Self-Exaltation

Self is "a permanent subject of successive and varying states of consciousness; what one is at a particular time or in a particular aspect or relation, one's nature, character, or sometimes physical constitution or appearance, considered as different at different times."

Philosophically stated, self is the ego, often identified with the soul or mind as opposed to the body; Psychologically, self is an assemblage of characteristics and dispositions that we may conceive as constituting one of various conflicting personalities within a human being.

Self-exaltation is the glorification of the self at the expense of the soul's God-consciousness, the inflation of self-image to the detriment of character.



Edna Lister on Self-Exaltation

It profits no soul to gain a point of earth in desire for self‑exaltation and lose even a degree of place in heaven. It profits no soul to be exalted in reputation on earth and lose character of soul in heaven. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 1, 1938.

Self-satisfaction is the curse of all earth expressions; it stultifies the soul itself. When the little self grows and expands in self-satisfaction, in self-exaltation, in self-pity or any other self-thing, it draws the soul substance down into itself, leaving it withered and almost extinct. To inflate the little self is a death in very deed of truth. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 14, 1939.

Selfishness, disregard for the suffering of others, greed in any form and misuse of Power for self-exaltation will cause a man to sink lower on the path of retrogression, which can continue until he has less consciousness than the creature when it first starts its upward climb. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941, 1987.

Whenever self enters, and one desires greater outer exaltation and recognition, it disturbs the vibration, which soon moves through all Power released, diluting its ability to cover transgressions. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 2, 1942.

Only the very small self, using Power to its own exaltation, can hold you back now, or ever take any gains from you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 26, 1944.

The ascending Elect may not use the Power for selfish gain or outer exaltation of fame. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 5, 1946.

You become earthbound if you lend your name to exalt the self, and cannot ascend until you wipe out the last debts. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 13, 1949.

Those filled with self-exaltation, smugness, self-satisfaction and a feeling of virtuousness are unhappy unless they can force everyone else to do it their way; they are square pegs in round holes. – Edna Lister, Prayer: The Soul's Aspiration, June 7, 1953.

Self always plans for its own advancement and exaltation. – Edna Lister, Unquenchable Love and Unconquerable Faith, April 4, 1954.

The opposite of humility is self‑exaltation. – Edna Lister, Jesus, the Teacher, October 3, 1954.

Self-exaltation sees everyone who pointed a finger at you. – Edna Lister, Jesus, the Teacher, October 3, 1954.

Jesus said, "Even if I bear witness of myself, yet my witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going." – John 8:14. He also said, "If I honor myself, my honor is nothing. It is my Father who honors me." – John 8:54. These declarations strike a delicate balance between boasting, bragging, exalting self, and speaking about God to entice and persuade others to follow law and seek the Father through impersonal service. – Edna Lister, Before Abraham Was, I AM, March 18, 1956.

To fear praise is the outer sign of an inner, well hidden personal self-exaltation. – Edna Lister, The Lord Has Need of Thee, March 25, 1956.

When you say "I" about any personal achievement, you are probably boasting. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 6, 1957.

Love does not parade itself. – 1 Corinthians 13:4 means don't blow your own horn. – Edna Lister, As the World Sees Me, June 22, 1958.

Any thought of self, "how great I am" or "where I am" – lands you on the bottom. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 13, 1958.

Self‑exaltation is a lack of the Love of God. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 20, 1958.

The physical heart that contains feelings of self aggrandizement cannot ascend as high as you may wish. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 4, 1959.

If you stand before the Supreme, conscious of your present small size, you cannot exalt the self. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 18, 1959.

Your service shall be your exaltation. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 2, 1960.

All your petty demonstrations of "I will" and "I won't," and every boast you have ever made confronts you on the Via Christa, because weyouare scraping clean all your taints of the past. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 27, 1961.

Every self‑exaltation digs a hole for you to fall into, and dirt slides in and anchors you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 5, 1963.

Any taints, i.e., pride, self-pity, blame, "holier than thou" attitude, self-righteousness, self-aggrandizement or self-exaltation, shows on the face and betrays you if you do not cleanse it. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 13, 1964.

Pride can contain bizarre elements, not just one emotion; it is a composite of all the rest: Competition, getting ahead of the Joneses, arrogance, self-exaltation, playing God. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 12, 1967.

Any taint of self‑exaltation will burst out despite your self‑control. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 31, 1968.

Unless your preparatory work is sufficient and your desire is burning hot enough to return home, you may succumb to taints of self, which turn unto a disastrous self-exaltation. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 6, 1968.

Every statement you make is dedicated to you. You must prove every declaration you make about yourself. – Edna Lister, Faith Complete Now, November 15, 1970.

Self‑exaltation will hold you back. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 4, 1971.

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Etymology of self: Old English self, sylf, "self, same."

Etymology of exaltation: Old French exaltacion "enhancement, elevation," from Latin exaltationem (nom. exaltatio) "elevation, pride," from exaltare "exalt."


Self-exaltation is a soul taint.


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), Public Domain.


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