Law as the Way of Ascension: The Christ Laws for Today

Divine law is a dynamic structure, upholding a dynamic system, which we call the universe. Thinkers and mystics in every age must review and renew their comprehension of law, discussing it and restating it in the language of their era to refresh our understanding.

The search for truth always begins with the desire to know more than you have been taught. You fervently believe that more truth really is available, if you can just find it. Great souls often come to earth with a vision and a sense of "mission." 

In her own words, Edna Miriam Lister said, "I came to earth with one idea: I knew everyone could walk with Jesus. I desired a career in grand opera and the political world, but a stranger asked, 'What is that to thee? Follow thou me.' Then I saw the Master, who said, 'God is deathless, ageless and abiding. Follow me and avoid the appearance of evil.' All I have given you has come from this."

In the body of her work, Edna Lister has given us an astonishing legacy of practical and spiritual wisdom. We have drawn from her personal papers, outlines for sermons and lectures and from her student's notes taken in private classes and counseling sessions.

What follows is an outline for approaching your spiritual journey on the Via Christa, the path of conquering self and ascension of soul consciousness. You can drink as deeply as you desire, or take only a sip at a time from Wisdom's Well.


Light is the Godhead, the universal absolute principle, the source of the Emanations. Light is. God is. God is Light. Light is God, externalized in manifestation.
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The Emanations (Wisdom, Love and the Logos), which flow as Light from the Source of All Being, are the absolute principles of being and action (doing) throughout the universe.
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Absolute Principles are ultimate truths, unalterable and permanent facts, the universal realities of the Godhead.
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Abstract Principles are rooted in the Emanations (Wisdom, Love or the Logos), lowered one or more grades in their rate of vibration; they are not discernable by the senses.
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Laws of Being are abstract principles as states of being and consciousness; all are facets of conscience and direct you to action, right or wrong.
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Laws of Doing (expression) temper abstract principles to suit individual intelligence and consciousness, to govern soul development, behavior and relationships.
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Speaking the Word is a relative law of doing that originates in the Logos Emanation, the Word of God itself. Speaking the Word as a co-creator with God is the most powerful action you can take on earth.
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Talents: God expects us to unfold and develop the rudimentary faculties, power and virtues of soul to their full potential, which requires personal responsibility, dedication, obedience to law, and perfect discipline of the self over time.
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Virtues: Every virtue is a soul power such as compassion, order, patience, poise, and perseverance. All virtues state or represent an abstract law of being, rooted in an absolute principle.
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Soul Faculties are the soul's relative physical, mental and spiritual powers of being. These spiritual and mental faculties are tools of the creator servant of God.
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Formal Initiations are sets or courses of initiation, a series of specialized tests that you take over time, not all at once.
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Initiation is always an invitation to do better, a test or series of tests that you take to ascend by degrees.
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Via Christa Degrees test your selflessness, devotional attitudes and soul expressions toward God and man.
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Soul Taints are selfish "treasures of darkness" that you must eradicate by sacrifice of the self.
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Sin is any word, emotion, thought or act that can separate divine Mind, Substance and Power. Sin, chosen deliberately becomes evil.
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Edna Lister, the original Pioneering Mystic.

Edna Lister


Born in Tacoma, Washington, December 5, 1884, Edna Miriam Lister belonged to a generation whose parents saw little benefit in educating daughters. Yet, "hungry for truth," she never stopped educating herself, and left a massive personal library, collection of correspondence and personal papers.

In 1910, she married Henry T. Abstein, a mining engineer, and went to homestead in the Idaho Rockies. They arrived near Yellow Pine in winter, having traveled the last thirty-some miles by dogsled. Their tiny one-room cabin was half a day's horseback ride from the nearest town and they had no neighbors.

Her reading material included a King James Authorized Version Bible, Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, and the collected works of Plato, Aristotle and Plotinus. She wrote in her books, which were obviously her best friends.

Edna Lister's book notations reveal that she embraced Kantian Idealism and favored quotes of Thomas Carlyle, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. She rejected the Transcendentalists' Unitarian views in favor of Christian Universalism. She disliked Protagoras and the Sophist philosophers, but revered Plato and often used Socrates' questioning method. She displayed an increasingly Stoic view.

Edna Lister left the mountains and her marriage in 1924. In less than a year she began working for Dr. Thomas Parker Boyd, an Anglican priest, who also taught psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. She completed the education she had longed for, under his tutelage, and became the Business Manager of Boyd-Lister Publishing in 1929.

Dr. Boyd, Dr. Henry J. Kleefisch, and Edna Lister incorporated the Society of the Healing Christ in San Francisco, California, February 24, 1933. Two days later, Dr. Boyd and Dr. Kleefisch, a Bishop of the Byzantine Universal and Russian Orthodox Churches, ordained Edna Lister to the ministry. Thus, she carried three lines of Apostolic Succession.

In 1934, Dr. Boyd named her his successor and she ministered, counseled and lectured nonstop for the next thirty-seven years. Her loyal students from across the U.S. saved their notes of lectures, sermons, group meetings, and private counseling sessions, making them available to Dr. Lister's organization, the Society of the Universal Living Christ.

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