Nov 13, 2010

A Chat w/ Seena Frost: Creator of SoulCollage® Evolving


I welcome Seena Frost, free spirit and creator of SoulCollage. The intuitive-collage practice of SoulCollage is a sacred and profound way of witnessing our lives through the vision and voice of the soul.  Seena has just completed her second book on SoulCollage, entitled "SoulCollage Evolving" , which you can read about here and order, here.  I had the pleasure and honor of interview Seena about her new book:  
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Cheryl:  Seena, thank you for joining us today.  I m excited to talk with you!  What inspired you to write a second book on SoulCollage®? Please tell us about your new book SoulCollage® Evolving. How is SoulCollage® evolving?
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Seena:  SoulCollage has been changing and evolving ever since its inception in 1989 when I first made a set of 130 cards as a project for a class with Jean Houston. Those cards were all of people, what would be now be the Community suit, and they weren’t even collages. From there it evolved into a collage process that I modified and shared with my clients as well as a practice I did for my own growth. Then it was called the Neter Card process and for many years I used it in my clinical office and taught in my living room.
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One Saturday in 1998, Kylea Taylor and Jim Schofield came to my place to check out the Neter Card process and began the next evolutionary ‘shift’--a big one! That day they suggested I write a book that they would publish! I took a few years to write it,getting all the images of cards from people. At Jim’s suggestion, we renamed the process SoulCollage®. Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc., Jim and Kylea’s company, published this first book in 2001. It had pictures and images contributed by about 40 local people who loved the process and were eager to share their cards.
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This SoulCollage® book and the listserv/website that developed along side it, and then the Facilitator trainings that began a few years later, were part of an evolution that was powered largely by the vision of Kylea and Jim. They urged me to do the trainings, and Kylea and I developed and did them together. We still do.
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With the book and the trainings, the SoulCollage® community began to grow…and grow…and grow. As I taught and received input from others, and watched people quickly take to the process and transform through it, I was stimulated to add new ideas. The listserv/website became bigger as people sent in cards for the gallery. The Neter Letter developed for Facilitators. Then in 2007 the first Trainers were carefully chosen. These are Trainers who may train people as Facilitators in different states and in other countries. Alia Moore worked diligently to develop a new and much richer website which allows people to read articles, get news of trainings and workshops, and see a big assortment of cards.
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SoulCollage® (now with this symbol to show that it is trademarked) is gaining in complexity on many levels, and a second book was a natural and inevitable next step in its evolution. We wanted to show more images from all these wide-spread Facilitators. Close to a thousand now. We wanted to say more about how the process is being used and with whom. I wanted to add words about the SoulEssence and Witness cards, the second and third Transpersonal cards. Exciting stories abound.
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Once again Kylea and Jim, (plus Alia and Marilyn and so many others,) make up the chugging engine that is pulling the process forward. They are willing to invest their time and energy and resources to make the vision a reality. I am along for the evolutionary ride!!!! Actually rewriting the book was exciting and fun to do. My inner writer loved it.


Cheryl:  How does this book differ from your first book, SoulCollage®: An Intuitive Collage Process for Individuals and Groups?
Seena:  There are several things although the basic information about the suits and the process is still there, sometimes in an expanded form. What is new are most of the card images. We replaced many in the first book with cards that would not have any copyright issues. Also new are explanations of two of the three Transpersonal cards, SoulEssence and Witness. These, along with the Source card, are described in depth. However, probably the biggest additions are the stories and experiences of many Facilitators and Trainers of Facilitators telling about the work they do with various populations. This book also has many more photos of people doing the process, and a more in-depth explanation of how we read the images on our cards and access our own wisdom when we do this.
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Cheryl:  Have the recommended methods of interpreting the cards essences changed from your first book? 
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Seena:  I think the essential way we read our images is the same in both books. However, there are some interesting and helpful stories that Facilitators have provided in the new book, and I elaborate a bit more about the “I Am One Who” exercise, and also about readings.

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Cheryl:  From your experience, what is it about SoulCollage® that touches people, and allows them to do such deep, healing and revealing inner-work? 
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Seena:  I believe the word “surprises” is better than “touches” when I consider how SoulCollage® opens a door to healing and change. Images are transformative because they surprise us and awaken us, often in ways that words coming from outside, (from books or lectures or sermons or therapists) cannot.. Our defense systems, those ego defenders of the status quo, are onto words coming from outside, and they generally take them in and throw them quietly into the trash can, rather than allow them to change anything.
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Images can be different. Images will grab us when we glance at them, and they can slip down into our less conscious parts of Soul and sneak around those defenders of the way things are. When your image begins to speak with your own words it speaks from a deep layer of the Soul that usually doesn’t have a voice. It is these words bubbling up that surprise us. Not always, of course, but sometimes the message surprises us into changing, into healing, into awakeness. So I’d answer this question with the words surprise, and the discovery of one’s own inner wisdom.
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Cheryl: What is your wish...your prayer for the role of SoulCollage® in the world? 
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I think it has potential to do quite a bit if it continues to grow. The more people heal their own inner wars, the better they will be at healing the wars in families and communities and nations. However that is only the beginning of what I think is possible. If enough people gather, using their images to find consciousness, they can become one more of the imaginal cells forming and joining up in our chaotic world to envision the butterfly that we could become. SoulCollagers can gather and show that cooperation is better than competition, that partnership is better than hierarchy or patriarchy, that knowing the one and the many is far, far better than insisting on one way or the other. Perhaps there can be a creative inclusiveness in SoulCollage® that will be catching.
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Cheryl:  Can you share a little about your personal practice? 
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Seena: Every morning I draw two cards from my deck of over 100 cards. I have the cards backed by suits and I always draw one Community card and one from another suit. These become my Neters of the day and I put them up on my altar next to the 3 Transpersonal cards which are always there. The rest of my cards are in a pile in the center. I record which cards I have drawn in my daily journal, and sometimes I will email or phone a person who is my Neter and just let them know--if they are alive and I know them personally. I don’t read from these two cards. I just have them up as special Neters to remember. Other practices, not daily, are sitting and tearing out images for my trainings, and also meeting with a peer group to do readings. We try to do this at least once a month or more if possible. (I have other practices like daily meditation and yoga and walking which are not so directly oriented to SoulCollage®.)

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Cheryl:  How has your personal practice changed you over the years? 
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Seena:  This of course varies greatly with everyone who does some sort of a daily practice, and it is hard for me to separate out the results of my daily practice from my current life work which is so involved with SoulCollage®. This process surely has changed my life because I’m thinking about it probably thirty percent of my time. Unlike most people! But just in terms of my own evolving Soul, I believe that the images on many of my cards have taken on a vivid life of their own, and continually remind me of energies I have available to me. I think I use more of myself because of this, use more of my potential, and I balance my energies better because of this consciousness. I also have a real sense of the marvelous aliveness of the world around me, of the archetypes that inhabit our invisible world, and who are calling on me and all of us constantly. They guide us and nudge us. The synchronicities of the cards help me know this. I do not feel alone or separate in the universe and have no fear of shedding this body and going on without it into other realms.
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Cheryl:  How do you recommend using SoulCollage to mark a Rite of Passage in our lives? 
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Seena:  I can think of a number of ways one could mark such a moment of change. Most obvious would be to do a reading from your cards either with a group that you regularly attend or just by yourself. Ask a question about this passage and what you might need to remember, want to honor about the past, etc. Word it however feels right to you.
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A second way would be to create a special SoulCollage card that honors this passage in some way, perhaps with a Council card honoring the archetype who feels most involved in promoting this change. A Community card might be created with a photo of yourself and others if it is a very special gathering. Certainly there might be a Committee card or
two created representing inner Neters who are excited, anxious, angry, grateful or whatever, for the change.
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There also have been some SoulCollage experiences around passages that involved several people gathering with their cards and all doing a reading around this person’s passage and speaking to it. People can even lay out certain of their cards in a montage on the floor around cards of the honoree and photograph it.
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It may be that only the person involved has SoulCollage cards and the others are present as witnesses. They also are thereby introduced to the process by seeing how meaningful the cards can be.
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A session was held for one person’s birthday where, instead of the regular readings, the birthday person laid out all of her cards on the floor in patterns that showed her life story and then spoke of her story from her cards. On page 115 of the new book is a picture that was also in the first book of just such an honoring of one person. It is on page 80 of the first book.
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Cheryl:  About how many SoulCollage® Facilitators are there, and in what countries? 
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Seena:  This changes by the month so I won’t try to answer it. Ask Alia! [Editor’s note: Having looked on the website, [http://www.soulcollage.com/about-soulcollage] it says that there are now almost 1000 trained Facilitators who live in or are doing SoulCollage® workshops in 20 countries: Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, England, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Greece, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Scotland, Switzerland, South Africa, and the United States.]
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Cheryl:  Oh, thank you Seena!  You have indeed enlightened us on how to enrich and evolve our SoulCollage practice, and our role with it worldwide as well.   Where can we find your new book SoulCollage® Evolving?

Seena:  Just go to this page on SoulCollage.com and you'll find it there.  
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Cheryl:  Thank you Seena... it has been a delight talking with you!
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Seena:  Thank you for having me here...it's been a pleasure.

Feb 10, 2009

Inner-Sanctuary

I am one who waits for you to join me.
I am your highway to sanctuary and serenity.
I am always present, and patient and loyal.
I am devoted to being here for you.
I show you the beauty of the peace you have within.
I take you from the highway of the hustle and bustle of your daily life,
to the land of your soul. ~

Oct 30, 2008

"Wisdom"


I am the wise one... I am wisdom, personified.
I stand here knowing that you have the key.
I am the one who knows you must walk through the doorway...through new doorways.
I am one who knows you are strong, and vibrant and a being of influence.
I am one who challenges you to stand and walk through new doorways ...
to move forward; in doing so you teach others.
I am one who knows your power, your power is love
and charge you with using it.
...you must use it; our world needs it...YOU need it.
Your power... is love.
Suit: Council

May 2, 2007

The Traveler: My Soul's Historian


I am one who travels my continuing journey leaving these bones behind. I am one who is wise and has secrets to tell you. I know your history, the history of our ancestors, and our ancestors' ancestors.
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I am your soul's historian. I am the riches of the history of many lifetimes. Look around...see the death of the ancients. You are on sacred ground now.
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I am one who lives beyond flesh and bone. My essence is forever...far beyond these dry bones and adornments of gold. I am the Traveler...lifetime upon lifetime in the great continuum.
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I want you to take time with me. I want you to remember to really live. Life is precious. I want you to take the golden treasure in your heart and and spread it far and wide - throughout the world! Share your treasure with others. Show them their treasure and remind them that they too...have a crown to wear.
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I am the Traveler. I give you proof that life is everlasting. I give you proof that what makes us, us is far greater than our body and mind...far gretaer than what you can imagine...and it lives on forever and ever.
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I want you to keep loving...yourself, others...and continue to learn of me. Continue allowing your essence to flow through unobstructed for you are a living vessel.
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You will remember each time you feel love deep in your heart, or think about those who have gone through the curtain to the other side. You will remember each time you see or think of me or see the color of gold. . You will remember that you have an inner-treasure just waiting to fly even more .
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Upon reflection, I realize that part of my soul's inspiration for this card came from over 10 years ago in the poem The Traveler by James Dillet Freeman, for which I am very thankful. That poem has blessed me and countless others I've shared it with over the years. I hope you enjoy it, at the above link.

Apr 22, 2007

Inner-critic


I am the one who nags at you...that you coulda, woulda, shoulda.
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I am the one who rides your back and "killing you softly", whispering..."You are not enough''.
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I was born from your self-criticism, which gives me more power.
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I am the one who's had this job too long and wants to retire. I want you to stand up & let me slide off your back into retirement.
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I want you to know it's easier to get me off your back than you think. I want you to know that "You are enough. Be yourself."... I am a queen in the making...I can be tranformed from critic to cheerleade, helpful protector... and compassionate challenger. I am transformed when you love yourself without fail..no matter what. I am transformed into mentor through your authentic self-compassion, self-love and self-forgiveness. I am transformed each time you give yourself what you need most... in the moment.

Dec 2, 2006

Creator Me


9PM Today-- This card showed up my random reading today; 2nd reading for this card, first on November 26, 2006.

Who are you?
I am the part of you who loves to create things with my hands…I am the one becomes enthralled with your creative, “tactile passions.” I am the one who has my life in the palm of my hand. I am the one who knows she is co-creator, be it art or manifesting a new way of life. I am the one who creates your colorful life. I am the one who spins straw into gold. I am the part of you who can see diamonds in the rough; and I am also the one who feels, sees and knows that you are living in a wellspring of an enormous Diamond Mine! It’s all in your hands. I am the one who knows more than I know (don’t know what that means, but that’s what came up). I am one who is in partnership with God, G.O.D., Divine Mind, and the Universe, and any other names also known as the Almighty. I am the one who knows life is precious…like a pearl. I am one who sees and admires the beauty of my work and craftsmanship. I am the one who identifies with the stars w-a-a-a-a-a-y “out there”.

What do you have to give me?
I give you the knowledge that you can create what you desire….using your single-minded intention, and focused action… combined with your BELIEF and FEELING…and patience.

What do you want me to know?
I want you to know that you are empowered from within…and you can do anything you really want to do. I want you to know that you affect the lives of others, especially when you are living purely from “the stream of your authentic self”. I want you to know you can stop, breathe, decide what you want to create…be it with beads, or rings for chainmaille, or with yarn, fabric or paper…or anything other “straw” you are drawn to create with. This includes your words. All you have to do, Cheryl, is “intend” to focus on one project at specific time, and when you sit down…KNOW that you will create something brilliantly beautiful that anyone, including you, will love. Just an easy, breezy thought in your head...this intention…nothing serious…just think it and allow “it” to pour through you. Let your creative power soar…no judgments. Just know that as a vessel of and conduit for dynamic creative power…all you have to do is be aware and willing to let It flow through you, and “go with It”…ride with It. Let your inner-genius have a ball! I want you to know that this is the way I created my one single luminescent comet-blue pearl.

I want you to know that you don’t have to fret with the dozens of projects going on in your head. Just set the intention to create something that makes your soul sing. It doesn’t matter if it’s for someone else or for yourself, a gift, or to sell. I want you to let go of all ideas of if “they” will like your creation or not. Of course they will love it!

What do you want me to do?
I want you to let go of the hairsplitting details that can stifle you if you’re not paying attention, and are confident to make a decision and move on. I want you to acknowledge that your inner-creator (me)…knows how to accurately and efficiently handle the detail, and trust that….otherwise, the “part” that prevents your from creating with abandon and joy will not allow you to feel…and “live in”…your innate creative bliss. “She” has had more than their share of time on the stage of your life… no more encores for her! Poof! Be-gone!

Make a list of projects and prioritize them. Allocate the most important to a month, or to two weeks within the month, such as: Jan. wks 1-2: Chainmaile; Jan. weeks 3-4: Jewels of the Heart Earrings Project. Feb. wks 1-2: Creating Red jewelry (or do this in January so you can wear it in February in honor of Valentine’s Day!); Feb. wks 3-4: Pick a theme i.e. Bracelet & Earrings Sets; March wks 1-2: Pick Spring colors & Plan your Spring wardrobe….Show. You get the picture. You can plan your website this way too…or just about project for that matter. Schedule your time to create, and do it! And… remember to name your projects…it makes it more fun! – Thanks to Muse Jill for that tip.

What is your job?
My job is to make sure you allow yourself be the fount of creativity, creative joy, ingenuity, inspiration that you were born to be. My job is to coach you to do that for yourself so that you will be your most powerful when you teach and facilitate the creative-life-journey of others.

How will I remember what you’ve told me?
Visit this reading regularly, at least once a week. Read it aloud. Heed my directions. See yourself becoming a greater, larger creative power in your own life on all levels. When will remember when you sit down to create anything, or whether you’re puttering around at home. Mainly, set the intention to let me run free within you, heed my words and you will be on your way and living your creative bliss every day.

Is there anything else you want tell me?
Yes. Have fun; and…acknowledge & celebrate the “me” in you!
Now, go create!

Nov 27, 2006

Ocean of Abundance


I am the part of you who is flourishing abundance of all that is good.
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As an ocean of abundance, I only see endless horizons of good; as far as they eye can see, and beyond.

Nov 26, 2006

Murky Waters


I am the one who does not like murky waters.
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I am the one who doesn't like the shadowiness I feel inside.
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I am the one who sees the sometimes-subtle shade of murkiness before me...and my life.
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I am the one who wants the shade lifted.

Tiger Balm


After having this card in card in my deck for a while..and not knowing what it was about, I discovered that today! What a wonderful, bountiful surprise. The soul-tending process of SoulCollage® never ceases to amaze and bless me. It's a magnificient, enlightening, self-integrating process. Sharing this card's interpretation on the KaleidoSoul Yahoo! Group was incredibly syncronistic for many, and opened up a lot of discovery, sharing and healing that we were all blessed by.

Embracing Mystery


I am one who embraces the mystery of the unknown. I am one who gladly sees, and feels the door of my new life beckoning me! I choose to knock, and enter this new experience with wide-eyed excitement, and anticipation. I am one who knows "this is Good!"...and there are no mistakes. I am the one who knows this is MY "Wonderland"!
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I am one who leaves the predictable, hypnotizing routines behind, and crosses the threshold of Adventure & Change. I am one who trusts myself.
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I am one who has decided to cross the threshold into my new life, where infinite possibilites reside. I am one who hugs the power of that Principle to mySelf...and lives it. There is no turning back...thank Goodness! I am free, I am happy. I am one who knows that seeing my new "ideal" life in my imagination is how it is becoming my life experience...right "now". I am one who sees my ideal life with fresh new eyes...and I am thrilled with excited anticipation at the unfolding of my heart's desires. My eyes are big as saucers... I am one who is thankful-to-tears that I am "becoming more of the Self" I was born to be...and that my life is reflecting this to me... and those whom are close to me.
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I am one who is grateful that I am conscious of the inner-strength, power, beauty, radiant love, intelligence and health that The Creator endowed me with so that I may co-create my beautiful life. (11/30/06--Pulled this card randomly this morning along with "Becoming the Butterfly". .. will continue to work with these two cards as they couldn't be any more PERFECT!--where I am right now.)

Indira


I am the one who keeps your Light shining...I am the Tender of your Light.
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I am the one who keeps you centered and grounded in what's most important to you.
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I am the guardian of your spiritual, mental and emotional well-being.
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I am the part of you who is happy, content, peaceful and free!

Nov 25, 2006

Planting Seeds of Intention


I am the one who plants Seeds of Intention in the Womb of the Universe...positively expecting an abundant yield of what I've sown.
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I am the one who nurtures the Seeds with heartfelt belief, happy expectancy, and "heartfelt rehearsal of receiving my good"-- manifested!
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I am the one one who is thankful for the awareness of the power I have assist in creating my good!
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I am the one who releases my intentions, believing that the best possible outcome will occur...and that it can be even better than I imagine! I am the one who looks past physical appearances...to the metaphysical, and knows that "It's all good."

Source


I am so Thankful


I am the one who is so thankful.
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I am the one who feels gratitude deep in my bones...and in every breath I breathe...I breathe breaths of gladness.
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I am the one who knows being thankful is its own reward.

Nurturing My Self


I am the one who heeds the call of Spirit. I tend to the beat of my heart... within the rhythm of the Earth.
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I am the one who listens, and responds to the call of my soul.

Creator me

I am the one who loves to spin straw into gold...create pearls from a grain of sand...and triumphs over seeming limitation and irritation.

I am the one who holds the key in the palm of my hand.

Becoming the Butterfly


I am the one who willingly "lets go" of, and sheds what I no longer need...and what no longer serves me. I am the one who courageously walks the path of "my" transformation and change.
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I am the one who bids the catipillar a long, dark goodnight, and welcomes the beauty and freedom of being my Butterfly-self.
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I am the one who excitedly says "yes" to change...and the promise of new beginnings!
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According to the SoulCollage book, this could be called the Death card. I call it "Becoming the Butterfly"... a renaissance of Self. Saying "yes" to change is huge! --since there is no growth without change. Without change we'd never experience the sensuality of flowers (symbolizing life)...just the potential of them, and you can't experience "potential", because potential means it hasn't happened yet. Without change we'd not know the beauty and fragrance of the rose, the soft, suppleness of it's petals, or the prick of the thorns...which prompt us to pay attention. So it is with us. Saying yes to change, is saying yes to ourselves...and life.
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Today, I welcome my Butterfly-self!

Dancing with the Shadow

Here I share SoulCollage Cards from the Shadow. Dancing with The Shadow eventually makes way for the Light to shine, so... I will share those Cards of Light here as well.