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Mothers & Mothering

“The Performer, His Audience, and the Maternal Instinct”

Music as the Maternal Instinct. A mother doesn't lullaby to get love – but to give.

Musicians, in contrast, are yearning to get – from the audience as the mother. Their music a cry for love. Listen to Beethoven – he is desperately seeking, not giving. They all are.

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“The Mother as ‘the First Vision of Light'”

"My first Vision of Light."
– Blake, “To Thomas Butts”

From the root BHA, to shine, light, bright, is derived our epiphany and theophany, and photo.

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“Mummy, I Hardly Knew You”

I was talking to a dentist friend who remarked on my mother across the room that she had dentures, he could tell.

I suddenly realized not only did I not know this about her – but so much else!

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“Zen (and Not)”

Lucien Stryk says of Zen: "to use the fewest … strokes of the brush to express their feelings."

In that case, my paintings – now – are certainly Zen: very few strokes, so many only one.

But, to go further: what feeling to express?

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“The ‘Magical Event’ of My Mother’s Passing”

In my meditation this morning, this was given to me:

It was Magical
to be with my mother
as she passed over.

Magical:
the Awareness
of the Supernatural Power
that ever bound us
– and ever will.

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“All Mothers Want Only to Love”

The psychoanalyst George Frankl stated that
All mothers want only to love
and all children want only to be loved.

To which I would add
All children want only to love.

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“Little Boy Lost – and Found”

On a busy street the little boy has lost his mother. He runs towards one mother – then stops because she’s not her. And then another. And another. Becoming ever more desperate.

And then he sees her and runs to her – arms open, smiling.

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“Grateful Thoughts on Tolstoy’s ‘The Kingdom of God is Within You'”

This is how Tolstoy ends his great philosophical treatise The Kingdom of God is Within You:

“The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity by contributing to the establishment of the kingdom of God, which can only be done by the recognition and profession of the truth by every man [:] ‘… behold, the kingdom of God is within you.’ (Luke XVII. 20, 21.)”

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“The Drum Is Your Mother”

Not only is music associated with The Mother, with our mothers – but especially so is the drum. Marija Gimbutas, drawing on her most extensive analysis of the signs and design patterns that appear repeatedly in the cult objects and painted pottery of Neolithic Europe, writes concerning the Goddess and music about "the intimate relation between the drum and the Goddess."
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“The Pulse, the Mother, Music and Water”

My soul is an enchanted boat.
Which, like a sleeping swan, doth float
Upon the silver waves of thy sweet singing.

– Shelley

The pulse, the mother, music and water. Let's see if we can draw all these together. When we think of the word pulse, words invoking fluidity come to us like blood, flow, and waves. One of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) definitions of pulse is "the rhythmical recurrence of... undulations." It gives this illustrative quotation: "like the pulse of the flowing sea."
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