Hildegard of Bingen, also called the Sybil of the Rhine, was a great mystic, poet, musician and healer in 12th century Germany. An early holistic practitioner, she used stones, crystals, herbs, words and music in her healing art. Strehlow's book is based upon Hildegard's Book Of Values In Life, in which she discusses 35 risk factors that are harmful to humanity plus the 35 healing forces that counteract these negatives.
The book makes the connection between physical illness and the sickness of the soul and recommends Hildegard's spiritual remedies instead of surgery, chemical treatment and radiation. The mind controls the body, in particular the autonomic nervous system and all major systems like digestion, sexuality and the immune system. This ties in with modern theories on spiritual healing, like psycho-neuro-immunology. Hildegard's wisdom connects the 35 vertebrae of the spinal cord to the aforementioned 35 spiritual forces of the human body, making clear the connection to every organ.
These 35 factors are discussed in chapters 3 - 7: The Eastman, The Westman, the Northman, The Southman and The New Elders' Ascent To The Summit under sections titled Crystal Therapy, Harmful Words, Healing Words, Organ Relationship and Spiritual Healing. Chapter 6: Fasting, deals with fasting as a way to discover one's true personality. Throughout, the importance of the unity of the body, mind, and soul is stressed. Good health is the result of the right ordering of the relationship of the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual dimensions into a harmonious whole.
In The Spiritual Remedies, Strehlow succeeds in making accessible the wisdom and insight of this medieval visionary in a practical and useful manner, highly relevant to our time. The text is enhanced with plenty of black and white illustrations. The book contains biographical notes on the author and on Hildegard and concludes with an extensive bibliography and a thorough index.
on 30 January 2011
I am studying for a degree in herbal medicine, and used this book in one of my assignments. The book is fascinating, it shows parallels between Hildegard's knowledge of physical and spiritual healing 870 years ago gleaned from life in general, and our knowledge of today which is mostly gleaned from books and computers. Hildegard tells of the REAL causes of diseases and their cures, based on her knowledge of human nature. After reading this book I wanted to tell the world about it....we think we know it all, but Hildegard knew it all first!
on 11 August 2010
A friend lent me a copy of this book whilst I was on a retreat. Considering it was some 800 years ago, the information Hildegard passed on is so accurate. I found reading this book a life changing experience. Talking to my Mother about the impact of the book, she asked me to order a copy for her - now she is totally immersed.