Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be an artist to do SoulCollage®?
Not at all! Anyone can do it! If you can use scissors and glue sticks, you can make SoulCollage® cards. The intention of SoulCollage® is to offer a creative, easy, and even fun tool that can be used as a practice for our own exploring, healing, and self-discovery..
What kinds of materials do I need to make SoulCollage®?
The basic materials: magazines, photographs, scissors, acid-free glue sticks, and mat boards cut to 5" x 8".
What are the main activities in the SoulCollage® process?
Making SoulCollage® cards (you'll eventually have your own personal deck)
Journaling with individual SoulCollage® cards (you'll spend time getting to know each card in your deck)
Consulting your SoulCollage® cards (doing SoulCollage® Readings and discovering what there is to know about YOU)
Sharing SoulCollage® cards, readings, and personal discoveries in community
What is a SoulCollage® "deck"?
"I have to make a whole deck of cards?" you might ask. "That seems like a lot of work." Not at all! The thing is - there is no set number of cards in a SoulCollage® deck. Some people have five or ten cards. Others have forty. And still some others have one hundred or two hundred. How many cards you have in your deck and how many you choose to make at a time is totally up to you! When you get further into the process you'll learn about the four suits:
Committee (your inner voices - the different parts of your personality)
Community (the real people, pets, places and things who have touched your life)
Companions (your physical energies)
Council (the archetypes and Universal energies that surround you).
SoulCollagers are encouraged to make cards in all suits eventually, but - don't worry! - there is no particular requirement for making cards. We all make cards in our own way and time.
How do I get started?
- Visit the Soul Unfolding Getting Started page for a card making demonstration, instructions and tips.
- Read SoulCollage® Evolving: An Intuitive Collage Process for Self-Discovery and Community written by SoulCollage® Founder Seena B. Frost. Her words are inspiring and explain much of the what and how and why of SoulCollage®
Take a class or workshop. You can find courses here in Rhode Island by returning to the Classes & Workshops page if you are looking for classes elsewhere you can visit www.soulcollage.com to search for Facilitators and classes near where you live.
Who created SoulCollage®?
SoulCollage® was created by, Seena B. Frost, LMFT. She developed the early process in 1987-1989 while participating in Jean Houston's "Human Capacities" program and she spent the remainder of the 90s refining and expanding the process to include the four suits (see above) and the I Am the One Who reading. In 2001 She wrote her first book and trademarked the SoulCollage® process. She penned a follow up book, SoulCollage® Evolving: An Intuitive Collage Process for Self-Discovery and Community, that was published in 2010. In it she says:
"Using the SoulCollage® process everyone becomes an instant artist, and we also become explorers of the Soul...You will find a way to listen to your intuitive wisdom bubbling up through the images...I know from experience that you will be amazed by your own wise insights...The SoulCollage® process of selecting images and making cards will serve as a daily reminder to handcraft your own life, to choose pieces that fit together meaningfully and with joy."
There are no words on the SoulCollage® cards I've seen, why is that?
Seeena B. Frost had this to say about why we don't generally put words on SoulCollage® cards:
"The reason to avoid words on your collage is this: when you turn over a card to consult it, your eyes will go first to the words before they go to the image. The left brain [the logic side of the brain] immediately wakes up and grabs on to the words... and it will try to take over the reading by analyzing the words for meaning. Images attract the right side of our brains, and when there are only images, this intuitive side stays in charge and will go deeper into the uncharted territory of the psyche. It is this side of the brain that can see the whole picture at once and surprise us with wise answers that seem to come from some deeper place."
What about copyright and SoulCollage®?
SoulCollage® is grateful to the artists and photographers who make this process possible. SoulCollage® seeks to be respectful of their rights under copyright law. In addition, SoulCollage® Inc. teaches:
SoulCollage® cards are not to be copied, sold, traded, or bartered. SoulCollage® cards are for personal use only.
SoulCollage® cards may only be copied by the card maker to provide a backup for their own original deck of collaged cards in case of loss.
SoulCollage® cards are to be shared publicly only when sharing one’s own personal process.
Public posting of SoulCollage® cards made with copyrighted images may be in violation of copyright law.
It is advisable to collage cards from copyright-free images for posting publicly and marketing.
As a community we share our cards responsibly, in order, 1) to protect the rights of those who create our images, 2) to protect ourselves, and 3) to protect this work.