St. Hildegard’s Music: Kyrie-Your Best Life Now, part 1 of 5

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Kyrie Eleison,
Christe Eleison,
Kyrie Eleison.

Creator of life, awaken love within us,
Christ of love, awaken love within us,
Creator of life, awaken love.

I experienced the healing power of St. Hildegard’s Kyrie many years ago. I was in a circle of singers all singing the Kyrie and suddenly I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I then found myself on the floor as a powerful image came roaring into my consciousness. I immediately recognized the image as one of my recent paintings and as that recognition happened I knew that I must deeply address the significance of this painting as part of my healing journey.

I would like to gift you with an experience of the healing power of St. Hildegard’s Kyrie. I invite you to get comfortable in front of your altar or in your favorite spot in nature and to gently close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths and then listen to the recording of the Kyrie. (click below to listen)

As you receive these notes and words, ask the Creator to let you feel the love within you. Accessing that sense of love, ask the Creator to show you what your best life looks like. Notice what happens within you as you ask for this awareness. Keep breathing and keep asking the question: What does my best life now look like?  If you notice an awareness of some obstacles to having that best life now, let the music wash over and through you and sense that the obstacles that were revealed to you are leaving you. Feel them disintegrate and disappear. Also, if obstacles do come up, ask the Creator if there is anything you need to do to help the obstacles disintegrate.

Once the recording ends, I encourage you to draw any images that came up for you as well as to write down any of the guidance you were given.

For those of you who would like to experience this meditation live, I am offering a 90 minute soul healing event at the Viriditas Studio on November 5th between 3:30 and 5:00 pm. At this event, we will experience more in depth the healing power of St. Hildegard’s Kyrie. Please contact me if you would like more details.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

Hildegard’s Music: Power for the Soul

Museum - Hildegard von Bingen

Museum – Hildegard von Bingen

I vividly remember the day I discovered the healing power of St. Hildegard’s music. I had recently joined a local choir and we rehearsed every Thursday night. At the time, I was teaching full time, and on Thursday we had our faculty meetings, so I was done with work at 5:30, would grab some dinner and then make my way to choir rehearsal. I would show up, tired to the bones.

Our director had chosen to do a concert of music written by female composers and so one night I arrived at rehearsal at the church and he passed out the new score we would start working on…you guessed it…it was the music of St. Hildegard of Bingen. We were singing her song: O Jerusalem in its original form. St Hildegard’s music is described as monophonic; that is, consisting of exactly one melodic line. And so the entire choir sang in unison. As we sang through the song, I felt a sacred energy fill the church as well as my body. It literally felt like I was being plugged into a source of power and life. My energy returned and by the end of that rehearsal, I left the church full of energy and joy. I was ready to take on the world!

Wow, what had happened? How was this possible? I knew that the music was the source of the amazing transformation in my energy. I was hooked. From that day on, I was drawn to St. Hildegard and her music. I knew she could help me in my life. And that is exactly what has happened.

In this blog series, I am going to write about five of St. Hildegard’s songs:

  1. Kyrie
  2. O Viridissima Virga
  3. O Jerusalem
  4. O Virga Ac Diadema
  5. O Frondens Virga

I will share how each song has helped me in my life and give suggestions for how to use it in your life. For now, I suggest you create a sacred space some where in your home. It should have a comfortable chair or pillow for you to relax in. Find a little table and put a candle, some incense and some images or objects that nourish your senses on the table. Fresh flowers are perfect as well as your favorite stones. Of course if you have a special spot in nature, where you feel inspired and peaceful, that would work well too. Just think about where you would feel most able to relax and sink into some glorious music and inspiration.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine