What Does Soul’s Collage Reveal?

soul collage ~ d nelson

Visiting a creative friend
who offered us an art project,
she calls soul collage.
Cut out some images,
which somehow
speak to us,
from any of those
assorted magazines.
Glue them on a board
without thinking much
of the story why.
So I did.

Now there it is, up there.
Something about a journey
on water & land.
Looking for a home
and being real close,
after sailing & climbing.
If only it were possible to fly.
Accepting where I’m at
with kind patience.
A home in the heart.

I could think
about it some more
or better yet
I can go out paddling;
bye friends!

What do you think?

Manifestation means its constituents have always been here in some form, and now, since conditions are sufficient, it is capable of manifesting itself as a flower. When things have manifested, we commonly say they are born, but in fact, they are not. When conditions are no longer sufficient and the flower ceases to manifest, we say the flower has died, but that is not correct either. Its constituents have merely transformed themselves into other elements, like compost and soul. ~Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ


59 thoughts on “What Does Soul’s Collage Reveal?

  1. Michael

    I think it’s great, David! The cut-outs give the house and the lattice a surreal aspect, as if they technically couldn’t be there if the mandates of gravity, time and space were rigorously adhered to, and yet they are. They’re not only there, but right where they belong. They seem to fit perfectly into the space. It kind of reminds me that our individual paths to peace make use of the images in our lives in a similar way– they’re just where we need them, but when we look at them too closely as they are what is real, we find they’re also empty images. Their seeming reality is what we use like rungs of a ladder to move beyond image. This whole piece speaks to me about what is beyond the images… A delightful collage of soul!


    1. smilecalm Post author

      Thank you dear JoAnn for your
      spot on observation & analysis!
      Hopefully I’m not
      fearing heights!
      Have fun making
      & discussing with friends
      as I did 🙂

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for seeing the fun, Sonnische!
      wonderful how old magazines, calendars and such
      can be artistic reflections
      or tarot cards
      of the heart 🙂

    1. smilecalm Post author

      Thanks Hariod for keeping perspective
      of my happy art project!
      At the moment it was spontaneously made
      it was fun.
      Could mean many things now
      or not 🙂

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for your kind words, Susan!
      likely guidance for creating soul collage
      can be found on the web.
      wonderful creative expression
      while exploring light & dark shadows.
      sharing in pairs offers deep reflection time 🙂

  2. Brook

    I love the vibrant colors and the calm water supporting your ladder, surrounded by the choppier water. I think you’re wonderful, and yes, definitely go paddling!

  3. francisguenette

    I am such a fan of collage and often used it with children and clients and whole classes of university students. You would double over laughing at the looks on those students’ faces when they come in the class and I’m spreading out layers of cut-out magazine pics on tables and handing out paper and glue sticks, scissors and smelly-felts and telling them to get working. But afterwards, the feedback was always amazing. Collage can be a powerful form of therapy because it works at that subconscious level and it is so easily accessible to those who fear ‘art’ and say they can’t draw or paint etc. As a counsellor, I often did collages to help me ponder where I was at with a client when things seemed stuck and also as a researcher in the process of a qualitative project to help uncover hidden biases. I love the art of collage. And yours is beautiful.

    1. smilecalm Post author

      how wonderful you’re a collage expert, francis!
      glad you understand the scissors glue,
      aesthetics, therapeutics, analysis, transformation and all.
      for me it was being a little creative (in a way i don’t usually do) along with a dozen others. thank you for thinking mine is beautiful! maybe another one will appear during my blogging lifetime 🙂

  4. John Coleman

    That is one beautiful collage, brother. Seriously. If you’re half as vibrant as that, you must glow. (How’s that for a compliment? When’s the last time you were accused of being “vibrant”? Peace, John

  5. ShethP

    What a captivating soul collage you have put together! Definitely seems like an enlightening, must-try activity. 🙂


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