The history of GL Zürich's origins dates back to the 1940s and is closely connected to the life path of married couple Beatrice and Arthur Brunner.
Beatrice Brunner is born on 27 February 1910 in canton Schwyz in Switzerland. Already at an early age, she moves to Zurich and works as a dressmaker in a well-known fashion house. By the mid-1930s, she starts a family and becomes the mother of two sons.
Search for Knowledge
Arthur Brunner, Beatrice’s husband, publishes a book with the title Die Toten Leben [The Dead Live]. Through this publication, a small group of spiritually-interested people comes together in order to deepen its knowledge on questions of faith.
During the Christmas of 1945, Beatrice Brunner has a breakthrough with the gift of clairvoyance and clairaudience, and soon afterward her ability to speak in deep trance is revealed.
First Address from Joseph
In a small private circle, spirit Joseph speaks for the first time through the medium of Beatrice Brunner; he will become the community’s spiritual teacher for the next 35 years. His addresses are initially recorded in shorthand, then later on audiotape.
Foundation of Geistige Loge Zürich
On 23 October, spirit-teacher Joseph gives a lecture in front of a larger group of people for the first time. This day is regarded as the founding of the Geistige Loge Zürich [Spiritual Lodge Zurich], known today as GL Zürich. From then on, Joseph gives a lecture every Saturday through the medium Beatrice Brunner and, in addition, answers audience questions one evening a week.
The name Geistige Loge [Spiritual Lodge] is based on the following considerations: while the word ‘geistig’ [spiritual] refers to a world beyond, the term ‘loge’ [lodge] denotes a place, a worthy setting, where likeminded people come together.
GL Zürich (Geistige Loge Zürich) is the oldest Christian spiritual community in German-speaking lands. According to its statutes, it is an association for the maintenance, development, and spread of Christian spirituality. It is free from denominational and political ties.
‘Messages from the Beyond’
Between 1949 and 1951, the three volumes of Botschaften aus dem Jenseits [Messages from the Beyond] are published. They contain the first lectures and question-and-answer sessions communicated through Beatrice Brunner. The lectures, which were initially recorded in shorthand, are now recorded on magnetic wire.
‘Geistige Welt’ Journal
The lectures from spirit-teacher Joseph, already published since October 1948, appear for the first time under the title Geistige Welt [The Spiritual World] in journal format. In the first few years, the journal appeared fortnightly. It is the community’s publication channel.
Academy of Music
4 February 1950: the first lecture by spirit-teacher Joseph in the large hall of Zurich’s Academy of Music. For the following 33 years, the weekly Saturday evening lectures by spirit-teacher Joseph take place in this 350-seat hall.
Community's First Own Hall
Inauguration of the community’s first own hall (120 seats) at Münchhaldenstrasse 9 in Zürich. At the inauguration ceremony, spirit Linus speaks though the medium of Beatrice for the first time. He introduces himself as the guardian spirit of Beatrice and spiritual leader of the community.
The office of GL Zürich and a small printing press are also set up in the property of Münchhaldenstrasse.
Meditations with Lene
In April, the meditation evenings with spirit-teacher Lene begin in the hall on Münchhaldenstrasse. Her first lectures are an introduction to meditation. She explains how one can connect in spirit to the world beyond and thereby find strength and healing for body, spirit and soul.
Lecture Tours in Germany
First lecture tour with medium Beatrice Brunner to Germany and Denmark. Until 1967, further lecture tours to various cities in Germany follow. They establish the foundations for the community’s subsequent ‘circles of friends’ in Germany.
First Audiotape Recordings
The mediumistic addresses are recorded on reel-to-reel audiotapes for the first time and can thereby be archived with their original wording. (The earlier recordings on magnetic wire had to be erased again after they were transcribed for the journal.) Between 1957 and 1983, a total of approximately 1,500 addresses are recorded on tape, each lasting over an hour.
Experience Reports from the Beyond
On 5 March begins the lecture series of ascending spirit beings – that is, deceased human beings who report on their experiences of the beyond after earthly death. By 1970, 91 such experience reports have been conveyed. In 1962, a selection of these experience reports is published for the first time in the book Was uns erwatet – Erfahrungsberichte aus der Geistigen Welt [What Awaits Us – Experience Reports from the Spiritual World].
First Meditation Week
In July 1959, the first meditation week with spirit-teacher Lene takes place with 38 attendees in Hemberg, a small village in the canton of St. Gallen.
Now held annually, this week of reflection is taken by spirit-teacher Lene as an opportunity to convey to the listeners in-depth spiritual knowledge. Each week’s lectures are published in the book series called Meditationswoche [Meditation Week].
Relief Organization for People in Need
Establishment of the Hilfsaktion gegen Hunger [Relief Action Against Hunger]. To date, the community has raised over 10 million Swiss francs for people in need. In order to better administer this involvement, the association Hilfswerk GL Zürich was founded in 2009.
‘The Spiritual World’ Journal
The English-language counterpart of the journal Geistige Welt is published under the title The Spiritual World, containing translations of the lectures. The journal is initially published once a month, and is today available as a bimonthly e-journal.
Meditation Weeks in Flims
In September 1966, with over 300 attendees, the community’s annual meditation week takes place in Flims in the canton of Graubünden for the first time. The hotel Flims-Waldhaus, with its historic hall, remains the venue for this week of inner reflection until 2014.
On 8 July 1967, a team from the German television station Süddeutsche Rundfunk attend a service with medium Beatrice Brunner. The first film recording of a mediumistic address by spirit-teacher Joseph is made for a television documentary.
Introductory Book Geborgenheit
Publication of the book Geborgenheit by Prof. Dr. Walther Hinz. This introduction to Christian spirituality is reprinted five times by 1977 and achieves a total circulation of 100,000 copies. An English translation is published under the title The Corner Stone in 1977.
First Video Recording
As of 10 December, the mediumistic lectures are recorded on video. By January 1983, 180 lectures have thus been preserved on video for future generations.
First service in the large hall of Zurich’s Tonhalle, with over 1,200 visitors. At the Christmas celebration in December 1982, more than 1,700 visitors mean that an additional seating area has to be opened so that everyone can take part in the service.
Beatrice Brunner returns Home
20 September 1983: Beatrice Brunner passes on. She leaves behind a spiritual treasure of over 2,000 lectures communicated by the world beyond.
Hall in Zurich
Inauguration of the hall at Letzigraben 117 in Zurich. It serves the community of GL Zürich as a spiritual home and educational center. This is where the lectures recorded on audio and videotape are replayed every second weekend at services held by GL Zürich, and also where the community's range of literature is published.
Knowledge on Christian Spirituality
Beginnings of the complete edition of all German-language lectures imparted through Beatrice Brunner in four book series. The complete work will one day comprise of some 60 books with over 2,000 lectures.
Live Stream from the Hall in Zurich
German-language services taking place in Zurich are transmitted via livestream over the internet and can thereby be listened to live at home. There is also an audio archive with lectures, experiences reports, and meditations that can be listened to at any time. In addition, a keyword search (German-language only) enables an unrestricted search of specific terms within our entire published literature.