Contemplative Craft gives us the opportunity to connect on a level that moves beyond the spoken word. The meditative nature of these practices opens the heart and frees the mind. They provide space for shifts in perspective and the release of limiting beliefs.
Since the mid-1970’s Guided Autobiography (GAB) has been a method for helping people document their life stories. Researched and developed by Dr. James Birrin, participants are led through themes and priming questions that evoke memories of events once known but filed away and seemingly forgotten.
Writing and sharing our life stories with others is an ideal way to find new meaning in life and to put life events into perspective. Each week we bring to class a two-page story based on that week’s theme. As we share our stories we begin to share a deep connection with one another as we gain a greater appreciation for our own lives and the lives of other.
GAB is a powerful catalyst for improved self-esteem, self-confidence and communication within our communities and our families.
I’ve experienced these benefits first hand when I had the opportunity to study with Cheryl Svensson, Ph.D. Currently the Director of the Birren Center, Dr. Svensson worked with Dr. Birrin for twenty years and co-wrote Writing Your Legacy: The Step-by-Step Guide to Crafting Your Life Story.
From their website: “SoulCollage® is an expressive arts practice done individually or in community. Founded by Seena B. Frost, the method develops creativity and intuition, encourages self-discovery, and provides personal guidance.
SoulCollage® meets you wherever you are on this journey called life. You don’t have to be an artist to make SoulCollage® cards. Anyone can create and enjoy this powerful practice.”
I found Seena Frost’s SoulCollage® during a tumble down an internet rabbit hole a few years ago. The process held deep resonance for me and six months later I was a SoulCollage® facilitator. What I love most about SoulCollage® is how it forces us to release control and to trust our intuition. I love how SoulCollage® is available to everyone – there is no wrong in SoulCollage® – only right. Finally, I love the way the cards gently reveal long buried truths we’ve forgotten.