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:
- O Viridissima Virga
- O Jerusalem
- O Virga Ac Diadema
- 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.