Meditation # 11: Mother Wisdom

From: The Fifth Vision of the Second Part, Scivias

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I invite you to get comfortable in front of your altar and to take a few deep and slow breaths. Let your entire being become relaxed. Close your eyes and let the following words from St. Hildegard of Bingen speak to your inner most being:

“Imagine a woman of great size. Then imagine a bright light which is as white as snow and as transparent as crystal. The light makes the woman bright from her head down to her throat. From her throat down to her navel, another light of reddish color surrounds her. From her throat down to her breasts, she glows with a reddish color that is similar to the dawn. From her breasts down to her navel, she shines with a color that is similar to a purple hyacinth. Where she glows with the reddish color, she reflects that light upwards to the mysteries of heaven. And on the reddish color, there is a most beautiful maiden whose head is uncovered, showing her black hair. This maiden is clothed with a red tunic which flows down to her feet.

And you hear a heavenly voice speak: This flower on the heavenly Sion is the mother and flower of roses and the lily of the valleys. O flower, you will be betrothed to the son of the most powerful king. You will bear the most celebrated of offsprings, and you will be comforted at the proper time.”


1. Become one with the most beautiful maiden. Feel the depth of the strength and wisdom of the great woman fill your entire being. Are there any challenges you are facing in your present life? The great woman is filling you with her compassion and peace. Feel the comfort of being held by her.

2. As you settle into this deep sense of peace, connect with your inner most being. What truth is there to be found in the depth of your soul? Let it bubble up. Offer this truth to the great woman with gratitude.

I have created a recording of my voice reading this text with some beautiful background music. (If you would like me to send you this recording, feel free to email me at with your email address, and I will send it to you.)

In Viriditas,


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