For those of you who read regularly here, you know that I am passionate about SoulCollage® as an expressive art tool that not only helps one explore the levels of the inner self, but a valuable tool to be used in groups in various settings. Because the technique uses "found" art, one of the reasons I think the method is exploding around the world is because everyone is an artist as well as an explorer. I thank Seena Frost, this method's founder, daily for this great tool. I was trained as a facilitator in 2005 and you will find details about all the facilitators and programs at the website.
As for me, once a month six or seven of us gather in one of our homes in the South Bay and spend five hours together as a group making cards and then talking about the card's meaning to us. Most of us have been friends for more than 40 years; we raised our children together, were active in church together, and though our circumstances have pretty dramatically changed over the years, we have found SoulCollage to be one of the things that keeps us so connected.
In this group, because I know everyone so well, I make cards right along with them though most facilitators do not make cards in public groups. Below is one of three that I made yesterday.
In the Council suit, I call this card Mary, the Divine Feminine. I have many Mary and divine feminine cards and I'm always delighted when yet another one makes itself, or I draw one from my personal deck for inner guidance. In my mixed media art work, I always use feminine images or what I call femmage.
In SoulCollage the card speaks to us in the "I am the one who--" statements. Sometimes I am the one who speaks about the card and sometimes the card speaks as its own persona. I was me this time. "I am the one who was raised in a household that no longer practiced formal religion though at six years old, I asked my mom to join the Baptist Church. Mary, the Mother of Jesus, was not emphasized but I was the one who was always drawn to her feminine images when visiting other churches. When I converted to Catholicism at 21, Mary became very dear to my heart and has been ever since, though I now find myself active in an Episcopal Church. More than 30 years ago, I was the one who had a wonderful journal guide appear--Amaria, yet another version of the divine feminine. She is my personal Mary whenever I write.
In SoulCollage we are encouraged to ask the card a question. The one below rambles, but it's right from the heart.
"Mary, eternal mother and nurturer, now that I am old, no longer married or in relationship, children grown and some grandchildren grown, too, I often feel as though I've lost my core femininity. As I write in my journal tonight, give me some insights as to how I can continue to feel my personal sacred feminine until the end of my time."