Open Minds: Rhineland Mystics Part 1: Hildegard von Bingen with Matthew Fox Video
Rhineland Mystics Part 1: Hildegard von Bingen with Matthew Fox

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Open Minds: Rhineland Mystics Part 1: Hildegard von Bingen with Matthew Fox (September 2015)

Season 5, Episode 44
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Matthew Fox unveils the light that Hildegard von Bingen brought to the world through her visions and teachings. He explains that Germany, in the middle ages, was prime for spiritual growth and advancements. While many men went off to wage war in the Crusades, one woman became a beacon of light which emanated from a modest monastary tucked away in the Rhineland. Hildegard von Bingen brought forward the light of her divine visions and heralded a new movement of Christian mysticism that persisted for centuries. This interview with Regina Meredith was originally webcast September 24, 2015.

For part 2 of this interview, click here.

Matthew Fox is an internationally acclaimed spiritual theologian, an Episcopal priest, and an activist who was a member of the Dominican Order for 34 years. He works to renew the ancient mystical tradition of Creation Spirituality and to reawaken the West to its own mystical tradition which has included revivifying awareness of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, Thomas Aquinas and the Cosmic Christ tradition, as well as interacting with contemporary scientists who are also mystics.

Regina Meredith
Matthew Fox


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radiotech10, posted on September 4, 2016

Hello I was wondering if there might be a way to email Matthew Fox pertaining to his thoughts on a question I have? Thank you so much!

weaverqueen, posted on June 16, 2016

I think the term of promoting someone, who should be sacked, is being kicked upstairs!

katwomantxstyle73, posted on April 1, 2016

I do enjoy listening to Matthew Fox, he brings such wealth of information, personality, and a true sense of kinship in the time you spend with him. I have been to one of his talks in person in Houston and enjoyed it but think at that time for myself, was a little out of alignment to truly appreciate the value of what he was sharing, today getting to watch him on this interview reminded me just how much i enjoy getting this opportunity to listen in. Thank you Gaia.... thank you Regina and Matthew for an amazing interview
I have always felt drawn to Hildegard von Bingen but couldn't quite say why....Being raised in the Catholic faith and wasn't really drawn to anyone as in saints other than my brother and friend Jesus and Mama Mary so I couldn't quite pinpoint why SOME Saints I just liked, it's not I studied them or even looked into who they were, I just liked them... She is one... after getting to listen to this information, I laugh thinking...ahhhhh I suppose I just KNEW HER before I knew how ;) LOVED IT.. and am ready for part two! keep on sharing Matthew Fox...I'm getting it nOW... <3

Lmf22, posted on October 19, 2015

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on October 19, 2015

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JMSMITH1, posted on September 27, 2015

This is the best program I've seen yet on Gaiam. The information was fascinating and so relevant to our time. I look forward to reading some of Mr. Fox's books and deepening my understanding of the divine feminine and Hildegard von Bingen's work. I also enjoyed the second part and will be watching both episodes again to make sure I catch all the details. Thank you!

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on September 28, 2015

We appreciate your review of this interview. Thank you!


ZackLMiles, posted on September 27, 2015

I really enjoyed this video. Thank you for taking the time to get a clip of some of her music. That musical piece made wonderful chills over my whole body. LOVED IT! Regina looks so alive in this video. (Glad you finally got to interview Matthew after 10 years) I can really tell she was enjoying her self on this interview. Which I always love to see, as well.

michaelamariejoan, posted on September 27, 2015

I loved his last question about how many women have had brilliant things to say and share throughout history but perhaps in the past didn't get a chance to express them to the world

ritchwells, posted on September 26, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed the interview. Was a bit surprised with Mathew's answer when Regina asked him about Mary Magdalene. My personal belief is MM should be front and center whenever there is any discussion about the Sacred Feminine. Even with that omission, I greatly appreciate Mathew's work and Regina's knowledge of the subject. Thank you!

333elizabeth, posted on September 26, 2015

I loved your interviews with Matthew Fox on Gaiam. I am enchanted with the information on Hildegard Von Bingen and have delighted in the documentary the Unruly Mystic. I looked up her music on soundclound and its been drifting through my space all day. I have learned so much in great part thanks to you. Thank you for your beautiful, curious mind and sharing it with us. namaste Regina. Shine on!

deanandwally, posted on September 25, 2015

This interview was so inspiring! Thank you GAIAM TV and Regina Meredith!!

abby6, posted on September 25, 2015

I have music on in the background always when I read. The synchronicity is connected for me with my concept of "God" as "future self" that part of my soul which has already reincarnated in the future and has learned some things this self is still struggling with. That wiser, older future self listens to this self's prayers, and answers them, by putting reminders here and there. So I found Hildegard, Gaiam, and many other things...I cannot understand the lyrics but the tone is comforting, familiar....then years later I find these interviews telling me why I would have a connection to is similar to looking up "Blavatsky" in wikipedia and seeing that one of the photos from 1850 or so looks almost exactly the way I looked at the same age, in 2005 or so. The photograph and similar face got me to look up "theosophy" and see why it might be interesting to me now. Same with Hildegard. Where do these reminders and tidbits actually come from? Who knows. The great mystery.

I never have anything with English lyrics. Pandora has some of her music and the funny thing is I was playing it before you posted these two interviews with this interesting and honest man.

Guilt is very Jewish but he's right there is no idea of original sin. I had just also had this conversation in the park across the street, with a neighbor who is Catholic (I am a Jew), about sin. I told her it's all perception, there is no sin, only what Buddha calls "skillful" and "unskillful" choices.

I also find it interesting that Celts originally came from India. Germans, Irish, Welsh and Polish people were also Celts. So Polish Jews could have some Indian roots? I have been saying this for at least 15 years. Now I have theological confirmation. Thank you.

Here is what Pandora says about Hildegard: Hildegard of Bingen

1098 - September 17, 1179
born in Bemersheim, Germany, composed during the Medieval period
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), the first composer whose biography is known, was one of the most remarkable and forceful individuals in Medieval Europe. Placed in a convent as a child, she took vows and eventually became an abbess, founding two convents of her own. A visionary mystic, she was also accomplished as a poet, painter, naturalist, theologian, and preacher, and she served as an advisor to political and religious leaders. Her music, which is notable for its distinctive departures from the conventions of plainchant, includes over 70 hymns, antiphons, and sequences, and the first surviving liturgical drama Ordo Virtutem. ~ Stephen Eddins, Rovi

John 1:14, New Living Translation
"So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father's one and only Son."

This fits with the idea that first there was sound then light, breath then wisdom. It supports the theological notion that "unfailing love and faithfulness" such as a MOTHER has for a SON is the cause of this creation. Jesus=mankind. We are all that. Each mother gives each of her sons DNA. The DNA is like an unpacked tent, it is a zip file, compressed, folded. Our lives are a journey of remembering what we already have, seeing what fits here/now, unpacking and unfolding the spiritual tent. Until we get to this spiritual point we grab onto various forms of Maya, of illusion...which Catholics might call demons, devils, or even "sins." It does not have to be an obvious sin. It might be masquerading as "love" sort of an attachment of "love" to a particular person, allegedly to protect, guide, direct....but also to control. We sin with unskillful choices we make. Until we unpack the spiritual tent.

jbrand1997, posted on September 25, 2015

I so enjoyed this interview. Inspiring.

josh5, posted on September 24, 2015

That was a great show, thanks! :)

gnomecrusher, posted on September 24, 2015

This is one of my favorite interviews! I loved every minute of it and will love it when I watch it again to get all the bits I missed the first time! Can't wait to watch part 2! Truly inspiring to hear an interview honoring a woman of such character and wisdom. So rare! This really lifted my heart. Thank you!

jwb1410, posted on September 24, 2015

Thank you Regina! I love Matthew Fox!!! His writings on Creation Spirituality have informed and inspired my spiritual development over the last 20+ years. I hope your audience enjoys his wisdom and understanding.

tlroutley, posted on September 24, 2015

Thank you, Regina and Matthew Fox for bringing Hildegard's life and work to us! I had heard of her but was not able to find much about her. Now I can look for your book and the BBC documentary. Oh sometimes this patriarchal world steeped in greed and lust for power at all cost is so slow to turn over to the feminine nature of the universe. I do realize the divine masculine as well and it will be so wonderful when we can all adopt our true divine selves once again. So wonderful to see your work, Mathew. I knew there would be a resurgence in wisdom, so refreshing the way you present her work! ~And your wisdom is so refreshing as well. As usual, Regina, thank you for this awesome interview, now I will watch the second one!

sita, posted on September 24, 2015

Regina thank you so much for bringing Matthew Fox on to speak about Hildegard von Bingen! I have found her music to be hauntingly beautiful and her wisdom deep. And thank you to Matthew Fox for sharing his wisdom and standing up to the powers of the "church".

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on September 24, 2015

Sita, thank you for your comment! We're happy you found this episode insightful. Don't miss part 2 of this interview.


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