Friday, October 3, 2008

Council Suit: The Mirror

I am one who reflects all. Within me you see within you. I am one who either stands as truth, or I can be a mirage hinting at what is real. At times the reflection is merely a distortion influenced by the state of your spirit. At times I am the one who reflects the simplicity of black and white thinking. I can only reflect what you are willing to see.

My gift to you is the opportunity to explore within. I expose you to multiple choices and give you insight based on what you see internally. I reflect back to you what you present to the world and the truth that lies within. My gift is awareness.

I want you to delve within the many faces reflected back to you. I want you to see the distorted views and how they are connected to the self. I want you beware of the images others drape over you and uncover the false images to see the accuracy of your own truth within. I want you to have compassion for those who live with their own distorted images and know the mirror visits all.


Mary Jansen said...

I think, as an artist, I abhor the idea that people might stereotye me, place me in a little box and not see the real person within. Of course...what's within is sometimes rather frightening... I wish you lived back here, (home) Debbie! We'd have some fascinating discussions over Carribu Frappuchinos!

GreenishLady said...

It's wonderful to see your cards and to read your reflections on them. Welcome to the world of SoulCollage blogging!

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