“We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others.
An interpreted world is not HOME. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light.”
~ Hildegard von Bingen (1098 – 1179)
In honor of Hildegard of Bingen, who is celebrated with a feast day on September 17th (coming right up), here’s an update of an earlier post on The New Greening. I wrote the first one in 2010 (after receiving the inspiration whilst standing against a mighty grandmother Oak tree!).
I first started sleuthing and writing about The New Greening about 5 years before that … the Greening gathers strength underground before sending its tender green shoots through the soil to the visible surface.
That means before the Greening, we’re pulled into the Underworld and through bona fide, deconditioning Dark Night of the Soul and grieving passages before re-emergence, freshly Greened, can occur.
A long-time Sophia’s Children reader and client asked about this topic and post this week, so here it is … freshly re-greened and shared anew.
“Viriditas (Latin, literally greenness, formerly translated as viridity) is a word meaning vitality, fecundity, lushness, verdure, or growth. It is particularly associated with abbess Hildegard von Bingen, who used it to refer to or symbolize spiritual and physical health, often as a reflection of the divine word or as an aspect of the divine nature.” ~ Wikipedia
Hildegard’s Viriditas and The New Greening
At the deepest level, The New Greening is very much related to the Feminine and other Ancestral ways of knowing and being — a remembrance, a restoration of a wholeness and skillfulness that we’ve known and yearned for, but that we’ve forgotten. But it calls to us, like a Siren’s Soul-Song.
It’s a way of being our most authentic and vibrant selves, and revitalizing our “Divine Sophian Gifts.”
At another level, for me, ‘The New Greening‘ is the title of an emerging body of writing and work to share through individual and organizational consultation — finding renewal or ‘greening’ of vision, purpose, creativity, communication, and vitality.
The Symbolism of “Greening”
The New Greening goes beyond what we’ve come to know as ‘going green’ or ‘being green’, as it relates to adopting eco-friendly or environmentally friendly practices like recycling, repurposing, and reusing, even as these can be practical expressions of The New Greening.
This New Greening is a much greater reclamation project — one attuned to the great transformation underway, and the renewal of consciousness.
The New Greening is about reclaiming our inherent vibrance, our joy, and our humanity, wholeness, dignity, and connection with Earth, others, and our true Source of real ‘power in’ and ‘power with’.
As our connection with Shakti — the Feminine Creative Power & Life Force — is renewed, we are ‘Greened” and revitalized, re-enspirited anew.
With a New Greening, we also reclaim the gifts of compassion, focused intention, vision, imagination, Earth-and-Body Wisdom, and other Feminine co-creative powers to create that which are Life-affirming, beauty, joy supporting, and deeply rewarding.
From timeless wisdom, applied anew from our times, we remember the ways to ‘green’ ourselves, and we take that ‘greening’ into all that we do.
As Hildegard von Bingen, the 12th century Abbess who wrote and taught about Viriditas — greening — said, “Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light.”
Greening — Viriditas — is a renewal of soul, of spirit, of heart, and thus of mind and action.
This New Greening work is inspired by timeless Wisdom and those who held and carried and shared that Wisdom.
Newly re-greened and standing rooted in our own Center, we’re able to co-create and come into truly conscious relationship, communication, leadership, business, and the use of power that operates with, not against or at the expense of, other people, beings, and the environment.
So much of ‘The New Greening‘ is about remembering, embodying, and expressing too-long-banished or marginalized Ancestral, Earth-and-Soul-Connected, and Feminine values.
You’ll find a whole lot of inspiration and wild-heart-kindling on these themes here at Sophia’s Children — as well as the Feminine Mojo Mystery School and Ivy Sea archive selections (now available only to personal mentor-coaching clients and apprentices).
For more Hildegard inspiration, drink of these Sophia’s Children’s nourishments:
Wise Women and Mid-Life Blooming
… and on leaving the interpreted path that Hildegard speaks about:
One of my favorites — related, though via May Sarton:
Home, Exile, and Growing New Roots
Big Love and Graceful Greening,
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Green Nature. Photo courtesy of Public Domain Pictures.
September 16, 2014 at 6:16 pm
Wonderful post as always. My entire being changed when I moved to the woods and began daily embracing of the Mother. Barefoot Medicine Walks and Prayers to Her are a daily occurrence and place consciousness into that state of living with Wisdom. Her gifts are endless – as were Hildegard’s manifestations of them. When we think about all that Hildegard accomplished in her time period, between her paintings, her incredible mandalas, composing, philosophical writing, medicinal works, just to name a few – a true Polymath tapped into Source. I just made a painting the other day featuring a quote I recently saw attributed to her, “There is Wisdom in All Creative Acts.” Thank you for affirming so much of my personal experience here.
September 16, 2014 at 7:02 pm
That’s so beautiful, Amanda! Thanks for sharing your transformative experience from the shift into woods and Dea … Great Mother. I admire and appreciate your commitment and devotion, too, since that’s really what creates the difference, don’t you think? Hildegard and her mystic sisters really were amazing, all while walking a very fine line (some would say ‘razor’s edge’) in their day. I’m glad the post reflected back the validation to you. Love, Jamie
September 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm
While reading your post, I got a flash of my recent meditations where I notice a primary green dot. When I focus on it , it transforms into hynogogic images. I recently blogged on it as well. It is a “new greening” for me internally.
September 17, 2014 at 11:51 am
Hi Linda. Interesting indeed. Feel free to share the link for your ‘green dot’ blog post. What’s the feel of the essence or energy for you, and how does it create shifts that transform your interactions with the ‘outside’ world? (The ‘as within, so without’ questions! 🙂 These take time, I know, so it may be too soon to tell, but intriguing none the less! Thanks for sharing. Love, Jamie
September 17, 2014 at 1:31 pm
Here’s the link: http://litebeing.com/2014/09/11/my-200th-post-power-in-action/
Those are excellent questions. I will have to give them some serious thought.
September 17, 2014 at 11:56 pm
Thanks for sharing the link to your ‘green dot’ post, Linda! Definitely – with these questions, they’re sort of (as Rilke says) questions to gestate and live into yes? 🙂 Love, Jamie
September 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm
Awesome post Jamie, thank you! 🙂
September 25, 2014 at 6:41 pm
You’re welcome, Nadine Marie. I’m glad you resonated with it (though not surprised!). ) xoxo
September 26, 2014 at 12:29 am
🙂 <3 <3 <3 🙂 Much L<3ve L<3ve!!!
September 9, 2017 at 4:53 pm
Wonderful read Jamie. and so many aspects of your post spoke to me..
” one attuned to the great transformation underway, and the renewal of consciousness.” for sure…
🙂 wishing you well Jamie..
September 9, 2017 at 5:22 pm
Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal and commented:
Lovely. I for one, would gladly live in a world where everyone is in awe of and works with Nature, honors the elementals, Devas and Angelic Beings who work behind the scenes to create such beauty and grace as can still be found in wild places and some well-kept gardens.
September 9, 2017 at 6:42 pm
Beautiful, Eliza. “wild places and well-kept gardens” … or wild gardens. That whole hidden/secret garden notion just arises as I read your comment. Every contribution helps ‘tip’ the consciousness (and thus people’s actions) in that direction, or helps balance the opposite … the more disrespectful, harmful actions. xo Thanks for sharing.
September 9, 2017 at 11:46 pm
My favorite places in the Pacific NW are the mountain gardens in the Cascades. Beautiful beyond compare, yet fragile, as well. And I’ve found unexpected beauty in the hammocks and marshlands of Florida. Beauty, I guess, emanates from within in how you view your world. Some people are unable to see beauty even when it is before them. Much love, Eliza
September 10, 2017 at 12:48 pm
Thank you, Eliza. As you shared …
“Beauty, I guess, emanates from within in how you view your world. Some people are unable to see beauty even when it is before them.”
This seems very true. Some look for and can find beauty, while others can be surrounded by awe-inspiring beauty and seem oblivious to it, sadly.
I remember flying back home to San Francisco once, and as we were descending towards the airport, the Western windows allowed us to see the most vibrant, magnificent sunset — even more awe-inspiring than usual. Two of us noticed it and looked at each other, sharing the magic and connection in that moment. All others around us busied with mobile phones that would now be usable … faces and attention turned towards those little screens, not even taking 30 seconds to notice the exquisite and profound beauty just out the window.
Lots of love to you, too, Eliza! xoxo Jamie
September 9, 2017 at 9:26 pm
Reblogged this on dreamweaver333.
September 10, 2017 at 8:48 pm
Very nice. Thanks Jamie.