About angels, Hildegard teaches the following: The angels surround God in their glowing fire, for they are living light. They do not have wings like birds but are still hovering flames in the power of God.
God is the original living source who sent out the waves. When he spoke the words, ‘Let it be,’ there existed illuminating beings.
Their nature is a glowing burning. They burn from God, who is the root of the fire. Through no other can they be enflamed or extinguished. In love of God this fire burns inextinguishably.
Rupert Sheldrake comments:
Hildegard see fire as the source of the angels, the fire of God. In the context of modern cosmogony, with its primal fireball, this is an amazing image.
He quotes Hildegard: the angels are all about cosmic praise.
Just as sunshine shows the sun, so also angels announce God through their praise, and just as the sun cannot exist without its light, so also the Godhead is nothing without the angels’ praise.
The entire cosmos sang the song of the angels.
In indescribable jubilation the blessed spirits through God’s power exalt the wonders which God works. The song of joy and blessedness rules throughout the heavens.
The Via Positiva is primary in the universe, Hildegard is telling us.
The fire has its flames and it is praise before God. And the wind moves the flames: in order to praise God. And in the voice lives the word: that is also a praise of God. And a voice will be heard. And that also is pure praise for God. Therefore the entire world is praise of God.
Praise is a response to beauty, to grace, to joy. Hildegard is saying that praise lies at the heart of the Godhead. As light is to the sun, praise is to God. Hildegard operates from a cosmological context. Song and praise are coming forth from the entire universe. A cosmic vibration, a cosmic song, cosmic waves, rise.
And Rupert said:
Praise is seen in terms of vibration. Sound is vibratory, flickering flames are vibratory. All nature is vibratory, rhythmic, oscillatory, even down to the heart of the atom. God is vibrating in every creature.
Thus there is music in every creature, for music is vibration.
Adapted from Matthew Fox and Rupert Sheldrake, The Physics of Angels, pp. 134-139.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
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Queries for Contemplation
Do you experience the cosmos, the universe, the “entire world” as praise of God? What follows from that?
The Physics of Angels: Exploring the Realm Where Science & Spirit Meet
By Matthew Fox and Rupert Sheldrake
When was the last time a scientist and a theologian discussed angels together? What are angels? Many people believe in angels, but few can define these enigmatic spirits. Now visionary theologian Matthew Fox and acclaimed biologist Rupert Sheldrake—pioneers in modern religious thinking and scientific theory—launch a groundbreaking exploration into the ancient concept of the angel and restore dignity, meaning, and joy to our time-honored belief in these heavenly beings.