Hildegard of Bingen
– a legendary healer, visionary, musician, artist, poet, and saint. Her works include seventy-seven symphonic compositions; Scivias, a compilation of her visions; and her two major medical works, Causae et Curae, the first christian medical compendium, and Physica - nine volumes on natural healing.
Hildegard von Bingen, a Benedictine abbess, was admired as prophetissa teutonica, (German Prophet) by her contemporaries. In her visionary illuminations we see that everything is inseparably connected in the cosmic web of the universe. In contrast to the mystical wisdom and knowledge of the East, Western science has in the past few centuries abandoned any spiritual dimension and is responsible for the environmental disaster plaguing this fragile planet. The growing awareness of ecological threats to continued human existence brings into focus Hildegard's visions of God the Creator and the working of the universe as a unity. Hildegard's wisdom can heal the split between science and spirituality because it provides a synthesis of science and nature with religion.
A Day In The Kitchen of Hildegard of Bingen
Hildegard, Heart and Galangal
Shortly before Dr. Michael DeBakey’s 100th birthday he wanted to hold a symposium in Houston with his fellow doctors to introduce them to Hildegard medicine. He himself had experienced the healing of a chest wound, which had been infected for almost 2 years with hospital bacteria. By applying a yarrow compress several times a day, as Hildegard describes, and in addition drinking yarrow tea daily the wound finally healed and closed over. Through a spelt diet he was also cured of a life-threatening diarrhea. In addition he had found that galangal made his heart strong. According to Dr. DeBakey 70% of all heart attack patients die in the first few hours after a massive myocardiac infarction. Unfortunately nobody knows that galangal can help immediately and often prevent death.
Frankenwheat, a scientifically engineered food product versus Spelt
Wheat is not the ancient, healthy wheat of Hildegard's time, instead today's crop is totally different than it was even 50 years ago. Since then, wheat has been a victim of more than a thousand hybridizations, chemical changes, gamma ray bombardments and genetic manipulations of its' DNA. This produced the modern high-yield, dwarfed Frankenwheat with many harmful proteins that cause the world's worst health problems and destruction to the human body. By 1985, virtually all wheat in the US and all over the world has been replaced by this new scientific monster, which leads to obesity, diabetes, inflammatory diseases of the whole body, heartburn, acid reflux and painful gastrointestinal diseases like gastritis, colitis, Crohn's and celiac disease.
St. Hildegard meets Harvard University
The Unruly Mystic: Film Screening
Date: Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Time: 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm EDT
Where: Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Ave.
Sponsor: Harvard Divinity School
Contact: Kristin Gunst
Following a screening of the film The Unruly Mystic by Michael Conti, a panel discussion will take place and include Conti; Beverly Mayne Kienzle, John H. Morison Professor of the Practice in Latin and Romance Languages, Harvard Divinity School; Robert Hensley-King, film critic and historian, Ghent University and Harvard Divinity School.
The Unruly Mystic is an inspirational documentary of how the filmmaker reaffirmed his life's work when he fell in love with a 12th century saint. Saint Hildegard of Bingen evokes a calling, that sweet spot of creativity that we all yearn to play in, which is also spiritual in nature. She is venerated for her widely recognized impact on today’s theologians, artists, musicians, doctors, and educators. She is indeed the unruly mystic. Her story invites us all to embrace the connection between God, nature, and art. This is the story of a powerful muse who invites us to create magic in our own lives by letting the ordinary touch the divine.
Reception to follow in Andover Hall.
The Unruly Mystic Wraps Post Production
The Unruly Mystic: An inspirational documentary of how the filmmaker reaffirms his life's work when he fell in love with a 12th century Saint.
People ask me how I came to make a documentary about Saint Hildegard of Bingen. It all started two years ago when I decided to take my first ever pilgrimage to the Rhineland. I took a 10 day retreat which was billed as a Birthing Vision, coinciding with spring equinox in the Rhineland, and the opportunity to immerse into the Light and Greening Power of Hildegard. The result of that retreat was for me the start of a film entitled The Unruly Mystic which is a prescriptive documentary of how I as the filmmaker reaffirms my life's work when I fell in love with a 12th century Saint. It is a journey that has now taken me to Germany several more times, and given me to the opportunity to meet artists, writers, musicians, theologians and doctors around the world that have found their life changed by Saint Hildegard.
The Unruly Mystic: Saint Hildegard of Bingen
To discover the Divine in the soul, means to activate the original blessing with the potential of 35 spiritual healing forces - from the love of No.1 to No. 35 - joy of life, which are responsible for our wellbeing, our health and our happiness.
Hildegard emphasizes and illustrates in her visions that everyone of us is unique and a "miracle of God."
"You have been called to inherit the blessing." 1 Peter 3.9