Friday, October 10, 2008

Committee Suit: Nonna Grandmother

I am Nonna - Grandmother Energy. I am the one who peers into the spirit of the generations tht come after me. I am one who pours out love with open arms to the children of my children. I am one who loves color and revels in my differences. I am one who passes the acceptance of those differences down to the children. I have seen much and have learned from life. I live without rules and push the boundaries.

The gift I bring to you is in the freedom of fewer constraints. One does not always need to follow rules and be who society says one needs to be at any given age. I give you the gift of taking risks and exploring out of the box. I give you gifts of wisdom to know when to let go and enough pure love to give away.

I want you to pass on those spirit-ful and soul-ful important nuances that need to be passed to the generations to come. At times it is good to eat chocolate before dinner and talk to fairies after hours. There is a place for dancing with bare toes in the field grasses and for drumming around bonfires. I want you to sidestep the old constraints of what society says that age should bring. You decide what fits you at any age.

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The process of SoulCollage®

When I first discovered the process of SoulCollage® , I was attending an annual women's retreat in Arizona. As a professional artist, the workshop description of a creative collage experience really piqued my interest, particularly as it was focused on exploring the self - something very familiar to me. I had never heard of SoulCollage® but within the few hours of the workshop, I knew it touched me deep within my soul and spoke to me in a way that was a natural, creative companion to my journaling, writing, and self-discovery work. Working with these small creations, I leave the behind the world of the rational mind, concrete logic and the need to strive for perfection and I step into imagination, poetry and imagery as the process takes wings.

SoulCollage® is a unique process developed by therapist Seena Frost over twenty-five years ago which takes symbols, images, spiritual practices and reflection on archetypes to create small artistic collages that illustrates one's story. Each card is very personal and represents portions of one's journey, yet is also creative and fun to do as a group with others. Quiet reflection combined with the intuitive process of creating these collages opens up yet another world of expression as one taps into an inner knowing and journal the words, prayers and inspiration that arise from this process.

With this process, a deck of artistic cards is created - small collages that represent your personal mythology and the many aspects of your very self, your soul, and all the guides and companions that walk your journey with you. Each "suit" represents one of the following facets of your life: a part of your personality, people who support you, an animal that has special significance to you or a mythical or religious figure which guides you. Anyone can make these cards and there is no artistic skill needed. By "paying attention" to your life, the images from various ordinary magazines and other published works will almost choose you.

This blog was created in order to share my collages with students, family and friends that are interested and eager in begining this collage and journalling process.

- Debbie Cannatella