SoulCollage® Healing Art

I am the one who gives myself permission to rest.

SoulCollage® is a creative tool for easy, artful self-expression.  It was developed by Seena B. Frost, M. Div., M.A.  Using intuition and imagination, you create a set of collaged cards, where each card reflects a different aspect of who you are and a different part of your life’s journey.

The cards are made from simple materials: magazine images, scissors, glue, and mat board.

This soul-tending practice honors one’s personal journey, while promoting personal growth and self-acceptance.  Best of all, it is a creative process that is truly accessible to everyone, even people who believe they have no artistic ability.

Using SoulCollage® with Cancer

I didn’t know about SoulCollage® when I was going through my first cancer journey in 2001-2002. However, one of the first things I did in 2005 when I learned the process was to make several cards about the experience.  Because I’d found that, even though it was several years in the past, it still was affecting my present.

The first card I made (see above, right) expressed my deep fear that the cancer would return.  I was struggling and struggling with this fear.  It was tearing me apart inside, and it was hard to express to people who cared about me.

Putting those images down on mat board was healing in and of itself. But then, as we do with all our SoulCollage® cards, I did some journaling with them, letting the card itself speak to me. Here is what this card said to me:

Who Are You?
I am the one who fears that the cancer will come back, that it will take up space in another part of my body.

I am the one who fears this every day.

I am the one who has to live with this fear.

I am the one who sees tigers gnashing their teeth at me in the dark, roaring and racing towards me on a desolate beach. They are ready to destroy my body again. They are waiting for the right moment to leap at me and take my beautiful life from me.

I am the one who returns again and again to her doctors, her heart pounding as she nervously awaits the results of the latest mammogram, the most recent blood work.

I am the one who fears that the cancer will return and consume me, who fears that the cancer will find me after hunting me down, and will tear my beautiful life to shreds, smash it to smithereens on that desolate beach.

I am the one who feeds the tigers with my fear, who sits passively and waits for bad news instead of standing fierce and tall and proud, my spear and arrows poised for fighting back.

I am the one who grows weak in the face of my fear, who has no options save to give in to it.

I am the one who fears that the tigers are real.

What do you want from me?
I want you to watch, to be on the lookout, to do things now to protect yourself.

I want you to stand up straight and tall and not believe in weakness.

I want you to know how strong and fierce and courageous you really are.

What do you have to give me?
I give you the knowledge that you can do some things to protect yourself.

I give you an inner core of steel to stand up to the tigers of fear.

More SoulCollage® Cards About Cancer

Please visit this web page for my other SoulCollage cards about my first cancer journey.

And I hope you find time to visit this page for the SoulCollages I made for my second journey with cancer (2011-2012).

Important Info About SoulCollage®

I am the one who is a lover of beauty, who sees beauty wherever I go. I am the one who finds healing when I surround myself with beauty.

SoulCollage® is a trademarked process created by Seena Frost. For more information on Seena, the process, or Facilitator Training please visit her website.

SoulCollage® cards are made either from one’s own art or from images found in materials which have been bought by or given to the SoulCollage card maker.

These collaged cards are used only for the cardmaker’s own inner exploration.  SoulCollage® cards are not sold, traded, bartered, or copied (except as a back-up for the cardmaker’s own use) as is stated in the Principles of SoulCollage®.

Where SoulCollage® cards are available to be seen by others, it is for the purposes either of demonstrating the SoulCollage process or of sharing the cardmaker’s inner process in the context of community.

SoulCollage® is grateful to the artists and photographers who make this deep awakening process possible and in all ways SoulCollage® seeks to be respectful of their rights.