Thinking

We define thinking as "thought, cogitation, meditation, mental action or activity." To think is "to form in the mind, conceive (a thought); to have in the mind as a notion, an idea; to do in the way of mental action; to reason about or reflect on; ponder; to decide by reasoning, reflection, or pondering; to judge or regard."

Thought is "the act or process of thinking; cogitation; a product of thinking; the faculty of thinking or reasoning; the intellectual activity or production of a particular time or group; consideration; attention."

Thinking is how you apply all your mental faculties, using logic, reason, discretion, discrimination and discernment to chart your course in life. You may think on a continuum ranging from utterly selfish and subjective to sublimely objective and Godlike. Thinking is an abstract principle, a law of doing, and a faculty.











Edna Lister on Thinking

If you have an enemy, that one is your master; one whom you hate is your master. Obtain mastery, which is freedom over hate and negative thoughts. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Lectures, January 16, 1933.

You are always releasing Power; you determine what it does in the outer world by how you use it, and the nature of our thoughts, emotions and pictures in imagination. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Lectures, January 29, 1933.

The thoughts you send out, clothed in words, judge you. You create something with every thought you hold. Your every word judges you. – Edna Lister, Sermon on the Mount, February 1, 1933.

Every thought, emotion and picture of imagination creates helps to build the body you wear. – Edna Lister, Personality Plus, February 20, 1933.

Adultery includes any unclean thought or emotion. A negative thought is an adulterated truth. – Edna Lister, Recognizing Our Good, April 22, 1934.

All thoughts are constructive or destructive, and you must bring them all before the judge of conscience, for self-review. – Edna Lister, The Dividing Line, May 27, 1934.

Thought has no power in or of itself. The power in thought is the power behind that which formulates thought, Mind. The degree of the one Mind back of thought determines its power and conviction. – Edna Lister, Desire, September 5, 1934.

The Word is that thought within, which is changeless, Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. – Matthew 24:35. – Edna Lister, The Word, September 18, 1934.

There is one God, one Mind, one Power, and one Substance. Thus, the whole world, the whole universe is related. One act affects the world. The vibration of thoughts and of words permeates the earth's atmosphere within twenty-four hours. You cannot even think alone. – Edna Lister, Psychology's Relation to Metaphysics, September 24, 1934.

You can train the muscles of the body. You must learn to train the thoughts of the mind and practice the presence of Christ. – Edna Lister, Vicarious Atonement, March 20, 1935.

Words are first ideas and thoughts, which you must work to interpret to present as words. Thought is the medium between the idea and the word. Your thoughts must be of the truth of reality, of realization, and recognition. Develop the habit of right thinking, and using the right words. Every man's word shall be his burden. – Jeremiah 23:36, so make yours as light as a balloon. Prayer can remove mountains when you fast from habits of negative thinking, and negative words. Opinions distort your vision. Faith as clear as glass is perfection. Opinions are obstructions that distort your glass. – Edna Lister, Prayer: The Broad Highway, May 15, 1935.

Logic treats the law of normal thinking or the science of thought. – Edna Lister, What Philosophy Deals With, September 3, 1935.

Thought produces all form, in your body and the world. As you develop your medium of control, you understand that back of all form is the corresponding mental structure. You build the mental structure first. A word is a description of a thought impression. A sentence is a group of thoughts expressed in words, as symbols. You extend thought into materiality through words and with outer expressions. All life is made up of a series of thinking in affirmation and denial. Everything you say infers the opposite. Thought is intelligent acceptance of the desirable, an intelligent rejection of the undesirable. – Edna Lister, Affirmation and Denial, September 11, 1935.

When you succumb to an emotional jag, you have allowed yourself to become the dumping ground for others' thoughts. – Edna Lister, Affirmation and Denial, September 11, 1935.

Being, in any form, determines thought; thought does not determine being. – Edna Lister, Philosophy, September 16, 1935.

Finite thought must find its object, while infinite thought creates its object by becoming that object. Therefore, the universe is the self-creating organism of the Infinite Intelligence. It is an organism because it lives and grows, whereas a machine neither lives nor grows. – Edna Lister, The Theory of Knowing, November 4, 1935.

Creation always proceeds from the unseen to seen, from thought to thing. – Edna Lister, The Theory of Being, November 25, 1935.

Creation is God's thought manifest in form. The action in God's Mind results in the reaction in man. Man's every action is a spiritual reaction. – Edna Lister, Philosophy, December 9, 1935.

Principle forms the framework of thought. All thinking involves a set of mental principles. You think just as you walk, without consciousness of the process. You must distinguish between thinking and the principles involved. you cannot see law, but you can see its effects. – Edna Lister, Philosophy, December 23, 1935.

The stream of thought is a psychological process that has no spatial qualities. You may hold ideas of weight and size in mind or in a dream, yet ideas and dreams have no weight or size. You may hold ideas of space and distance, but no distance or space exists between ideas. Your thought of square is not a square thought. Your thought of sour is not sour. Your thought of freezing is not cold, nor is your idea of fire hot. The distance from earth to the sun is 92 million miles, but that thought is not 92 million miles long. You must distinguish between the qualities of thought considered as a mental act and the qualities of the thought object, which the thought grasps. – Edna Lister, Philosophy, December 30, 1935.

As a being in existence, you must first become conscious and aware, you must know that you exist before you can do any thinking. In a world of Platonic Ideas, any sort of concept, idea or thought has an existence on its own plane of consciousness. Imagiation grasps the Platonic Idea. Children live in an imaginative world; adults usually do not. – Edna Lister, Philosophy, January 27, 1936.

When you have completely given up thinking that you are a postage stamp that someone licks and says "Do this, do that," you will have arrived as a Master. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 13, 1938.

Always strive to be more tolerant in your thoughts and statements. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 25, 1938.

Remember, recall, keep in mind always what you have earned through deep sacrifice of self. Allow no self-centered thought to creep in and take it from you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 31, 1938.

Let all thoughts be of constructive nature, always ascending into the Light, their Source and substance. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 1, 1939.

You have moments of mental malpractice when you think negative thoughts about others. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 2, 1940.

Think only upon the things of good repute. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 29, 1940.

You store every thought, everything seen or heard, all the pictures an unguided, unbridled imagination can build in this realm of subconscious mind. It all lays waiting for something outside to knock at the door, for self to push it open and come trooping out, much to your unsuspecting, unprepared surprise.

This process is natural: Vagrant thoughts swarm into consciousness, often shocking the self-satisfied person. The subconscious also holds many records of matters you have only seen or heard and in which you have not actively participated.

Self has only one method of releasing itself, which is exactly as a seed or bulb opens and sends shoots to the surface for light. The doors of memory open (dreams being the most common "door-openers") and out and up shoots that which needs release – old repressions, old memory impressions of thought, emotions or imagination.

In the past, when such thoughts finally reached your surface consciousness, you probably repressed them, immediately disowned them and closed the door to their release without asking to whom they did belong, if not to you. You hide such thoughts again because you do not like them, they embarrass you, you fear them. Ignoring, denying and pushing such thoughts back and down gives the past power over you today.

If old thoughts and fears arise for lifting while you are praying, instantly stop and lift them. The secret of freedom is to never again try to close these old ideas into the subconscious darkroom. Lift the old into the Light and continue lifting while such thoughts come into the conscious mind. Until you completely erase them from memory, you will remember them. You forget old thoughts and fears when you completely erase them. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

You gain true mastery by conquering, not by just controlling your thoughts, emotions or pictures of imagination. Yet control of self is the first step in conquering. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

Think not of self or things of earth. Think of God. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 30, 1941.

Every thought, desire and picture of imagination is a seed. Some produce weeds, others make flowers. – Edna Lister, Open Doors, March 15, 1942.

The Word is mental, a thought before it is spoken. – Edna Lister, The Word Became Flesh, April 26, 1942.

Hasty thinking, even if lifted immediately, is not good enough. Your thoughts must be only of good instantly. Lift each dark thought then refuse them the use your faculties. No more entertaining dark thoughts, imaginings or petty self-centered feelings about the world or others. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 4, 1942.

Let your mind rest in joy, so that even your thinking may be full of the joy of the Lord. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 9, 1942.

You have mental powers of induction, deduction and analysis. Your job is to analyze as you go, without concentrating on the subconscious, which will always induct from the outer. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 30, 1944.

You think you appreciate. You think you know law. You think this and that in your conceit of still unredeemed self. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 2, 1944.

Be constant in your thinking and determination to strive and struggle with life itself until you have won. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 8, 1945.

The thoughts and emotions behind the words are what needs lifting. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 4, 1945.

The only difficult action in soul ascension is thinking about it. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 29, 1945.

You train your muscles and nerves to be obedient servants to your will, and so must you train your thoughts and emotions in obedience. – Edna Lister, Atonement, January 5, 1947.

Guard your thinking. Take a split second to lift in Light. Let it become automatic as you work. Lift each thought so that you are not guilty of negative creation. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 14, 1947.

The Light of God finishes what began as a thought or idea in the mind of man. Light sets the keynote in the mind of the one who is lifting. – Edna Lister, Jesus' Prayer of the Ages, April 27, 1947.

As you ascend in consciousness, you occasionally enable the Oversoul to o'ershadow you. Consciousness is an essence in the body, the fluid substance of tone with which you do your thinking. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 26, 1947.

When high in consciousness, in the five pointed Oversoul Star of Being, you can see in five directions spiritually. When you use mind, the faculties and thinking process from above, you see and are poised. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 20, 1947.

Unless you lift the self before you use mind and faculties, they are clouded and the stream is muddied. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 20, 1947.

Some people never get beyond the pages of a book. They hold themselves between the covers and pack themselves down inside to think about it. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 27, 1947.

You use the same brain cells, glands and emotional life to pleasure self or to create. Ascend and think above your hair. The world is in chaos because we have not acted as creator gods. The choice of action is ours. Someone must start thinking as a creator god. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 10, 1947.

For the overly analytical: Self takes over when you "stop and think about it." Instead of "I think," ask "Oh, Father, what is the answer" with no fear of "I hope I give the right answer." Remain confident, stay up, and know that the Father will help you. This is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. – John 6:39. Declare, "All that the Father hath is mine to use." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 9, 1947.

Do not permit emotions to rule when you choose. Apply logic, reason, discretion, discrimination and discernment to all the facts in the case. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 13, 1947.

You have been in bondage to what "I think," which closes your mind to all new. Then you do not move up in consciousness. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 15, 1947.

Think, do not emote. Ascend and think in the Light, first. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 13, 1947.

Atomic substance is the mental substance that fills the brain cells. Most thinking consists of flashing pictures. An electronic substance carries thought essence as waves, just as you hear a radio. – Edna Lister, Seven Breaths, August 2, 1949.

As you move up in consciousness, "let go" of old thoughts, pictures and emotions, which lower your vibration. Clearing your thinking first is easiest, then deal with negative imagination and emotions. – Edna Lister, Pentecost: The Way of Ascension, May 7, 1950.

No brain is stronger than its "weakest think." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 3, 1950.

Negative thinking forms a black cloud entity, like a vulture. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 5, 1950.

Thoughts travel faster than light. – Edna Lister, The Candle of Glory, June 24, 1951.

If you want to live under your skull, you can "think about it," but you do have the privilege of expanding and ascending. You lose your place in a contracting universe because it cramps your style within the endless universal space. Expand and conquer. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 27, 1951.

When you center your thoughts on our needs, the needs multiply. – Edna Lister, The Challenge, March 15, 1952.

You can stop the power of the negative thought a criticizer sends, if you don't accept it. However, if you feel insulted or hurt, you are accepting the negativity. You give it a head, eyes, tail, stinger and power. – Edna Lister, The Golden Silence, September 28, 1952.

Some things cannot coexist in the same place: heat and cold, good and evil, light and dark. You can't hold dark thoughts or images and ascend. – Edna Lister, The Magic in the Sky, October 5, 1952.

Rationalization stifles great thought. – Edna Lister, The Great Challenge, November 23, 1952.

You are accountable for all your negative thoughts and imaginings. Thoughts orbit the world seven times and return to you. Negative people tune in on your negative thoughts and you become responsible for lifting what they add. You can tune in on others' negative broadcasts, too. This process works for good when the thoughts are good. – Edna Lister, Gifts and Giving, June 14, 1953.

Dissipation of the creative fire includes all darkness, negative thinking, speech and actions, not just sex. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 23, 1953.

Turn your thoughts from the world toward abstract beauty. – Edna Lister, The Golden Silence, June 18, 1954.

Acceptance of new ideas, thoughts and concepts means cracking the shell surrounding the old ideas, thoughts and concepts. – Edna Lister, I Arise, June 20, 1954.

To believe in an enemy creates an adversary, a dark cloud entity of force that clings to you. If a single "enemy" thought remains in your subconscious, you'll create an adversary. – Edna Lister, I Accept, June 27, 1954.

When you have offended someone without knowing why, your mental malpractice thoughts have struck them. – Edna Lister, Jesus, the Son of God, November 21, 1954.

Do not break the step whereon you stand by thinking of self. When you know it, you will believe it. When you just think you know it, you fall into the pit repeatedly. The only to overcome is to love God. Every time you take your mind off God, you sit in the quicksand. So you do not know it, you just think you know it. When you know God, you will not think you know anything. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 23, 1955.

You don't have to hate your neighbor to make him ill. Your thoughts permeate the atmosphere around you. Others can walk by and pick up whatever your vibration is. Just as germs are contagious, you can "catch" thoughts also. – Edna Lister, Now Is the High Time, December 11, 1955.

Thinking is based on facts. Ask when you do not have all the facts. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 26, 1956.

Stop "thinking" and love God. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 28, 1957.

You can do anything without subversive thinking. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 9, 1957.

All thoughts are stored in terms of remembered sensations and images of the external world. All thoughts, dreams or feelings come to you as combinations of these [electrochemical] "yes" and "no" responses. – Edna Lister, Conquering Space, October 15, 1957.

Only confusion can come from dragging thinking and vision into the world by lowering your shades on God's sunshine. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 2, 1958.

Yesterday's ideals become tomorrow's opinions and prejudices unless you add new thoughts to them today, because you outgrow the old. – Edna Lister, New Thought: The New World, June 29, 1958.

Comprehension always comes as a flash of soul knowing in devotion, in oneness with God when you immerse yourself in contemplative receptivity. Power uses you with every thought, conscious or unconscious. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 17, 1958.

When another wants you to be the "dumping ground" for his troubles, neutralize his thought processes with Light. Ask him what he thinks. It doubles your responsibility to know too much about another's problems. – Edna Lister, Brainwashing, Inc., October 19, 1958.

Quench not the spirit. – 1 Thessalonians 5:19 by giving thought to that which is not part of your ideal. – Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958.

The insignia of intellectualism is "I think." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 30, 1958.

We have only one Mind overall, "that mind which was in Christ Jesus." You use superconscious mind to register ideas from Mind and translate them into words, like turning a radio dial to tune a station. Your conscious mind's task is to listen to soul, but self is usually too busy asking "why." Superconscious mind maintains contact with God and uses conscious mind's faculties. Subconscious mind combines all your thoughts and impressions into a kind of mental "food." – Edna Lister, Being Without Self, November 2, 1958.

Thinking occurs in the Oversoul (super-conscious mind) just above the head. When you just think you are thinking, you close the crown lotus center like a trap door. Open the trap door. As you observe from above, using your soul equipment, the Light flows through your faculties. However, Power cannot penetrate the mental muddle unless you ascend to your Oversoul to stand and become an instrument for Light to use. – Edna Lister, Love Unquenchable, December 7, 1958.

Every thought builds a mold that follows you in the universal record. Send love to melt and dissolve the less than perfect. If you could see all your thought-forms, you would be horrified. – Edna Lister, Love Unquenchable, December 7, 1958.

Never say, "I think this is so." Say, "I wonder if it is," because "I think" leads to a swelled head and loss of vision. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 15, 1958.

Be aware of the words "I think." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 15, 1958.

Increase in knowledge. – Colossians 1:10 to open the door to wisdom and understanding. Study opens brain cells, exercises the mind and leaves little room for idle thoughts. This is one method of working out your own salvation. – Edna Lister, Desire Is Your Glory, June 14, 1959.

To attain the higher degrees of initiation, you must be mature enough to keep your conscious thoughts clean. – Edna Lister, The Mystical 33 Degrees, October 13, 1959.

Purify your thinking by fixing the consciousness in the superconscious Oversoul, leaving the faculties free for God to use under complete surrender to be an instrument of the Almighty. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 2, 1959.

It's a great sin not to practice "multiple thinking." You can think of many things at a time. "I AM shall never miss a trick today." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 22, 1960.

Everyone has the capacity for multiple thinking, seeing and hearing. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 22, 1960.

If you think negatively, you drop in consciousness to the land of Egypt. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 11, 1960.

The noblest thoughts can run along the surface while the subconscious runs on a subway of its own fears, using imagination for its picture building, which proves that you can live on two levels at once. – Edna Lister, What Is Healing, May 17, 1960.

Take no thought for your life. – Luke 12:22 means to spend no time worrying about it, just continue to climb. "Your life" is the doubtful, selfish "little me" disconnected from the Almighty. – Edna Lister, Consider the Lilies, May 29, 1960.

The undeviating desire, the attitude, the picture created, the thought formed, the gesture and more important, the spoken Word, you create these in the now, for the now to come, which you perceive as the future. – Edna Lister, Eternity Is Now, June 1960.

A cloud of loveliness and beauty forms for every good thought. – Edna Lister, Realization Through Praise, June 26, 1960.

Every strong, vitalized, quickened thought, every burning desire is a prayer. – Edna Lister, Increase Through High Prayer, July 3, 1960.

Thought is the liaison between the idea and its expression or action. – Edna Lister, Miracles Through Comprehension, July 10, 1960.

Grab your negative thoughts, ascend them, and change them into Light. – Edna Lister, The Ladder of Faith, December 18, 1960.

When you say to truth, "I never thought of it that way before," you have not thought. – Edna Lister, The Key to Integration of Soul and Spirit, June 6, 1961.

When you need an answer, ascend into the Light. Don't stop to "think about" what you want to say. The place to "think" is in the Light. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 24, 1961.

You unconsciously radiate pictures, emotions and thoughts from imagination, desire and thinking. People "get" you, and you "get" them back without a word spoken. Likewise, you may give others "a piece of your mind" or unasked advice. – Edna Lister, Our Key to Right Action, October 1, 1961.

Think right, act right, discard the negative thoughts and fill your mind with positive ideas. When you think with God, you act with God, as God. – Edna Lister, Identity: Your Hope of Glory, April 29, 1962.

John 1 tells how principle became personality as the vibration was lowered. God thought a form and created it: The Word became flesh and dwelt among us through the three great principles, Mind, Substance and Power. – Edna Lister, God as Personality and Principle, May 20, 1962.

When you say, "I think" to law, you are not in the Light. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 7, 1962.

Do not permit the subconscious to rule an inefficient metabolism by practicing wrong thinking. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 24, 1963.

When you say, "I thought" under a reprimand, you retrogress into excuses. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 25, 1963.

Those who have been trained in law are responsible. Your negative words will return to you instantly. You may be kicked before you speak because the reaction of law is now so fast that even a thought may trigger it. – Edna Lister, Your Sacred Light, November 10, 1963.

Lifting the soul comes from working by thought rather than the spoken Word, which might be argumentative. Think the good thought to the person when the spoken Word might be offensive. – Edna Lister, Heaven Is a State of Consciousness, November 19, 1963.

When you comprehend what you think you know, you will be loving God enough. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 12, 1964.

When you allow another to cause an earthquake within, it's your self! No one can get in to touch you, only what you think touches you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 20, 1964.

Examine every thought and word to see if it will be of value to you later. – Edna Lister, What Is Nonresistance?, May 23, 1965.

General statements of truth are a useless waste of time unless you back them with action and study. No body can make spiritual contact; you are the instrument of thought. – Edna Lister, Your Live Wire of Omnipotence, September 7, 1965.

When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place. – Matthew 6:6. To enter your room and close the door means to close out the sound of outer noise. Then close out emotional "sound waves," the "pull" of others' feelings, sorrow, anger or emotional pain. Then close out their mental "sound waves," the conflicting or demanding thoughts. Finally, stand in the golden silence, using your "open sesame" of praise. – Edna Lister, Eternal Youth Through Breathing, October 21, 1965.

When you reach as high as you can stretch for the Source, the wings of the Holy Spirit fan you into mental activity, awakening sleeping brain cells into complete thinking activity. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 17, 1966.

Think "up" when going from the mundane to the heights. Always declare, "I am in my Father's House." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 25, 1966.

Let no one else do your thinking for you. Senility is lack of use of recall, a lack of independent service. The instant one depends on another to be reminded of detail, senility begins to encroach and spread. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 2, 1967.

Let there be Light. – Genesis 1:3. You must think God's thoughts, if you are to have miracles. – Edna Lister, Right Action Through Obedience to Spiritual Laws, June 20, 1967.

Light absorbs darkness. Invoke Light and fill your aura as a protective sheath, or you may be bedeviled by everyone's thoughts. – Edna Lister, The Religion of Jesus, October 22, 1967.

You can be translated from the darkness of the little self: You can't think low thoughts if you stand ten feet tall, reaching for the Light. – Edna Lister, The Future of Religion, October 29, 1967.

Emotions and thoughts intertwine, and lift or make you heavy. – Edna Lister, Creating My Own Divine Security, November 19, 1967.

You need intellect in the mundane world, but if you find yourself thinking too much along horizontal lines, just take stock, move up in consciousness and stand at the Source, free in Light, praising God. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 16, 1968.

Remember who and what you are, and from which center you are thinking. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 16, 1968.

Every good thought is a challenge to darkness. – Edna Lister, Awareness and Becoming Law, May 26, 1968.

Since the state of your consciousness has definitely caused our present condition, you must accept full responsibility for your present state. Picturing only that which you want to manifest in body and affairs. Think only positive, constructive thoughts of what you desire to express. Stand and know that divine Mind desires perfection for you far above all your desires, an let your new molds be filled until they condense and become visible. – Edna Lister, What Is Principle?, June 1968.

Your thoughts can be no higher or better than the standard of your actions. If you think great and noble thoughts, it must purify and refine your body and soul. – Edna Lister, Philosophers and Mystics: Pythagoras and Plotinus, November 26, 1968.

Wherever you center and focus our attention, your thoughts will cause the object to increase, joy and health, or sorrow and weakness, if these are the subjects of the mind's thoughts. – Edna Lister, Let There Be Light, March 16, 1969.

Every thought sends out a line of Light. If you have scattered thoughts and ideas, you create a mess of tangled lines of Light for others to trip over. – Edna Lister, Wings of Glory, June 22, 1969.

Thought is a vibration, which is why people find it so difficult to control thinking. You cannot think one thought or speak one word without opening a vibration. – Edna Lister, The Seven Breaths, July 8, 1969.

Each thought or word is a thing, made of Light. – Edna Lister, The Light, October 28, 1969.

Every thought is a prayer, and sometimes you are praying to the devil. – Edna Lister, Secret Place of the Most High, November 16, 1969.

Every decision begins with desire, thinking and imagination, which are your creative tools. You must direct and control them and their action within you. – Edna Lister, Laws for Divine Living, February 19, 1970.

When you believe it, you think it. If you know it, you live it. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

Watch the tone of your thinking. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

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Treatments for Healing Your Thinking

Peppermint oil or tea works directly on the glands and vital centers. Pure peppermint awakens the creative fire, lifts it, and is conducive to clear thinking. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 6, 1965.

Think "up" when going from the mundane to the heights, always saying, "I am in my Father's House." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 25, 1966.

Ten times a day practice the following declaration, voicing it out loud if possible: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. – Philippians 4:13. This magic statement is the most powerful antidote on earth to inferiority thoughts. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

To lift the subconscious mind, reach out, call on the Father and pray: "Father, send forth Thy clouds of glory and banners of Light to draw in all I have ever sent out by word, deed, desire, thought or picture and let it be refashioned by Thee into new soul substance to be used and added now." Review all episodes and periods of your life and treat them. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

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Laws on Imagination, Thinking and Desires

[The laws of the soul include this primary set, designed to clarify the right use of imagination, thinking and desires.]

God gives each soul enough substance of Light, stored in his Oversoul star, to fill all his molds of desire full and to bring to pass all his needs promised him of God.

Each soul must release his soul substance by transforming it from invisible Light to a lower form of substance which can be seen, from storage in Oversoul star to earth mold.

Your obedience to the fullness of God's great love is your true safeguard, success and dream fulfillment. Love is the only true fulfillment of law.

To you, God has given the power of right thinking. Use it.
God has given soul the power of right love. Use it.
You have the power of right seeing. Use it.
You have the full power of right hearing. Use it.
You have the power of right discrimination. Use it.
You have the power of right reason. Use it.
You have the power of right use of Light. So use.
You have all power over darkness. Use it.
You have the full power of all discretion. So use.
You have the power of right faith. Use it.

The right use of Power is letting. To "let" means to become unconquerable, fully invincible law. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 1945.

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Stories That Illustrate How Mind Works

Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand. – Matthew 12:22-25.

And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? – Matthew 9:2-4.

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New Testament on Thinking

Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. – Matthew 6:25.

Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? – Matthew 6:27, Luke 12:25.

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. – Matthew 6:34.

Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts. – Matthew 15:19.

From within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts. – Mark 7:21.

The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? – Luke 5:21-22.

The scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the Sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him. But he knew their thoughts. – Luke 6:7-8.

Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by him, and said to them, Whoever receives this little child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all will be great. – Luke 9:46-48.

Some of them said, He casts out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons. Others, testing him, sought from him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them: Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls. If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub. And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. – Luke 11:15-20.

Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, "Peace to you." But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. And he said to them, "Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? – Luke 24:36-38.

The Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two‑edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12.

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. – James 1:8.

My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; and ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? – James 2:1-4.

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Old Testament on Thinking

As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. – Proverbs 23:7.

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Thinking in Other Sacred Writings

Love righteousness, think of the Lord with a good heart, and in simplicity of heart seek Him. – Wisdom of Solomon 1:1.

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Etymology of think: Old German thunken, "to seem, to appear." Etymology of thought: Old English thoht, "to think, feel."


Thinking is an abstract principle.

Thinking is a law of doing.

Thinking is a mental faculty.


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).

The Nag Hammadi Library. James M. Robinson, editor. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1981.


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Ernest Dimnet, The Art of Thinking

Allen F. Harrison and Robert M. Bramson, The Art of Thinking


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