The world defines eternity as "time without beginning or end; infinite time; the state or quality of being eternal, the timeless state following death, the afterlife; immortality." Eternal means "being without beginning or end; existing outside of time; continuing without interruption; perpetual; everlasting, forever true or changeless; of or relating to spiritual communion with God, especially in the afterlife."

Eternal is that which has always and will always exist. Eternity means being eternal, immortal, such as eternal truths, infinite time, and the future life. Eternity is an absolute and an abstract principle, and a Via Christa Degree. Eternity, combined with the degrees of Space and Time, forms the ninth lesser Via Christa trinity, whose keynote is Immortality through conquering Space and Time.

"Eternity radiates in every direction from the now. It overlaps and holds all the past, present and future in this handful of life right now." – Edna Lister

Edna Lister on Eternity

The soul is eternal and immortal. – Edna Lister, Eternal Youth, December 15, 1935.

Love is eternal and a flame undying. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 9, 1938.

Reality is eternal and infinite. Reality is beyond time and space, eternal in duration and infinite in extension. The finite mind cannot grasp infinite reality. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

The Priest must bear all life from earth to eternity; in this degree, you become aware of eternity. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 10, 1946.

Most people will say, "You have to face the facts," rather than facing the Light of eternity. Take your "facts of life" from the real facts of eternity, not the facts of past experience, or of outer appearances. – Edna Lister, The Three Phases of Life Through Faith, April 20, 1947.

Cosmic consciousness includes eternal vigilance. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 6, 1950.

Wisdom, Love and Joy are eternal, as are Mind, Substance and Power. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 16, 1951.

You can't live in the past, or in the future. You can live only now, which is eternal. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 22, 1952.

Eternity stretches in every direction. All you have is where you stand now. – Edna Lister, Success Through Prayer, July 7, 1953.

Eternity consists of Light, Life Power and Substance; this is divine Mind. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 9, 1957.

The Light is immortal. This Light is eternal. This Light is true life. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 3, 1958.

You will never have greater access to immortality and eternity than you do right now. Now is an escalator to God, walled by Love on one side and Wisdom on the other. Ascend on this. – Edna Lister, Idealization, May 10, 1959.

Eternity radiates in every direction from now. It overlaps and holds all the past, present and future in this handful of life right now. A handful of life is immortal and stretches to eternity. You stand in eternity this very minute, and get out of it what you put into it. The Beatitudes teach how to live in eternity now – not in the future, not in the past, but now. You cannot live one day in eternity without setting something into action. – Edna Lister, The 33 Degrees of Soul Conquering, November 3, 1959.

The road to eternal life is a narrow road of discipline. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 21, 1961.

You live in eternity, but you use time and space. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 4, 1963.

The essence of Deity is eternal, but only the three original Persons of Deity are unqualifiedly eternal. All other deity personalities have an origin, but are eternal in destiny. – Edna Lister, The Supreme Being: God as Personality, God as the Sevenfold, November 3, 1964.

Potential infinity is absolute and inseparable from eternity. – Edna Lister, The Three Absolutes Founded on Philosophy, November 10, 1964.

All time is based in and on the principle of Mother Love. All space is based in Wisdom. Time is always now with Mother Love. Space forever opens under Wisdom. Universal Mother Love transcends time and space, being eternal and everywhere simultaneously. – Edna Lister, Time Eternal Is Now Mine, May 9, 1965.

Patience represents the exhaustless eternities of God expressing, and nothing and no one can stop the Eternal from expressing. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 25, 1965.

The eternal now begets the creative future, from the creature to the creator states of consciousness. – Edna Lister, Your Live Wire of Omnipotence, September 7, 1965.

All is One at the Source. In eternity, all is. All has not yet been revealed in time and space. – Edna Lister, The Source Above the Supreme, November 21, 1967.

We live in space between outer time and inner eternity. – Edna Lister, The Holy Ghost on this Day of Pentecost, June 2, 1968.

Time and eternity must meet at one point in space for us to be flexible and balanced. "In the beginning, God created" means God moved from eternity into time, and brought them together to meet in a miracle of manifestation. You must enfold time into eternity to produce a miracle. – Edna Lister, To Know, To Be, To Do: The Keys of the Kingdom, June 16, 1968.

The minute you think of God, you move from time to eternity. When God descends, He moves from eternity to time. Time is bondage in space, eternity is freedom. The Power and Substance of eternity fill you and you transcend time-space. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 17, 1968.

Originally, we moved from infinite eternity into time and space. Unfortunately, we reach for eternity without accepting full responsibility for our own immortality, here and now. All your difficulties arise from this urgency to move back from time and space into eternity and infinity. the Mind of God rules eternity and infinity; time and space are ruled by the minds of humanity – one pulls up and the other down. – Edna Lister, You Are an Ambassador of Peace, July 28, 1968.

Hold your point and place in eternity and everything shall fall into place in time and space where you are serving. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 18, 1968.

God is time, space and eternity. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 19, 1969.

When you can draw your time and space together, to meet as one, you can live in the eternal now. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 9, 1969.

Faith is your direct contact with eternity. – Edna Lister, I Let Life Live Me Now, January 6, 1970.

All your work is for the purpose of ascending, not through time and space, but to live in eternity now. You conform to the laws of time and space, but at the height of your garden of Eden, you live in eternity. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 28, 1970.

As a creator, you must lift your time and space into eternity now. "The measure of my love and devotion is the measure of the eternity in which I live daily." – Edna Lister, Ascension Makes All Things New, July 5, 1970.

God consciousness collapses space and time into eternity now. You know that there is no "then" and "there," only "here" and "now." – Edna Lister, Stand, Endure and Hold Through the Magic Word, November 30, 1970.

As you walk earth in time and space, you really live in eternity. God sent you forth from eternity and your struggle has been to transcend time and space. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 14, 1971.

There is no time or space in eternity. It is one. When you reach for eternity, space begins to collapse upon itself and you can stand as you did in the beginning, One with God. – Edna Lister, The High Altar, May 23, 1971.

Old Testament on Eternity

God inhabits eternity: Thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. – Isaiah 57:15.

Eternity in Other Sacred Writings

God created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of His own eternity. – Wisdom of Solomon 2:23.

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Etymology of eternity: Latin aeternitas, from aeternus, "eternal"; Latin aevum, "age, eternity."

Eternity is an absolute principle.

Eternity is an abstract principle.

Eternity is a Via Christa Degree.


Eternity isn't some later time. Eternity isn't a long time. Eternity has nothing to do with time. Eternity is that dimension of here and now which thinking and time cuts out. This is it. And if you don't get it here, you won't get it anywhere. And the experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life. – Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth


Campbell, Joseph. The Power of Myth. New York: Anchor Books, 1991, 64.

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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