|Mary outside my bedroom|
Today I invite you to take a walk through my garden of Mary.
|Mary watching over my tomatoes|
Thanks to the vision that Rebecca had three years ago,
we can now participate in twelve days of honouring and
devoting to Mary in all Her many Robes and Ways of Being.
I quote Rebecca's comment here : three years ago i was struck
with the idea of walking towards december honoring mary every
new day until arriving at her feast day. it was a sacred journey,
so much so that the next year i welcomed any and all to join me
. each day grew with intensity and love. i found that i woke thinking mary,
filled my intention all through the day with mary
and she found me in my dreams. the stories and images
that we all shared astounded everyone. and now...the path has begun
again and the love only grows!
As we each share our understanding and experience of Mary
with one another and with others, the Love in ourselves
and in our relationship with ourselves,
with the world and all her creatures, grows.
I was raised in a Reformed Calvinistic Protestant religion
and my roots in both language (Afrikaans) and culture,
are surrounded by austerity and severity.
There is a deep-seated mistrust of Roman Catholicism and especially
Mary in my culture of birth. Children are taught
from a young age that the devotion to Mary is 'paganism'
and not Christian. I no longer follow any organised religion.
Thomas Moore so beautifully describes religion as a part of
the Soul which is expressed in unique and individual ways
of being in love with the Divine and the Divine being in
Love with us - a mystery so profound that no words can ever capture it.
It has become such an important part of my story to inspire
others to open their hearts and their minds to see that we are all the same,
regardless of culture, language, creed or religion.
And that Mary, our eternal Mother, carries us
through sorrow, change, birth and death and that
She is indeed everywhere - we just have to
open our eyes to see, our ears to hear and our hearts to feel.
At first I used to only have my Mary statues in my bedroom,
away from the eyes of others. Some of my young daughter's friends
were forbidden by their parents to come to our house (this is a mere three years ago).
But as they came to understand the deeper meaning of Mary's presence in our lives,
Statues are few and far between here and I bring many back from my travels.
So I started to create art that focuses on Mary,
to fill that need to have her image everywhere.
But when I returned from my pilgrimage to Lourdes,
I felt inspired and guided to create my Mary garden in all earnest.
I added this beautiful statue to my Mary garden.
My art studio and my rooms where
I have small satsang (those who come together to share spiritual truth) open on to Her.
I have seen that where Her image appears, Her energy remains. Where we say Her prayers, She plants some of Her infinite energy. So I surround myself and my home and my family with Mary's presence.
For these very reasons I created Mary's Blessing Seeds : http://pathofdivinelove.blogspot.com/2011/11/marys-blessing-seeds.html
Take my hand and join us in Twelve Days of Mary.
The link to Rebecca's hosting site is here in my sidebar.