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Hildegard of Bingen's Spiritual Remedies

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Synthesizes the holistic wisdom of Hildegard of Bingen to offer the modern reader her spiritual and psychological healing principles.

• Takes a holistic view of psychological or spiritual illness and its physical repercussions.

• Shows how to incorporate healing words into thoughts in order to prevent negative energy.

• Companion volume to Hildegard of Bingen's Medicine, a collection of remedies for physical ailments (30,000 sold).

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Overview

Synthesizes the holistic wisdom of Hildegard of Bingen to offer the modern reader her spiritual and psychological healing principles.

• Takes a holistic view of psychological or spiritual illness and its physical repercussions.

• Shows how to incorporate healing words into thoughts in order to prevent negative energy.

• Companion volume to Hildegard of Bingen's Medicine, a collection of remedies for physical ailments (30,000 sold).

A 12th-century mystic, visionary, and healer, Hildegard of Bingen recognized what the holistic health movement has only recently restored to our consciousness: that full health can only be experienced in a state of spiritual balance. Psychological trauma, emotional distress, and other maladies of the soul often lead to illness and chronic diseases. Healing the body begins with the self-healing of the spirit.

Dr. Wighard Strehlow explains the natural methods used by Hildegard of Bingen to treat weaknesses of the soul—problems that are today treated by drugs such as Prozac. Based on his clinical work with this effective energetic medicine for more than 20 years, Dr. Strehlow gives readers a complete program for a lifestyle of "spiritual fitness." His practical suggestions are based on the integration of 35 spiritual forces of the human soul in order to "cure the soul within," which he synthesized from five of Hildegard's books on spiritual and psychological healing principles. He suggests that the recovery of Hildegard's insights into cultivating the health of body and spirit may even provide solutions to the challenges currently frustrating Western medical science.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Dr. Strehlow stresses the importance of the unity of the body, mind, and soul. One's good health is the product of the right ordering of the relationship of the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual dimensions of the self into an integrated whole."

"Gives insight on how combining healing words and herbal recipes can bring about healing for the mind, body & spirit."

"Strehlow not only tells of Hildegard's concept of health and well-being, he presents her insights, assessments, and counsel as he sees them applied to the context of contemporary life."

"This book provides a wonderful reference and guide for anyone trying to maintain or restore balance in life for themselves or others."

Creations Magazine
"Gives insight on how combining healing words and herbal recipes can bring about healing for the mind, body & spirit."
Bruce W. Hozeski
"Dr. Strehlow stresses the importance of the unity of the body, mind, and soul. One's good health is the product of the right ordering of the relationship of the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual dimensions of the self into an integrated whole."
Karl E. Lutze
"Strehlow not only tells of Hildegard's concept of health and well-being, he presents her insights, assessments, and counsel as he sees them applied to the context of contemporary life."
Susan Haber
"This book provides a wonderful reference and guide for anyone trying to maintain or restore balance in life for themselves or others."
Aug-Sept 2003 Creations Magazine
"Gives insight on how combining healing words and herbal recipes can bring about healing for the mind, body & spirit."
From The Critics
This volume explains the natural methods used by twelfth-century mystic and healer Hildegard of Bingen to treat psychological distress, spiritual ailments, and their physical repercussions. It offers a complete program for "spiritual fitness," based on principles synthesized from five of Hildegard's books. Strehlow practices at the Hildegard Center in Allensbach, Germany. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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This volume explains the natural methods used by twelfth-century mystic and healer Hildegard of Bingen to treat psychological distress, spiritual ailments, and their physical repercussions. It offers a complete program for "spiritual fitness," based on principles synthesized from five of Hildegard's books. Strehlow practices at the Hildegard Center in Allensbach, Germany. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892819850
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 624,267
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Wighard Strehlow is a noted scholar of Hildegard of Bingen who promotes her nutrition methods, medical treatments, and body-soul connection worldwide. Formerly a research chemist in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Strehlow directs and practices at the Hildegard Center in Allensbach on Lake Constance in southern Germany.

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Some 850 years ago Hildegard von Bingen described in her visionary book about cosmic psychotherapy, the Book of Values in Life, thirty-five risk factors that can destroy humanity and life on earth, along with the thirty-five healing forces counteracting this possible catastrophe. Hildegard von Bingen, a Benedictine abbess, was admired as prophetissa teutonica, (German Prophet) by her contemporaries. In her visionary illuminations we see that everything is inseparably connected in the cosmic web of the universe. We also see that all of our deeds have a cosmic impact, either life-restoring or life-destroying. The universe is the target of our doing and reflects back the positive or negative energy into all creatures.
Hildegard foresees a time, where the universe will have to heal itself by way of natural catastrophes, because humanity has damaged and polluted the four life elements—fire, air, water and the earth. We are actually very clearly witnessing cosmic healing in the form of tornadoes, earthquakes, and flooding as a result of our progress-at-any-price mentality in Western society. Today's ecological collapse is the helplessness of our Western rationalism to understand life and the universe as one. In contrast to the mystical wisdom and knowledge of the East, Western science has in the past few centuries abandoned any spiritual dimension and is responsible for the environmental disaster plaguing this fragile planet. The growing awareness of nuclear and ecological threats to continued human existence brings into focus Hildegard's visions of God the Creator and the working of the universe as a unity. Hildegard's wisdom can heal the split between science and spirituality because it provides a synthesis of science and nature with religion. The illuminations by Hildegard of Bingen show the soul's journey through life in harmony with nature and in harmony with God, which we must hope will become mainstream thinking in the West in this new millennium.

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Today people all over the world experience health and well-being through physical fitness—sports, yoga, ta'i chi, kung fu, and dance, for example. Spiritual fitness also helps us experience health and well-being. It opens the window to an inner power that connects us with the energy of the entire universe and can help us understand our own nature so that we can live richer, happier, and healthier lives.
With the help of this book, we will see that almost all sicknesses are caused by the malfunction of the human soul and a spiritual blackout of the inner personality. Instead of fighting against the misery and evil by cutting away the sicknesses with surgery, chemical treatment, and radiation, we will see that all symptoms contain the message that something positive is hiding behind the evil. Using the negative energy behind the evil, we will learn to transform it into good, sickness into health, weakness into strength, and our enemies into our friends.
The power of this spiritual wisdom reveals the beneficial relationship between body and soul. The soul, in fact, controls the function of the body, including the heart, digestion, sexuality, and the power of the immune system. We will see how thirty-five spiritual risk factors suppress the immune system and how thirty-five spiritual healing forces can improve and strengthen the entire body. Through the wisdom of Hildegard of visionary work, we begin to understand the deeper nature of the human soul and its relationship with the human body, in particular the autonomic nervous system.
On the thirty-five vertebrae of the spinal cord, we can trace the thirty-five spiritual forces of the human soul to every organ in the body. This arrangement is simultaneously beneficial for diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of both body and soul. Through the manipulation of the areas left and right of the spinal cord, we can discover malfunctioning organs as well as the specific spiritual risk factors connected to the particular vertebrae. With this wisdom we understand that for a complete holistic healing, it is not enough to treat diseases solely on a physical level. Holistic healing always requires a search for the spiritual risk factors that caused the disease and the help of the corresponding spiritual healing factors for the soul in order to overcome sickness of body and soul. Any attempt to suppress only the symptoms leads inevitably to an armada of sicknesses and symptoms that are usually chronic and incurable. Ignorance of spiritual wisdom is very expensive for patients and beneficial only to the medical community and for the profit of the pharmaceutical industry. This book can help us acquire the spiritual wisdom and understanding to become personally responsible for ourselves and our sicknesses, so that we stay well and in good spirits.

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Table of Contents

Hildegard of Bingen's Spiritual Remedies

Prologue: THE POWER OF SPIRITUAL FITNESS
Virtues and Vices
Turning the Evil into the Virtuous
The Healing Power of Precious Stones and Crystals
Foreword: A SPIRITUAL GUIDE THROUGH THE THIRD MILLENNIUM
WITH HILDEGARD OF BINGEN
Do We Need a New Medicine?

Chapter 1: PRINCIPLES OF HILDEGARD'S PSYCHOTHERAPY
The Cosmic and Divine Forces of the Human Soul
1. Vision: The Cosmic Dimension of Humanity
2. Vision: Humanity in the Rhythm of the Four Elements
3. Vision: Relationship between Body and Soul
4. Vision: The Trinity in the Unity
Chapter 2: SPIRITUALITY AND HEALING
Is There a World Ethos?
Discovery of Cosmic Psychosomatic Values
Liber Vitae Meritorum (The Book of Virtues and Vices)
Practical Application of Hildegard's Psychotherapy
Our Social Relationship
Self-analysis
Rediscovery of Hildegard's Psychotherapy
Healing Is a Multidimensional Process
Friendship with the Angels
The Cosmic Christ and the Power of Love
Anatomy of the Human Body and Soul
The Language of the Soul
The Autonomic Nervous System: Bridge between Body and Soul
Ordo virtutum: The Dance of Life with Virtues and Vices
Chapter 3: THE EASTMAN
The First Seven Powers and the Seven Senses
1. Material Love and Heavenly Love
Crystal Therapy

  • The Eyes Are the Windows of the Soul
  • Seeing with the Inner Eyes, Hearing with the Inner Ears
  • Harmful Words of Material Love
  • Healing Words of Heavenly Love
  • Organ Relationship
  • Meditation on Heavenly
  • LoveSpiritual Healing
    2. Petulance and Discipline
    Crystal Therapy
  • The Ear: Health Center of the Body
  • Harmful Words of Petulance
  • Healing Words of Discipline
  • Organ Relationship
  • Meditation on Music
  • Spiritual Healing
    3. Love of Entertainment and Love of Simplicity
    Crystal Therapy
  • The Power of Smell
  • Harmful Words of Love of Entertainment
  • Healing Words of Love of Simplicity
  • Organ Relationship
  • Spiritual Healing
    4. Hard-heartedness and Compassion
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Hard-heartedness
  • Healing Words of Compassion
  • Lex Divina: The Law of Divine Compassion
  • The Seven Deeds of Compassion
  • Organ Relationship
  • Meditation on Compassion
  • Spiritual Healing
    5. Cowardice and God's Victory
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Cowardice
  • Healing Words of God's Victory
  • Organ Relationship
  • Meditation on Cowardice and God's Victory
  • Spiritual Healing
    6. Anger and Tranquillity
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Anger
  • Healing Words of Tranquillity
  • The Lessons of Tranquillity
  • Leaky-gut Syndrome
  • Practical Approaches to Cure
    Autoaggression
  • Organ Relationship
  • Spiritual Healing
    7. Inappropriate Mirth and Yearning for God
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Inappropriate Mirth
  • Healing Words of Yearning for God
  • Organ Relationship
  • Spiritual Healing
    Chapter 4: THE WESTMAN
    8. Gluttony and Abstinence
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Gluttony
  • Healing Words of Abstinence
  • Organ Relationship
  • Spiritual Healing
    9. Bitterness of Heart and Generosity
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Bitterness of Heart
  • Healing Words of Generosity
  • The Chemistry of Bitterness
  • Organ Relationship
  • Meditation on Generosity
  • Spiritual Healing
    10. Wickedness and Devotion
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Wickedness
  • Healing Words of Devotion
  • Organ Relationship
  • Spiritual Healing
    11. Lying and Truth
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Lying
  • Healing Words of Truth
  • Organ Relationship
  • Spiritual Healing
    12. Contention and Peace
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Contention
  • Healing Words of Peace
  • Organ Relationship
  • Spiritual Healing
    13. Unhappiness and Blessedness
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Unhappiness
  • Healing Words of Blessedness
  • Organ Relationship
  • Meditation on Truth, Peace, and Happiness
  • Spiritual Healing
    14. Immoderation and Discretion
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Immoderation
  • Healing Words of Discretion
  • Bloodletting
  • Organ Relationship
  • Meditation on Discretion
  • Spiritual Healing
    15. Doom and Salvation
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Doom
  • Healing Words of Salvation
  • Organ Relationship
  • Meditation on Salvation
  • Spiritual Healing
    Chapter 5: THE NORTHMAN
    Infancy: The Third Section from Hip to Knee
    The Acquired Virtues of Childhood
    16. Arrogance and Humility
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Arrogance
  • Healing Words of Humility
  • Organ Relationship
  • Meditation on Humility
  • Spiritual Healing
    17. Envy and Charity
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Envy
  • Healing Words of Charity
  • Organ Relationship
  • Meditation on the Cosmos and Charity
  • The Universe Is Harmony
  • Spiritual Healing
    18. Thirst for Glory and Reverence for God
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Thirst for Glory
  • Healing Words of Reverence for God
  • Organ Relationship
  • Moments of Wonder and Awe
  • Spiritual Healing
    19. Disobedience and Obedience
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Disobedience
  • Healing Words of Obedience
  • Organ Relationship
  • Spiritual Healing
    20. Lack of Faith and Faith
    Crystal Therapy
  • Faith: A Mirror of God
  • Harmful Words of Lack of Faith
  • Healing Words of Faith
  • What Is faith?
  • Organ Relationship
  • Spiritual Healing
    21. Despair and Hope
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Despair
  • Healing Words of Hope
  • Organ Relationship
  • Spiritual Healing
    22. Obscenity and Chastity
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Obscenity
  • Healing Words of Chastity
  • Organ Relationship
  • Spiritual Healing
    Chapter 6: THE SOUTHMAN
    23. Injustice and Justice
    Crystal Therapy
  • The House of Wisdom
  • Harmful Words of Injustice
  • Healing Words of Justice
  • The Human Being: Synthesis of Heaven and Earth
  • Organ Relationship
  • The Human Soul Is a Symphony
  • Spiritual Healing
    24. Lethargy and Fortitude
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Lethargy
  • Healing Words of Fortitude
  • Organ Relationship
  • Meditation on Fortitude and Strength
  • Spiritual Healing
    25. Oblivion and Holiness
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Oblivion
  • Healing Words of Holiness
  • Organ Relationship
  • Meditation on Healing
  • The Power Center of the Human Soul
  • Spiritual Healing
    26. Instability and Stability
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Instability
  • Healing Words of Stability
  • Organ Relationship
  • Spiritual Healing
    27. Concern for Worldly Goods and Heavenly Desire
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Concern for Worldly Goods
  • Healing Words of Heavenly Desire
  • Organ Relationship
  • Rich Becomes Poor and Poor Becomes Rich
  • Spiritual Healing
    28. Obstinacy and Remorse
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Obstinacy
  • Healing Words of Remorse
  • Organ Relationship
  • Meditation on Remorse
  • Spiritual healing
    29. Craving and Letting Go
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Craving
  • The Spirit of God Opens the Dungeon of Addiction
  • Healing Words of Letting Go
  • Organ Relationship
  • Meditation on Freedom from Addiction
  • Spiritual Healing
    30. Discord and Concord
    Crystal Therapy
  • Discord: The Sister of Craving and Obsession
  • Harmful Words of Discord
  • Healing Words of Concord
  • Organ Relationship
  • Spiritual Healing
    Chapter 7: THE NEW ELDERS ASCEND TO THE SUMMIT
    A Brief Biography
    The Supreme Allroundman
    31. Scurrillity and Reverence
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Scurrillity
  • Healing Words of Reverence
  • Organ Relationship
  • Spiritual Healing
    32. Vagabondage and Stability
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Vagabondage
  • Healing Words of Stability
  • Organ Relationship
  • Meditation on Stability through Love
  • Spiritual Healing
    33. Occultism and Dedication to God
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Occultism
  • Healing Words of Dedication to God
  • Organ Relationship
  • Meditation with the Gold Topaz
  • Spiritual Healing
    34. Avarice and Satisfaction
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Avarice
  • Healing Words of Satisfaction
  • Organ Relationship
  • Spiritual Healing
    35. Melancholy and Heavenly Joy
    Crystal Therapy
  • Harmful Words of Melancholy
  • More Harmful Words of Melancholy
  • Healing Words of Heavenly Joy
  • Organ Relationship
  • Origin of Sadness
  • Against Melancholy
  • Nourishment for the Nerves
  • Spiritual Healing
    Chapter 8: FASTING: DISCOVER YOUR REAL PERSONALITY
    Long-term Fasting
    Bread Fasting
    Hard-core Fasting
    About the Author
    About Hildegard of Bingen
    Bibliography
    Index
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