The process of self-discovery means something different to everyone. To some people, it means moments of prayer, to others, discovering oneself may happen through taking a test, revealing their potential purpose in life. However, for those who enjoy creating and conversation, attending a SoulCollage® session with Connie Hazeltine may answer all of life’s question.
Defined by the SoulCollage® website (soulcollage.com), “SoulCollage® [which was created by Seena Frost,] is a creative and satisfying collage process. You make your own deck of cards – each collage card representing one aspect of your personality or Soul. Use the cards intuitively to answer life’s questions and participate in self-discovery. Joyfully deepen your understanding of the relationships between your personality parts, you and your family/community/world, and you and your dreams, symbols, and Spirit.”
After reading the description of SoulCollage®, and also reading through Connie’s blog (conniehazeltine.com), I decided to embark on my own personal journey of self-discovery. Each session is held at Connie’s home, and costs $40. Light refreshments and supplies (glue, boards, magazine pictures, scissors, mats, rotary blades, etcetera) are included for the three-hour collage session. “Seeing her house is worth the $40 alone,” says Jessica Comp-Lewis, who joined me in collaging that evening. It is true. Connie’s house is warm, inviting, and vibrant, with little details of “do-it-yourself” projects. Her home inspires you; it makes you want to be creative.
After dining on some lovely refreshments, we (myself and five others, including Connie) were asked to go around to the piles of magazine photos and choose three “people pictures” which we were drawn to. Little did we know, this was almost like an ice breaker for everyone; it was a way to get to know our individual personalities. We sat down at the table and chose one of our photos, describing ourselves with it one at a time.
Connie introduced herself and showed us her special box of collage cards which she has created throughout the years. She gave us a few simple guidelines for the creative period before we got started: There are principles, not rules. Try to avoid using words on your cards as words set a definitive meaning and feel for the card in its entirety (which you want to avoid). Acknowledge, don’t supress. Don’t glue until you’re really ready. You can work on three cards at a time, or use the hour to work on just one.
And so we began. Choosing backgrounds, faces, animals, plants, insects, and objects, we sat down to begin working. Some of us stood up to switch out our magazine snippets, or to see what other pictures spoke to us. We snipped, and glued, and smoothed out our plethora of photos onto the cards provided. We did this for an hour, mostly silent but chatting every once in a while as we concentrated on the composition of our collages.
When we were finally finished, we went around the table and, speaking to our card, asked questions. The questions are supposed to reveal a deeper meaning within the collage than what’s on the surface. We were asked not to go into describing the thoughts we had during the collage process, as we may get completely different ideas and feelings out of our cards once the questions were asked.
Each of us, looking at our collage, asked the questions: “Who are you and what do you have to give me? What do you want from me? How will I remember?” We were asked to answer the questions in a specific manner which delves deep into the soul, seemingly pulling out very deep answers. We felt connected as a group as we each went through the process.
“What happens in SoulCollage® stays in SoulCollage®,” we said over and over again throughout the evening.
SoulCollage® is a safe place to discover oneself. It shows respect for others and helps you honor yourself in a way that is different than taking a walk while praying, or taking a multiple-choice test from a book. If you would like to book a session with Connie Hazeltine, you can either attend one of her sessions on third Fridays at her house from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., or you can contact her on Facebook.
Bring your friends, your family, your partner and discover your truest inner self.