Day 23: SoulCollage® I am one who …

Yesterday I mentioned the SoulCollage® exercise: “I am one who …” (IAOW).

So I thought I would say a bit more about it today.

The audio is a little info-incomplete, so I’ve written some directions below too!


SoulCollage® is a tool for self-discovery.

The SoulCollage® process was created by Seena Frost.

Doing readings with SoulCollage® cards is a brilliant way of tapping in to your own intuition and getting insights or answers in any area that is important to you.

The IAOW exercise:

Choose an image.  It does not have to be a Tarot or angel card. If you’re drawn to the image it can be a greetings card. You could use a photograph from a magazine, or even a favourite painting.

Look at one part of the image you’ve chosen – just select one area to focus on.  It could be a person, an animal, an object or even a landscape.

Begin with the words “I am one who . . . ” and speak as though you were that person, animal, object or landscape.  What would you (it) say?

If words don’t come easily, say what you see.  Don’t overthink it, just let the words flow.

You could record yourself speaking and listen back to it.  Or write it down if you prefer.

Pauses are fine.

Let yourself pause.  In the silence you will suddenly notice something about the image and the words will come.

If nothing comes to you, then simply say what you see.

Example:

  • I am one who is sitting down (if they are)
  • I am one who is smiling (if they are)

If you think before you speak you will stop yourself, because you’ll think it sounds stupid. It isn’t.

Allow yourself to say what comes to mind. Because when you read or listen back to your words, you will likely get some great insights.

The words that you thought were silly, might prove very meaningful to you and provide the clarity you seek.

I chose two cards at random today to demonstrate the ‘I am one who’ exercise.  This is the first:

Judgement (Tarot) card

SoulCollage

Tarot: Judgement

SoulCollage® cards are not Tarot cards

But you can create cards for anything you want to represent, in your own personal SoulCollage® deck. Tarot’s major arcana cards were something I wanted in mine.

Judgement card: I am one who …

The Phoenix: I am one who is made of bright burning fire.  Fire is my friend.  I am one who is rising up from the ashes, creating new shapes as my energies dance and twirl.

Sun burst:  I am one who shines my rays of warmth and light in all directions.  I provide light and heat to enable seedlings to grow.

Woman in cauldron: I am bursting forth from the egg. I am rising from the cauldron of bubbling ideas.  I am surrounded by my colourful eggs of different colours and patterns.  I am excited about my eggs.

The Cauldron: I am one who percolates over the creative fire.  I am the pot that bubbles and cooks and nourishes you.  I am strong and stable. I will not fall over but will keep your eggs, ideas and other treasures safe – until you are ready to eat.

For me, this reading is about my creativity and new creative projects.

And it is also about other things.

But remember, you do not have to share the meaning you gain from your card readings and the IAOW insights.

You do not have to share everything – or anything.

I love the SoulCollage® process.  I love the clarity and insights it brings.  If it speaks to you, I hope you try the IAOW.  You never know what you might gain 🙂


Below is the second card I chose at random

I didn’t talk about this SoulCollage® card in the audio.  So if you want to try the IAOW exercise with this card, you can.

Of course, you can do the IAOW with your own chosen image instead.

Blue Angel SoulCollage card

SoulCollage card: Blue Angel

Blue Angel:

I call this card Blue Angel because she is all in blue – and the roof of the lantern behind looks like her wings.

What this card means to me

Blue Angel is a strong woman, on every level: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

See her big hammer for smashing through blocks!

She is happy and capable. A ‘can-do’ person that everyone wants on their team.  She loves her work.

I know this card well.

But I tried to look at it with fresh eyes as I did the IAOW.  Didn’t quite manage it, but hey ho!

These are the IAOWs I got today for Blue Angel:

I am one who holds a big heavy hammer and wears a strong belt around my waste.  (I misspelt waist – this could be significant!)

I am one with the lantern at my back.  I am supported.  My muscular arms can easily wield this heavy hammer.

I am one who is smiling.  I am one who is resting a while.

It’s heavy work but I’m happy.

 


This 30 day Blog Anything project has been heavy work – but I’m happy. Looking forward to a brief rest after day 30!

That’s it for today.  If you had a go at IAOW I hope you had fun – and some brilliant insights.

 

 

 

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Day 22: Septimus and Gran

My Hero

Yesterday I shared that Septimus is the hero’s name in the fiction book I’m writing – Sep for short.  I also shared that the book’s working title is Septimus and Gran.

Originally it was called Septimus’s Gran – but that really did not trip off the tongue.

What’s the genre of your story?

Spiritual/metaphysical.

It’s based on real life – so, contemporary, fact-based fiction, with a metaphysical twist.

Who is the book for? – what readers are you aiming towards?

Do we ever really know? Exactly who will want to read it is a mystery, but I can feel them. Almost, as though I know my readers already, in my heart.

Initially I thought I was writing a children’s book. But I now realise it’s not that.  It’s more Adult/Young Adult. But not any old adult/young adult.

As Sep says in his letter to the reader:

“. . . another thing is, you probably won’t want to share this book with everyone you know. 

Mainly because everyone won’t understand.  If you do tell them, they may say you’re crazy, or weird.  Just like they told me. 

But I’m not.”

What’s the story about?

I’ve tried pretty hard to nail the back-cover blurb, in the same way you try to nail an elevator pitch.

I realise a brief summary, just a sentence or two is needed. And I have written a blurb – but is it right yet? I’m still not sure.

When I’m trying to explain the book – to anyone who asks me – I can tell if I haven’t got my elevator pitch quite right yet – when their eyes glaze over.

Septimus and Gran

But there is a tool I have used in the writing of this book.  I think it’s a tool I developed or learned through doing SoulCollage work using the ‘I am one who…’ process.

In the same way that I become, or speak from, the image in one of my SoulCollage cards, I can also ask my book’s hero questions and let him answer.

After all, Sep is the author of the book, the teller of the story.  So I thought I would let Sep himself tell me what his book is about.

So I made an audio, but I’m not ready to share it yet.  I was going to.  But asked a trusted friend’s advice who frankly thought it was too weird for most people.

My book is not aimed toward ‘most people.’

In the audio I ask Sep the question:  Septimus, what’s the book about?  I then answer from his point of view.

Of course, it’s all coming from my mouth with my voice, but I’m acting the role – I have to play the part. In this case, the part of Sep, the young boy.

Doing this kind of exercise is fun and often surprising.  Usually I do it through writing.  I ask Sep a question, pause, and then write the answer I get.

But sometimes I create an audio – and it’s a little weird to hear this process on audio.  Especially when I am more or less channelling this 12 or 13 year old boy!

Maybe I’ll share the audio in the future?  I hope I have the courage.

Sending much love to you today, and I’m so happy to have finally shared Septimus with you.

 

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Day 21: The Book – Time to Reveal

surprise reveal

Ta da!

A little audio today about the book I’m writing – where I reveal the name of my hero – the book’s protagonist.

It’s a fairly short audio and I also explain where I got the name from.

And now (at last!) I can use the book’s working title, instead of just saying The Book.

Tomorrow I’ll tell you a little bit more about the book itself.

And hopefully this is the last time I call the book – The Book.

Have a great rest of the day!

 

 

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Day 20: Two-four-six-eight who do we Appreciate

Day 20 of the 30-day Blog Anything project

I was thinking about going to a local café to work on this post.  Maybe try out several cafes in the area and then review them.

Day 20: who do we appreciate Perhaps I could make it a regular thing to blog about? I could take into account things like the café’s suitability as a writing space. Their coffee – and cake! Friendly staff etc.

But then I realised that how I find the places I visit, depends very much on my mood as I enter them.  My expectations and perceptions.  My own mood and the lens through which I view the world is key.  Everything I see is viewed through my own personal preferences.

A lively, busy café may have a Good Atmosphere for one person. That same person may also consider a quiet, underpopulated place as Deadsville. It depends what you’re wanting from the space.

So, I decided not to become a local café reviewer, except perhaps for myself.

I’ve watched too many MasterChef judges to know that tastes differ – wildly at times. What one critic considers delicious, another may find vile.

Plus, I’ve never much liked the name Critic.  Don’t Critics criticise?  And on MasterChef they most certainly do sometimes, don’t they?

I think the word Critic should be replaced with the word Appreciator.

AppreciateAs an Appreciator, we’re more likely to find what we like about things, people and places, instead of things we don’t like.

The good thing is, when we appreciate, we find more and more to appreciate (about whatever we’re appreciating.)

As Abraham-Hicks would say: “Whatever you focus on gets bigger.”

If you find one fault, before you know it, you’ll have found lots of things to find fault with (along the lines of “. . . AND another thing …”)

Okay, I know, some things are just yuk.  You don’t need to force yourself to like cabbage if you hate cabbage.  But maybe one day you’ll love cabbage?  It was that way for me with Brussel Sprouts …

The next paragraph is paraphrased from something I heard on an Abraham-Hicks audio:

Take someone who you are finding fault with, and find all the things you can admire or appreciate about them.  Then, take someone you love, and find all the things you can to criticise about them.  Then watch the person you love and the person you don’t love, change places, right before your eyes.

In other words, if you find things to criticise, even the person you’re madly in love with will become irritating in your eyes.  “Why have I never noticed that about you before?”

If you find things to appreciate about them, the person you don’t love will appear in a brighter light.  “Hey, they’re not so bad after all.  I guess I misjudged them.”

Personally, I would not try finding fault with someone you love, even to play this game. But by all means find everything you can, to love and appreciate about them.

And it might be fun to play with finding good stuff about the person you don’t like – or are finding fault with.  Just to see if things change.

But you have to play the game properly.  You have to play it like you mean it.  Or don’t play.

“So what do I do?  What do I do about this thing that’s in my face?!”

Take your face away.  That doesn’t mean walking away or leaving, but sometimes it helps.

It means take your focus away.  Stop talking about it.  Stop noticing it.  Stop ranting about it.  Get your ipod in your ears and dance.  Get down the plot and plant something.  Water it, nurture it, love it and watch it grow.

And if you don’t know what on earth I’m talking about today – don’t ask me.  It’s just something I don’t want, so I’m not going to talk about it.  Because if I do, it’ll get bigger.

So instead, I’m going to focus on what I love about the people I love and … maybe even those other ones too.  Why?  Because it feels so much better than hating them.

Sending you much Love and Appreciation.  I love you.

(Happy Dance – cue Pharrell.)

 

 

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