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Hildegard of Bingen: Devotions, Prayers and Living Wisdom

Author(s): Mirabai Starr

ISBN13: 9781591796268

Publisher: Veritas

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  • Some call Hildegard of Bingen the original "rebel nun" - a woman of stunning visionary gifts who rose above the restrictions of her time to shape the destiny of Christianity. In Hildegard of Bingen, you are invited to encounter this remarkable woman, who dared to speak out with such strength and purpose that even the twelfth-century Church had to respect her divinely inspired wisdom. Through her writings, musical and lyrical compositions, and compassionate bravery, Hildegard invites you today to a place of stillness where you can clearly hear the inner wisdom that is your birthright.

    Hildegards life gives us a blueprint for taking charge of our own spiritual lives. From her brilliant and iconoclastic writings on the spiritual journey, womens health, and herbal medicine to her courage in urging world rulers to choose peace over war, this enduring heroine shines across the centuries as an example of how to live fearlessly our own limitless radiance.

    ABOUT THE EDITOR

    Mirabai Starr teaches philosophy and world religions at the University of New Mexico, and is the author of new translations of Dark Night of the Soul by John of the Cross and The Interior Castle and The Book of My Life by Teresa of Avila. She lives in Taos.
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    Hildegard of Bingen inhabited that legendary line between genius and madness. Her inner world was a luminous web of visions and voices, scientific breakthroughs, artistic epiphanies, and emotional obsessions. This is a dance that has always intrigued me: the interplay of brokenness and brilliance, that numinous zone where chemical imbalance meets
    spiritual giftedness.
    Halfway through her life, Hildegard finally came to peace with her uncommon mind and spirit. Only then was her true genius able to flower with such potency that her wisdom ripples across nine centuries. In the midst of the equivalent stage of my own lifes journey as I was compiling this collection, I sat at Hildegards feet in awe, alert to the many clues she offers for cultivating an authentic life.
    Hildegards interests and talents were so diverse that it was impossible to fit them into tidy topical compartments. Following the mode of understanding Hildegard herself models, I relied on an ineffable intuition of those themes I felt were most important to her: praising the Creator; claiming our birthright as wisdom beings; navigating the human experience; the wild holiness of Nature; and the feminine face of the Divine.
    Since I do not read German, I drew most of the materials from the translations of others. My friends Devi and Allaudin Matthieu, whose artistic and spiritual collaboration breathes new life into nearly forgotten masterpieces, have composed versions of Hildegards antiphons that resonate with singular clarity and beauty. It is with their kind permission that I present them here.
    When I encountered other, more formal translations, I sometimes adapted them to achieve a more universally inclusive, and therefore more accessible language. A detailed list at the back of the book will guide the reader to each source. The passages in italics represent my own efforts to synthesize into tidy topical compartments. Following the mode of understanding Hildegard herself models, I relied on an ineffable intuition of those themes I felt were most important to her: praising the Creator; claiming our birthright as wisdom beings; navigating the human experience; the wild holiness of Nature; and the feminine face of the Divine.
    Since I do not read German, I drew most of the materials from the translations of others. My friends Devi and Allaudin Matthieu, whose artistic and spiritual collaboration breathes new life into nearly forgotten masterpieces, have composed versions of Hildegards antiphons that resonate with singular clarity and beauty. It is with their kind permission that I present them here.
    When I encountered other, more formal translations, I sometimes adapted them to achieve a more universally inclusive, and therefore more accessible language. A detailed list at the back of the book will guide the reader to each source. The passages in italics represent my own efforts to synthesize and offer some of Hildegards teachings in a more contemporary voice.

    - Mirabai Starr August 2007





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Hildegard of Bingen: Devotions, Prayers and Living Wisdom