It is important to realize that though this specific organization has developed over a short period of time, our roots are firmly imbedded in an ancient tradition that stretches back over 2000 years. When I first met the Emissaries of Light in Bosnia in 1995, I was told that this community of masters had existed in one way or another, in one place or another, for centuries, normally in great secrecy. I learned that this group, and many others throughout history, had an important foundation in the early Christian Church, most specifically in the traditions laid forth by John, also known as the Beloved Disciple. At that time there were two main branches of Christianity: the Church of St. Peter and the Church of St. John. The Church of Peter represented the masculine energy, establishing bishops and priests as intermediaries between God and ordinary people. The Church of John, also known as the Community of the Beloved Disciple, represented the feminine energy, believing that no intermediary is needed, and that we are all able to access the Divine through our own souls.

In the end the Community of the Beloved Disciple was persecuted, as were many other early groups, and were forced to comply with the teachings of the Universal Church, or go underground. And yet, there was a very important prophesy that had been made regarding John and the Community he founded which is being realized today. Before Jesus died, John was given the care of his mother Mary, linking the fate of the Beloved Disciple and his followers with the Divine Feminine. John was also told that he would be witness to the second coming. They cared for Mary, and the Divine Feminine, waiting for the fulfillment of this prophesy, which they believed would mean the release of the Divine Feminine into the world. Most scholars believe that the Community of the Beloved Disciple disappeared around 150 AD, but what they do not realize is that the ancient group has resurfaced several times with new names. Groups like the Cathars and the Bogomils were extensions of the original group, trying again to reestablish the fulfillment of the Great Prophesy. Unfortunately, like their predecessors, they too were persecuted and destroyed, forced to go underground again and wait for the appropriate moment to return.

The Emissaries of Light, and the Beloved Community, are one of the most modern extensions of this ancient lineage. But there have been others.

The Cathars flourished in France and much of Europe in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and was the source of many great Gnostic teachings, the Courts of Love, and the troubadours. One troubadour, known as Anon, once wrote: "At the end of seven hundred years, the laurel will be green once more." He wrote these words in the midst of the destruction of the Cathar tradition. In March, 1244, 205 Cathars were burned alive at Montesegur in France, putting a seeming end to the tradition and the Community of the Beloved Disciples in general. Luckily, four Cathar masters were said to have escaped before the ultimate destruction, let down the steep mountain by ropes. They disappeared, maintaining the Beloved tradition underground until the time the Great Prophesy would be realized. That time is now. The Emissaries of Light were the continuation of the original tradition, and though it cannot be proved historically, I believe them to be the direct descendants of the four Cathar masters who escaped persecution.