The Burning Bush, an Initiation

The "burning bush" initiation is the result of the personal desire to achieve and to know, which is great enough to consume the self-will. This causes the spinal column, medulla oblongata, pineal and pituitary, to work together to become the burning bush.

Becoming the burning bush is a culminating initiation that results from surrendering earthly earthy desires and will for the pure heavenly fire. To the spiritual eye, you appear as a bush, burning with spiritual light.

Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God. And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; and I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites. – Exodus 3:2-5.

Edna Lister on the Initiation of the Burning Bush

Objectified "I AM" consciousness of Oversoul is perfectly symbolized by the Voice in the burning bush, the blinding Light that protected Daniel in the lions' den, and by the chariot of fire in which Elijah ascended. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 12, 1936.

Your personal burning bush is designed to burn the remainder of your self-dross. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 1, 1949.

Unconquerable faith provides the outer manifestation of abundance for those who pray before the altar and ignite the flame of the Holy Spirit on their sacrifice of self. Nothing limits the burning flame that can energize you and your creations. Who will approach God as you, "little me" or I AM? God created I AM to serve on high altars as a conqueror to hear the Messenger. God created I AM to become an oracle and minister of radiance and glory. I AM ascends to become a great being of Light possessed of the Holy Spirit, whose flames fill you, opening heaven's gates until you become victorious. – Edna Lister, The Flame on the Altar, December 14, 1952.

Initiations on earth compound with those you take in heaven. If you love God, flames spring from your feet to your heart and shoulders. You become like a burning bush. You could answer all questions, but without love, the flames would remain about your feet. You must stand in your own burning bush to receive. Lay your shoes aside and cease being body-conscious. Once you "see God," you will have stood before your burning bush and faced God as a Christed One. Declare, "I look into the Light. I see the face of my Father and am glorified, and His Name is wonderful." As you love God, you look upon Him. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 7, 1957.

Shekinah is a Hebrew word used often in place of God, or Lord. It is from the root noun, shekan, meaning "to live or to dwell." Shekinah means God as a Presence, and represents the radiance of glory manifested as degrees of radiance from the Source to earth, where it appears as a soft Light. You may see it as blinding light shining from a storm cloud. The Shekinah haloed the Hebrew tabernacle, and was the Light of the Ark of the Covenant, the shining cloud over Mt. Sinai, and the fire in the burning bush. The Light of Shekinah is the ultimate substance of the Living God, the Light condensed to form your physical body, designed to be the temple for your soul. Nothing negative can exist when you allow that Light free access to every part of your body. – Edna Lister, Shekinah Splendor, December 15, 1963.

The burning bush story (Exodus 3:1-8) is more than legend; it is a history as well. The story appears in Exodus, Mark 12:26 and Luke 20:37; Stephen repeated it in Acts 7:23-37. In man, through love of God and obedience to His law, the spine and nerves within the head form the framework for the burning bush. Light descends and awakens the creative fire at the base of the spine; the fire fountains upward, bursts open the crown, and ignites the nervous system into the burning bush.

The comprehension of all that you think you know sets you afire. The Sermon on the Mount holds the directions in how to become the burning bush. When you sacrifice self to lead soul from bondage in Egypt, out of the land of self, you become responsible for family, office, community, and country. They cannot see the Light through the darkness, so a servant of all the Power must lead. When you are an ambassador of Light, you become a burning bush. Those in need will follow you when you set yourself in the ascension groove.

When you waver, your aura flames, your burning bush, is reabsorbed into the Light from which you invoked it, and you must start again. God has given every soul the power to become this burning perfection. – Edna Lister, Seven Manifestations of God: The Burning Bush, November 2, 1969.

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New Testament on the Burning Bush

Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him. – Luke 20:37-38.

When [Jesus] had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. – Mark 8:34-35.

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The "burning bush" is a formal initiation.


And (glancing on my own thin, veinèd wrist),
In such a little tremor of the blood
The whole strong clamour of a vehement soul
Doth utter itself distinct. Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God:
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh


Browning, Elizabeth Barrett. "Aurora Leigh," The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse, lines 58-63. Nicholson & Lee, editorss. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1917;, 2000 [accessed February 21, 2017].

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).

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