Agreeing and Adjusting

To agree means "to receive or take in good part, to accept favorably, to make persons pleased with, or well disposed toward each other, to reconcile, make friends, to bring into harmony things that differ, to conciliate a difference."

To adjust means "to arrange, compose, settle, harmonize things that are or may be contradictory, differences, to adapt oneself."

Agreeing and adjusting is a law of doing, a law of being, a virtue, and usually brings an initiation. Agreeing and adjusting is all about how to handle the difference between the truth of appearances versus the truth of reality. You must practice agreeing and adjusting daily.

Even when it appears to be terrible, agree with God that "This is good," declare, "Let there be Light," and adjust to your fellow man, without arguing about it. This is how to invite God to handle the matter.










Edna Lister's Sermons and Lectures on Agreeing and Adjusting
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Edna Lister on Agreeing and Adjusting

Listen to the other fellow's opinion, to give him an opportunity and to see if he has something you should hear. Don't force your opinion on anyone, ever, but agree with him, and say, "Yes, it is good from your standpoint, for you." – Edna Lister, The Sermon on the Mount, January 31, 1933.

Your love is strong enough to overcome hate when you agree with God that all people, situations and things are good, even the Mind, Substance and Power that men misuse as hate. – Edna Lister, Ten Plagues on Egypt, May 16, 1934.

You purify the self through surrender to and agreement with Christ in the midst of you. – Edna Lister, From Materialism to Spiritual Awareness, September 9, 1934.

If two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. – Matthew 18:19. When you agree with the law of perfection, "It shall be done." Disagreement creates disintegration. Are you the person you seem to be (the little me), or the person you would like to be now, the I AM of Oversoul. Individually, you must practice agreeing and adjusting to release Power. Just as you tune a piano or an auto, you must expect that Light shall tune you with law. – Edna Lister, Knowledge, November 14, 1934.

The whole story of Christ's birth is symbolic of humility. The great law of agreeing and adjusting is the keynote of the written record of his birth (Luke 2:1-16). His mother "brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." – Edna Lister, The Glory of the Christ Idea, December 23, 1934.

Give up possessing persons, which confers the ability to agree and adjust without being hurt or grieved within. – Edna Lister, Beatitudes, January 11, 1935.

By agreeing and adjusting, your outer expression becomes interesting and desirable. – Edna Lister, Beatitudes, January 11, 1935.

The first Pentecost happened because Christ commanded his disciples to agree and adjust; "He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father." So they remained in Jerusalem and "all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication" until the flames of Spirit descended (Acts 1). – Edna Lister, The Holy Spirit's Work in Man, June 9, 1935.

Agree, and do what you ought to do. Leave the result to God. – Edna Lister, The Twentieth Degree, September 28, 1935.

Life is made up of so many petty aggravating events: Agree with the adversary quickly. If any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. – Matthew 5:40-41. – Edna Lister, The Foundation of Life, September 29, 1935.

Self disagrees with soul, which leads to separation; the soul's influence leaves the body and self remains in charge. Self must agree with and adjust to soul. – Edna Lister, Whither Thou Goest, May 15, 1938.

This passage covers all problems with the self: "Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him, lest at any time the adversary (little self) deliver thee to the judge (Oversoul conscience), and the judge deliver thee to the officer (self-condemnation) and thou be cast into prison (grief about your negligence and disobedience to laws and your ideals)." – Matthew 5:25-26. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 11, 1938.

When you have perfectly agreed and adjusted until you see only Light in everyone, you will see the "added things" begin to come, dream desires come true, affairs successful. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 25, 1939.

Remain in agreement with others, for by so being, you stand on the great Mount of Miracles, and whatever you say, it shall be done unto you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 10, 1939.

Your path is to agree with your adversary instantly, even holding yourself answerable for blame, then moving to make it right. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 11, 1939.

Your business is to stand, to know, to love and let love do the work, to agree and adjust together on the common ground, while never letting go of the vision or goal. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 2, 1940.

Live high, agreeing with the Light at the place of poise, then you will express the necessary patience in peace. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 9, 1940.

Agree with Light first by declaring, "This is good. Let there be Light." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Sermons, February 13, 1941.

Others are happy when you allow them to talk without contradiction. Remain busy under the Light, doing all you must under divine principle, a balance of Love and Wisdom, and free everyone else to do what they must their own way. You need not say, "I'll do it your way"; just smile and let them talk. When you must do differently, they are happily minding their own business, because they think you agree with them, when you are only agreeing that it is their good way. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 5, 1941.

You are not told to understand others, but to love them, to loose them, to agree with them, and ever to seek the depths of understanding of God and His ways. Nor are you told to demand understanding of a single individual of earth, but never to misunderstand them. Thus, shall the true freedom come to earth. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 16, 1942.

Be agreeable and in no way aggressive for self. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 22, 1942.

Youth and strength grow from agreeing with God and adjusting to the world. – Edna Lister, Life in a Nutshell, "The Fountain of Youth," 1944.

While you never agree with evil, you do declare it good, and must often adjust to its effects while waiting in the Light to for God to make it good. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 2, 1944.

Until you understand what law means, you cannot make your final ascension, or truly adjust to the world, people and to affairs in full balance. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 22, 1945.

It has been said that to agree with your adversary is the greatest of all laws, except full love for your enemies. When you can accept all given or spoken to you as yours, and value it as precious jewels, then shall you truly be free of the small self. Work at the law of agreeing until you have no enemy to agree with, no wrong, no harm or hurt ever done or spoken to you to forgive; then only do you truly accept all that comes to you as your own. Make agreeing your goal until you are spirit-perfect in its personal application.

Once you really heed this law, you shall find true freedom from all dominating personalities. When your comprehension of agreeing and adjusting becomes so great that you think the thing given is Light, without need to lift, then you are in the Love of God. All is Light as soon as it touches anywhere near you. Greet each darkness as a precious jewel. Love everything given you, as Light. Then shall you be free indeed. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 12, 1945.

Agree with the adversary, then be still, without kicking, resenting, or talking about it. Declare the other fellow is right: "It is good. You are good, right where you are." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 13, 1945.

Agree with your adversary, within and without. The adversary within is self, the part of you that becomes irritated by an imagined adversary on the outside – the person who serves as your mirror. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 13, 1945.

Consideration for others amounts to agreeing and adjusting. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 15, 1946.

Agreement with an adversary is a miracle. An argument consists of opposition by self. An agreement is a love contract negotiated by soul. – Edna Lister, Aggressive Christianity, November 17, 1946.

To progress, you must be in perfect agreement with faith, and thus in agreement with self. The average person's life is a mess because he argues with self. Some people, who take offense when the other person means none, collect hurts and offenses that become old age wrinkles or frowns.

Do not push fear, worry and resentments down, but call them up from the basement to agree with you, even one moment a day, on one infinitesimal point. Like an unruly child, there is no good place to stop the child's misbehavior if you have not lifted. – Edna Lister, An Encompassing Faith, May 4, 1947.

The law of adjustment: You must be able to take orders to work a different way under instant acceptance. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 14, 1947.

The law of adjusting offers no excuse, and the law on details says there is no small thing. You can return to the Source on these two laws, for nothing but self limits the number of brain neurons that you can open by living these laws. Stand on your observation point to do this. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 14, 1947.

When in another's home, do as they do or require; this is adjusting, or the first law of a guest, the law of courtesy. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 8, 1948.

When desire and will are in conflict, you cannot agree and adjust; give up the conflict. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 1949.

Agree with the adversary and he will follow the Light you release. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 1949.

Some try to push their will on you, or fight your desire to do it your way. You satisfy your adversaries by agreeing, but inside you know that the door will open at the right time for the next step. Agree that the adversary has the right to say what he thinks, loose him and let him go. Declare, "This person will be divinely happy to see me step through the door to success." You need not agree that what the adversary says is right for you. That may be the law for him, and that's where you agree. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 4, 1949.

As you make a vow, instantly you set up your choice to agree and adjust with a past adversary. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 15, 1949.

One definition of flexibility is to Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him. – Matthew 5:25. Agree with God that "This is good," and adjust to man without arguing. Learn to bend without breaking under pressure, to accept your lessons in life, and to hold your place on the path. – Edna Lister, Pentecost: The Way of Ascension, May 7, 1950.

"Agree thine adversary quickly," for he may point the way to your greatest overcoming. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 3, 1950.

Agree with thine adversary quickly. – Matthew 5:25. Most arguments result from people being afraid to lie to their families and friends about their opinions. The first step in agreeing with your adversary is to seek first the kingdom of heaven. When you do, you cannot lie, because the Father puts the words of love on your lips. Are you going to drag along cantankerous family members? If you fear admitting your convictions, remain quiet.

When you lift others into your kingdom, you will see what a small problem they really are, and will have understanding and compassion. Declare, "She is right where she is. It is her right to live as she desires until she completes her lessons." All degrees and kinds of people exist. You have five seconds in which to declare the adversary good where he is. God never sent you to cleanse another person's will, but gave everyone freedom to choose. First root out the lying adversary in your own heart. You have no one to blame but yourself. It's like being the prodigal son. A time always comes when you look up and cry, "God, I cannot stand this any longer." Then the Father's Light can move in. – Edna Lister, I Remember, October 8, 1950.

Remember to be receptive to change. To do this, you must Agree with thine adversary quickly. – Matthew 5:25. You have five seconds to declare an adversary good, where he is, or fail the test. Most spats result when people say they "can't lie" about their opinions. The first step in agreeing is to seek harmony in the kingdom of heaven, where the Father will put words of love on your lips. Since you cannot push a cantankerous person ahead of you, remain quiet if you think that admitting your convictions will cause an argument. – Edna Lister, transcipt of I Remember, October 8, 1950.

Unless you accept, and agree with the adversary, you cannot comprehend law. To agree perfectly, you must lose all sense or idea of being more perfect than anyone else. As a creator, agree with God and adjust to man without arguing; you do not need to. – Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.

The petty little self is your only adversary. Agree with God, adjust to man, and never argue. – Edna Lister, Love in Action, June 17, 1951.

When you say, "I accept. I agree. I have no living adversary. I act with the Power using me as its servant," you draw in all invested soul substance and reach the state of comprehension. You move from doing to becoming. When you have returned all wrongly invested soul substance to the altar as a gift of self, take time to agree and adjust, and stand in the Light before you speak the Word. – Edna Lister, Love in Action, June 17, 1951.

Keep your mind on agreeing with God, then your consciousness has no room for lower desires, such as criticism, blame, and resentment. Stop looking at self, and look at God. Don't analyze the darkness; ponder the Light. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 18, 1951.

If you have not agreed and adjusted, you cannot tie your earth to heaven. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 21, 1951.

"Resist not evil" means to agree with your adversary quickly, which is the law of nonresistance. You call it good and make your stand on principle. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 27, 1951.

No one gets anywhere until he has fifty active, powerful, dynamic enemies. Lift your head above the crowd. You can never achieve until you rise above your adversaries. – Edna Lister, Ye Are Gods, November 30, 1952.

To be flexible means to agree with your adversary. You do not have to agree with his negativity, but you can say, "I'll try it." Never say it can't be done. Sometimes it pays to be firm and final, other times it pays to try the other fellow's plan. – Edna Lister, Ye Are Gods, November 30, 1952.

We might define the law of nonresistance this way: Nonresistance is being possessed by the full faith of God, to stand nonresistant, making no excuse for your standing, while the Power moves through you, to stand still, unmoved within and immovable without, while agreeing with the other fellow that his own directed path and plan of life are good and very good for him to follow. To say, "Yes, you are right," does not mean, "Yes, I shall do it your way." It only means that you agree with him that he has found his own right plan of life and path to follow.

You never need to explain. You need no further speech, for the law of nonresistance is based upon "Let your communications be, Yea, yea; nay, nay" which you interpret as a direct command of law to stand quietly in the heart of the golden silence, granting all others the right to do the same. – Edna Lister, Faith: The Challenger, 1953.

You never err when you live in Light, let Light use you, withstand all conditions in joy, agree with your adversaries, and never think of the self. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 12, 1953.

The art of loving is adjusting to humanity; your approach is as personal as how you agree with God. Agree with and adjust to an adversary's demands with love, compassion and understanding, which is agreeing with God. – Edna Lister, The Gospel of the Cross, October 18, 1953.

The art of loving is the ability to adjust to others without imposing your will on them. Agree with God that this is good, and adjust to outer circumstances. Even when it "smells," say, "This is good to lift." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 19, 1953.

As you adjust and retract your use of free will inside your aura, others will treat you gently and seek your advice. Once you bring in those points of will, you will know the true freedom of the Wisdom Emanation, which agrees with the All. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 19, 1953.

The law of ascension is to take all blame, agree, love and take up your cross. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 27,1954.

Agree with thine adversary quickly. – Matthew 5:25-26. To agree with the adversary quickly, you must love God enough. If you don't, the adversary will take you to the judge, who will give you to the officer, who will cast you in prison. So, to disagree is three steps down to the basement, but to agree is only one step up to your tower room of consciousness. If you cannot agree, it proves that you still believe in "enemies." To believe in an enemy creates an adversary, a dark cloud of force, an entity that clings to you.

To be taken before the judge is conscience reminding you of law, your Oversoul breaking through your crust. The officer is regret. The prison is remorse, which is a sense of guilt. To agree with an adversary means to love God more than you love self. Love is adequate for all occasions. The love you release returns to you and forms a steady flow of Power. – Edna Lister, I Accept, June 27, 1954.

After you choose to agree, act quickly and go to your tower room to lift. Your subconscious will create an adversary if a single "enemy" thought remains. People who say, "I just can't agree with that," still believe in enemies, which creates an entity, a dark cloud of force that clings. An adversary will take you to the judge, who will give you to the officer, who will deliver you to prison. The basement is three steps down, but your tower room is only one up.

The judge is your Oversoul, speaking as conscience, reminding you of law. The officer is regret. Think of the hours you have wasted in regret. God does not hand you to the officer if you apologize without regrets and erase your name from your adversary's page. Some people have so many smudges on others' pages that they run out of room. The prison is remorse, which is a sense of guilt. Many are in prison because they do not know how to lift their regrets to a cloud of Light.

To agree with an adversary means to love God more than the self. Reach up to God and love Him. Say, "Father, use me." Agree with your adversary, saying, "I love you. How wonderful you are." You may never nag anyone, but you can mentally shout it, even in the business world. Love is the panacea for all occasions. The magnetic current rushes up through the navel center when you lift your hands to pray. Light moves in from above, and you ascend on an intake of breath for strength. Love as Light fills your aura in this place of love's release of Power. The Light returns to you in a steady stream of Power when you have no enemies on the outer. – Edna Lister, transcript of I Accept, June 27, 1954.

Watch that you do not agree with an adversary in a saintly "holier than thou" way. That's how you design the structure of your next humiliation. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 28, 1954.

To agree with your adversary quickly is to reach that point of loving enough that you have no adversary. – Edna Lister, I Surrender, July 4, 1954.

You do not agree with a person; you agree with God. You love the individual and have compassion for them. Adjust to other people and say, "I think you're wonderful to have worked it out this way." Declare that his creations are wonderful. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 21, 1954.

Conquer self where you are, that part that occasionally arises and whines, "Just once doesn't matter." Agree with God that it does matter. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 21, 1954.

Soul ascension requires that you be flexible, which is your ability to agree and adjust. – Edna Lister, Jesus, the Son of God, November 21, 1954.

"I agree" means "You are right," which is the truth. Even a lie may be the truth for the one who is saying it. The other fellow must first see the fault in you so that he can become conscious of it in himself. Some see the faults in others only, never in themselves, which is infantile, but is the first step. He is a teacher, unless you make him into an adversary.

No one can judge you by the way you look, but we all tend to judge by what we see, and by our own state of development. The other fellow gives you a truth of the moment. Accepting this, with "I agree," is obeying the first law of ascension to open the records, but you may charge no debt of blame. When you say, "You are right," the Light moves in and through you. Then go to the altar and make sure that this is so. When you say, "It's his, not mine," you name him an adversary. – Edna Lister, Salvation Through Faith, July 10, 1955.

You don't stoop to agree with belligerents, just let them enjoy their departure from joy to wallow in darkness. You don't do things you don't enjoy. The world is filled with willfulness, and people usually run from what they abhor. If you can run from Light, you can ascend and run from darkness. Use no force. – Edna Lister, Heavenly Manna, August 14, 1955.

"Agree with thine adversary quickly, while thou art in the way with him." – Matthew 5:25 is an all-inclusive law, since an "adversary" can be anything that runs counter to your will and desire. – Edna Lister, Divine Laws for Conquerors, October 7, 1955.

You agree with God that He is all in your life, and rules your life. You are the servant of all His Wisdom, Love and Power, life to fill you, strength to carry you on, so that your life shall fulfill itself. Then you adjust to others and to the world to the best of your ability. Thus, you must meet on some point, to have a meeting point. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 14, 1955.

Agree, adjust, and draw each person you contact into the Light. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 22, 1956.

Love is the art of being agreeable. Many begin to agree and adjust because they cannot stand disharmony. The Love of God as firm, unalterable principle learns the Godly art of saying nothing but yes. This is the art of agreeing, scientifically postulated. Yet the art of agreeing is not enough; you must cooperate, too. – Edna Lister, No Shadow of Turning, July 15, 1956.

Agree with the other fellow, though he insists he knows best. No one can get inside another to see their worst or their best. We all face tough lessons because we must all learn how to agree with God and adjust to man. – Edna Lister, Go Preach the Gospel, July 22, 1956.

Your Oversoul agrees to do whatever is required to save earth. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 23, 1956.

Divine agreeing and adjusting: A martyr is undiluted self-indulgence. God agrees with such by saying, "I understand that you are critical, arrogant, a martyr, not willing to take blame, and denying Me; however, I cannot set aside law for you." Leave the martyr in the mud puddle with his scratchy long underwear. Have compassion for him, but do not cater to a martyr. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 28, 1957.

You lose Christed consciousness when you refuse to practice "I agree and adjust." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 6, 1957.

Science judges the brain as "the great organ of adjustment" because it adjusts to preserve your identity in an environment of swift and ceaseless chemical changes. Be flexible. Metaphysical law says the brain cannot adjust when it is rigid from opinions and prejudices. – Edna Lister, The Brain: Our Instrument of Power, September 24, 1957.

God must agree with your declarations of "I am weak. I am poor. I am sick. I am tired," because you set the vibration; you get just what you ask for. – Edna Lister, God Is a Gentleman, September 29, 1957.

Agree with the other fellow, and if he does not do everything you want him to do, go ahead and do it yourself. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 3, 1957.

When your subconscious is out of order, it is working against you. In the process of soul ascension, subconscious and conscious must learn to agree with the superconscious or Christ mind. This is the meaning of "wherever two or three are gathered together" (Matthew 18:20). – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 9, 1958.

The law of courtesy requires that you agree with God and adjust to man, both at home or in the office. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 1, 1958.

Seeing, then agreeing and adjusting is one of life's big problems since no two people see life the same way. When you ascend in consciousness and agree and adjust, you become nonresistant. Enemies expect opposition; it confuses and bewilders them when you agree and adjust, then you have no enemies. – Edna Lister, The Miracle of Increase, April 27, 1958.

You do not need to antagonize anyone; instead, find some point of agreement with them. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 11, 1958.

Be agreeable with those souls who are unable to go further in truth work. Make them happy. Agree. Agree. Agree. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 12, 1958.

"Seeing the multitudes, he [Jesus] went up on a mountain, and when he was seated, his disciples came to him. Then he opened his mouth and taught them." – Matthew 5:1-2. Jesus saw the multitudes and applied the law of observation (logic, reason, discrimination, discretion and discernment). He "went up" to a higher state of consciousness, intuition, to hear the Father's message for the multitudes. He applied the law of agreeing with God and adjusting to man, and when the right vibration was "set," he spoke. You agree with Power and adjust to others and outer conditions. – Edna Lister, As I See the World, June 15, 1958.

The Lord said to Cain, "If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it."– (Genesis 4:7. "Sin lies at the door" if you do not live up to the law. When youdo not agree and adjust to the law, the sin sits at your doorstep. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 10, 1958.

Agree with thine adversary quickly, while thou art in the way with him. – Matthew 5:25: We each have some revenge motive in our Pandora's box of self not lifted that makes us happy to see another pay a debt. When your adversary has the key to open your lock, out pops your negativity to join his. – Edna Lister, A Charted Heaven, October 21, 1958.

Agree with thine adversary quickly, while thou art in the way with him. – Matthew 5:25 means to do it now without giving self the chance to respond first. Some think they will lose their identities by agreeing and adjusting. That is silly; all you lose is your petty little ego. – Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958.

Ninety-nine percent of our difficulties in agreeing and adjusting to life are found in the subconscious. Subconscious mind combines all your thoughts and impressions into a kind of mental food that often creates spiritual indigestion. – Edna Lister, Being Without Self, November 2, 1958.

If you do not bridle your tongue, you cannot agree with God or adjust to life. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1959.

Where too many conflicting opinions abound, no consensus agreement is possible. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 12, 1959.

Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. – Proverbs 27:17. In doing your best, you cannot please everyone. The fellow who always agrees with you makes a weakling of you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 7, 1959.

Study the Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount, which outline the principles of agreeing with God and adjusting to man. The same Power creates, whether you agree or disagree. – Edna Lister, Manifestation, May 24, 1959.

The wedding in Cana of Galilee illustrates how Jesus agreed with God and adjusted to man, his mother in particular (John 2:1-7). The bridal party ran out of wine, and Jesus' mother told him so; he responded, "Woman, what does your concern have to do with me? My hour has not yet come." She told the servants, "Whatever he says to you, do it." Then Jesus, having agreed with God that this was good, adjusted to his mother's "suggestion," and changed the water into wine. – Edna Lister, Manifestation, May 24, 1959.

You must always adjust to new lights shining from above: when you adjust, a new set of lights descends and you must ascend and fit yourself into them. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 29, 1959.

Prudence represents agreeing and adjusting to earthly demands, agreeing first with God that all that comes to you is good, and then adjusting to others without arguing. – Edna Lister, What Is Symbolism, October 6, 1959.

Under morality you accept law socially, and learn how to agree with God and adjust to man through tests and temptations. – Edna Lister, The 33 Degrees of Soul Conquering, October 20, 1959.

Agree with your adversary and do not try to explain to him. – Edna Lister, The 33 Degrees of Soul Conquering, October 27, 1959.

Lift your frustrations, though you must agree with and adjust to much that you dislike. You shall find that you can reconcile yourself to many things others would never endure, as leader must. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 22, 1960.

One day you will register only agreeing and adjusting, and won't think about how to do it. The only way is to practice it without talking about it, which means you just think you want it. Do it until you become it. Great Power is released when you agree with all adversaries immediately. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 3, 1960.

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God . . . Therefore, come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. – 2 Corinthians 6:14-17. This entire passage deals with agreeing and adjusting with your soul and God, not self. – Edna Lister, From Gethsemane to Ascension, May 15, 1960.

The law says "agree with God and adjust to man." Oversoul always agrees with God. You adjust self and soul to agree with your Oversoul. – Edna Lister, How Can I Help Myself, May 31, 1960.

Agree with God and adjust to others until you have no adversaries to lift. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 28, 1961.

Integration results from agreeing and adjusting. – Edna Lister, Integration, September 5, 1961.

If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am therein the midst of them. – Matthew 18:19-20. Today's term for "agreeing" is "integration," which means to mix or enfold as one. The "two or three" must meet on the highest possible level, not the lowest. No integration (agreement) is possible in darkness, where each wants to have his own way. – Edna Lister, Your Key to Right Action, October 1, 1961

You can release yourself from bondage to others by lifting and loving them. If someone tries to force you, just say, "I am busy this week"; put them off. You need not see them. Love and agree with them; say, "You are wonderful," but stay away from them. – Edna Lister, Whither Thou Goest, October 22, 1961.

Adjusting to the disagreeable things in your life is your greatest action. You must adjust to the twelve great virtues; unless you can adjust, you are not living the laws of being (agreeing and adjusting). – Edna Lister, Honor Above All, April 8, 1962.

Stand in equilibrium and balance, smile, agree and adjust. Ask the adversary, "What do you think I can do about it?" – Edna Lister, Heaven: A Place to Fill, April 10, 1962.

Use the Socratic method and ask questions rather than saying, "You can't do this" or, "You are wrong." Draw the person out; let him talk about his problem or desires. Through such agreeing and adjusting, he often no longer wants what he thought he did. – Edna Lister, What Is Illumination, May 13, 1962.

Agree and adjust; you may not expect others to please you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 13, 1962.

Agree with God that this is good, adjust to man, and never argue; thus you perfectly cover others' transgressions. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 14, 1962.

He who keeps instruction is in the way of life; but he who refuses correction goes astray. – Proverbs 10:17. Don't repudiate experiences. Others may interpret a look on your face as words, so you cannot say, "I didn't say that!" This is agreeing with your adversary. – Edna Lister, Before the Beginning, I Am, November 3, 1963.

If you are agreeing with God and adjusting to man, you are not quarreling. Agreeing and adjusting with the Light does not mean being soft. Say, "You are right, under the Light." – Edna Lister, God as Principle Applied Under Logic and Reason, November 5, 1963.

Agree and adjust; it frustrates your enemy when you agree with him. Adjusting is allowing the other fellow to save face. – Edna Lister, The Word: Your Magic Wand, April 12, 1964.

Learn to agree and adjust over everything. You contaminate the air with the fallout of taints and arguments. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 28, 1964.

Sometimes agreeing is a legal invention, called a "truth of necessity": "You are right (from your perspective). I understand (how you think that)." God cleanses the untruth from the Book of Life when you declare it perfect and good. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 23, 1964.

To spend your life agreeing and disagreeing, adjusting and fighting, always adds more fuel to the inner conflicts. Never conquering your selfish demands that life conforms to whatever "poor little me" desires, is living life the hard way. Then you live by demands, expecting life and other people to do all the giving, all the adjusting, all the agreeing. The attitude is "I want other people to be good so I can be happy." On this negative vibration, the self-pole of the fate line, you expect others to overlook all your shortcomings. So your fate is to be loved "in spite of" instead of because you are an agreeable, wonderful, understanding companion. – Edna Lister, Eternal Youth, 1965.

A bargain is a mutual agreement, and it takes at least two to bargain; one party cannot get very far if the other party does not agree. You cannot bargain with life to change people, families or what they do or say. Your only bargaining power is to agree and adjust. – Edna Lister, Your Bargain With Life, June 13, 1965.

You can strike a bargain with God only by agreeing and adjusting. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 14, 1965.

You may not close out the voice of someone who disturbs you, which leads to deafness. You must clear the record of what you have absorbed, and lift everything around you, making it one with you, agreeing with God and adjusting. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 18, 1965.

Agree with the adversary when criticized. "How could I have done such a thing?! I'm sorry." Then bless the adversary, without impatience, or impatience returns to you sevenfold. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 24, 1966.

Diplomacy is the art of agreeing and adjusting to any situation or condition with "Let there be Light." – Edna Lister, Order and Diplomacy, June 4, 1966.

Agree with thine adversary quickly. – Matthew 5:25 perfectly expresses the dynamic principle of nonresistance. – Edna Lister, Am I Strong to Endure, December 18, 1966.

You apply as many relative laws as you possibly can, but you must always agree with God and adjust to your fellow man. – Edna Lister, Beauty: A Spiritual Way of Life, May 9, 1967.

Curses, lukewarmness and indifference fill an empty space, yet keep it empty. This is why you declare everything good and agree with the adversary. Say, "You are filled with Light," and go about your business. – Edna Lister, The Keys of the Kingdom, June 16, 1968.

Agree with thine adversary quickly. – Matthew 5:25 makes you untouchable to the outer world. Don't be smug, self-righteous or holier than thou, but subtle. To agree "quickly" means now, which gives the adversary all the credit your little self would like. Seek a point of praise for the adversary: "I think you are wonderful. Wanting to make me so good is wonderful of you!" You don't need adversaries; you can turn them into friends, if you so desire. – Edna Lister, The Heavenly Mysteries Unveiled, October 20, 1968.

You must remain on the Mount of Transfiguration in prayer, determined to conquer self, until you have no desire to answer back, or tell anybody what you think of him, until you can agree with your adversary. You just agree that what they are doing is all right for them and they should do a good job and be happy about it. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 1, 1969.

You agree and adjust to relative principles, which are really secondary laws, by saying, "You are right"; he is right for himself at the moment, but not for you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 8, 1970.

Every change is a new incarnation that challenges you to agree and adjust with the best of the past. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

Agreement is the preestablished harmony between body and soul before their creation. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

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Treatments in Agreeing and Adjusting

"I now agree and adjust in the high Light from above, instantly, under all conditions." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 23, 1941 and Flaming Desire, May 26, 1941.

Here is an incantation of the Spirit for agreeing with an adversary: "Darling, you are wonderful. I love you." You comply with law while love holds the other person in bonds until his condemnation ceases. – Edna Lister, God Is a Gentleman, September 29, 1957.

Use these four principles to agree and adjust with your self: Put God as the Light first, and say: "I arise," which means that I will let go of self, and go to God. "I accept" whatever comes to me as mine to lift. "I recognize" that this is good. "I surrender," and let God move in. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 28, 1958.

A mental declaration in the face of the outrageous: "I disagree with what you have said, but I agree that you had to speak it to be cleansed." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 13, 1963.

To the person who is handing you guff, you need only to fold your arms and say, "You are having such a good time. I am enjoying listening to you." This is how to agree and adjust, to work it together for good. Agree that God is love and adjust to the world by giving them their own say. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 27, 1964.

When you face a so-called adversary, you agree by using your creative tools of desire (emotions), thinking and imagination perfectly. Waste no time paying debts for others. Criticism, blame and resentment cause you to take on the debts that others make. Be interested in everyone; in the face of the worst criticism, ask questions. No matter how outrageous their response, you can always say, "Really? Well, I can see how you think that. Have you ever thought of thus and so?" – Edna Lister, You Are Immortal Now, September 19, 1965.

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The Law of Agreeing and Adjusting

Edna Lister created this lecture outline for January 1968.

The most important word in our law of agreeing and adjusting (Matthew 5:25) is "quickly." It means to respond instantly to another's demand for an argument. Quickly does not mean next week, tomorrow or even an hour from now; it means right now.

To agree quickly is seeking first the kingdom of heaven, to make sure you are in complete contact with your "I AM" center of consciousness, the only place from which you can hear the "still, small voice" when it directs you in any situation.

Next in importance is "while you are in the way with him," meaning you must stand still and wait on the outer. This involves agreeing with God that the situation is good, and lending yourself with a joyous smile to whatever is being done, to whoever is presenting us with this lesson for your soul growth.

Agreeing and adjusting also involves being grateful to the person or situation for showing you yyour weakest point in your Ascension work. Someone or something is giving you the opportunity to discover exactly how much you have learned to love, how well you have surrendered the pride of necessity always to find your own opinion right, though the whole world finds you wrong. You become so interested in conquering that you move easily into the third important phase of this law: Agreeing.

The only true freedom of soul comes when you reach that point in Ascension where you learn to agree and adjust without having to think about what you are doing. Today, now, quickly, agree – these become your words of conquering. Vain arguments are but a waste of God's time, since those who desire an argument have made up their minds, with no intention of changing. They want to be thought right, they want the last word, so give them the first word and save all your words and time.

As you smile, you reach up quickly, grasp your own Rod of Power and hold fast to it while you smilingly wait for the arguer to run down. It is worth the effort to be silent and smile when you see the facial expression of one who realizes there is no opposition or reason for more speech. This law always works.

To agree and adjust does not mean you are obligated to like what anyone is doing. You are not obligated to go their way if it is against your own laws and principles. God asks you only to love others for what they are capable of becoming, not for what shows on the outside in words or actions.

It is good policy to manage your life by agreeing and adjusting, since God pays no attention to your disagreements with anyone. He does not take your personal opinions about anyone or anything into consideration in His final judgments.

God rewards each of us according to our personal earnings and no more. But not less, either! Although your nearest and dearest family members and friends sometimes tell Him all about our lacks and limitations, He does not grant your credits based on what others think.

What anyone else thinks about you cannot change your balance sheet. God compiles that sheet from your own daily ledger, which takes into consideration the perfection of your desire to be perfect, and is not wholly based on your daily practice of law.

When you want to agree, leaving yourself free to make beautiful choices, freeing others to live as their own Christed consciousness dictates, you realize what the whole law means: When you agree quickly with God, you can do nothing but agree with others. You suddenly realize that you have never had any enemies or adversaries on the outer.

Standing in your garden of love, bathed in the golden silence becomes the dearest action of your life, and from here you are free of any desire to disagree with anyone about anything. At last you learn the art of "keeping silence before Him." God has become too important to us for the lesser levels of hurt and resentment to enter into your consciousness.

It is wonderful to understand that you create your own adversary every time you acknowledge an enemy. You discover that you assume the role of "judge" when you think in terms of enemies, and those so declared surely become adversaries who then judge you.

Since the Bible is our textbook and the Sermon on the Mount holds every law we need to obey to learn our earth lessons, we take this step from Matthew 5:25: "Agree with thine adversary quickly, whilst thou art in the way with him." Not hours later, not tomorrow, but right now. It has been thought by some to be a stupid law. It has even been interpreted, in some instances, and used to avoid telling the truth. It does not mean lying to agree with an adversary.

There is no need to be dishonest or cover up the truth for anything. There is no dishonesty in saying to the person, "I can see how that seems to be the truth to you," even though the statement might be an outrageous one. All you need to do is to keep silent about your own ideas. Your opinions are not interesting to any adversary. To want to argue to convince another is only being a showoff. Smile, be silent, saying mentally, "Let there be Light!"

Several lesser laws are involved in this truly great one of agreeing. The first one to learn is that you never can know, by any means, exactly what is right or wrong for another. God has made this impossible for you to do. Your business with this law is to know one thing only: When adversaries approach, you are supposed to know instantly what is right or wrong for you, then to stand silently and hold fast to your own right way.

There is no law saying that you have to speak. Silence does the agreeing, in the Light, with the adversary. Any words can shatter your own high vibration of Light. Hold fast to knowing that divine Mind never gives you the right to know what the other fellow really needs. Each is in his own place, learning his karmic lessons, and disagreeing with anyone is sure to disturb the very plan of life lesson being presented to him.

You dare not forget, when agreeing with an adversary, that to declare Light is one thing the Power needs to make the lesson mean ascension for him. An adversary, and his reason for being one, is the most unimportant thing in your life.

To agree demands that you ignore the adversary's intent to hurt or wound, and to quickly find some reason for praising him. To say, "How wonderful you are," to an adversary lifts you out of slavery to the world and into your own sun center of Light, where nothing can touch you. To use praise for an adversary frustrates him until he forgets his original intention and departs.

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Agreeing With the Adversary

Edna Lister created this lecture outline for September 1, 1945.

Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him. – Matthew 5:25. To many this seems to mean giving up all personal freedom, yet nothing is further from the truth. A person may seek to force his methods of living upon you, either physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually only when he is full of opinions and prejudices. Only then will another attempt to interfere with your choice of how to live your Christ-life, and you need not offend to remain free.

Having first moved into your own kingdom of heaven for that instant contact with Light, you may look from heaven upon that earth-bound adversary and tell him that you are certain he is right in his ideas, and that he has worked out a wonderful method for himself. Then ask him to tell you more about it. Rest assured, he will be only too glad to talk about it, and in that talking will forget his original intention.

Any adversary will be happy to see your interest in him and never know that you have not promised to follow his method. Sometimes, because all barriers of resentment melted away when you first called upon God, you do find a way in which to apply law. An open mind always stands ready to receive a gift from every adversary. To agree means to be agreeable right now, not tomorrow.

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New Testament on Agreeing and Adjusting

Agree with thine adversary quickly, while thou art in the way with him, lest at any time the adversary (little self) deliver thee to the judge (Oversoul), and the judge deliver thee to the officer (self-condemnation) and thou be cast into prison (grief about your negligence and disobedience to laws and your ideals). – Matthew 5:25.

If two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. – Matthew 18:19.

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Old Testament on Agreeing and Adjusting

Two cannot walk together, except they be agreed. – Amos 3:3.

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Etymology of agree: Latin gratus, "pleasing, beloved, agreeable, favorable, thankful."

Etymology of adjust: Latin ad- + iuxta, "near, to join."


Agreeing and adjusting is a law of being that is rooted in the absolute principle of nonresistance.

Agreeing and adjusting is a soul virtue.

Agreeing and adjusting is a law of doing.

The law of agreeing and adjusting usually brings an initiation as you walk the Way of the Christ.


References

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).


Related Topics

See Acceptance

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