“Once I dreamt I was a butterfly. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.”
Years ago while searching a website, I came across the term “SoulCollage®,” and my curiosity kicked in. This is the very first card I made:
After a few visits to a SoulCollage® group facilitated by the wonderful Susan Richards, reading Seena Frost’s book SoulCollage® Evolving, making some cards and consulting them — having them speak to me — I knew SoulCollage® was weaving itself into my soul. I was trained as a Facilitator in 2013.
I am a child of the 1960s and 1970s. I grew up in the era of consciousness-expanding drugs, far-reaching ideas, and the peace movement — definitely ways of experiencing altered states of consciousness early in life. Mix in some Motown and Latino and growing up in the Big Apple — with delightful (and crazy) children for parents — and the lessons could be tricky. To understand how the mind works and the uniqueness of people became my very conscious desire, and I still walk this path. I often refer to my life’s journey as a concert, as my dance in a creative life that continues to unfold.
I have a very curious mind, which sometimes gets me into places I wish I had never gone. Later, upon reflection, I realize that these experiences were an important aspect of my inner work.
Through many doors and pathways, I found a passion and desire to assist and guide others toward their own inner power. Each of us is our own administrator for dreams, goals, and miracles. The power within each of us is enormous.
I have great respect for what I call the inner-conscious mind (often called the unconscious mind). It is the major driving force behind our beliefs and how we manifest our life. I enter this realm more easily and quickly when I enter the “zone.” I always enjoyed making collages, vision boards, and themed collage books. I savor the messy, meditative juiciness of any kind of creative process, especially when it is seeking more of me. To create is being in the zone. It is a symphony of the senses!
The process of collaging cards is one way in which SoulCollage® reveals more of who I am from the deeper knowing that lies inside me. When I consult my cards, even more knowledge from my inner-conscious depths rises to the surface.
For instance, I once asked my cards this question: “What can you tell me about my professional life and new direction?” Since I was away from my deck, I chose four cards from my SoulCollage® app, at random, so that my conscious mind would not be choosing cards IT thought would be helpful, but would be leaving it to the inner-conscious to surprise me. I knew, as always, that the right four cards would arrive with some “meaningful coincidences,” as C.G. Jung called synchronicities.
These are two of the four that really spoke to me:
Consulting these cards helped a lot — by reminding me of the labyrinth as a source of wisdom that I look forward to incorporating into my workshops; by endorsing my growing intention to work/play more with the young; and by letting me know how helpful it can be to pay attention to why and when my Doubter part shows up!
Through SoulCollage®, new doors have opened for deeper friendships with others. Sometimes this corresponds with the appearance of someone or something new in my Community Suit. (This suit in a SoulCollage® deck includes individuals who are important in my life).
I also continue to grow and learn to cooperate with all my own parts, light and shadow, as I grow my larger life. At times, my animal Companions have changed (the cards in this suit of the SoulCollage® deck represent life-saving and life-enhancing instinctual energies). Many cards have been retired or changed suits. They can be re-born with new images added that called to me while I was relaxed after a guided visualization, in an “altered state of consciousness.” It is then that I am further open to Universal Mind/ Source co-creating with me.
I feel very blessed with the monthly SoulCollage® groups that I have facilitated for several years. I love to feel I am holding space for whoever shows up. They are full of new ideas, learning, collaborating and always exploring. I look forward to this year.