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A New Chapter

Wednesday, Oct. 19 2011 2:43 p.m. UTC

“Who are you?” said the Caterpillar.
This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, “I—I hardly know, Sir, just at present—at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.”
“What do you mean by that?” said the Caterpillar, sternly. “Explain yourself!”
“I can’t explain myself, I’m afraid, Sir,” said Alice, “because I’m not myself, you see.”
Alice in Wonderland

SoulWork Studio is changing. From this point on, SoulWork Studio will concentrate on expressive arts, primarily SoulCollage®. SoulCollage® is an intuitive process of creating collaged 8” by 5” cards that represent various parts or aspects of self, one’s major influences in life, and one’s community of important relationships. Seena Frost is the founder of SoulCollage®. She created the method and also a community of SoulCollage® facilitators. Seena is a trained Jungian therapist and an artist who noticed patterns in herself and clients that became more evident as she and they worked with collage materials. From these roots came a method, ways of interpreting SoulCollage® cards, and means of using card decks for accessing intuitive guidance.

I am a trained SoulCollage® facilitator and make SoulCollage® cards to express different areas of my own life. I offer people an opportunity to come to Joy Farm to learn and enjoy SoulCollage®. I am also available to work with and facilitate SoulCollage® for groups that may be interested in exploring a particular theme through making collaged cards. Some popular themes are: mother, child, happiness, playfulness, sorrow or grief, relationships, spiritual aspects of life, the shadow side of personality, “bright shadow” and internal wise person.

Other expressive arts that may interest people as they explore various aspects of self include “moving color,” creating masks, and mandala making. In addition, journaling and writing exercises can be very engaging, fun and useful in self-exploration.

In this blog, I will share some of my own explorations and offer possibilities for activities others may enjoy as they learn about who they are.

Christmas Eve 2009

Thursday, Dec. 24 2009 10:35 p.m. UTC

We are in the middle of a large winter storm system, waiting for the next wave of snow and ice. Dusk is rapidly turning to dark. The lights in this little office at Joy Farm are welcome now, as is the warmth from the extra heater in this room.

I am reflecting on the Greek Orthodox theology that is summed up in the words of Irenaeus,“God became man (human) so that man (humans) could become God.” This was not my early understanding of the relationship between God and humans. That was summed up by “Man is by nature sinful and unclean.” And, Christ died for our sins so that we could have eternal life. The Greek Orthodox statement fills me with hope; the Lutheran catechism training fills me with sorrow and guilt. On this Christmas Eve, I prefer to contemplate the process called “divinization” whereby human beings enter into union with God and are enabled ultimately to participate (somehow, mysteriously) with the Holy Trinity, enjoying the sweep and dance of perfect joy, bliss of torrents of love, and sight and sound and fragrance of utter beauty.

We get to practice here on earth. We can replace our narrow and near-sighted vision with a broader perspective, our habits of frozen heart with open and warm-hearted hospitality, our mistaken notions of who we are with grounding in the True Self which has God at its core. May the Divine in you and the Divine in me be born anew this night.

New Era

Sunday, Nov. 29 2009 11:04 p.m. UTC

We are entering a new era for humankind. It is clear that human beings will need to develop new ways of thinking, feeling and being as we cope with a number of trends that are coalescing at this time. Robert Kegan has written about the increasing complexity of thinking and communication required to negotiate life in the early 21st century.

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