- January 28, 2018
- at 11:00 am
- Presented by: Russell McNeil
In one of her many visions, the 12th century mystic Hildegard of Bingen described, in words, painting, and in music, her impressions on the structure of the universe, or the “cosmos” as she observed it through her “divinely inspired” mind’s eye. She saw, painted and sang about a universe that was actually quite foreign to her medieval world (but interestingly more acceptable to moderns). Hildegard unveiled a universe in the shape of an “egg”, surrounded by a blinding bright “fire,” that continuously spawned fierce galactic style “whirlwinds.”
What was the real nature of those visions? Were they miracles, or the delusions of a migraine sufferer? An alternate possibility is that her visions (and many similar accounts from other cultures over thousands of years) are not only truly “spiritual” or “transcendent” events, but that the transcendence experience itself can be understood in rational and scientific terms. If so, experiences, such as those reported by mystics like Hildegard, might be accessible to – at least theoretically – any “rightly disposed” human being. What does being “rightly disposed” require of us?