Resources to help you heal from overwhelm and restore emotional well-being as a Creative Empath. Some of these I integrate into my work as a coach, others are supportive tools I recommend to help you on your journey through life and business.
In my work as a Creative Empath Wellness Coach, I uniquely integrate both expressive arts and SoulCollage®. I am a trained SoulCollage Facilitator.
SoulCollage® is a powerful creative tool for personal growth and transformation. It involves creating colorful collaged images on 5 x 7 cards that may then be used to extrapolate inner wisdom for life guidance and increased self-awareness. It is considered to be ‘soul-tending’ sacred work.
A SoulCollage® deck is a celebration of the parts of one’s soul & personality and no two decks are alike. This intuitive collage process allows for new insights and personal empowerment as both light and shadow parts of oneself are explored.
It can be a way to improve the communication between your conscious and unconscious mind in order to reveal what needs to be embraced in your transformation journey.
Seena Frost, a psychotherapist with a passion for creativity, personal growth, and spirituality, is the birthmother of SoulCollage®. A SoulCollage® deck has Four Suits to include The Committee Suit, The Community Suit, The Companions Suit, and The Council Suit.
The Committee Suit is that which represents all the inner parts of one’s personality. The Community Suit is one’s ‘supporters and challengers’; those in one’s social world to include people, pets, or various historical individuals who have made an imprint on one’s soul. The Companions Suit is related to the seven chakras and animal totems that emerge from a guided meditation. The Council Suit is all about archetypes that guide one and have an influence on one’s being.
A deck of SoulCollage® cards also has three “Transpersonal Cards” – a Source card that symbolizes the One or the Divine, as well as a Witness and a Soul Essence card.
A SoulCollage® Reading process involves what is called, “I Am One Who” where the person who created the card speaks from the various images addressing and answering this statement (‘I Am One Who….’). Often the card will have a name or a title. The reading can then be used for inner wisdom to address a life question or guidance for a particular circumstance.
I was first introduced to SoulCollage® back in May of 2010 at an art store called University Art in Sacramento, California. The woman, Margaret Sarantis, a SoulCollage® Facilitator, was offering a mini workshop on SoulCollage®.
I really loved the process and making cards as I’ve always gravitated towards collage art. The added bonus was that the process interwove ways to heal, grow, and transform through the imagery created and the SoulCollage® Readings. It is an enlightening and creative process and a way art can be threaded into one’s journey to live radiantly. Discover SoulCollage® today through my Coaching Services.
Tools for Empaths
Dr. Judith Orloff is considered the ‘Godmother of the empath movement’. She is a psychiatrist and a member of the UCLA clinical psychiatric faculty. She has written several books on the topic including The Empath’s Survival Guide and Thriving as an Empath. She also has a deck of cards called ‘The Empath’s Empowerment Deck’.
The Empath’s Self-Care Journal: 52 Weeks of Prompts, Practices, and Positive Affirmations to Help You Thrive by Mishka Clavijo Kimball, MS, LMFT
Self-Care for Empaths: 100 Activities To Help You Relax, Recharge, and Rebalance Your Life by Tanya Carroll Richardson
Empath: A Survival Guide with Practical Strategies for Controlling Your Emotion, Nurturing Your Gift, and Thriving in Life by Ellen J Cure
The Highly Sensitive Person: How To Thrive When The World Overwhelms You by Elaine N Aron, PhD
Group Support & Other Resources
Emotions Anonymous, a 12-Step group for individuals to adopt healthy practices for emotional well-being.
The Highly Sensitive Person Podcast
Simrit Kaur, is a singer/songwriter born in Athens, Greece.
Tina Malia is a visionary musical artist. Her sonic creations span sacred chant, dream pop, and folk music genres.
Enya Patricia Brennan is an Irish singer, songwriter, and musician, known for her pioneering modern Celtic music. Boadicea from The Best of Enya Album
Empath Empowerment Resources https://empathnow.com
Self-Care Strategies for Empaths https://femalemindunleashed.com/self-care-empaths
Expressive Arts Therapy
The Art Therapy Sourcebook by Cathy Malchiodi, MA, ATR
The Creative Connection: Expressive Arts as Healing by Natalie Rogers
Art Heals: How Creativity Cures The Soul by Shaun McNiff
Journal to the Self: Twenty-Two Paths to Personal Growth by Kathleen Adams
The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron
Life, Paint, and Passion: Reclaiming the Magic of Spontaneous Expression by Michele Cassou & Stewart Cubley
www.ieata.org – International Expressive Arts Therapy Association
www.arttherapy.org – American Art Therapy Association
www.soulcollage.com – SoulCollage®
www.michelecassou.com – Michele Cassou’s Intuitive or Process Painting
www.processarts.com – Stewart Cubley’s Process Painting Experience
www.creativejuicesarts.com – Chris Zydel’s Wild Heart Painting (Intuitive Painting)
www.expressiveartworkshops.com – Expressive Arts Workshops with Shelley Klammer
www.creative12steps.blogspot.com – Creative Guide through the 12 Steps
Art Journaling & Mixed Media
The Art Journal Workshop by Traci Bunkers
Art Journals & Creative Healing: Restoring The Spirit Through Self-Expression by Sharon Soneff
Creative Awakenings: Envisioning The Life of Your Dreams Through Art by Sheri Gaynor
Cultivating Your Creative Life by Alena Hennessy
Taking Flight: Inspiration and Techniques to Give Your Creative Spirit Wings by Kelly Rae Roberts
Art Journaling Magazine by Somerset Studios
www.artjournalist.com – Art Journaling