Beauty

Beauty is "such combined perfection of form and charm of coloring as affords keen pleasure to the sense of sight, that quality or combination of qualities which affords keen pleasure to other senses (e.g., that of hearing), or which charms the intellectual or moral faculties, through inherent grace, or fitness to a desired end, an embellishment, ornament, grace, charm."

Beauty is another name for the Good, which is God

God is beauty. Beauty is an abstract principle: While we cannot see beauty itself, we can see what is beautiful. Beauty is a law of being; a person or thing that is in syzygy with its source is beautiful because it partakes of the beauty of its source. Beauty is a soul virtue. To better understand the idea of Beauty, study the Good, Honor, Integrity and Truth also.










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Edna Lister on Beauty

"I give the best in me for the world, and the world gives its best to me." You must feel that all the beauty of the world belongs to you; you possess it and enjoy it even if you do not have it continually. If you do your very best, God does the rest. – Edna Lister, Prosperity, November 28, 1933.

Beauty of soul opens the inner kingdom temple of devotion and consecration. Yet you must always be expecting to receive, and looking for it on the outer. – Edna Lister, Health Giving, February 24, 1935.

Express only that which is just, perfect and beautiful. – Edna Lister, December 26, 1938.

Practice seeing beauty at all times. – Edna Lister, April 26, 1940.

Love makes everything beautiful; it creates beauty whenever you give it a free, clear passage through you. – Edna Lister, November 14, 1940.

Your beauty grows from the garden of soul you plant on the inner. – Edna Lister, Open Doors, March 15, 1942.

A young woman may be a beauty at age sixteen, but at sixty, she is beautiful. Love confers beauty of soul that shines through the physical. – Edna Lister, A Mother's Investments, May 10, 1942.

God's glory turns the common and sordid into incomparable beauty. – Edna Lister, November 4, 1942.

Express yourself in beauty at all times. – Edna Lister, November 11, 1942.

Beauty is the soul expressing the true glory of God

Your life's total is written upon your face. A famous writer said that no one could be called beautiful at sixteen because youth was always beautiful. However, when one is beautiful at sixty, that is real beauty because living in beauty earned it. A beautiful feeling within translates into physical beauty. – Edna Lister, "The Face of Beauty," Life in a Nutshell, 1943.

You walk in beauty because love is all beauty. – Edna Lister, November 15, 1945.

Selfless love is beauty and makes the body beautiful. – Edna Lister, February 8, 1946.

When the Oversoul remains in the body, health, strength, and radiance abound; Spirit is beautiful, inside and out, and the individual becomes a Christed One. – Edna Lister, Fundamental Principles, December 3, 1946.

In the midst of chaos, send forth joy, beauty, harmony, and balance. – Edna Lister, January 28, 1947.

Most people are too hasty, too hurried and too busy to know the beauty of life. Stop a while until you can sense the inner beauty, capture and hold it, nourish and sustain it. When you let life's beauty feed you, your faith grows more beautiful. Dare to be enthralled with love, loving it more than self.

You can be a searcher for beauty, a collector of the glorious. As you let yourself be transformed and transfigured in ascension, you reflect your love in the quality and inflection of your tone of voice.

Take time to live now. You dwell in a body composed of the same substance as stardust. Show God the stars of beauty in your shining eyes. Walk in joy at your high point of soul expression and conquering. – Edna Lister, An Encompassing Faith, May 4, 1947.

Reach into the Light until you can feel that great beauty of Light, the beauty of days, the beauty on earth. Take time to live, to breathe beauty divine that is waiting to express through you and as you. Do you ever search for beauty? Faith is beautiful, pure beauty. Love is beautiful, pure beauty. You are the heirs of God's Power, God's Love, God's beauty. Boil up in consciousness of love, not down and out in despair. As you ascend in consciousness, to be surrounded and possessed by Power and Light, you become Power and Light. This can be your year of achieving rare beauty. Your joy and beauty are the only gifts that you can bring to God at night. – Edna Lister, An Encompassing Faith, May 4, 1947.

Your love of God demands that you do anything necessary to make your earthly place beautiful and peaceful. – Edna Lister, July 1947.

A woman who walks in the graciousness and loveliness of the Christ never feels unworthy because beauty, gentleness, tenderness and compassion clothe her as she walks in Light. "I walk in beauty before the Lord all the days of my life." You walk in self-made slums when you descend from a heavenly attitude. – Edna Lister, August 15, 1949.

Be kind and courteous in your suggestions. Make your suggestions so beautifully that the other person will want to do it. – Edna Lister, April 15, 1950.

Beauty is the soul expressing the true glory of God who is waiting to use you. – Edna Lister, Promises Given, September 10, 1950.

Your soul ascends each time you do something beautiful. – Edna Lister, September 25, 1950.

Let the beauty of God possess you. "I am filled with the beauty of God this minute. I walk in beauty." Make a sacrifice of everything unbeautiful in your life, then surrender to be the servant of all the Power of God. – Edna Lister, October 3, 1950.

Just as it takes ten blossoms to produce a single cherry, so must you develop the beauties of God according to your faith. – Edna Lister, Be-Attitudes, June 12, 1951.

Soul sacrifices make you more gloriously beautiful, more youthful. – Edna Lister, July 14, 1951.

If left alone and allowed to do its perfect work, the Power of God can create only beauty and harmony. – Edna Lister, I AM Joy, 1953.

The glory of God is all beauty. – Edna Lister, April 3, 1953.

When evil enters your life, say, "You are the most beautiful thing that ever entered my life." Thus, you can convert the greatest darkness into the most beautiful Light. – Edna Lister, Look Up and Be Alive! October 11, 1953.

Truth is something harmoniously beautiful that you must hear, accept and become. – Edna Lister, Righteousness, April 7, 1954.

When you accept even darkness as beauty, Light moves to fill and recreate it as Light. – Edna Lister, June 10, 1954.

The kingdom of heaven is within; to endure the ugliness you meet on this earth, you must move up in consciousness, into the high place of beauty. – Edna Lister, The Golden Silence, June 18, 1954.

True beauty reveals a quality of the soul. – Edna Lister, July 15, 1954.

You can credit yourself with beautiful motives and still do dirty things. – Edna Lister, December 6, 1954.

Be faithful to beauty and you can never be off-balance. If you forget to be beautiful in your expression, you are unbalanced for that moment of forgetfulness of what and of whom you are. – Edna Lister, From a student's clinic notes, May 19, 1955.

Remember to be beautiful in speech, in expression, in glance of eye, in smile, in touch, in word, in act. – Edna Lister, May 19, 1955.

True beauty reveals a quality of the soul.

The soul who is fervently constant in beauty and joy will never slip. Find beauty in every lesson, and be joyous. When you rejoice in beauty, you will be amazed at the glory of miracles that will pour themselves upon you. – Edna Lister, May 19, 1955.

Each soul is endowed by God with all qualities and attributes of the Godhead, with every glory and beauty. – Edna Lister, The Greater You, February 5, 1956.

Even if you hold fast to something beautiful, it will crystallize into tomorrow's opinion and prejudice unless you add some new vitality. – Edna Lister, Lights and Colors, July 17, 1956.

As you sacrifice the old to be filled with the new, you look younger and more beautiful, glowing with compassion and love. – Edna Lister, The Light: Your Expression, November 4, 1956.

Each has free will to use the right words, to create a kingdom in beauty, to release Power that uses you, to stand as a creator, to love God enough. – Edna Lister, December 2, 1956.

Beauty is formless, yet you recognize what is beautiful. Your response to beauty is an expression of joy, and your effort to increase joy expands beauty. – Edna Lister, Your Devotion to God, December 16, 1956.

Beauty is the yardstick by which to measure your heart's ideals. – Edna Lister, June 6, 1957.

Stand and hold, and if you hold yourself inviolate before God's throne, you can speak only words of beauty. – Edna Lister, November 28, 1957.

When you conquer self, the beauty of both heaven and earth has a chance to shine through and express. – Edna Lister, November 28, 1957.

Go forth and become the beauty and heritage that are yours from before the creation of the world. – Edna Lister, February 6, 1958.

Look behind the mask others wear and see the beauty and the love. – Edna Lister, February 17, 1958.

God works in such beautiful ways His miracles to perform. – Edna Lister, March 6, 1958.

Lift the past; all your beauty is in the future. – Edna Lister, May 30, 1958.

Walk as beauty, and you will be a miracle in the world. – Edna Lister, September 4, 1958.

See yourself as God sees you, as beautiful, strong, and equal to all situations. – Edna Lister, October 9, 1958.

If you declare, "I am that Love of God, walking in beauty," the beauty of the soul shines through. – Edna Lister, October 12, 1958.

Our Source is all beauty, all joy, all love, all kindness, all compassion to pour out upon others. – Edna Lister, October 13, 1958.

When you see beauty at age sixty-plus, the soul has earned it. – Edna Lister, October 30, 1958.

Walk as beauty, and you will be a miracle in the world

Experiment with joy; it will take you through any trial by fire, over any obstacle. Every hour's joy is your investment in life, your annuity for eternal youth and eternal beauty, for God is the youth and beauty you express. Then you will hear people say, "How beautiful you look. How lovely you are." – Edna Lister, Joy, Invincible Power, November 17, 1958.

The beauty of Spirit is the only true beauty. – Edna Lister, – Edna Lister, December 18, 1958.

To live within the law is to dwell in the Garden of Eden where all things are beautiful and lovely beyond compare. – Edna Lister, February 8, 1959.

When you stand and declare beauty, no power a soul can use can set aside your good declarations for him. – Edna Lister, April 6, 1959.

When you understand what true love is, the world will be a beautiful place. – Edna Lister, May 17, 1959.

All that comes to you is a gift of God and it is good, your own good. This is the way of the Christed Crown: You paint in beauty whatever you are given. – Edna Lister, May 24, 1959.

Your thoughts build your heaven, so build it beautifully. – Edna Lister, May 28, 1959.

The soul who loves more freely and beautifully returns to God first with joy. – Edna Lister, June 29, 1959.

Law may seem grievous and binding to access, but it grows blossoms of joy and beauty. – Edna Lister, December 7, 1959.

It matters not whether you see glory in nature or in the face of a friend; if you see it as beauty, you are under divine law. – Edna Lister, December 14, 1959.

You must not tempt God with inaccurate words; accuracy is the keynote of harmony, therefore seek greater accuracy for more beautiful speech. – Edna Lister, February 11, 1960.

God does not ask us to give up the beauty, the loveliness, the glory of life, but the foolish things. – Edna Lister, March 3, 1960.

You must be aware of the beauty, the Power, the joy of conquering. – Edna Lister, What Is Your Measure of Power? June 12, 1960.

Invoke the power of beauty into your life, the symphony of nature, all good. When you hold this beautiful feeling inside, Power puts the words on your lips and all things are added. A cloud of loveliness and beauty forms for every good thought. Light is all beauty. – Edna Lister, Realization Through Praise, June 26, 1960.

Virtue is the process of thinking of beautiful things, divine speculation. – Edna Lister, What Is Virtue? July 12, 1960.

Beauty is the Love of God manifested. – Edna Lister, September 8, 1960.

Dedicate yourself to the highest beauty, too high for anything dark or any tinge of gray. – Edna Lister, September 6, 1961.

Open the eyes of your soul, and see the beauty of the Christ now, everywhere. – Edna Lister, Wherever You Go, October 22, 1961.

Raising self up and training it to be alert gives us a thousand beauties instead of a thousand negatives or "uglies." – Edna Lister, God's Magna Charta, October 29, 1961.

A caterpillar is a prisoner of law and transforms itself into a beautiful butterfly under process of natural law. This happens to you when you rid yourself of opinions, prejudices, criticism, blame. – Edna Lister, This I Know, December 3, 1961.

If you want something beautiful to happen, make yourself equally beautiful. – Edna Lister, December 13, 1961.

Your countenance is a beautiful crystal clear window for Light to shine through; a frown destroys its symmetry and beauty. – Edna Lister, December 31, 1961.

Be receptive to others' needs and you will find the right words are placed on your lips at the right time. To give of your inner beauty is an absolute necessity. – Edna Lister, What Is Illumination? May 13, 1962.

Today, well lived, makes tomorrow beautiful. – Edna Lister, Greater Works, September 29, 1962.

The beauty and the glory of law under honor are past words to express. – Edna Lister, November 9, 1962.

When you choose to go God's way, you do not get into trouble, but into beauty, glory and fulfilled promises. – Edna Lister, June 17, 1963.

Beauty is the Love of God manifested

We enjoy roses and their perfection, which appears completely untouched — but every hour, back of this beauty has been the hard work of taking in the magnetic currents of earth, air and water, producing the bud, all in complete stillness, silence, and confidence. We are like that rose; we stand before the world, the sum total of our service until this moment. – Edna Lister, The Rose as the Crown, June 30, 1963.

To declare, "Let Light go forth," keeps the day beautiful. – Edna Lister, July 26, 1963.

Hunger and thirst after beauty and all good things. – Edna Lister, December 2, 1963.

Praise magnifies, increases, makes joy in the heart, Light in the eyes and a special radiance of beauty over the one so praising. – Edna Lister, April 16, 1964.

The joy of love, the splendor and glory of God possesses us as beauty. – Edna Lister, Life, Your Glory and Splendor, April 26, 1964.

Desire, thinking and imagination must work in absolute harmony if your results are to be beautiful and exactly what you want in your life. – Edna Lister, Love: Your Glory, Your Magic Wand, May 22, 1964.

Joy, beauty and all good will follow you all the rest of your life when you praise and put God first. – Edna Lister, Rejoice! God Reigns, July 5, 1964.

Divinity is the characteristic unifying coordinating quality of Deity; divinity in and by man is comprehensible as truth, beauty and goodness. – Edna Lister, Deity and Divinity, October 6, 1964.

You must earn beauty, and hold it as a sacred birthright. Beauty is desire flaming until it shows on the outside. When desire flames high enough it consumes everything less than itself. – Edna Lister, Eternal Youth, 1965.

Love is the substance of which beauty is made. – Edna Lister, Loveliness and Beauty, February 7, 1965.

When God puts a new beautiful heavy task before you, He says, "Child, no one out there can take away this beautiful form you have created. The substance is Christlike. It comes together again, it cannot be torn down. It will come together again." – Edna Lister, The First One Through, May 2, 1965.

Light is the Source from which beauty descends. – Edna Lister, Truth as Eternal Beauty, November 21, 1965.

Beauty is harmony, and harmony is beauty. – Edna Lister, November 22, 1965.

Beauty is your heritage. – Edna Lister, October 16, 1966.

Today's beauty gives you tomorrow's glory of soul. – Edna Lister, How to Collect Your Divine Inheritance, November 6, 1966.

Rigid discipline of self means a beautiful life. – Edna Lister, Beauty: A Spiritual Way of Life, May 9, 1967.

You register beauty through the five senses. Thus, you may see, hear, feel, smell and taste beauty. Beauty is composed of color, tone and line, which have substance and quality. Since all is from the Source, all is capable of being beautiful. Some see beauty and others ugliness in the same thing. Our subconscious memory cells project pictures, based in emotional responses, reminding you of some smell, taste or noise that obscures God's original. Others can see through the unlovely superimposed self to the original beauty. The answer is to see pure Light. – Edna Lister, Beauty: A Spiritual Way of Life, May 9, 1967.

Beauty appeals through affinity of soul. – Edna Lister, All Healing Comes Through Beauty of Soul, May 16, 1967.

Beauty is a quality we attribute to whatever pleases or satisfies. It is open to many definitions, not to just one. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." All beauty has a foundation in line, color, form, texture, rhythmic motion and tone. Most importantly, beauty is a behavior and an attitude, a quality of the soul. Self is ugly, but soul is beautiful. You must be trained in soul qualities to appreciate perfect beauty. Every individual has a touch, some quality of beauty. – Edna Lister, All Healing Comes from Beauty of the Soul, May 16, 1967.

Beauty appeals through affinity of soul

The most important thing in beauty is behavior, attitude and quality, quality of soul. Everyone, even the ugliest in form and disposition, has at least one point in quality of beauty. – Edna Lister, All Healing Comes Through Beauty of Soul, May 16, 1967.

To get the beauty of healing you must go to the Source. – Edna Lister, All Healing Comes Through Beauty of Soul, May 16, 1967.

The beauty of God shines through when you make yourself good and the other fellow happy. – Edna Lister, All Healing Comes Through Beauty of Soul, May 16, 1967.

Physical beauty is not a matter of features; beauty of form grows through leading a Christed life. Without soul behind it, outer beauty leaves you cold. – Edna Lister, Physical Beauty, June 6, 1967.

Dwell upon the beautiful, and declare, "Let Light go forth!" – Edna Lister, October 23, 1967.

Accept any day's happenings as beautiful experiences for your soul's growth. – Edna Lister, November 16, 1967.

Express only that which is just, perfect and beautiful. – Edna Lister, December 26, 1968.

Satisfaction of the soul is beauty and the soul is satisfied only by touching its source. – Edna Lister, July 27, 1969.

The ways of God are beautiful. – Edna Lister, November 17, 1969.

It is a rare simplicity of soul which can look beyond the outer covering of the soul and see the beauty therein. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

Love is beauty. Loveliness is Light. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

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Beauty Treatments

"I am now bubbling inside with a beautiful feeling, and I am now become a fountain of beauty." – Edna Lister, November 11, 1942.

Ponder upon beauty of soul. Then, tend this beauty as a shrine. Feed upon it and feed it with joy. Be beautiful as life is beauty. Express beauty with your eyes, with lips, in thoughts, praise, and love toward God. – Edna Lister, November 16, 1942.

Say, "Let Light go forth to create beauty over earth." – Edna Lister, October 21, 1968.

Declare, "This is Light! How beautiful you are" to evil or criticism. – Edna Lister, November 31, 1970.

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Plato on the Soul's Recollection of True Beauty

The soul which has never seen the truth will not pass into the human form. For a man must have intelligence of universals, and be able to proceed from the many particulars of sense to one conception of reason;—this is the recollection of those things which our soul once saw while following God—when regardless of that which we now call being she raised her head up towards the true being. And therefore the mind of the philosopher alone has wings; and this is just, for he is always, according to the measure of his abilities, clinging in recollection to those things in which God abides, and in beholding which He is what He is. And he who employs [456] aright these memories is ever being initiated into perfect mysteries and alone becomes truly perfect. But, as he forgets earthly interests and is rapt in the divine, the vulgar deem him mad, and rebuke him; they do not see that he is inspired.

Thus far I have been speaking of the fourth and last kind of madness, which is imputed to him who, when he sees the beauty of earth, is transported with the recollection of the true beauty; he would like to fly away, but he cannot; he is like a bird fluttering and looking upward and careless of the world below; and he is therefore thought to be mad. And I have shown this of all inspirations to be the noblest and highest and the offspring of the highest to him who has or shares in it, and that he who loves the beautiful is called a lover because he partakes of it. For, as has been already said, every soul of man has in the way of nature beheld true being; this was the condition of her passing into the form of man. But all souls do not easily recall the things of the other world; they may have seen them for a short time only, or they may have been unfortunate in their earthly lot, and, having had their hearts turned to unrighteousness through some corrupting influence, they may have lost the memory of the holy things which once they saw. Few only retain an adequate remembrance of them; and they, when they behold here any image of that other world, are rapt in amazement; but they are ignorant of what this rapture means, because they do not clearly perceive. For there is no light of justice or temperance or any of the higher ideas which are precious to souls in the earthly copies of them: they are seen through a glass dimly; and there are few who, going to the images, behold in them the realities, and these only with difficulty. There was a time when with the rest of the happy band they saw beauty shining in brightness,—we philosophers following in the train of Zeus, others in company with other gods; and then we beheld the beatific vision and were initiated into a mystery which may be truly called most blessed, celebrated by us in our state of innocence, before we had any experience of evils to come, when we were admitted to the sight of apparitions innocent and simple and calm and happy, which we beheld shining in [457] pure light, pure ourselves and not yet enshrined in that living tomb which we carry about, now that we are imprisoned in the body, like an oyster in his shell. Let me linger over the memory of scenes which have passed away.

But of beauty, I repeat again that we saw her there shining in company with the celestial forms; and coming to earth we find her here too, shining in clearness through the clearest aperture of sense. For sight is the most piercing of our bodily senses; though not by that is wisdom seen; her loveliness would have been transporting if there had been a visible image of her, and the other ideas, if they had visible counterparts, would be equally lovely. But this is the privilege of beauty, that being the loveliest she is also the most palpable to sight. Now he who is not newly initiated or who has become corrupted, does not easily rise out of this world to the sight of true beauty in the other; he looks only at her earthly namesake, and instead of being awed at the sight of her, he is given over to pleasure, and like a brutish beast he rushes on to enjoy and beget; he consorts with wantonness, and is not afraid or ashamed of pursuing pleasure in violation of nature. But he whose initiation is recent, and who has been the spectator of many glories in the other world, is amazed when he sees any one having a godlike face or form, which is the expression of divine beauty; and at first a shudder runs through him, and again the old awe steals over him; then looking upon the face of his beloved as of a god he reverences him, and if he were not afraid of being thought a downright madman, he would sacrifice to his beloved as to the image of a god; then while he gazes on him there is a sort of reaction, and the shudder passes into an unusual heat and perspiration; for, as he receives the effluence of beauty through the eyes, the wing moistens and he warms. And as he warms, the parts out of which the wing grew, and which had been hitherto closed and rigid, and had prevented the wing from shooting forth, are melted, and as nourishment streams upon him, the lower end of the wing begins to swell and grow from the root upwards; and the growth extends under the whole soul—for once the whole was winged.

During this process [458] the whole soul is all in a state of ebullition and effervescence,—which may be compared to the irritation and uneasiness in the gums at the time of cutting teeth,—bubbles up, and has a feeling of uneasiness and tickling; but when in like manner the soul is beginning to grow wings, the beauty of the beloved meets her eye and she receives the sensible warm motion of particles which flow towards her, therefore called emotion (ἵμερος), and is refreshed and warmed by them, and then she ceases from her pain with joy. But when she is parted from her beloved and her moisture fails, then the orifices of the passage out of which the wing shoots dry up and close, and intercept the germ of the wing; which, being shut up with the emotion, throbbing as with the pulsations of an artery, pricks the aperture which is nearest, until at length the entire soul is pierced and maddened and pained, and at the recollection of beauty is again delighted. – Plato, Phaedrus

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A Thing of Beauty

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its lovliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing
A flowery band to bind us to the earth,
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
Of all the unhealthy and o'er-darkn'd ways
Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all,
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits. Such the sun, the moon,
Trees old and young, sprouting a shady boon
For simple sheep; and such are daffodils
With the green world they live in; and clear rills
That for themselves a cooling covert make
'Gainst the hot season; the mid-forest brake,
Rich with a sprinkling of fair musk-rose blooms:
And such too is the grandeur of the dooms
We have imagined for the mighty dead;
An endless fountain of immortal drink,
Pouring unto us from the heaven's brink.
– John Keats, Endymion, Book I, 1-24

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Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. – Psalm 29:2.

From Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shined. – Psalm 50:2.

Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us. – Psalm 90:17.

The Lord will beautify the humble with salvation. – Psalm 149:4.

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Beauty in Other Sacred Writings

Wisdom is more beautiful than the sun, and above all the order of stars: being compared with the light, she is found before it. – Wisdom of Solomon 7:29.

Do not refrain to speak when you can do good, and do not hide your wisdom in her beauty; for by speech, wisdom shall be known, and learning by the word of the tongue. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 4:23-24.

Commend not a man for his beauty; neither abhor a man for his outward appearance. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 11:2.

[Ignorance] set about with a creation, preparing with power and beauty the substitute for the truth. – The Gospel of Truth, Codex I, 3 and XII, 2.

The established truth is immutable, imperturbable, perfect in beauty. – The Gospel of Truth, Codex I, 3 and XII, 2.

The soul and the spirit came into being from water and fire. The son of the bridal chamber came into being from water and fire and Light. The fire is the chrism, the Light is the fire. I am not referring to that fire which has no form, but to the other fire whose form is white, which is bright and beautiful, and which gives beauty. – Gospel of Philip, Codex II, 3.

Some, who although having wings, rush upon the visible things that are far from the truth. For the fire, which guides them, will give them an illusion of truth, will shine on them with a perishable beauty, and it will imprison them in a dark sweetness and captivate them with fragrant pleasure. And it has fettered them with its chains and bound all their limbs with the bitterness of the bondage of lust for those visible things that will decay and change and swerve by impulse. They are attracted downwards; as they are killed, they are assimilated to all the beasts of the perishable realm. – Thomas the Contender, Codex II, 7.

[This "fire" is not the high Light, but the creative fire, which being rooted and grounded in desire, seduces the body to attend to the "truth of appearances" first. Thus is the human will suborned and eventually corrupted to serve the dubious pleasures of the physical.].

As the soul learns about her Light, as she goes about stripping off this world, while her true garment clothes her within; her bridal clothing is placed upon her in beauty of mind, not in pride of flesh. – Authoritative Teaching, Codex VI, 3.

No way is hard where there is a simple heart. Nor is there any wound where the thoughts are upright: Nor is there any storm in the depth of the illuminated thought: Where one is surrounded on every side by beauty, there is nothing that is divided. The likeness of what is below is that which is above; for everything is above: what is below is nothing but the imagination of those that are without knowledge. – Odes of Solomon 34:1-5.

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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 –1971
The original Pioneering Mystic
minister, teacher, and author

Edna Lister


Etymology of beauty: Anglo-French beute, Old French biauté beauty, seductiveness, beautiful person; Vulgar Latin bellitatem state of being handsome, from Latin bellus pretty, handsome," charming.


Beauty is an abstract principle.

Beauty is a law of being.

Beauty is a soul virtue.


Quotes

Beauty is as summer fruits, which are easy to corrupt, and cannot last; and for the most part it makes a dissolute youth, and an age a little out of countenance; but yet certainly again, if it light well, it maketh virtue shine, and vices blush. – Francis Bacon, Of Beauty

Beauty consists of unity and gradual variety, or unity, variety, and harmony. – James Barry

Beauty is the form under which intellect prefers to study the world. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The perception of Beauty is an office of Reason – and therefore all men have property in it. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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