The title page of my copy of this book is signed by Suzi Gablik. There was no mention of this detail when I bought the book online and I can't help but admit that its presence felt like an immediate affirmation. Gablik begins this autobiography with a narrative about Tom, one that allows your mind to follow the basic tropes of any romantic relationship, but what becomes the meat and intrigue of this book is how Gablik leads the reader into paths of unpredictable yet sincere ventures of what it means to lead a spiritual life.
"This book tells the story of how an encounter with the divine feminine has happened in my life. Not as a single anomalous occurrence, but as a complex of enigmatic and beguiling experiences suggesting a pattern with an apparent purpose that is often beyond my reckoning, and seems to come out of a place there's no explaining."
The book plays out very much like this quote, as a series of complex experiences. Any given vignette will be rich with information about art history, a necessary moral, or a quote that brings the reader to the outside looking in. In many cases, a vignette will feature all three of these descriptions.
"We tend to think of life as being unpredictable and random, rather like the weather, a chain of unconnected experiences flowing like an arrow through time. A closer look has convinced me that life is more like an ecosystem than a linear equation: all the parts are interconnected."
Gablik makes evidence of this statement from her own life. In one example, Gablik receives a phone call from her insurance company telling her that a rug she owned and was forgotten away in storage had been destroyed in a fire. This left her with a surprise check, allowing her to fund a trip to Europe where she was able to live with and work on a novel about Magritte. This particular trip led to many other experiences, all of which sharing the same origin, an unannounced phone call about a destroyed rug. This notion of interconnectedness is beautiful, that life delivers a small event that somehow is capable of changing the scope of your existence. It can be as insignificant as a single email, a phone call, or a message left in the dark.
By the end of the novel, your less concerned over the relationship with Tom, Gablik's soul satisfying stories are relatable and full of meaning. There is much more to delve into about the divine feminine, its basic notion is one of denying the aggressive and dominating characteristics of the Western world. I would love a recommendation for a book exactly about the divine feminine.
It was this quote by Gablik that left it's biggest mark, a quote that embodies a mode of existing successfully, one that requires letting go of ego, and embracing unknown processes.
"Let go of the consciousness of disappointment. Release your belief in the promise unfulfilled. Sacrifice the need to know, and trust the invisible processes that are at work. Develop a mind that can work with whatever happens. Allow everything to be all right as it is and simply remain true to the quest. When you learn to stop struggling and do nothing, everything is possible."