in a thousand disguises
on the path of life.”
“Who looks outside, dreams;
who looks inside, awakes.”
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”
to the battery of tools
for deep self-exploration
and psychotherapy in years.”
Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D.,
about the SoulCollage® process
Seena B. Frost, M. Div., M.A., February 15, 1932 – January 13, 2016, Founder of SoulCollage®, author of the book “SoulCollage® Evolving“:
which is a visual journal, your own living journal
to which you can add over years.
Your deck of SoulCollage® cards will help you identify
and image your diverse inner parts,
the beautiful ones and shadowy ones,
the easy-to-like ones, and the harder-to-like ones.
You will also reflect on the external guides and allies in your life,
visible and invisible, human and archetypal, and make cards for them.
A SoulCollage® deck is the Story of You. It is a tangible way to know yourself in your diversity and
depth, and also to show yourself to others. You can consult them intuitively and discover wisdom
within yourself which will amaze you. Besides all this, creating them is just plain fun!
You will love your deck — a multi-card Mirror of your Self and your Soul
— whether it consists of three cards or a hundred.”
“We recognize that for human life to THRIVE, it is best lived in a community that is supportive and compassionate, a community that is able to listen to and understand and tolerate many points of view, a community that is creative and imaginative as well as smart, a community where masculine and feminine energies are valued equally even though they offer different gifts, and finally a community where an underlying spirituality recognizes the life-sustaining flow of spirit within all creation. These are the elements that I know are central to SoulCollage® and that I think are also essential in this dawning paradigm.” Seena Frost
I believe I am worth the time it takes to create
whatever I feel called to create.
I believe that my work is worthy of its own space,
which is worthy of the name Sacred.
I believe that when I enter this space,
I have the right to work in silence, uninterrupted,
for as long as I choose.
I believe that the moment I open myself to the gifts of the muse,
I open myself to the Source of All Creation
And become One with the Mother of Life Itself.
I believe that my work is joyful, useful and constantly changing,
Flowing through me like a river with no beginning and no end.
I believe that what it is I am called to do will make itself known
when I have made myself ready.
I believe that the time I spend creating my art is as precious
as the time I spend giving to others.
I believe that what truly matters in the making of art
is not what the final piece looks like or sounds like,
not what it is worth or not worth,
but what newness gets added to the universe
in the process of the piece itself becoming.
I believe that I am not alone in my attempts to create,
and that once I begin the work, settle into the strangeness,
the words will take shape, the form find life, and the spirit take fight.
I believe that the Muse gives to me, so does she deserve from me:
faith, mindfulness and enduring commitment.
~ Jan Phillips (2002)
How does SoulCollage® differ from regular collage?
♦The card-making process is designed to access your subconscious, inviting memories, emotions or insights to the surface.
♦The emphasis is on self-exploration and self-discovery, rather than creating art.
♦The cards promote personal transformation and integration of our many aspects of self.
♦The cards and their images create an ongoing narrative of our lives, connecting the personal and the universal.
♦The collages contain no words.
♦The cards are not copied, traded or sold; each one is honoured as a unique representation of someone’s self, inner and outer.
♦The four suits of SoulCollage® honour the concept of the “One and the Many” and draw on Jungian psychology and the power of archetypes.
♦Once created, the collages are meant to be consulted through Gestalt-like exercises; rather than be hung up and admired, they invite interaction through an ongoing relationship.
Hints (Not Rules!) for Creating SoulCollage® Cards
Seena B. Frost
Each card should represent one energy, one of your guides, allies, or challengers. Often this means there is one primary image on a card with supporting symbols.
Have all your cards the same size and shape so they can be held in a deck, and so you will not recognize who a card is from its back. Be consistent in the material used for the base… such as mat board, or something thick enough not to warp.
Do your first cards by collaging directly on your blank card so you have a sense that less is more.
Both left brain and right brain are involved. In the case of some images, you will know what the energy is from the start. More often you will not consciously know what the meaning is, and that’s okay too. Hang out in the “Don’t Know Mind” and watch what is manifesting. Sometimes much later, in readings, the message bubbles up.
You can collage on your cards either vertically or horizontally, whichever way fits your images.
Take time to carefully cut out an image and put it on a new background. Use sharp scissors or an exacto blade on a cutting board.
If you choose to include the background that is already around your image, tearing it out instead of cutting can make a vibrant and interesting edge.
Sometimes, though not usually, you may want to use a picture exactly as it is, with no collaging. In SoulCollage® this is okay. It is for your personal use.
It’s better not to collage words on to your card as it defines and limits the intuitive wisdom that the card may give you in the future. If there are some words as part of an image you may want to cover them up with another image.
There are many kinds of glue. Use really good, archival glue sticks. Rubber cement works OK but may cause headaches. Yes glue is good. Eventually glue your pieces down well. You can use a brayer to smooth them down. As you construct you may want to fasten down very lightly. Use a frame the size of your card to help organize your images. Sometimes just part of a very large image will work well on your card, and the frame can help you see what part.
Eventually put backings according to suits on your cards after you have discovered in which suit they belong. (Difficulty in distinguishing between Committee and Council is the main problem people experience. Wait to glue on backings until you are sure of the distinction between these two. The backings can be wrapping papers that complement each other. Make sure the pattern on the paper is such that you will not recognize what card it is from its backside. Also don’t put writing or quotes on the back. Use a journal for that. If you don’t want to do backings you can use stickers to distinguish the suits. (Some SoulCollagers never mark the backs of their cards with the suits at all, and that is okay too!) Back the Source card and the other two transpersonal cards, if you have them, with yet another pattern.
It is better not to decorate cards with sequins, feathers, etc., as you will want cards to lie flat so you can shuffle them and spread them out for readings. Also don’t have pieces that stick out off the edge of the card, creative as that may be.
Putting a permanent finish on cards is always an issue. Cards represent parts of our Soul and are ever capable of transforming, so we want them to be accessible and able to reflect change. You may want to paste on top of an image later on, or add new images. Never discard cards; we can’t discard parts of ourselves. But some cards that no longer have any energy for you, or seem to be irrelevant or repetitive of other energies, can be put away in a reserve deck. Then, if and when that ally or challenger resurfaces, you can locate it and put it back in the deck. Some people cover their cards with a light acrylic varnish so the edges don’t come up. Another good solution is these thin, plastic bags that exactly fit the card. They protect well, look fine, and can easily be slipped off for reworking.
Find a box or container for your cards so they can be carried easily. But have a place in your home where cards can be displayed. Find a daily way to honor your guides, and work with them. Draw from your deck. Journal. This is Soul work, and not to be tucked away and forgotten for weeks.
Finally, even after you’ve made a hundred cards and think you are playing with a “full” deck, watch for images that grab you, and find time to create new cards…or add to current ones. Let it be your personal and living SoulCollage® Deck!
“Until you make the unconscious conscious,
it will direct your life
and you will call it fate.”
C. G. Jung
SoulCollage® cards are not to be sold, traded, or bartered; they are to be reproduced only for the personal use of the maker of the card. SoulCollage® cards may be shared as examples to illustrate the SoulCollage® process, but it is a principle of SoulCollage® that SoulCollage® cards are not for sale, trade, or barter. Thank you to all the wonderful photographers and artists whose images inspired us to recreate and discover our inner and outer worlds.