Black Eyes

This post is the final in a six part series on the eyes by St. Hildegard referenced from Hildegard of Bingen’s Medicine by Dr. Wighard Strehlow & Gottfried Hertzka, M.D.

Black eyes:

black - brown eyes

The sharpest eyes are “black eyes” or brown eyes, as we would call them.

“A person who has very black or dark turbulent eyes, like a cloud, received them primarily from the earth.  They are stronger and see more keenly than any other eyes and keep their keenness for a long time, because they come from the energy of the earth.  But they are easily injured by the moisture of the earth and the wetness of rain and swamps, just like the earth is also poisoned by harmful moisture and the great wetness of rains and swamps.  (*CC 93, 25)

Brown eyed people are clever and accept good advice, but often they feel cramped.  If their eyes hurt or trouble them, the rue tincture compress will bring relief.

“Take rue juice, and twice as much pure liquid honey, and add a little pure good wine.  Lay a piece of wheat bread in this mixture, and then tie it on the eyes with the bread overnight.”  (*CC 171,33-35)

This concludes the series on the eyes, their ailments and remedies by St. Hildegard of Bingen.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

 

* Causes and Cures by Saint Hildegard of Bingen

Disclaimer Notice: This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition.

 

Tap Into Transformation, October

Once a month… come to a new kind of gathering

Tap Into Transformation
At the Viriditas Studio
4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65,
Boulder, CO 80304

October 4, 2013   7:00 – 9:00 pm

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The October Tap Into Transformation celebrates “looking for fun and feelin’ groovy.” Come and discover what it feels like to skip down cobblestones… to slow down and not move too fast, in order to make each moment last.”

“Hello lamppost, whatcha knowin’… we come to watch your flowers growin’. Ain’t you got no rhymes for me…do-it-do-do… feelin’ groovy.”

This month you will get to become the lamppost as David teaches us a new, entertaining style of poetry he has created called SHARPETTES.  (Trademark applied for)
(For a sneak peek you can find them on his blog at www.powerforlifenow.com.)
You will leave feeling empowered and ready to skip down the cobblestones of your daily lives.

Come join husband and wife duo Dr. Jeannine Goode-Allen and Dr. David Sharp in an evening of transformational song, poetry and tap dancing in our gorgeous and inspiring Viriditas Studio in North Boulder. You will laugh, smile and stomp your feet while feeling the joy of moving your body and opening your heart to awe, wonder, beauty, gratitude and more.

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Our world so needs each of us to step out onto the stage of life and make manifest our great potential. Experience us as we pave the way to do this by exhibiting the power of Divinity In Action through our spectacular..and fun.. gifts.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity, in a creative community, to share and honor your own gifts, or be inspired to dive into new ones! We will teach you some basic tap steps, and with these tools, we will journey into our hearts to praise, complain, thank and bless. We will create rhythms, poetry, and prayers with our feet and our bodies, individually and as a group.

To Reserve Tickets:
1.888.612.8189 or www.viriditasllc.com     $15.00 admission   $10.00 students 
No experience necessary and we provide the tap shoes! 
We have food at the intermission, and we will be serving some GROOVY grub.

Let’s sing, dance, and grow together…while having an absolute BLAST!!

Viriditas Newsletter, September

Dear Viriditas Community,

Thanks to those of you who expressed concern for me and my family during the recent flood. I want to let you know that my home and studio are totally dry, and we are all safe.  As I sit with this fact amidst my traumatized neighbors and community I know the greatest gift I can give right now is to continue to extend the peace, beauty and joy that my work is about.

The center of joy in my life these days is my work with the Africa Project.  Gary, David and I are currently exploring the music of Burundi and came across the Royal Drummers Dancerroyal drummers of Burundis of Burundi.  Oh my GOD!  I encourage all of you to watch this video. The Royal Drummers of Burundi at WOMAD Abudhabi 2010 Part 1. Don’t be surprised if you can’t sit still as you watch!

David and I continue to attend our marimba classes on Thursday night at the Kutandara Center.  Now that our band Knob Mentality has reached the intermediate level (smile) we were invited to join Kutandara and other bands at the St. Julien hotel where we jammed our hearts out on Nyungwe, Skokiana and Mananga. “Huya, mananga kutapira, huya mananga kutapira!” (=“Come on, my little pumpkin, come on!”)

My heart is in my mouth as I remember the feeling of playing the baritone part. You really get to wail on the wood to get the sound out!  And on Nyungwe I had to wail mighty fast…ah the exhilaration!  Especially standing in the midst of all the percussion instruments!)

Another highlight was our September Tap Into Transformation.  The theme was the innocence of childhood.  After tap dancing to tunes like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Row, Row, Row Your Boat it was my great joy to share two piano pieces with the participants; Kabelevsky’s Fairy Tale and Pieczonka’s Tarentella.
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I played both of those pieces when I was ten years old and still marvel at how a few months ago after sitting in meditation in my studio my fingers suddenly remembered how to play those pieces from memory.  It was as if the music had been buried deep inside me for forty years and wanted to come out again.  Is there anything you did forty years ago that might want to find expression again in your life?

I have heard from some of you who indicated you’d like a copy of our recent performance of Feathers on the Breath of God DVD.  We will be going into production next week.  Please be sure to let me know if you’d like a copy.

Another important tid bit….I’ve been writing a six part weekly series on my blog about the eyes from St. Hildegard.  I’d love to share it with you.  Please click here to read more.

In closing I’d like to offer you a quote from St. Hildegard in the hopes that it will give you strength and encouragement in the days ahead. So many of us here in Boulder, Longmont and Lyons are exhausted these days… keep this verse with you and let it help keep you afloat during these challenging days…..

God has created me,
God is my Lord,
having dominion over me.

God is also my strength,
for I can wish to do nothing
good without God.

Through God I have living Spirit.
Through God I have life and movement.
Through God I learn, I find my path.

If I call in truth, this God and
Lord directs my steps:
setting my feet to the rhythm of
his precepts.  – St. Hildegard of Bingen.

In Viriditas,
I love you all
Jeannine

Turbulent Eyes

This post is the fifth of a six part series on the eyes by St. Hildegard referenced from Hildegard of Bingen’s Medicine by Dr. Wighard Strehlow & Gottfried Hertzka, M.D.

Turbulent eyes:
turbulent - green eyes

Turbulent eyes are green and are rare.  Hildegard describes them as cloudy or similar to a storm cloud.

“About turbulent eyes: Whoever has eyes which are like a storm cloud, neither completely turbulent, but rather somewhat greenish-blue, received them from the dark dampness of the earth that brings forth diverse, useless herbs and even earthworms.  They are gentle and have prominent red flesh, which originates in slime.  They are irritated by neither moist air nor dusts, by bad smell nor bright light from any object…although they sometimes suffer from certain other ailments.”  (*CC 93, 12)

People with green eyes are good craftsmen and very good at learning a new trade.  Other characteristics include instability and cunningness.

“Whoever has eyes like a dark cloud, more greenish in color – and suffers from weakness of vision and pain – should pulverize fennel herbs (leaves) in the summertime, or fennel seeds in the winter, and carefully mix them with egg white: when he gets ready to sleep he should put it on his eyes.  The gentle warmth of the fennel diminished by the cold of the egg white will reduce the weakness of vision and pain in such eyes.”  (*CC 171, 19)

Next week’s post will discuss black eyes, their ailments and remedies.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

* Causes and Cures by Saint Hildegard of Bingen

Disclaimer Notice: This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition.

Eyes of Diverse Color

This post is the fourth of a six part series on the eyes by St. Hildegard referenced from Hildegard of Bingen’s Medicine by Dr. Wighard Strehlow & Gottfried Hertzka, M.D.

Eyes of diverse colors:
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The third type of eyes have a color mixed from blue or grey – spotted eyes, eyes with divers colors in them.  Persons with such eyes are up one minute, down the next, fickle and inconstant; but honesty and respectability characterize individuals with eyes of diverse colors.

“Whoever has eyes like the cloud in which the rainbow is shining received them from the air of the various air currents, which are neither constantly dry nor moist.  They are weak because they come into being from the unstable, changing air; and, because they do not originate from fire, they have an obscure vision by warm air, whereas by pure rainy air they can see clearly; this is because they are more of a watery than fiery kind.  Everything, especially bright light from the sun, the moon, lights and from the splendor of precious stones or metals or something else, is harmful to such eyes, because they come from the air with its changing currents.” (*CC 91, 1)

Eyes “like a cloud” are the poor television eyes extremely sensitive to light.  Prolonged eye stress from watching long movies, or excessive TV or reading, irritate and pain these eyes sometimes causing blurring, double vision or seeing flashing lights or floating spots.  Itchy, irritated eyes are soothed with zinc wine. 

“The person should take zinc oxide and put it in pure white wine.  At night when this person goes to bed, he or she should take the zinc oxide out again and wet the eyelashes with the wine, being careful not to touch the eyes inside and thereby hurt them through the bite of the zinc oxide so that they become even weaker in vision.  Zinc oxide has as much warmth as cold and, tempered with the warmth of the wine gets rid of harmful juices which makes the eyes sick.”  (*CC 171, 6)

Next week’s post will discuss turbulent eyes, their ailments and remedies.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

 

* Causes and Cures by Saint Hildegard of Bingen

Disclaimer Notice: This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition.

 

Fiery Eyes

This post is the third of a six part series on the eyes by St. Hildegard referenced from Hildegard of Bingen’s Medicine by Dr. Wighard Strehlow & Gottfried Hertzka, M.D.

Fiery eyes:

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Those with fiery eyes are clever, hot-tempered, energetic, and keen-minded and their eyes are healthy.

“Whoever has fiery eyes, comparable to the dark cloud next to the sun, received them naturally from the warm south wind.  They are healthy, because they originate from the warmth of the fire.”  (*CC 92, 32)

Fiery eyes are irritated by dust, smoke and other types of air pollution.  In Hildegard’s words: “Dust, however and bad smells injures them, because their brightness disregards dust and their purity neglects the unfamiliar as well.”  (*CC 92, 35)

Fiery eyes suffering from all forms of eye ailments are restored to health with rose-violet-fennel wine.  The recipe calls for six millimeters (ml) of violet tincture, twelve ml rose tincture, and four ml fennel tincture added to enough wine to make fifty ml medicine.  

“Rub this eye water around the eyes before going to bed, being careful not to hurt them accidentally through the strong effect.”  (*CC 170, 27)

Next week’s post will discuss eyes of diverse colors, their ailments and remedies.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

* Causes and Cures by Saint Hildegard of Bingen

Disclaimer Notice: This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition.

 

Blue and Grey Eyes

This post is the second of a six part series on the eyes by St. Hildegard referenced from Hildegard of Bingen’s Medicine by Dr. Wighard Strehlow & Gottfried Hertzka, M.D.

Blue and Grey eyes:
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Blue Eyes                                   Grey Eyes

Blue eyed persons are thoughtless, rash, unwise, mischievous, daring, willful, lazy, and disorderly, but they bring everything to a good ending. 

“A person who has blue eyes like water gets them mainly from the air.  That is why they are weaker than other eyes, because air shifts often as a result of the diverse movement produced through warmth, cold, and humidity, and such eyes are easily harmed by bad, soft and moist air as well as by fog.  For just like these affect the purity of air adversely, they also harm eyes acquired by air.” (*CC 92, 24)

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) one of Hildegard’s favorite plants is the universal remedy for blue eyes.  Even the side effects of modern-day air pollution, very harmful for air-sensitive blue eyes can be eliminated by fennel.

“If someone has blue eyes, with which she somehow sees poorly and feels pain, she should take fennel or fennel seeds when the pain is fresh, pulverize them, press the juice from them, and take the dew which is found on the grass blades standing upright, add a little fine wheat flour, and knead this into a little cake.  This she should place over her eyes for the night, tie it in place, and she will feel better.  The mild warmth of the fennel, tempered by the dew and strength of the flour, removes these pains. Grey eyes are the airy kind, and therefore dew is added to this mild medicine.”  (*CC 170, 34)

Next week’s post will discuss fiery eyes, their ailments and remedies.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

 

 

* Causes and Cures by Saint Hildegard of Bingen

Disclaimer Notice: This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition.