The Journey to Self through SoulCollage®

The Ego, Jung tells us, is that part of the pyche that we think of as 'I'. Our conscious intelligence. Our everyday brain that thinks, plans and runs the show of our day-to-day life. The Self, as Jung defined it, is a greater entity, which includes the Ego but also incorporates the Personal and Collective Unconscious. Dreams and intuitions come from the Self. The archetypes of the unconscious dwell there. It is, Jung believed, the sphere of the Soul ~~Steven Pressfield. 'The War of Art'

"I would love to live like a river flows,
 carried by the surprise
 of its own unfolding".

 ~ ~John O'Donohue

Friday, October 3, 2008

My amazing mother-in-law

I thought I'd post this picture of my gorgeous 94 year-old mother-in-law, Laura, modelling a suit and fur (and showing a glimpse of a very shapely leg!) in a parade of bygone fashions at her nursing home recently. I think she looks amazing - she could almost be on the catwalks of Paris! She's a beautiful person, too, and I love her dearly.

Heart chakra

This is my Heart Chakra card (Companion suit). I was initially quite perplexed at receiving an image of cave paintings of cattle for the heart chakra because my logical mind kept telling me that they more suitably represented the base chakra, but as I was looking for images I found the picture of the Egyptian Goddess, Hathor, and the sculptural representation of the Goddess as a cow, and they just seemed to be perfect for the card. On reading up on this Goddess, I was amazed to find that one of her qualities is as the Goddess of Love in Egyptian lore, and that suited the heart chakra perfectly! The images represent to me a gentle but powerful energy and asking the questions of the card produced some amazing insights.

Feeling blue/Depression card

Until I work out how to add more pictures UNDERNEATH what I've already written for a post, I'm going to have to do a new post for each picture.

This is my second completed card. I use the word "completed" because I've done quite a few cards intuitively which I know are not yet finished, although I consider most of my cards could be added to in the future - after all, I'm a work in progress!

This is my Feeling Blue/Depression card (Committee suit). It helped me realise that my 'depression' is really not that bad - it's just normal 'down times' that everyone experiences from time to time - and that I can just ride it out and I'll come out OK on the other side.

My first blog post! SoulCollage®

As this is my first ever blog post, I'm a little nervous about it and have yet to work out how to compose the blog properly, so in order to practise, I'm just going to add some of my recent SoulCollage cards.

I started doing SoulCollage
® a few months ago and I'm loving it. I'd heard of it through an art website that I visit and I eventually tracked down the first SoulCollage® facilitator here in Brisbane, Australia, Simone de Haas

 I attended an inspiring workshop with Simone and here's my first SoulCollage
® card, made at that workshop. I call it 'Avoidance' (Committee suit), which had negative connotations for me, but as I kept asking the card "Who am I?", some unexpectedly positive and amazing answers came up, proving to me just how profound the SoulCollage® process really is. From then on, I was hooked!
Postscript: This is now one of my favourite cards!

See the links in the box on the right for some excellent sites with information about SoulCollage®


SoulCollage® is a registered trademark of SoulCollage Inc. The SoulCollage® process was developed by Seena Frost as described in her books, 'SoulCollage®' and 'SoulCollage® Evolving'.  More information about SoulCollage® can be found at the SoulCollage® web site. See also, The Principles of SoulCollage®

SoulCollage® cards are made from images published in magazines, calendars, books, cards and on the internet, and from personal materials (e.g. photos, artworks). SoulCollage® cards may be reproduced only for the personal use of the maker of the cards or for use as examples to illustrate the SoulCollage® process. It is a principle of SoulCollage® that SoulCollage® cards are not for sale, trade, or barter.

Thank you to all the talented artists whose images have inspired me to discover more about my inner and outer worlds, my true self.