Emily Carr , a revered Canadian Artist, lived from 1871 to 1945. Her paintings are finally loved today. They weren’t appreciated while she was alive. After she was gone, we woke up and even named an Art School after her: Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
Emily did not have an easy life. She had a variety of friends, but she was private. She loved one man who shunned and rejected her; then she rejected another man who loved her. Although the latter gent married another woman, each Christmas for many years, he sent Emily a pressed flower. She spent a lot of time alone, but was seldom lonely.
Emily never married. She didn’t seem to belong in any particular niche. Even when she was studying with other artists in San Francisco, England or Europe, she felt like an outsider because she could not appreciate their subject material. At home in British Columbia, however, she loved the solitude of the Canadian West Coast Rain Forests. Amongst her beloved trees, her passions rose and fought the betrayal of an unappreciative public.
One note in her diary describes her approach to painting:
“A picture is not a collection of portrayed objects nor is it a certain effect of light and shade nor is it a souvenir of a place nor a sentimental reminder, nor is it a show of colour nor a magnificence of form, nor yet is it anything seeable for sayable. It is a glimpse of God interpreted by the soul.“
Though I will never be in a league even close to Emily Carr, those words cause me to shout, “Yes, Emily! I understand!” Dammit, I do!
But…am I capable of writing stories that are a glimpse of God?
Hi my Guides. I just listened to the video of the Yogi Master who received a very strong message from his spirit guide “Jupiter” about not keeping his promise to be silent. The spirit guide even threatened to drop him as a student. The Yogi made the video to proclaim his commitment. He put out the word asking his followers to keep every Thursday silent. Or at least some part of Thursday.
An important factor in our connection is the many hours of silence that you keep daily.
At times I consider that I am in silence too much…I may start listening to my own counsel!
We appreciate your concern, but we find there is less complexity and confusion because you do practice the discipline of silence.
The past two days I tried to get my camera to download onto my computer. It has not been peaceful in my brain.
Yes we are aware that it is a challenging place when frustration increases.
My dear Guides, do you have any wisdom to share about my writing? I want it to be a glimpse of God, too.
At times we tell stories on you. This is because the story contains the message. You are welcome to pick it up from our introduction.
To me, it does not matter. But, today, I want to mention my sadness about Emily Carr’s life. She really painted to show us God. What terrible loneliness to think that no one else saw God in her work. Did anyone else, while she was alive, see the life she painted into her pieces?
She knew that spirit did and would shine through.
And to me, that spirit shines through her life story. Her vibrancy and vitality is very real to me. Can I be assured that she is aware that her life has a very significant influence today?
We understand how her life work and story has touched your heart. We understand that you would prefer that she had known some fame and glory while she was still on earth. However, great contribution rises out of the stories of her struggles. She remained true to herself and trusted in the work of the Divine Spirit.
It would be good to think there was at least a small stretch of time where she didn’t have to worry about money. She gave up painting for 10 years to run a boarding house.
As much as those factors are of considerable import to human beings, this person Emily had evolved significantly outside of those earthly shackles.
So you are suggesting that this essence spotlights her incredible soul. And she did remain true to that essence. She maintained her desire to provide glimpses of God in spite of being overlooked and underpaid. I have to remember that holding steady and true to that ‘light’ is more important than being recognized. She never caved in to the ‘going trends’ that would have brought in cash.
Look at her message so masterfully unspoken. The significant truth in her art is readily available to anyone who wants to see. Consider what she gave in her paintings and her books. When love is given, God is remembered. When spirit is felt in an image, God is remembered. When an image or a view elicits any feeling, God is remembered.
This is one of those times when less is more. Emily, you did it. And any more said would merely be reductionism. Thank you, my wise ones.