SoulCollage® Community Update
September 2017
How SoulCollage® Helped
Lift a Big Weight
from My Shoulders
by Laura Denton


Once I got a taste of the new world of SoulCollage®, cards with all kinds of themes started pouring out of me. About nine months in, some startling compositions emerged that began to hint at deeper unresolved issues. I've spent decades guarding myself against the negative aspects of my relationship with my former spouse. However, a great leap in self-healing was to happen - 4 1/2 years after my first card, in Spring 2017, as I prepared to take the Facilitator Training.

Looking back, I see that those startling SoulCollage® cards reminded me of the factors that led to the break-up of my marriage. The first disturbing card depicted a fully clothed man, smiling, lying in a dry bathtub with several rattlesnakes. The card introduced itself t
Death Disguised as Love (Council Suit)by Laura Denton
hus:

I risk my life to show the world how strong and brave I am. I hold still, stay calm and cut off from emotion. [...] Why do I take these unnecessary risks? What am I trying to prove? [...] This set of charades deceives only myself.

Oh, I know, said my left brain, t hat's what I did in my marriage. A short while later, another card presented a human skull with hearts in its eye sockets.

I Am t he death that threatened when your vision was occluded by love. I Am One Who asks, "Why would you remain in such a dangerous situation?" I Am One Who also whispers, "You could not see the danger with your clouded vision. Perhaps you can forgive yourself for not having acted sooner."

I'm Your Puppet (Committee Suit)by Laura Denton
Another uncomfortable reminder. Somehow there was more here than just the fact that my marriage had gone bad and I'd left. During the same period, a second theme was emerging: the sense that I had forfeited my authentic self in order to maintain my marriage.

I sit here, detached from my body, attempting to appear demure and alluring. I Am your puppet. I will submit. I will do what I must to retain the comfort of deep connection. I Am helpless to escape these chains that tangle me in our relationship.

Next, almost two years into my SoulCollage® practice, came another glimmer of memory about the death of my dreams for my marriage:



My Marriage (Community Card) by Laura Denton


I Am One Whose marriage was a union of hearts, an idealistic joining of spirits. Barbed wire fences come between us and block us from the outside world as well. The world we sought to create has become confining, a jail. [...] Each separate heart breaks and falls aside. We become heartless, numb, like robots...


 


Now the cards began to show me a transition to a better world. For decades I had closed myself off for self-preservation, yet now something within me was encouraging change:


Sunflower Portal(Council Suit) by Laura Denton


I Am One Who is vulnerable and exposed, balanced precariously on the edge, trying to hide my shame and protect my essential self. The seed growing within me is ready for harvest. I Am One Who tells you that the key to an alternate future is within reach, antique and gold, alluding to infinite possibility. Reach out, take up the key. Unlock the door. Embark on your newly chosen path.

In the Spring of 2017, as I prepared to take the Facilitator Training, I listened to Seena Frost's Introductory CD. I took note of her comment, "Dreams are collages of images from the immediate and remote past."

I woke the following morning from a dream: I was working in the garden of the house where I'd lived with my former husband and children. As I gradually awoke, I recognized a tenseness, as if confined. "What is this?" I asked and realized I was being hugged - by my ex-husband!

Despite my surprise and a long-standing animosity toward him, I gave in to the feeling, relaxing into the strong, satisfying embrace. Words formed in my head: "You can forgive him." Immediately, relief flooded me. The weight of decades of grief and anger was lifted from my neck and shoulders. I lingered in that sensation in my body and heart.

During the next few days I searched my old photos and created a card depicting my view from that garden, with images of my ex-husband at several ages. This gave me the chance to remember that the relationship had been good before it became bad.

Steve (Community Suit) by Laura Denton

I Am One Who loved you to the best of my ability. I wanted a partner to help make my goals and dreams come true. I was crushed by my inability to make our dreams a reality. I Am One Who persecuted you for both your competence and your failures. I had to put you down so I could feel better about myself. I Am One Who could not recognize that I had crossed the line from which there is no return.

I Am One Who loved my children and was proud of the lives we had jointly created. I was devastated when you left and took them with you. I Am One Who loved you, but didn't know how to express it. I Am One Who lost it all.

Seena's quote, along with the images themselves, just cut right through to my epiphany. It's like the cards were gradually shedding light on the "monster" and once there was enough light, then it turned out not to be a monster after all.

For three decades I have "processed" the negativity of my marriage. I accepted and worked through my own contributions to its demise. I understood what happened - the causes and effects. All these were the left-brain, logical conclusions I had reached. I never would have suspected that open-hearted forgiveness could so dramatically shift me and that SoulCollage® would be the catalyst for this change!
 

Laura Denton, EdD, has had a long career in public education, with specializations in reading and learning disabilities, and now works as an educational diagnostician. She is an avid reader, enjoys doing a wide variety of fiber arts, and has an extensive year-round garden and two adult children.



This is a powerful program
designed to facilitate your personal practice of SoulCollage®. Have your SoulCollage® cards always with you to share and to do readings anytime.




Seena Frost gives a basic introduction to the SoulCollage® process and leads a guided meditation to help people identify allies for their Companion Suit. Listening to Seena you will easily understand the basics of this satisfying and inspiring art process and be ready to get started.


Included in this kit is SoulCollage® Evolving, the basic text for SoulCollage®. Once you have looked at the book, you'll want to get started right away making cards with the 12 blank cards and the glue stick in this kit. Many SoulCollagers want to cover their cards with the glove-like high quality sleeve so these are included as well.

From the SCU Archives 
Read Audrey Chowdhury's article, Getting Started with SoulCollage®, A New Facilitator's Journey
from the July, 2012 issue

Want to take the Facilitator Training?
Purchase and download this recorded video course - Fundamentals of SoulCollage® with Kat Kirby - to start your SoulCollage® deck or to prepare for the Facilitator's Training.

You will receive an overview of SoulCollage®: the Suits, Transpersonal Cards, history of the process, and examples and discussions. A 16-page handout to be used for your own SoulCollage® practice is included as well as two videos and two audio files of the interactive course. The Fundamentals of SoulCollage® course is a pre-requisite for the SoulCollage® Training.
 
 
September 9-12, 2017 - Lucy Schaaphok  
THE NETHERLANDS (Groesbeek) - in Dutch - CLICK HERE FOR INFO   

September 10-15, 2017 - Andrea Thüler  
GERMANY (Allgau) - in German - CLICK HERE FOR INFO    
 
September 13-17, 2017 - Anne Marie Bennett  
Massachusetts (Westfield) - CLICK HERE FOR INFO 
 
September 14-17, 2017 - Mariabruna Sirabella, M.S., LMFT & Sue Gelber   
California (Los Gatos/Santa Cruz area.) EMAIL FOR INFO.

October 5-8, 2017 - Kat Kirby, M.Ed., ATR-BC 
Arizona (Prescott) 2KatStudios  
 
October 7-10, 2017 - Laura Liu  
TAIWAN (T'aipei City) - in Mandarin (Chinese) - CLICK HERE FOR INFO    
 
October 12-15, 2017 - Linda Woolfson
PORTUGAL (Paio Mendes) - in English with Portuguese translation
CLICK HERE FOR INFO
     
October 19-22, 2017- Laura Liu  
CHINA (Hong Kong S.A.R.) - in Mandarin (Chinese) - CLICK HERE FOR INFO 
    
October 19-22, 2017 - Kat Kirby, M.Ed., ATR-BC  Pennsylvania (Bangor) 2KatStudios 
 
November 9-12, 2017 - Mirabai Joan Kolari 
California (Camp Meeker-St. Dorothy's Rest) -  INFO & REGISTRATION 

November 9-12, 2017
- Catherine Anderson 
North Carolina (Charlotte) Catherine Anderson Studio -  INFO & REGISTRATION 
 
January 27-30, 2018 - Lucy Schaaphok
THE NETHERLANDS (Groesbeek) - in Dutch CLICK HERE FOR INFO  
 


*No degrees or certificates are required to attend the SoulCollage® Training. The purpose of the Training is to prepare people to share SoulCollage® with others.  The pre-requisites for  the SoulCollage® Facilitator Training are your own active practice of SoulCollage® and your enthusiasm for sharing it with others, as well as taking at least one introductory SoulCollage® course, reading SoulCollage® Evolving by Seena B. Frost and listening to her CDs: Introduction to SoulCollage® and  Facilitating SoulCollage® in Groups.

CEUs (up to 24) may be available
 for the SoulCollage® Facilitator Training
by pre-arrangement with your SoulCollage® Trainer. 


SoulCollage Inc. (Provider # 133654)  is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for California licensed L MFTs, MCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs. SoulCollage Inc. maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Please check with your licensing Board to see if California CEUs are accepted. 

PDF Information for Boards is in these Downloads:
Some SoulCollage® Facilitator Training events may be able to award CEUs to LMFTs, MSWs, LPCs,  nurses and psychologists in many states (but if so, only by pre-arrangement with your SoulCollage® Trainer.) Please inquire about the availability of CEUs for a particular Training or a particular license or a particular state by writing to your Trainer. 
Before attending a Training, we want you also to have a SoulCollage® basic workshop experience with a trained SoulCollage® Facilitator or listen to a recorded class  Fundamentals of SoulCollage® , make some cards, do the exercise, " I Am One Who... ", with your cards and do some SoulCollage® Readings, letting your cards answer at least one of your questions.