Hildegard of Bingen

Hildegard of Bingen, the famous mystic of the Middle Ages, was probably born in the summer of 1098 in Bermersheim vor der Höhe. Her parents decided that Hildegard of Bingen as the tenth child should dedicate her life to church as a Benedictine nun.

Hildegard of Bingen had the divine skill to visualize various happenings by means of clairvoyance. When people were ill, she was able to see remedies in her visions. She saw her talent as God’s order and started to document her experiences. At that time, scientific medical studies at university didn’t exist. Doctors were usually monastery medics and made use of very different means that were available at the time. Intuition and clairvoyance were used a lot, and many of them also worked as spiritual healers. Spiritual healing and herbalism were the basis of this method of healing. It is assumed that healing through prayers also evolved from these approaches.

After 1150, Hildegard of Bingen wrote the book “Causae et Curae” (causes and treatments”). In this book, she describes the development and treatment of various illnesses. Another natural history book is called “Liber subtilitatum diversarum naturarum creaturarum”. This means “Book on the inner nature (quality and healing power) of the different creatures and plants”.

People that had Hildegard of Bingen’s skills, who worked as spiritual healers, clairvoyants or herbalists, were at a great risk of being judged by church officials.

Hildegard of Bingen died on September 17th 1179 in the Rupertsberg monastery close to Bingen.

Comments are closed.