THE CATHARS were a medieval religious community who practised a variation on Christianity in the 12th to 14th centuries, gaining prominence in Europe, particularly parts of Italy and the South of France. They believed in reincarnation, refused to eat meat or other animal products, regarded men and women as equals and had no doctrinal objection to contraception, euthanasia or suicide. Eventually, after years of persecution and inquisition by the Catholic Church, including wholesale massacre in 1209, and the Montesegur siege and massacre of 1244, they were eliminated altogether. Legend has it that just prior to the burning of 200 ‘parfaits’ at the stake in 1244, a small band of escapees found a way through the surrounding forces carrying with them their most precious treasure. To some the treasure is just that, treasure, to others it is a bloodline. To many it is knowledge.
In 1985, a chap called Colin Bloy, who had allegedly discovered a Latin text concerning the rebuilding of a church while dowsing on the spot where the ‘heretics’ had been burned, wrote this, claiming that it had been channeled through him.
Regardless of whether or not you take the provenance at face value, its words are fitting as a potential antidote to the current world crisis.
Note that the use of the word ‘church’ refers to the idea of a community, not an institution or a building. If you read it carefully, it is not even religious.
The Church of Love
It has no fabric, only understanding.
It has no membership, save those who know they belong.
It has no rivals, because it is non-competitive.
It has no ambition, it seeks only to serve.
It knows no boundaries, for nationalisms are unloving.
It is not of itself, because it seeks to enrich all groups and religions.
It acknowledges all great Teachers of all the ages who have shown the truth of Love.
Those who participate practice the Truth of Love in all their beings.
There is no walk of life or nationality that is a barrier.
Those who are, know.
It seeks not to teach but to be and by being, enrich.
It recognizes that the way we are may be the way of those around us because we are that way.
It recognizes the whole planet as a Being of which we are a part.
It recognizes that the time has come for the supreme transmutation, the ultimate alchemical act of conscious change of the ego into a voluntary return to the whole.
It does not proclaim itself with a loud voice, but in the subtle realms of loving.
It salutes all those in the past who have blazoned the path but have paid the price.
It admits no hierarchy or structure, for no one is greater than another.
Its members shall know each other by their deeds and being and by their eyes and by no other outward sign save the fraternal embrace.
Each one will dedicate their life to the silent loving of their neighbor and environment and the planet, whilst carrying out their task, however exalted or humble.
It recognizes the supremacy of the great idea which may only be accomplished if the human race practices the supremacy of Love.
It has no reward to offer either here or in the hereafter, save that of the infallible joy of being and loving.
Each shall seek to advance the cause of understanding, doing good by stealth and teaching only by example.
They shall heal their neighbor, their community and our Planet.
They shall know no fear and feel no shame and their witness shall prevail over all odds.
It has no secret, no arcanum, no initiation save that of true understanding of the power of Love and that, if we want it to be so, the world will change but only if we change ourselves first.
ALL THOSE WHO BELONG, BELONG; THEY BELONG TO THE CHURCH OF LOVE.