Recently, a Facebook post (detailed below) invited Collagers to participate in a project that explores how SoulCollage(R) is used as a creative way to see how others view the environment. As the 45th anniversary of Earth Day 2015 approaches this was a natural extension for me to explore further through the cards in my own deck and as guidance for creating new cards.
Our environment has experienced both wins and losses in our world-community efforts to protect our planet’s natural resources, habitat health, and precious species. We humans are an ever-present presence, ready to protect and fight for the bigger picture of a healthier, sustainable planet in hopes of supporting our own exponential growth. But because there aren’t many eco-systems we have left truly pristine or “untouched,” we have also invaded, manipulated and exploited natural environments at such an accelerated pace, that the evolutionary adaptations of many plants and animals can no longer keep up and species are dying off to extinction. Further, it so often seems like money or our own needs/desires undermine the greater good of what little effort is needed to make a positive impact in protecting our environments.
As you can imagine, these feelings of environmental wins and losses have managed to reveal themselves in my SoulCollage(R) deck in many ways. Some are direct, some a little more abstract. Yet the role of environmentally-themed cards in my deck seem to speak to my desire to protect, balanced with the need to be responsible and focused in our choices in how we protect. Having cards with this underlying theme suggests to me the need to include a Council card that supports the environmental protector or seeker of environmental balance–an archetype Earth Mother card. This is my goal as Earth Day 2015 approaches.
How have your environmental thoughts and ideas revealed themselves in your deck? Please feel welcomed to share your thoughts and SoulCollage(R) cards in the comments 🙂
This post was inspired by fellow Facilitator Jodi Gehr who invites us to explore our environmental views as expressed in our SoulCollage(R) cards. Her daughter is working on a project which offers the opportunity to combine our cards and the environment or our environmental politics. For more details and to participate in her project by sharing your environmentally themed SoulCollage(R) cards, please click here.
4/27/15 UPDATE: Jessica Gehr’s, “Using SoulCollage® to Analyze Thoughts on the Environment” can be read here. Her findings on our environmental views show an interesting trend. Please take a few minutes to see what resulted, and to see some wonderful SoulCollage(R) cards.
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