“Heaven was opened and a fiery light of exceeding brilliance came and permeated my whole brain and inflamed my whole heart and my whole breast…”
Hildegard von Bingen
PART 1 – Medieval Polymath: Writer, Composer, Doctor, Philosopher, Mystic & Visionary
She writes, composes, and creates works so profound and so important that the whole world takes notice and she’s able to ascend to a position of great importance, both inside and outside of the Church. What does she do with this immense power? And how does she accumulate it in the first place? Well, you’ll have to listen to find out!
PART 2 – Visions, Madness, or Machinations?
Were Hildegard’s visions real? If so how did she know they were from God? How did this fact change the course of her life and propel her to unimaginable heights, especially for a woman, a NUN, in the medieval times? And then what did Hildegard do with this great power accorded to her?! Well, you’ll have to listen to find out!
“From my early childhood, before my bones, nerves, and veins were fully strengthened, I have always seen this vision in my soul, even to the present time when I am more than seventy years old. In this vision my soul, as God would have it, rises up high into the vault of heaven and into the changing sky and spreads itself out among different peoples, although they are far away from me in distant lands and places. And because I see them this way in my soul, I observe them in accord with the shifting of clouds and other created things. I do not hear them with my outward ears, nor do I perceive them by the thoughts of my own heart or by any combination of my five senses, but in my soul alone, while my outward eyes are open. So I have never fallen prey to ecstasy in the visions, but I see them wide awake, day and night. And I am constantly fettered by sickness, and often in the grip of pain so intense that it threatens to kill me, but God has sustained me until now. The light which I see thus is not spatial, but it is far, far brighter than a cloud which carries the sun. I can measure neither height, nor length, nor breadth in it; and I call it “the reflection of the living Light.” And as the sun, the moon, and the stars appear in water, so writings, sermons, virtues, and certain human actions take form for me and gleam.”