Sunday, March 29, 2009

Committee Suit Cards - SoulCollage

An entire morning, into afternoon, spent working on SoulCollage cards (only 4 completed!) - change of plans from what I thought my day might bring, but just as welcome! While image-gathering, some I just liked, a small 'hit', but some echoed hard inside, definitively. Then even more culling and filtering as the card-making process progressed. The next step is to add the verbiage, and I spent considerable time outside drafting my thoughts, as I wanted them to be as concise, as precise, as the examples in the SoulCollage book. The Conduit Mapper. I am the convergence of all your internal voices, collecting sensory input without judgment & honing your vision as to all possible pathways. Prairie Girl. I am the simple one, uncomplicated & easily pleased, closest to your inner earth, glad for any task & grateful for the smallest beauty. The Abandoned Child. I am the rarely sought one, colorized & illuminated, holding the train of all your dreams & begging for the invitation to join you. The Condemner. I am the immovable one, wanting to protect you from cages, dangers, dead ends, & death, with all my warning powers! I embody & articulate your fears.

Well, anyway, there's a run at it. I'm seeing, strangely, that the really supposed NEGATIVE (the condemner) is operating on my behalf, out of love and protection, not just being a shrill naysayer, dumping on everything. I hadn't ever considered that, that possibility, that angle. That knowledge creates a substantial sense of internal balance when it comes to how I regard her voice. Gives it more validity? I think -- as in go ahead and listen, there may be a caution here I need to gage & consider, something I've overlooked in a rush of enthusiasm or adrenalin.

13 comments:

carla said...

Your cards are visually so beautiful, but it is your reading ann speaking through them that has such power. Your observation about the balance that comes with understanding the condemner is so worthwhile. I agree that those negative voices probably mean well and we just need to learn how to measure and interpret what they say. Thank you so much for sharing your cards and for sharing your list in the previous post!

Veronica said...

oh my this is fantastic. the third one down reminds me of amish life

beth said...

I'm the prairie girl without a doubt !!!

Holly said...

The Naysayer is the voice of Ego. Ego's soul/sole goal is to keep itself alive, and thereby, keeping us alive. That's the reason why it whisper all the things for us to be afraid of...it's the only way it can remain in charge. Very nice!

Kathy said...

Oh Toni...these cards are each just beautiful. And so meaningful! You are doing such great work with these! And, I believe you are right about the "condemner". I found my Protector to truly believe she was doing a good thing for me. Problem is, when things are that black and white, she couldn't help but filter out the possibly good along with the possibly dangerous. Does that make sense???

lee said...

I love the look and the feel of the cards. And your words are stirring....you have a way with words did you know that.

soulbrush said...

gasp, i am actually overawed, and speechless. what power your cards have and your words really touch something deep inside me, i have collageblock, scared to make the first move....eeekkkk, will re read the chapters and think some more....eeek....

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cinner said...

TONI, your work is just fabulous. I am definately the Prairie girl.I just love all your pages too. Oh to be so talented.

Pamela McCarville said...

These are wonderful! I'm having problems getting started - though I was having a lot of fun gather pictures.

And I love reading your take on the process.

rivergardenstudio said...

Oh Toni, I love this work...these soul collages are so beautiful in themselves, but then the names and descriptions you give them make them even more thought provoking. Thank's again for the Words of Art award,  I have given it out to others and back to you again as well...who could deserve it more!  Roxanne

soulbrush said...

had to come and look at them again. feel happy with mine, though it's very full...but that's me full of stuff needing to get out!! tee hee.