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Episode 134 - Reverend Matthew Fox on Hildegard von Bingen & her "Viriditas"
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Author, theologian, and spiritual elder, Reverend Matthew Fox, shares his profound wisdom and deep insights about the essential importance of our relationship with Mother Earth, our celebration of the Divine Feminine, and our connection with Creation Spirituality. Having written 40 books on spirituality, history, and culture, Reverend Fox draws upon centuries of knowledge and wisdom from indigenous and mystical traditions world-wide… particularly from the Rhineland Mystic Movement of the medieval European Renaissance, and a most extraordinary woman at its helm: Hildegard von Bingen.

In his book Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times – Unleashing Her Power in the 21st Century, Reverend Fox discusses the towering insights, inspirations, and contributions from Hildegard von Bingen, the 12th century abbess, writer, painter, composer, theologian, herbalist, healer, feminist, rabble-rouser, and mystic known as the “Sybil of the Rhine.” Hildegard von Bingen had an extraordinary life of awakened mystical experiences (including visions of angels and stirring experiences of the Divine flowing and flowering through nature ~ especially in the form of the “great greening” life-giving energy which she called “Viriditas”), of creative “renaissance” genius, of executive leadership of her Abbess, and of engaged social and political activism, including numerous written critiques of corrupt popes, kings, and other potentates beholden to the ossified power-grip of patriarchal hierarchies.

ABOUT HILDEGARD VON BINGEN

Impacting great figures from Bernard de Clairvaux to Thomas Aquinas, Meister Eckhart, Francis of Assisi, Julian of Norwich, and Albertus Magnus, Hildegard von Bingen emanates influential ripples throughout society and across time. She celebrates music, song, joy, wetness, the dripping “sap of life”, the greening power of the Holy Spirit, and the special invitation to co-create with Divine immanence that is among our unique birthrights as human beings. With roots in the Celtic mysticism of pre-historic Europe and even lesser-known connectivity between Celtic peoples and the Hopi and other indigenous nations across the Atlantic, Hildegard von Bingen represents a certain AI – “authentic intelligence” – that is essential for the great turning that humanity is currently experiencing on planet Earth in the 21st century.

And Reverend Matthew Fox, a towering luminary in his own right, shines the light of hope, truth, inspiration, and loving compassion on all of this for us. In this episode, he discusses the web of life, the wisdom of understanding “original blessing” (and Original Instructions) instead of “original sin,” the deep pathology of dualistic religious systems that promulgate theological errors like the separation of mind and body, the separation of spirit and matter, the justification of patriarchal dominance, the oppression of women and indigenous peoples, and the diminution and desecration of the Divine ~ especially the Divine’s immanent Creation and the Divine Feminine and Creatrix aspect of Cosmic Divinity.

Although many of us engaged in the sustainability and regeneration movement might spend much of our time focused on technological developments, innovative economic systems, and ecosystem restoration practices, the fundamental worldviews / gestalts / and Weltanschauungen laid bare by luminaries like Matthew Fox and Hildegard von Bingen are essential for our deep psycho-spiritual and cultural healing. If we are going to evolve in order to heal, restore, survive, and thrive as humans on planet Earth, we are going to need much more embodiment of the wisdom that luminaries like Hildegard von Bingen and Reverend Matthew Fox reveal.

ABOUT REVEREND MATTHEW FOX

Reverend Matthew Fox is an elder, activist, spiritual theologian, and the author of 34 books on spirituality and culture. He has taught at Stanford University, and is the founder of the University of Creation Spirituality. He was a member of the Dominican Order of the Roman Catholic Church for 34 years until silenced by the Vatican in 1989 and formally dismissed in 1993. Now an Episcopal priest, he travels extensively sharing his vision of a spirituality that includes mysticism and social justice rather than patriarchal orthodoxy, and that celebrates the marriage of the Divine Feminine and the Sacred Masculine. He has written 40 books and co-founded both the Cosmic Mass Movement and the Order of the Sacred Earth.

RESOURCES & RELATED EPISODES

MatthewFox.org

DailyMeditationsWithMatthewFox.org

OrderoftheSacredEarth.org

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