Wednesday, March 25, 2009

SoulCollage - Hushing the Archetypes

Yesterday evening, my archetypes and I had that little family meeting I was looking forward to. I gathered us all out on the patio, lit a vanilla candle and put it in a hurricane vase ... and then explained my new SoulCollage journey and my need for some quiet from the 'archetype gallery'! Everything went well, except for my martyr of course, who droned, "Oh sure, all that work excavating me, naming me, dusting me off, and now I'm going back on the shelf." I told her what I always tell her, now, "Thank you for sharing that opinion," and then I moved on.

I decided to do a cleansing page, which began as a piece of mat board that I just covered in layer after layer of white paint. And then the white began to speak to me, pretty specifically. By the time I was done, I realized I had inadvertently created my Source Card, even though that wasn't on our to-do assignments yet.
The Universal source, for me, is water, which is 'beneath' me rather than overhead (skyward). I believe in the gesture of letting down the bucket into the well, the well of the Universe, the source. For this SoulCollage journey, the bucket is depicted on the right side as the 'outline' bucket (yes, it's a vase but I don't have a bucket punch!) ... it's not filled yet, at all -- that's because there is still, always, more to take in, sift, taste, pass through the sensory faculties, the experience filters. The full vase, just to the left, is where I am keeping the archetype family knowledge, so that they feel they're available for council if I should want to ask. The arm, reaching in, was the finishing and much needed touch -- to represent me, reaching in, reaching for, willing to be part of the process.

11 comments:

Veronica said...

okay I get this piece and totally understand. I love it and the water perfect

Cam@Journey Wildly said...

'the experience filters'

Yessss, Toni.

I love thinking of my senses like that. The road always leads back to perception, but nonetheless, I am still amazed by how polluted the experience becomes by our senses, minds, histories, labels...

I am going to think on this for awhile.

Kathy said...

This is just wonderful! Magical and powerful! Seriously deep, and like Cam said....something I'm going to meditate on! Thanks for sharing this wonderfully powerful and personal piece!

Kathy

Kathy said...

Oh Toni! These pages a wonderful! I DO remember "Horse With No Name" and the other line I found to be powerful is "Under the city, lies a heart made of ground, but the humans will give no love". (I think that's how it goes) For some reason..that speaks to me of the people in your life who don't see how intelligent and talented you really are. They have built their "city", their perception of you on top of you, buried you underneath it and therefore can't see the "ground" the life, the realness and richness of you. THEIR LOSS!!

amy said...

I love this card and the idea of soulcollage. Thanks for sharing it for us to see. :)

carla said...

I am truly inspired by your energy and thoughtfulness! This card is beautiful, and I love that it has such meaning for you. I liked the idea of a cleansing card - I could see from your previous post how you felt like your soul's house was feeling very crowded... I do believe that our journeys of discovery really never end. Once you think you have "it" all figured out... wham! There comes a new revelation! I am so glad you're doing this with us:)

soulbrush said...

magnificent start, cleansing, yes works for me. i think i will learn a lot from you in the next few months. hugs.

beth said...

you magical little thing you...it's amazing how I'm learning about you in soooooo many different ways :)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

You are able to express yourself so well. Your expressions seem to flow, much like a river.

skywind said...

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Pamela McCarville said...

Love this!! Gave me a chuckle and a hmmm. I love that you said this: "Thank you for sharing that opinion," and then I moved on.

And that is what so many of us need to do.

Love your artwork.