–by Hildegard of Bingen (Jun 18, 2015)
“The young woman whom you see is Love. She has her tent in eternity… it was love which was the source of this creation in the beginning when God said: ‘Let it be!’ And it was. As though in the blinking of an eye, the whole creation was formed through love. The young woman is radiant in such a clear, lightning like brilliance of countenance that you can’t fully look at her… She holds the sun and moon in her right hand and embraces them tenderly… the whole of creation call this maiden ‘Lady.’ For it was from her that all creation proceeded, since Love was the first She made everything… Love was in eternity and brought forth, in the beginning of all holiness, all creatures without any admixture of evil. Adam and Eve, as well were produced by love from the pure nature of the Earth.”
[…] I, the fiery life of Divine Wisdom,
I ignite the beauty of the plains, I sparkle the waters,
I burn in the sun,
and the moon,
and the stars.
With wisdom I order all rightly.
Above all I determine truth.
I am the one whose praise echoes on high.
I adorn all the earth.
I am the breeze
that nurtures all things green.
I encourage blossoms to flourish with ripening fruits.
I am led by the spirit to feed the purest streams.
I am the rain
coming from the dew
that causes the grasses to laugh with the joy of life.
I call forth tears,
the aroma of holy work.
I am the yearning for good.
Invisible life that sustains all,
I awaken to life everything
In every waft of air.
The air is life, greening and blossoming.
The waters flow with life. The sun is lit with life.
All creation is gifted with the ecstasy of God’s light.
In doing good, the illumination of a good conscience
is like the light of the earthly sun.
If they do not see me in that light,
how can they see me in the dark of their hearts?
for all eternity
the vigor of the Godhead.
I do not have my source in time.
I am the Divine Power
through which God decided and sanctioned
the creation of all things.
With my mouth
I kiss my own chosen creation.
embrace every image
I have made
out of the Earth’s clay.
–Hildegard of Bingen (1098 – 1179). You might be intrigued to now Who Is This Woman? Excerpt from Matthew Fox book: “Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times” and from Gabriele Uhlein’s “Meditations with Hildegard of Bingen.” [Illustration offered as an anonymous gift :-)]