St. Hildegard as Inspiration Today

Have you ever considered how powerful your creative work might be when you share it with others?

How it might touch other human beings? How it might reach those who need just what you’re offering?

Maybe your painting will inspire someone to go out in nature and explore.

Maybe your poem will warm someone’s heart, opening the door to more compassion.

Maybe your song will help someone realize that they’re not alone in the world.

Sometimes we’re not aware of how our own creative acts reach others.

“Creativity is not a solitary movement. This is its power. Whatever is touched by it, whoever hears it, sees it, senses it, knows it, it’s fed. That is why beholding someone else’s creative word, images, idea, fills us up, and inspires us to our own creative work. A single creative act has the potential to feed a continent. Once creative act can cause a torrent to break through stone.” -Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Creativity is an act that not only helps us to thrive as human beings but can touch others. It’s like a refreshing breath of air. It nourishes and energizes.

Yet, sometimes we lack the courage to respond to our longing to be creative. Or to keep moving forward in our creative work. We feel fear.

I’ve found that when I’m lacking courage and feeling filled with fear, I like to turn to St. Hildegard. She’s such an inspiration and even can be a mentor in how to access our own creativity.

Are you wondering how a 12th century nun can be an inspiration to us today? 

St. Hildegard of Bingen was an incredibly influential and spiritual woman who paved the way for other women. She was someone who didn’t accept her place in life, as assigned in her time. She was truly a Renaissance person, ahead of her time – birthing numerous creations into the world even if it wasn’t quite ready for them yet. She was a renowned mystic, healer, and scientist as well as a writer, artist, composer, and visionary. 

“I am the fiery life of the essence of God; I am the flame above the beauty in the fields; I shine in the waters; I burn in the sun, the moon, and the stars. And with the airy wind, I quicken all things vitally by an unseen, all-sustaining life.”  -St. Hildegard of Bingen

We can look beyond the time and place where she resided and seek what lived within her soul as gifts that she offered to the world. We can be inspired by her courage to create new paths for women, her determination and perseverance to manifest her creations, her strength as she conquered obstacles that arose, and her trust in the Divine to lead her in the right direction.

St. Hildegard’s creative work can inspire us to create our own. It can feed us and nourish us, so that we can manifest many of our own creations in the world today.

Our ability to create is really limitless! There are numerous ways to be creative. Our lives, our challenges, our awakening – all can be inspiration for our own creations.

Let’s take a closer look at the ways in which St. Hildegard created in her time.

St. Hildegard as Singer and Composer

St. Hildegard of Bingen was both a singer and composer. Her music gives us an intimate glimpse into her heart. It’s passionate, original, bold, and deeply meaningful. For her, music was alive and found in every living being.

Every element has a sound, an original sound from the order of God; all those sounds unite like the harmony from harps and zithers.” –St. Hildegard of Bingen

In her remarkable fusion of sound and words, we can see a great artist who was able to take an orthodox subject and express it through her own individual voice, giving a unique gift to the world.

St. Hildegard’s daily life was filled with difficult challenges, and yet she chose to sing through it all!

St. Hildegard as Writer and Artist

While living at the St. Disibod Abbey, St. Hildegard became acquainted with the monk Volmar. He was the first person to validate her visions as divine experiences. When she doubted herself due to her lack of education, Volmar strongly encouraged her to move forward. Over the next 10 years, she shared her experiences in the text that would become her visionary work, Scivias. Volmar became her secretary, writing down the words she dictated. We see the importance he had in her life as she portrays him in her painting, A Self Portrait

St. Hildegard as Pioneer in Holistic Health 

Hildegard honored the sacred connection to nature that created harmony and vitality.  She felt that if this connection was out of balance, then there was a drying up of vitality and illness could arise. One could reconnect with this powerful divine life force once again through creating healthy balance through rest, herbal remedies, and proper nutrition. At the core, Hildegard believed natural health was achieved through balance and prevention. 

In her homeland of Germany, St. Hildegard is well known for her contributions to holistic health and wellness, as one of the founders of alternative medicine. What she shared in her time was a seed planted that continues to flourish into our current times in the field of natural medicine. 

 

St. Hildegard as Visionary

St. Hildegard had one of her greatest visions at 52 years old when she felt called to leave her home of 40 years and build her own abbey.

While living at the convent at St. Disibod along the Rhine River, she experienced a vision where she saw a place on a hill where the river Nahe flows into the Rhine that would be dedicated to the name of St. Rupert. At that location, St. Rupert’s church had stood centuries before, but Viking invaders had destroyed it in the 9th century.

For St. Hildegard, it was the perfect place to build her own abbey. The inspiring work of St. Rupert in the 7th century fueled her commitment to move forward with this project.

She was faced with many obstacles along the way. Yet, St. Hildegard persisted. She felt divinely called to create the abbey.

St. Hildegard felt divinely called to share her creative works with the world despite the time in which she was born and the obstacles that arose for her. With courage, she paved a path for many women to follow.

Let St. Hildegard speak her own words to you today –

“Humanity, take a good look at yourself.  Inside, you’ve got heaven and earth, and all of creation.  You’re a world – everything is hidden in you.”  -St. Hildegard, Causes and Cures

What do you feel inspired to birth from the world that’s hidden with you? What creative works do you want to manifest?

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