In this article I will discuss a foundation principle underlying the SoulCollage® practice, the principle of "The One and the Many" and the symbolism and importance of the "Source" SoulCollage® Card. In my book, SoulCollage®, I was brief about these key issues, and even here I can barely begin to touch on ideas mystics and philosophers have pondered for centuries.

In brief, here is my position and the one on which I have built the SoulCollage® practice: I am one whole, unique person and, at the same time, I am made up of many parts. You are the same. Your family is many and yet one family. So also is our nation, our planet, our solar system, our universe. All life, and indeed all that exists, is nested into Oneness, like those little Russian nesting dolls. Beings emerge in individuated forms out of this Oneness or Ground of Being, and remain forever held and sustained by it, whether they are conscious of it or not. Humans sometimes do become conscious of it. There seems to be in human beings what I call “a spark of conscious spirit." That spark, in some, awakens and yearns to rise and shake off the sense of separateness and the busyness of its mind. It wants to know the Oneness, to merge its spark of spirit with Spirit. For most, it takes discipline and long practice to still the mind and body enough to experience this blissful unity. Some just happen upon it suddenly, as on a walk in nature, and then yearn forever to go there again. It is a place of peace and calmness and joy. Many have called it union with God.

In SoulCollage®, we create one card that symbolizes this Spirit, this Oneness, this Ground of Being, and this Mystery. I call it the Source, and the card symbolizing it is the Source card. In truth, there can be no image for the Source because it is beyond form, beyond being. It is the source of all beings, all forms, all personalities, visible and invisible, mortal and immortal. I hesitate to call it God because God, in most religions, is a Being with a name like Yahweh, or Father or Mother or Vishnu or Allah. These Divine Beings are revealed to have personalities, and they relate with chosen humans, and speak words and intervene in history. Hence, in SoulCollage®, they would be found in the suit of the Council or the archetypes. SoulCollage® cards can be created for them representing the various manifestations by which each person knows and follows them.

While our spirit may, at times, yearn to rise and merge with Source, it is our soul that loves the many! The soul wants to stay grounded in the beauty and the muck, in the dance of the particulars, creating and loving and fighting for causes. It is soul that is heart and compassion and will take the risk of making mistakes and looking a fool and feeling harried, all in the name of being alive and vibrant. Down here is the "Land of the Many", of the particular, of the complex. We could call it Soul-Land. I am not the first to make this distinction between spirit and soul. James Hillman also does, as do others.

Often in books by ardent advocates of the non-dual position, the many of people’s particularities and unique characters, including their egos, is given short shrift. Ego is seen as negative, a limiting thing in the upward thrust towards Oneness. Not so in the SoulCollage® practice. Here ego is accepted as one part of soul, perhaps a limiting, restraining part but still an essential part of personality. Here in soul are the workers, the lovers, the caretakers, the creators, the dancers. Here are the ragers, the whiners, the procrastinators and the critics. These are all soul parts of us, and our Council archetypes work through them to evolve the planet.

The power and symbolism of collage, our media of creativity in SoulCollage®, awakens our intuitive nature and opens doors to our deep nature as the One expressed in the dazzling diversity of the Many.

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Author's Bio: 

Seena B. Frost, M. Div., M.A. studied theology at Yale Divinity School, married, raised four children, and then received a Master's degree in psychology from Santa Clara University. She is a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Special trainings with Jean Houston and Robin Van Doren inspired the combining of three of her life passions: spirituality, psychotherapy, and creativity. Seena is the founder of a world-wide, rapidly growing, intuitive collage movement called SoulCollage®, a collage process incorporating images, imagination, and intuition. The author of SoulCollage®, Seena leads SoulCollage® Facilitator Trainings and offers workshops in the Santa Cruz, CA area.

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