Nizier Anthelme Philippe

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Nizier Anthelme Philippe
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Born (1849-04-25)25 April 1849
Le Rubathier, Loisieux, Savoy, France
Died 2 August 1905(1905-08-02) (aged 56)
L'Arbresle, Rhône, France
Nationality France
Other names Maître Philippe
Maître Philippe de Lyon
Master Philippe of Lyon

Nizier Anthelme Philippe was born on April 25, 1849 in Le Rubathier, Loisieux, Savoy, France, the son of peasants, and died August 2, 1905 in L'Arbresle, Rhône, France. Nizier Philippe was a mystic and French healer. His mother was Mary Vachot (1823-1899) and his father was Joseph Philippe (1819-1898). He was also known as "Monsieur Philippe", "Maître Philippe" (i.e., Master Philippe) or "Maître Philippe de Lyon" (i.e., Master Philippe of Lyon).


From the age of fourteen he stayed with his uncle Vachod, a Butcher in Lyon. He gained a reputation as a healer by the age of thirteen.[1] He married Jeanne Julie Landar (1859–1939) on 6 October 1877 in L'Arbresle. He had a daughter, Jeanne Marie Victoire, born on 11 November 1878. She died on 29 August 1904.[1]

He went to St Petersburg where he was awarded his Doctor's Diploma in recognition of extraordinary feats of remote healing conducted in St Petersburg.[1] Grand Duchess Militza Nikolaevna of Russia later introduced Philippe to Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia in 1901, and Philippe had great influence over the imperial couple, until 1903 when he left Russia.[1]

In October 1884 he presented a paper (published in French) entitled "Principles of Hygiene applicable in Pregnancy, Childbirth and Infancy" at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. In recognition of this the University conferred a Doctorate of Medicine on him.[1] Many other academic and social honours were conferred on him during the 1880s and 1890s in France and Italy.[1]

Nizier Philippe treated thousands of people without asking money or anything; except asking some efforts to do good to others.[1]

He received various attacks from the media, physicians or politicians in France and Russia; some critics, especially in Russia, accused him of using occult science to heal people.[1] He was four times on trial for illegal practice of medicine between 1887 and 1892 and was acquitted, and left in peace from that date.[1] But he also received the admiration of people of all ages, including the friendship of prestigious members of the European Courts (being close to Tsar Nicolas II, the king of Italy, the Austrian emperor Franz Joseph I, the German emperor Wilhelm II, the king of United Kingdom Edward VII) and of some distinguished members of the esoteric scene of the early twentieth century, including Dr. Gérard Encausse (Papus) and Dr. Emmanuel Lalande (Dr. Marc Haven), George Descormiers (Phaneg) and Yvon Leloup (Sédir).[2]

Master Philippe died on 2 August 1905 at the age of 56, in L'Arbresle, Rhône, France where he was living. He is buried in the Cemetery of Loyasse, in Lyon (France).[1]

After his death, it has been discovered that Master Philippe was paying the rents of 52 families; too poor to afford housing.[3] After this discovery, Jean Chapas, his faithful disciple and successor, continued to pay all rents until he himself dies in 1932.[3]

Victoire Philippe – Daughter of Master Philippe[edit]

Master Philippe had a daughter, Jeanne-Marie-Victoire Philippe (called "Victoire Philippe"), born 11 November 1878.[4] She died August 29, 1904 at age 25, just before her seventh wedding anniversary.

Maître Philippe refused to treat her, saying that it was the wish of Heaven because she had to go forward to "smooth the way."[5] He predicted the precise course of her illness and death.[5] To prove that it was the wish of Heaven, he asked that Victory disease disappears for 3 days and then that the disease returns after 3 days to the same state as before.[5] After this demand, it was witnessed that her daughter actually got a full recovery and was in full health for 3 days; then the 4th day her illness came back exactly like before and continued until her death.

"This death," Master Philippe has said, "for me has been a living crucifixion."[5]

Jean Chapas – Disciple of Master Philippe[edit]

Jean Chapas was the closest disciple of Master Philippe.[6] Coming from a family of fishermen across the Saône, he was born February 12, 1863.[7]

In 1870, Master Philippe would have saved the life of Jean Chapas.[3] Jean-Baptiste Ravier, a close disciple of Master Philippe, reported the resurrection of Jean Chapas by Master Philippe as follows:[5] After Jean Chapas has been declared dead by two physicians and just before the burial, Master Philippe was brought into the house of the deceased filled of family members and friends. On entering the room of the deceased where Jean Chapas was dressed for burial, Master Philippe tried to find the mother of Jean Chapas and asked her "do you give me your son now"?; not knowing really what was happening Mrs. Chapas answered «Yes», then Master Philippe went to the edge of the bed where Jean Chapas body was lying, focused and resurrected him by saying "Jean, I give you back your soul."[5][3]

Then Jean Chapas followed some studies that allowed him to obtain a diploma of naval Captain.

In 1878, at the age of fifteen, Jean Chapas is called by Philippe de Lyon to join him and he became his privileged disciple.[7]

In 1895, in the school of magnetism led by Philippe Nizier, Jean Chapas is lecturer in charge of the course of history of magnetism.[2][8] He stays away of practitioners of the occult sciences that gravitate around his spiritual guide.

In 1897, Jean Chapas married Louise Grandjean, daughter of a carpenter.[3]

In 1903 he took over from Master Philippe and officiates in the mansion in the Rue Tête-d'Or, Lyon, France. Being the successor of Master Philippe, Jean Chapas received similar powers than the ones of Master Philippe and could continue to heal as "efficiently" as Master Philippe.[3]

In 1907, Jean Chapas is on trial for illegal practice of medicine and is acquitted. A few years later, he transformed the clos Santa Maria, located in L'Arbresle, into a military hospital, to receive the casualties of the First World War (1914-1918).[3][7]

On September 2, 1932, Jean Chapas dies. He rests in the Cemetery of Loyasse two aisles behind the grave of Master Philip.[9]

Decorations and Titles[edit]


Alfred Haehl wrote a well documented biography Vie et Paroles du Maître Philippe (Life and Words of the Master Philippe).[1]

Michel de Saint Martin wrote a book (English version ) regarding discussions about Master Philippe including the Christ and other outstanding revelations.[13]

Maître Philippe collection :


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Haehl, Alfred (1994-01-01). Vie et paroles du Maître Philippe (in French). Dervy. ISBN 9782850766800. 
  2. ^ a b Laurent, Claude. Guérisons et Enseignements de Maître Philippe: "Mes souvenirs" (1 ed.). Le Mercure Dauphinois. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Collin-Dugerey, Philippe (2000-01-01). Vie et Enseignement de Jean Chapas : Le disciple de Maître Philippe de Lyon. Grenoble: Mercure Dauphinois. ISBN 9782913826656. 
  4. ^ Philippe, Victoire. Les carnets de Victoire Philippe. Grenoble: Mercure Dauphinois. ISBN 9782913826823. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Ravier, Jean-Baptiste (2005-03-30). Confirmation de l'Évangile par les actes et les paroles de Maître Philippe de Lyon. Grenoble: Mercure Dauphinois. ISBN 9782913826540. 
  6. ^ L'Arbresle et sa région (in French). Union des sociétés historiques du Rhône. 1997-01-01. ISBN 9782906998117. 
  7. ^ a b c Dictionnaire du monde religieux dans la France contemporaine (in French). Beauchesne. 2001-01-01. ISBN 9780701014186. 
  8. ^ Bergé, Christine (1995-01-01). L'AU-DELA ET LES LYONNAIS. Mages, Médiums et Francs-Maçons du XVIIIème au XXème siècle (LUGD ed.). Lyon: Lugd. ISBN 9782910979256. 
  9. ^ "La Tombe De Maitre Philippe, La Tombe De Jean Chapas? | Maître Philippe De Lyon". Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  10. ^ Caillet, Serge (2013-04-09). Monsieur Philippe, l'ami de Dieu : Suivi du Recueil de Papus et d'un journal de séances (in French). Paris: Dervy. ISBN 9782844549594. 
  11. ^ James, Marie-France (2008-01-01). Ésotérisme et christianisme autour de René Guénon: ésotérisme, occultisme, franc-maçonnerie et christianisme aux XIXe et XXe siècles ; explorations bio-bibliographiques (in French). Fernand Lanore. ISBN 9782851573766. 
  12. ^ Dericquebourg, Régis; Rétat, Claude; Chantin, Jean-Pierre (2004-01-01). Esotérisme et guérison (in French). L'AGE D'HOMME. ISBN 9782825119518. 

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