The Truth of Appearances versus the Truth of Reality

Reality is "the quality or state of being actual or true; the totality of all things possessing actuality, existence, or essence, that which exists objectively and in fact; that which has necessary existence and not contingent existence."

Appearance is "outward aspect, something that appears; a phenomenon, a superficial aspect; a semblance."

Reality is subject to universal expansion, personality is subject to infinite diversification, and both are capable of virtually unlimited divine coordination and eternal stabilization. This is the premise of law, the Source of truth for our unlimited capacities, the foundation from which anyone can do anything.

The first fundamental law of expression is to ignore the truth of appearances and to accept, surrender to, and declare the truth of reality, the secret of creation in Genesis, which is to declare, "Let there be Light," and your creation good, "It is good and very good." Discerning the truth of appearances versus the truth of reality is always an initiation.







Edna Lister on the Truth of Appearances versus the Truth of Reality

God is the reality. – Edna Lister, God as Consciousness Appears as Form, 1933, 2000.

Any conflict has its source in the subconscious, which is not a mind but a belief in two powers, God and self. This appearance of discord has no law of God, no life of God, no Substance of God. Therefore, the appearance has no real Power to sustain or maintain itself. You lift instantly by knowing the truth under the principle of nonresistance. Then you are in no danger of first taking it into your consciousness, then later having to lift it out and up. – Edna Lister, God as Consciousness Appears as Form, 1933, 2000.

The spoken Word of "let" will open the vibration to pour forth. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 6, 1938.

Feed my sheep. – John 21:17. Use Light for all good for you and the Master's sheep, whom you feed daily with the Light of your eyes and the joy of your heart. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 14, 1938.

Absolute darkness will appear as Light when you no longer fear that darkness will touch you. The Father cannot interfere with darkness while a person hides it within. Yet once he sends it afar as thought, word or action, God can change it into Light using you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 10, 1939.

Light stirs up what you have outgrown and brings it to the surface for you to dissolve it from your life. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 1, 1939.

The first fundamental law of expression is to ignore the truth of appearances and to accept, surrender to, and declare the truth of reality, the secret of creation in Genesis, which is to declare, "Let there be Light," and your creation good: "It is good and very good." – Edna Lister, The Pearl of Great Price, April 13, 1945.

Climb to the heart of Light to dress your creations in garments of Light. The more Light you add to your creations, the faster they manifest. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 14, 1947.

You are creating your own heaven right now. The kind of heaven, the constancy of that Light, depends on you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 3, 1947.

If you can come down, you have not conquered. Move into your soul's room of Light. Live and move by your Oversoul. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 20, 1947.

Do not contemplate evil, but always the Light. You may not descend into the valley of the shadows to see, consider or entertain evil. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 24, 1947.

Jesus said, "Get behind me, Satan," because he knew you can let darkness push you into the Light. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 18, 1952.

Each receives according to his faith. If you live by earth's standards, the truth of appearance, and part-time by the full faith of God, your results will be indifferent. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 12, 1953.

"God is good" is the greatest statement anyone on earth can make. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 23, 1953.

No matter what hits you, the answer is going up for more Light, the heavy stream of water to quench the blaze. No variation is possible, you go up in consciousness and say, "This is good to lift." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 22, 1953.

Only a few can ride the clouds of glory without recognizing earth's mud, quicksand, blows, kicks or scoldings. Declare, "This is good to lift now. I have no past. I am too busy planning my future." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 25, 1953.

God consciousness is the cure for illusions. – Edna Lister, The Golden Silence, June 18, 1954.

Carry your torch of Light wherever you go. – Edna Lister, Go Preach the Gospel, July 22, 1956.

Get hot under the collar about God! "Move over, God! Here I come! I stand under the Light and say, 'It is good!'" – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 4, 1957.

You cannot explain the truth or prove God for anyone. Lift their meanness. Look at them when they are cruel, and say, "You are perfect," and, "This is good." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 9, 1957.

The law says up or down, in or out. Ignore the appearance of darkness around you, and declare it good. "Not I, but the Power does the work." The choice always lies with you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 6, 1957.

Declare it good, no matter what! Stand still in the Light when you speak the Word, and wait on the Lord. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 4, 1957.

Do not ignore evil, but lift it with a scooping motion of your hands. Put a platform of Light under everybody who speaks tearing down words. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 15, 1957.

When you declare the evil is good, God moves in. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 21, 1958.

Nothing is too small to declare good, and you receive twenty times the credit in answers. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 4, 1958.

"I accept that this is good" is the only perfect way to create less inadvertent force. You are more aware of your negligence, wallowing, and recognize the need to climb. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 4, 1958.

No matter the situation, stand with arms crossed and say, "This is Light. This is good. This is God expressing." Nothing can appear on earth that God cannot turn to good. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 4, 1958.

Acceptance means "to consent to receive, atonement, to agree to the terms of." God's terms are "This is good." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 9, 1958.

"Good" calls God's name on the cells of any object and they ascend and respond to that term "good" and turn back into Light. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 30, 1958.

Declare it good for all to see Light and the reason for another person's actions. If you call them good, no matter how faulty they are, you release enough Light for all to see to lift. Calling it good and very good makes the life sparks respond to God. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 31, 1959.

You have it half conquered when you grasp the idea of perfect evil. There can be a perfect evil, perfect crime, etc. We are lifting perfect evil into perfect good. The hook of perfection turns evil into good. This is why we say that evil is good. All is good and perfect now. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 18, 1959.

Love God with your all. Don't just struggle toward the Light and do your "best." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 15, 1959.

No matter what others do, declare them good and stick 'em on a cloud. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 22, 1959.

Instantly reach up and release Light when you see evil. God explodes a "bomb" of Light over it the moment you declare it good, no matter how it looks. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 4, 1960.

"This is good" is the keynote of Ascension. If you must persuade yourself of this, you are in the mud. Declare, "I will arise, go to my Father's house and remain there." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 21, 1960.

Whatever comes, say, "This is the best thing that ever happened to me." If you don't declare it good constantly, you curse God. If you fight little self, you fight God. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 21, 1960.

Light washes the self clean with your first avowal, "I will be whole! I will lift self." If you look back, self is ruling you. Reach up and say, "More Light. Let it in. This is good. More Light. More Light." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 22, 1960.

Girding your loins with truth means to apply Wisdom, Love and Selflessness, the Emanations and the foundation abstract principles of being. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 6, 1960.

Declare everything "good," look up, stay high and pay no attention to it. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 21, 1961.

Rejoice and be glad under all conditions, for your declaration, "This is good," must be born under the spirit of praise and devotion to God. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 13, 1962.

At the first sign of self blame, stop, move up in consciousness and say, "This is right. This is good. This is God's way for me. I am doing God's perfect work for me now, His way, according to His will." Erase old patterns with new ideas and statements. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 24, 1963.

Declare, "It is working together for good," and it will be, according to your faith and desire. – Edna Lister, The Rebirth, June 9, 1963.

Reality is subject to universal expansion, personality is subject to infinite diversification, and both are capable of virtually unlimited divine coordination and eternal stabilization. This is the premise of law, the Source of truth for your unlimited capacities, the foundation from which anyone can do anything. – Edna Lister, Personality, Energy and Pattern, October 27, 1964.

Pay no attention to evil or the appearance of the not good. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 4, 1966.

You are free to choose to declare everything is Light and to ignore darkness. Though the appearance seems dark, even a comment that it looks dark will lower the vibration. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 1, 1966.

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New Testament on the Truth of Appearances versus the Truth of Reality

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. – John 7:24.

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Old Testament on the Truth of Appearances versus the Truth of Reality

The Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart [reality]. – 1 Samuel 16:7.

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Etymology of truth: Middle English trewthe, "loyalty," from Old English treowth, "firm, true."

Etymology of reality: Late Latin realis "fixed property, real existence," from Latin res, "thing,."

Etymology of appearance: Latin apparere : ad- + parere, "to show."


Discerning the truth of appearances versus the truth of reality is an initiation.


Statement of Absolute Truth

"Back of all appearance stands the changeless reality. That reality is God, Mind, Spirit, principle or Substance. Reality is the Mind that thinks and plans. Reality is the Power that works and achieves, and the Substance that becomes. Reality is the law that governs and controls. The Mind of reality is perfect. The Power of reality is perfect. The Substance of reality is perfect. The law of reality is perfect." – Thomas Parker Boyd

Lift Not The Painted Veil
Lift not the painted veil which those who live
Call Life: though unreal shapes be pictured there,
And it but mimic all we would believe
With colours idly spread, behind, lurk Fear
And Hope, twin Destinies; who ever weave
Their shadows, o'er the chasm, sightless and drear. – Percy Bysshe Shelley


References

Shelley, Percy Bysshe. "Lift Not the Painted Veil." The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Volume 2 of 2. Thomas Hutchinson, Editor, Oxford Edition, 1914.

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).


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