Holy Play: Why I believe in the beauty that is SoulCollage®
"What's your story?" asks Rebecca Solnit, author of The Faraway Nearby. She goes on to say, "Stories are compasses and architecture; we navigate by them, we build our sanctuaries and our prisons out of them, and to be without a story is to be lost in the vastness of a world that spreads in all directions like arctic tundra or sea ice." In a conversation in late January with my friend , Audrey Chowdhury, who is an art therapist and wonderful SoulCollage® guide, we struck on this thought together--the importance of story, and how SoulCollage® is so helpful in connecting us to, as well as helping us to discover and understand, the meaning of our own story.
She is currently working on her book about the value of using SoulCollage® as a tool with those who have experienced trauma. When Audrey speaks, I take good notes!
And that is exactly what I did as we dove into a deep, reflective conversation about trauma and memory (ancestral memory in particular) and what we carry in our bodies. Where trauma is concerned, Audrey says, we know we have some memory of something, and that memory is arriving from four different places (the personality, our community, our connection to the earth and its creatures, and to the archetypal--the great sources of energy from which we obtain a framework for the meaning of our story.
So, we know we have some memory of something, but if the memory is just left dangling, hanging out there with no narrative, we have no real understanding of its meaning. nor is there a way to heal. Audrey (left) with SoulCollage® Founder and Creator, Seena Frost:
Why Holy Play? By definition, play can mean: a dramatic composition or piece; exercise or activity for amusement or recreation; fun or jest; an act or instance of playing or doing something; an attempt to accomplish something, often in a manner showing craft or calculation. And SoulCollage®of course, is all of these, and more. In SoulCollage® we are able to connect with our own dramatic composition or story. It's also a fun, relaxing, absorbing experience that connects us to others in enjoyable and satisfying ways. It also involves craft, a little planning or calculation, and helps us to tap into our intuition and imagination in meaningful creative ways, which is always a deeply spiritual endeavor.
*And if SoulCollage® interests you, please take a look at my SoulCollage® page on this website. If you don't live in the Des Moines area, go to www.soulcollage.comand see if there are any workshop offerings in your area.