Tuesday, January 1, 2013
'mini-retreat on one of my favorite websites, Abbey of the Arts, and followed all the suggestions, but still no word appeared that really resonated with me. So, I tried another tactic...SoulCollage. This is a process that I also learned in an Abbey of the Arts online course. It's basically pulling images, words, colors from print material and making a collage. You let your inner spirit do the choosing; conscious over-thinking spoils the fun.
Armed with four magazines, scissors and a glue stick, I began, but with some reservations. I don't exactly have a great choice of magazines here. What I had was a things-to-do in the Lot tourist mag, a 'Marie Claire' that I bought in a crazy moment of caring about fashion, a 'Town and Country' that I picked up in an airport somewhere desperate for something to read, and a slick 'Santa Barbara' high-end lifestyle magazine that my friend, Marie, sent me. None were really soul and spirit material. Flipping through each one while holding the thought 'give me a word' in my mind, I cut out images, swaths of color, and patterns that appealed to me. On one of the last pages of the last magazine I leafed through, I found an ad for a florist shop. And there was my word: EFFLORESCE. It even came with its own definition: to burst into bloom. There was no doubt in my mind that my word had finally chosen me. What I did doubt, however, was how the images I cut out would go together in a meaningful way. This is the beauty of SoulCollage; it always works. And so did my collage.