Conquering Self

To conquer means "to overcome, to be victorious, to subjugate or subdue through a struggle, to acquire, obtain or gain by effort." Soul conquering of the self is becoming all the laws received through initiations under the Seven Degrees.

Controlling self is what you do until you conquer. Control is but the first step in conquering self, and it begins with bridling the tongue. Self, in the context of soul ascension, describes egocentricity, an exaggerated sense of one's own importance.

Conquering is a law of doing or expression under the principle of desire. Conquering is the keynote of the Sixth Lesser Trinity of Via Christa Degrees, and it includes the Degrees to Defend, to Improve and to Expand.

Edna Lister quoted these two Proverbs frequently in regard to self:

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that rules his spirit than he that takes a city. – Proverbs 16:32.
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls. – Proverbs 25:28.

Edna Lister on Conquering Self

Reason and judgment must rule and hold the heart's vain emotions under control until you conquer them. – Edna Lister, September 28, 1938.

You are a conqueror when you can hear reviling without a heart flutter, as though it happened to another fifty years ago. – Edna Lister, November 24, 1938.

No man can serve two masters. – Matthew 6:24, yet you must master self or self will surely master you. All is a matter of choice to accept or repudiate responsibility to conquer self. – Edna Lister, A Design For Ascension, 1941.

Is your idea of self mastery one of controlling self, or conquering self by sacrifice and lifting it? – Edna Lister, Lenten Questionnaire, February 3, 1941.

You can conquer self by changing your general attitude toward family, friends and life. – Edna Lister, Life in a Nutshell, "Mastery: The Bottom Line," 1942.

The righteous shall prevail. To prevail is to conquer, to triumph, to be victorious. – Edna Lister, January 20, 1942.

Let God rule, control and conquer as you. – Edna Lister, December 27, 1942.

If you use self control, you are using Power. Conquer instead; then the Power is using you. – Edna Lister, February 22, 1944.

You advance only by overcoming and mastering self, by becoming law, which will uncover all the self's hidden taints. – Edna Lister, November 2, 1944.

Light is invulnerable. Once the soul takes charge as Light, you are invulnerable. – Edna Lister, July 21, 1945.

The great soul can stand and be used by all Power and Light. The greater the soul, the greater the possible use. – Edna Lister, July 21, 1945.

There is no small thing. Your smallest weakness is stronger than your greatest strength, for your hidden weakness sends you to the bottom, while your greatest strength gains you only one step at a time. – Edna Lister, July 25, 1945.

You grease the pole as you slide down. – Edna Lister, July 26, 1945.

Emotional conquering is lifting the tears, not letting them fall back into your heart. – Edna Lister, July 26, 1945.

You remain stuck, unable to pass other initiations until you conquer all fear. – Edna Lister, August 19, 1945.

Watch in all ways lest self comes like a thief in the night to steal away your so hard-won gains. – Edna Lister, March 11, 1946.

Overcoming is a mighty battle with the self until you have conquered it. – Edna Lister, March 25, 1946.

You must conquer self, the "little me," through long travail of darkness, so that no selfish demands for Power, no self-deceptions or delusions, no self-righteousness, self-exaltation, or self-pity may rule the soul for an instant. – Edna Lister, June 2, 1947.

Consciously exorcize your hidden devils and stop going to sleep after you evict one. – Edna Lister, June 20, 1947.

Balanced observation comes from the soul filling the body lightly for control, but in fully consecrated Power, conquering in the higher creative center (the brain and glands of the head). – Edna Lister, July 30, 1947.

You can overcome anything your heart desires to conquer. – Edna Lister, October 20, 1947.

You must prove your ability to conquer the worst that others can do. – Edna Lister, February 21, 1952.

Production is what you are. Distribution is what you do. Declare, "I am equipped to create and to conquer." – Edna Lister, December 15, 1952.

It's not how often you slip into the puddle that matters, but how often you arise for cleansing in the Light. – Edna Lister, November 1, 1954.

You are invulnerable on the issues you have conquered, but you can be hurt if you have not completely filled the hole. – Edna Lister, November 1, 1954.

You must conquer life where you are. – Edna Lister, November 21, 1954.

Controlling self is what you do until you conquer. – Edna Lister, The Wheels of Ezekiel, December 17, 1957.

Selfish will crucifies you until you conquer. – Edna Lister, The Wheels of Ezekiel, December 17, 1957.

You cannot be stable under the Power until you have conquered self. – Edna Lister, May 12, 1958.

Joshua records how we slaughtered to gain the Promised Land. God did not tell us to kill, but to conquer. The law is that love will conquer. We have misinterpreted this, lived by the old law of slaughter, even with our loved ones, and still have taints to dig out. – Edna Lister, September 17, 1958.

You shall not control, but shall conquer by lifting all to the Light to be cleansed and purified. – Edna Lister, Ten Commandments and Beatitudes, November 4, 1958 and April 21, 1964.

Let not that man who wavers think he can have anything from the Lord. – James 1:7. It would pay you to put that verse on a card and carry it with you until you conquer your self. – Edna Lister, December 15, 1958.

The Neophyte, Disciple and Adept Degrees deal with Resurrection and self control. The Mystic is the pray-er, who communes with God. The Master, Priest and Christos Degrees deal with Ascension and soul conquering. – Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.

The Mystic Brotherhood degrees conquer self. The White Brotherhood controls self. – Edna Lister, February 15, 1958.

By control, you crystallize any emotion that you do not transfigure by conquering. – Edna Lister, Transfiguration, Resurrection and Ascension, May 19, 1959.

Control is but the first step in conquering self, and it begins with bridling the tongue. – Edna Lister, Eight Great Powers of Being, June 23, 1959 and October 18, 1966.

Gird your loins to win the battle against self. – Edna Lister, October 16, 1959.

Do not consort with self, but conquer it. – Edna Lister, March 3, 1960.

The tiniest conquering counts in the finale. The harder it is to bear, the greater the struggle, the greater the lifting of earth. The small efforts often count most. – Edna Lister, May 8, 1960.

You have to conquer self to ascend. – Edna Lister, June 20, 1961.

Each is his own master. Each is the sum total of his own thoughts and emotions. Each must conquer self, all doubts and fears. – Edna Lister, July 21, 1963.

When heaven needs great leadership, great conquering precedes. – Edna Lister, June 10, 1965.

The staunch soul can conquer anything of earth. – Edna Lister, March 4, 1966.

Control will hold you from retrogression, but only conquering will take you to God's throne room, and enable you to see and hear spiritually. – Edna Lister, October 26, 1967.

Until you learn to conquer and properly control the Power released with each unveiled mystery, you are and must be protected by the veils of illusion, which cause you to stop, look and listen, allowing the Light of illumination to break through to you. – Edna Lister, Five Important Steps in Ascension, 1968.

You will meet the same lessons repeatedly until you conquer. – Edna Lister, The Fiery Furnace, November 17, 1970.

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New Testament on Conquering Self

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. – Matthew 6:24.

Ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. – James 1:6-8.

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Old Testament on Conquering Self

If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. – Genesis 4:7.

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. – Proverbs 16:32.

The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts. – Proverbs 17:3.

He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls. – Proverbs 25:28.

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Laws on Conquering Self in Other Sacred Writings

If you come to serve the Lord, prepare your soul for temptation. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 2:1.

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Etymology of conquer: Latin conquirere, "to procure": com- + quaerere, "to seek."

Etymology of self: Old English self, sylf, "self, same."

Conquering is a Via Christa Degree.

Conquering is a law of doing.


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).

The Nag Hammadi Library. James M. Robinson, editor. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1981.

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