From: The First Vision of the Second Part, Scivias
I invite you to take a few slow breaths, noticing the air coming into and leaving your body. Notice also your mouth, relax your tongue and feel how it sits inside your mouth. Notice also your hands as they are placed in your lap. Then let the following words from St. Hildegard of Bingen speak to your heart.
“lmagine a very bright fire which is incomprehensible, inextinguishable, wholly living, and appearing as if it is totally alive. The flame of the fire is an airy color, and it is blazing violently in a gentle wind. This flame is inseparable from the fire, just as the entrails are to a person. And imagine this flame lighten in color and give forth a bolt of lightning. Behold, the air – round and of great size – suddenly rising up, and the flame sending sparks into the air, thereby leading the air to perfection. The air sparkles and is put in order, just as heaven and earth. After that, this flame sends forth some of its fire to a little clod of muddy earth which is lying on the ground. This flame makes this little clod warm so that a body and blood are brought forth. This flame breathes into this body and blood, and a person is brought forth. With this finished, the bright fire – blazing violently in a gentle wind – brings the whitest of flowers to this person. This flower hangs down from the flame just as the dew hangs down from the grass. The person does not smell the flower with his or her nose, nor taste it with his or her mouth, nor touch it with his or her hands.”
1. Has the Divine ever sent “a lightning bolt” into your life? What was that like?
2. Imagine the whitest of flowers hanging down in front of you. What does it smell like? What does it taste like? Touch it with your hands. What does it feel like?
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