As I review the year that is coming to an end, I realize that one of the most heartfelt experiences I had this year was presenting Hildegard’s Journey Through The Senses to the wonderful women who came to my presentation at The Most Precious Blood Catholic Community in Denver in November.
How often have I fondly recollected our morning together! I especially was moved by the heartfelt questions that the group asked, and I greatly look forward to being with the community again in April of this coming year. I recently sent them a letter with some information they asked for and wanted to share this information on the blog as well. Here it is!
Many of you were interested in the recipe for Hildegard’s Nerve Cookies. Here it is in case you want to add them to your holiday cookie tray! (from the chapter on Nerves from Hildegard’s Medecine by Dr. Wighard Strehlow & Gottfried Hertzka, MD)
“Good nerves are usually a privilege of youth and depend on the graceful interplay of the five senses: clear vision, acute hearing, a fine sense of taste and smell, and a sensitive touch. Nerve cookies and the gem sardonix strengthen these faculties and slow down their aging. They also create a cheerful countenance, glad spirits and lighten a heavy heart, releasing intelligence. Here is the recipe for Hildegard’s nerve or intelligence cookies.
1+1/2 cups butter
3 cups brown sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
6 cups spelt flour
2+1/4 teaspoons nutmeg
2+1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
Cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs. Combine and sift dry ingredients. Add to the creamed mixture. Knead in the last of the flour. Shape into rolls, wrap in waxed paper and chill thoroughly. When firm, slice thin, and bake at 375 degrees F. Makes about 300. Add 1 cup ground or chopped almonds if desired.
Eat three to five cookies a day. They are especially beneficial for distracted school children, but do not give them too many, or they will outsmart their teacher!”
Another bit of information that I wanted to share specifically is to recommend Matthew Fox’s latest book: Hildegard of Bingen, A Saint For Our Times (unleashing her power in the 21st century). Some of you were inquiring what material on Hildegard would be good for a book study. This would be my recommendation.
Finally, some of you asked how to stay in touch with me and my work. I have now begun writing monthly newsletters, and if you would like to stay in touch with what I am up to regarding Hildegard and my creative endeavors, go to my website: www.viriditasllc.com and sign up for the newsletter. The highlights for next year are at this point:
* our sold out Retreat and Pilgrimage to Hildegard’s Homeland in Germany (we have 30 pilgrims). You can follow along on our journey by reading my blog on the website.
* I will be doing the performance piece: Feathers On The Breath Of God (which shows my and Hildegard’s journeys) at the Bas Bleu Theater in Fort Collins in July. (There are currently four performances scheduled from July 18th through July 21st.) This time we will have the Archangel Michael in tap shoes! I trust you can guess who will be playing the part of the Archangel!
*I will be taking the Hildegard Exhibit to the Benet Hill Monastery in Colorado Springs as part of a Hildegard Week they are organizing. I will let you know when I have confirmed the exact dates.
* My husband David and I will be doing our evening of Tap Into Transformation on the first Fridays of every month next year at our Viriditas Studio in North Boulder. (See my website for more information!)
That is all for now. Blessings on your journeys.
May the eternal peace of the Divine be with you always,