May 1, 2015
The only journey is the one within.
–Rainier Maria Rilke-
After getting trained as a SoulCollage facilitator, I left a job I loved, got my business cards printed, started a website, scheduled some workshops, sent my “launch email”, hung a few flyers around town and now I think it’s time to take another risk and start a blog! I have loved and benefitted much from the generosity of many on the Internet. People posting on Facebook and Pinterest and Bloggers have educated, inspired and encouraged me for years. I have been on the receiving end, taking and not commenting, but I have truly appreciated them. One of my Blogger heroes is Beth Bitts, at SimplySewn. She just shares her journey as she lives and sews it, with no expectation from the reader. That is the spirit in which I hope to write my blog about my experience of SoulCollage and my cards. I hope you find it meaningful even if you never make a card yourself!
I was first introduced to SoulCollage as a breakout activity on a retreat with Richard Rohr in November of 2011. The theme of the weekend was based on his book, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, which as recent empty nesters, was perfect for Perry and me.
I gathered images that called me and arranged them on the card, not even knowing what SoulCollage® was and how the next step would be to become the voice of the card and finish the phrase, “I am one who…”
The card did not have any answers but it certainly captured my soul in a beautiful and affirming way!
The Second Half
I am one who is in the middle of my life.
I am facing my failures and decline.
I am seeing birth and growth.
I am still and finding peace.
I am alert and choosing hope.
It is time to end and close.
It is time to begin and be open.
My work is not done.
It is time to…
I made the following two cards last summer around the time I decided to go to Madison, Wisconsin for the facilitator training. When you make a lot of cards you can start to see how they are related to each other and even have them talk to each other!
Looking for Movement
I am one who is rowing my boat forward in time.
I am living my life.
I am getting somewhere.
I am one who feels like I’m really slow, a late bloomer.
I am one who is looking for movement; growth, change.
When I look back I see how far I have actually come.
I am one who thinks it might be easier to fly, but I don’t know how.I am one who needs to keep moving forward.
I need to look forward!
Next is the card I made that expresses the courage I am mustering and the joy I am experiencing following my passion to be a SoulCollage Facilitator. Notice how cool the image of the boy is! Photographers and graphic designers are capturing such amazing art and magazines are full of them. It truly is fun and fulfilling to use magazines that could just be sitting on a shelf or headed to the trash/recycling to make something so beautiful.
Listening to Myself
I am one who is listening to myself.
I have a patchwork of life experiences to talk with myself about.
I am one who is excited to make my own future.
I see things coming together.
I am capable.
It is a great card to look at and listen to when I’m having doubts!
THANKS FOR READING! Connie