WELCOMING THE NEW YEAR WITH HILDEGARD
- Use everything for your upliftment and growth
- Support yourself and others
- Take care of yourself
- Don’t worry about not being able to finish your MANDALA. For me it takes days to finish one. Just go with the Flow. I keep the Padlet open so you can share your mandala when it is ready.
- Ask when you don’t understand something.
- Feel free to use the lavatory, get a glass of water any time. We will not have an official break.
- Mute yourself but keep the video on so I know that you are OK.
We have just entered a NEW YEAR and a new DECADE! WOW, what a year 2020 was! For most of us, the last year brought opportunities to reflect what we would like to move toward and what to left behind. It is personal.
As an over all intention for this year I would like to suggest that we set an intention to get in touch with or deepen our connection with our Soul’s desires and manifest them creatively. What do you think?
I would like you to listen to these two meditations … after the first one pls sit back down and listen to the second one …
… then make your list of ‘what I enjoy doing’. While you are making your list, I would like you to listen to this song below.
Please share your list on our PADLET HERE (CLICK)
INTRODUCTION TO MANDALA MAKING
Have you heard of MANDALAs before? What do you know about them? Even if you know what MANDALAs are and how to make them it is worth watching the video below and remind ourselves what kind of MANDALAS we are making and why in this class.
The ultimate aim of making mandalas this way (luminous symbols) is the recovery of one’s authentic Self, from the ego-personality. The recovery of this Self, synonymous with enlightenment, is the mystical experiential knowing and remembering that we are one with Divine Power/Divine Love.
We are looking to making ourselves WHOLE again, embrace and/or heal parts of ourselves that needs to be reintegrated into the whole of who we are in our ‘greatness’ or ‘wholeness’. In order to do that we must go through some kind of a transformation or recovery.
Following Dr Judith Cornell’s methodology, we create symbols of illumination as we create mandalas. This way we experience and express different aspects of our Divine Self. These mandalas are transformative and healing because they connect us with our higher self: the all-knowing, pure and divine Self that knows no fragmentation or separation.
ENERGIZING HANDS + BLESSING THE MATERIALS
PRACTISING SCALES OF LIGHT
Please share your practise drawing with us on our PADLET! Thank you!
MUSIC FOR PRACTISE
MOVE YOUR BODY!
MOVEMENT – BREAK
A NEW YEAR WITH HILDEGARD
These meditation exercises in this class focus on ways to deepen our relationship with our soul.
As we awaken to the fullness of who we really are, we will feel an ever stronger desire to express the deeper mystical realities of our soul.
Why is it important that we hear the Soul’s yearning to express?
Saint Hildegard of Bingen, an eleventh-century Benedictine abbess, was one of the greatest mystic prophets and female spiritual geniuses of the Western Christian tradition.
Hildegard was a theologian, musician, poet, dramatist, scientist, and physician. She also was a leader of men and women in creation-centered spirituality, a unique integration of intellect and spiritual intuition.
From the time she was very young Hildegard had spiritual visions. Because of her fear of expressing these visions became ill and she could not be cured until she started creating and sharing. Later in life, when she was an abbess she also painted mandalas.
Like all great saints, Hildegard was a humble channel through which the Divine could flow. She was guided by God (Divine Power) to transmit an accurate account of what you see with your inner eye, and what you hear with the inner ear of you, the Soul. She focused on the inner light and sounds in order to reach and transcribe spiritual realities.
I—wretched and fragile creature that I am—began then to write with a trembling hand, even though I was shaken by countless illnesses . . . While I set about my task of writing, I looked up again to the true and living light as to what I should write down …I saw it with the inner eye of my spirit and grasped it with my inner ear. In this connection I was never in a condition similar to sleep, nor was I ever in a state of spiritual rapture, as I have already emphasized in connection with my earlier visions. In addition, I did not explain anything in testimony of the truth that l might have derived from the realm of human sentiments, but rather only what I have received from the heavenly mysteries. Saint Hildegard of Bingen
Hildegard’s creation-centered spirituality was rooted in her perception that “humankind – full of all creative possibilities – is God’s (Divine Power) work. Humankind is called to co-create by expressing the beautiful qualities of the Soul.
Like Hildegard, we are unique sparks of divinity meant to reveal an essence of God (Divine Power) that is uniquely ours to express. In order to become a channel for divine revelation—that is, to become an illumined mystic/artist—it is important to rededicate oneself to God (Divine Power).
CREATING A SACRED SPACE FOR YOUR MEDITATION
Whether you do this exercise alone or in a group, create a clean, safe, and sacred workspace so that you won’t be interrupted by intruders or the telephone. Light a candle or incense and visualize yourself surrounded and protected by Divine Light. You might want to have an image of your favorite saint or sage in front of you from whom to invoke help with this healing. If you have no particular spiritual practice or belief, use the candle to represent the supreme divine light within yourself.
ENERGIZING AND BLESSING THE MATERIALS
REVELATION THROUGH SACRED SOUND
DRAWING CREATIVITY FROM THE SOUND CURRENT
In the following meditation, you will intone the sacred Sanskrit sound ANI-HU meaning ‘Praising the God within or being in compassionate relationship with God within’.
In order to awaken the latent spiritual genius within, it is necessary to open the spiritual heart, the third eye, like a cup. This way we can create from an imaginal consciousness of unconditional love, wisdom, and spiritual inspiration through the light of the inner eye. The meditation described here is meant to focus into your most profound creative energy in order to pour it into a mandala.
The question to ask is: ‘What is my Soul yearning to express?” The vision that you will receive in this visualisation is the answer to this question.
MEDITATION AND VISUALISATION
As you start drawing, please listen to this audio instruction below.
MUSIC FOR DRAWINGS
You can listen to these lovely chants and songs while you are creating your MANDALA.
As you are progressing, please share your Mandala on our PADLET HERE (CLICK)
SHARING AND FEEDBACK
Iwould liketo ask you to write a HAIKU peom (see examples below), putting your feelings and experiences into words.
Please share it on our PADLET
This ancient form of poem writing is renowned for its small size as well as the precise punctuation and syllables needed on its three lines. It is of ancient Asian origin.
Haiku’s are composed of 3 lines, each a phrase. The first line typically has 5 syllables, second line has 7 and the 3rd and last line repeats another 5.
The 5-7-5 form: first 5 syllables second is 7 syllables third 5 syllables
The traditional haiku paints a picture. Although the haiku-form might be the most iconic thing about this poetry style, a true Japanese hai- ku was originally as much about the content as it was about the form.
AUGUST by Paul Holmes
- (5) Ripe golden harvest
- (7) Burning sun in azure skies
- (5) Labours rewarded.
Sources: Most of the text above are taken from Dr Judith Cornell’s books as well as other sources. I altered them to fit the class’ structure and purpose.