YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN KATHRYN PILE FOR CENTERING MEDITATION THURSDAY 5PM 17 August 2021
Today our meditation is taken from Gabriele Uhlein’s book called Meditations with Hildegard of Bingen. I’ve chosen this particular book, as it is the very first book to translate Hildegard’s work into English – in 1983. Hildegard died in 1179 in her 80’s, a remarkable woman…a doctor and prophet, musician and poet, dramatist, and physicist, a leader of both men and women, lover of the earth and all creation, she represents the big link between Christian spirituality and pre-patriarchal spiritualties. Her writings were presented at a Papal Synod in 1147/48, were well received and her fame quickly spread. Popes, emperors, peasants, and the religious sought out her spiritual advice and direction.
It is helpful when approaching these writings to contemplate them as divine inspirations of a highly symbolic nature…through which “we are dared to enjoy the ecstasy of God.”
Over the next three weeks (or so) I’ll cover the three main themes of this book:
- God – The Divine
- Cosmos (or Earth) – The Manifestation of God
- Humankind – Co-creators of Divine Manifestation
This week on the theme…God – The Divine:
- I am / for all eternity / the vigour of the God-head. I do not have my source in time. I am / the divine power / through which God decided and sanctioned the creation of all things. I am / the reflection of providence for all. I am / the resounding WORD, / the It-Shall-Be / that I intone / with mighty power / from which all the world proceeds.
- Thru animate eyes / I divide the seasons / of time. I am aware of what they are. I am aware of their potential. With my mouth / I kiss my own chosen creation. I uniquely, / lovingly, / embrace every image / I have made / out of earth’s clay. With a fiery spirit / I transform it / into a body / to serve / all the world.
Relax now in body and mind, slow your breathing, and enter your meditation, centering your prayer, your will and intention on “our God is the I am…the Divine power.”
Love and every blessing
Gabriele Uhlein, Hildegard of Bingen – Meditations with. p 34, 35.
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Remember to watch an introduction to Centering Prayer Meditation with Kathryn. You can see it here
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Peace and health at this time
Irene & Damien