Spiritual Seeing and Hearing

Clairvoyance and clairaudience, literally "clear" seeing and hearing, enable perception of sight and sound beyond what is considered the normal human range. Some call these faculties psychic ability or extrasensory perception. They are perception of only a limited range of light and sound, bound by the truth of appearance and subject to illusion.

Beyond clairvoyance and clairaudience lay higher orders of vision and hearing — fully aware and non-trance — seership and prophecy. Seership, the ability to foresee the future, includes mastery of interpreting symbols. Prophecy, foretelling the future, includes inspired teaching.

Spiritual seeing and hearing 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. You are your own limitation.

Much of the following information comes from Edna Lister's letters to her students and groups.

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Edna Lister on Spiritual Seeing and Hearing

Be steadfast under the Light. Listen to hear God's words dropped into your mind, and know that all is well. – Edna Lister, July 10, 1938.

Anything can come instantly, if you have gathered enough substance to make it appear. You can have that substance only by looking at the Light, standing in the Light, and thanking God that you can see the Light. Light is all you need to see. Until you see only the Light, you will never see anything.

Look at the Light. Stand in the Light. Live in the Light. Take everything into the Light with you. Give only Light every second, and you will not need to worry about seeing! Many waste much valuable time seeking selfishly to see and hear when all God asks is prayer of lifting love and fulfilling prayer of praise. To seek for self creates more self to seek, nothing else. – Edna Lister, April 15, 1940.

Unquenchable love is that soul vision that can see no darkness anytime anywhere or in anything or anyone. – Edna Lister, May 29, 1941.

To see spiritually, look with your physical eyes open, which is different from looking with your eyes shut. At first you think you are seeing the Master's chair with physical eyes. Also, you must test or "try" intuition. If you have a flash of vision, immediately go to the Mercy Seat and ask the Father if it is true. He sends you back, usually two or three times to see and check that it is no illusion. You will be shown pictures and asked where they originate. At night, your soul travels, so in the early hours of the morning, ask about what you see and hear to verify it. – Edna Lister, April 3, 1942.

You must learn to use your own physical senses and observational abilities for seeing and hearing on earth first, then in heaven. You do both from the time you are conscious, after reaching earth, and whenever you face some unusual need for extra faculties, usually under fear or unexpected great stress. It is a purely spiritual intuition, a sense of "knowing." Yet, as you continue looking and listening, Light reaches into the actual physical nerves that function as the all-seeing eye. Then, vaguely and dimly at first, gradually growing stronger, you begin to see the forms "like unto a Son of Man." At this stage any doubt or questioning why sort of scares it away. You are always doing one or both of these. So, just keep on keeping on and someday, inevitably, you cannot avoid seeing and hearing. Just keep on. – Edna Lister, July 29, 1942.

You have a great destiny. You know your weaknesses and your great strengths, which hold you in the Light. You are stronger than you have ever been. Your eyes and ears are open. If you hold to that high calm point of activity, you will see and hear spiritually. Go out in the night watches and watch – then return early in the morning and take time to remember. – Edna Lister, May 14, 1942.

The seven veils of illusion being lifted are the seven ascents of the creative fire from the sacrum plexus center, 7 x 7 = 49. With each ascent, you gain clearer soul vision. However, any self-desires allow it to sink, which causes a deeper blindness, leaving only smug ideas of past knowledge, self-righteousness because of past understanding of law, and a sense of always-being-right because of past obedience to orders and law. Finally, your soul knowing descends into the state where "I am always right but you are always wrong, and you'd better be prepared before you tell me." – Edna Lister, January 6, 1944.

Love enough opens everything, and only love can open the physical glands on earth, or open the Gates of Heaven. Do not force, become tense or strained, for this always closes out love. Watch closely lest you let anything from your past earthy consciousness creep in with you. Close all mental and soul doors to earth's pettiness, caused by those who do not know God. Be on guard by always standing in the Light where nothing of earth may enter. – Edna Lister, July 31, 1944.

Conscious living and spiritual seeing and hearing are only a matter of raising the vibration of your body and endocrine glands high enough. However, this must be a slow process to be perfect. It takes time to oust every last trace of taint for a delicately poised body. – Edna Lister, September 8, 1944.

Do not ask why you can't see spiritually, but thank God that you can see. "Lord, please open thou the eyes of my mind so I'll know it now." Then take time to see in the morning or upon leaving the golden silence. It's always open, but you must accept and, though never forcing, just keep gently pushing through to see. Keep expecting it and saying, "I see I see. I hear. I hear. Thank you, Father. Thank you Father!" Thank the Father millions of times.

In perfect trust, lean back comfortably on the river of life in ease, just looking intently, as if you must see an airplane through the mist above you. It's only one step beyond this feeling of closeness to recalling what you have seen and heard. Keep looking, and you'll see all. If you can see, why, you can see. See?? – Edna Lister, September 27, 1944.

Always check with me to be certain that what you think you see and hear spiritually is true. Truth is truth and stands as the same truth to all everywhere. Thus, to check the truth of vision and hearing will keep you from wandering off into the vale of illusion, which is destruction to the spiritual gifts of a mediator. – Edna Lister, October 9, 1944.

Never neglect your outer contacts completely for the inner. Always hold onto your Light-line for balance. God cannot use you is you become single-celled, doing only inner work, for you would awaken no new brain cells. Meet new people when possible, attend concerts, and visit friends. Teach and give what you have received of law to all who seek you. Study and practice, write and visit, but maintain your balance.

You will find yourself not needing books written by others for a long time to come. The kingdom of heaven is open to you, so seek your answers in it and in your Bible. Make time daily for the golden silence, where you listen and speak, but do not write. Such automatic writing uses the appetitive soul and subconscious mind, but closes out Oversoul's very highest super-conscious mind that was in Christ Jesus. You cannot fully lift the subconscious mind while you constantly using it on the outer.

You desire to penetrate into the very heart of God, so you will be permitted simultaneously to write what you hear in the silence, as you hear it, only on rare occasions. Write a description of what you think you saw and heard after you return from classes or the silence. Do all things in the right time and to the glory of the Father only.

See how much you can recall. Jot down anything you see or hear. After going to the altar and praying, lie in the golden silence and ask the Master to open the record for you to see and hear the whole episode. Then after you return, write it if you care to do so, but always go into the golden silence to reread or have records opened to you. To write and record it here is one thing, and great. However, to go out in soul-flights to the place is another phase, and very much greater. – Edna Lister, October 17, 1944.

Experiences that teach you law and show you the way are always good and very good. God deceives no one ever. Yet, each soul must be cleansed of its own conceits, and so come through the vale of illusion into all knowledge. Your guards and the Master must watch in sorrow when you delude yourself. They may only protect you from harm, loss of place, position and point, and hold you as you wander in a self-made confusion.

Yet, even while deluded, you are still free to choose. Innocence protects no one, high or low. Only full knowledge gained by experience and wisdom can protect you. To be an oracle, used fully by God as a mediator between heaven and earth, you must cleanse soul of self. Everything you see and hear, you color to the degree of self still remaining in you.

The law of "As above, so below" is well known to you, yet it includes honor as well — "As below in honor, so above." And you did not check as you were told to, but acted in self-will not backed even by earthly honor. You were cautioned to go slowly, to wait upon the Lord, to ask not, only to let. In spite of this, you kept demanding to see, to hear, and to write until you finally beat down the thin veils of illusion, which are your protection and your guards could do nothing about it. The force you used in demanding created a direct line to a deceiver, whose vibration was familiar, but who often fooled you in the past. When you forget, use force or otherwise disobey, your guards and the Master cannot protect you.

Innocence is no protection to anyone, neophyte or advanced, only full knowledge and wisdom protects. A spring bud remains folded tightly to protect it from frost, but if you forcefully tear it apart, frost ruins and blackens it. You have done this to your own golden bowl equipment with your demands.

The writings, which you think divinely inspired, were compounded of themes in my letters to you, and the universal records of words spoken. They may be true, as a machine-made recording is true, but are from the past. They may be all right to hear, speak or write of, but only when the one so doing knows that they are but past records and clearly says so. Everything you have heard in the silence so far is colored by your own interpretation, for you are not yet cleansed of all self to be an impersonal instrument for God's use. So long as you ask in your mind and heart to see or to hear, law credits it as to the self.

When I told you that I did not wish to see your personal writing, I had no idea that you would write messages for others. That was your own idea, borne of a selfish desire to express before others and so prove your importance. You are, of course, free to do as your will and desires dictate. Once you decided to demand and grasp, you gained access to a truth after its own degree and kind, but with no ability to discern truth from delusion, or to discriminate among the degrees of truth. In seeking to lead others when you lacked discernment, discrimination and discretion, you were unable to protect yourself or them. Thus, in your self-centered desire for expression, you led them into confusion.

You do not need to send me your own personal writings. I am not interested in them. Yet, remember, your guards are protecting you from making grave mistakes in discernment and responsibility for misleading others. To wait to mediate until you no longer use your own imagination, or past records is best. Because what you wrote had been previously written or said, it had the ring of truth and made others believe that you were of the truth. Had you checked with me, your writings could have been made right and clear. When you work through imagination, lacking discernment, discrimination and discretion, then it goes to your head as strong wine, step by step at a time until you are lost.

No one may play with the soul powers of a mediator for mere self-satisfaction or to be thought great. You have proven yourself unable to place these truths in their right degrees. Unless you can discern, discriminate and segregate the degrees of truth, you have no business seeking to lead others, which is how the blind lead the blind until both fall into the ditch. You and I must build a bond and a vibration of Light between us, under God's laws and protection until you are strong enough to uphold His law and orders. Cutting weakness asunder from strength is far better than having the weakness spread among the ignorant and innocent.

You can see and hear spiritually; however, never use your imagination to mediate. Wait upon the Lord while learning sufficient law to equal these so-great gifts. Of what use are you when you are unable to discriminate between your own imagination creating illusions, past records libeled as current truth, instant knowledge of an alien vibration seeking to break through, and actually seeing the form and hearing the voice of each Agent of God? Wait upon the Lord in the golden silence for speech, to receive law and personal orders of direction. Afterward, write everything you can recall. Check these writings with me for confirmation. One day, you will be able to see who is saying, "Write." Then you will know you have begun to mediate truly. Until your status is confirmed from above, you must continue to check with me.

If you had continued to act without inner permission, your heart would have failed within two years, and your full mission be lost to earth. And you would have gone out as a self-induced transition from self-will and disobedience to orders, having done so under full knowledge of law and its reaction under misuse.

Unfold properly to be of use to God and the Master. Leave the role of the medium, the automatic writing and such to the blind, the weak, and those willful ones who seek gifts for nothing and become the blind leading the blind. Do you desire to serve in delusion and lead others into illusion? If not, lift your own veil of illusion by plodding practice, by honest and lengthy honorable obedience to God's Orders. – Edna Lister, October 20, 1944.

Spiritual seeing is utterly dangerous to you if you do not use enough discretion as to be able to tell the difference between an inner reality and your imagination, self-delusion, self-illusion, or illusions created by bodiless entities still seeking a resting place for their false work. – Edna Lister, October 25, 1944.

Trance and mental mediums hear and see only on the lower planes of consciousness near earth. Mediators are fully conscious to hear and see above the Gates of Light in heavenly realms. Then only may they become prophets and speak. This is for their safety. Innocence is no protection. Only full knowledge of law enables full protection.

You must be able to identify the illusions that your own imagination can create, and to discern reality. If you use the slightest force to gain mediator ability, it opens a line to the lower levels of consciousness, which is an invitation to false ones to enter and give false messages, or even to twist true words. The guardian angels cannot protect anyone who does not know these truths, even if they are full of love and high desires. You learn these truths, step by step in the golden silence.

If you can force your will, you are still in bondage to self. What difference is greed for money or greed to see and hear? Greed is greed, and the latter much worse than the first. When you demand, even innocently, law requires that you must take everything that comes with the satisfaction of your demand. God cannot set any law aside for anyone. Going slowly, step by step is best, and to let the great soul powers awaken the mediator's abilities slowly, while giving full knowledge of protection.

I could always hear and see. Yet, I was fifty before my full mediator abilities opened. Only then could I guide and guard those whom I trained to be sure of discriminating between imagination and illusion, know this for them and for myself, and hold all lines of Light in protection, knowing exactly when and what to do. Even when I had all knowledge, I held back because of the great dangers to those for whom I became responsible, whose debts I must pay if they misuse my teachings.

Would you wish to spend aeons paying debts for those who are hurt, wounded, or misled because in your eagerness, you forced your mediation before you had the knowledge to protect yourself and them from the effects of your own greed and force? To have self-satisfaction now for a few months may mean many lives to undo the harm.

Seek advice and verification of every spiritual experience. Submit to having them checked, otherwise you are hiding truth or guilt from yourself and the Light. Shall God grant prayers for spiritual gifts to those who clamor yet are unwilling to pay for these gifts by surrendering self? He exacts a price for inestimable gifts from on high — You must conquer the self while devoting the time and effort time to gain the necessary knowledge.

Desire is only a stairway. You can gain knowledge only by daily sacrifice in which you never ask for selfish reasons. Therefore, if you can ask to see or hear, that is the proof that the self still rules you. When you are in such surrender each day that the love of God fills you to the exclusion of all else, you will have no time left for clamoring for self. Step by step is the Master's Way. Hour by hour living, loving, lifting, serving and knowing, spending hours in the golden silence waiting upon the Voice of God.

If you want to set aside time each day to practice, do so, but not even then will it always be possible for your guards to aid you. If you demand they attend you instantly, then you are selfish. To release love, hour by hour, is the only true way to open spiritual hearing and vision. Seeing first is better, lest you clog the channel of vision by practicing too close to earth. Balance is required, unless only automatic writing is the goal. Choose. Stand and love, asking nothing for the self. – Edna Lister, October 26, 1944.

All self that any mediator permits to remain can cause an upside down interpretation. Your interpretation must be universal, not personal. Use of the little you have will produce the great of your desires. You bind our Father in heaven by your unconscious thinking, desires and demands. – Edna Lister, October 30, 1944.

The only true and safe approach to spiritual seeing and hearing is through the golden silence. Reading books, playing hymns, and writing messages are outer objective actions stemming from inner subjective motives. Light protects you on the outer only when you also bow your subconscious mind before the altar in the golden Light. If you do not heed, you pay the debts you thus create.

Hasty use of the spiritual gifts does not make anyone, high or low, a true prophet. It makes such a one a mediator part-time and a medium part-time, and so he leads the world into confusion. However, only such an experience can truly teach the heights of the inner laws to the willful one. – Edna Lister, October 30, 1944.

When you think you are being given a message, be certain to enter the silence from the golden Light at the Mercy Seat, holding on to no hidden thing that self may want to hear or say. To see, check and recheck with God, alone, by yourself in the Light. Do you want to become a medium, who blithely writes or speaks, letting the ax fall where it may, not taking any responsibility for what happens, no matter how much you misuse Power?

To serve the self will draw and quarter your physical body. Self-centered pride is a humiliation to soul and needs to be cast out. Let your love of God be your defense. When you tell another what you "know," you challenge all principle to compel you to prove it. Never mention "poor little me." Use all experiences and paying debts as a footstool on which to stand while reaching for the stars. All past knowledge is just enough to teach you that you do not know anything – use it as wisdom to reach, reach, reach.

Do not lend yourself to inspired writing until you can see clearly who is talking. You must know how to interpret exactly. Sometimes it takes asking for repetition in many different ways until you know what is meant, not just what the words sound like. I made a law for myself decades ago — I see or hear not one step farther than I can take my earth body and remain completely conscious of everything I do. So it took until my fiftieth year to know that I knew in full responsibility.

I never spoke until I knew just where someone might misuse it and how to pay the debt all by my lonesome self. Then it has taken nine years, since my birthday in 1935, to open all the Gates following the line of Light that I could faintly see as the messenger from the Supreme Father. I reached one realm, circle, and city after another until I can now look back from the full Source. Still, I have taken all with me who truly wanted to go. I am responsible for them, every step of the way.

Thus, I have known no confusion, misunderstanding or loss except to free will in someone who would or could not take it, as you are now. Nine whole years to see and hear while fully conscious. Too slow? Not for me, even that poor little me, which had been so hurt, so alone, so anything anyone else had ever been — except one thing — knowing what full responsibility means.

It is not enough to be good or joyous because you have bridged the abyss. You must know and be law. Be as great as you can be. Become law. Law, applied under love, cannot hurt or leave one out, cannot be blind to another's needs. Law, under love, builds a gloriously strong and healthy body. It does not deplete or burn it or leave it weak, but glowing in beauty.

No Master of Jesus' Mystic Order of Legions will exalt you or promise anything. They will give you law and point out the hard way by giving up the desires of the self. They will and do give truth. When you hear anything to exalt you or the self, watch out! It's a test or a temptation. Get to the altar as a little child who has never been so glad of being safe. – Edna Lister, November 1, 1944.

Enter the golden silence from praise, honor, and love of God. Then, His Agents will use the time you set aside for this. Using the same time daily is best, but if anything interferes, be certain you do it when you can. What you receive will always be of God — truth. Afterward, lay the open pages on the altar. Read them over to make certain you have heard rightly. If something in it sounds off or unlawful, ask for an explanation or interpretation, even if you have to rewrite the whole thing. Listen again. Giving only law is the best and safest way. If you work any other way, you are placing yourself once more as a medium, not as a mediator-oracle. Sorry — this is law. You must choose, then stick to it.

Great-grandma said, "Least said, soonest mended." You are accountable for every word now. You have decided to do it the best way, and not lend yourself to inspired writing until you see clearly who is talking and you know how to interpret exactly. Sometimes I have asked the speaker to repeat it a dozen different ways until I know what he means, not just what the words sound like. Some day, when we have finished this discussion, you can use these letters as lessons. – Edna Lister, November 10, 1944.

You cannot work to please anyone, no matter how much you love them. I can warn and outline, but the choice is yours. Hold your people high, close, and firmly. Keep them working at law. Do not allow them to wander all over, pleasing themselves. You are the teacher of this class, under God. Instruct them repeatedly on this.

Do not ask for guidance, rather, ask for mystic guardians to aid in your and their protection and for divine illumination. You cannot receive any higher than your own asking. This is law. The task is to lift the world's vibration into an understanding of the mystic vibration. If you follow instructions, Light will fully protect you. You have chosen, now hold it. If you desire to move without protection, it is your choice. You may choose to be in or out, but you cannot have both. – Edna Lister, November 10, 1944.

Live each day giving of yourself in service to His little ones, and in so doing you will earn ever greater rewards. You will receive inspiration for writing as you give more time for pondering. Go deeply into the golden silence by lifting yourself in prayer to the throne of God. There you will receive. When you return, immediately write what you have received, though it is but a line. Gradually you will find it will piece together until you can put it into form. Just keep trying and you shall be rewarded. – Edna Lister, December 30, 1944.

You are in no danger as long as you follow law and stay well within the circle of Light the Father has placed around you. When you can fully see and hear spiritually, as well as "feel" a presence, you will have reached the point of discrimination where you can protect yourself. Be satisfied to go slowly and take no chances. When you hear, think you see or even feel, enter the silence before your altar and close your eyes quietly — then watch. In every prayer or silence, watch for our Lord Jesus. You will see him first as a Son of Man, meaning as a form. Listen first for his voice. You will soon hear it.

Write what you hear, or think you hear under these circumstances, in your own soul-book. You can check with me later. Above all, follow the orders of the golden silence. A mediator is never possessed by an entity, but only o'ershadowed by his or her great guard or the Master. You will remain conscious at all times when o'ershadowed in Spirit, knowing, seeing and hearing. Yet, you may not be able to recall what has been said later, any better than you can recall a phone conversation if you listened while others talked. You would need to remember in both cases, by having the Master open the records to you. Yet, as your training continues, you must be fully conscious in your own person. Only so, can you remain protected against "wanderers" of the low planes. Only trance mediums are unconscious in their bodies while another possesses them. – Edna Lister, January 4, 1945.

It pays great dividends to seek advice first, before acting, no matter how sure you feel, or how right it seems. Just the act of seeking advice gives you millions of credits. It proves that you mean your surrender. Prayers are not simply words. They are being and doing on the inner, while those of earth-consciousness pray with words. This is your reward for giving up everything for the golden silence. You can truly see and hear only in the golden silence. You cannot be objective and inner-minded together. This is the Pearl of Great Price. – Edna Lister, January 18, 1945.

A medium deals with earth and its problems. He makes no vows of becoming or obedience to law. A mediator sees in symbols not of earth, and because of the inner grade of substance, uses her brain cells to hear, not her ears. A mediator is a seer and prophet because she dares to speak. – Edna Lister, April 27, 1945.

An oracle is an o'ershadowed person through whom the Masters speak. An oracle is one whose vision and hearing expand beyond the physical range. A Master can use the brain cells and vocal cords of an oracle or mediator. An oracle must become selfless, must become the law. An oracle asks nothing for self, but is vowed and consecrated to become a living ensample of perfection just as fast as he or she can achieve it. – Edna Lister, August 10, 1947.

In learning to see spiritually, just keep at it, pay attention to all details and set aside practice time for looking into the invisible. – Edna Lister, February 10, 1948.

Use all possible time to your advantage spiritually. In learning to see spiritually, you first stand, as if in a fog, and attempt to see the top of the tree above you, hidden in the fog. Look intently as you stand still and listen with your soul, as if watching, in an attitude of stillness that seeks to ascend to fire. What you have gained, you can hold. Hold the little self up in the Light where the soul can absorb it. To hold there is true ascension. – Edna Lister, January 1, 1949.

A mediator stands at the respiratory rate of balance between the higher and the lower nerve and endocrine centers. A breathing balance is an "alive" balance. A medium on a lower plane, who has a high, spiritual outlook, becomes the respiratory rate of balance between the Psychic Plane and earth. The medium operates in the same way as a mediator, but from earth to the Gates, while a mediator starts at the Gates and continues into heaven. A medium can lower the vibration of white Light, but a mediator can raise the earth vibration in a room for others, until they can recognize each other.

All you can do to substance is to raise it or lower its rate of vibration. Illness is an example of a lowered rate of vibration. Clairvoyance and clairaudience deal with rates below and above the tones on a piano. The gifts of the seer and prophet deal with those tones above the audible. Everyone sees and hears on his own rate of vibration, the one on which he vibrates. Everything hinges on the law of responsibility. The one who has a higher sense of responsibility for his actions vibrates at a higher rate.

At night, say, "What a glorious day I have had. Thank You for all the debt I have lifted for the world and the wonderful things of this day. Tomorrow I shall do —" The words used and Power released are the same, higher or lower. Plan your life hour by hour. – Edna Lister, September 3, 1949.

Light is the basis of all form. A mediator raises the vibration of people and lowers the vibration of spiritual substance until they are on the same level. – Edna Lister, November 25, 1949.

Spiritual speculation upward, not horizontally, is a method of opening the mysteries. Spiritual speculation goes up with the facts of truth, but intellectual speculation arouses all fears. To see spiritually, focus your eyes between the room where you are, and the clouds. You listen to the Voice of God with your brain cells. – Edna Lister, December 13, 1949.

Remember, the path to receiving high information is opened by listening to the voice when it cautions you not to say or do certain old off-color things. Every time you listen and obey law, you see or hear something higher. – Edna Lister, June 19, 1950.

Since the 1930s, other metaphysicians have said that I give too much in my lectures, while they saved it up and stretched it out for additional classes. I always knew that every time I emptied my pitcher, God would add more. My choice has always been for the inner, not worldly success. I came to earth with no consciousness of my soul records, where I came from or why I was here.

The challenge of evil has always been that the one who comes to teach truth must know nothing, their heavenly contact must be cut off completely. Yet we must still prove that we could return to heaven and return to earth. Although I did not know this, a line of Light was always moving up before me, and I followed it to the throne. I always saw it, and I could climb. I saw cities but did not know where they were. Finally I climbed to the throne of the Mercy Seat. I knew that when that line stopped, I would be at my Source.

At age twelve I knew that "greater works than these shall ye do" included Transfiguration. I accepted Jesus the Christ as my Lord, and no other. I knew my only protection would be to shelter under his robe. We must ascend the body, because Gethsemane, Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension still lie ahead. Churches talk about "taking up the cross" without mentioning the Crucifixion. Metaphysicians talk about Resurrection. Jesus said that Ascension is the necessity, but people expect to do the greater works without ascending the body. December 5, 1925, I decided I would believe nothing but what came from the Master's lips. Since then, I have touched nothing but ascension.

I started campaigning with Dr. Boyd January 9, 1927, and have never stopped submitting to inner initiation since. I could always see spiritually, and knew I was working for God at night. In October 1936, I prayed, "Please Father, open the Gates of Heaven. If no one else comes along, I will do it." The Gates were opened for me because I obeyed and began to see and knew "under orders" that I had climbed. I prayed and sacrificed self and with each of my great soul experiences, I was enticed to remain at that level, but I had become accustomed to ascending in the Light. – Edna Lister, October 23, 1952.

To extend your vision above, think of something and extend your vision up to it. You do something by moving up. It is a mental arrangement, a point of seeing with the all-seeing eye, the imaginative faculty. You can turn the imagination faculty down or up. You waste 90 percent of the energy you create in your body by using the imaginative faculty for silly things. When you extend it for good, you can accomplish anything.

Read Dimnit's The Art of Thinking, which is about abstract or picture thinking. You harness imagination and build a picture of what you plan. This is what you must do to see beyond the veil. For true vision, turn your camera lens up to God. Pray yourself into the golden silence. How far does your vision extend? With extended vision you enter some infinite, eternal dimension. You have no sense of space or of time passing, you are there. You must rise and not be earth-bound.

The length of time it takes you is according to the degree of your burning desire. Seeing and hearing is a matter of practice. Focus your eyes on the Light. The less self-conscious you are, the farther you can see. You get tangled in phenomena when you listen for something. – Edna Lister, December 4, 1952.

You hear with your ears, but must listen to God with your brain cells open. When you are in training for places where no mistakes or blunders are permissible, you must be able to hear God's answer the first time in less than a second for thought travels faster than the speed of light to be impressed on your brain cells.

Hearing mystically is not hard, but the training to focus yourself totally in one direction faster than light, every vital center, every brain cell, every gland as one, is difficult. The training in this age is doubly difficult because it must be self-training, then submitting to soul training, rigid and constant. Your capacity is limitless; if you were in a Temple where nothing interferes, a few days would suffice to polish your hearing, but your interpretation would be off 90 percent of the time because self still claims hours of your attention.

The training must be even more rigid now, for it is necessary to balance earth experience with heavenly illumination. We call this “tying earth to thy heaven,” lifting it into heaven, not dragging heaven down to touch it. All past training has been for this one point in time. You are ready for the polishing, and earth is in travail to receive it. Now is the time. – Edna Lister, May 22, 1959.

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Stories That Illustrate Spiritual Seeing and Hearing

Daniel Describes His Soul Vision: I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him... . I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things. – Daniel 7:13, 15-16.

How God Made Samuel His Prophet: And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision. And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see; and ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; that the Lord called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I. And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou called me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down. And the Lord called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed unto him. And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the Lord had called the child. Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth. And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end. For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever.

And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the Lord. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision. Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I. And he said, What is the thing that the Lord hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee. And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good. And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord. And the Lord appeared again in Shiloh: for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord. – 1 Samuel 3.

Elijah Hears the Still, Small Voice: [Elijah, fearing Jezebel, who had sworn to kill him, had traveled to Horeb, the mountain of God.] And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God. And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord.

And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks 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. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

And the Lord said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria: And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room. And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay. Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him. – 1 Kings 19:9-18.

Elijah's Mantle of Prophecy Falls on Elisha: And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel. And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace. And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho. And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace. And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the Lord hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on.

And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan. And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground. And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; and he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over. And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him. – 2 Kings 2:1-15.

Elisha and the Chariots of Fire: Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp. And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down. And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice.

Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel? And one of his servants said, None, my Lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber. And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan. Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.

And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. – 2 Kings 6:8-17.

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Old Testament on Seeing and Hearing

Though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. – Isaiah 30:20-21.

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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 –1971
The original Pioneering Mystic
minister, teacher, and author

Edna Lister

Etymology of clairvoyant: French clairvoyant "seeing clearly," from clair "clear" + voyant "seeing," from Latin videre "to see"; earlier it was used in the sense "clear‑sighted person."

Etymology of clairaudient: French clairaudient "hearing clearly," Old French audience, from Latin clair "clear" + audentia "a hearing, listening," from audire "to hear,"

Seeing and hearing (clairvoyance and clairaudience) are soul faculties.


This sign I have had ever since I was a child. The sign is a voice which comes to me and always forbids me to do something which I am going to do, but never commands me to do anything. – Plato, Apology of Socrates


Plato. "Apology of Socrates," Dialogues of Plato: Containing the Apology of Socrates, Crito, Phaedo, and Protagoras. Benjamin Jowett, translator. New York: The Colonial Press, 1899, 26.

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), Public Domain.

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