“The Egg of the Universe Illumination is the foundation for my Germany pilgrimage retreat. In this illumination Hildegard gifts us with a surprising and wonderful mandala of the universe – the universe as an EGG. “By this supreme instrument in the figure of an egg, and which is the universe,” she writes, “invisible and eternal things are manifested.”
What is implied in Hildegard’s rich image of the universe as an egg? First, an egg is unity, a whole. This is a basic truth of the universe that Hildegard insists on time and again. She writes: “God has arranged all things in the world in consideration of everything else.” Just as in an egg all things are interconnected for the sake of the whole, so, too, in the universe. She writes: “O Holy Spirit, you are the mighty way in which every thing that is in the heavens, on the earth, and under the earth, is penetrated by connectedness, penetrated with relatedness.” Hildegard sees interconnectivity and interdependence as the very stuff of the universe.”
– Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen by Rev. Matthew Fox.