The world defines conscience as "the awareness of a moral or ethical aspect to one's conduct with the urge to prefer right over wrong." Conscience is both a soul virtue and a mental faculty.

Conscience is that soul impulse which directs you to right conduct. Conscience, your moral compass, speaks as the voice of your moral and ethical code. Your soul uses your endocrine and central nervous systems to tune in on a light wave and hear the Voice of God. Your guardian angel and the Master may also speak to you through the voice of your conscience.

A sociopath is conscienceless, someone who has repeatedly, throughout many lives, so ignored and debased his moral and ethical code as to have become a "son of Belial," a soul that misused so much soul substace as to be nearly worthless. A sociopath is both wicked and lawless, a vector of inquity and often perversion.

Edna Lister on Conscience

Your thoughts are constructive or destructive, and you must bring them all before the judge of conscience, to be self-reviewed. – Edna Lister, The Dividing Line, May 27, 1934.

You may improve yourself morally by being honest with self and others, by remembering that right is right and wrong is wrong, by helping others, by being charitable, by avoiding temptation, and by living now, not in the past or the future. – Edna Lister, How to Improve in Every Way, January 4, 1936.

You hear God's orders completely under law and direct to the voice of conscience. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 1, 1938.

Most people can hear only the voice of their own innermost desires. Let go fully of all that limits your vision and perfect hearing of the Master's voice. You cannot hear his voice unless you accept responsibility to conquer self. Yet when you listen, his voice may come from many directions, the Bible, books, lectures, your thoughts, in conversation with others or through outer circumstances. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 20, 1939.

You acquire consciousness and creative conscience. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

When conscience yawns with your first inspiration, aspiration prompts the soul to begin the long travail of ascension. As your soul awakens brain cells, the "officer" of soul conscience arouses remorse and delivers you to the "prison" of regret, where you repent quietly and alone, after remorse and grief make self sorry. Your soul takes charge and begins trying. Conscience is born when you hear about it, a sense of remorse awakens, and an albatross of guilt plagues you. One who rehashes his guilt is unconsciously remorseful, and begins doing when he tires of chewing the cud. – Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.

The first misstep softens morale and the moral stance, making the second mistake easier. Weakened moral fiber inevitably leads to the point where all that remains are selfish desires, until you can't say yes or no. – Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.

As conscience develops, it awakens remorse for past deeds, and begins to teach you a better way to live. – Edna Lister, The Candle of Glory, June 24, 1951.

Conscience is the judge, your Oversoul speaking as conscience, reminding you of law. – Edna Lister, The Candle of Glory, June 24, 1951.

The way of self is hard, and you are always kicking against the pricks of conscience. – Edna Lister, The Golden Silence, September 28, 1952.

Our Oversoul speaking is always reminding you of law through your conscience. – Edna Lister, I Accept, June 27, 1954.

The call of conscience comes when you get off target, which is why you may feel right or wrong about some event or choice. A soul can shut out the Light until it cannot penetrate, but such a soul has no conscience. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 23, 1955.

Your conscience is guilty when your soul consciousness reminds you of your vows. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 15, 1956.

You hear the Voice of God with your brain cells. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 21, 1956.

Criticism is so rampant today that even the lowest life forms are developing a conscience. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 29, 1957.

Fault finders are just awakening to the idea of Christed stature. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 29, 1957.

An oracle stands for and expresses truth in business, social or family life to the best of his ability, prays much, praises much, and has always had the vision and heard God's Voice speaking. An oracle has always accepted that the Voice of God speaks to him when he is teaching, from the lowest grades to the highest, as words from above put on his lips, and that phrasing is an oracle's service. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 16, 1957.

A Master [the degree] learns honor by polishing his or her ethics and morals. – Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.

Love awakens conscience. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 22, 1959.

The dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. – John 5:25. The dead of this world have no time left for God because their world revolves around the self only. – Edna Lister, I Am the Life, October 18, 1959.

Injustice is the death of moral being; it is moral evil, falsehood in action. – Edna Lister, The 33 Degrees of Soul Conquering, October 20, 1959.

As you hearken, you hear the Voice of God. Day or night, your mind tunes in the problem's answer from divine Mind under prayer, yet you must listen when God calls you. – Edna Lister, Hear, Hearken, Heed and Obey, November 8, 1959.

Conscience forms character, which is "the sum of the moral and mental qualities that distinguish an individual, the individuality impressed by nature or habit on man, mental or moral constitution." Character also expresses moral qualities strongly developed or strikingly displayed. – Edna Lister, Is it Right to Ask for Myself, June 14, 1960.

God speaks to you as your conscience. The true voice of conscience is the Light penetrating the memory cells so that you remember truth. – Edna Lister, The Ladder of Faith, December 18, 1960.

While you may be moderate in your relationships to all on the outside, you live in absolute morality in everything that means God's honor. You cannot be moderate about the principles that cover morality. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 12, 1961.

Religion deals with the laws governing humanity's morality. A child becomes moral under discipline and training. – Edna Lister, The Seven-Branched Candelabrum, October 24, 1961.

The rational soul must first listen to the Oversoul before it can hear the Voice of the Source. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 29, 1963.

You use the endocrine glands to tune in on a light wave and hear the Voice of God. First, you must ascend to close out the physical and mental sound waves and to escape earth's gravity. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 18, 1963.

This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: that ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour. 2 Peter 3:1-2. Oversoul conscience is "your pure mind," the Christlike part of your soul that lives in integrity, honor, and calls your incarnate soul to remembrance. – Edna Lister, Loveliness and Beauty, October 25, 1964.

He that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. – John 10:2-5. You must know the voice of your Shepherd. – Edna Lister, The Good Shepherd, November 1, 1964.

To repent, you must return to perfect morals. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 19, 1967.

Morality means to live by honor to God, loyalty to God, and integrity in your relationship with God and man. – Edna Lister, The Great Modern Problem, November 12, 1967.

The River of Life is divine Mind flowing through you as the voice of conscience. – Edna Lister, Awareness and Becoming Law, May 26, 1968.

Most people do not hear the voice of God calling. – Edna Lister, From Earthbound Slavery to Winged Glory, June 23, 1968.

When God speaks, He gives you time to put it on the altar and wait to prove whether He is speaking. – Edna Lister, The Flaming Sword, June 28, 1970.

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The Voice of Conscience

Edna Lister created this Bible study outline for May 27, 1947. Scriptures: Amos 5:6-15 and Amos 5:21-27.

Seek the Lord, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel. Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth, seek him that maketh the seven stars [Pleiades] and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The Lord is his name: That strengthens the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress. They hate him that rebukes in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly. Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them. For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right. Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time. Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the Lord, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken. Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph. – Amos 5:6-15.

I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. Though ye offer Me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. Take thou away from Me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. Have ye offered unto Me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your God, which ye made to yourselves. Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the Lord, whose name is The God of hosts. – Amos 5:21-27.

The kingdom of Israel had become divided in consciousness and lost its power as a nation. They had fallen from worshiping the one God, Jehovah, and turned to false gods, setting up idolatrous altars throughout the land. The rich oppressed the poor and the people's desolation was great.

God called Amos, a shepherd of the tribe of Judah to prophesy to the people, to arouse them to turn away from their evil ways. If they would again seek God's good, El Shaddai Tsabaot, the Almighty God of Hosts would be with them. They might live as a nation.

This lesson is a challenge to change from old ways and habits of thinking and living. Each must learn to live victoriously by the laws of God.

We know the universe is run by law, for there is every evidence of it. It expresses perfection in each part, and such perfection results only from perfect obedience to law.

Each soul is a universe within itself, and each learns to express perfection by knowing and obeying principles and laws. When you conform to and work with laws and principles, your expression of them is perfectly aligned with God's plan for you.

Two thousand years ago, Jesus came and taught the laws of love, which, added to the laws of life given through Moses, created the new Christed vision for the world. Man is just now beginning to realize the fullness of this vision and how to use it in joy and happiness.

The Master taught three outstanding laws – the law of love, the law of faith and the law of praise through joy. When you learn how to work with love, faith and joy, to let them use you, they will work for you.

Return to him who does you wrong your purest love, and he will cease from doing wrong; for love will purify the heart of him who is beloved as truly as it purifies the heart of him who loves. – The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ, 11:11.

Love is transforming power. The prefix "trans" means "across, beyond." To transform is to take form in a different state or place.

As love heals a body or a soul, it changes its form into a higher state, it changes cells, flesh form and disposition. For fifteen minutes a day, practice becoming an expert in using the law of love. Working at anything for fifteen minutes a day will make you an expert, if you stick to it. Becoming an expert in love is as easy as being an expert in criticism, doubt or worrying.

Practice loving the situation or condition you wish to change. Love the place you work, the job you do, the house you live in, your old car. Love your enemies, the opposing factor, your worst favorite. Love, added to the creative power of thought, works wonders. This is how the law of love pays dividends.

The law of faith is, Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1. Faith is the substance with which you create from the invisible to the visible. Faith is the assurance of the things you hope for, your surety of God's omnipotence. Faith is how you know that substance is there and that God always says yes.

Maintain spiritual contact by staying in the high place of consciousness. So, with that assurance of knowing, nothing can hold back your miracles.

Peter could walk on the storm-tossed waters as long as he looked up in consciousness toward the Master, and remained at one with him. When he let his mind turn to thoughts of the lashing waves, his doubt and fear caused him to sink.

In his moment of need, he cried, "Save me, Lord," and regained his fearlessness of soul. By evicting the doubts from your thoughts, you can remember that whatsoever you ask, God will grant. You can maintain your spiritual contact because the law of faith works.

The law of joy is the key that opens the door to release Power. When your heart is filled with joy, you naturally express through praise and rejoicing.

Paul and Silas used prayer, praise and singing to set up a vibration that caused the prison walls to rock. This same Power will open doors before you to new opportunities and miracles of healing.

The prophet Amos represents conscience, the voice within that directs you to action when you let it speak. He acts as the conscience of the children of Israel when he warned and admonished them for following evil ways.

The voice of conscience acts as a teacher, presiding over your inner life. It constantly warns you when you slip, when your lines of love-Light are sagging. Yet you adulterate this voice of inner assurance when you cave in to fear and doubts. Then self-pity causes you to lose your joy.

By keeping your mind and heart attuned, ever looking up in consciousness, you remain aware and open to the inner voice. Conscience then directs and guides your choices and actions in the ways of right thinking, building of right pictures in imagination and right use of substance through emotions.

As you let conscience, which is God speaking within you, be your guide, you find your problems solved, your needs supplied. The inner voice of conscience establishes harmony, which alone brings happiness.

Remember that love is unquenchable fire, ever renewed from above. Faith is unconquerable. Joy is invincible. As you become faith, love and joy, you become the all-conquering sons and daughters of God.

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Soul Guidance versus Self-Will

Light moves through a situation only when you say, "This is good! Let there be Light!" Then time and space meet as the eternal now. You can discriminate between soul guidance and the use of force under the self-will only under Light; otherwise, your intellectual self is merely deluding you. There is no self in soul. You cannot have it both ways; you may choose to have your credits on the inner or the outer, but never in both places at once. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 9, 1959.

Soul Guidance

Self-Will Aggression

Soul is restful and quiet.

Self-will is urgent and boisterous.

Soul is leisurely and
waits for the right time.

Self-will is insistent and forceful.

Soul unites people.

Self-will divides people.

Soul cleans up one's own sins.

Self-will spotlights another's sins.

Soul always gives God the
outer credit and glory.

Self-will takes credit.

Soul is out for
modesty, poise and obedience.

Self-will is out for appetites, sex,
financial success and security.

Soul accepts the Cross of Christ
in daily life.

Self-will creates crosses to
crucify self and others.

Soul brings freedom.

Self-will creates frustration.

Soul leads to decisive action.

Self-will leaves you feeling
complacent and unreal.

Soul makes you live in the peace of the presence of God.

Self-will makes you wallow in

Soul says, I don't know what to do, but God will tell me what He wants me to know.

Self-will says, I know. You don't. I'll tell you what we will do.

Soul requires rigid discipline of self that is not cruelty or fasting until you've starved, but balance under God.

Self-will gives the self unbridled freedom to act the part of the soul,
the conscious mind.

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Stories That Illustrate the Voice of Conscience:

Elijah Heard the Still Small Voice: And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. – 1 Kings 19:11-12.

The Good Shepherd: He that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. – John 10:2-5.

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Etymology of conscience: Latin conscientia, from conscire, "to be conscious of": com "with" + scire, "to know."

Conscience is a soul virtue.

Conscience is a soul faculty.


There is one thing alone that stands the brunt of life throughout its course: a quiet conscience. – Euripides, Hippolytus

Conscience is the only clue which will eternally guide a man clear of all doubts and inconsistencies. – Thomas Jefferson, letter to George Washington, May 10, 1789

Conscience is the most sacred of all property. – James Madison, The National Gazette, March 29, 1792

I will place within them as a guide
My umpire Conscience, whom if they will hear,
Light after light well us'd they shall attain,
And to the end persisting, safe arrive.
John Milton, Paradise Lost, line 195

A peace above all earthly dignities,
A still and quiet conscience.
William Shakespeare, King Henry VIII, Act 3, Scene 2

Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience. – George Washington, as quoted by Bartlett


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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