I’ve been reading Edward Peter Nolan’s “Cry Out and Write” off and on for a while now. It covers the writings of 3 female Chrisian visionaries: Vibia Perpetua, Hildegard of Bingen and Julian of Norwich. He is interested in the feminine style of revelation. This is non-conclusive, fluid, and experiential rather than descriptive/illustrative. As an artist, I find his investigation of their work as inspirational as their work. Right now I am in the middle of the last section, on Julian. She writes of her shewings/visions–in one of them she finds herself looking at a “lytle thyng the quantity of a hazelnut”. This thing God says is both everything that is created and nothing. Nolan suggests the point of this vision is to “actively stretch the capacity of the mind for new senses of scale and dimensionality”. This passage reminds me of something my AP Chem teacher said in highschool. He was explaining just how little matter there is in each atom, and how much energy. He said that if all the nothing/energy was taken out of every atom in the universe what would be left is an object no larger than a golf ball. It would seem that the hazlenut-sized object could be this matter, which God filled to make such a huge universe. It is both everything (in a material sense) and nothing (in comparison the the Energy/God that makes it what it is).