Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Unleash Your Creativity, May 5th, 3:30-5 pm, Viriditas Home Studio
Tap into Your Soul with David Sharp. May 7th, 7-8:30 pm, FICS Community Offering at the Fox Institute
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
David Sharp performs with the Boulder Chorale, May 19th & 20th at the First United Methodist Church
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

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Dear Viriditas Community,

Doctor of the Soul Group Event: Unleash Your Creativity

The Viriditas Home Studio Tap Temple will be opening its doors to all of you this coming May 5th! David and I are greatly looking forward to the next Doctor of the Soul group event, Unleash Your Creativity. We will be tap dancing, singing and drawing all in one afternoon! We’ll find inspiration from the incredible lives of St. Hildegard, the Nicholas Brothers and M.C. Richards.

Never heard of M.C. Richards? She was an inspiring poet, potter, educator and painter. Check out these words of wisdom from this amazing woman: “Every person is a special kind of artist and every activity is a special art. An artist creates out of the materials of the moment, never again to be duplicated. This is true of the painter, the musician, the dancer, the actor; the teacher; the scientist; the business man; the farmer – it is true of us all, whatever our work, that we are artists so long as we are alive to the concreteness of a moment and do not use it to some other purpose.” – M.C. Richards

M.C. celebrated creativity in all of it forms. Find out more about this amazing woman in my blog post this week: M.C. Richards: An Inspiring Creative Spirit.  

On May 5th, my husband, David Sharp, and I will offer a supportive space for you to explore your creative spirit. We will supply every thing you need including the tap shoes. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Come with a curious mind, open heart, and desire for creative exploration. Register HERE.

You’ll leave feeling empowered and energized to be creative in your life’s journey. As long as we are creating, we keep growing, developing, and evolving, as individuals and as a community.

Join David and me at our Viriditas Home Studio at 800 Zamia Ave. in Boulder on May 5th from 3:30-5 pm for some FUN. Sign-up here. 

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras

In my (soon to be released!) guidebook, How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras, you will learn 7 short Sanskrit mantras using an audio recording and guidance on how to pronounce each mantra. I’ll explain the meaning of each mantra and why the sounds of each have healing potential.

I share below an excerpt from the guidebook of an amazing experience my husband had with the Lakshmi mantra for the throat chakra. David writes:

“Something profound and very unexpected happened to me after the Doctor of the Soul class Jeannine taught in the summer of 2017 that focused on the mantra chant for Lakshmi for the throat chakra. I play the key board for these events.

Lakshmi is associated with the throat chakra. I spend a great deal of my time using my throat as a singer and speaker. I sing with a band called Mass Hipsteria – the hottest horn band in the Denver metro area. We play all of the greatest dance songs from the 60’s to the present day. At 61 years of age, I am the lead male singer of this band. 

As I drove to the performance venue that evening after playing at the Doctor of the Soul event, I began singing in the car, warming up. I noticed that my voice seemed particularly flexible while I was warming up. It was warming up easily. I didn’t really take special notice of it. I just was grateful given the limited time I had before show time. My throat seemed to feel really good, and I appreciated it.

As the band soon opened the show and I began to sing, my voice sounded really good — even to me!”

Your can find out what happened next in this story in the entire guidebook for healing all 7 chakras that will be coming out this Spring! Listen to the Lakshmi mantra for the throat chakra now in my Free Healing Library on the Doctor of the Soul website HERE.

The Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality in Boulder

Mark your calendars. David will be offering a FREE community tap dance event at the Fox Institute. Check it out!

Tap into Your Soul – Free FICS Community Offering
May 7th, 7-8:30 pm

Please join us for this FREE event: 

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity, in a creative community, to acknowledge and share your own gifts, or be inspired to dive into new ones! We will teach you tap steps, and with these tools, we will journey into our hearts to explore and celebrate the human journey, honor its triumphs and challenges, and spark new breakthroughs in the art of living. We will create rhythms, poetry, prayers and praise with our feet, our voices and our bodies, individually and as a group.

We provide the tap shoes! No experience necessary! If you have your own shoes, bring them!

Professor Recommended Scholarships NOW AVAILABLE at the Fox Institute

I’m excited that I’m now able to recommend 3 new students for $550 scholarships for any of the upcoming intensives at the Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder.

Have you been thinking about taking my Hildegard class in May or perhaps the Chanting Wisdom class in July? (Based on registrations thus far, changes have been made to the Fox Institute May offerings. There are going to be two instead of four classes offered. I will be teaching the Art as Meditation: Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs together with the Morning Seminar: Deep Ecology and Theology of the Land.)

I have seen the amazing experiences of our intensives thus far and I would love for you to experience them! Let me know if you want to take advantage of one of the professor recommended scholarships! Just give me a call at 720-308-6782.

Take a look at all of the offerings for the Spring and Summer. I can recommend you for a scholarship for any of these classes, too. If you are interested, CALL ME TODAY!

Learn more about the empowering work of FICS at www.foxinstitute-cs.org.

Well dear ones, I am off now to go down stairs to the Tap Temple and put on my tap shoes. David and I are beginning to work on choreography for the song Arise by Chris Berry. More on this in the months ahead. This morning my golden tap shoes are calling to me. Do join me and David on May 5th. What a powerfully heart-warming program we have planned for you!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS Don’t forget to register ahead of time for a discounted price for the upcoming Doctor of the Soul group session on May 5th to Unleash Your Creativity.


Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Unleash Your Creative Spirit, May 5th, 3:30-5 pm, Viriditas Home Studio
The Mystic Hildegard, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
David Sharp performs with the Boulder Chorale, May 19th & 20th
at the First United Methodist Church
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

Dear Viriditas Community,

It’s Spring and what a wonderful time to…

Unleash Your Creativity

In our next Doctor of the Soul group session, on May 5th, we will once again be finding inspiration in the music of St. Hildegard. In addition, we will also find inspiration in the incredible lives of MC Richards and the Nicholas Brothers.Are you wishing to bring creativity to your life a little more?  You know that tapping into your creative spirit will energize you, but you’re stuck and not sure how to find inspiration?  Or are you curious about how the creative can become part of your spiritual practice?Join me and my husband, David Sharp, and have some fun!  We’ll explore in a few creative areas while we experience and discover in a supportive space.  Relax and enjoy as we

SING
DRAW
TAP DANCE

together, in a creative exploration. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE needed.  Just come with a curious mind, open heart and desire for creative exploration. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing. Sign up here.  

You can discover what calls to you, where your passions lie, what you can engage and take forward in your own life. You’ll leave feeling empowered and energized to be creative in your life’s journey.  Creativity is essential to our health and well being.  As long as we are creating, we keep growing, developing, and evolving, as individuals and as a community.

Creativity is like a refreshing breath of life for us, helping us to thrive.  It feeds us, making us feel invigorated, energized, and alive.  It gives us the gifts of vitality, health and strength.  Sign up for the May 5th class. Join us and Unleash Your Creativity. Purchase your ticket today! 

Curious about how Creativity supports you in your life? Check out my blog post on
5 Ways that Creativity Will Energize Your Life 
 
Fox Institute For Creation Spirituality

I am very excited to send out the following invitation to all of you!

Have you been thinking about taking my Hildegard classes in May or perhaps the
Chanting Wisdom class in July? I have seen the amazing experiences of our Intensives thus far and I want you to experience them! This is a great offer. Consider it and let me know if you want to take advantage of one of three professor recommended scholarships for my classes! Just give me a call at 720 308 6782. Also, take a look at all the offerings for the Spring and Summer. I can recommend you for a scholarship for any of these classes, too. If you are interested, CALL ME TODAY!

Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts presented by the Boulder Chorale

Mark you calendars! My husband, David Sharp, is an inspiration to me as he shares his creative gifts in the world on his journey through life. He recently was invited to bring his tap dancing to a special event with the Boulder Chorale. Check it out:

The Cotton Club Goes to Church with special guests Joslyn Ford-Keel, vocalist, and Dr. David Sharp, tap dancer.

May 19, 2018, 7:30 PM & May 20, 2018, 4 PM
First United Methodist Church
421 Spruce Street, Boulder

Duke Ellington considered his three “Sacred Concerts” from the mid-1960s “the most important thing I have ever done.” While not trying to compose a mass, the concerts have been referred to as Ellington’s attempt to bring the Cotton Club to the church. We will bring our 110 voices, vocalist Joslyn Ford-Keel, tap dancer Dr. David Sharp, and a jazz sextet to this end-of-the-season celebration of one of America’s greatest composers.

In his own words, David says, “I’m 61 years old and still growing. I’m still a powerful instrument for alternative forms of ministry. Spirituality is not confined to set modes and patterns. I see tap dancing as a form of prayer, and I use it to teach people about life and to make peace with the uniqueness that they are.”

You don’t want to miss this extraordinary performance! Let me know if you buy tickets so we can sit together!

I will close with these inspiring words from St. Hildegard:

Invisible life that sustains ALL,
I awaken to life everything
in every waft of air.
The air is life,
greening and blossoming.
The waters flow with life.
The sun is lit with life.
The moon, when waning, is again
Rekindled by the sun,
Waxing with life once more.
The stars shine,
Radiating with life-light.
ALL CREATION IS GIFTED WITH THE ECSTASY OF GOD’S LIGHT.

Come and experience the ecstasy of God’s light with me and David on May 5th!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS Don’t forget to register for my Doctor of the Soul class: Unleash Your Creativity on May 5th, 3:30-5 pm. At my Viriditas Home Studio on 800 Zamia Ave. in Boulder. Sign up here. 

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Healing with St. Hildegard, May 5th, 3:30-5 pm, Viriditas Home Studio
The Mystic Hildegard, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

Dear Viriditas Community,

Learning is a JOY in itself

I have felt such joy in recent weeks as I prepare for the St. Hildegard classes I am teaching. I am learning so much more about St. Hildegard and how to incorporate her Wisdom into my life in recent weeks. One of the gifts of teaching something more than once is we get to fine-tune things as we go along. This has been true of St. Hildegard’s recipes. As many of you know, I am a huge fan of her Joy Cookies. I recently made them again for the Healing With St. Hildegardgroup sessions and tweaked the recipe to make it more healthy substituting cane sugar with coconut sugar. Mmmmm….and the sweet fragrances of the healing spices (nutmeg, cinnamon and clove) always sooth and strengthen my being when I make them. 

If you would like to soak in some of this joy and strength, join me at my Viriditas Home Studio at 800 Zamia Avenue in Boulder for the Healing With St. Hildegard sessions. What are your creative dreams? Would you like some support to make them happen? Join us on the first Saturday of each month from 3:30-5 pm. Sign-up here. Dates for the upcoming sessions are: May 5th, June 2nd, July 7th. You can also join me at the Fox Institute in Boulder for a whole week of St. Hildegard classes in May! (see below for details).

Also check out my latest blog: “One Step at a Time … Yes, You Can” to get inspiration and strength to bring those things your intuition tells you to bring out into the world – to benefit the health and wellbeing of others.

One of my dear friends, Carol Bennington is bringing her amazing healing gifts out into the world. Carol has been using and teaching others about flower essences for two decades. She is a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner (BFRP) and one of a dozen Bach International Education Program (BIEP) Instructors in the United States, the courses approved by the Bach Centre in the UK. She teaches their introductory and advanced courses. AND she recently moved to Boulder! Check out her flyer. If I were not getting ready to teach my St. Hildegard classes, I would be in her class.

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras 
The mantras that I share in the audios in my Free Healing Library are sung in the language of Sanskrit. Sanskrit is considered a divine language – a language of the gods. Its spiritual light shines through its sound and form.

It’s said that Sanskrit was given to the ancient Rishis (sages) and spoken by the enlightened beings of that time who passed the language to their students.

The word, Sanskrit, actually means “well or completely formed, purified, refined, polished.” The meaning of each letter in the Sanskrit alphabet is created by its sound and is considered a bija, or seed mantra. The effect of the mantra depends on proper pronunciation of the sound.

Today, we can still use Sanskrit to connect with the Divine. The sound vibration of Sanskrit can bring balance to the seven chakras, remove negativities from the mind, and bring healing to the physical body.

While chanting a Sanskrit mantra, your body relaxes and your mind becomes calm. Your head and your heart connect to your body. Energy flows to the process of restoring of your body, mind, and health back to wholeness. Back to balance which is our natural state.

Join me in chanting a mantra for the root chakra. You can access it by joining my Free Healing Library  Here are the words in Sanskrit:

Om gung ga-nay-shah-ya na-ma-ha

You may want to put the recording on your iPhone and listen to it during the day, whenever you feel any fears come up. Feel free to contact me if you want to do this and don’t know how. I will send you instructions or walk you through how to do it on the phone. Before bed, listen to it one more time and be sure NOT to chant along (or you may not be able to sleep). Allow Divine Presence to dissolve any fears you are holding.

In my guidebook, How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras, you will learn 7 short Sanskrit mantras using an audio recording and guidance on how to pronounce each mantra. I’ll explain the meaning of each mantra and why the sounds of each have healing potential.

Each mantra can remind us that we are already whole, as part of the Divine.  Each one supports us in returning to the state of wholeness, of balance.

The entire guidebook for healing all 7 chakras through the chanting of mantras will be coming out this Spring!

 The Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder

Don’t miss out on this SPECIAL EVENT at the Fox Institute  –

“Thomas Merton: A Prophet for Our Times”
An Evening with Rev. Matthew Fox

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was one of the great spiritual writers and mystic-prophets of the twentieth century. From the time of his conversion at the shrine of the Black Madonna in Cuba in 1940 to his untimely martyrdom in Bangkok for opposing the war in Vietnam in 1968, his spirituality evolved profoundly. He journeyed deeply from being very much a dualistic monk from 1940-1957 to being a prophetic leader leading out a creation spirituality path under the influence of Zen master D.T. Suzuki and Meister Eckhart beginning in 1958.

Monday, April 16th, 7:00 to 8:30 PM, First Congregational Church of Boulder

Tickets start at $15 and are available through EventBrite here or on the Fox Institute Facebook page here . 

Also Join us for “Inner Greening and Growing,” an inspiring Intensive at the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality May 14-18, 2018

Seminar: Deep Ecology and Theology of the Land taught by Marvin Anderson, PhD

There is no greater challenge facing humanity—indeed, no greater issue of justice—than climate change. This class will equip students with a constructive analysis and hopeful response to climate change and the ecological crisis by way of two complementary philosophical and theological worldviews: deep ecology and theology of the land. Drawing on Creation Spirituality and the biblical, ecofeminist, Native North American, African-American, and agrarian paradigms in particular, students will be challenged to find ways to identify with and enter into the “pain and suffering of the land.” They will reflect on how significant events or personal traumatic experiences of environmental and/or agricultural degradation have: 1) triggered their crisis of faith and/or environmental conscience, and 2) called them as leaders to work on behalf of earth healing and environmental justice in their own local communities.

*This course fulfills the Contemporary Issues Student (see below)

Seminar: The Mystic Hildegard taught by Jeannine Goode-Allen, DMin 

This course begins with an immersion in St. Hildegard’s Journey through the Senses, an exhibit that shows the life and work of this powerful mystic. Students will also read and discuss the content of the very first biography written about St. Hildegard in the twelfth century. Students will then explore St. Hildegard’s theological writings and illuminations as well as her medical texts. Some of St. Hildegard’s remedies will be available for sampling. The class will then take a look at St. Hildegard’s relationship with her world and key people in her life. The class will conclude with an exploration of how students can use St. Hildegard as an inspiration in their own lives.

Art as Meditation: Nature Writing  taught by Susan Coppage Evans, DMin

Through a process of listening and responding, students will participate in writing exercises that deepen their relationship with nature and build a repertoire of expression that facilitates mindfulness, interconnection and increased awareness. Listening to readings from nature writers and poets such as Terry Tempest Williams, Mary Oliver, Scott Russell Sanders, Edward Abby and others, responding to elements of nature itself, and listening to one’s own voice and experience will facilitate one’s own creative writing and personal explorations.

Art as Meditation: Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs taught by Jeannine Goode-Allen, DMin

In this course we will use reading, music, guided imagery, St. Hildegard’s Illuminations and Healing Remedies as well as movement, to create a meditative connection with St. Hildegard and her life’s work. In this space of deep connection, students will access their deepest creative selves and from this space they will express their souls in a variety of artistic mediums: water color painting, drawing, singing, movement, journaling and finally constructing their own model buildings using a whole variety of materials (i.e. popsicle sticks, clay, feathers, paper, ornaments, miniature toys, to name just a few!). As the students share the creative process as well as their creations with each other during the week we will be forming a very intimate community of creative powerhouses!

Individuals can take this Intensive either as a degree student or lifelong learners enhancing their professional and personal lives through continuing education.

Individuals need to apply to FICS before registering for an Intensive. To apply, please visit HERE.

To learn more about the Intensive and to register, please visit HERE.
Course Cost: $1,750. UCS alumni receive 40% discount.

Also, Introductory-Opportunity is a category and opportunity for persons to attend ONE Intensive for a half day (first half: Body Prayer and Seminar classes) to explore what FICS is like in part. This is a one-time only experience which can be taken with any Intensive. The cost of Intro-Op is $550.

*Contemporary Issues Student offers an opportunity for the community at large to attend any seminar that fulfills the Crucial Contemporary Issues requirement for a half day at a reduced fee.

Learn more about the important work of FICS at www.foxinstitute-cs.org.

In closing, I have saved a true gem of inspiration. Here is one of David’s Sharpettes! Commit it to memory and say it to yourself daily.

Joy
Love’s greatest gift; Light of the soul
Like rainbows, twinkling stars and laughing tears.

Here’s hoping there are rainbows, twinkling stars and laughing tears filling your days. Come to one of my St. Hildegard classes and you will receive even more JOY!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS The next Healing With St. Hildegard will be on Saturday, May 7th from 3:30 -5:00 pm. Buy your ticket now!

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Healing with St. Hildegard, April 7th & May 5th, 3:30-5 pm, Viriditas Home Studio
The Mystic Hildegard, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

 

Dear Viriditas Community,

I am in the midst of rereading The Personal Correspondence of Hildegard of Bingen: Selected Letters with an Introduction and Commentary by Joseph L. Baird. Last night I was reading a letter written by Volmar, St. Hildegard’s life long secretary and friend. He writes:

“ When that time comes (when we will no longer see you with our fleshly eyes), our grief and woe will surpass the joy we now feel. Who then will give answers to all who seek to understand their condition? Who will provide fresh interpretations of the Scriptures? Who then will utter songs never heard before and give voice to that unheard language? Who will deliver new and unheard-of sermons on feast days? Who then will give revelations about the spirits of the departed? Who will offer revelations of things past, present, and future? Who will expound the nature of creation in all its diversity? We know that God’s grace has bestowed these capacities upon you along with a sweet and humble character and a heart that pours out maternal affection on all around you.”

As many of you know, connecting with the power, love and wisdom of St. Hildegard has transformed my life. I have healed physical ailments, regained access to my creativity as I sing, paint, tap dance, write and explore how to use today’s technology for good in the world. I will be sharing what I have learned in a new series of Healing With St. Hildegard group sessions, starting this coming Saturday, April 7th from 3:30 to 5:00.  I invite you to sign-up for the SPECIAL OFFER for the whole Healing with St. Hildegard series of classes. Four classes for the price of 3 if you sign-up before my first class on April 7th!  Sign up here.

Learn more about the power and courage of this incredible woman from the 12th century who can inspire all of us. I invite you to watch scene 2 from my performance Feathers On The Breath Of God. In this scene I tell the story of the first half of St. Hildegard’s life. Click here to watch the video. ENJOY!

Don’t miss this opportunity to join together in a supportive community as you follow the calling of your Higher Self on life’s journey. As St. Hildegard wrote, become a “….feather on the breath of God.”  Purchase your ticket for Saturday’s session NOW! Click here. 

St. Hildegard persevered and overcame many obstacles in her life in order to follow her divine calling. Find out how she gained the strength to move through a debilitating illness in my blog post this week, The Healing Benefits of Art as a Meditative Practice. 

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras

Once I discovered that St. Hildegard’s work has its roots in ancient Hinduism, I started studying Sanskrit and learning how to chant mantras. Chanting mantras is a wonderful way to dissolve the suffering that we are experiencing, come to a state of balance, and to heal our physical pain. Mantras are potent and powerful sounds that create a shift in your entire being.

While chanting a Sanskrit mantra, your body relaxes and your mind becomes calm.  Your head and your heart connect to your body.  Energy flows to support the process of restoring your body, mind, and health back to wholeness. Back to peace and balance. Which is really our natural state.

In my guidebook, How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras,
you will learn 7 short Sanskrit mantras using an audio recording and guidance on how to pronounce each mantra. I’ll explain the meaning of each mantra and why the sounds of each have healing potential.

Each mantra can remind us that we are already whole, as part of the Divine. Each one supports us in returning to the state of wholeness, of balance.

The entire guidebook for healing all 7 chakras through the chanting of mantras will be coming out this Spring!

The Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder

Be sure to take advantage of this SPECIAL EVENT at the Fox Institute coming next week –

“Thomas Merton: A Prophet for Our Times” 
An Evening with Rev. Matthew Fox 

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was one of the great spiritual writers and mystic-prophets of the twentieth century. From the time of his conversion at the shrine of the Black Madonna in Cuba in 1940 to his untimely martyrdom in Bangkok for opposing the war in Vietnam in 1968, his spirituality evolved profoundly. He journeyed deeply from being very much a dualistic monk from 1940-1957 to being a prophetic leader leading out a creation spirituality path under the influence of Zen master D.T. Suzuki and Meister Eckhart beginning in 1958.

His prophetic voice addressed issues of Ecology, Feminism, Racism, the rights and oppression of indigenous peoples, Technology’s excess, War (he coached the Berrigan brothers among others in non-violent resistance), Peace, bogus religion (he called the marriage of fundamentalism and empire the “greatest orgy of idolatry the world has ever seen”). He offered medicines to heal us including Deep Ecumenism (his close friendship with the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh are well known), a theology of the Cosmic Christ (“How is it possible to tell everyone they are walking around shining like the sun?” he asked following on a mystical experience at lunch time rush hour in downtown Louisville) and the cultivation of contemplation.

Monday, April 16th, 7:00 to 8:30 PM, First Congregational Church of Boulder

Tickets start at $15 and are available through EventBrite here or on the Fox Institute Facebook page here . 

May we all be feathers on the breath of God.
Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS  Don’t miss out on discounted prices for my Healing with St. Hildegard classes starting this Saturday. Sign-up before the first class on April 7th.

 

 

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Healing with St. Hildegard, April 7th & May 5th, 3:30-5 pm, Viriditas Home Studio
The Mystic Hildegard, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

Dear Viriditas Community,

Happy Easter my dear ones! Can you feel the “resurrection energy” in the air these days?

As I prepare for the upcoming St. Hildegard classes, I have once again been pondering the relationship between St. Hildegard and Volmar of St. Disibodenberg.

What a treasure it is when you have a dear friend who walks with you on your journey through life. Someone who supports and loves you. Who encourages you and gives you guidance. Someone who recognizes your greatness and lifts you up when you have self-doubt or fear, so that you can be an active and contributing part of community, sharing your divine gifts.

St. Hildegard had such a confidant, friend, and mentor in her life that supported her in following her divine calling, even when she felt incapable of doing so at times. Discover more about this friend in my blog post this week, The Gift of a Friend on the Journey of Life.

Would you like more support in your life? Come join our community and be inspired by St. Hildegard’s life and her words of wisdom for us in contemporary times. To recognize your greatness and move beyond self-doubt, within a supportive community. Healing with St. Hildegard classes start soon!

Doctor of the Soul Events for 2018: SPECIAL OFFER

Healing with St. Hildegard Join me at my Viriditas Home Studio at 800 Zamia Ave. in Boulder. The first Saturday of each month from 3:30-5pm, starting in April for 4 months. Sign-up here for the SPECIAL OFFER before the first class and attend all 4 classes for the discounted price of 3! Dates for the 4 sessions are: April 7th, May 5th, June 2nd and July 7th.

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras

While developing your practice at home with chanting mantras, remember, saying affirmations inwardly (or outwardly, if you are able) throughout the day can support you in your work on healing a specific chakra.

Affirmations and any “I” statements that we make are potent and powerful words. I am, I feel, I have… these statements put into motion energetic forces to begin the creation of whatever follows these words. We CAN choose what we believe and think about ourselves. And what we say inwardly or outwardly about ourselves. We don’t need to perpetuate limiting beliefs or criticism about ourselves that we may have taken on in the past. We can change these, starting today. 

I encourage you, choose positivity. Choose health. Choose your highest and best self. Choose “I” statements that align with these thoughts.

Some “I” statements for balancing your root chakra that you may find beneficial throughout your day.

I feel deeply rooted in Divine Presence

I am grounded, stable, and standing on my own two feet

I feel safe and secure

I have what I need

I trust myself

I trust in the goodness of life

Interested in a list of positive affirmations for balancing all of your chakras? The entire guidebook for healing all 7 chakras will be coming out this Spring!

The Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder

The Fox Institute has four exciting offerings in April and May.  David and I would love to have you become a part of the Fox Institute community!  Truly, the students we taught in February are extraordinary souls. Come join us. I will be teaching two classes on St. Hildegard in May! Matthew Fox is teaching an entire week on Thomas Merton. I studied with Kaleo Ching years ago. (Remember my mask in the production Feathers On The Breath Of God?!) He is phenomenal.

  1.   Spring Intensive #3: “Mysticism, Prophecy and Co-creation”, April 16-20

“Thomas Merton: Mystic and Prophet” with Rev. Matthew Fox, PhD
“Ignite Creativity with Clay” with Caroline Douglas, BFA

  1. Spring Intensive #4: “Holy Shape Shifters”, April 23-27

“Reimagining Tradition: Heschel, Schachter-Shalomi and Fox” with Rabbi Victor Gross, PhD
“Qi and Grace: The Embodied Lord’s Prayer, Qigong and Art” with Kaleo Ching, MA and Elise Ching, RN, MA

  1. Spring Intensive #5: “Inner Greening and Growing, May 14-18

“Deep Ecology and Theology of the Land” with Marvin Lee Anderson, PhD
“The Mystic Hildegard”  with Jeannine Goode-Allen, DMin
“Nature Writing” with Susan Coppage Evans, DMin
“Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs” with Jeannine Goode-Allen, DMin

  1. SPECIAL EVENT “Thomas Merton: A Prophet for Our Times” An Evening with Rev. Matthew Fox

Monday, April 16th, 7:00 to 8:30 PM, First Congregational Church of Boulder.
Tickets start at $15 and are available through EventBrite here or on the Fox Institute Facebook page here .

I hope you all have a joyous Easter Weekend. I will close with this photo of me with the Easter Egg my parents send me every year from Sprüngli in Switzerland. YUM!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS  Don’t miss out on discounted prices for my Healing with St. Hildegard classes starting in April. You must sign-up before the first class on April 7th. Go for the SPECIAL OFFER! LINK to Healing With St. Hildegard page on the doctorofthesoul website.

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Healing with St. Hildegard, April 7th & May 5th, 3:30-5 pm, Viriditas Home Studio
The Mystic Hildegard, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

Dear Viriditas Community,

Happy first day of SPRING!!!

I’m counting the days until the launch of the series of classes on Healing with St. Hildegard that are starting very soon in my new Viriditas Home Studio.  Watch this video to learn more about how this class can support you in becoming your best self through the wisdom of St. Hildegard. In this year’s classes, we’ll deepen our work with St. Hildegard’s music and use it as a springboard to experience other aspects of her work.

In the mid 12th century, St.Hildegard recognized the health benefits of many herbs and spices and shared a basic recipe for ancient biscuits or cookies. Find out more about the healing spice in this recipe in my blog post this week – The Healing Spice that Inspired St. Hildegard’s Joy Cookies.

We’ll get a chance to try this recipe in my upcoming series of classes on Healing with St. Hildegard. I hope you can join us! Now’s the time to sign-up to receive the discount for the class on April 7th.

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras

While developing your practice at home with chanting mantras to heal your chakras, you can also deepen your work through artistic and movement activities. They will help you access and express the yearnings of your soul for healing and growth. I strongly recommend them!

Meister Eckhart says it beautifully when he writes, “Whatever I want to express in its truest meaning must emerge from within me and pass through an inner form. It cannot come from outside to the inside, but must emerge from within.”

In working with the root chakra, invoking the Hindu god, Ganesh, you can explore the movement of the elephant, as an animal in all of its glory. Take some time to look at photos of elephants or a film that shows how they move. Watch how their large legs carry them on the earth, how their trunk helps them engage, and how their huge ears serve them. 

Close your eyes and imagine what it is like to be an elephant upon the earth. How to move, travel, eat, and interact. Open your eyes and begin to move like an elephant.

As you become more at ease with this movement, you can add in the chant Om Gam Ganeshaya Namaha.

I personally have greatly benefited from this activity. It fills me with strength, confidence and powerful joy.

This activity is just one of many that I describe in my upcoming guidebook for healing all 7 chakras which will be coming out this Spring!

The Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder

Register soon if you are joining me in my upcoming classes on St. Hildegard at the Fox Institute. The Spring Intensive 5, Monday May 14 – Friday May 18, 8:30 a.m. -6 p.m, focuses on INNER GREENING AND GROWING

Rhein RiverMy classes include the seminar, The Mystic Hildegard, and the art as meditation class, Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs. Reading is required ahead of time, so register now to get started!
(Photo:Rhein River)

The Spring Intensive 3, starting in a couple weeks focuses on MYSTICISM, PROPHECY AND CO-CREATION, Monday April 16 – Friday April 20, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Matthew Fox will be joining us in Boulder during this intensive and will be teaching a class on Thomas Merton. The seminar Thomas Merton: Mystic and Prophet will explore the life and teachings of one of the great spiritual writers and mystic-prophets of the 20th century. It will look closely at contemplation and action, mysticism and prophecy, and what he is telling us today about our spiritual vocations including cultural criticism. Find out more about Thomas Merton and this class here.

Register here to explore all the course offerings at The Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder.

All right, I am off to buy fresh nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. I am going to make some Joy Cookies tonight!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS  Don’t forget to sign-up here for the Healing with St. Hildegard classes starting in April. Discounted price if you sign-up before the class begins on April 7th.

 

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Healing with St. Hildegard, April 7th & May 5th, 3:30-5 pm, Viriditas Home Studio
The Mystic Hildegard, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

Dear Viriditas Community,

Hail all you magnificent artists and prophets!

David and I had a spectacular experience with our first class: Introduction to Creation Spirituality at the Fox Institute. It was as if we had a divine appointment with each participant! One of the beautiful parts of the program for students is the holistic approach of working both sides of their brains (and bodies), right and left. Each day combines body prayer, seminar, art as meditation, process group and a break during the day for a delicious meal.

In our recent class, I gave an exercise inspired by MC Richards. David and I chose random objects from our home. Using these objects, the students let the material speak to them and then, as a group, they created something artistic together using these objects. What a beautiful experience unfolded before our eyes that also resulted in the forming of a strong community within the class.

Want to join together in community to deepen your spiritual work? My next class will be at my Viriditas Home Studio and will focus on the wisdom that St. Hildegard shares for our current times.


St. Hildegard, even in the 12th century, called to the people and urged them to awaken. To awaken to the Divine that was living in the world. To fall in love with it and to passionately take actions to create health and healing in the world.

“We shall awaken from our dullness and rise vigorously toward justice.  If we fall in love with creation deeper and deeper, we will respond to its endangerment with passion.”  – St. Hildegard of Bingen

The Divine Word, or Divine Wisdom, is alive and radiant in all beings. It calls and urges human beings to implement their Viriditas, their greening power, from this fertile ground.

“The Word is living, being, spirit, all verdant greening, all creativity.”  – St. Hildegard of Bingen

Learn more about the Divine Word from St. Hildegard in my blog post this week, 3 Ways to Discover the Divine in Your Life, Inspired by St. Hildegard.  

Do you hear this call? The call to contribute, to create within the world? To bring forth your divine gifts into the world.

“All creation is awakened, called, by the resounding melody, God’s invocation of the Word.”  – St Hildegard of Bingen

We’ll dive deeper into this work to support you in bringing forth your gifts into the world in my upcoming Healing with St. Hildegard classes. Join me to discover more of the wisdom of St. Hildegard for our modern times at my Viriditas Home Studio at 800 Zamia Ave. in Boulder.

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras 

Prayer can be one of the powerful components to our spiritual practice. Prayer is our way of calling upon the Divine or a spirit guide and asking for support. Initiated by you, prayer is an active request for guidance that you put forth.

When we compare prayer to meditation – prayer is communication to Spirit from you. Whereas, meditation is silencing the mind to create space for Spirit to speak to us – either in the moment or through our intuition in our daily lives.

Here I share a prayer that can be used in balancing your root chakra, clearing any obstacles that are preventing you from feeling safe and secure in the world.

“Good morning, Divine Presence, you the Power behind all Power. 
 
Today I ask you to help me change the way I think and feel around my security and my survival. No matter what challenge shows up today, help me connect to my root chakra and become aware that you are with me and that I am not alone. 
 
Whenever I feel internally unsettled today, help me remember that my strength lies in YOU. Show me a spiritual way to move through every situation that arises today and give me the strength to carry it out.”

This is a wonderful prayer to use in the morning and can be followed by the mantra chant for Ganesh to support you in your day.

The entire guidebook for all 7 chakras complete with prayers to help balance all the chakras will be coming out this Spring!

The Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder

Check out the special event at the Fox Institute with Andrew Harvey – The Mystic Meets the Prophet: Listening for the Call to Compassion. Friday, March 16th, 7:00-8:30 PM, at the First Congregational Church. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased here.

Andrew Harvey is Founder Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective, and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability. Sacred Activism is a transforming force of compassion-in-action that is born of a fusion of deep spiritual knowledge, courage, love, and passion, with wise radical action in the world. The large-scale practice of Sacred Activism can become an essential force for preserving and healing the planet and its inhabitants.

Find more information and register here for any offerings at The Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder.

All right you mighty souls, may the verdant greening in the air these days help perfume your creativity!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS  Don’t forget to sign-up here for the Healing with St. Hildegard classes starting in April. Discounted price available if you sign-up before the class begins.

 

 

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Healing with St. Hildegard, April 7th & May 5th, 3:30-5 pm, Viriditas Home Studio
The Mystic Hildegard, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

Dear Viriditas Community,

Whew! Last week was a big one. David and I taught our first class at the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality. When we finished the week and Saturday morning rolled around, I could hear St. Hildegard lovingly whispering in my ear: “Moderation, dear Jeannine, remember moderation is the queen of virtues.” And so, on Saturday and Sunday, I rested…seeking alone time in nature and napping.

For a closer look at how moderation helps us find balance in our lives, take a look at my blog post this week on St. Hildegard’s Words of Wisdom on Creating Balance for Health. 

One of the gifts of last weekend is we had some warm weather. How my body rejoiced being outside, soaking in the sound of the birds chirping away. The daffodils in my garden are starting to peak out of the ground, as is the parsley!

St. Hildegard gave us the gift of the concept of Viriditas that can be described as the divine life force that lives and breathes within all living beings. This potent force is full of vitality. It makes all things grow, expand, and thrive.

For St. Hildegard, the Divine permeated all of life on Earth – every plant, every animal, every stone, every human being.  And Earth, as mother, is the womb of creation and of nourishment.

“The Earth is at the same time mother. She is mother of all that is natural, mother of all that is human. She is mother of all, for contained in her are the seeds of all. The Earth of human kind contains all moistness, all verdancy, all germinating power. It is in so many ways fruitful. All creation comes from it. Yet it forms not only the basic raw material for humankind, but also the substance of the incarnation of God’s son.” – St. Hildegard of Bingen

St. Hildegard was disturbed by what she saw as the lack of care of our Mother Earth by people, even in the 12th century, and spoke out courageously and directly to the people. 

Now in the people that were meant to be green there is no more life of any kind. There is only shriveled barrenness. The winds are burdened by the utterly awful stink of evil, selfish goings-on. Thunderstorms menace. The air belches out the filthy uncleanliness of the peoples. The earth should not be injured! The earth must not be destroyed!” – St. Hildegard of Bingen

And she called us, as guardians of all of creation, to rise up and take action to protect Mother Earth. “We…are more dependent on the rest of creation than any other species…. We are the guardian of creation.”   
 
“We shall awaken from our dullness and rise vigorously toward justice.  If we fall in love with creation deeper and deeper, we will respond to its endangerment with passion.” 

“Glance at the sun. See the moon and the stars. Gaze at the beauty of earth’s greenings. Now, think. What delight God gives to humankind with all these things. All nature is at the disposal of humankind. We are to work with it. For without it we cannot survive.”  –St. Hildegard of Bingen

Doctor of the Soul Events for 2018

Healing with St. Hildegard – Join me starting in April to discover more of the wisdom of St. Hildegard for our modern times. Sign-up here. I’d love to see you there!

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras 

In creating balance in your own life, keep in mind the health of your chakras. Chakras are part of our subtle or energy body. This invisible energy is the vital life force that keeps us vibrant, healthy, and alive.

They work to regulate the flow of energy in our body so that we can have a variety of experiences within our body – mental, creative, sexual, emotional, and more. Actions that we repeat, whether we are conscious of them or not, create pathways in our chakras. These patterns or habits – mental, emotional or behavioral – may be unhealthy or healthy for us in life.

Clearing or balancing our chakras can help to dissolve energy pathways that do not serve us and encourage new ones to flow that do serve us. Leading us to a deeper purpose and meaning in our lives. Ahhh……..health.

The root chakra, located at the base of the spine, supports us in being grounded or rooted.To have a sense of safety and security in life on the Earth.

It is the Foundation of Life.The wisdom of Mother Earth energy within us.

Being rooted in the wisdom of Mother Earth gives us a palpable sense of being rooted in the Divine. When our root chakra is functioning well we know that the Divine is our true source of safety and security. We can grow from there within the eternal Light of the Divine to become our highest selves.

In balancing the root chakra, we can call upon Ganesh with his wisdom, courage, and strength to remove any fear that is holding us back from feeling safe and secure within our lives. You can find the audio recording of the Ganesh mantra to use for chanting here.

The entire guidebook for all 7 chakras will be coming out this Spring!

The Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder
Mark your calendars! Andrew Harvey who is on the faculty of The Fox Institute is coming to Boulder!

An Evening with Andrew Harvey, Friday, March 16th, 7:00-8:30 PM, at the First Congregational Church. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased here.

Andrew Harvey is Founder Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective, and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability. Sacred Activism is a transforming force of compassion-in-action that is born of a fusion of deep spiritual knowledge, courage, love, and passion, with wise radical action in the world. The large-scale practice of Sacred Activism can become an essential force for preserving and healing the planet and its inhabitants.

Find more information and register here for any offerings at The Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder.

As I look outside my window right now, a huge blanket of clouds is being blown across the sky…. Snow is coming…. And I rejoice…David and I are heading up to Beaver Creek for some deep powder skiing. Ahhhh…. Heaven….. How grateful I am to be human!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS  Remember if you really want to explore the Wisdom of St. Hildegard in depth you can study with me at the Fox Institute in May. Find out more here.

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Healing with St. Hildegard, April 7th & May 5th, 3:30-5 pm, Viriditas Home Studio
The Mystic Hildegard, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

Dear Viriditas Community,

I am bursting with excitement as I anticipate the upcoming Doctor of the SoulHealing With St. Hildegard series starting on April 7th!

As many of you know, St. Hildegard of Bingen has been a great source of inspiration and strength for me. One of the first things I learned about St. Hildegard was that she lived to be 81 years old in the 12th century.  This is only one of her many extraordinary accomplishments. She can serve as an inspiration to all of us in current times. She was born in the Rhineland of current Germany which was burgeoning with rich soil and flourishing vineyards. One of her many gifts to the world was the idea of Viriditas, the divine greening power that gives vitality to all of creation. I have always been drawn to the concept of Viriditas and named my company and studio Viriditas. Discover more about this idea in my blog this week, Viriditas, The Greening Power of Life 

In the 12th century when St. Hildegard lived, the depth and breadth of pursuits such as hers were extremely rare, especially for women.  Yet, she embarked on a path of vocation for her own spiritual growth and in service to the health of others and to the Divine.

Despite great personal risk and continuous opposition, she brought forth her work and ideas in many areas.  In the field of holistic health and healing, she encouraged people to awaken to their own ability to heal, taking responsibility for their health and the choices they made in daily life.

St. Hildegard believed that if one was in harmony with the wholeness and vitality of the divine universe, then you were healthy and full of life force.  But if you fell into disharmony, illness arose.

She thought that disease and illness resulted from a deficit or lack. The treatment of such illness was through rest, herbal remedies, nutrition and reconnecting to the divine order of life. Healing occurred when the deficit was resolved, recreating balance in a holistic way, to once again arrive at health within spirit, mind, and body.

Balance and moderation in all areas of life were key, in St. Hildegard’s view.

St. Hildegard developed many herbal remedies that she recommended to aid in this healing which are still at the heart of treatment used by naturopathic doctors in modern Germany.

“Good People,
most royal greening verdancy,
rooted in the sun,
you shine with radiant light.”
– St. Hildegard of Bingen

Healing with Hildegard – I invite you to join me to discover more of the wisdom of St. Hildegard for our modern times.  Sign-up here. In these classes, we’ll build on the work we did last year with St. Hildegard. We’ll explore her life through her music, illuminations, remedies, and letters of correspondence. This will serve as a springboard of inspiration for applying her wisdom in practical ways for healing in our own lives.


Remember everyone is welcome, even if you were unable to join us last year.  I look forward to welcoming you to my new Viriditas Home Studio.

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras 

We’re Getting Close To The Launch!

Things are pretty exciting here right now… We are cranking away on all of the last-minute tweaks, tests, and improvements as we come into the home stretch… also learning how to create the guidebook as a product on the doctorofthesoul.com website.

But what’s REALLY IMPORTANT for you… there’s still time to give feedback on the first two chapters. Click here. Your questions and suggestions for improvements ARE SO HELPFUL to make this material even better.

The finished product, the seven recordings and the accompanying guidebook, will be coming out this Spring.

The Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder

Please note that there’s been a change of date for the Art as Meditation course,Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, that I’m scheduled to teach at the Fox Institute.  It was originally scheduled for March 5-9 and now has been changed to July 23-27th.  David and I look forward to chanting this summer and hope you can join us!

Find more information and register here for any offerings at The Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder.

I could feel a bit of Spring in the air these last few days here in Boulder….oooh, it will soon be time to get out my gardening gloves!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS Remember you can also study about St. Hildegard with me at the Fox Institute in May. Click here to find out more.

 

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Introduction To Creation Spirituality, February 26 – March 2, 2018, Fox Institute
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, March 5 – March 9, 2018, Fox Institute
Healing with St. Hildegard, April 7th & May 5th, 3:30-5 pm, Viriditas Home Studio
The Mystic Hildegard, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute

Dear Viriditas Community,

This week I want to begin with a quote from one of my favorite Celtic poets and philosophers, John O’Donohue. He speaks about the Divine as an artist who uses imagination for expression in Creation:

“Everything that is – every tree, bird, star, stone and wave – existed first as a dream in the mind of the divine artist.  Indeed, the world is the mirror of the divine imagination and to decipher the depths of the world is to gain deep insights into the heart of God. The traces of the divine imagination are everywhere. The beauty of God becomes evident in the beauty of the world.”

To find more inspiration from this quote check out my latest blog post:Celebrating Diversity, a Gift of the Divine.

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras

If you would like deeper access to the heart of God, I encourage you to explore my upcoming guidebook How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras. I’m in the final stretch of completing the guidebook. What a joy it’s been to put this together as a useful resource to guide others in the powerful work of chanting mantras for healing.

As you continue to practice the healing mantras at home, consider how you approach creating a sacred space for this work.

This work is for your health, your growth, your joy.

If you don’t have one already, take time to make a special corner or table that warms your heart. This sacred space is for you. It will serve as your altar.

It doesn’t necessarily need to be considered as a religious space, but a healing space to nurture you and your body-spirit connection. Be sure it’s a space where you can come to calm and center.  Where you can step away from the rest of the world into quiet solitude without being distracted by something nearby.

Take a closer look at the space you may use and see what is around it – the items, the color, the lighting. How will these support you or maybe distract you?

Take time to consider what stand or table you will use, what cloth may cover it and what items you will place on it. Items from the natural world such as a plant, stones, or a feather may be important pieces for grounding and connection.

What lighting would you like? A lamp nearby that emits warm light or just the light of a candle? Maybe the natural light that shines in a window nearby?

What else do you want to include? Possibly the following:

  • A candle with matches
  • A diffuser for essential oils
  • A meaningful poem or verse
  • A small statue of a god or goddess that is important to you
  • A photo of inspiration

On my altar, I like to include the following items:

  • Mary Candle – at the top. Ever reminding me of Mary’s compassion and sweet, caring love.
  • St. Hildegard Statue – back left. St. Hildegard is a constant source of inspiration and strength in my life.
  • Print of a Painting by My Painting Teacher, John Parente – back right. I model a lot of my teaching and healing work after John. His profound spiritual life and powerful artistic gifts inspire me to never give up on my spiritual path.
  • Star Candle – center. This candle reminds me that I am part of a vast, powerfully beautiful Universe.
  • Green Mala Beads – around the Star Candle. I use these beads in meditation. They help me count mantras and act as a tactile guide as I chant.
  • Feather– front left. St. Hildegard describes herself as a feather on the breath of God. The feather reminds me to only ask for knowledge of God’s will for me and the power to carry it out.
  • Hanuman Statue – front right. This Hindu Deity is often depicted carrying Rama and Sita inside his heart. This statue reminds be that my devotion to the Divine is the most important thing.
  • Green Heart Stone – front right. Green has always been my favorite color. Once I found out it is also the color of the heart chakra, my love for this color deepened. Truly…seeking to connect with the field of unconditional love…which I choose to call God…and to love unconditionally… is my daily practice.

Be creative in this process!  What speaks to you?  What brings warmth and a mood of reverence and reflection for you in your sacred space?

The Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder
Coming very soon……..

February 26th-March 2nd 
Introduction to Creation Spirituality – the seminar that David and I will be teaching in the mornings. In the afternoons, Leon Evans MD, will be offering the Art as Meditation class, Embodying the Tao:Tai Chi as Meditation.

March 5th– March 9th
Ana Perez-Chisti will bring the seminar Deep Ecumenism: Interspirituality and the Wisdom Traditions in the mornings, and David and I will offer the Art as Meditationcourse Chanting the Wisdom Traditions in the afternoons.  Click here to watch a video describing this class!

Later in May, I will also be teaching The Mystic Hildegardand Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs. 

I hope you can join us for one or all of these classes!  To find more information and register click here. 

May we all continue to dive into the heart of God,

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS Remember the Doctor of the Soul group events will be starting again in April!

 

Click here to find out about the Healing With St. Hildegard sessions.
Click here to find out about the Healing With Mantra sessions.