“Appreciate your partnership”

“I often hear you people complain about your partnerships. It is understandable from the human point of view that in this area of your life difficulties do occur. They might tempt you to wonder: ‘Why am I doing this?’ But when you change your human point of view to a higher level, and look at your partnership from there, you will soon notice, that your partner is the perfect mirror for you, showing you all your inadequacies. Before you try to change your partner or some of his/her characteristics, have a closer look at what you are in resonance with! If you are absolutely honest with yourself, you will see that it is your own weaknesses, imbalances, deficits and sensitivities that meet you. However, there are many partnerships which are already hopelessly shaken and destroyed that they are really harmful for the people involved. It is necessary to recognize this and then take steps. In all the other cases, be grateful for your partnership because it offers lots of possibilities for your personal and spiritual development.” Maria Magdalene © transmitted through Ingrid Auer, 2014

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SPIRITUAL JOURNEY 2014: The caves in which the Cathars used to live

Mainly records of the Cathars which have been written by their persecutors and murderers have survived the centuries, but hardly any writings which have been produced by themselves. This is why this religious group, which probably dates back to the Essenes, a religious group to which Jesus and Mary Magdalene belonged as well, is often seen in a negative light. The Cathars lived in the South of France and in some other Mediterranean countries and were wide-spread during the Middle Ages. They practised their own “Christian religion”, which, however, deviated strongly from the institutional Church. This is why they were suppressed and nearly extinguished.

The Cathars used to ordain both men and women as priests. Before they could take the holy orders, they had to prepare themselves for this ritual in dedicated caves for years. Then the ritual was performed. In the course of our journey we are going to visit some of those caves.

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SPIRITUAL JOURNEY 2014: World-famous among the fans of Mary Magdalene: Rennes-le-Château

A journey on the trails of Mary Magdalene and her successors through the Languedoc – without visiting Rennes-le-Château – is impossible! After all the small mountain village is situated only a few miles from our castle hotel.

Over the centuries treasure hunters have been looking for the “Holy Grail” in and around the village and the small town also gained fame in the last 150 years owing to the legendary country curate Bérenger Saunière, who was an ardent worshipper of Mary Magdalene. Today I am going to show you the charming landscape around Rennes-le-Château, there will be more information on this place in the next blog entries.


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SPIRITUAL JOURNEY 2014: What I have discovered at Saint Hilaire

If you leave Carcassonne and drive south through the placid rolling hills and the picturesque vineyards, you reach the abbey Saint Hilaire (Hilarius). The monastery dates back to the 9th century and for a long time was inhabited by monks who stood under the patronage of the counts of Carcassonne.

During the crusades in the Middle Ages, in the course of which the institutional Church tried to obliterate the Cathars, also the monks of St. Hilaire, who were close to the Cathars, were accused of blasphemy. Therefore, their monastery was destroyed. The Romanesque-Gothic church and the beautiful cloister are especially worth visiting.

However, what I consider to be the most exceptional is the semi-relief which represents Jesus hugging a woman and a woman sitting next to him. Who this woman is with whom Jesus is represented to be very familiar, is a question that should be answered by everyone himself. In the course of our SPIRITUAL JOURNEY 2014 I am going to show this beauty spot to the participants.

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SPIRITUAL JOURNEY 2014: Toulouse is much more beautiful than its reputation!

Es gibt so viele eindrucksvolle Orte, Landschaften und Plätze im Languedoc, der südwestlichsten Provinz von Frankreich, dass es mir sehr schwer fiel, eine Reiseroute mit den schönsten spirituellen Highlights dieser Region zusammenzustellen. Das größte Fragezeichen stellte sich mir bei der Überlegung, an welchem Ort wir die Rundreise beginnen würden. Denn die Bilderbuchstadt Carcassonne, die wir  besichtigen werden, kann nur aus  größeren mitteleuropäischen Städten direkt angeflogen werden. Jene Reisenden also, die aus  kleineren Flughäfen kommen, müssten mit einem Zwischenstopp in Paris nach Carcassonne weiterreisen. Und wer das Umsteigen am Pariser Airport “Charles de Gaulle”  schon einmal genossen hat, der weiß, dass er auf  Abenteuer dieser Art gerne verzichten kann.

Also fiel meine Wahl auf Toulouse als Ausgangspunkt unserer Rundreise. Diese Stadt befindet sich zwar schon außerhalb der Region des Languedoc, ist aber im Zusammenhang mit Maria Magdalena und ihren Nachfolgern historisch sehr bedeutsam. Aus meiner Schulzeit hatte sich tief in mir das Wissen eingeprägt, dass Toulouse ein hässlicher Industrieort sei, in dem vorwiegend Flugzeuge gebaut würden. Deshalb hatte ich vor meinem Besuch in dieser Metropole noch einige Vorbehalte gegen sie. Doch schon nach dem ersten Streifzug durch die Stadt erlag ich ihrem Charme. Denn die malerische Altstadt mit ihren Gassen, Plätzen und Wasserläufen zog nicht nur uns, sondern auch viele andere Menschen in ihren Bann. Die Universitätsstadt ist sehr lebendig, sie pulsiert, die Menschen sitzen im Freien, treffen einander in netten kleinen Restaurants oder Parks, und es gibt viele schöne Geschäfte und jede Menge Kultur. Toulouse ist es auf jeden Fall wert, Anfangs- und Endpunkt unsere Rundreise  zu sein!

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