Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Talking with Seena Frost

Today I am excited to be talking to Seena B. Frost, the originator of the SoulCollage® process. I met Seena first through her book: SoulCollage. Then, in 2004, I took a SoulCollage® facilitator training and met Seena in person. Now, here we are, having a conversation about her new book SoulCollage® Evolving, An Intuitive Collage Process for Self-discovery and Community.

1. How has SoulCollage® changed in the years since your first book, SoulCollage®, An Intuitive Collage Process for Individuals and Groups, was published?

Mainly it has grown! There are nearly 1000 Facilitators now, all over this country and the world. Lots of people with SoulCollage® cards in hand.

The essential practice of creating collaged cards and speaking from the images to a question has not changed except in those unique ways it is absorbed into individual Souls. This is a process meant to access the personal wisdom hidden in Souls, and that wisdom will be unique to that person’s evolving story. So the process is the same but the results are continually new and different. I hear so many reports from both Facilitators and other people doing the process of what has come up to surprise and change and heal them, using their cards.

Facilitators have found ways to adapt the process to fit better into the populations they serve, sometimes by changing wording, such as changing the word Source to God or Spirit; or by not using the suits or all four of the suits. I am sure there are many other adaptations that I have not heard about.

I just hope that our core principles are maintained so people do not begin to read other’s cards for them or sell their cards or make cards for a given list of Neters, rather than making ones for those Neters they recognize within themselves or that have grabbed them to guide and challenge. These would be changes that would make the resulting practice no longer SoulCollage®.

As we grow larger and larger, it is important that we hold to the integrity of the basic practice.

What are the 3 most important things for a SoulCollage® beginner to keep in mind?

This is a difficult question because so much depends on what people bring with them, in their minds, as they come to the experience. One, I suppose that I would say that there are almost no rules in doing this process, and that whatever they create will be right. Ask them to send their inner critic out to tea so they can just have fun creating.

Two, as they browse for images, I would ask them to get out of their minds, and let the images choose them. Trust the process: trust that what grabs their interest has hidden depths of meaning that they don’t need to know yet.

Three, keep it simple. Each card is to have its own energy and name. One primary thing that defeats beginners is that they often try to get too much on one card, make it too complex, by putting several energies on it. So emphasize that a card can be very simple, with just an image and a new background. Then they can make another and another.

Of course four is the experience of speaking from the image, the “I Am One Who” process, which it’s best not to warn them about until you are ready to do it for the first time. Surprise is number four. Let them be surprised by the activity of participating in an image.

If different, what are the 3 most important things you would want experienced SoulCollage® artists to keep in mind?

For experienced SoulCollagers, I would have some different reminders. It’s my experience that people who attempt to do the practice completely on their own at home very often fail to follow through. I cannot underline too strongly the need for an on-going community or at least one other person that you meet and work with. It may be an on-going support group of just three or four, or even an on-line group that you check in with regularly. This is because your cards want to be seen! You need to show them and read from them and be surprised by them again and again within some sort of community framework. So this is number one.

Second is to develop an on-going practice with your cards that you do at home, very often a simple one. Keep your cards out of their box unless you are taking them somewhere. Let them have a special place in your home, like a shelf or a small table or an altar. Draw a couple each day as your Neters of the day. Journal from them if you have time. Look at the cards drawn from your most recent reading and notice synchronicities. Let these Neters continue to speak to you through some ritual or practice. That’s number two.

The third is to keep creating cards. Always be watching for images that grab you. If someday you have too many cards, put those with less energy or the ones that are repeats of others, in a retirement box. Look through them at times to see if an image has reignited for you.

And to add a fourth reminder: Be sure to create the Transpersonal cards and to integrate the understanding of the One and the Many into your practice. It is a core piece of SoulCollage® if you want this process to be part of your spiritual life and not just your psychological life.

In speaking from a card is it better to start from a single image or from the card as a whole?

Definitely begin with an image, usually a central image unless a lesser image on the card grabs your attention as you turn the card over in a reading. It is much easier to actively participate in the energy of one image than to try to speak from the energy of the whole card, even though it is the same energy. At least it should be the same energy. Our right brain is best at imagining and role playing, and that part will go directly to the image that intrigues it. I think it is our left brain that will best speak about the whole card, explain it and talk about its meaning. The left brain is our interpreting part and it gets to name a card. However this naming needs to come second, after the image has spoken. Then the left brain will have the intuitive information it needs to go on and name and explain and interpret the whole card. This process does not forbid, or even consider inferior, our thinking and interpreting function. It is the order in which they are used that is important.

2 comments:

LauraX said...

wonderful interview Sharry, great questions!

cheryl said...

Sharry...
Thank you for the great questions! And Seena..thank you, as always for the insightful answers. I especially liked the "3 most important things..." - and Seen's idea of the retirement box..which I have retired a few.

Thank you Sharry!