Have you ever gotten an intuitive message that you didn’t necessarily want to hear? Something you feel you should act on, but you knew it would not be easy?
What do you do? Do you follow your intuition? Or do you try to convince yourself you didn’t hear this message? Certainly that CAN’T be the message. Or do you simply ignore it and continue on in life?
Crazy, right? You would act immediately. Even if you knew your next steps would not be easy.
Yet, sometimes when we hear a message – often experienced as intuition for many of us – we don’t always respond.
Well, in case you haven’t already discovered it, let me reassure you that the Divine has many modes of communication. If one doesn’t work, another, more drastic step, may be needed.
You see, a message from the Divine –– is not only about yourself.
Yes, of course, it will help you grow, develop towards your Higher Self, and also unfold your destiny in the world. But, that is not the only purpose.
The message to you is often for you to bring something out into the world – to benefit the health and wellbeing of others in the world.
And, yes, sometimes this is frightening. Sometimes, you’d rather stay curled up in your safe home where it is easier.
Yet, the world is waiting and needing your work, your message.
A Message for St. Hildegard
St. Hildegard, in the 12th century, heard a divine voice telling her to speak and write about her experiences.
“… a voice from heaven was saying to me: ‘O weak person, you who are both ashes of ashes and decaying of decaying, speak and write what you see and hear. But you are shy about speaking and simple in explaining and unskilled about writing those things. So speak and write those things not according to human speech or human inventiveness but according to the extent that you see and hear those things in the heavens above in the marvelousness of God…
So you too, o woman, speak those things which you see and hear. Write those things not according to yourself or by the standards of another person, but according to the will of the one knowing, the one who sees and arranges all things in the secrets of His own mysteries.” (Hildegard von Bingen’s Mystical Visions/Scivias)
St. Hildegard didn’t want to do this. She didn’t want to act on what the divine voice was telling her to do. She was frightened and anxious. She felt unskilled in these areas.
Also remember that she lived in a time where women were not part of the clergy. Women did not preach, speak publicly, or write. Let alone on controversial topics such as corruption in the Church or visions from God.
Yet, she was being called to speak up and to write.
“…. I put my hand to writing. Once I did this, a deep and profound exposition of books came over me. I received the strength …. and under that power I continued to carry out the work to the end..” – St. Hildegard of Bingen
Through simply taking one step at a time and lifting her hand to write, she began to find the courage and strength to heed her call. To share the message that she referred to as the Living Light speaking through her. And she received the support she needed from close friends and the spiritual world.
It is amazing how much help does come, once you take the first step.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe