This is one of three Transpersonal Cards, as they are called in SoulCollage®. They are silent cards, unlike all the others, and sit outside the regular deck. For the Witness, I’m going directly to SoulCollage® creator Seena Frost to describe, which even she says is difficult to do! “The Witness… draws us up to higher and higher consciousness, towards the capacity to see the play of our inner parts… The Witness sees without judgment.” Totally clear now, right?!
This card represents my interpretation of Witness. There is no one right interpretation. Animals tend to show up on most of my SoulCollage® cards, and one of my favorite observer animals is the llama or alpaca, they are hard for me to differentiate. When they jumped onto my Witness card, I was not surprised, and can now picture those creatures calmly, but vigilantly, seriously, but with humor, keeping watch over me as a whole, and all the parts that make up that whole, and then psychically relaying data to/from Source and SoulEssence, the other two Transpersonal cards.
At SoulCollage® with Megan Menkveld workshops, you are free to make as many SoulCollage® cards as want to be made, within the time frame. There are always more cards available. A general best practice when SoulCollaging® is to not overload cards. While there is no set number of images that should go on a card, and of course it varies with each image and each card, I recommend spreading it out, maybe even make a card series if you find you have a lot of images wanting to be together.
The same applies to overloading cards with ideas. If you want to collage about peace, love, and harmony, I would make three cards not one. I’ve used SoulCollage® to help sort through negative emotions, and as I started sorting through images one day, I realized there was a difference between sad, mad and what I call “smad," so that became multiple cards. SoulCollage® is the forest and the trees, but since we all know we can’t see the forest for the trees, make a card for the forest and each tree so you can see it all, separately and together.
SoulCollage® with Megan Menkveld introductory 2-hour card-making workshops are just the beginning of SoulCollage®. If you want to dig deeper, you can! I recommend buying the book, available through me for a discount, or on the SoulCollage® website. SoulCollage® can include Transpersonal Cards, one of which is the Source card (along with Witness and SoulEssence). The transpersonal cards are not used in card readings, and do not get “I am one who…” statements. They are simply there to represent our existence in the universe.
This is my Source card. When I showed it to my mom, she asked me, “What do you mean by ‘Source?’” She's a Christian, so I said it’s like God, or Creator, or the “force,” for Star Wars followers. It’s nature and science and magic. It’s where we and everything came from.
My Source card is about 4 years old and I’ve never felt the need to make a new one, same with my Witness and SoulEssence cards, both will be featured in future blog posts. It still has strong energy for me, and it represents everything I imagine Source to be. What does/will your Source card look like?
Like millions of other Americans, I’ve suffered from burn-out. I’d worked in the corporate world for about 15 years, moved across the country, then got divorced, and I just couldn’t handle the stress, politics and drama of office life anymore. My priorities changed quickly as I started purging negativity from my life as fast as possible, including the toxic workplace. My break from paycheck work was longer than I thought. I wanted to re-gain my physical and mental health before going back, which takes time, but before going bankrupt.
My issue with paycheck work is not the work, it’s usually the job. I like accounting and managing, what I'm educated and trained to do, and I care a lot about healthcare finance, my specialty. For a long time I wanted to help inform healthcare policy in America, but my personality is not compatible with that, but I am still working in the field trying to make the process as efficient as possible, one clinic at a time!
I’ve had numerous work executives complain about their financial position and accounting results. One even asked if I thought it would be misleading to report the losses I was calculating. No! It would be misleading not to! I care about reporting accurate data, for decision making, for information, and most importantly for myself. I'm also a Taurus, so I may be pre-disposed to stubborness on this and other issues.
One day, instead of complaining about this all the time, I decided to SoulCollage® about it, and have been ever since. I like to remember what’s important and enjoyable to me about my paycheck job(s). In addition, the cards help me set healthy boundaries. Everything that I want to be part of my work goes on cards, so anything that’s not on them is not welcome in my workspace. I’m better able to identify toxicity before it becomes overwhelmingly stressful to me, and thus be able to take corrective action. SoulCollage® has truly helped me a lot with handling paycheck work and office jobs. It could help you, too!
I SoulCollage® whenever I need to, and since I have everything I need at home, I often do it by myself. An added bonus to being a facilitator, besides my general love of sharing SoulCollage®, is that I get to SoulCollage® with others! It’s a different experience when there’s quiet, supportive energy in the room that’s not my own. I hope participants – you!- don’t mind me collaging with you. SoulCollaging® with others means everyone gets new ideas, shares out loud, and feels connected. I can identify with almost every card that other people make, and with their story, when they share. We are so connected, and it’s important to know that we are not alone, so not alone.
Doing it with family, kids and partners can enhance existing relationships. I love to see both young and adult kids with their parents doing art together and then sharing so personally. My mom, who lives in Michigan, came to one of my workshops when she was visiting. I never get to see her craft or hear her share personal feelings in that way, she’s usually in mom mode, not in self-care mode. That was a special day.
So invite others to SoulCollage® with you, even at home. Put on some tea and music, cut up some magazines, and be semi-social. It’s quality, quiet time.
With light comes shadow, the darker, more hidden parts of the world and ourselves. It’s one of the concepts SoulCollage® teaches and challenges us to examine. It’s what happens when light is blocked. We cannot ignore shadow, but instead can embrace it and its affects on us, and if there’s too much shadow, if it’s weighing us down and preventing us from seeing the light, then maybe it’s time to SoulCollage® about it.
It’s important to note that shadow is not the same as toxic negativity, which is something we do not SoulCollage® about. There’s no place for that in our decks, but there is ample room for loving, productive, emotional growth through understanding our sad, angry and frustrated emotions. What does your intuition have to say? What voices need to be heard to heal? SoulCollage® is an excellent way to find out.
The general (non)rule to making SoulCollage® cards is not to put too much on one card. First, the physical size of the card is limiting, and it can be frustrating to try putting too much in a small space. Second, voices get lost when there’s too many speaking at the same time, so separate them! Maybe you’ll come up with card “series,” several cards on a theme that’s been needing your attention.
Everyone starts with two cards at a SoulCollage® with Megan Menkveld workshop, but more are always available in a stack that participants are free to take from while at the workshop. I always want you to feel free to collage whatever needs to be collaged, even when it’s many cards.
This is a blog about SoulCollage® magic. I made the SoulCollage® card above with the cool tree and portals before I started looking for my next place to live, which I knew would not be in Seattle, but still close. I ended up in Tacoma, and when I looked in the backyard of what became my next rental house, the tree was there! I couldn’t help by take it as a sign.
The real-life tree in my yard has many nooks and crannies where other plant and animal life live, actual portals to other sources of life, and my dogs love playing under it. They bring all their sticks and toys to it, and now Jack is enjoying the heavy summer branches that he can leap for. Hope also digs trenches along the root system. That fascinates me. What’s in or by those thick, long roots? The neighbor kids have noticed the branches reach so far, we actually share the tree. We sure do! It’s very special.
It’s also very validating to know that I’m where I’m supposed to be. Thanks, SoulCollage®!
Part of basic SoulCollage® is journaling the “I am one who…” (IAOW) statement for each card, but you’ll also get a card reading question at SoulCollage® with Megan Menkveld workshops which is different than the IAOW statement. They are different, and here’s how!
IAOW is written once, typically, when you create the card. Of course, it can change, and you can continue dating and journaling, but generally, it’s a blank slate for you to state what that card says about you at the time the card comes together.
Card reading, on the other hand, happens whenever you draw that card in the future, and it tells you about you, rather than you telling it, as in the IAOW statement. It’s like asking a question to a pet, and then intuiting their answer, “How are you today, puppy?” and it says, through you, “I can’t wait to play outside!” You spoke for the puppy, but it was the one who answered. It’s also about a specific topic, the subject of the card reading question, rather than a blank slate.
For example, with the card above, it was created on March 1, 2018, and I wrote, “I am one who takes the plunge.” It’s about being brave, bold and hopeful. All good and helpful. Then I drew it today while contemplating the card reading question, “What do I need to feel physically better?” and it said, “Take the plunge! Into nature, water, listen to waves, breath ocean air while you move and stretch your body,” which is not at all what I was thinking when I made it, but when I asked, it answered me partially with what I’d said initially and went on from there.
Both are important, fun, and effective ways to use your SoulCollage® cards. Even if you don’t journal the IAOW statement right away, I always encourage their creators to do it eventually. I also encourage people to draw cards for inspiration, affirmation, problem solving, and card reading! Seena Frost, the creator of SoulCollage®, used to say making cards and not reading them is like making a meal and not eating it. That would be a shame.
My first card – that brings back memories, good and bad. I was on a girls’ weekend with two former best friends who, a couple years later, became toxic people. It’s been said that people come into your life for a reason, and one of those people was apparently meant to introduce me to SoulCollage® so that I would have the right tool in my box for when things fell apart with those friendships!
But back to the card – when I look at that card today, I smile because 1) It has words on it and I rarely put words on my SoulCollage® cards, and 2) It still has active energy. My designs and layouts have changed (improved ?), I think, but it still describes parts of me that I wanted to bring forward, years ago, and what’s still important to me now. I’m proud of how far I’ve come since then. SoulCollage® has changed my life because it’s taught me how to change it, starting one card at a time. Good job, me.
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.