Who is she, I asked Maria. My husband Fred and I were at Maria's studio during our visit to Belize. We had made a special trip to see her work. Maria gazed into my eyes and asked: You don't recognize her?
Not answering, I carefully studied the statue--an old woman with a serpent headdress, wearing a skirt decorated with crossbones, and carrying an upside-down water vessel
She spoke to me, I finally said.
You're a healer, Maria said.
I'm a psychologist who sees herself as a seeker.
Healer and seeker are the same. Both want to heal themselves, Maria replied. Both want to heal the world.
Can I hold her? In response, Maria placed the statue in my hands. As I caressed the figure, Maria looked lovingly: She is IxChel, the Maya goddess of healing, medicine, and midwifery. She is our Mother.
I had gone to Maria's place to see her sculptures. But I found much more than art.