Hadewijch - I saw standing before me a cross like crystal
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Hadewijch – from Medieval writings on female spirituality
I saw standing before me a cross like crystal, clearer and whiter than crystal. And through it a great space was visible. And placed in front of this cross I saw a seat like a disc, which was more radiant to see than the sun in its most radiant power and beneath the disk stood three pillars. The first pillar was like burning fire. The second pillar was like a precious stone that is called topaz; it has the nature of gold and the brightness of the air, as well as the colour of all gems. The third was like a precious stone that is called amethyst and has a purple colour like the rose and the violet. And in the middle under the disk, a whirlpool revolved in such a frightful manner and was so terrible to see that heaven and earth might have been astonished and made fearful by it.