Uncovering inner wisdom through SoulCollage
Sue Kullerd sits at her kitchen table, flipping through magazines in search of photos that make her heart smile. In the background, soft music plays, setting the mood for her creative endeavor.
Around her are dozens of images separated into stacks—pictures of adults, children, animals, wildlife, homes. In a couple of days, she’ll be leading another three-hour SoulCollage workshop, and these photos will provide frameworks for participants’ masterpieces of inner wisdom.
“SoulCollage is not therapy,” says Sue Kullerd, a Georgetown resident, Licensed Professional Counselor, and one of nearly 1,900 SoulCollage facilitators around the world. “Rather, it’s an intuitive collage process that aids in self-discovery and acceptance.”
SoulCollage was developed in the late 1980s by psychotherapist Seena Frost as a way for people to tap into their unconscious wisdom in a fun and nonthreatening environment. The thinking behind the process is that by using images rather than words or text, a person can create a collage that bypasses the analytical, logical, and critical mindset and instead explores the inherently creative inner self.
Each collage takes the form of a 5-by-8-inch card and represents a single aspect of the self or soul, Sue explains. It also begins with a question about the card creator’s life.
“You might be wondering about the next step in your relationship, career, or life journey, [or about] how you can take better care of yourself or how to cope with your grief,” Sue says. “These are all good questions that your logical self may not know how to answer, but your inner, wise self can. . . . Trust yourself and trust the process.”
After creators complete a card, they protect it inside a clear plastic sheath and file it with their ever-growing collection of SoulCollage cards. Over time, regular SoulCollage participants will create a deck consisting of three transpersonal cards—The Source Card, The Soul Essence, and The Witness—and myriad cards grouped in four suits: The Committee Suit (the psychological dimension), the Community Suit (the communal dimension), The Companion Suit (the energetic dimension), and The Council Suit (the spiritual dimension).
While each card represents a single facet of one’s self, a deck represents one’s entire being. The number of cards in a full deck will vary from person to person. To date, Sue is working with a stack of about forty completed cards, while other SoulCollage creators’ decks may hold from a single card to hundreds.
When creators do a reading—that is, interpret a card—they “always put your Source Card in the middle or on the table,” says Sue. “The Source Card represents your connection to The Divine or holiness, so the idea is that The Source is always present.”
Sue holds up one of the first SoulCollage cards she made: an image of a little girl holding brightly colored balloons. At her feet are two small dogs.
“When we make a card, sometimes we’ll name it,” explains Sue. “This is my creative one, from the Council Suit.”
Following SoulCollage guidelines, Sue proceeds to read her card using poetic “I am one who” statements:
“I am one who is creative.
“I am one who loves bright colors.
“I am one who likes to wear outrageous, bright colors.
“I am one who loves her dogs and loves to ride her bike.
“I am one who thinks of how life changes—it can be dark sometimes, but then we can go through changes and transformation and come out a beautiful butterfly.”
Having finished her reading, Sue explains that her guiding question had to do with how she could incorporate more creativity into her spiritual life. Her reading of the card led her to the following answer: To incorporate more creativity, she should look to the beauty of nature and to her two dogs.
“It can feel really awkward the first time you do it, but as you do it more and more, it gets more and more comfortable,” Sue says. “You get comfortable with asking the questions, doing the readings, and journaling what you’ve learned. Over time, you’ll find more and more wisdom from the cards coming your way.”
Though Sue is an avid proponent of self-readings—she’s made a daily practice of reading and recording findings from her own cards—she stresses that readings can be even more powerful if done in a group setting, because SoulCollage workshops permit others to ask open-ended questions to deepen the readers’ understanding.
“It’s important to remember that there’s no right or wrong way to do it,” Sue says. “It’s your own work and your own soul. And it’s a wonderful way to access that.”
“Discover your wisdom,
change your world.”
For more information on SoulCollage®, visit www.soulcollage.com.
To take classes from Sue, visit www.suekullerdlpc.com.