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Travels in France

  • Listed: November 16, 2011 7:52 pm
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Last weekend, I arrived in Perpignan just in time for the Peace Mandala made of sand by the Tibetan Monks from the monastery near Toulouse. It was beautiful to witness the creation and completion of the mandala. The next day, they disolved it, and took the sand to the river, as we all followed them, and later were given individual packets of remaining sand to keep. In the evening, the sacred dances performed by the monks were stirring and transformative. I felt connected to the Kauai sangha and moved by the dedication and constant spiritual practice of the monks.

The coast of this area of France south of Perpignan, along the Mediterranean, near the Spanish border is beautiful, with a light blue heavenly color of sea and sky, reminiscent of Matisse paintings of Collioure, a magical town well known and loved here. Strolling the seaside, climbing to the windmill, enjoying the loveliness of this jewel of a town called Collioure, I was reminded to go to the master chocolatier of France, Olivier Bajard to taste the best chocolate ever, worthy of all accolades given.


Some of the sacred places connected to the Mary Magdalene pilgrimage are Chartres- walking the labyrinth and feeling the truth that there are no limitations, visiting the crypt and Goddess statues there, connecting with a group of Brits on sacred site tour, and a lecture led by Malcolm Miller, expert on Chartres cathedral.

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. The church dedicated to the Marys is in honor of Sainte Sara, patron saint of the gypsys. There is a beautiful Black Madonna there  dressed in exquisite materials. One feels the power and importance of the site. The leader of the gypsys is nicknamed Pele.

Rennes-le-Chateau- Today Rennes-le-Chateau was blazing in the midst of incredible fall colors of gold, pink, and red. The wind blew all about, but it wasn’t cold.

Mary Magdalene Church

There was the Mary Magdalene Church with the Devil at the entrance, reminding us to own our shadow and transmute it, a key to Ascension. I placed my hand in the holy water, and placed it to my forehead. Allowing feelings to come up during the day and using ho’oponopono, I acknowledged the sacred feminine and the transformation happening here. This area is magnificent with deep spiritual roots and high spiritual energy.

 From France, with Love,

Marilyn Summer

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