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"– 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® 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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Source is represented by us in SoulCollage® as 3 Transpersonal cards: Source, Soul Essence and Witness, beyond the realm of the neters.
1. Making the cards: collaging stage
2. Giving the neters a voice: journaling stage
3. Consulting the wisdom of the cards: the reading stage
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: a card from community deck
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.
Our workshop culture
As experienced Person Centred group facilitators, we offer
“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)
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.
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.
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®