Selfishness

To be selfish is to be "caring unduly for oneself; regarding one's own comfort, advantage, etc., in disregard, or at the expense, of that of others."

Selfishness puts the cares, thoughts, concerns and welfare of the self first, places self at the center of the universe and is utterly untrustworthy. Selfishness is a soul taint and a sin.


Edna Lister on Selfishness

When you breathe deeply and say, "As oil mingles with oil, as water mingles with water, as air mingles with air, so does my life expand and mingle with the Life of God," you lift every selfish and willful desire up to be purified and they return, at one with God. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Lectures, January 31, 1933.

When parents do for their children in deep love because they want to do, not because they must or because the world demands it, the children are not made selfish, only deeply appreciative. However, when parents give grudgingly and talk about the giving, children grow hateful, cold and selfish, thinking they might as well enjoy and get all they can because their parents don't really care anyhow. – Edna Lister, Undated Correspondence, 1934.

You are selfish in your application of the principles of Love and Wisdom until you fuse them with the principle of Selflessness, which balances Love and Wisdom. – Edna Lister, Imagination, March 1, 1934.

Oil well drillers use a diamond faceted drill bit to cut down into the earth. You drill upward for principle. Faith is your self-sharpening diamond drill bit that penetrates the crust of your intellectual selfishness. – Edna Lister, Recognizing Our Good, April 22, 1934.

Selfishness pushes against Power. – Edna Lister, Willingness, January 22, 1936.

Watch in humility lest you lay the train of selfishness in your consciousness, which might break out in ages to come. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 6, 1938.

God's Power has not stopped working; only men's ideas of that power stopping has held the world back because of selfishness and greed. God's Love is still lifting, still healing. And when your heart is clear on the subject, when your mind is fully cleansed of all silly opinions and worse prejudices, all will move forward under the Light. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 29, 1940.

No sin against God is so great as pure selfish indifference to the cry of your fellow man. As long as one child of God suffers in pain, starvation, cold and dies alone while another has enough and shares it not with his brother, he shall be indicted before the Throne of God as being in sin. He shall suffer also for the greatest sin of all, lukewarmness to God in prayer and faith, and indifference to the suffering of a brother. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 20, 1942.

Anything you desire of the Lord, and believe you can have, deeply, truly and with no thought of fear, anything that is not a selfish demand and will be for the good of all, is possible for you to give – it is possible. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 30, 1942.

Self interest is always focused inward, and is selfish. – Edna Lister, The Still Waters of Intuition, May 24, 1942.

Pray for hidden things to be uncovered now. Let Power move through to open all gates of darkness so that no selfishness or greed may disturb your plans for Light. When it comes, lift it! – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 28, 1942.

Selfishness causes neglect of others and lack of true helpful interest in them and in their affairs. Be yourself with a companionable dignity. Be a friend to all. Think not of self or what they may or may not think of you. Think of them and their needs, ignoring all else. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 28, 1944.

Indifference, lukewarmness and selfishness are reasons for not completing a job or leaving it for another to finish. This may cause another to waste time in blame, irritation or condemnation. The one who left it undone must pay the debt. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 23, 1945.

No selfishness, supplied by the subconscious through reasoning, is allowed ever. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 10, 1945 .

A selfish soul is an unhealthy soul. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 19, 1945 .

To be impersonal in love means to love and love and love until you reach a place of ecstasy, then continue loving without ever asking anything for self, without expecting or demanding love from anyone in the outer. Just loving because the love of God possesses you so that it must press forth as you, yet forever pouring forth more upon everyone, even those who despitefully use you. You cannot love enough.

Love cannot be static, which is not love, but is born of selfishness. Love is active; it burns, it flames, it moves out and up. The world has thought that to be impersonal is to be cold. Selfishness is cold, ruthlessly personal. To love impersonally, you must do all the loving without regard about where it falls, on stony or fertile ground, or how anyone receives it. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 27, 1945.

When one is still letting self rule instead of soul, they cry, "Lord, look into my heart and judge its purity," instead of seeking the selfish cause of their self-pity. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 28, 1945.

Whenever emotion plays a part in decision-making, self has entered, that little foul devil, just waiting to rear its head at the slightest indication. You can recognize selfishness whenever you offer an excuse, ask why, or hold any emotion about what you do. Lift it immediately. Watch, and you will be able to see what you are doing and saying, able to ascend, lift it, and dig it out immediately. Work at sacrificing it. The slightest resentment shows that the self is in control. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 14, 1945.

Analyze your actions to determine whether they are dictated by emotional or mental selfishness. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 14, 1945.

Give, yet make no one selfish. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 17, 1947.

Selfishness shows in small things. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 2, 1947.

No amount of hard work makes up for selfishness. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 20, 1947.

Never use the mystic eye for selfishness or you will destroy yourself. – Edna Lister, The Twelve Tribes, June 22, 1948.

The creator, who is becoming law under the final three degrees, knows that the first misstep softens morale and the moral stance, making the second mistake easier. Weakened moral fiber inevitably leads to the point where only selfish desires remain. – Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.

The one unforgivable sin is to lose, or give up through selfishness, the point of Power you have attained through sacrifice of the self. Hold the point you have gained, for it is one way we can save the world. Never lose your point or leave it by saying, "I can't accept that." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 19, 1951.

It is selfish to be unwilling to share with another. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 14, 1952.

War is how nations use free will in selfishness and negativity. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 19, 1953.

The little self, using Power selfishly, creates force. – Edna Lister, I Surrender, July 4, 1954.

Growing a soul desire that conquers the world is a process of convincing selfishness to give itself up for soulishness. – Edna Lister, The Light: Your Expression, November 4, 1956.

When another needs wise speech and you do not speak, it is selfishness. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 7, 1957.

When grief becomes excessive, it turns into a form of selfishness and possessive demands of others. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 17, 1958.

It is a fallacy that if you give of love, the other fellow will become more selfish. What the other fellow expresses shows the degree of love he has grown to expect to receive. He will reflect it in his reaction to your love, or to every remaining negative, selfishness, resentment, irritation and self‑pity or pride in your subconscious. The reaction you get depends upon your love. You can love enough to change his expectation. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 13, 1958.

Rationalization is usually the puerile and sentimental application of completely selfish reasoning. – Edna Lister, Ephraim, Manasseh and Prophecy, November 11, 1958.

Selfishness is a sedative to the soul and hates any vibration that disturbs it. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 13, 1958.

Sentimentality is usually just flowery words to cover up your selfishness. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 15, 1958.

You eventually get your miracles, but less the deductions of your taints of selfishness. – Edna Lister, "How Great Is Your All," Crusading Quarterly, January 1959.

Emotional insecurities are rooted in selfishness and possessiveness. – Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.

Seek your relationship to the original pattern of the Via Christa and leave ignorance and selfishness behind. Selfishness is the result of the sin of separateness (separation). Science and religion both teach selfishness, in that the first rule of life is self-preservation. The result of this is "me first" and the creed of materialism. As you walk the Via Christa, love enters and cures this. – Edna Lister, The 33 Degrees of Soul Conquering, October 27, 1959.

No selfish person is happy. – Edna Lister, Steadfastness Through Vigilance, June 19, 1960.

Give up the ballast of self, all the selfishness that is not square with God. – Edna Lister, Here and Hereafter, October 9, 1960.

When your burning desire is to be faithful, it excels all personal selfishness. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 7, 1962.

The prayers of missionaries and the countless millions of alcoholics and prostitutes have been more acceptable and done more to keep earth in balance than all the selfish metaphysical statements in the world. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 17, 1962.

Overly intellectual abstract thinking can be as weakening as selfish thinking or emotions that can lead to self‑delusion. – Edna Lister, Fourteen Stations of the Cross, April 17, 1962.

Selfishness can dilute love. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 16, 1963.

Investing your soul substance in another is selfish possession. When you possess another, you use your soul substance to establish an inverted sagging earthly umbilical cord that you trip over and fall into – you can even lose your body doing this. You must withdraw all possessive lines, which cause a lack of energy and abundance in your material affairs. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 27, 1963.

The selfish prayers may not be answered. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 3, 1963.

Your bits of selfishness allow darkness. Lift the bits. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 5, 1963.

"If it's God's will" is nothing but a trite statement used to cover complete selfishness. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 13, 1963.

The Gates of Light are not locked ever, but they are heavy to move if approached with a pin point's worth of an earth taint in selfishness. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 30, 1964.

Even a selfish soul is forever seeking to make up the sacrifices that he should make, but chooses to make the sacrifice on something that will glorify the self. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 4, 1965.

As you ascend, recording angels note every hurt, every struggle in the Book of Life. Even when you are selfish or filled with sorrow or self-pity, you are credited with learning your lessons. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 20, 1966.

Selfishness in love always breeds despair. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 12, 1967.

When grief becomes excessive, it turns into a form of selfishness and possessive demands of others. – Edna Lister, All Healing Comes Through Beauty of Soul, May 16, 1967 .

Where there is no desire to live higher, but only the desire to have one's own selfish way, the resistance against Power is inevitable; it causes confusion and upsets the individual's rhythm. Instead of smoothing the way, it throws the one who resists into cross vibrations he cannot control. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 21, 1969.

To watch for and listen to your own reactions is not selfish, but is soul training the infant of self. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 30, 1969.

One by one, you batter down the strongholds of entrenched selfishness. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

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Etymology of selfish: Old English self, sylf, "self, same" + -ish, "concerned or preoccupied with."


Selfishness is a soul taint.

Selfishness is a sin.




Quotes

Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without himself. – Henry Ward Beecher

All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Number 21

Those who live to the future must always appear selfish to those who live to the present. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Character


References

Beecher, Henry Ward. Life Thoughts: Gathered from the Extemporaneous Discourses of Henry Ward Beecher. Boston: Phillips, Sampson & Co., 1858, 140.

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay, Number 21. S. Austin Allibone, compiler. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1880; Bartleby.com, 2011 [accessed March 2, 2017].

____. "Character," Essays: First and Second Series, Second Series. Boston:Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1883, 102.

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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