beyond the realm of the neters.

The 3 Stages of SoulCollage®

1. Making the cards: collaging stage

2. Giving the neters a voice: journaling stage

3. Consulting the wisdom of the cards: the reading stage

 

Metaphor of the meal as a description of the process

Making our cards has been described as equivalent to the enjoyable activity of preparing the ingredients for a meal, whilst the subsequent reading phase is likened to the consumption of the meal, and therefore considered to be the fulfilment of the process.

Mary Wyatt card from Community suit, an inspirational family figure symbolising her gifts and interests

Mary Wyatt: a card from community deck

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    1. Making the cards: Collaging

    Creating the cards is an absorbing, right brained activity involving our imagination and intuition.

    Some points to bear in mind

    • Images are neither good nor bad.
    • All qualities (neters) having shadow aspects in their range of meaning.

    Stages in the making process

    • We start by leisurely sifting through torn pages of imagery of people and animals, and without questioning why, allow one image to compel us to select it, either because of a strong positive resonance or possibly even because it draws us due to its arresting, more disturbing qualities.
    • Next we respectfully cut or tear around the chosen image and glue it on a background of imagery, again intuitively chosen to resonate with the original image. Often we use only two or three images to create a powerful composition, but there is no fixed rule about the number of images we can apply.  A card is “cooked” when it feels intuitively right.
    • Finally we glue the combined collaged image onto a rectangular mount-board card, generally 5 inches by 8 inches to complete the SoulCollage® card.

    Bear card, from the Companion suit in Dinah’s deck.  Companions are animals which correlate with each chakra accessed through guided visualisati2. Giving the neters a voice: journaling

    Once we have made a card in this intuitive way, we usually have little sense of its meaning so we always take it to the next phase of the process, the journaling stage.  This aids clarification and deeper reflection.

    Journaling with our card helps our neter (usually the dominant figure or animal in the card)

    • find its voice
    • communicate its teaching to us.

    “I am the One who .........." Process

    Borrowing a tool from Gestalt therapy, when journaling, we adopt a first person position with respect to our neter, (the main image in our card).  This empathic device encourages our neter to find its voice to speak to us from its unique perspective.

    To do this we start the process with the words, "I am the One who ..............." and proceed to free-write from there.  This process is revelatory and greatly amplifies the card’s meaning and wisdom for us.

    We often round off this stage by finding a title for the card.

    3. Consulting the wisdom of the cards: the reading

    Unlike tarot, SoulCollage® is not for divining the future, but for personal consultation at times when we seek insight and expanded awareness.

    We can either do this in a small way by randomly picking a daily card, or cards, to reflect on or to inspire our day, or, through a more formal, mindful process of reading selected cards, whose neters proceed to respond to a carefully posed question, pertinent to our current life.

    The Reading: roles of reader, scribe and witness

    The formal reading can take place on our own or ideally, partnered with a scribe and a witness.

     Having prepared a sacred space, in our triad, we share the roles of reader, scribe and witness.  We rotate these roles between us so that each of us has an opportunity to be supported and witnessed as, in turn, we each consult 3 or 4 cards.

    We thus receive an extended response to our posed question from the unique stance of each of the diverse neters emanating from our selected cards.  This is a touching experience and is a powerful tool to gain insight, self- awareness and wise inner guidance.

Some  points to bear in mind for the reading stage:

  • Our cards are for our own personal use only.
  • We only ever read our own cards and avoid interpreting each other’s.
  • We are our own best expert when interpreting our own imagery.
  • However wise the perceptions of others may seem, the process of finding the meanings of our cards can be confused if others attempt first to offer their take on them.

As person centred facilitators, we hold a deep belief that each person is unique and full of personal complexity, therefore only fully fathomable to her/himself.  If given the right emotional conditions, we all have a rich storehouse of accessible and trustworthy wisdom inside us to understand the messages embedded in our cards’ imagery.

 

Who are the workshops for?

  • people from all backgrounds, including those who are comfortable with art and those too with absolutely no confidence in their creative skills, who seek intuitive, relaxing  ways to increase self-acceptance, self-discovery and personal empowerment.  Both will benefit equally.
  • therapists and those in helping professions seeking CPD to support and complement their professional work, particularly those with an interest in applying creative processes to their practice
  • anyone who enjoys the magic of cutting and pasting
  • anyone who wants to embark on the adventure of collage to discover imagery which taps into their unique store of inner wisdom
  • anyone who seeks to nurture their soul

Our workshop culture

As experienced Person Centred group facilitators, we offer

  • a safe, empathic, non-judgemental group setting to give you the focus and support to get the very best out of each of the three stages of the Soulcollage® process (making, journaling with and reading the cards)
  • a culture of creative stimulation giving you the freedom to maximise your focus and depth of exploration as you first configure and then dialogue with your own unique set of SoulCollage® cards.

Having used collage a great deal previously, I was intrigued to encounter the SoulCollage® approach... After feasting my eyes on the sumptuous banquet of gorgeous images provided and shared, my eyes finally rested on the one image calling me. So began a journey that still unfolds. I can’t express the enormity of the subtle power unveiled and learning gained in using this approach.  That, and your wonderful gentle on-going support, sums up the weekend for me.” (Course participant)

“I really enjoyed the making of the cards – it gave me a lot of creative pleasure. I don’t want to minimise this aspect of the process- I found it a deeply enjoyable thing to do. Reading the cards gave me some important insights into a current life issue – it wasn’t that a solution was offered to a very difficult situation but a wiser approach as to how I might be with it… I would love to do more of this.” (Course participant)

 

Workshops timetable

Until May 2018 only, we are offering a range of weekend workshops in this approach, including an introduction in September 2017, and a series of follow up weekends to deepen the approach. (See dates/booking/contact page).

The SoulCollage® series will close when Dinah retires in June 2018.

 

 

The facilitators

Dinah Brown, lead facilitator assisted by Amy Williams

After a year of personal exploration, Dinah trained as a facilitator of SoulCollage® with Linda Woolfson in April 2016 and sensing its capacity to enrich her existing expressive arts model is excited to include this in her repertoire of workshops.  Her interest in Jungian models goes back to her training in Jungian Sandplay therapy in the early 1990s when she trained with a lead British Sandplay trainer, Agnes Bayley in Manchester and the USA.

She has been leading regular workshops and trainings in expressive arts therapy since 1990.

Amy was introduced to SoulCollage® by Dinah and has enthusiastically adopted it as a creative model, which she uses on a regular basis.

For more information about the facilitators and the workshops please see the dates/booking/contact page

 

Reading and further information

The SoulCollage® process is beautifully described in Seena Frost’s book, SoulCollage® Evolving.

You can also access more detailed information, see video demonstrations and order materials on www.soulcollage.com.

Link to Principles of SoulCollage®

 

 

 

SoulCollage®
Flux, an image from Dinah’s Soulcollage Committee suit representing a member of her intrapsychic family, a configuration of self.

Mary Wyatt card from Community suit, an inspirational family figure symbolising her gifts and interests

SoulCollage®

Flux, an image from Dinah’s Soulcollage Committee suit representing a member of her intrapsychic family, a configuration of self.

Mary Wyatt card from Community suit, an inspirational family figure symbolising her gifts and interests
Flux, an image from Dinah’s Soulcollage Committee suit representing a member of her intrapsychic family, a configuration of self.

SoulCollage® workshops

Mary Wyatt card from Community suit, an inspirational family figure symbolising her gifts and interests

Flux, an image from Dinah’s Soulcollage Committee suit representing a member of her intrapsychic family, a configuration of self.
Mary Wyatt card from Community suit, an inspirational family figure symbolising her gifts and interests

Flux, an image from Dinah’s Soulcollage Committee suit representing a member of her intrapsychic family, a configuration of self.
Mary Wyatt card from Community suit, an inspirational family figure symbolising her gifts and interests
Flux, an image from Dinah’s Soulcollage Committee suit representing a member of her intrapsychic family, a configuration of self.
Mary Wyatt card from Community suit, an inspirational family figure symbolising her gifts and interests

Flux, an image from Dinah’s Soulcollage Committee suit representing a member of her intrapsychic family, a configuration of self.
Mary Wyatt card from Community suit, an inspirational family figure symbolising her gifts and interests

Flux, an image from Dinah’s Soulcollage Committee suit representing a member of her intrapsychic family, a configuration of self.
Transitional self card from the Committee Suit.-Woman-striding over a threshold into a new landscape.
Gaia card (the Creatrix)---(an example of an archetypal image from the Council suit in Dinah’s SoulCollage® deck.
Natalie Rogers from the Community suit, which includes inspirational figures unique to each one of us.
Pelican throat chakra card in Dinah’s Companion suit.
Mary Wyatt card from Community suit, an inspirational family figure symbolising her gifts and interests
  • Bear card, from the Companion suit in Dinah’s deck.  Companions are animals which correlate with each chakra accessed through guided visualisati