I go through a lot of National Geographic magazines and books, and so I often run across the same images more than once. Sometimes I intentionally cut the same one out twice, sometimes it happens by mistake, and sometimes I’ve used an image for personal SoulCollaging® and then see it again and am glad I can put a copy in the workshop pile. The keychain zombie is an example of that.
I recently and intentionally bought a second copy of Earth from Above 365 because I know it’s been at least a year since I bought it the first time, and it was on sale at Half Price Books, and it has 365 images, a great deal! I’ve also learned that an image may be passed by one day and selected for a card on another depending on the energy and personal situation. I pick out images for myself throughout the image life cycle which means sometimes I’ve passed them by at least three times and all of a sudden it definitely needs to be chosen.
I once asked if participants would feel like they needed an image refresh for a multi-day workshop and the answer was yes and no. Yes, new images are always fun, but no, there are images that either haven’t been seen yet, or may be chosen on day two. And so you may see familiar images now and then, and it’s not de ja vu, it’s the same image again!
For workshops, I try to trim images to be 5 inches or 8 inches in at least one direction when possible, but there are many images that don't fit that mold and are odd-sized, like a background that’s only 7.5 inches tall. If you’re like me and don’t want to see blank card under your SoulCollage®, you either have to pass on the image, or find a creative solution. Here are some examples from my deck of instances where I've "fixed" this problem.
"I am one who has spirit guides."
During share time at the end of SoulCollage® with Megan Menkveld workshops I get to see lots of different spirit guides that have shown up for their creators. To hear the interpretations, personal stories, and messages, and to see the variety of shapes and appearances of the spirit guides, the emotion in the creator's face, and the validating response of the group, make it impossible not to believe in spirit guides and the ability that SoulCollage® has to give them life.
The example above is one of many that has revealed itself to me. The shaman-music healer and white heron are a team. The bird is my Earthly contact to the deep magic that is the shaman-music healer. I find it calming and comforting and that's what their messages often convey.
Come find your spirit guides at a SoulCollage® with Megan Menkveld workshop, or on your own, through SoulCollage®. It has exceeded what I thought possible over and over again.
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.