The Knights of the Ascension (of which I am a member) identify strongly with certain lineages from the past. One of these is the Cathars, a Christian Gnostic order of true priests who rejected the practice of intercession, in favor of unconditionally raising up all those who were ready, and seeking to give them direct spiritual experience. They were a spiritual, rather than a religious, order.
This is the Cathar prophesy of 1244 A.D. (here translated into a modern idiom), which said that a ‘church of love’ would be proclaimed around the end of the millennium. This was written just after the fall of Mont Segur, which had a bastion at the top in which the leading Cathars and their primary defenders were besieged for nearly a year. When the siege broke, the Cathars were given one week in which to either recant their beliefs, or to be burned at the stake. They all chose the latter. The Prophesy is said to have been written during those days of preparation. Within their lineage were the Paulines, of the Balkans, a group that understood St Paul to have been a scholar of Hermes before his conversion - and that much Hermetic wisdom had thus been grafted into the emerging Roman-Christian tradition that he was to initiate. I see the prophesy as precisely reflecting much of our understanding of an appropriate way of being during and in support of the present transition.
Peter aka Xavier Hermes:
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, because it only seeks to serve. It knows of 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 that the time has come for the supreme transition, the ultimate alchemical act of conscious change of the ego into the 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. The members shall know each other by their deeds, and their being, and by their eyes and by no other sign save the fraternal embrace. Each one will dedicate their life to the silent loving of their neighbor and environment and our world, while carrying out their daily task, no matter how humble. It recognizes the supremacy of the great ideal, 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 ineffable 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 world. 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 to be so, the world will change if we change ourselves first. All those who belong, do so because they belong to the Church of Love.
Our task is to recognize our divinity as an immortal spirit: and to consciously manifest that divinity at the core of this physical incarnation.
Aug. 28, 2010