Degree and Kind

A degree is "a step or stage in a process, especially in an ascending or descending scale, a relative condition or state of being, the relative intensity, extent, measure, or amount of a quality, attribute, or action." Kind means "implanted by nature, innate, inherent, naturally pertaining to, or associated with, a person or thing, proper, appropriate, fitting, belonging to one by right of birth, descent, or inheritance, lawful, rightful."

The law of degree and kind explains why all people do not have the same talents, skills, ability and intelligent comprehension. All are created with the equal right to become, but the equality ends with their choice in what kind to become and to what degree.

The law of degree and kind is rooted in the principle of nonresistance; it is an abstract principle, a law of being and a law of doing. Aristotle wrote of the law of degree and kind in Nicomachean Ethics, Book I, 11:1, written 350 B.C.


Edna Lister on Degree and Kind

Everything is good according to its degree and kind. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Lectures, January 28, 1933.

Our good, our "added things" come in due season according to the degree and kind of our desires. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 25, 1938.

God is omnipresent, ubiquitous and all-pervading as the Mother of Love. God is everywhere evenly present and available as the Mind that thinks and plans, as the Power that moves and energizes and as the Substance of which He forms all creation, according to degree and kind. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

Everybody is living after their degree and kind. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 22, 1945.

I, if I am lifted up, will draw all people to me. – John 12:32. Your ascension creates a vacuum and you are responsible for the suction action that attracts all of a similar degree and kind. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 19, 1945.

Everyone is always right, after their degree and kind. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 19, 1951.

Every individual has an aura according to his degree and kind.-- Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 28, 1953.

A mother's love lifts according to her degree and kind. Remember, every stage, every degree, every class uses the Mother Love of God, which is credited to the individual, from the lowest to the highest, as their 100 percent ability to love. When one gives his "all" where he is, that is 100 percent. – Edna Lister, Every Mother's Domain, May 8, 1955.

Idle words betray you, but they cannot change by themselves. They follow a certain vibration and have no way of knowing that you do not mean them. They go out there, busy creating, gathering after their degree and kind, while you go on fooling yourself with more self excuses. Let's stop such nonsense. Let's be responsible and make certain that our words do follow the meditation of our hearts. – Edna Lister, Miracles or Demonstration, September 4, 1955.

Watch your words, for they will create after their degree and kind.-- Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 12, 1958.

Each receives truth according to his degree and kind. – Edna Lister, A Charted Heaven, October 21, 1958.

Law is that which is derived from principle to govern, regulate and control the action of creators, man, for example, and there are varying degrees of law. Christed ones have an advanced set of laws for their use to suit their degree and kind. Mosaic law was derived from principle to govern man on the outer. The law that humanity recognizes as its own comes from a deeper set of principles, which yet remain undiscovered. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 12, 1959.

Every effort you make is like a vibration on one keynote that accumulates after its degree and kind. It returns to you as goals fulfilled, new security, new increases, new friends, new beauty, new illumination in your life. – Edna Lister, Realization, May 3, 1959.

All life exists according to its degree and kind: A rose can be no other kind of flower, but it can grow in degree from bud to full-blown. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 24, 1959.

You can relate to your fellow man only according to his degree and kind. Every individual is good where he is now. Instantly lift any thought to the contrary to a cloud continent of Light. – Edna Lister, Three Covenants Between God and Man, December 15, 1959.

The size of the portion of heart you give to love, devotion and seeking, determines how much you appropriate. Love expands that portion devoted to desire, so that the amount you appropriate depends on the degree and kind of your desire, its size and heat. Nothing limits your appropriation of Mind, Substance and Power, save the eagerness of your prayers. – Edna Lister, Without Shadow of Turning, June 18, 1961.

When you curse God, He lets it go forth to draw unto itself all its degree and kind. When you pray, your curses are drawn in on the wings of your prayer to be lifted. Just as the curse attracts its degree and kind as it circles earth, so do the wings of prayer lift your debts to be consumed. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 7, 1962.

Thinking is a creative tool. Negative thinking creates after its own degree and kind. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 16, 1962.

Even the tiniest curse collects after its degree and kind as it goes forth. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 17, 1963.

Every word that is uttered creates after its own degree and kind. God's first Word was "Let there be Light," then He thought a form, declared it good, and that is still the law. – Edna Lister, This Is Good, Let There Be Light, November 27, 1964.

Every word you utter collects others of its degree and kind. One sentence goes around the earth five and a half times before it's even finished. This is why we declare things good. "This is good and very good." Lister, This Is Good, Let There Be Light, November 27, 1964.

You have only blessings and curses, and must eat every word you utter. Say, "It is good. Let the Light move through and heal," and according to the degree and kind of your desire, the work is done. – Edna Lister, This Is Good, Let There Be Light, November 27, 1964.

Sufficient unto the day is the evil of its degree and kind. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 4, 1965.

When you place those for whom you pray in Light, according to their degree and kind, you release them from your forcing and demands that they ascend with you. Your responsibility is to lift them all on a cloud of golden Light, according to degree and kind. When you see them in a shaft of fire with a bubble of Light around them, you are free and release them. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 21, 1965.

God shall fulfill every promise according to your degree and kind of steadfastness and "no shadow of turning." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 27, 1966.

Every grade of substance is "solid" after its degree and kind. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 1, 1966.

Everyone is good after his own degree and kind and lives up to his degree where he is. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 11, 1968.

God establishes an altar wherever someone has prayed, according to the degree and kind of consciousness and faithfulness. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 5, 1968.

All religions are perfect after their degree and kind, no matter where you find them. – Edna Lister, Spread of Religion over the World Through the Tribes of Israel, November 5, 1968.

Every word spoken creates after its degree and kind. "The Christ Spirit speaks as me." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 7, 1969.

You are doing a perfect work after your degree and kind. If that is your soul-satisfying degree, stay there. If you don't want to go higher, God will let you stay where you are. It is up to you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 7, 1969.

We teach the deity of Christ and follow him. We believe that God can recreate us in His image and likeness if we stand, hold and believe in the Light. Anything can be done according to the degree and kind of our desire to live there and "follow me." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 7, 1969.

There is Light on every level, according to degree and kind. – Edna Lister, Faith Complete Now, November 15, 1970.

Top ↑



Etymology of degree: Vulgar Latin degradus: Latin de- "not" + Latin gradus, "step."

Etymology of kind: Old English gecynd, "race, offspring, kind."


Degree and kind is an absolute principle.

Degree and kind is an abstract principle.

Degree and kind is a law of being.

Degree and kind is a law of doing.


Recommended Reading

Psalms 120 to 134 are called Songs of Degrees. A Song of Degrees is a song of steps, a title given to each of these fifteen psalms, 120-134 inclusive. The probable origin of this name is the circumstance that these psalms came to be sung by the people on the ascents or goings up to Jerusalem to attend the three great festivals (Deuteronomy 16:16). They were well fitted for being sung by the way from their peculiar form, and from the sentiments they express. "They are characterized by brevity, by a key-word, by epanaphora [i.e, repetition], and by their epigrammatic style...More than half of them are cheerful, and all of them hopeful." They are sometimes called "Pilgrim Songs." Four of them were written by David, one (127) by Solomon, and the rest are anonymous. – M. G. Easton


References

Aristotle. Nicomachean Ethics, W.D. Ross, translator. New York: Random House, 1941.

Easton, M.G. Illustrated Bible Dictionary, "Song of Degrees". 3rd edition. Thomas Nelson, 1897.

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).


Search Our Site