SoulCollage® Community Update
January 2019
SoulCollage® and Yoga
 By Marci Wenn
 

When you hear the word "SoulCollage®," where do you feel it in your body? Do you see a visual image and hear words in your mind? SoulCollage® is not only a visual experience, it is also a felt experience. Perhaps when you see an image, or one of your cards, you take in a deep breath and your hand goes to your heart. This is a gesture of unity with your body, mind and soul. If we close our eyes, still holding our card, we can often feel it and know where it lives inside of us. This to me is one of the magical experiences SoulCollage® reveals.

Both yoga and SoulCollage® are pathways to the Self. Each has physical, contemplative, creative, and exploratory aspects. Practiced together, SoulCollage® and yoga are a natural fit. Each complements the other, and because of this each is deeper and richer in meaning. A daily practice of both together opens up an essential opportunity to reflect on the thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations that may arise, staying receptive and aware, nourishing the soul. When you pay attention to your body as you make a card, allow yourself to physically experience what the card is all about. Breathe life into your card and breathe that life into your body.

Embraces the Wild
by Marci Wenn 


I Am One Who  embraces the wild.

I teach a yoga class at a wildlife refuge where three wolves live. My card Embraces the Wild is very meaningful to me. I love wolves and I love to be at the refuge. We have class where the wolves can see us and hear us. They often howl as we move. Savasana, (usually the last pose in class, where we are lying down and feeling the effects of our practice) is a whole new experience when the wolves howl.

Making a SoulCollage® card to honor these magnificent animals as well as my wild spirit keeps me connected to something larger than myself, a oneness with the natural world. My class and I often howl instead of the traditional chant of OM. Respect, connection, and love is what yoga and SoulCollage® with The Wild Ones is like for me. Try it - find a wild place, even your backyard. Notice what animals are there, breathe, settle in, notice how your body reacts. Maybe you move to a sound of a bird or the wind. Feel it in your bones, again breathe it in. Animals on our SoulCollage® cards depict the movement of energy flowing through our physical bodies. You can make a card about your experience.

Both yoga and SoulCollage® are full of compassion, curiosity, acceptance and community. I find that the saying in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (often seen as the Bible of yoga) "Study thyself, discover the divine" matches perfectly with the SoulCollage® motto "Discover your wisdom, change your world."

We usually think of yoga as just postures, asanas, but it is so much more than that, just as SoulCollage® is so much more than making cards. The depth of experience when you explore your cards and your body movements together is powerful and beautiful. Know that you have the right body, the right mind, and a limitless beautiful soul - this is all you need for a SoulCollage® and yoga practice. Yoga can clear the body of tension and imbalance and still the mind so we can hear the quiet voice of intuition, spirit, and creative flow.

The study of yoga asanas and SoulCollage® is not about perfecting a posture or creating the right art. It's about exploring a yoga posture and images to understand and transform yourself, to deepen your knowledge and felt experience. In SoulCollage® Evolving (p.16), Seena asks us questions about what we may be sensing in the body when sitting with a SoulCollage® card and what the consciousness represented by that card might have to say about the sensation's meaning and purpose for our lives. I find this to be very helpful in deepening my yoga and SoulCollage® practice.

Honoring My Ancestors
by Marci Wenn 

I Am One Who gives you my roots and strength to continue to pass on to your children the qualities of honor, peace, perseverance, and remembering.
  
Here is an outline of a SoulCollage®-and-yoga practice that I do. Have your SoulCollage® materials available. Sit cross-legged in easy pose or seated in a chair. First, remember you are practicing with the body you have right now, not the body you imagine, not the body from 20 years ago or even the body from yesterday. Your body has been with you throughout your whole life, a consort, always present to you, as Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes points out in her audio book "The Joyous Body, Myths & stories of the Wise Woman Archetype."

Listen to yourself, your whole sensory system. Bring your attention to your breath. Allow this to be the most important action happening in your body right now. Notice the rhythm of your breath, its lyricism, its quality, and your experience of it. Feel your breath fill your entire body from the inside.

Now take a moment in this stillness to set an intention or a dedication for your practice. It could be to dedicate the card you make to your breath as you sit in your yoga pose. Setting an intention strengthens and deepens our practice, and every movement, whether it's collaging or yoga, can draw our intention into our own body.

Now close your eyes and do a quick body scan. Then open your eyes and begin to move your body in any way it wants; maybe stand up or do a gentle twist in your chair. Now come to your SoulCollage® materials and begin to make your card. Throughout your card making, notice your body and move with it. SoulCollage® is a moving meditation.

Marci Wenn, LCSW-R, RYT is a mother, grandmother, wife, SoulCollage® Facilitator, yoga teacher, and clinical social worker. She is passionate about living her creativity more fully with the help of her many teachers in both SoulCollage® and yoga. She is a student of Clarissa Pinkola Estes and has attended her Singing Over the Bones and Art as a Sacred Act trainings through her Institute for Archetypal and Cross-cultural Studies. Her family and her animals are always inspiring, and she is grateful for them each and every day. 



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

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.
Explore Your Natural Physical Energies with Companion Animals

In the Companions Suit of the SoulCollage® deck are cards that represent a person's natural physical energies. The developer of SoulCollage®, Seena Frost, describes one traditional energy system, and shows how SoulCollage® cards can be created to symbolize animal guides, that are different for each person and visualized in the seven energy centers or chakras.
Listen to Seena Frost And hear Seena B. Frost discuss how we can develop an eye for recognizing Archetypes.
 From the SCU Archives
In our January 2015 newsletter, Karen Lawson shared how SoulCollage® helped her negotiate the painful and invasive treatment for kidney stones.
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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.
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*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.

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INFORMATION FOR THERAPISTS

CEs (up to 24) may be available
 for the SoulCollage® Facilitator Training 

Information on SoulCollage® as a therapeutic method:


Some SoulCollage® Facilitator Training events may be able to award CEs 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 CEs for a particular Training or a particular license or a particular state by writing to your Trainer. Most Trainings offer them, but not all.
Before attending a Training, we want you to read SoulCollage® Evolving by Seena B. Frost, 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.
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