You begin this way: this is your hand, this is your eye, that is a fish, blue and flat on the paper, almost the shape of an eye. This is your mouth, this is an O or a moon, whichever you like. This is yellow. Outside the window is the rain, green because it is summer, and beyond that the trees and then the world, which is round and has only the colors of these nine crayons.
This is the world, which is fuller and more difficult to learn than I have said. You are right to smudge it that way with the red and then the orange: the world burns. Once you have learned these words you will learn that there are more words than you can ever learn. The word hand floats above your hand like a small cloud over a lake. The word hand anchors your hand to this table, your hand is a warm stone I hold between two words. This is your hand, these are my hands, this is the world, which is round but not flat and has more colors than we can see. It begins, it has an end, this is what you will come back to, this is your hand.
(You Begin - Margaret Atwood)
The process of creating cards while learning about SoulCollage was fun but there was also a lot of charge along with it. I was having a particularly difficult weekend coming to terms with some things that I cannot control and so several of my cards gushed out more difficult feelings. Mariabruna noted at some point that it's always the present stuff that is wanting to be dealt with that surges up when people make cards.
My first card ended up being a committee card which I called "the recovering wounded." Throughout the weekend I ended up making a few more cards: "the exuberant child" (committee) "the suffering of the world" (archetype), "the suffering self" (committee) "the panicked-anxious self" (committee). I have a list of cards I still want to get to but right now I'm just working through making cards without intention and seeing what comes up for me.
The way we began making our deck was to pick a picture that resonated with us and gestalt it. To gestalt something something is to put yourself in the place of the picture (or at least that's what I've understood so far. Eventually I'll be learning more about that). The girl sitting on the dark card was my first image and she was sitting on a bed. When I put myself in her place thoughts that came to mind were "I am one who is tired but waking to a brighter day. I have been in the dark but I am hopeful" and so on. The card gets created around that.
Once the deck is created you can do readings by asking it questions and pulling cards, gestalting the images and speaking from the perspective of your soul that the card represents.
SoulCollage is trademarked and an official sort of thing so I really recommend that you take a look at either of the two websites I linked if you're interested. I barely grazed the surface of what SoulCollage really is and how it can be used.
For me, this was the perfect way to break into the school vibe. Not only is my cohort amazing so far (eight women total, myself included) but so was the experience of SoulCollage--the ability to be truly, completely artistic in a way that wasn't commercial or product based and to be able to see the clinical applications of how SoulCollage could be used to heal people or heal the self even.