The Portal is the true and startling disclosure of respected British writer Patrice Chaplin’s initiation into the mysteries of Rennes-le-Château. Following in the footsteps of those before her, among them, the famed priest Bérenger Saunière who rose to cult popularity due to modern-day bestsellers such as Holy Blood, Holy Grail and The Da Vinci Code, Patrice embarks upon a secret alchemical pilgrimage involving strict purifications of mind and body and a deadly journey they prepared her for, all of which unveils the sacred and prehistoric purpose of what is now Rennes-le-Château.
It was 2003 and City of Secrets (Constable & Robinson) was in the process of being published in the UK. The charismatic Jose Tarres, real-life custodian of the Holy Grail, great friend to remarkable talents such as Salvidor Dali, Jean Cocteau, Umberto Eco and Simone de Beauvoir, and forever the love of Patrice’s life, had suffered a near fatal heart attack. With Jose then in his seventies, the power of death as a silencer threatened the survival of his society’s guarded knowledge. Patrice had thoroughly researched Jose’s documents and testimonies with his permission for the writing of City of Secrets. But upon its completion, Patrice confessed she still did not fully understand the ancient puzzle revolving around the legendary, yet very real, golden cup. "So what was the secret behind the secret?" Patrice asked. With simple resolution, Jose said "You have to do what they did in every century, the initiates. You have to do the Journey".
Jose’s matter-of-fact assignment comes to life in this deeply profound memoir. Under the guidance of Jose’s teacher, a mysterious recluse and one of the few true living Kabbalists, Patrice undertakes in 2004 to ‘tread the Seven Stars under the Great Bear’. By activating the eleven sacred sites along the French/Catalan border, Patrice encounters detachment, death, and rebirth. Unlike some unfortunate initiates, Patrice lived through Mt. Canigou’s great secret, and more so, was decreed to tell about it. What she discovers in the end—startlingly as it may be—is space/time’s inextinguishable truth: What it is to be human, and to be “of” this earth. What this means will shock and amaze and is the real gold hidden within the mystery of Rennes-le-Château.
"Charlie Chaplin’s daughter-in-law has done it again. She has now produced a sequel to her 2003 autobiographical City of Secrets, and it kept me on the edge of my chair. It’s a book that grabbed me with its captivating, almost mesmerizing effect. I could not put it down."
—Alan Glassman, New Dawn magazine
Dan Brown meets On the Road!
A story of love and magic steeped in the truth, a story that will stay with you years after you read the last pages. Real-life drama of magic and intrigue! The truth is out there, and Patrice Chaplin has lived it!
—Kathleen McGowan, New York Time best-selling author of The Expected One and The Book of Love.
Patrice Chaplin becomes the first author in decades, to add something original to the Rennes-le-Chateau mystery. No one except her has been so involved in the decipherment of a century-old secret that, if we could put under control in the near future, it could give a quantum leap in our evolution. "The Portal" is, no doubt, the missing piece in the Rennes-le-Chateau puzzle.
—Javier Sierra, New York Times best-selling author of The Lady in Blue.
The Grail mystery: Patrice Chaplin lived it and is conveying its incredible nature to the reader.
—Philip Coppens, investigative journalist and author of The Stone Puzzle of Rosslyn Chapel and Servants of the Grail.
Chaplin continues the epic literary journey that she started in ‘Happy Hour’ and ‘City of Secrets’. The reward is an enchanting tale of love and nothing less than the truth.
—Corjan, Singer/Songwriter and publisher of Rennes-le-Chateau Research and Resource
Chaplin’s work lifts the veil on the mystery of the Holy Grail. Her first hand accounts of secret societies, initiates and figures such as Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteau and Umberto Eco make for compelling reading. The Portal is fresh, insightful, and more proactive than anything she has ever written.