[[File:0000160 paul-the-venetian-ruth-hawkins-2103AX 600.jpeg|thumb|alt=caption|Portrait of Paul the Venetian by his twin flame, Ruth Hawkins]]
Paul the Venetian is [[chohan]] of the [[third ray]] of divine love. He is hierarch of the [[Château de Liberté]], his retreat on the etheric plane over southern France on the Rhône River.
Paul’s retreat, the Château de Liberté, has a physical counterpart in a château now owned by a private French family. At the etheric level, the retreat contains classrooms with paintings and artwork of every kind from all ages and races and cultures, as well as workshops for musicians, writers, sculptors and students of voice. Here the masters introduce new techniques in every field of art.
Currently he is holding classes in the [[Temple of the Sun]], the etheric retreat of the Goddess of Liberty over Manhattan. This is the etheric retreat of Paul’s spiritual Mother, who is the Goddess of Liberty—the cosmic being behind the statue, so named for her complete identification with the God consciousness of liberty. It was she who first enshrined the liberty flame on earth and, just prior to the sinking of Atlantis, transported it from her then-physical Temple of the Sun to the Château de Liberté.
== Transfer of the Liberty Flame from his retreat ==
It was the Goddess of Liberty who inspired the idea of the Statue of Liberty as a gift of the people of France to the people of the United States, which was dedicated on Bedloe’s Island October 28, 1886. A symbol of their friendship and more, it was the spanning of the arc of liberty from the Château de Liberté back to the Temple of the Sun with the intent that the descendants of Atlantis reembodied at both her East and West gates (at France and the United States) would hold high her torch until Liberty’s culture should once again appear in a golden age founded upon the balanced and expanded threefold flame in the hearts of the freedom-loving people of these sister nations.
Seventy- six years later, in a dictation given in Washington, D. C., September 30, 1962, the ascended master K-17 announced the bestowal of another gift from France to America, this time from Paul the Venetian:
“There has been held a beautiful and wonderful session at Chananda’s retreat in India, and a decision was made on the part of beloved Paul the Venetian whereby there was transferred from his retreat in France this day, at the hour of eleven o’clock your time , the full pulsation of the great liberty flame.
“This flame was permanently placed within the forcefield of the Washington Monument; and the pulsations of the liberty flame are intended to grace the heart of America as a gift from the Brotherhood and from the heart of beloved Paul the Venetian.... Figure 135 The Washington Monument [p. 22 #3 - 131]
“It is given as a treasure from the heart of France, from the spiritual government of France to the spiritual government of America.... The liberty flame is a gift of greater magnitude than the former gift of France, the Statue of Liberty, as a tribute to that great being, the Goddess of Liberty. It is incomparable, for the flame itself shall penetrate the structure of the monument, rising high into the atmosphere above it. And all who visit there shall become, even without knowing it, infused by the pulsations of the liberty flame within the heart of America. ”
== Studying with Paul the Venetian ==
Embodied mankind who serve in the arts attend the retreats of Paul the Venetian for instruction in all of the arts, and through their service, they learn to balance and expand the threefold flame within the heart. Paul explains that the purpose of art is to enhance the love of Christ always.