We have spent the better part of the past two weeks meditating on a marvelous new painting by Alex Grey which he calls a “homage to viriditas,” where he links up with Hildegard of Bingen and her teachings about greening power or viriditas

“The Green Hand,” a painting by Alex Grey in homage to Hildegard’s concept of Viriditas. Published with permission.

In his painting Alex connects eyes with hands and all of it with greening power.

Greening power is another word for the Holy Spirit at work in humans; it names our souls when they are alive and doing good work; and grace, our passing grace on to others; and creativity.  In so many ways, this is the work of the artist whether the artist be painter or film maker, musician or poet, dancer or mechanic, writer or sculptor, etc.

It is also the work of authentic politics, the search for implementing the common good.  For standing up to injustice whether it be wars against Mother Earth or against one another, whether wars of ecocide or genocide.  What are the solutions to war?  The arts of true diplomacy?

Peacemaking is an act of greening power including hands, hearts and eyes that see differently and reach out to build structures of justice that make peace possible. 

The Physics of Angels: Exploring the Realm Where Science & Spirit Meet by Matthew Fox and Rupert Sheldrake.

In Monday’s DM we meditated on the role of eyes, especially multiple eyes called heterotopic eyes which are visible in several of Hildegard’s paintings and Alex’s current painting. 

In another painting Alex depicts multiple eyes. British scientist Rupert Sheldrake and I chose that painting for the cover of the most recent edition of our book, Physics of Angels.  Hildegard’s teachings on angels play a prominent role in that book.

In yesterday’s DM, we considered the “angel’s wings” we find in Hildegard’s teachings and Grey’s recent painting.  In our book on angels, Rupert and I discuss how angels are an integral part of the creative process whether we are speaking of the universe at work or human creativity.  Aquinas says angels are experts at intuition—thus they assist us when our intuitive or mystical brains are activated.

See Matthew Fox, Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet. 

And Matthew Fox and Rupert Sheldrake, The Physics of Angels: Exploring the Realm Where Science & Spirit Meet

Also see Matthew Fox, Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen.

Banner Image: Hand-made Hamsa amulets in an Israeli market represent divine healing and protection in Jewish, Muslim, and Christian tradition. Photo by Brian Hendrick on Flickr.

Queries for Contemplation

Might the multiple eyes of Alex’s painting on the cover of  The Physics of Angels represent seeing the world differently?  Can those who lend us a bigger picture, including cosmologists and angels, lead us into a bigger view and a new perspective by which to engage with our lives and struggles on Earth?   And new creativity and moral imagination for dealing with the same?

Recommended Reading

Creativity: Where the Divine and Human Meet

Because creativity is the key to both our genius and beauty as a species but also to our capacity for evil, we need to teach creativity and to teach ways of steering this God-like power in directions that promote love of life (biophilia) and not love of death (necrophilia). Pushing well beyond the bounds of conventional Christian doctrine, Fox’s focus on creativity attempts nothing less than to shape a new ethic.
“Matt Fox is a pilgrim who seeks a path into the church of tomorrow.  Countless numbers will be happy to follow his lead.” –Bishop John Shelby Spong, author, Rescuing the Bible from FundamentalismLiving in Sin

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.

Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen

An introduction to the life and work of Hildegard of Bingen, Illuminations reveals the life and teachings of one of the greatest female artists and intellectuals of the Western Mystical Tradition.  At the age of 42, she began to have visions; these were captured as 36 illuminations–24 of which are recorded in this book along with her commentaries on them.
“If one person deserves credit for the great Hildegard renaissance in our time, it is Matthew Fox.”  – Dr Mary Ford-Grabowsky, author of Sacred Voices.

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4 thoughts on “Greening Power, Peace, Creativity, Angels”

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    Your and Sheldrake’s book, “Physics of Angels,” is among the many spiritual individuals, artists, psychics, mediums/channelers, mystics, prophets, scientists, authors, and organizations the last few decades that are reminding and informing us of the PRESENCE and importance of the spiritual guides/angels from the spiritual realms and within Us that are part of our spiritual journeys on Our personal and collective transformations and evolution with-in Our Beloved SOURCE~CO-CREATOR SPIRIT of LOVING DIVERSE ONENESS in Our Beautiful EVOLVING SACRED multidimensional-multiverse COSMOS, including Our Beautiful Sacred Mother Earth and all Her living creatures and graceful abundance… COSMIC CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS….

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    Left Physical Eye, sees objectively, right sees subjectively.

    3rd Eye, sees Spirit world, through introspection/intuition.

    4th, is 2 eyes in 1, Heart & Animal eye. Heart Eye (female) in heart sees truth/untruth, thru clarity and intuition. Animal Eye (male) in back of neck, sees reality of danger, thru instinct.

    5th Shadow Dream Eye, at crown of head, works with 2 physical eyes and is our Shideh Eyes. When it works in combination with 3rd Eye we see thru our Hokkshidey. Using these 4 eyes together we bear the gift of enlightenment with access to memory/lives/images/patterns.

    6th, in palm of left hand, Hand of Heart, sees the Spirit of the original design of what it touches.

    7th, in palm of right hand, Hand of Mind, sees the dream/intent of what it touches. Together the 6th & 7th eyes are called the Hand Eyes of Death/Change/Transformation, activated thru healing/laying on of hands.

    8th, Karma Eye, in left foot, sees images of body memory & memory held within Grandmother Earth.

    9th, Aura Eye, in right foot, sees design of energy/movement, thru our priorities, choices & decisions. Together 8th & 9th eyes are the Dream Walk Eyes.

    10th, Soul Vine or Great Spirit Eye, in naval, sees interconnection to all things within the everything; seeing both light & dark, with equal intensity.

    All eyes work with element of Fire/Spirit. This is the Divine potential within our human form.

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    Justice to me means to see the unseen, the ignored and the invisible, marginalized and silenced, the oppressed, the exploited and the most vulnerable. Justice calls us to see these among us, even within ourselves, and to bring out the hidden abuses to the light, speak the truth and empower them to speak their truth in their own terms. We must not look away, and we must remember those who suffer without being seen. God sees all and brings to justice every single aspect and incident and event of injustice, despite the time that it has been hidden. Not one mark of pain is overlooked or forgotten, not one suffering soul unseen.

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