Two things have been pulling on me lately. One is Esalen, which gets its name from the Esselen Indians that have used the hot springs in ritual and healing for more than 6,000 years. It’s a magical place, a retreat center on some of California’s most gorgeous central coast. This year I vowed to add some Esalen time into my cairn of healthy living and am grateful to say that when you read this, I will be there for the first time soaking up the Bir Sur Coastline.
The second thing that’s been tugging on me is SoulCollage®, self-described as an accessible collage process with practical applications. From what I can gather this like scrapbooking from the inside out. Not so much Aunt Martha on Turkey Day as the creator’s innermost callings.
The pull to do SoulCollage® has come in threes in a short period of time. First, my friend Katie was talking about it one day when we were having lunch. She told me about a local therapist who was not only using it in her practice, but holding groups outside her practice for anybody who wanted to come. I’d always liked collaging and I’m all about the evolution of my soul, so I loved the concept when we talked. Then, I sort of forgot about it for about a week.
The next time I heard about it was when I was looking at the Esalen calendar and saw a workshop featuring SoulCollage®. It lined up with the weekend that I could get there, but I also liked a different workshop the weekend before. I asked my friend Michelle if she wanted to go to the workshop I was eyeing, and she said, “What about the SoulCollage®?” Take two. I knew we needed to sign up even though I didn’t really even get what it was entirely.
Didn’t matter. It was intuitively engraved on my to do list. After I signed up, I had a dream. Throughout the dream, the words “SOUL COLLAGE” kept popping up on random signs (take three!) in the dream landscape. Subtle, Subconscious.
Two weeks later, I was sitting nearly 100 feet from the restaurant where Katie and I had originally discussed this medium having tea with my friend Stella. We had finished a lovely restorative yoga class and were enjoying the morning sun. “Have you ever heard of SoulCollage®?” she asked.
I laughed. That was four. I gave her the back story and told her I was actually going to be taking the class with Seena Frost at Esalen. Seena is the SoulCollage Rock Star® and creator of this medium and from what I can tell already from my brief research, a marketing maven. Stella had seen, like I had, that the very weekend I was going to be in Esalen, there was a local class being offered as well. It’s spreading.
What is SoulCollage®, then? I’m a kid who loves surprises so I don’t want to look too hard. But here’s just the little bit I know lifted off the website:
It’s easy to learn and inexpensive. Best of all, it inspires individual creativity and encourages good communication in families and groups.
Founder Seena B. Frost’s first book ignited a worldwide interest in SoulCollage®, which invites anyone to be creative and undertake an adventure of self-discovery. All you need is a good pair of scissors, pre-cut mat board cards, images you can find anywhere and glue! After you have made some cards, you can consult them, ask important life questions and let your cards speak your own intuitive wisdom back to you. Seena’s first book, SoulCollage®, was a finalist for the Nautilus 2002 Book Awards for titles that contribute significantly to conscious living and positive social change.
SoulCollage® has evolved into an international community of Facilitators and SoulCollagers enjoying and sharing this simple, yet profound, process. SoulCollage® Evolving gives the basic instructions for how to make and do readings with SoulCollage® cards, and describes how individuals and groups are using this process with different age groups and in many socioeconomic, cultural, and religious contexts to discover their wisdom and change their world.
I’m not sure why I’m being called to do it, but I know that I am. Isn’t life fun? I’ll keep you posted.