Soul Faculties

The world defines a faculty as "an inherent power or ability, any of the powers or capacities possessed by the human mind." On the Via Christa, we acknowledge the soul's relative physical material, mental and spiritual faculties as powers of being.

The mental faculties include such powers as logic, memory, mimicry, and perception. Many faculties are the same as, or difficult to distinguish from soul virtues, and we express some faculties as soul virtues at higher levels of ascension of consciousness.

The spiritual and mental faculties are tools of the creator servant of God. The spiritual faculties include Wisdom, Love and Power, faith, comprehension, joy, understanding and peace. The mental faculties include logic, reason and will, discrimination, discretion and discernment and courage, strength and endurance (learning obedience).





The Soul Faculties

Apperception is the cosmic consciousness of the "I AM," Christ consciousness. Apperception means to perceive a thing before it happens; we call this "soul knowing."
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Aspiration is our soul faculty of desire to ascend and become one with our Source of Being, God. Aspiration is the soul's call for something greater than itself. Without aspiration we are nothing, for it is the only way we can cut through self love to become the Love of God.
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Attention is a function of consciousness and a magnifier: Where you center your attention, the Power follows and creates. If your mind is on the world, watch out. You can pay attention to God as the world.
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Awareness is an instinctive aspect of consciousness; we view awareness as being "awake," and obliviousness as being "asleep."
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Consciousness is rooted in the principles of Wisdom and Mind; the greater the Light, the greater the consciousness. Conscience and conscious have the same root, implying that to be fully conscious is to have a conscience and vice versa. Light is God's conscious identity. Consciousness exists on a continuum from the "sleeping" rock to God the Source.
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Courage is a soul faculty of the heart. The Latin root of courage means "heart." When you say, "He has heart," you are saying he is courageous.
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Discernment is the intellectual faculty of perception that you use to design thought. Finely honed discernment is how you see with the eyes of mind.
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Discretion is the faculty of knowing when to speak and when to remain silent, what to speak about and what not to mention.
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Discrimination, which is both acute and discerning, is the faculty that governs right choice. Political correctness is destroying the discriminative faculty, which is essential to good judgment.
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Free Will: We always choose from a pair of opposites and give up one or the other. The limit of free will is the freedom to chose the path you take. What you really have is free choice.
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Illumination is the soul faculty attained when Light penetrates and permeates every cell of the body until you can spiritually see and know. Illumination is the faculty most closely aligned with the Wisdom principle.
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Imagination is soul seeing, the faculty of visualization, of making mental pictures or images in the mind's eye. Imagination is the builder of forms, but produces all illusions when controlled by self.
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Intellect is a mental faculty whose quantity is limitless, but whose quality is restrained by the degree of self governing its use. Self holds intellect in an uncreative pattern, ranging from lack of critical thinking skills to inability to think imaginatively. Intellect, under the soul's command, has no upper limit to creativity.
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Intuition is the soul faculty most closely aligned with the Love principle; intuition is knowing through love. Intuition is an abstract principle, a law of being, and a mental and spiritual faculty.
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Judgment may be righteous or unrighteous, according to the amount of self you introduce in the equation. We think of those who judge righteous judgment as being "a good judge of character." We consider those who judge unrighteously as being judgmental. Judgment (and judging) is an absolute and an abstract principle rooted in Wisdom, a law of being, and a mental faculty.
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Knowing is both fact-based knowledge and intuition, which is the relative apprehension of divine Mind. Knowing is an abstract principle of Mind, a law of being, and a mental and a spiritual faculty.
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Logic: We use logic, which is the set of absolute abstract principles that govern and balance reasoning, as a means of distinguishing correct from incorrect reasoning; logic enables you to apply abstract principle to daily living. Logic is an absolute principle, rooted in the Logos Emanation, an abstract principle, and a faculty.
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Memory and remembering is cumulative, whether unconscious or conscious. Self rules the unconscious memory, creating from it urges and cravings. Soul rules the conscious memory, a direct link to superconscious mind that results in varying degrees of eidetic or photographic memory, visual or aural.
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Mimicry is how we imitate or pattern after the actions and speech of those around us. Mimicry is an instinctive mental faculty, highly developed in the child. Every child will pattern after the strongest soul in its environment, whether that soul is a highly-developed nurturer or brutal predator.
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Perception gives you the ability to look right through the outer appearance and to know that you know. Conscious perception is the ability to perceive a thing with understanding before or as it happens. Perception is mental seeing, the mind's thinking ability; apperception is a knowing, the mind's mystic eye of the soul. Perception is an instinctive mental faculty.
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Questioning versus Asking Questions: Confrontational questioning is a soul taint, but asking questions is part of the learning process, a mental faculty. When you can ask the question, you are in sight of the answer. Paying attention is critical, for the answer can come from any direction or through any person.
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Reason is the intellectual faculty we ordinarily employ in adapting thought or action to some end. Reason deals with the conscious application of abstract principles in a relative way to gain understanding. All reasoning is thinking but not all thinking is reasoning, because not all thoughts are necessarily conscious.
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Receptivity is having an open mind: When you look, you see, and when you hear, you listen. Receptivity closes when you give room to opinion and prejudice. Jesus often finished a teaching by saying, "He who has an ear, let him hear," which was an admonition to be receptive.
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Seeing and Hearing: Spiritual seeing and hearing (clairvoyance and clairaudience) is based on the endocrine and central nervous systems' development and degree of function, which is a measure of your present soul expression. The clarity of seeing and hearing depends on the degree of conquering or sublimation of self and subconscious mind already accomplished, which is also a measure of present soul expression.
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Tact and Diplomacy: Knowing how to speak and act intuitively is the fine art and faculty of tact backed by diplomacy, both of which stem from discretion honed to perfection. Tact is a law of doing, and a faculty. Diplomacy is the artful application of tact.
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Thinking is how we apply our mental faculties, using logic, reason, discretion, discrimination and discernment to chart our course in life. You think on a continuum ranging from utterly selfish and subjective to sublimely objective and Godlike. Thinking is an abstract principle, a law of doing, and a faculty.
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Understanding is a result of integrated mental faculties, the insight gained by applying the mental faculties. You gain understanding by always standing under the Light. Understanding is a soul virtue and a spiritual faculty.
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Vision is a physical and spiritual faculty. To vision something is to see it in or as if in a vision, to envision. Vision is seeing the truth of reality as opposed to remaining blinded by the truth of appearances.
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Visualization is the consciously directed deliberate use of the imagination faculty. To vision something is to see it in or as if in a vision, to envision. Visualization is active, but vision is receptive.
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Will is what your soul uses to function as the Wisdom of God through your brain centers and glands. Your will proclaims and executes the idea of the good that is in you. Will is an abstract principle under the Wisdom principle, a law of being and of doing, a soul virtue and a mental and moral faculty.
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Edna Lister on the Soul Faculties

Forty-four Soul Faculties [We have many more faculties than those listed here]: A faculty is the power to perform any action, any natural or specialized power of a living organism, the power to do some particular thing, a skill to develop by practice. This is not arbitrary. God has given you these faculties to use now – you may change and expand them as you grow.

You may divide your faculties into three classes: physical-material, mental and spiritual. Emotional traits are a subclass under physical-material. These "feelings" contain the three life urges (eating, sleeping and mating) and all propensities.

An urge is an impelling motive, force or pressure of creature consciousness, the desire of instinctive intelligence. A propensity is an inclination to action, a habit, a tendency of mind. Propensities are also an expression of creature consciousness.

Spiritual Faculties: The spiritual faculties must follow principle in their expression. They must be unchangeable, immutable, "deathless, ageless and abiding." Three sets of three or nine faculties are dedicated to Spirit. Each of these nine can be broken into three: Wisdom, Love and Power, faith, comprehension and joy, and knowing, understanding and peace.

Mental Faculties: The mental faculties include: Logic, reason and will, discrimination, discretion and discernment and courage, strength and endurance (learning obedience). We call the spiritual and mental faculties the tools of the creator servant.

Physical-Material Faculties: Five physical senses (hearing, seeing, speech, feeling, tasting) form the basis of prophecy and the faculty of intuition. A faculty is any knack, aptitude, natural ability or skill learned by practice, such as the ability to ride a bike or to make friends.

For example, if you have no intuition, you cannot prophesy. Unless you have five wise virgins with oil in their lamps, you have no intuition. When you turn the physical senses downward, your five virgins are foolish, caught sleeping, with no oil in their lamps. This means you are just "existing," not living, thus subject to every wind that blows.

Physical-material faculties relate to doing. Mental faculties relate to ascending. Spiritual faculties lead into becoming. All faculties operate now as a process in your body. The quality and quantity of your faculties depend on what you do with the life, Light, Power, Mind and Substance of God flowing through you on every breath.

A child coming to parents who will properly supervise his spiritual growth, begins at birth with nine of the original forty-four faculties developed and ready to unfold. The already-developed brain cells are ready to open when an outer world stimulus touches the child.

A child can telepathically communicate when he is two years old as the nine faculties connect themselves by stimulation from outside impulses. Parents of such a child should live by law, because such children awaken only under the right outer conditions.

The first three faculties are mimicry, memory and perception. They are instinctive capacities, related to subconscious development. All three stem from God having made us in His image and likeness.

Mimicry is how you imitate the actions and speech of those around you. You have an unlimited capacity for memory, but must develop it to be usable. Perception gives you the ability to look right through the outer appearance and to know that you know.

You develop the next three faculties (imagination, reason and judgment) as intellectual capacities: Imagination [3 to 4-year-olds], reason [4-year-olds] and judgment [you must teach children reason and judgment to balance imagination]. They are related to conscious soul development. They appear on the head and may be read through phrenology (the study of the physiognomy of the head).

Imagination is the mental faculty you use to form images of external objects or concepts of conditions not present to the senses. It is the highest creative faculty of the mind.

Reason adapts thought or action to some goal. You use reason to grasp a concept prior to experience, as distinguished from understanding after the fact. Reason is the relative application of principles as laws to gain understanding.

Judgment is the ability to make prudent decisions. It is closely related to discretion, the faculty that governs knowing when to speak and when to remain silent.

Understanding, intuition and illumination are spiritual faculties or soul capacities. They depend on how greatly the embodied soul expressed through the Oversoul in past ages.

Understanding is the insight gained by applying the mental faculties. The quickest way to understand anything is to stand under the Light as you study the problem.

Intuition is immediate mental apprehension without the intervention of any reasoning process. It is absolute knowing without suspicion or rationalization.

Illumination is the soul faculty attained when Light penetrates and permeates every cell of the body until you can "see" and "know." – Edna Lister, Is it Right to Ask for Myself, June 14, 1960.

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Etymology of faculty: Middle English faculte, from Old French, from Latin facultas, "power, ability," from facilis, "easy."


References

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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