Lady Blue’s Dreams

The Lady in Blue was a mystic Spanish nun named Sor Maria de Jesus de Agreda who in the XVII century bi-located from Agreda, a little town in Soria, Spain to New Mexico and the Southwest.

In 1620 in her cold cell of a cloister in northeast Spain, she was trembling after having had another ecstatic experience. She said she travelled far away carried by two angels and visited a land full of people who lived in stone houses and wore little clothing. She described their tattoos and weapons. Her stories of these “out of body” trips excited the other nuns in the convent, her confessor and the townspeople.

The Inquisition went to New Mexico to investigate the “miracle” and when Fray Alonso de Benavides interviewed the natives they claimed to have been visited by “a beautiful, mysterious young woman dressed in blue” who had healed them, brought them gifts and told them not to be worried. And all in a language that they could understand even though she never uttered a word out loud.

So began the myth of Lady Blue who bi-located more than 500 times, a story that still circulates in the southwest via popular and scholarly history books as wells as the oral tradition of New Mexico, Texas and Arizona. She belongs to the tradition of mystical women writers like Santa Teresa de Avila, Santa Catalina de Siena, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz.

The Inquisition organized two trials, one in 1635 and the second in 1650, because they thought that bi-location—being in two places at the same time—could only be a sign of sainthood or the Devil’s influence.

Sor Maria wrote The Mystical City of God, a 3,000-page biography of the Virgin Mary based on the revelations of the Virgin herself and many other books including a treatise on geography, which she said was inspired by visions she had during her trances. Her first confessor ordered her to burn the first draft of the book “because writing is not a woman’s work.”

She also became the counsellor of King Phillip the IV. They exchanged more than 600 letters during 22 years. She was also a psychic. Sor Maria told the King that she went to Purgatory to have conversations with his deceased first wife and son. Her body, after more than 340 years in the convent, is still incorrupt.

Recently a Brotherhood was created between the city of Agreda and the State of New Mexico. It is said that nothing can unite two countries more than sharing the same myth.

The myth of Lady Blue represents the blue, feminine, mysterious, soft, generous, healing energy that arrived directly from a cloister in Spain before the arrival of the conquistadores. What happened after that was another story.

We present the story of Lady Blue, combining mystery, humour and perspective. And, as always, bringing the healing energy of open mind and distance.

This play appeals to history buffs, writers, and everyone interested in the development of the Feminine, particularly women’s long journey to have their voices heard. The general public loves this play because it illustrates the myths and history of the Southwest.

It’s structured in several parts. It begins in a Past Lives Therapy session with actors with masks which leads to subsequent scenes with hand puppets in the XVII century: a Convent in Spain, the deserts of New Mexico and in the middle of the Atlantic.

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