As a child, Marcia Fountain Blacklidge made a little sanctuary for herself in a cupboard at the end of the hall. She used it to hide from her father, a WW2 veteran and survivor of the boarding school system for Native Americans. Marcia’s dad suffered violent post traumatic stress.
In her refuge Marcia relished reading, but not the kind you would associate with little girls. In the heavy piles of books she toted home from the library, she discovered a slender volume: stories of imprisoned and murdered women, artists, poets, musicians, histories from the Holocaust which conveyed the same haunted sadness she could see in her father.
Instead of contracting from these terrible tales, Marcia was broken open. Deeply empathic, she found the books’ spirits coming to life. They ‘popped off the pages and sat down’ to share.
At the time Marcia herself suffered from profound and unexplained physical pain. Now the child was also holding, feeling, viscerally processing the fiery anguish of the women in the book and, by association, the heart of darkness which surrounded her dad.
This encounter forged great power.
One day Marcia confronted her father in one of his fugue states. Stepping in on an altercation, she offered to take on whatever he could dole out and she offered him unconditional love. He suddenly saw his demon. He was healed.
Marcia was also healed.
After a long career as a psychotherapist, teacher and writer Marcia, a grandmother, is carving out new territory. She is an artist who pays tribute to the courageous and creative women she’s met in spirit. Her gorgeous work in sculpture, painting, glass, asks us to honour the sacrifices, power and beauty of women the world over and, in doing so, open the possibility for transformation, healing and light, the rising feminine.
Marcia, Niben Noden Quay ‘healing breeze of summer woman,’ is a medicine woman. Her authority, her vision of healing for the world, is impeccable. It is an inspiring song of love.
White Shell Woman, by Marcia Fountain Blacklidge
This figure was carved from Manzanita wood using power tools. Manzanita wood has 8 naturally occurring colours ranging from off white to a deep purple red. White Shell Woman represents a feminine Indian spiritual leader. The jar of water she carries signifies her comfort and presence in both the mundane and spiritual realms. Water from her jar if accepted, wills all the tears of suffering to blossom into fruitful clarity. Without such help, the danger of turning tears of suffering into suffocating mud abounds. She is a guide to wholeness in spirit and in practice. She points the way to all aspects of the creative process and encourages us on this sacred path.
About Monica Renée Duncan
A periodical writer for over three decades, she is a new contributor to 3rdimagazine.
“I’ve had many spontaneous and unusual encounters with the divine. For that reason, I have a passionate belief in the power and capacity of the human spirit to evolve. But every new level we attain begins with a first step, the recognition that we need guidance and help. The universe provides, when we ask.”