Friday, October 3, 2008

Council Suit: Death

I am the Winter, the resting place and the stillness. I am the one who interrupts and gives you pause to reflect and remember. I am the one who brings fear and mystery. I am the gate between the worlds. I am the one with whom you can count on and one whom is not often welcomed. I am the one who walks the path of transformation and change.

I bring the gift of endings and transformation; of dying to self and renewing regeneration. I bring change to the world you walk and the world within. I give the gift of closings and open new possibilities. I bring butterfly wings for the caterpillar has fulfilled its destiny. Without me, new chapters cannot be written.

I want you to embrace my presence rather an push me into the corner of your mind. I will visit you and interrupt your life, of that I am certain. I want you to make ready a place for me. I want you to lean into the pain and fear and longing I will bring with me, for I have gifts when that is done. I want you to find the gratitude after the horror. Know that with death comes life and an opportunity for treasured memories and renewed possibilities. Walk with me and know that where I tread I bring rememberances and restrospection and from that comes wisdom from lessons learned. I want you rest in the warmth and security of the cocoon and then spread your wings to fly to the next desitnation.

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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