From: The Third Vision of the Second Part, Scivias
I invite you to get comfortable in front of your altar and to take a few deep and slow breaths. Then light a candle. Breathe in the peace of the candle light and let your gaze slowly take in each sacred object you have placed on your altar. Close your eyes and let the following words from St. Hildegard of Bingen speak to your heart and mind.
“Imagine you are a woman of great size – just like a great city. You have your head crowned wondrously, and your arms are covered with the long sleeves of a tunic which glistens from heaven right down to the earth. Your womb is full of holes, much like a net, and a great crowd of people are moving about in it. You do not have any legs or feet which can be seen because you are standing in front of an altar which is before the eyes of God. You have your hands stretched out around the altar, and you are looking most keenly throughout the heavens with your eyes. You can not look at your garment closely, except that you notice that it shines with a very bright peacefulness. Your breasts are surrounded with such splendor that they shine as a reddish dawn full of reddish lightning. And you hear various kinds of music being sung ‘as intensely as the reddish dawn’.
You spread out your splendor as if it is a garment, and you say: “It behooves me to take in and to provide for.” And then as if in a flash of lightning, a multitude of angels run to you. The angels perfect you by making various seats and steps on you for people to sit on.
Next you see some black infants near the earth, but in the air. They are like fish swimming in the water. These infants enter your womb through the many holes that are in it. You then sigh, drawing the infants up to your head where you breathe them forth through your mouth, remaining pure in the process. Then a peaceful light appears to you. This peaceful light takes the black skin from each of the infants and throws that skin beyond life. You then uncover the peaceful light for these infants and cover them with a white garment.”
1. What or who are the black infants in your life? Name each one of them out loud. Write their names on little pieces of paper and put the papers in a little bowl on your altar. Circle the bowl with your candle of peace and cover the bowl with a white cloth.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your email address, and I will send it to you.)