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Hildegard of Bingen
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), the first German mystic, wrote profusely as a prophet, poet, dramatist, musician, physician, and political moralist. She was an extraordinary woman who exerted a tremendous temporal and spiritual influence on her time and who has been rediscovered today.
Hildegard was born in 1098 in Bockelheim, the diocese of Mainz, on the Nahe river. Her father, Hildebert, was a knight in the service of Count Meginhard of Spanheim. At six, she began to have religious visions that continued the rest of her life. At eight, she was entrusted to the care of Jutta, sister of Count Meginhard. The two lived in a small cottage adjoining the church abbey at Disibodenberg. A sickly child, Hildegard continued her education under Jutta, learning to read and sing Latin. At fifteen, she was clothed in the habit of a nun in Jutta’s hermitage, a community following the Rule of St. Benedict. At thirty-eight, Hildegard became the abbess of the community.Eventually, the archbishop of Mainz examined her visions with his theologians and ruled them divinely inspired, ordering Hildegard to record them in writing. From 1141 until 1151, she worked on her principal work, Scivias (May You Know, or Know the Ways). In 1147, Pope Eugenius III and his commission examined her visions and also authorized her to write whatever the Holy Spirit inspired her to write. Her growing fame then caused Hildegard to transfer her convent from Disibodenberg to Rupertsberg, near Bingen between 1147 and 1150. She continued living here until her death on 17 September 1179. She was buried in her convent church, where her relics remained until 1632, when the convent was destroyed by the Swedes and her relics moved to Eibingen.
A woman of an extraordinarily energetic and independent mind, Hildegard wrote voluminously. Scivias, the first of her three mystical works, develops her view on the universe, on the theory of macrocosm and microcosm, the structure of humans, birth, death, and the nature of the soul. It also treats the relations between God and humans in creation, the Redemption, and the Church. The last of the twenty-six vision of Scivias contains Ordo Virtutum, the earliest liturgical-morality play.
Liber Vitae Meritorum (The Book of the Rewards of Life), 1158-1163, studies the weaknesses separating us from God. It is one of the most subtle, psychologically fascinating, and intense works ever written on the relationship of various sins to their corresponding virtues.Liber Divinorum Operum Simplicis Hominis (The Book of the Divine Works of a Simple Man), the third of Hildegard’s mystical books, 1163-1173, concerns itself with the unity of creation. Hildegard succeeds in synthesizing into one great whole her theological beliefs along with her knowledge of the elements of the university and the structures within the human body. This work is often considered the epitome of science of her time.
three mystical books, Hildegard wrote a long
physical treatise entitled Physica:
Subtilitatum Diversarum Naturarum Creaturarum (Physical Things: Of the Simplicities of
Various Natural Creatures) and her book of
medicine entitled Causae et Curae (Causes and Cures).
Although her theoretical knowledge of
medicine seems crude today, large numbers of sick
and suffering persons were brought to her for cures. A thriving clinic in
Konstanz, Germany, practices Hildegard’s remedies
In addition, Hildegard
wrote Vita Sancti Disibodi (The Life of Saint Disibod) and Vita Sancti Ruperti (The
Life of Saint Rupert). Her
Solutiones Triginta Octo Quaestionum
(Answers to Thirty-eight Questions)
comments on various theological and scriptural
subjects. Her Explanatio Symboli Athanasii (Explanation of the Symbol of Saint
Athanasius) and Explanatio
Regulae Sancti Benedicti (Explanation
the Rule of Saint Benedict), written at the
request of the Benedictine monastery of Huy in
Belgium, are self explanatory.
the nuns of her convent, Hildegard wrote hymns and
canticles—both words and music.
She collected her songs into a cycle entitled
Symphonia Armonie Celestium Revelationum
(The Symphony of the Harmony of
Heavenly Revelations). These
approximately seventy songs were written for a wide
range of liturgical celebrations.
Finally, Hildegard wrote letters to popes, cardinals, bishops, abbots, kings and emperors, monks and nuns, men and women of various social levels both in Germany and abroad. Some of her letters are more personal, but the majority are mystical treatises, prophecies, sermons, and very strong exhortations concerning various corruptions. Hildegard’s clear intelligence foresaw that the ecclesiastical and political abuses of her time would ultimately burst into flames in some event such as the eventual Reformation or the Thirty Years’ War. Hildegard represented a legacy to her own times, and now has been rediscovered in ours.
Bruce W. Hozeski
Ball State University
From Borchert, Donald M. (Editor). Encyclopedia of Philosophy (10 Volume Set). ©2006 Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, Inc. Reproduced by permission. www.cengage.com/permissions.
Hildegard and Mineralogy
Ancient Healing with Gems & Crystals
Hildegard the Mineralogist was lesser known for the aspect of gems and crystals that interest many people today toward a modality to heal the vibrational structure surrounding the physical body called subtle anatomies. In healing the vibrations within the multi-dimensional structure it also eases the disturbances within the soul and the physical body as it repairs diseases and illnesses. It is not surprising her interest and enduring healing qualities she bestowed in her writings are now credited with the scientific community in raising awareness to the properties of the phenomena gems & crystals contain.
Various vibrational modalities target specific approaches in their unique manner in which a result is achieved. The technique used remains a valuable “tool” in an important role to preserve the ancient processes for healing in God’s value in which the modality offers without enticing any vices or inviting other realms of demonic entities.
Mankind is already plagued with negative forces without adding a potential to do further harm to the soul’s peace that one is striving for when healing. A consistent balance restores and maintains peace within the soul. This peace is what gives value to the healer and the one healing through compassion and forgiveness bringing about ‘self-induced’ peace.
Gems & Crystals foster “feelings” to actualize thoughts and emotions. It is actually a hypnotic process to heal at any level, as I explain throughout my book, in this particular approach to the vibrational effect from the Mineral Kingdom I am discussing. Therefore, this approach was first bestowed to mankind when God created Adam and gave him the breath of life. God then had Adam fall into a sleep to create Eve. The beauty in the creation of everything to heal mankind comes from the ancient fundamental breath of life that leads to and waking & sleeping, day & night, and light & dark.
The value with opposites came about at the fall of Lucifer and his once glorified angels that became demons. At this point the downfall of mankind has been structured through greed, control and manipulations due to negative forces. These negative forces foster negative disturbances in mankind’s soul to any healing approach, especially one with the value that the Mineral Kingdom holds.
When this approach is used in healing the medical qualities that gems and minerals possess enhance all energy channels, as in the manner that food energetics comply within Eating Patterns, thus carrying a Genetic Energy quality from the time they were formed and mankind used them.
It can only be assumed as to where Hildegard got her minerals from, since the most commonly found in that area were jasper, quartz, amethyst and the highly prized agate. Often agate was thought to have magical properties since it contained a core that resembled an eye. It brought considerable prosperity to the area in the late middle ages. Other stones would have been available within a short distance, yet the more precious stones were obviously not local and possibly presented to her from travelers. Gem & Crystal Therapies are a most pleasurable experience in giving attribute to the medical value in creating wellness from specific ailments, while feeling as though they have the authority to heal.
In Hildegard’s writings she describes the useful effects in the manner that the vices and virtues engage with mankind. She writes that precious stones are born of fire and water and contain many powers, but for only good and honest deeds. God adorned the angels in precious stones as their brilliance was seen within the mirror of Divinity. Lucifer took the knowledge from them and recognized that God wished to do many wonderful things and became exalted with arrogant pride, since the beauty, which also covered him in these stones, was shining within God who created them. His pride exceeded the humble powers of the minerals and gems, thus allowing his free will to be tempted to want do deeds equal and greater than God and eventually with mankind. She continues to write that after Lucifer’s fall God restored Adam to a better part. God also sent neither the beauty nor power to the precious stones of earth, but willed that they would be held in honor and bless the earth to be used for medicine.
Quoting Hildegard on her use of Jacinth (zircon): “If anyone is bewitched by phantoms or magical spells, so that he has lost his wits, take a hot leaf of pure wheaten bread and cut he upper crust in the form of a cross, --not, however, quite cutting it quite through- then pass the stone along the cutting, reciting these words: “May God, who cast away all precious stones from the evil…cast away from thee all phantoms and all magic spells, and free thee from the pain of madness.”
Quoting Hildegard on her use of on the Diamond: “It had the greatest virtue because it resisted the devil’s power by day and by night.”
Minerals attributed to Hildegard’s Collection:
1. Smarragd: chromian beryl (emerald)
2. Hyazinth or hyacinth: a group name for the numerous semi-precious stones, primarily garnet (grossular, almandine, zircon, hessonite) but also includes quartz, vesuvianite, corundum (sapphire) and spinel.
3. Onyx: calcite, most commonly describes “marble calcite” used for carving
4. Beryl: a group name for emerald (green), aquamarine (blue), and heliodor (yellow)
5. Sardonyx: quartz, specifically agate or chalcedony
6. Saphir: sapphire (blue) corundum
7. Sarder: quartz
8. Topas: topaz
9. Chrysolith: forsterite (peridot)
10. Jaspis: jasper, red quartz
11. Prasem: chalcedony quartz
12. Chalcedon: chalcedony quartz
13. Chrysopras: chrysoprase (or chrysophrase), green gemstone variety of chalcedony quartz
14. Rubin: ruby (red) corundum)
15. Amethyst: purple gemstone quartz
16. Achat: agate quartz
17. Diamant: diamond
18. Magnetit: magnetite
19. Bernstein: amber
20. Bergkristall: quartz crystal
21. Perlen: pearl
22. Perlen: probably perlmutt (mother-of-pearl shell)
23. Carneol: chalcedony quartz
24. Kalk: calcite
Hildegard describes how metals were formed in that the Spirit of the Lord made the waters and thus the waters strengthened the earth and the fiery waters transformed the earth into gold, while the pure water suffused into silver and the fluctuation of water penetrated by the air changed the earth to become steel and iron. She gives detailed explanations on how each one was formed along with the healings and when to heed the nature of the poison some can transfer.
Mineralogy & Healing
Quoting Hildegard: “All things that stand in God’s order correspond with one another. The stars sparkle from the light of the moon, and the moon shines from the fire of the sun. Everything serves a higher purpose, and nothing exceeds its measure.”
Facing the east I watch the sun rise; facing the west I watch the sun set. My attention to the east allows me to watch the moon rise with all of the stars shining like precious gemstones, one by one talking to the earth as they begin to form their own structure in the opposition of what I watch occur in the daylight. What is in the space in between me and the sky?
Is the space between you and I empty? Really empty?
What about the space between the sun and moon? Day and night? Does “something” go on in the space that seems empty? Or do you only perceive it to be empty?
This space is actually a matrix of wonders that holds a phenomena of photons belonging and relating to the four basic elements (humors) of fire, water, air & earth. The four basic elements are oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and carbon.
Just because you cannot “see” these elements it does not mean that they do not exist. Likewise with an empty space or a seemingly full space forming “something” and creating a visual perception. These elements are even within the finest space forming “something” every moment within the movement of energy. This particular “something” is known as minerals, as in gem and crystals. Something is always within a space, even when nothing seems to exist.
For example the meridians, as in acupuncture, are actually subtle energy channels for energy to pass through the physical body that run along the nervous system. Gemstones influence a person with a heightened quality upon the skin’s surface by stimulating the subtle anatomies through these meridians. Something is there, but it does not seem to exist. Scientists today cannot find the existence of these subtle energy channels, yet cannot deny the healing power of them in acupuncture. In addition, the power of the mind in hypnosis has the similar phenomena to scientists.
Russian scientist, Vladimir Poponin, did an intuitive experiment with what seemed to be an empty space with a non-existence and here is what he found. He basically took a glass tube and vacuumed out all of the air, yet the photons (which are units of light and can be measured) remained in the tube randomly scattered. The next time he did this experiment he inserted human DNA and did the same thing, but this time “something” amazing happened. The photons aligned with human DNA. “Something” even more amazing happened when he took out the DNA as the photons remained aligned as if the DNA were still in the glass tube. This experiment suggests that mankind has a direct relation to light and the elements.
Elements, when combined, in any process form compounds and these are in relation to heal the subtle anatomies as well as the physical body. Gems & Crystals are energy forms that are the most powerful, since they work on a vibrational and physical level at the same time, unlike flower essences only working with the subtle anatomy first.
Therefore, human DNA “feels” the vibrational field and the physical field at the cellular level to heal. While gems do have a direct influence on the physical body, this main course of action is impacted on the energy-life-force itself or subtle bodies. Mankind cannot direct them to one particular biological humor, as we are made of all the basic elements. Ayurvedic medicine consists of three elements (humors) and Oriental medicine consists of five elements, while Hildegard has four elements (humors). They all correspond and balance the intrinsic elements/humors within mankind.
On Hildegard’s medicine-- directly quoted from my book:
“According to Hildegard, black bile is associated with earth as the cold-and-dry elements produce a melancholic or depressive temperament; while blood is the humor associated with air and the hot-and-moist elements that result in the happy or sanguine. Yellow bile is associated with fire and hot-and-dry elements resulting in a choleric or an unforgiving temperament; phlegm associated with water and the cold-and-moist elements result in a sluggish response or phlegmatic, and all are related to the physical body. Mankind’s deeds interact with the elements and have a direct effect on matter produced within the elements, thus having a direct effect on mankind. Respecting the elements has a variable factor to the contribution of the level and motion that directs energy.”
By setting the gemstones in metal we create a vehicle in a direct balance for the humoral action. Traditional uses and healings have been successfully used for thousands of years, yet incorporating simple new techniques as with visualization/sound and hypnosis enhances the traditional use and does not alter the regulated healing therapy as in many New Age or trendy influences do.
A well-integrated use of gems and mineralogy must be considered before a pattern of vibrational and physical levels are combined and determine the level of healing therapy necessary. In addition, validated systems are a basis for current therapy to influence the main action for a Spiritual Remedy within the patterns of the Mineral Kingdom.
Our blood holds energy patterns, fields and recently discovered by scientists a bio-crystalline system. This delicate system was also found within the pineal gland and actually resembled a tiny structure as in crystal formations. Without powerful life-giving energy our blood would only be an inert fluid with the property that still water holds. The breath, which is the element air, holds this life-force as well as feeding the physical blood nourishment, as does the energy from minerals, herbs and food. Air is what gives a certain quality to these life-giving nourishments, as well as what forms them.
Replenishing vital energy patterns in vibrational fields first is what makes Gem and Crystal healings the highest rate for the subtle and physical anatomy. Not only do they absorb, transform, transmit and store energy, but saturate the vibrational fields according to the precise solar/lunar structure in which they were formed. This reasons why such a matrix for DNA, photons and elements cannot be duplicated in a lab or in the form of a pill from a pharmacy to heal with a natural accordance in which they were created.
Exactly how gem elixirs and their vibrational properties work within the vital-life-force to assist in healing and conquering disease is a complex process. In time the ‘new physics’ will assist in understanding this harmonious relationship between mankind and the Mineral Kingdom on how these remedies work. Magnetobiology and biomagnetism offer a theoretical explanation on how vibrational remedies work. (magnetobiology is the study of the effect of magnetic fields upon biological systems, and biomagnetism is the study of magnetic fields emanating from biological systems.)
A cell is an open system and must exchange matter. It needs to regulate and define structures to maintain available energy. Vibrational remedies change the conditions of each cell and then are capable of transmuting into a biological response. In order to energize and organize a biological system the environmental conditions must also change, thus Eating Patterns and Lifestyle changes are included.
How Vibrational Remedies Work:
A specific path through the physical and subtle bodies assimilate the ingested vibration and settle midway between the circulatory system and nervous system. An electromagnetic current creates a polarity of these two systems. Life-force works through the blood and consciousness works through the brain and nervous system, while both systems contain quartz/crystalline properties and electromagnetic currents. Blood cells contain more quartz/crystalline properties while the nervous system has more electromagnetic currents. The properties of life-force and consciousness enter and stimulate the physical body, via a path.
The Path of Life:
The crystalline properties within the aura stabilize the fields of energy. The central point of consciousness for the crystalline properties are often located in glands. This field is a matrix of energy beyond a capacity of biological, yet fits in the natural laws and mechanics of physics.
The path is determined by a person’s individual constitution, (as in Ayurvedic medicine, Oriental medicine, and Hildegard’s medicine), in which an elemental value is established to which each specific humor corresponds more with the physical body. From a meridian standpoint the remedies life-force enters the various subtle bodies, or charkas, and returns directly to the physical body. Within the physical body it returns to the cellular level through different portals about midway between the circulatory and nervous systems. The three main portals are etheric body & fluidium, energy channels or charkas, and the skin with the silica or crystalline properties, since the hair is a carrier of the life-force and not an actual portal. An example is: The pineal gland is in direct association with the crown chakra and would gravitate toward one portal, yet allow for others. Vibrational remedies with crystalline properties gravitate towards the skin. The entire process is instantaneously, yet can take a while to experience the result. Likewise, in this explanation when one is punched in the face, it may take days to completely feel the swelling or soreness.
This process also includes a triangular basis allowing for interlinking of individual molecules of differing elements for a self-perpetuation basis, since molecules are often based on principles of a triangular structure in which is a part of the formulation within crystalline structures. Basically, individual cells have a similar pattern.
Crystals have changed the development
of the world since the beginning of time, and is being
recognized once again as to the ability of their
powers. A few are computer technology, and laser
application, and transmitting large quantities of
information over long-distances via fiber optics.
Crystal bioenergy establishes a natural
bio-crystalline energy and can remove pain and
suffering from nerves, muscles, and bones as it
balances and cleanses the body and its organs.
Likewise gemstones collect energy and focus energy to
regenerate and empower the autonomic nervous system,
while assisting in regulating hormones associated with
other glands. The brain has been observed in the
electroencephalogram (EEG), which has recorded the
influence of many findings, including Hildegard’s GOLDEN
TOPAZ PRAYER, as her crystal therapies are an
effective energetic medicine to bring the body and
soul into an equilibrium.
Now proven scientifically, the ancient healing systems such as Hildegard’s, mineralogy provides a pattern for natural healing. For too long of a time gemstones have been regulated to the role of magic and superstition, while the time is now to once again unfold ancient knowledge and appreciate the role of these majestic treasures stored in the Mineral Kingdom. This kingdom is actually a domain direct from heaven to the earth possessing all its own healing properties. There is no magic or superstition in healing, only emotional relief, mental clarity and a physical body returning to a normal balance holding a spirit of faith in the elements in which these gems and crystals were formed by God for the angels and then bestowed on mankind.
By- Karan Schneider
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**Frankenwheat, a scientifically engineered food product versus Spelt
By- Dr. Wighard Strehlow (Dr. Wighard Strehlow has given BABS Bakery permission to post this article on Frankenwheat)
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
Dr. Joseph A. Murray and his team discovered in another cohort study from the Mayo Clinic with young healthy men from the Air Force, that the prevalence of undiagnosed autoimmune celiac disease has dramatically increased more than 4-fold in the US during the past 50 years. The study is consistend with a recent study in Europe, most likely as a result of the change of wheat genetics, bread processing, and enzymatic modificationof industry food processing in the past 40 years.
Finally, a study from the University of Hohenheim, Germany published during the “Spelt symposium“ of 1992 demonstrated that the modern “dwarfed” wheat grows so close to the earth that fungi can contaminate the naked grain producing the world’s most poisonous aflatoxins which destroy fertility. Spelt in comparison, grows 5 feet away from the ground, is protected by its’ husks and free of aflatoxins.
Borlaug, the father of the little devil
Frankenwheat received the Nobel Peace Prize for
his effort to save over a billion people from
starvation... 50 years later hunger is still
prevalent, but this GMO wheat leaves the people fat,
sick or dement.
What can we do?
The visionary power of Hildegard’s teaching was revealed to the world 850 years ago when she wrote: “Spelt is the optimal grain.“ The pope Benedikt XVI. appointed on October 7th 2012 St. Hildegard as the teacher of the universal church. Between Dr. Gottfried Hertzka MD and myself, we accumulated 80 years of practical experience using spelt as a remedy and have seen evidence that spelt can heal and prevent the above described diseases. Just exchange modern wheat with spelt in all your recipes. Spelt is a tasty substitute for wheat in all baking and cooking recipes for spelt breads, cakes, pizzas, pancakes, pasta, cereal etc. With spelt, the shift away from wheat is easily implemented in the kitchen, unlike with some other gluten-free products.
Unlike Frankenwheat, the ancient DNA of spelt has remained unchanged and was never hybridized with wheat for the last 5000 years. Spelt is a universal remedy that prevents the aforementioned diseases, protects your health, increases energy, improves mood and leads to stronger bones and joints and a happier disposition of body and soul.
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