What is your impression of people in Hong Kong? Rushing into skyscrapers in sharp-looking business suits? Moving fast on the road and in transit stations, paying little attention to others? Full of zeal on the streets during the protest "Umbrella Movement" back in 2014, fighting for democracy and freedom?
Laura Liu Leads First Hong Kong Workshop
- photo by Tera Lin
On May 13-14, 2017, the very first SoulCollage® workshop led by Facilitator/Trainer Laura Liu took place in the Preston Training Center in North Point, Hong Kong. Twenty-six participants from all walks of life gathered for the two-day workshop and showed the beauty of their souls, revealing another side of themselves than their cultural, economic, and political dimensions.
- photo by Tera Lin
Slowing down their hectic pace, the participants took time to learn to talk with their own inner selves through the four SoulCollage® suits and the process of "
I Am One Who...
," and through consulting their cards. The
were introduced on the first day. The participants had a chance to quietly examine their inner personality parts and to make cards representing their significant others. By making cards and sharing with one another during the card-reading, they gently supported each other while each person re-examined their relationships with their community members. Good vibes were flowing throughout the whole day.
Happy Sharer (Committee Suit)
by Christy Tse
I Am One Who closes my eyes and dances, relaxed.
I want you to enjoy every moment, do what you like, and share your inner feelings.
I give you a pure heart to share your happiness and bring warmth to others.
Stick Together (Community Suit)
by Kristine Chan
We Are SoulCollage® Soulmates Who share happiness and sadness together. We make you feel complete and supported in life. We help you understand and accept yourself more than before. We want you to remember, "Make a photo, stick on paper. Make a circle, stick together."
On the second day of the workshop, Laura presented the more mysterious
. The participants explored the field of archetypes (figures representing universal patterns in human experience) and the energy centers in the body, connecting their personal life stories to their larger archetypal story and immersing themselves in nature energy through the guided meditation.
Alva Siu, a banking professional, said:
"The visual meditation for the Companion Suit was the most impressive activity for me, since I felt really deep inside. It surprised me when I saw my companion for the fourth chakra. Interestingly, I saw an eagle at first, but I finally realized it was merely a mule. This was hard to accept, but I am glad to see my true self. "
The guided meditation received very positive feedback from the participants. Amazingly, most of them encountered their animal companion. It was touching to see their tears, the most memorable souvenir some of them received after they connected the animal's energy with their heart.
After the workshop, participants said things like,
"I feel comfortable."
"I am tenderer to myself since my cards gave me space to be with myself."
"I became more conscious of my unconsciousness during the collage process and this makes me confront myself, with no more excuses."
"During the process, the garbage I stored inside was cleaned out and some of the negative emotions were released. I became active and full of enthusiasm again."
The sparks in everyone's soul shone with wisdom and inspiration until the end of the workshop. The greatest gain, which we all felt, reflected the power of SoulCollage® and its essence "the One & the Many." My Many cards together express my One individual soul; all of us Many individuals together are One human.
It is not surprising that their first taste of SoulCollage® turned these Hong Kong participants into SoulCollage® enthusiasts. And the energy has been sustained since the first two-day workshop. After five months, in October 2017, Facilitator/Trainer Laura Liu gave the first Facilitator Training in Hong Kong. Twenty-one participants joined us, all eager to bring this amazing tool to the broader Hong Kong populace. Since immersing themselves further in SoulCollage® and acquiring more in-depth knowledge during the Training, these SoulCollage® seed Facilitators have actively applied it in their work, at their usual brisk pace!
Christy Tse and Alva Siu, both business professionals, have co-facilitated several workshops since they became SoulCollage® Facilitators. Along with teaching the SoulCollage® basics, they have brought the topic of "romantic relationship" into the theme of their workshops. Christy says that her sense of the power of SoulCollage® has been reaffirmed through seeing its effects on participants in this arena:
The process shed light on aspects not seen before. For some of the single participants intending to attract or seek out the right relationship, SoulCollage® enabled them to be aware of what they already have within themselves. For some participants who thought they had a perfect relationship, SoulCollage® helped them discover their suppressed feelings or questions, probing into their relationship. I felt emotions flowing from them; this is not easy for us Eastern people with our more reserved expression of feelings. Through the SoulCollage® process, I felt the group healing energy throughout the workshop.
Kristine Chan has led a SoulCollage® women's support group since becoming a Facilitator. "As a social worker, I feel closer to my clients now, and I feel more able to develop a real relationship of equals with them through the SoulCollage® process. " said Kristine. "At every meeting, I feel the love and am touched by their sharing, especially when they are able to recognize their strengths and to know more about themselves."
- photo by Tera Lin
Interestingly, in Hong Kong, senior social worker ET Cheung introduced SoulCollage® to other men. He says,
Men are inclined not to show their "weakness" and view showing vulnerability as a feminine behavior. However, most of my male participants were surprised by their SoulCollage® experience. They found out that the cards actually reflected their deep desires or moods. They were happy for the opportunity to express themselves through images, which gave them a sense of security and of having a safe space to share.
Since its introduction, SoulCollage® has connected souls in Hong Kong. Its growth here since that first two-day workshop proves once again that a beautiful soul has no nationality, language, race, or gender. The soul power expanded by SoulCollage® connects us all in the city jungle of Hong Kong. We are no longer separate in this fast-paced city.
became a SoulCollage® Facilitator in 2016. She is also an instructor of healing arts, such as ZenTangle and pastel nagomi art, and is dedicated to supporting people through expressive art activities.
became a SoulCollage® Facilitator in 2014 and a SoulCollage® Trainer in 2016. Laura has focused on facilitating two-day introductory SoulCollage® workshops in Mandarin-speaking communities in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Malaysia.