In the footsteps of Mary Magdalene: In the Footsteps of Sarah Tamar

“Even though it cannot be historically proven, one can assume that Mary Magdalene’s daughter, Sarah Tamar, together with Mary Magdalene’s family members and companions, was spreading the gospel in the region we are visiting today. The center of the Provence, Luberon, is only 50 km away from the well-known domain of Mary Magdalene.

After we left Gordes, we visited the small church Saint Panteleon, a place to which Gerd developed a personal connection, because in this spot he can get in contact with Panteleon. I went and got the keys from the village innkeeper so that we could see the church from the inside as well. Some of our participants could feel strong energy fields here.

The next destination was Lacoste, which has nothing to do with the brand. Fashion designer Pierre Cardin bought the run-down castle, which was onced owned by Marquis de Sade (1740 – 1814), restored it and transformed it into a museum of contemporary art. The brutality of Marquis de Sade were so legendary that the term „Sadism“ can be referred back to him. But we couldn’t feel anything of this gruel past as we were walking through the beautiful town. This provencial village with its stone-cobbled streets, stone houses and bell towers is certainly one of the sights one has to see if one travels through Luberon.

Afterwards, we continued our drive to Roussillon, a small village that is well known for its ochery houses and the red rocks. A stroll through the town leads us up the hill to a small church, where Jesus and Mary Magdalene are pictured in ist glass windows. Passing red and mustard-colored houses, we reached a beautiful scenic view point, which offers a grandiose view of the Luberon region.

Bonnieux is also one of my favorite villages, which is the reason why we stopped there for our lunch break. Streets and rows of houses cling to a small mountain and a small, simple-looking church thrones above the village. Small stores and restaurants line the street, which leads to Lourmarin. The view over the valley is breathtaking and on clear days, one can see all the way to Gordes. One can also see the tallest mountain of South France, Mont Ventoux, from the viewpoint in Bonnieux. The mountain top is white in the summer as well as in the winter, because it consists of white chalk stone.

I consciously chose the picturesque village of Lourmarin  as today’s end destination, because this way we could take advantage of the opportunity to stay overnight in a provencial village (www.moulindeloumarin.com).

Some of us walked through the small side streets and alleys, some made the trip uphill to visit the church or walked to the castle. Others visited the small boutiques and the tyipcal french convenient stores.

In our evening medidation I was allowed to channel messages by Sarah Tamar, Elisabeth, Joseph, Salome and Mary Magdalene. We’ll have dinner in a few minutes and then it’s off to bed – we are all very tired.”

Mary Magdalene

The Thing About the Truth…

As a child, I grew up in an environment where the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church was the only truth. Since then I freed myself from this misbelief. Even the immediate successors of Jesus – namely his apostles – were arguing amongst each other when it came to the authentic transmission of his teachings. Back then the church came up with different versions, which led to grim power struggles between the different fractions. Between 66 and 74 AD the Christian community in Jerusalem dissolved, and with it a binding version of Christianity. Some of the successors of this community, the Ebionites, were treated as heretics and turncoats and killed.

In the first four centuries chaos and prosecution of believers defined the history of the church. In 325 AD, in order to gain uniformity, the Council of Nicaea determined that Jesus was the native son of God. Everything the council decided on and defined as the truth had to be viewed by Christians as the only true beliefs and deviations were not accepted. (This dogmatic belief is still present today and comes through in the so-called infallibility of the pope.)

Other versions of the Christian teachings, which derived from the decided beliefs, were fought and their spread was prevented. Because of this there still exist many gospels from the first centuries that are not known to people, because the Roman church did not acknowledge them, e.g. the Maria Magdalene gospel from the 4th century.

Having said that, it should not come as a surprise that the teachings of Mary Magdalene, which were practiced and passed on from generation to generation by believers in France until the 12th century, are nowadays viewed as devil’s work, blasphemy or seen as fantasies of crazy mystics. Thousands of people paid with their lives in the Middle Ages, because they believed that Mary Magdalene was Jesus’ wife and passed on her intellectual heritage to her successors. Thankfully, we do not land on the stake for our belief today – at least not physically. 😉

In the small village church of Roussillon in Provence, I found Mary Magdalene and Jesus depicted next to each other. If you travel around with open eyes, you can still find hidden clues that point to their close connection. On our spiritual journey in the fall I will certainly visit this church with my group.

Mary Magdalene