Composer Mystic:Hildegard of Bingen

Composer Mystic:Hildegard of Bingen

“Dare to declare who you are. It is not far from the shores of silence to the boundaries of speech.The path is not long, but the way is deep. You must not only walk there, you must be prepared to leap.”

Hildegard Von Bingen – see Hildegard Von Bingen’s Mystical Visions: Translated from Scivias and Selected Writings. 


Is art the expression of self or is self the expression of art? Is there such a thing as an unlimited Self or a self unhindered by the ego’s whims, perceptions, and filters? The sages of timeless wisdom hold to this notion. This 12th century illuminated mystic provides for us a zen koan. Hildegard suggests that the path of true individuality is a short but deep one and involves not a walk but a leap . . . but a leap where? Who among us has even approached this cliff edge? There is still time.

Blessed Hildegard of Bingen (1098 – 1179), also known as Saint Hildegard, and Sibyl of the Rhine, was a writer, composer, philosopher, mystic, visionary, and polymath. She wrote theological, botanical and medicinal texts, as well as letters, liturgical songs, poems, and supervised brilliant miniature Illuminations.

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