When I look at images of Lady Mary, I see my always-suffering mother in her. The woman, who tried so hard to please everyone that she forgot about herself. Lessons to be learned are that I take responsibility for my own happiness, but still see what is going on in the world - without mistrust, guilt or anger.
We are all connected and interdependent. We are humans with the same human history and quest; we have dreams and hopes for our future, and we want the best for our families… Change will come, when we see that we are all responsible for what is happening in the world (climate change, war, terrorism, politicians like Trump… ). This starts today, with each of us healing the wounds of our own individual history, breaking free from our chains, and taking responsibility for our own happiness. Then we can stand up and speak, encourage others and share our resources with them.
My “Modern Madonna” gives us the clearest and most inspiring picture. Holding her bleeding heart, which presents the sadness and sorrow in her life, she is healing and turns it into joy. She has a deep spiritual relation to all – to humanity as represented in ourselves, in the family, the community, and our nation. She is going from virginal, motherly, obedient to independent, matriarch and revolutionary.