Posts Tagged ‘SoulCollage’

Are you feeding your creative self? Do you believe that creativity is an essential part of your life? Do you give yourself permission to create without guilt?



I believe I am worth the time it takes to create
whatever I feel called to create.
I believe that my work is worthy of its own space,
which is worthy of the name Sacred.
I believe that when I enter this space,
I have the right to work in silence, uninterrupted,
for as long as I choose.
I believe that the moment I open myself to the gifts of the muse,
I open myself to the Source of All Creation
And become One with the Mother of Life Itself.
I believe that my work is joyful, useful and constantly changing,
Flowing through me like a river with no beginning and no end.
I believe that what it is I am called to do will make itself known
when I have made myself ready.
I believe that the time I spend creating my art is as precious
as the time I spend giving to others.
I believe that what truly matters in the making of art
is not what the final piece looks like or sounds like,
not what it is worth or not worth,
but what newness gets added to the universe
in the process of the piece itself becoming.
I believe that I am not alone in my attempts to create,
and that once I begin the work, settle into the strangeness,
the words will take shape, the form find life, and the spirit take fight.
I believe that the Muse gives to me, so does she deserve from me:
faith, mindfulness and enduring commitment.
~ Jan Phillips (2002)

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I am the one who loves myself just as I am

I may be a little quirky but that’s just me

I am the one who loves to surprise

I am the one with many layers

I don’t show them all at once and

I don’t show them all to everyone

Are you one of the lucky ones

I am the one who knows how to have fun

Come along

Do you know how to have fun? Do you accept yourself for who you are? Do you do more than accept yourself? Do you love the way you are?

It isn’t always an easy thing to do. Some of us know instinctively how to do it. Some may take years. And still others never reach that place.

No, that’s not a picture of me. It’s not about the outside, but the inside. Isn’t she someone you would love to spend time with?

Come along.

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Yesterday I made a foray down to Portland, Oregon to participate in a SoulCollage workshop. But that is not the only thing I did. I made a full day of it.

First I decided to surprise a former flute student of mine, my favorite student really. I walked into her shop and she had her back to me. I announced, Christine your old flute teacher is here to see you. She jumped and gave a little scream. We hadn’t seen each other in many years and she is no middle school girl anymore. We had a nice chat in between customers and then I had to get on my way. If you are ever in Portland be sure to visit Living Threads Vintage. She only caries the finest merchandise for both men and women as well as jewelry and decorative items. Tell her Diane sent you.

You can find Living Threads Vintage at 1008 SW Taylor St. Portland, OR 97205 And you might want to visit her blog at www.redhedgingerbread.blogspot.com

The afternoon was filled with new friends and collaging. We spent 3 hours in a lovely woodland setting sharing the experience, creating with paper and glue. Here are 3 cards I made. I haven’t interviewed them yet. Do they speak to you?

On the way home I made a quick side trip to a Tulip Festival. It was getting dark so I only had a short time to enjoy the Wonderful World of Color as Walt Disney would have said. The show garden had rows of single varieties while a field across the street was a riot of yellows, reds, purple and pinks. (Sorry that photos is a bit blurry as a gust of wind came up.) All in all a nice finish to a full day.

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I am the one who builds on the remnants of the ruined past,
The crumbling stone, the dilapidated safe haven that no longer shelters.
I am the one who climbs over the wall to a new beginning.
I am the one who washes myself clean, ready for what I create.
I take refuge in nature and beauty.
I am the one who realigns the stars.

Although it doesn’t seem like it on this snowy, rainy, sleeting day, Spring will be here soon, at least officially here. The frigid cold of winter has purified the land and my soul. Now it is time to plan for the future, take steps to realign the stars and create that which I desire.

The crumbling stones of the past create a new foundation. I do not discard the past but rather use its materials to create. By their destruction they make available new patterns and new opportunities to rebuild something better and brighter. Something that is more useful to me now.

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I’ve just returned from an international tour of a play I have been associated with for several years. Based in fact, this amazing one man play is about the development of a musician from apprentice conductor to a master music director. The teacher or Sorcerer as he is know in the play enables the student/Apprentice to dig deep inside himself, to come out of the comfort box. In doing so the Apprentice exposes his emotions conveying them through the magic of performance into a transformational experience for conductor, musicians and audience. As an artist you must stand emotionally naked before the music, you must become the music. You must leave your comfort box.

Although I have stage managed many performances of this play, Muse of Fire, the venues have allowed me to be self sufficient. This tour with a different city, different venue, different sound and lighting technicians, different technical options every night took me out of my comfort box. I was very nervous about making the necessary instant connections with my colleagues that would create the perfect situation for a successful performance. This was definately out of my comfort box. I am happy to report I successfully stepped out of the box and we had a fantastic tour.

My SoulCollage card The Shy One seems appropriate to this experience. This is what I wrote about her.


I am the shy one, the wall flower happy to stay in the background. I am the one who is second in command but never stands in the spotlight. I am the one who picks up the pieces of other people’s mistakes but doesn’t take credit. I am the one who hides her light afraid that someone may recognize her. I am the one who fears rejection. I am the one who blooms in silence.

If you want to know more visit Muse of Fire

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