|Mind Map of I Am the One Who Defines Myself Despite Convention|
Monday, December 23, 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
|Community Card: Frida|
My friend, Sandra, bought me a greeting card with a photo of Frida when she was in Arizona, recently.
I had been meaning to make a Frida card, as one of my community cards, so joined the greeting card
collaged Frida with a part of Frida's painting "The Two Fridas". You can see this painting on the
Frida Kahlo Foundation's website that includes all 101 of her paintings.
Frida was born on July 6th, 1907 but changed her recognized birthday to July 7th, 1910, to coincide
with the beginning of the Mexican Revolution (and "Modern Mexico"). Coincidentally my birthday
is July 7th, although later--three years before her death at age 47. Many thanks for most of the facts
related to Frida's life which were gleaned from the Frida Kahlo Fans site.
Frida is considered by many to be the most famous female painter to have ever lived. She was the
wife of famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera (she married him, divorced and married him again).
She is represented as one of my community cards because she is one of the painters who has influenced
me and given me courage to express myself honestly in my work and in my life. Frida was an
outrageous person who experienced much emotional and physical pain in her life. She suffered
physically throughout her adult life due to a tragic trolley car accident when she was 18. She
attributed much of her emotional suffering to her relationship with Diego. Frida's paintings are
autobiographical, surrealist seeming and tremendously evocative.
Many women, and many women artists hold Frida as a great woman's hero for her courage to
live her life in a highly original manner. She was avant garde, creating her own style of art,
fashion and personal expression. Frida behaved in a manner that could be considered early
feminist by speaking directly and colorfully and behaving in a "modern" way. In contrast she
adopted and adapted a traditional Mexican Native style of dress. Frida made the cover of
Mexican Vogue 60 years after her death although she was interviewed in Vogue in 1937.
I Am the One Who Is a Woman Artist
I Am the One Who Paints from the Heart
I Am the One Who has the Courage to Be Myself
I Am the One Who Reveals My Truth
I Am the One Sees Life's Pain and Beauty
I Am the One Who Sees the World
I Am the One Who Honors My Roots
I Am the One Who Tells My Story
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
|I Am The One Who Manifests the Unexpected|
First, as always, from here on out, I would like to give thanks to the artists and photographers who work makes
the SoulCollage process possible. SoulCollage typically utilizes the images, created by others, from magazines, to
engage in sacred collage for self exploration and healing. SoulCollage cards are not created for sale or
monetary profit but as part of a personal, self healing process.
This card started with the young man posing as an amateur magician. I think I had thought of making a card
for my son and my Community suit but this turned into a Committee card instead. In Jungian terms this is
my immature inner masculine. I am not surprised that my inner masculine is so young because it represents
the part of myself that masters the outer world and career, and I feel so young in this area.
I have managed to complete multiple college degrees and have had a personally successful private practice
as an Art Therapist, a satisfying and ongoing career as a teacher, and my ever present avocation as an artist.
My life goals, in terms of financial success, have been elusive for me, however. I guess I'm thinking about this today
because it is Saturday, and yesterday was payday, and I am already down to barely enough money to keep
gas in my car this week. Did buy groceries and my son does have a nice new fall jacket.
Why is it so hard for me to create a fat bank account? I've gone to astrologers and psychics about this issue.
I know, some of you are saying--hey, better a a financial planner. Sigh. The intuitive counselors tell me both
that I was very wealthy and powerful in a former life and lost the taste for riches, and power over others, and
also that I've spent many lifetimes as a monk, renouncing worldly goods. Also, can't underestimate the power of
childhood fairy tales where the prince was supposed to take care of all those worldly concerns, lol.
Nonetheless, I am still working on manifesting abundance. From infinite resources, represented by the
ocean in the background, my young self is able to produce a chipmunk. In the original picture there was a
bunny at the young magician's feet, which I cut out and promptly lost. During a search of my clippings I
found instead this engaging chipmunk. Unexpected but seemed quite fitting. I had also cut out a glass
fishing net float that someone had pictured washed up on a Northeastern beach. I had also misplaced that
clip as well but found the flower instead. After gluing the flower down I found the float image. I think this is
so fitting. My paintings of flowers and flower-like mandalas truly keep me emotionally afloat.
And the chipmunk. I looked up the associations and found that the humble chipmunk has interesting
energy in terms of symbolism. The chipmunk represents "wishes granted". And also relates to the "gifts
of artistic endeavours and creativity". It also relates to the unexpected, close observation, and playfulness.
Further it creates secret and hidden ways of getting to its goals. I love this playful and unexpected magic.
I relate to focusing on the part of myself that manifests through playfulness and delights in the
unexpected. I may not be rich but I delight in the creative surprises that appear in my life.
I Am the One Who Creates the Unexpected
I Am the One Who is Childlike in My Creating
I Am the One who Stays Afloat through Reflecting the Beauty of Nature
I Am the One Who Remains Playful
I Am the One Who Observes Closely
I Am the One Who Finds and Follows Secret Pathways
I Am the One Who is Blessed
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
I Am The One Who Is Neptune in Libra
This card started out as one that was hard to interpret. I had found a picture that looked like Neptune, in grease paint, with a flowing beard and a staff. This image was in an article about the Mummer's Parade, which occurs the 1st day of every New Year in Philadelphia. It is the oldest folk festival in the country and began with the practice of visiting one's neighbors on that first day and performing in exchange for food and drink. This led to the parades. I put this card together with this Neptune, coral, crystal floats, parrot fish and turtles.
I kept on staring at the man I had thought of as Neptune and wondering why the images included a man in Mummer drag and an artist's art globes. I even talked to Betsy, the facilitator of the Soul Reflection Net group and the Rodeo Market face to face SoulCollage group. She said that a card that does not respond to journaling might not be a standard Committee, Community or Counsel card and might not even be a SoulCollage card. Confusing. Unusual, enigmatic to me.
I began to do research on Neptune/Poseidon and found that he was the ruler of wells, rivers, lakes and the ocean. The ruler of horses as well. In a video that I show to my Humanities class, about the Ancient Grecian civilization, an historian states "Poseidon is a powerful god. He is the patron of sailors, he protects them; he also sends them to their death". So I was mystified by this Neptune that I chose, made up like a Mummer Wench.
But then I found one key: Neptune is related to mists, haze and fog. As in "caught in a fog". Also the dissolving of old boundaries; related to transformation and major change, as well as confusion and inspiration. Also faith and vision for a more creative and spiritual life. I began to wonder where the planet Neptune was in my natal chart. Found my chart: Neptune in Libra. Did a search and found that everyone born between 1942 and 1957 has Neptune in Libra. A light bulb moment. This lost in a fog feeling is part of Neptune and Neptune in Libra itself.
This card is another (along with my flower child card) that references the idealism and idiosyncrasies of the hippie generation. My idealism, my creativity, my desire for peace and ideal love. My confusion, my connection to the collective unconscious. Neptune itself is related to not being able to quite see through the distortions of water. Illusion, and the need to press through illusion to uncover the truth behind mystery. Also in this card: the powerful trident that is a lego toy. The beautiful glass balls with encased images of nature created by artists Paul Stankard and his daughter Katherine. Turtles that represent steadfastness and tranquility. I should have asked this card "What is the message you have for me"?
I think the answer is to not accept easy answers and to continue to be playful, expressive and original. To remember to go deep, to explore my spiritual self, and pursue my idealistic goals as an artist, teacher and healer. To not dismiss my youth as time wasted but to re-embrace truths I found there.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
|magazine clips, scissors, glue-stick, 5" X 8" support|
The Soul Collage process has been calling me, and I'm heeding the call. I've been making a card
or so a day and I can hardly tell you how powerful this process is. In the past I've made a card
here or there for years but have recently picked up the thread because I've had a coaching client
who has been bringing her cards to our phone sessions.
about Soul Collage and enrolled in a teleclass called "Journaling With Our Cards". The class
just ended, although I'm staying active on the related facebook page. I started the journal
and have committed to creating and journaling with my cards as often as I can.
Another thing that I've returned to is this Healing Art Works blog. I started blogging with this
site, with a focus on art therapy and "Healing Art Works", which had been embodied in my
artist cards a few years ago. For the last year I've been blogging on another blog, Creative Collage
4 Visual Journaling, focusing on my visual art journal pages and my group in Colorado.
Now my art and soul explorations will include my Soul Collage cards and process.
Soul Collage is a registered trademark but anyone can click on the link in this blog for free
instruction on how to make cards. I think I am so hooked because of the deep feelings that have
come up for me in the recent class and to experience again what a dynamic process it is to engage
with the parts of self. I've experienced this process before with other techniques: Sand Play
Therapy, Alchemical Hypnotherapy, Dream Work, Art Therapy, art making (especially as a
collagist), and as a Tarot reader.
Somehow Soul Collage is just the perfect inspiration and healing modality for me now,
although I will continue to delight in many of the above processes as well.