Viriditas Weekly News

Healing with St. Hildegard, April 7th & May 5th, 3:30-5 pm, Viriditas Home Studio
The Mystic Hildegard, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

Dear Viriditas Community,

Whew! Last week was a big one. David and I taught our first class at the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality. When we finished the week and Saturday morning rolled around, I could hear St. Hildegard lovingly whispering in my ear: “Moderation, dear Jeannine, remember moderation is the queen of virtues.” And so, on Saturday and Sunday, I rested…seeking alone time in nature and napping.

For a closer look at how moderation helps us find balance in our lives, take a look at my blog post this week on St. Hildegard’s Words of Wisdom on Creating Balance for Health. 

One of the gifts of last weekend is we had some warm weather. How my body rejoiced being outside, soaking in the sound of the birds chirping away. The daffodils in my garden are starting to peak out of the ground, as is the parsley!

St. Hildegard gave us the gift of the concept of Viriditas that can be described as the divine life force that lives and breathes within all living beings. This potent force is full of vitality. It makes all things grow, expand, and thrive.

For St. Hildegard, the Divine permeated all of life on Earth – every plant, every animal, every stone, every human being.  And Earth, as mother, is the womb of creation and of nourishment.

“The Earth is at the same time mother. She is mother of all that is natural, mother of all that is human. She is mother of all, for contained in her are the seeds of all. The Earth of human kind contains all moistness, all verdancy, all germinating power. It is in so many ways fruitful. All creation comes from it. Yet it forms not only the basic raw material for humankind, but also the substance of the incarnation of God’s son.” – St. Hildegard of Bingen

St. Hildegard was disturbed by what she saw as the lack of care of our Mother Earth by people, even in the 12th century, and spoke out courageously and directly to the people. 

Now in the people that were meant to be green there is no more life of any kind. There is only shriveled barrenness. The winds are burdened by the utterly awful stink of evil, selfish goings-on. Thunderstorms menace. The air belches out the filthy uncleanliness of the peoples. The earth should not be injured! The earth must not be destroyed!” – St. Hildegard of Bingen

And she called us, as guardians of all of creation, to rise up and take action to protect Mother Earth. “We…are more dependent on the rest of creation than any other species…. We are the guardian of creation.”   
“We shall awaken from our dullness and rise vigorously toward justice.  If we fall in love with creation deeper and deeper, we will respond to its endangerment with passion.” 

“Glance at the sun. See the moon and the stars. Gaze at the beauty of earth’s greenings. Now, think. What delight God gives to humankind with all these things. All nature is at the disposal of humankind. We are to work with it. For without it we cannot survive.”  –St. Hildegard of Bingen

Doctor of the Soul Events for 2018

Healing with St. Hildegard – Join me starting in April to discover more of the wisdom of St. Hildegard for our modern times. Sign-up here. I’d love to see you there!

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras 

In creating balance in your own life, keep in mind the health of your chakras. Chakras are part of our subtle or energy body. This invisible energy is the vital life force that keeps us vibrant, healthy, and alive.

They work to regulate the flow of energy in our body so that we can have a variety of experiences within our body – mental, creative, sexual, emotional, and more. Actions that we repeat, whether we are conscious of them or not, create pathways in our chakras. These patterns or habits – mental, emotional or behavioral – may be unhealthy or healthy for us in life.

Clearing or balancing our chakras can help to dissolve energy pathways that do not serve us and encourage new ones to flow that do serve us. Leading us to a deeper purpose and meaning in our lives. Ahhh……

The root chakra, located at the base of the spine, supports us in being grounded or rooted.To have a sense of safety and security in life on the Earth.

It is the Foundation of Life.The wisdom of Mother Earth energy within us.

Being rooted in the wisdom of Mother Earth gives us a palpable sense of being rooted in the Divine. When our root chakra is functioning well we know that the Divine is our true source of safety and security. We can grow from there within the eternal Light of the Divine to become our highest selves.

In balancing the root chakra, we can call upon Ganesh with his wisdom, courage, and strength to remove any fear that is holding us back from feeling safe and secure within our lives. You can find the audio recording of the Ganesh mantra to use for chanting here.

The entire guidebook for all 7 chakras will be coming out this Spring!

The Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder
Mark your calendars! Andrew Harvey who is on the faculty of The Fox Institute is coming to Boulder!

An Evening with Andrew Harvey, Friday, March 16th, 7:00-8:30 PM, at the First Congregational Church. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased here.

Andrew Harvey is Founder Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective, and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability. Sacred Activism is a transforming force of compassion-in-action that is born of a fusion of deep spiritual knowledge, courage, love, and passion, with wise radical action in the world. The large-scale practice of Sacred Activism can become an essential force for preserving and healing the planet and its inhabitants.

Find more information and register here for any offerings at The Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder.

As I look outside my window right now, a huge blanket of clouds is being blown across the sky…. Snow is coming…. And I rejoice…David and I are heading up to Beaver Creek for some deep powder skiing. Ahhhh…. Heaven….. How grateful I am to be human!

In Viriditas,

PS  Remember if you really want to explore the Wisdom of St. Hildegard in depth you can study with me at the Fox Institute in May. Find out more here.

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