The Neophyte, the First Degree of Ascension

A neophyte is "a beginner or a novice, a recent convert to a belief; a novice of a religious order or congregation." The Neophyte is the first or beginning of the ancient and sacred Seven Degrees of Ascension.

The Neophyte's initiation is Rebirth in consciousness. It corresponds to the first Buddhist path of self control, which requires discrimination in choices and judgment. Acceptance is the Neophyte's key word.

The first great power of being, under acceptance, is conquering the forces working in the lower self, which includes the subconscious mind, or appetitive soul consciousness. As a Neophyte, you make vows to maintain your body as a fitting dwelling place for your soul. These are the first steps in self-mastery.

A neophyte is a beginner, a novice, and thus, easily discounted or overlooked. Yet, with every change in heart or mind, in habits or attitudes, you become a Neophyte again. Every Master, Priest and Christos knows this, yet few Adepts really believe it.

A law states that "The end is contained within the beginning." This should serve as a caution to all Neophytes against too rapid self-advancement. The care with which you begin all processes in life dictates the durability and final quality of your endeavors.

A Master's advice to all Neophytes begins with the Golden Rule. Further, resist the urge to vicious competition. Never lie or cheat. By doing so, you will destroy your success later.








Edna Lister on the Neophyte Degree

Silence is the first vow of the Neophyte. – Edna Lister, Devotion, January 19, 1935.

As a Neophyte, you have no business speaking authoritatively on topics about which you know little or nothing, such as ascension through the higher degrees. (A boastful Adept, however, believes that he is an expert if all he has done is to read an article or book about it.)

The Neophyte learns that the end of illusion and self-delusion comes into view when you sacrifice everything except speaking from experience, and only when directly asked. Hold your silence. "What I see, I am. What I hear, I am. What I declare for someone, I am. How I act, I am." – Edna Lister, Devotion, January 19, 1935.

The Neophyte's laws include breathing, diet, water, rest and exercise. If you neglect your Neophyte vows, you block your glands. – Edna Lister, Diet, November 30, 1935.

We call the first cycle in life, ages one to seven, the Neophyte stage, in which the infant grows to childhood and begins forming his or her individuality. It is the period during which the soul takes complete possession of its body to prepare for the self-centered development of adolescence. – Edna Lister, The Secret of the 49, September 21, 1936.

We pass through different degrees while on earth, to return to God. The Neophyte Degree symbolizes "The Search" that the soul conducts while standing in the outer court of the Temple (outside us, in the world). The Neophyte deals with earth's expressions, which include your physical equipment, desire, motive, will, and your conscious individuality. Learning to control your emotions, you lift your desires. You search outside yourself to gain experience, which will lead you back to God. The Neophyte's initiation is the Rebirth in consciousness. – Edna Lister, Illumination and Realization, September 25, 1937.

The Neophyte must turn from and give up forever those things that lead to death. Seeking wisdom and true understanding, he finds kindness of disposition, and reaps the ripeness of experience. He repeats this process, giving up more fully those things that lead to death, each time seeking wisdom and truth more eagerly, partaking more deeply of love and generosity of spirit, becoming more mellow in the graces of heart. – Edna Lister, The History of the Great Pyramid, October 30, 1939.

Take all the time you need to balance yourself under law. Devote sufficient hours for the physical Neophyte vows, which include the laws of breathing, diet, water, rest (diversion, recreation, sleep), and exercise. Neophyte vows also include mental stimuli and diversion, social life, and service, not just work. You may have already learned your lesson, but your business now is to review it, extracting all the good, stringing every joy into a brand-new strand of pearls, while deliberately casting the chaff, the hurt and grief into the consuming fire of the Mother's love. Let nothing remain underneath the surface in the subconscious to pull you down later. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Correspondence, June 5, 1944.

As a Neophyte, initiation requires you to finish all laws of the first 33 Degrees, especially those of the first thirty you take upon earth. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 2, 1944.

The goal of the Neophyte is self-control of the "little me" in the Land of Egypt, the land of self. No one gets away with anything. Everything catches up with you, is unveiled, and told publicly. – Edna Lister, The Pearl of Great Price, April 13, 1945.

Seven Degrees to transformation progress from self awareness to soul consciousness: The first three degrees, the Neophyte, Disciple, and Adept all practice varying degrees of self-control. The Mystic stands at the center point of balance, the fulcrum between self and soul. As a Mystic, you commune directly with God, needing no other intervening agency, creed or dogma. The final three degrees, the Master, Priest and Christos all deal with soul conquering through absolute responsibility, service and surrender of the self to the soul. You work on all seven degrees always. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 13, 1945.

Each is as important as his desire is perfect. No one is small. No one is great. Everyone is a Neophyte at all times, for there are millions of realms and laws. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 1, 1945.

When you become a Neophyte in a high Order, you do so without the pressure of full responsibility of that high Order. Desire is one thing. Performance, practice and holding are another. To progress, you must be ready to pay all debts, to carry all blame, all burdens, never seeking selfishly, or asking credit. It means maintaining a complete silence about self, working quietly and constantly to perfect the soul, letting go of all else, with no possession of either people or things. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 5, 1947.

Five degrees of the Neophyte vows: Breathing (hatha yoga), diet, water, rest (diversion, recreation and sleep) and exercise. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 4, 1947.

The thousand burnt offerings are a thousand days of perfection (thirty-seven lunar months, three years and one month), of complete sublimation, sacrifice of self with never a negative thought. When you have lived in complete perfection for that long, you will see and hear spiritually. If you descend after a day, you must start again. Neophyte vows include diet, rest, exercise, recreation, water. A thousand days of sublimation open the pineal and pituitary glands, balancing the plexus centers. You must raise the vibration of all glands and centers in unison; otherwise, the Power impacts the stomach, heart, lungs and other organs, creating an imbalance. The minute you look up, you begin making a thousand burnt offerings. This leads to 144 steps, obedience to the twelve virtues and lifting the twelve vices to complete the 33rd Degree. You are still polishing your Neophyte vows, though you climb far in Ascension in the Kingdom of God. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 19, 1947.

Every time you conquer through sacrifice, by overcoming, by accepting responsibilities, and pass initiations, you earn a new degree. You add new stars to the Father’s crown with the redeemed soul substance you lift and ascend. When you dishonor the body, which is the Father’s temple, your disobedience to the first vows of the Neophyte (care of the body), fogs your mentality. To register vows from the highest consciousness, you must have a perfect vehicle. One of the greatest stumbling blocks that evil created was dishonoring the physical body, which started illness in humanity. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 1, 1948.

Everyone is ascending, at least in part. Sometimes you recognize your soul debts and help another. At other times, you do not see and may withhold aid. Helping the other fellow lift, no matter what, is the Christos work. When you work from this standpoint, you become a Christos Adept. As a Neophyte, you hear about ascension of the body. The Disciple talks about it and tries, haphazardly. All control, manipulation and formulaic demonstration is under the Adept Degree. The minute you surrender to the Almighty Father, you become a Mystic. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 2, 1950.

The Seven Degrees include the Neophyte, Disciple, Adept, Mystic, Master, Priest and Christos. Earning a doctorate requires having passed undergraduate school and all the lesser courses. Similarly, you can enter the major Seven Degrees only through the seven lesser sub-degrees under each. For example, to enter the Order of the Master, you must become a Neophyte Master. Appearances are deceiving. For example, an illiterate Neophyte can be living a Christos life. You pass through 49 Degrees from Neophyte to reach Christos, while you take 144 steps as you cover the 33 Degrees. Events happen for no apparent reason when you are taking the final three Christos Degrees, which include the ten Commandments on the emotional, mental and spiritual levels. Desire for perfection takes you through the final degrees. The minute it comes hard, remember the axiom, "As above, so below." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 14, 1951.

The Neophyte Degree represents the central building faculty in consciousness, desire, and represents illumination for the Elect. To avoid or disobey Neophyte laws of bodybuilding is giving in to subconscious mind. All thoughts of physical body limitation are self trying to control to establish subconscious dictatorship. A lack of planning is subconscious dereliction. All disobedience to law is self, the "traitor within the gates" trying to take charge when it should follow. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 1, 1952.

As you ascend, you will find your spoken word surprisingly speedy in bringing results. Therefore, use no idle words. This is a must. Move up in consciousness first and never go down. The time has come when you must put off swaddling clothes and put on garments of Light. You cannot retire from, escape from, or resign from your responsibilities. Thus, you have no place to go except Home or into the abyss. Until the love of God reaches into your mind and heart completely, you cannot enter the Holy of Holies. When love reaches high enough, the door will swing open as you utter the one word and you shall have finished your Neophyte apprenticeship. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 28, 1954.

You will make your prayer to Him, He will hear you and you will pay your vows. – Job 22:27. Copy this and memorize it. Heed this. You will pay your vows and remember that Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. – Matthew 5:18. The “all” includes all outer debts. Otherwise, you return to the first step on the ladder of ascension. You may earn everything again by prayer, sacrifice of self and continuing to earn your way each day in devotion. Until you have paid all outer debts as a son or daughter of earth, you remain only a Neophyte. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 14, 1956.

Today is a great opportunity. This morning we have a choice about whether we will tune into the miraculous vibration of Light from above, or to the rumblings of earth, like the union meeting next door. [This meeting was being held in a hotel conference room.] One great Neophyte initiation is to maintain concentration and focus in a room where dozens of languages are being spoken all at once. The noise echoes and reechoes. Combinations of rates of vibration create forms. You hear a low vibration with your ears, but listen to God with your brain cells. Ascend to the Oversoul star, up through the top of your head so that the higher vibrations fall on your brain cells. This is part of your protective sheath on earth. Like viewing a perfectly still reflecting lake, if you ascend high enough, you can scarcely tell which is real, the tree itself or its reflection in the clear, still waters of your consciousness. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 21, 1956.

The 33 Via Christa Degrees are mostly composed of initiation through temptation. They tempt you on every law in every degree from Neophyte up. In the school of life, you work on all steps in every degree simultaneously until you graduate 100 percent. In a mundane school, you pass in sequence, grade by grade. Eventually, you must take initiations that summarize all your initiations though the years. You cannot resign from your position. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 6, 1957.

Every time you pray as a Mystic, you touch the higher degrees, even if you are still a Neophyte primarily. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 15, 1957.

When our vitality is low from disobedience to ordinary Neophyte vows, giving you full protection is difficult for your guardian angels. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 27, 1957.

The Neophyte hears about it at the sacrum plexus center, which awakens desire in the Land of Egypt. The Disciple talks about it from the splenic center. The Adept does it, while attempting to control it, from the navel center. The Mystic goes to God alone at the heart center, which is the respiratory rate of balance among the three lower and three higher centers. The Mystic communes with God in the silence. Only prayer will take you through the Gates of Light to become a mediator. The Master begins to speak the creative Word of command and responsibility at the throat center. The Priest serves God by ministering to the world, seeing all as good at the brow center. The Christos practices daily ascension at the crown center. – Edna Lister, Conquering Inner Space, October 15, 1957.

In Rajah Yoga they teach loss of identity to achieve cosmic consciousness. At the Neophyte sub-degree of the Christos, you are asked to give up identity as a great initiation. Personality and form always exist, but Oriental religions do not teach them as such. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 9, 1957.

The 33 Degrees of the Via Christa cover life from birth to ascension of soul through conquering. Each Zodiacal Division has 33 Degrees, thirty on the outer and three on the inner. The 30th degree has eighteen stiff initiations for conquering self. You take these initiations on earth through the Seven Degrees, and each includes a set of thirty-three. The Neophyte experiences the initiation of Rebirth. In the lower degrees you are always in danger of living by the creature urges of eating, sleeping and mating. The fourth degree provides the respiratory rate of balance among the lower and higher centers. In the first three degrees ascending, you are concerned with control of others, control of self and control of power. By the time you reach the fifth degree, you begin to understand the need to crucify will, to give up the self-will and become the servant of all Power. You crucify self an inch at a time until you learn to conquer by soul. Complete resurrection of self to soul comes when you mate selfish will and desires to become one in ascension. First desire flirts with will until they become engaged and travel where will directs. Then desire reawakens and returns the ring because will travels too hard a road. However, it is inevitable that you ascend. Finally, an illumination strikes and you complete the first marriage of the Lamb. – Edna Lister, The Wheels of Ezekiel, December 17, 1957.

The Neophyte is developing a perfect physical body by keeping his vows. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 2, 1958.

The Neophyte initiation is Rebirth. The first petals of the thousand-petaled crown lotus open during conversion. Every conversion is a Rebirth. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 13, 1958.

The Neophyte Degree deals with negative hearing, when you indiscriminately accept what you hear, shut off the beautiful and take in only the negatives. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 4, 1958.

You must eventually fulfill any Neophyte vows you have neglected. You have thought about them, talked about them and neglected some, but must do until you have established a strong metabolism. Stand in the Light, without descending, until you have become right and your personal law of being is to dwell in the right, true, just and good. Strive to obey your well-planned personal laws of health, diet, water, etc., doing each automatically. You may not allow this to degenerate into prejudice, opinion or dogmatic application of your Neophyte vows. Become the vows, do them and forget it.

You achieve such perfection only by forgetting self, reaching for the stars and living in a high state of consciousness. Yoou are on your path of destiny, and must hold to it undeviatingly. Your heritage is the strength of God's strength, the health of God's health, the wealth of your Father's wealth, and the glory of God's glory. Accept it and live it, think it, sleep it, eat it, work it, walk it. At no instant may you let your self sink into the body again. When you live at the heart of your Oversoul, using every faculty, every latent talent, you cannot avoid fulfilling your destiny. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 6, 1958.

You can open new brain cells only through obedience to Neophyte vows. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 1, 1958.

You must observe Neophyte vows, especially the laws of breath, before you can free centers in the Land of Egypt of self and deliver soul to the Promised Land of the heart center. Once you achieve balance between inner and outer at the heart center, you begin crossing out all self at the throat center. This opens the mystical "third eye" at the brow center. Then you are ready to enter the Garden of Eden for the first marriage of the Lamb, mating selfish desire with God's love and self-will with God's will. Selfish desire includes covetousness. You must lift it completely before this marriage may take place. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Lectures, November 4, 1958.

In ascending the physical, an exquisite agony heralds every life spark that is indrawn. You can take it as ordinary pain or exalt it into pure ascension. Remember, each cycle builds on the last one, and when you have dug a ditch, you are apt to fall in it on the next round unless you have filled it with the love substance of the Almighty. God has given you the power of wise choice, and the first choice of all is up or down in consciousness, which sets the keynote for your next creation. Under ascension, you find that many laws rightly become outmoded, to be superseded by higher law, which requires much more rigid discipline of the self. So, remember one thing in your ascension: If you think you have received a law, always use this rule to test it: "Does this law demand from me a more rigid adherence to the redeeming of time, the fervor of my prayers, the hours I spend rejoicing, and the quality of it?" If this is not so, put it in the baby class as a kindergarten law, not for you. Do not put a law on the back of a neophyte that will impose a burden too great for him to bear, causing him to make vows that he inevitably must break for lack of experience, imperfection of desire, and a vibration not yet raised high enough nor tempered to fit high vow demands. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 30, 1959.

Neophyte law of acceptance: "I accept all that comes to me as mine. I earned it in past lives, created it in this life, or it is something of darkness that only I may lift for my Father; therefore, I do accept and lift all that comes unto me. I now accept my responsibility to lift all that comes to me, which entails these three things: assuming all responsibility for all darkness around me, responsibility to sacrifice self and the responsibility of full surrender to be the servant of all Power. I now observe every detail of my life. I am alive and alert to observe above and below. As I use observation in my outer life, according to my practice of observation, exactly so shall I see and hear in heaven." You can open the higher mental faculties of logic, reason, discrimination, discretion and discernment only under acceptance. – Edna Lister, Eight Great Powers of Being, June 23, 1959.

Laws of the Neophyte: Breathing, water, diet, rest and exercise. Rest includes sleep, recreation, diversion and all activities that inspire and quicken, including reading and painting. When you coordinate and apply these laws in their proper relationship, you balance yourself physically. – Edna Lister, Eight Great Powers of Being, June 23, 1959.

They did not allow students in ancient esoteric mystery schools to speak or comment for several years, which trained them to wipe the interpretations, opinions and beliefs of the outer world from their minds. Every Order has its Neophytes, as a stage of preparation necessary to erase preconceived opinions, prejudice and intolerance. This training is still used. Diplomats attend special preparatory schools to learn diplomatic language and deportment, and to separate them from previously learned interpretations. – Edna Lister, Eight Great Powers of Being, June 23, 1959.

The Neophyte Degree on the Via Christa deals with the realities of religion in life. Behind the "truth of appearances" lies the absolute truth of God's reality. The term, "religion," comes from the Latin, religare, meaning "to bind together, to bind back, to collect." You bind your self together in God's reality, forsake the truth of appearances and redeem all your invested soul substance from the world. – Edna Lister, What Is Symbolism, October 6, 1959.

You undergo long and arduous preparation to become master of your fate and captain of your soul. The Neophyte candidate for Ascension prepares for full conquering through five steps: 1) Wear protective, conquering Light as a garment. 2) Comprehend the Fatherhood of God over all races of humankind. 3) Comprehend the Brotherhood of Man as encompassing all races of humankind. 4) Comprehend true equality as the equal right of all to become, conquer and return to God. 5) Develop and maintain a childlike attitude of simplicity and sincerity. – Edna Lister, What Is Symbolism, October 6, 1959.

The first Degree is the Neophyte, whose vow is to the make the body a fit dwelling place for the soul. All physical vows (such as diet, rest, exercise, breathing and drinking sufficient water) go with this degree, and you must hold and keep them through all later initiations. An "angel with a flaming sword" (Genesis 3:24) stands at the gate to the Garden of Eden (the head and higher creative centers) to turn the soul back to earth for losing soul substance. Sometimes one who has finished all the higher degrees is only here to polish Neophyte vows, yet spends an entire incarnation trying to conquer bodily limitations. One can be living on earth by the final three high Christos sub-degrees and still run into difficulty by creating more spiritual debts throughout the incarnation. We are polishing all degrees in this lifetime, and the final test is Ascension of the life sparks in the outer physical sheath. The only way you can destroy your lesser vehicles (cellular-physical, molecular-desire and atomic-mental) is by deflating the atoms. Breath is the only way you can inflate the atoms, so breathe deeply to build the body. – Edna Lister, The Mystical 33 Degrees, October 13, 1959.

Neophyte: On the first breath of aspiration, you add imagination to will. Here you begin to live. The ninth sense of intuition leads into all truth. If desire is off-course, you fall back into the five senses. Each sense has its own fibers stored in the midbrain in bundles. You listen to God with your brain cells. The Neophyte hears about God and accepts, according to his ability to give up self. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 24, 1959.

You may not indulge food and rest fetishes or complexes about Neophyte vows. Each has its place and none should replace worship; to place any of these first is to worship it. When you cannot fulfill a Neophyte vow because of life's interference, call upon more Light. You must live from the golden bowl as your "headquarters" of life, not through the body. When you put food, as a diet fetish or a gourmet, in first place, it is your worship. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 15, 1961.

It behooves the Elect, from the Neophyte to the highest creator god on earth, to become responsible for the rest of the world. Those who do not want to ascend are being forced up beyond their ability to stand or hold, lifting an evil past and present. This is too great for them to understand or to know what to do with. Therefore, the only way for the Elect to finish the work is to become responsible for the rest of the world. You must be responsible in your own right, not expecting or demanding one thing of another, especially your loved ones. They, too, are free because you are paying their debts with love, compassion and joy. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 30, 1961.

Each cell should be in harmony with every other cell, synchronizing. Otherwise, you may become ill from confused thinking, conflicting desires, and uncontrolled imagination, and must ask for healing. A doctor may prescribe a diet that you do not like. If you fight it, your mental and emotional conflict will create spleen, liver, stomach upsets, and headaches. Add the guilt complex that results from breaking of Neophyte vows, and you disrupt the attunement between the body's cells and the glands of the head (the pineal body, pituitary gland, etc.). If you do not dedicate yourself to staying with it, you go off the health routine; it only helps if you truly want it. You must reintegrate every life spark into the Light from which you descended. Healing is a rebirth or descent of Holy Spirit that sets you afire from above and changes the physical metabolism to a more optimal state. Light descends on three deep breaths that start the mental, desire, and cellular glands and nerve centers whirling to bring illumination. Illumination is a series of healing experiences that reestablish your physical body's metabolism in its natural rhythm; illness results from falling from your own rhythm. – Edna Lister, The Void and the Light, June 18, 1963.

Novices, neophytes must become letter-perfect in their knowledge of creed and dogma, what we would call the lesser mysteries today. We are Neophytes who are learning spiritual law. – Edna Lister, The Mysteries of Egypt, May 5, 1964.

The 144 faculties are the 144 virtues that include the twelve Labors of Hercules and 33 Degrees at every level. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 16, 1965.

The higher you go, the harder the penalty, the greater the debt and the force of a dropped line. If you do not renew your Neophyte vows, you stop any further ascension. You may not retire, but should expect change as you begin your Neophyte vows on the next higher plateau. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 3, 1966.

The 33 Degrees are not like grades in school. You must keep the Neophyte vows of breathing, water, diet, rest, and exercise throughout the 33 Degrees. Further, on each of the Seven Degrees, you must take a set of 33 Degrees to clear away taints. The first great soul power of being is the Neophyte's power to conquer the self. This is the "hear about it" stage, the wavering period. One day, you accept and obey, the next day, you refuse and fall backward. The first Neophyte initiation is Rebirth from old opinions, fears and doubts; some get stuck on psychology here. Once you begin these degrees, God puts a platform of Light under you. You can punch holes in it, but it remains as protection. Self mastery begins with learning discretion, to bridle the tongue. This is the point of conquering emotions. You cannot pass this degree on self control, but must choose soul conquering. At this point, you hear yourself say, "I'm trying," often followed by, "Can't you see, I'm doing the best I can?!" – Edna Lister, Eight Great Powers of Being, October 25, 1966.

The Neophyte's vows deal with earth expression of your equipment, your motive, your will and your desire. All four are different phases of consciousness, from the individual and personal to the Godlike and universal. – Edna Lister, The First Seven Magnitudes, November 8, 1966.

You are destined to go through the transmutations of the Seven Degrees, eventually, from Neophyte to Christos, from self to soul, from pursuing your quest to attaining your goal. Your potential for transmutation is up to you and happens on the outer. – Edna Lister, The Quest and Goal of the Supreme, November 7, 1967.

The Seven Degrees include the Neophyte, where you "believe" you can and "try" to do; the Disciple follows law as best he can; the Adept controls the physical body; the Mystic communes with God in the silence; the Master gives up self; the Priest offers sacrificial, selfless service, full surrender (conversion) of darkness to Light; the Christos attains illumination, Ascension and conquering even the fear of death. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 10, 1968.

All souls have descended from pure Light into coarse matter, and our destiny is to return to Light. As a Neophyte, you reach what we call the Choice of the Way, where you must decide whether to ascend or continue to descend. To ascend, you must move the blockage that you created in the wake of your descent, the "seven veils of illusion." To do this, you must be faithful to the vow to be perfect in all body phases, for if you have crystallized fears, opinions, prejudices, etc., you created a plug in the physical body as well, at the pons of the medulla oblongata, which prevents the creative fire from entering the Garden of Eden (within the skull). – Edna Lister, The Seven Degrees Within the Great Pyramid, October 22, 1968.

The Neophyte vows include breathing, diet, water, rest and exercise, and you need them all daily to keep the Neophyte Degree. They include your responsibilities to your family and social life. The Neophyte hears about what may be true or untrue, talks about it and thinks about it. Unless you rest your body before you lie down, you must go to bed to resurrect the body. So, as a Neophyte, never go to the dinner table with a dead body. Lie down and stretch out like a five-pointed star until you feel as if you are flying like an eagle above everything on earth. Breathe deeply. Take seven deep breaths. Rest your body from the day's fatigue. – Edna Lister, The Fiery Furnace, March 19, 1970.

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The Power for Rebirth: Seven Breaths

Adherence to Neophyte vows is necessary for Rebirth. You must observe the regulations concerning breathing, diet, water, rest and exercise, and maintain balance in all things. Do not fast, but eat the proper amounts of the right foods to maintain good health. The body requires at least eight large glasses of water a day to keep it functioning properly and to eliminate body wastes and toxins effectively. This aids the atomic body in its functioning. You need eight hours of work, eight hours of rest and eight hours of recreation.

The atomic breath lifts. It draws from the toes to the crown and does not stop anywhere. It whirls and quickens the whole atomic body. There are seven degrees of creative breath: Rhythmic, tamping, cleansing, right nostril, left nostril, spiritual-atomic (Mind of God), and the creative Substance and Power of God (inhaled in the golden silence). Proper preparation of the physical body, the outer sheath, is an absolute necessity. You need 100 percent physical efficiency, for without this, your brain cells become vague in clarity, fatigue sets in at the emotional and mental levels, and poisons build up in your body. You must know yourself in all phases of consciousness.

Metabolism is the complex of physical and chemical processes occurring within a living cell or organism that are necessary for the maintenance of life. In metabolism, some substances are broken down to yield energy for vital processes while the body synthesizes other substances, necessary for life. The subconscious mind is the head of all physical chemistry. Catabolism is the metabolic breakdown of complex molecules into simpler ones, often resulting in a release of energy. Anabolism is the phase of metabolism that synthesizes simple substances into the complex materials of living tissue. Do not go overboard on the Neophyte vows, but be aware of their importance. The body is a laboratory. Give it the proper care, then forget it. – Edna Lister, Power for Rebirth: Seven Breaths, November 27, 1962.

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The Power to Ascend

We all have the freedom to achieve, to do, to conquer, to climb. To believe this is the unconquerable attitude of an ascending soul. If you live in Light and center your desire on perfection and following Jesus the Christ, any habit you are trying to overcome will fall away from you. Ascension is returning to your original Source after accomplishing your mission, so your goal is even greater than the mission that brought you here and will take you Home.

It takes rigid discipline, following all laws, belief in the greater works that Jesus did to ascend his body, to "Take up your cross and follow me," and to do the greater works that he told us we would do. So, we are under a solemn obligation to ascend our body, to redeem and draw our life sparks in and, like Jesus did, to stand on the Mount of Transfiguration and become invisible. For example, you must become lighter than water to walk on it.

The ultimate aim of your work is ascension of body, mind and soul. You cannot ascend your body by thinking of earthly things. Instead, surrender self and live in the Light. All old habits must fall away when they no longer mean anything to you. Use temperance to conquer, remembering that Jesus said it did not matter what goes into your mouth, but what comes out of it may defile you.

Breathe deeply, drink plenty of water and follow all your Neophyte vows. Cleanse the subconscious mind and always love God enough to stand in Light. Ascension automatically leads you into extended vision, for which every gland in the head must be awake and active. You clog your glands with idle words. You can create as great a block in the desire body with nerves as you can in physical body with indigestion. Your ascension must be fourfold: Ascend the body through diet, ascend emotions by lifting them, ascend your mental life by permitting only high thoughts, and ascend your spiritual life by keeping your mystic eyes on the Light. – Edna Lister, The Power to Ascend, December 18, 1962.

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Training a Neophyte

In training a Neophyte, tell them: Do not expect your way to be made smooth. From now on, you must do and accomplish many tough tasks, but you will be going up in ascension every step of the way. You cannot tear yourself out of your past life like pulling a tree up by the roots. Wait for the right moment, watch for the green light, and work it out without an open rupture on any of your lines of Light, which includes all your relationships. Conquer where you are. Conquer circumstances and conditions, day by day, which means the conquering of self. You will understand better as you go along daily, as you begin to study, ponder and think. Finally, you will grow into the wisdom necessary to do what you must do. All will follow – you cannot do everything all at once. Your difficulty is that you would like to bite it off and chew it all at once. Every month you will find yourself doing better. As you see, ponder and think, you will release the Power to lift in the place whereon you stand.

You must lift, not cut off the anchors to the past. What would you think about a cowboy who lassoed the carcass of a cow and dragged that stinking mess wherever he went? Your dead carcass is your past, and you are dragging it. Every time you go over it emotionally, it smells worse. Let the dead past bury its dead. Lift the dead carcass and live your lift high in consciousness. You are just beginning. You have been, until now, gathering the equipment and tools for your life’s work. It will take you a while to sharpen them and master their use, but you can begin using them and improve as you go.

Oh, if I could show you how far you can go by staying on the Path of Light. You can go to the highest point of your greatest soul vision, if you follow the Light. You have no obligation except to live by your highest vision. If you desire perfection, if you keep the fire of desire burning, if you make even one small step daily toward that desire for fulfillment, the way remains open. It would close only if you lost your desire for service. A position does not honor any man. The man must honor the position to hold it. You increase your good by blessing and praising it. "Thank God, I already have perfect soul vision." You must practice this.

"Father, here I am. I know You want me as Your servant. I know You want me to come before Your altars. I know You want me to remember in the morning. Thank You."

Go to bed saying this, knowing that you will remember where you have been during the night. Do this in unconquerable faith that cannot be touched, the faith of a little child, with no question or doubt. Choose what child you’ll be each hour in your praise, attitude, and expectancy.

Declare, "I am now fully expectant that all good things of the Lord are mine right now. I shall continue to earn this good by holding right attitudes, by thinmking right thoughts, by giving right love."

Which way is right? God’s way. Be joyous! – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 12, 1945.

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Etymology of neophyte: Late Latin neophytus, from Greek neophutos: neo- + -phutos, "planted," from phuein, "to bring forth."



The Neophyte is the first of the sacred Seven Degrees of Ascension. An initiatory degree. is a step or stage in a process, in an ascending or descending scale, a relative condition or state of being.


Ephesus: The Neophyte's Church
Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. – Revelation 2:1-7.



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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