Montsegur: the Cathars’ last stand?

When the Cathars were eliminated in 1244, the Catholic world breathed a sigh of relief. But were they really wiped out, or did they just retire to the spiritual realms in order to return again in the 20th Century?

The Heresy

Siege of Montsegur

In the beginning, as in any birth, there was One cell. But in order for it to grow, it had to split into Two. That, in the minds of those that we now call Cathars, was where the Universe became a Dualist creation.

The term ‘dualism’ has a variety of uses in the history of thought. In general, the idea is that, for some particular domain, there are two fundamental kinds or categories of things or principles. In theology, for example a ‘dualist’ is someone who believes that Good and Evil—or God and the Devil—are independent and more or less equal forces in the world. Dualism contrasts with monism, which is the theory that there is only one fundamental kind, category of thing or principle; and, rather less commonly, with pluralism, which is the view that there are many kinds or categories. (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Most people will be in two minds about this. We were taught in Sunday School that there is only one God. But then, at the same time, we were reminded to be on the look-out for the Devil’s handiwork. What’s a person to think?


The Gnostics

The early Christians were originally a confused lot. Their Messiah, Jeshua ben Joseph was clearly a charismatic fellow. His ‘Father in Heaven’ was a loving individual, so unlike the jealous God of their forefathers, Jehovah. Some of the early believers were Gnostics, which means ‘those who know’.

In Gnosticism, the world of the demiurge is represented by the lower world, which is associated with matter, flesh, time and more particularly an imperfect, ephemeral world. The world of God is represented by the upper world, and is associated with the soul and perfection. The world of God is eternal and not part of the physical. It is impalpable, and timeless. To rise to God, the Gnostic must reach the knowledge, which mixes philosophy, metaphysics, curiosity, culture, knowledge, and the secrets of history and the universe. (Wikipedia)

By the time that the early Christian Church began to organize itself, it was felt that Gnosticism had no role to play in its hierarchy.


The Cathars

Montsegur - March 1993

In the Languedoc region of the South of France, in the late 12th and early 13th Centuries, a group of individuals began a way of life that seemed to be at odds with those of Medieval times.

Catharism had its roots in the Paulician movement in Armenia and the Bogomils of Bulgaria, which took influences from the Paulicians. Though the term “Cathar” (/ˈkæθɑːr/) has been used for centuries to identify the movement, whether the movement identified itself with this name is debatable. In Cathar texts, the terms “Good Men” (Bons Hommes) or “Good Christians” are the common terms of self-identification.

The idea of two gods or principles, one being good, the other evil, was central to Cathar beliefs. The good god was the God of the New Testament and the creator of the spiritual realm, as opposed to the bad god, whom many Cathars identified as Satan, creator of the physical world of the Old Testament. All visible matter, including the human body, was created by Satan; it was therefore tainted with sin.

This was the antithesis to the monotheistic Catholic Church, whose fundamental principle was that there was only one God who created all things visible and invisible. Cathars thought human spirits were the genderless spirits of angels trapped within the physical creation of Satan, cursed to be reincarnated until the Cathar faithful achieved salvation through a ritual called the consolamentum. (Wikipedia)

The Roman Catholic Church went on a Crusade to eradicate the ‘false’ thinking of these people. The Cathars preferred to die, rather than accept the terms of their surrender. Their last stand was at Montsegur.


The Secret Doctrine

Symbol of Earth

In 1888, Madame Helena Blavatsky published a major work in two volumes called, The Secret Doctrine. In it she revealed esoteric thinking and occult ideas to the modern world.

At this stage of the re-awakening of the Universe, the sacred symbolism represents it as a perfect circle with the (root) point in the Centre. This sign was universal, therefore we find it in the Kabala also. The Western Kabala, however, now in the hands of Christian mystics, ignores it altogether, though it is plainly shown in the Zohar. These sectarians begin at the end, and show as the symbol of pregenetic Kosmos this sign , calling it “the Union of the Rose and Cross,” the great mystery of occult generation, from whence the name — Rosicrucians (Rose Cross)! (The Secret Doctrine Proem)

In Astrology, Earth is represented by the equal-armed cross (see illustration).


Nag Hammadi Library

The discovery of a collection of Gnostic texts near the Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi in 1945 brought the beliefs of those early Christians back into the consciousness of the modern world.

The contents of the codices were written in the Coptic language, though the works were probably all translations from Greek. The best-known of these works is probably the Gospel of Thomas, of which the Nag Hammadi codices contain the only complete text. After the discovery, scholars recognized that fragments of these sayings attributed to Jesus appeared in manuscripts discovered at Oxyrhynchus in 1898, and matching quotations were recognized in other early Christian sources. Subsequently, a 1st or 2nd century date of composition, circa 80 AD or earlier, has been proposed for the lost Greek originals of the Gospel of Thomas. The buried manuscripts date from the third and fourth centuries. (Wikipedia)

The Gospel of Thomas has Jesus’ sayings in a form that seems more mysterious than those sayings that the writers of the four Gospels quoted. But then, could he really have just come out and said it without hiding the truth?

“Behold, I show you a mystery: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed; for this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-53 KJV)


The Cathars and Reincarnation

In 1970 Dr Arthur Guirdham wrote a book about a patient of his who remembered him as a Cathar priest, Roger de Grisolles.

This is what Roger J Woolger, Ph. D., wrote on his webpage at :

Dr. Guirdham, a practicing psychiatrist, recounts in his book how a certain woman patient came to him with a series of dreams of thirteenth-century France. The dreams had very precise historical details in them which were later verified by French experts on Cathar history. Guirdham himself began to get parallel dreams and concluded eventually that he and his patient had been lovers in the horrible milieu of the Cathar persecution and had died fiery deaths together.

To a psychoanalyst in training it all sounded like what we call in the trade “transference” and “countertransference.” Transference is the patient’s unconscious emotional involvement with the therapist, and countertransference is the therapist’s reciprocal feelings, if they exist. In a good analysis, the therapist’s job is to spot when this is happening in both himself and the client. If the therapist misses it, they both get sucked into an elaborate folie à deux – a shared delusion.

Then Dr Woolger goes on to explain how he himself had a similar reincarnational experience, only this time as a ‘rough-and-ready’ character who was recruited to fight for the other side by the Holy Inquisition. Is that why he was originally antagonistic to Dr Guirdham’s story?


Fountain International

Torquay Fountain

In September 1981, Colin Bloy decided to create a new group, which would have no affiliations with any religious groups, and would be made up of individuals coming together to help heal their communities.

This is the beginning of Chapter 16 in my book, At This Point in Time:

Where two or three are gathered together, the power of loving thought increases. The key to releasing this loving, healing power is the focal point of the community. If several individuals are concentrating their thoughts on their focal point for a few moments of every day, the accumulation of healing energy can spill out onto the surrounding area and beyond, if and when it is required, just like a fountain.

The first Fountain group, established in Brighton in 1981 by Colin Bloy, had as its focal point the Old Steine Fountain . Its purpose was to counteract the problems that Brighton was having with the weekend bikers, who invaded their beautiful seaside resort and left destruction in their wake.

Colin Bloy discovered, by dowsing before and after their meditations, that the energy lines (sometimes known as ley lines) near the fountain had increased the natural energy of the area. Within a short time the problems with the bikers lessened, and over the years completely disappeared. Naturally, the police thought that it was due to their efficient work, but the Fountaineers knew what really happened.

Since then many, many Fountain groups have sprung up, all over the world, associating together under the banner of Fountain International. All of this just goes to prove that we are all in this together, and if all of us contribute to the health of the planet, all of us will benefit.

In my mind, the basis for the Fountain International work harkens back to the Cathars of the 13th Century. Negativity needs to be balanced, and only people meditating together can help heal Earth. If you want more information click on this link.

We are all in this together.

Post Script


Further research has revealed that the final stand of the Cathars was actually at Queribus in 1255. Then they went underground and disappeared from the world stage.

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