Dear Viriditas Community,
I hope you have all had a wonderful month of September! As most of you know, for those who love St. Hildegard, September is a very special month. St. Hildegard’s official feast day was Sept. 17th. On that day in Ruedesheim/Eibingen, Germany, pilgrims gathered from all over the world to connect with their beloved Saint. Sunday, Sept. 13 through Sept. 19th there were many festivities at the Relics Church as well as at the St. Hildegard Abbey up the hill. I hope to attend this annual week of festivities some year. The high point of the week is always the Procession with the Relics Shrine on the 17th. This year there was also a presentation of St. Hildegard’s Ordo Virtutum titled Dance of the Powers. This presentation of St. Hildegard’s liturgical drama included Dance, Song and Readings. I would have loved to have seen it…especially the dance part!
I invite you to connect in a special way at this time with St. Hildegard. To facilitate this connection I am sending you three gifts.
First, a meditation from my CD: The Living Light Speaks. This meditation is inspired by the Fifth Vision of the First Part of Scivias and is set to St. Hildegard’s Song O Jerusalem which I recorded for Feathers On The Breath of God. I encourage you to experience this meditation and would love to hear your answers to the questions that the meditation offers. (Click here to listen) I would be happy to send you the written text of the meditation. Just email me your request. And if you like this meditation and want to connect with St. Hildegard’s Illuminations, click on the following link to purchase the entire Meditation CD (Click here to purchase)
Second, I am inviting you to try a recipe from the book: From Saint Hildegard’s Kitchen: Foods of Health, Foods of Joy by Jany Fournier-Rosset. As most of you know St. Hildegard considers spelt to be the healthiest of the grains. Here is a recipe for coffee cake using spelt flour. Enjoy!
SPELT CINNAMON COFFEE CAKE
½ cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups spelt flour
1 tbsp cinnamon
Mix together with fork until crumbly. Take out 1 cup of mixture for crumb topping. Then mix together:
1 egg, well beaten
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
Add to dry mixture. Put in greased 9 x 15 inch pan. Sprinkle a little additional brown sugar over the dough before adding the reserved crumb mixture to the top. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes, or until done.
Third, I am giving you my favorite passage from the writings of St. Hildegard. As some of you know, this is the quote on my business cards and is also the text that inspired the movie By this Kiss. (Click here to view the movie)
“As the Creator loves Creation,
so Creation loves the Creator.
Creation, of course, was fashioned to be adorned,
To be showered, to be gifted with the love of the Creator.
The entire world has been embraced by this KISS.
God has gifted Creation with everything that is necessary.
– St. Hildegard of Bingen
Finally, here is a photograph of a wing of the Abbey in Eibingen, Germany. This part of the abbey looks very similar to what St. Hildegard originally built over 900 years ago. This particular building is very dear to my heart for it houses the office of Sister Hiltrud who receives pilgrims to Eibingen This powerful nun has been a source of great support and guidance in my life.
It never fails when I connect to St. Hildegard, I always feel like she’s asking me a question, and always the same question. “What is your soul yearning to create?” And most importantly, “Are you creating it?”
Speaking of creating I have always felt St. Hildegard nudging me to explore African music. I recently mustered up the courage to apply to join a Kutandara repertory class.
This is a class where we learn all the parts of the music the Kutandara Ensemble plays, preparing us to fill in as substitutes should a band member not be able to perform. I now find myself playing and practicing my marimba every day, immersing myself in the intricate African rhythms and developing my speed and musicality as a marimba player.
In addition, this month, Randy Macintosh, the music director of the Kutandara Center asked my marimba band, Titandare to perform at this year’s fundraiser, Moon and Stars. This year’s fundraiser will be held on Oct. 24th, 7-10 pm at the Millennium Harvest House of Boulder. This annual fundraiser celebrates community, music, and continuation of a fund for students in financial need. Titandare will be performing the song, Kuri Kwedo and the best part is we’ll be performing with five Zimbabwean vocalists. I have always dreamed of singing with African voices. So this year’s Moon and Stars will truly be a dream come true. Please join me! (Click here for tickets)
Of course, St. Hildegard was smiling down on David, myself and our group of tap dancers on the night of Sept. 4th at our Tap Into Transformation event as we “put on our red shoes and danced the blues!” We had five very courageous and creative participants this month who brought whatever “blues” they were experiencing in their lives and danced them away with the help of David Bowie’s song, Let’s Dance. After a scrumptious meal catered by Whole Foods we got out our crayons and drawing paper. On one side of the paper we invited people to draw what their blues looked like. On the other side of the paper we invited them to draw what the opposite might look like, call it joy or bliss or happiness, etc…. In between we invited them to draw how it might be possible to move from blues to bliss. What gets you there? What is the bridge? I was very moved by some of the artwork that was created that night. Certain images have stayed with me and continue to nourish my soul. Here is a photograph of our heart-warming group that night.
David Bowie has stayed with me all month, and David and I will be using another one of his songs for the upcoming October, Tap Into Transformation. The theme is Change. And yes, we will be dancing to David Bowie’s famous song, Changes. Here’s a sneak preview so please join us!
Click the image above to view the video.
May the creativity in your soul continue to flourish.