The late Father Bede Griffiths believed that the East has much to teach the West about regaining a balance of masculine-feminine, yang-yin energies.

“Портрет о. Беды Гриффитса ” (Father Bede Griffiths, OSB CAM) Image by Maria Zakharova. Wikimedia Commons.

The suppression of women in the Church is but one of the many signs of this masculine domination… Reason has to be ‘married’ to intuition; it has to learn to surrender itself for the deeper intuitions of the spirit. These intuitions come…from the presence of the Spirit in the depths of the soul.

Hildegard takes us beyond the domination of the rational masculine, even while she praises the use of rationality and intellect. She takes us to a place where the Divine Feminine is welcomed once again.

Hildegard ascribes the work of creation to a woman named Love, thus advancing the biblical teaching that Wisdom (who is feminine) was present at creation.  Hear her out:

“Saint Sophia” by Eileen McGuckin [Public domain] Wikimedia Commons

I heard a voice speaking to me: ‘The young woman whom you see is Love. She has her tent in eternity… It was love which was the source of this creation in the beginning when God said: ‘Let it be!’ And it was. As though in the blinking of an eye, the whole creation was formed through love. The young woman is radiant in such a clear, lightning-like brilliance of countenance that you can’t fully look at her… She holds the sun and moon in her right hand and embraces them tenderly… The whole of creation calls this maiden ‘Lady.’ For it was from her that all of creation proceeded, since Love was the first. She made everything… Love was in eternity and brought forth, in the beginning of all holiness, all creatures without any admixture of evil. Adam and Eve as well were produced by love from the pure nature of the Earth.

Adapted from Matthew Fox, Hildegard of Bingen, a Saint for Our Times: Unleashing Her Power in the 21st Century, pp. 111f.

To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.

Banner Image: Detail, The Church, the Bride of Christ and Mother of the Faithful in Baptism. Illustration to Scivias II.3, fol. 51r from the 20th-century facsimile of the Rupertsberg manuscript, c. 1165–1180. Wikimedia Commons.

Queries for Contemplation

Is this news to you that a woman named Love “made everything” and “all creatures without any admixture of evil?”  This news is brought to you by Hildegard, a recently canonized saint and declared doctor of the Christian Church.  What follows from that?

Recommended Reading

Hildegard of Bingen, A Saint for Our Times: Unleashing Her Power in the 21st Century

Matthew Fox writes in Hildegard of Bingen about this amazing woman and what we can learn from her.
In an era when women were marginalized, Hildegard was an outspoken, controversial figure. Yet so visionary was her insight that she was sought out by kings, popes, abbots, and bishops for advice.
“This book gives strong, sterling, and unvarnished evidence that everything – everything – we ourselves become will affect what women after us may also become….This is a truly marvelous, useful, profound, and creative book.” ~~ Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism.

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6 thoughts on “Hildegard’s Surprising News”

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    In today’s DM, and through the words of Hildegard… I found myself drawn to one of her visionary paintings, that being the Saphire Man. As I meditated on both Hildegards words and this visionary painting, I saw how the Cosmic Christ embodies the sun and the moon that she speaks of, as the Lady whom is Divine Love and what she holds in her right hand… that which She offers to give of Herself, to each one is us all… just as She has given this to Christ… whom embodied this within his humanity.

    Continously She holds out this same sun and moon… and all that this is, was, and ever shall be… to each one of us, as a gift given… that we too might embody this within our humanity, and hold them tenderly as a precious blessing.

    The sun and the moon and the mystery of these and their deeper truths, are what She desires to reveal and make known… for they are eternal and universal. I feel compelled to contemplate and meditate more deeply on these visionary words and this visionary image… longing to learn how to hold them tenderly within myself… to listen to what She desires to reveal and make known to me, of Her precious gifts given.

    1. Richard Reich-Kuykendall
      Richard Reich-Kuykendall

      Jeanette, such a beautiful comment! I too am drawn to Hildegard’s painting of the Sapphire Man, but each of her paintings speak to me of the different things she taught. Her self portrait in what Matthew calls, “Hildegard’s Awakening” shows me the descent of the Spirit upon her, then there is the “Egg of the Universe” and “Cultivating the Cosmic Tree” which speak to me of cosmology, there is “The Cosmic Wheel” and “The Human as Microcosm of the Macrocosm” speak to me of the Cosmic Christ, and who I would choose as “The Man in Sapphire Blue’s” partner, would be “Sophia: Mother Wisdom, Mother Church.” And there are even more paintings! For me the sun represents all that is done under the sun, while the moon represents all that is done inside us…

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    I have to go deeper into the concepts of balance, feminine-masculine, as per reading about Hilkdegarde. I am inclined to explore into convergence of those creational forces, reflection of the one into the other and viceversa, unity to gather disgregation and splitting apart, bringin in together together and mirroring the mysteries of creation and welcomed darkness.

    1. Richard Reich-Kuykendall
      Richard Reich-Kuykendall

      Enrique, the Divine Feminine and the Sacred Masculine do mirror each other–both the similarities and where they are complimentary…

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    Our Loving Creator — Mother & Father — Divine Feminine & Sacred Masculine
    Living Eternal Values from their Loving, Creative Relationship in the Cosmos:
    Divine Love-Creation/Creativity-Truth-Wisdom-Peace-Justice-Joy-Beauty-Loving Oneness….
    How Beautiful and exciting that God-Dess wants to share Her-His Divine Love/Wisdom/Goodness with All of Her-His Creation in the Cosmos, especially our human creation with the capacity for Being this Loving Cosmic Oneness/Consciousness and Co-creators, Eternally….

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