The Cathars, known also as The Good or Perfect Men and Women, were a sect of mystical Christians working secretly in western Europe to liberate all beings. They were accused as heretics by the Roman Church because they did not believe in the physical Jesus Christ born in a stable in Bethlehem, but instead a spiritual all-knowing divinity.
Eventually, they fled to the hilltop fortresses in Languedoc-Roussillion where they were exterminated by Christian soldiers! Or were they? Like the Holy Grail thought to be secreted in the same region and still undiscovered, their mysterious lives of service to all beings were mostly unknown, undocumented. But they predicted a Cathar revival in the 20th century, 850 years later, when the world would truly need their good and spiritual view of human existence.
Their creed was left for us people who have gradually moved into the bright electric lights of the secular, rejecting all things naturally sacred, snuffing out the divine spark we were endowed with at birth.
Here are the main tenets of that creed of ‘The Church of Love,’ written approximately 850 years ago, in 1244.
It has no fabric, no buildings or instruments, only understanding.
It has no membership save those who know they belong.
It has no rivals because it does not compete.
It has no ambition seeking only to serve.
It has no boundaries or barriers because they are unloving.
It acknowledges all great teachers of all ages who have shown the truth.
Those who participate practise the truth in all their beings.
Those who are, know.
It seeks not to teach but be, and by being, enrich.
It recognizes that the way we humans are is the way of those around us because we are the way.
It recognizes the whole planet as a being of which we are part.
It does not proclaim itself with a loud voice but in the subtle realms of loving.
It has no hierarchy or structure, for no one is greater than another.
Each one will dedicate their life to the silent loving of their neighbour, environment and the planet while pursuing a useful task however exalted or humble.
It recognises the supremacy of love and seeks no reward here or in ten hereafter save the ineffable joy of being and loving.
Each one shall listen deeply without judgement to their neighbour, their community and the planet.
Each shall feel no fear, no shame, or harbour secrets and cling to the past.
It is certain that the power of love will change the world but only if each one changes themselves first.
If we can live according to this creed, we will overcome all evil in the world. We are each eminently qualified to be Good, to be Perfect, and to cherish this short human life in its every moment.
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