Soul Collage

SOULCOLLAGE

 

The Project uses SoulCollage® as a tool to transform consciousness. Developed by California therapist Seena Frost, SoulCollage® is a gentle, playful way of experiencing your deep self. Creating cards with magazine images that are available anywhere, it works directly with the language of symbols, images and archetypes. SoulCollage® can reveal the inner parts of your personality, the archetypes active in your psyche, and the meanings in your personal story. Don Nix is a Certified SoulCollage® Facilitator.

SOULCOLLAGE AND THE IMAGINAL REALM

 

Contrary to the American consensus view, reality is a many-layered phenomenon. There are inner realms of reality atrophied in modern consciousness because they don’t exist in the consensus reality framework. One of the inner realms is the Mithal, the realm of images, a rich storehouse of experience. Meaning is encoded directly into the images, symbols, and archetypes that live in this realm. Images are dynamic, that is, they cause things to happen. They operate according to their own rules. They almost always arrive laden with deep meaning.

Joseph Campbell said that there are two periods in life when the images of the imaginal realm are important. The first is the period from 4-12 years, when images and archetypes teach the young person what and how to be. The second important period is in older people, when mythological images help to carry one through the last phase of life and out the door, the “grand egress.”

 

Older people have finished with hectic outer life, with its focus on children, success, relationships and material well-being. They increasingly turn their focus from the outer world to the inner realms. Jung said that, as we age, we naturally withdraw from life and slow down. This creates excess libido that is available to work in the inner realms. The shift is toward contemplation, and can yield depth, richness and meaning. Progressively less interested in achievement, older people begin to look intently at their lives for meaning, as they try to make sense of what they have experienced. It is natural to turn to the imaginal realms, where that meaning resides.

 

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