A Virgin a Day (6): Let it Be

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom
"Let it be."


Retablos -- tin paintings with religious themes --
are done to as a thank-you note to a saint 
for intervening in people's lives.

For more Virgins, visit Rebecca's A Virgin a Day.

Be sure to read Steven's comment regarding
what Paul McCartney said about the impetus 
for this work.

As for me, I think that when we dream,
there are many image threads woven through them. 
Some people appear as themselves -- Paul's mother,
for example -- and the dream may be taken at 
a very literal level. Other times, people are stand-ins
for archetypes, like the all loving Mother Goddess
who comes to you in dreams to impart 
wisdom and crucial information
that the conscious mind is not absorbing.

From "virgin sightings" both historical and contemporary,
we know that many believe that
Mother Mary comes to them,
speaking words of wisdom,
providing miracles
that the believers themselves
were unwilling to claim as their own.


I think it was another 'mother mary' that helped them to 'let it be'! :-)
deb did it said…
AWESOME post Meri....I simply LOVE this!
steven said…
meri - saints appear in all forms - i am drawn to the tin painting. bonnie's mention about "another mother mary" is correct in terms of the lyrics as paul wrote this in response to a dream about his own mother. PAUL circa-1994: "One night during this tense time I had a dream I saw my mum, who'd been dead ten years or so. And it was great to see her because that's a wonderful thing about dreams, you actually are reunited with that person for a second... In the dream she said, 'It'll be alright.' I'm not sure if she used the words 'Let it be' but that was the gist of her advice, it was 'Don't worry too much, it will turn out okay.' It was such a sweet dream I woke up thinking, 'Oh, it was really great to visit with her again.' I felt very blessed to have that dream." peace. steven
turquoise cro said…
Phew! I was thinking of these lyrics just last night! I didn't know he was speaking of his mother, did YOU?!! I've been dreaming of my mother-in-law and father-in-law who have passed on a lot here lately! I hope they aren't welcoming me to the other side! just yet but it is comforting to dream of them,I loved them very much and they have taught me to be a SWEET mother-in-law I hope!!! hehe Beauty Full post Meri!!
Annie Jeffries said…
Another beautiful and unusual image. So many I am finding with this group. I had not heard of tin paintings as thanks for saintly intervention.

I love this image's rough and simple style. The artist was painting from the heart, not technique.
Anonymous said…
Love this painting; love this song. I had heard that it was about Paul's Mother. Grat post!
eb said…
letting it be
BEautiful Meri
your take always inspires...

xox - eb.
rebecca said…
i am finally home, here
the tin retablos are a favorite of mine. imagine painting your thank you notes. childlike luminousness from a grateful heart whose prayer was answered.

thank you for being here...and comforting me with your beauty.
It is an elegantly simple and warmly beautiful piece of art, heartfelt and gracious. I love it as well. I have always loved this song. I tend to think that these appearances or one's connection with the unconscious or the Self with a capital "S" as Jung used. But I have no absolute information on the subject, and I agree with Steven that saints do appear in all forms. After my mother passed, I was visited many times in dreams and seeming apparitions. I often heard her voice. I don't think this is unusual. I was also visited by a number of birds, and many Native American legends believe that mothers, in particular return to visit as birds. I love that Mary refers to Paul's Mum. I had always heard that it referred to something much less significant. Beautiful post.
Unknown said…
oh Meri,
this post is wonderful...
Mother Mary comes to me...indeed.

let it be

A.Smith said…
Many years ago I spent time in Spain doing a "retiro". The retreat wasn't specifically religious but mostly an exploration of many ways to reach that which appeals to our spirit without need for rules or denominations.

One of the subjects was taught by a very spiritual Egyptian philosoper who spoke about dreams. His definition, which I still use, of the nature of dreams was: "a visit to the conscious ignored". All realities being relative I was truly attracted by the concept and I am still considering the many aspects of dreams. A kaleidoscope of our true understanding of what makes reality perhaps? Or a visit into places that our reality conflicts with thus we are only allowed there in the conscious ignored?

I don't know if Mother Mary comes to me, if she would she would always be welcome.
What I know for certain is that the answer to most problems continues to be: let it be.

Pleasant dreams.
Spadoman said…
Good post Meri... I thought of mentioning "Let It Be" and its references to Mother Mary. I always figured it had to mean something to be mentioned in a song, especially a song by the Beatles, who everyonelistened to. Glad you did it. I love the art work! I've been gone, but will resume Virgin a Day on Tuesday, the 7th day.

bj said…
This is a very impacting post. Thanks for all your pretty words. A GREAT post!

O, and thanks so much for coming by. Please come often.
I am signing up to follow...:)
xo bj

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