(Excerpts from Hildegard of Bingen’s Medicine by Dr. Wighard Strehlow & Gottfried Hertzka)
There is one paragraph in the forward to Hildegard of Bingen’s Medicine written by David Frawley, O.M.D. which I find essential to take in, if one is to truly connect with St. Hildegard’s Medicine. Here it is:
“Hildegard produced all of her works, as she has said, through her heavenly or spiritual vision. She did not rely on medical experience or upon traditional learning; nevertheless her healing system is practical and valid. In this regard, she teaches us that we have an inner wisdom that is more sophisticated than profound outer study and experience. If we relied more on that today, we would undoubtedly have better healers. As it is, we sharpen our surgical tools, refine our drugs, and do massive testing, but are we really any closer to the heart of creation and the real power of life? We gain more information and accumulate more licenses and titles for ourselves and are still confused as to what real health is or as to the real purpose of human life, which has to be something more than the accumulation of mere things. Hildegard shows us the direction to which we need to return. True healing cannot be arrived at by outer action alone; it requires contacting that inner consciousness and organic intelligence which is the real healing power. This, as her writings indicate, is an act of faith; it cannot be done mechanically or merely intellectually. It requires opening up to the spiritual force in us and in the world around us. In that alone is the real root of medicine, not in hospitals or medical colleges.”
Many years ago, I was suffering from a debilitating pain in my left shoulder. I vividly remember consulting a doctor about this condition and him asking me, “Have you gone inside yourself and asked yourself what would help this situation?” I had no idea in my early twenties what he was talking about. “My inner self! What in God’s name is that,” I asked him? This was the day in my life that I began meditating. This doctor taught me how to still my mind and then connect with the various parts of my body and ask for any messages that were important in relationship to that part of the body.
Oh my… a whole world of inner spiritual guidance opened up to me that day. I have been going “inward” now for over three decades, and I can truly say… the inner wisdom St. Hildegard writes about is vast and very powerful. Connecting with this inner wisdom is key, if we are to discover the heart of creation and the real power of life.
Are you experiencing pain of any kind these days? I invite you to find a quiet place… to relax your body… to focus gently on the pain and to ask yourself the following:
- What is this pain about?
- What would help me feel better?
Try it… and know, that if you don’t get any answers at first, you are not alone. When I first tried going inside for answers, there felt like nothing but emptiness inside me. I needed to be patient and keep asking the questions. I needed to have faith… eventually the answers came, and they were “right on”!