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Healthier, stronger and more beautiful with spelt

Spelt is the very best grain ...

Like none before or after her Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), described the building stones of life itself including the grain spelt. She wrote the first German book on natural medicine Physica in which she pointed out the natural healing powers found in trees, fruits and grains, spices and herbs, animals, birds, fish, precious stones and metals. Hildegard connected these healing powers to the health of the whole person.

The simplicity of the Hildegard diet does not

require measuring the complicated data of calorie charts, vitamin tables, fat percentages, or fiber content. This simple diet is totally complete. Supplementation through additional vitamin or mineral pills is not only unnecessary, but is not recommended. Hildegard’s frugal diet contains fresh vegetables and fruits in season, preferably grown in the immediate area. Instead of an overabundance of various foods from exotic lands, and the cultivation of gourmet tastes, Hildegard advocates a plain diet which can nevertheless be delicious and healthful.


The Golden Rules of Life

1. Your food is the first medicine for a healthy life. There is a curative power found in the right food and drink.

2. To preserve and restore your health use the power of natural medicines. The cosmic energy found in the four elements fire, air, water and earth can heal your body and your soul.

3. Make sure you have a natural sleep in balance with enough movement and exercise. Health can be restored through sleeping and waking.

4. Make sure you have an intelligent balance between work and regeneration following the ancient adage: Ora et labora (Pray, read and work)

5. Cleanse your body from its poisons by fasting, blood-letting, cupping, moxibustion, baths and sauna. This is called regeneration through elimination and secretion.

6. Transform your psycho-social weaknesses into generous and loving deeds of spiritual joy, vitality and love for your fellow man.

St. Hildegard of Bingen was a great woman of the Middle Ages, a bright star in the firmament of Western intellectual and spiritual history. The bright splendor that radiated throughout her whole life came from a mysterious phenomenon: the audiovision transmitted to her imagination by divine command which carried the message of prophecy. That was her charisma, a fundamentalquality of her life.

Hildegard was born in 1098 at a country estate in Bermersheim near Alzey in Rheinhessen. Even as a child Hildegard possessed this unusual capability and saw things which other people could not see; for example the coloring of a calf while still unborn, or pictures from far away regions and out of the past. The tenth child of her noble parents, she was dedicated to God as their tithe from the time she was very young. Because of her wonderful gift and natural piousness, Hildegard’s parents entrusted their eight-year-old daughter to the Benedictine sister, Jutta von Sponheim, at the Disibodenberg cloister near Kreuznach. The recluse, Jutta, taught her reading and writing, psalm singing, needlework, and music.

When Hildegard was sixteen, she became a nun at the Benedictine convent. After Jutta’s death in 1136, Hildegard was unanimously chosen as the abbess, and she led the blossoming convent until her death in 1181.

For her first 35 years she lived silently in the isolation of the daily life of the monastery. The second 35 years can be divided into five periods.

Hildegard‘s Physica – presents nine categories of healing systems--Plants, Elements, Trees, Stones, Fish, Birds, Animals, Reptiles, and Metals--and elaborates on their medicinal use

The first of these five periods began in 1141 when Hildegard was flooded and inflamed with an intense light from above, receiving her commission as a prophet. At all times of the day and night she saw a heavenly screen in front of her, like a shimmering cloud of light containing words and pictures. She heard wonders and explanations coming from it and a heavenly voice told her to write down all she experienced.

Obedient and dedicated, Hildegard began to write her first theological work, Scivias (know the ways), which was a gift to her cloister, Disibodenberg. Scivias, published today in English, is the most complete documentation of Christian faith in which the secrets of God are described in words, images, and music. The prophecies found in Scivias were tested and verified by a papal committee supervised by St. Bernard Clairveaux. Pope Eugene III personally authorized and read from Scivias in the Trier Synod in 1147. Overnight, Hildegard became famous.

In the second period from 1151 to 1159, an independent Hildegard founded her own convent on the Rupertsberg near Bingen. This convent attracted an increasing number of sisters, whom Hildegard trained in the Benedictine way of life. Rupertsberg became the meeting place of Europe! As if attracted by a magnet, thousands came to seek council from Hildegard.

At the same time, she started an extraordinary work comprised of seven books. Liber Simplicus Medicinae, also called Physica, PL), a handbook on Nature, and Liber Compositae Medicinae (also called Causae et Curae, CC), a handbook on medicine, werethe first books. There followed a song book with 77 chants, hymns, antiphons, sequences, and responsories in a cycle entitled Symphonia Harmonia Colestium Revolutionum (the harmonic symphony of cosmic revolutions).

A medieval illumination showing Hildegard von Bingen and the monk Volmar

In her concern for the kingdom of God, this great woman wrote 300 letters to people seeking advice. She corresponded with bishops, cardinals, abbots, emperors,

popes, kings, clergymen, and people from various levels of society, both in Germany and abroad.

From 1158 to 1163, the third period, Hildegard wrote her second theological book, Liber Vitae Meritorium (the book of life’s merits), which could be

called a handbook of life. This psycholtherapeutical book describes the 35 layers of our subconscious, the 35 pairs of virtues and vices. The vices are the major sickness-causing risk factors of our lives, whereas the virtues lead us back to health and wholeness.

In her fourth period, Hildegard undertook four extended mission trips up and down the Rhine and along the Main and Mosel Rivers. One can imagine the strain of these preaching tours on a woman over seventy years old. Her journeys often meant going by boat, on horseback, and on foot successively.

During this time (1163-1173), she wrote her last theological book Liber Divinorum Openum. In this Book of Divine Works, Hildegard describes humanity in the center of the cosmic circles as God’s most complete creation. God forms humanity in the

mother’s womb; the workshop of God begins with conception. There is an exact description of the biochemical processes of the human body, which serves

as an analogy to that which happens in the soul.

In her fifth period, shortly before her death, Hildegard dictated her autobiography to two monks. Unfortunately, the only personal work Hildegard wrote, as opposed to all her visionary works, exists today only as a fragment. When Hildegard died on the seventeenth of September 1179, at the age of 81, a bright light glowed in heaven like a cross, a sign that she was

able to see the living light. She, who once wrote the wonderful phrase, the “creation looks upon its creator like the beloved upon her lover”, was now allowed to return home to the source of light.

With Hildegard’s death, everything came to an end: her theology, prophecy, and medicine had no impact on the following generation whatsoever. Her medicinal book was not even included in

Corpus Hildegardicum (1180-1190, Rupertsberg).

Hildegard never practiced medicine! As she testified herself: “I have never dedicated myself to the

human studies of the learned.” This is clearly evident from the total silence in all sources about any such practice. If she ever conducted studies or research, then at least some mention of such activity should be found, and yet none ever has. Her medicine would

not be properly acknowledged for 800 years....

The Internationational Society Hildegard of Bingen founded 1980 in in Engelberg/Schweiz


Centre for Hildegard resarch and spiritual centre:

Cereal Habermus

Spelt muffins

for breakfast

2 cups water

1 cup freshly coarsly-ground spelt, spelt flakes or spelt farina

1/8 tsp. salt

Combine ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serves 2.

Serve with brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, apples and/or chopped almonds to taste.

2 1/4 cups of freshly milled spelt flour, fine or coarse in any combination

1/4 cup brown sugar or honey

1 Tbsp. baking powder without aluminum

1/2 or less tsp. salt

1 1/4 cups milk

3 eggs, beaten

Tbsp. cold-pressed sunflower oil

Preheat oven to 425°F. Grease and flour 12 muffin cups. Combine all dry ingredients. Add milk, eggs and oil and mix until moistened. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter and bake for 17 minutes, or until brown. Variations: add 1/2 cup chopped almonds or 1/2 cup chopped dates or raisins, or 1/4 cup of each to batter before baking.

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Some race horses staying in a stable. One of them starts to boast about his track record. "In the last 15 races, I've won 8 of them!" Another horse breaks in, "Well in the last 27 races, I've won 19!!" "Oh that's good, but in the last 36 races, I've won 28!", says another, flicking his tail. At this point, they notice that a greyhound dog has been sitting there listening. "I don't mean to boast," says the greyhound, "but in my last 90 races, I've won 88 of them!" The horses are clearly amazed. "Wow!" says one, after a hushed silence. "A talking dog."

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