As I hope you know, MMSoul has a 50-Card Affirmation Deck with 50 unique collages and affirmation messages crafted by me for you. Though they look like SoulCollages®, they are not, because they are intended to be used and viewed by many, and SoulCollages® are for personal use only and use copyrighted images. The Affirmation Deck, however, uses only copyright free images, including some of my own personal photographs.
One particular SoulCollager® I know has used photos of herself and people she's known on her cards, a special, vulnerable thing to do, if you wish to give it a try. I have not used actual people or animals on SoulCollage® cards yet, but I incorporated some into the MMSoul Affirmation Card Deck as a personal signature and an ode to special times and people that impacted me in positive ways.
There are no rules to SoulCollage®, so if you feel drawn to using your own art, please do! I can only imagine what kind of energy that adds to a SoulCollage® card.
I struggle daily with the state of our union. I also struggle with my own personal affairs, negative experiences, and unfulfillment. I know I’m not alone. 99% of my Facebook friends are in the same boat, and yet our lives are so different. How is it that so many people from different cultures, income brackets and careers are experiencing the same angst and sadness? Our issues have become that big and that widespread that it’s affecting everyone. No group is immune, not even 99% of privileged white people.
When I feel overwhelmed, and have a minute to myself, I SoulCollage®. I SoulCollage® my anger and sadness, and I SoulCollage® my hopes and dreams. It’s my way of finding a way to live with the negative without being gobbled up by it. It doesn’t make it go away, but it does help me cope. Not only do the cards themselves help, but the process of sitting quietly with images, scissors and glue is meditative and mindful, a stress reliever.
I strongly encourage you to do the same, and to tell others to as well. This is not a sales pitch, it is my true and genuine offer of a compassionate space for you to be yourself and to work through whatever issues may be plaguing you. I look forward to sharing more SoulCollage® with you.
SoulCollage® is Family Friendly, for those who are able to cut and paste, and can handle PG-13 images and discussion. This will vary by individual, and as long as they attend with an adult, they are not only welcome, it's a wonderful thing to experience with a child and for the child. In general the images are not meant to trigger trauma or anything toxic, scary or disturbing, but that can never be guaranteed since all our experiences are so different.
I've done SoulCollage® with my 10 year old nephew and 12 year old nieces and we all had a great time. It was so very special for me. I have to contain my excitement in front of them so they don't freak out and decide they don't want to do it anymore. I was amazed at what they came up with. See examples below.
I've had collagers around the same age as my nephew and nieces attend workshops and they had as rich and valuable an experience as the adults. It's a gift to see SoulCollage® through the eyes of children; to see the magic at such an early age is refreshing and hopeful. So please bring your kids along if you feel they would enjoy SoulCollage® as much as you do. They are welcome!
Megan Menkveld created MMSoul to have a platform from which she could share SoulCollage® and the overall gift of art in order to create balance and wellness for all individuals open to receiving it. This blog is a way to stay in touch and keep the conversation going outside of workshop time. Please visit regularly, comment and share! All are welcome.