Via Christa Glossary

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Absolute means "complete, perfect, pure; unrestricted, independent, ruling arbitrarily; real, not relative or comparative, unqualified, unconditional, self-existent and conceivable in relation to other things."

Absolute Emanations: Wisdom, Love and the Logos.

Absolute principle is ultimate truth, an unalterable and permanent fact.

Absolute principle: As the universal framework, absolute principle, operating as Emanations of Light, contains all that is at the Source to govern, regulate and control the universe through its being and action. Absolute principles are ultimate truths, unalterable and permanent facts, the universal realities of the Godhead. The Emanations of Light, as Wisdom, Love and the Logos, are ultimate principles, the absolute principles of being.

Abomination means "revolting, disgusting, hateful; anything hateful or shamefully vile." Abomination is a choice of action that is disgusting and abhorrent. Scripture refers to certain types of sins as an abomination. See Sin.

Abstract laws of being: Every absolute principle becomes many abstract laws of being. Abstract principles are not discernible by the senses. Being is all that God is as potential Wisdom, Love and the Logos. Doing implies action and is kinetic thinking, sustaining and activity, derived from being. In dealing with "being" as it applies to spiritual laws, we are concerned with states of consciousness, which are states of being. The laws of being include every instance in the Bible where God commands us to "be" some soul quality. Every law of being embodies the foundation of a soul virtue, and leads the soul toward an ideal state of being that we are destined to become. See Relative laws of doing.

Abstract principles are rooted in an Emanation (Wisdom, Love or the Logos), lowered one or more grades in its rate of vibration. For example, Love becomes Substance when the Godhead exerts it, and relative love or faith when we express it. Abstract terms name things that are not available to the senses. Concrete terms refer to objects or events that are available to the senses. One principle hinges on another and using one without involving others is virtually impossible.

Abyss: A physical abyss is a section of condensed substance in space, created by the friction of passing between incoming and outgoing Emanations, filled with unnumbered, unnamed life sparks. An abyss in consciousness is a passage into and through the unknown that elicits all possible fears, doubts and uncertainties.

Acceptance is a law of doing, a soul virtue and an initiatory degree rooted in the principle of nonresistance. Acceptance is "the act or fact of accepting, or taking what is offered, whether as a pleasure, a satisfaction of claim, or a duty, to take or receive willingly, or with consenting mind, to receive a thing or person with favor or approval, with patience or resignation, to tolerate." As ascending souls, acceptance is how we apply the principle of nonresistance in our lives and relationships. However, we do not accept anything, to take it into our being or consciousness, unless we lift it first. Bless, Lord, His substance, and accept the work of His hands. – Deuteronomy 33:11. The vow of acceptance is "This is mine to lift right now. I accept this as my present lesson. Let me gather from it every tiny bit of knowledge for my future soul guidance and protection." See Repudiation.

Action is an abstract principle, a law of doing and a Via Christa Degree. Action means "the state or process of acting or doing; behavior or conduct." Action is the product of choice or decision. To act means "to play a part, a role, to perform, to behave like; to carry out an action; to operate or function in a specific way; to serve or function as a substitute for another." Action is how we permit (let) God, as the Light, to operate through us. Action is the most obvious law of doing.

Action and reaction is an abstract principle, a law of doing and an initiation. The law of action and reaction is also known as the law of cause and effect, and is rooted in the principles of correspondence and reciprocity. Eastern religions and philosophies call this the law of karma, and believe that the debts or credits accrued in one life will be carried over to the next. Action and reaction is the basic law of doing. The law of action and reaction inevitably brings initiations as we walk the Way of the Christ, the Via Christa. See Correspondence and reciprocity.

Adamic Civilization: The masses of humanity as they descended from Adam and Eve, in bodies such as we have now.

Adept: The third degree in initiation, the Adept is skilled at using forceful manipulation of Mind, Substance and Power. Wile the degree is integral to completing the Via Christa, the Adept must rise above the urge or desire to use Power as selfish will to gain his ends. A Christos Adept is selfless in his release of the Power, directing and controlling it only for healing. All use of Power potentially creates spiritual debts.

Adeptship: The use of Power to gain selfish ends, or to control or manipulate Mind, Substance and Power. Adeptship includes emotionally manipulating people.

Adrenal glands: The triangular-shaped body, covering the upper surface of each kidney, adrenal glands synthesize and store neurotransmitters (dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine) that control dilation and constriction of arteries and veins, increase the blood flow to the kidneys, elevate blood pressure and slow the heart rate, increase heart activity, and bronchodilation. The adrenal glands also stimulate glycogen production in the liver, increase fatty acid in the blood, and diminish gastrointestinal activity. The adrenal glands are associated with the Adept Degree. The adrenal cortex secretes hormones synthesized from cholesterol. These include glucocorticoids that act principally on carbohydrate metabolism; mineralocorticoids that affect the metabolism of the electrolytes, sodium and potassium, androgens, estrogens and progestins, which are important in reproduction. These hormones influence nearly every body system. Cortisol and cortisone are important in the metabolism of carbohydrates, water, muscle, bone, central nervous system, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and blood metabolism; they are also important anti-inflammatory agents. Their principal long-term effect is catabolic. The adrenal medulla is intimately related to physical responses to emotional states (fight/flight).

Adultery is a sin and a vice. The world defines adultery as "voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a partner other than the lawful spouse." Metaphysically, adultery is permitting anything to taint a high vibration. To adulterate means "to make impure by adding extraneous, improper, or inferior ingredients." Soul taints adulterate our consciousness, and rot the rungs of the ladder of ascension we are climbing.

Agreeing and adjusting is a dual virtue: To agree means "to be pleased with, to receive or take in good part, to accept favorably, to make persons pleased with, or well disposed towards each other, to reconcile, make friends, to bring into harmony things that differ, to conciliate a difference." To adjust means to arrange, compose, settle, harmonize things that are or may be contradictory, differences, to adapt oneself." An adversary is "one who acts in a hostile manner, an opponent, antagonist, an enemy, foe." The law of agreeing is, Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him. – Matthew 5:25. See Nonresistance.

Amygdala: An almond-shaped mass of gray cells in the forward portion of the temporal lobe of the brain (amygdala, from the Latin for "almond"). Part of the limbic system, the amygdala plays a critical role in the emotional aspects of learning, memory consolidation and processing of emotional experiences.

Androgynous: Genderless, having both masculine and feminine characteristics or qualities; descriptive of the various spiritual vehicles that are precursors to the physical state.

Androgynous Beings are a Holy Pair of begotten creator gods, encased in a sphere of Light, joined by a cord of rainbow lights attached at the umbilical center. Even when differentiated into masculine and feminine, male and female, they retain their essential unity in the Light.

Anger is thwarted self and ego, a self-distillation of resentment, impatience and irritation. The self combines resentment, impatience and irritation to result in anger. Self and ego being thwarted are always the sources of anger, which is a sure sign that soul is not in charge. Anger indicates a soul taint, a moral defect, a negative influence, a spiritual contamination. When you feel anger, a soul taint is rearing its head; when you act on that anger, you sin. Offer the anger to God and ask for illumination on its root within you.

Apperception "introspective self-consciousness, mental perception, especially the process of understanding something perceived in terms of previous experience." Apperception is the cosmic Christ consciousness of the "I AM." Apperception means to perceive a thing before it happens. According to Kant, a priori knowledge is transcendental, or based on the form of all possible experience, while a posteriori knowledge is empirical, based on the content of experience. We call a priori knowledge "soul knowing" via superconscious mind. Apperception is rooted in the principle of nonresistance, a soul virtue synthesized of all sublimated physical senses, mental and soul faculties. Apperception is also a law of being, a law of doing, and a virtue.

Appreciation is a soul virtue, the twin of gratitude. Appreciation is "the recognition of the quality, value, or significance of people and things; a judgment or opinion, especially a favorable one, an expression of gratitude; awareness or delicate perception, especially of aesthetic qualities or values." To appreciate is "to recognize the quality, significance, or magnitude of; to be fully aware of or sensitive to; to realize; to be thankful or show gratitude for." Appreciation rightly gives rise to praise.

Appetitive soul: The life sparks that compose the physical vehicle, plus that portion of soul which uses subconscious mind and the physical and desire bodies as its vehicles; it is responsible for maintaining physical metabolism and mediating the fight or flight instinct; see Limbic system.

Apprehension is the acquisition of knowledge, conscious perception, to perceive before the fact. Apprehension is the highest form of precognition. See Apperception.

Arguing is speaking the Word with negative force, a soul taint and easily a sin. While arguing means "to put forth reasons for or against, to debate," it also means "to engage in a quarrel or to dispute." Synonyms for arguing include feuding, quarreling, wrangling, squabbling and bickering. Only the self desires to argue, and does so to domineer, to assert self and to be proven "right." Arguing is the use of verbal force.

Ark of the mother: The womb.

Arrogance claims unwarranted importance or consideration out of overbearing pride, and always exalts the self. Arrogance is often haughty. Arrogate means "to take or claim for oneself without right." Arrogance is believing that the self is great while forgetting that God has given us everything good. Excessive arrogance is a sin. See Pride.

Ascend means "to climb to a relatively higher position, rise by process of growth, to proceed from inferior to superior, to rise in degree of characteristic quality," to move up to a higher point in consciousness and conquering.

Ascending creator gods are living souls, descended from Heavenly Realms to earth to gain experience in physical expression, who choose to follow the Via Christa, the Way of Christ, back to the Source.

Ascension "to rise from the inferior to the superior, advancement in thought or feeling, in station, dignity, or estimation." To ascend means "to go or come up, originally by a gradual motion, to a relatively higher position; to climb up, travel up, to soar, mount, to rise by process of growth or construction, to be raised or reared, to erect itself, to proceed from the inferior to the superior; to rise in thought, degree of characteristic quality." Ascension is an absolute and abstract principle, a law of being and of doing, a degree and the Christos initiation. God's entire Creation is ascending to become one with Him. All laws are laws of Ascension. We walk the Way of the Christ, the Via Christa, which is the initiatory Path of Ascension of consciousness to become as perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect. The Via Christa is the way of complete Ascension to attain the high tower fortress of Ascension in the Garden of Eden, where we live by the precepts of soul; we then live by pure illumination, and the final, complete conquering of soul. Soul ascension is a continually growing consciousness and awareness, a continually increasing rate of vibration and a continually expanding aura. I, if I am lifted up shall draw all people to me. – John 12:32.

Asking, seeking and knocking are laws of doing, laws of right action, three legal pursuits for the ascending soul. One asks always when one is unsure or confused "and it shall be given"; one seeks first the kingdom of God always, and one knocks forever at Heaven's Gates, or on the outer doors when given the "green light." Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8.

Aspiration is "a strong desire for high achievement, or an object of such desire; an ambition." To aspire means "to have a great ambition or ultimate goal, to desire strongly; to strive toward an end; to soar." Aspiration is our soul faculty of desire to ascend and become one with our Source of Being, God. Aspiration is a soul virtue; we each have the power to aspire and ascend.

Atomic body: See Mental body.

Attention, a law of doing, a faculty and a virtue, is "to heed, the concentration of mental powers upon an object, a close or careful observing or listening, the ability or power to concentrate, and observant consideration or courtesy." Carelessness and sloppiness are the opposites of attention. Paying attention is a function of consciousness and a magnifier: Where you center your attention, the Power follows and creates. When you are paying attention, you are alert and aware, fully cognizant of what is happening in your environment and consciousness. If your mind is on the world, watch out. You can pay attention to God as the world. To attend means "to stretch to; hence, to direct the mind or observant faculties, to listen, apply oneself, to watch over, minister to, wait upon, follow, frequent, to wait for, await, expect." Attentive means "steadily applying one's mind, observant faculties, or energies, giving or evincing careful consideration, intent, heedful, observant."

Attention to details is a law of doing, a virtue and an initiation. A detail is "an item, a particular of an account, a process, etc., a minute or subordinate portion of any (especially a large or complex) whole, the particulars or items of any whole considered collectively." Paying attention to details is a law of doing under the abstract principle of order, which is also a virtue. A description of details: Verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled. – Matthew 5:18. A jot with a tittle is about the size of an apostrophe surmounting a period, the smallest Hebrew letter and vowel mark. Our attention to details is an accurate measure of our degree of consciousness, or lack of awareness. Attention to details is the key to ascension of soul.

Attraction: In physics, attraction is the electric or magnetic force acting mutually between oppositely charge particles of matter, tending to draw them together, and resisting their separation. In humans, we call this personal charm, and also say, "Opposites attract."

Aura (Lights): The aura (lights; Hebrew urim) is our personal law of being and of doing. It is our personal sphere of spiritual influence, the Light that emanates through us. It is a vibration of Light that radiates from the soul, containing all spiritual, mental and emotional attributes of Light modified by our present state of consciousness. The aura displays our state of being under the principles of Light and color, and is thus our personal law of being. The aura responds instantly to what we do; thus it is our personal law of doing. An aura is a subtle emanation or exhalation from any substance, a distinctive impression of character or aspect, a subtle emanation from and enveloping living persons and things, viewed by mystics as consisting of the essence of the individual. Emerson said, "the condition of true naming, on the poet's part, is his resigning himself to the divine aura which breathes through forms." The world defines an aura as an "invisible emanation or radiation, a distinctive intangible quality that surrounds a person." The aura's patterns of light are anchored in the body's glands and plexus centers. No soul always emits the same "lights" (the aura's radiance and hues), which change with each passing emotion, yet constant undercurrents of light reveal a soul's basic character. The aura is like a rainbow, but its well-defined colors blend. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. – Matthew 5:16.

To be awake is to be fully conscious of something.

Awareness is a soul virtue, a faculty and a degree. Awareness is the state of being informed, conscious and cognizant, the functioning state of the rational soul. As awareness increases, it becomes intuition and illumination. Awareness is an instinctive aspect of consciousness. Certain scriptures treat awareness as being "awake," and obliviousness as being "asleep." Ignorance and obliviousness are the opposites of awareness. Conscious emphasizes the recognition of something sensed or felt. Sensible implies knowledge gained through intellectual perception or intuition. To be awake is to be fully conscious of something. Alertness stresses quickness to recognize and respond. Watchful and vigilant imply being on the lookout for what is potentially dangerous.

Axiom: A well-established or universally-conceded principle, a maxim, rule or law, a statement that needs no proof because its truth is obvious, a self-evident proposition.

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Balance is an abstract principle, a law of being and of doing, a virtue and a degree. As a law of doing, balance means "to weigh a matter, ponder, to estimate the two aspects or sides of anything, to counterbalance or counterpoise one thing by, with, or against another, to bring to or keep in equilibrium, to compensate, neutralize the effect of, make up for, to settle an account by paying an amount due, to clear off a liability." Balance is poise and equilibrium in our service to God and humanity. We must balance the scales of life, personally and within our sphere of influence, as we are able. As a law of being, balance means "the power to decide or determine, authoritative control, that which balances, or produces equilibrium, general harmony between the parts of anything, stability or steadiness due to the equilibrium prevailing between all the forces of any system, equipoise of mind, character, or feelings, equanimity, mental composure, sanity." We must become and remain balanced in emotions, thoughts, words and deeds; this, in turn, creates physical balance. We came forth from the divine equilibrium, and are here to create harmony, which we return to God as balance. Balance is rooted in the principle of nonresistance. High balance under the Emanations is maintaining harmony and equilibrium, which coordinate mind, imagination and emotions as perfect "knowing," a blend of spiritual seeing and hearing.

Baptism by Fire is the formal initiation of the third Degree of the Adept, and describes the descent of the Holy Spirit. We must burn away self by ascending our personal will and desire, to balance our emotions at the solar plexus center. The Flames of the Holy Spirit dance upon our shoulders, to awaken the glands for spiritual seeing and hearing. A Baptism by Fire stops just short of a Crucifixion, which involves the "death" of a body, a desire, a hope or some cherished idea. For example, the Lord required that Abraham take his son Isaac to Mount Moriah and offer him as a sacrifice there. Abraham obeyed, even to raising the knife to slay his child, but was spared. A ram miraculously appeared as an offering instead. God required Abraham's willingness to obey as the sacrifice, not the death of Isaac.

Baptism by Water is the initiation of the second Degree of the Disciple. We must "walk on water" to conquer our emotions. We do this by lifting and sacrificing our personal self-will to achieve a state of calm under trial. Any emotionally upsetting event is a Baptism by Water in some degree. All emotional trials help us to overcome fears and threats to self. We must take initiations on our emotions to strengthen us so that we will not wilt or lose our poise under fire. Emotional maturity is crucial if we want the world or God to take us seriously.

Basal ganglia: In the brain, the basal ganglia is four neuron clusters crowning the thalamus, which help to regulate body movement by relaying information from the cerebral cortex to the brainstem and cerebellum.

Beatitudes: Beatitude means "supreme blessedness" or "happiness." The Beatitudes are the declarations of blessedness that Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount. They are attitudes toward life, and set a keynote of gentle, good manners in the world. The Beatitudes are laws of being, rooted in the principle of nonresistance. The Beatitudes are also laws of doing, and we must do as they instruct. We "do" the Beatitudes until we become the states of being they describe.

Beauty is an abstract principle, law of being and a virtue, beauty is defined as "such combined perfection of form and charm of coloring as affords keen pleasure to the sense of sight, that quality or combination of qualities which affords keen pleasure to other senses (e.g., hearing), or which charms the intellectual or moral faculties, through inherent grace, or fitness to a desired end, an embellishment, ornament, grace, charm." God is beauty. Beauty is an abstract principle: While we cannot see beauty itself, we can see what is beautiful. Beauty is a law of being; a person or thing that is in syzygy with its source is beautiful because it partakes of the beauty of its source. Plato defined beauty as the Luster of the Good. Emerson said, "We ascribe beauty to that which is simple, which has no superfluous parts, which exactly answers its end." James Barry said, "Beauty consists of unity and gradual variety, or unity, variety, and harmony." From Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shined. – Psalm 50:2.

Begotten creator gods: See Androgynous beings.

Being is an absolute and abstract principle, a law of being and of doing. Being means "existence or presence, belonging to the material or immaterial universe, substance, constitution or nature." Being is a term describing God as principle. Being is all that God is as potential and actual Wisdom, Love and the Logos. In dealing with "being" as it applies to spiritual laws, we are concerned with states of consciousness, which are states of being. The laws of being include every instance in the Bible where we are commanded to "be" some soul quality. Being is an absolute principle: God is. "I AM" describes our personal state of being. Each time we preface a statement with "I am," we are about to report on our state of being physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually. Philosophically, being is that which has actuality either materially or in idea, or absolute existence in a complete or perfect state, lacking no essential characteristic; essence. In philosophical language, "being" is the widest term applicable to all objects of sense or thought, material or immaterial. Phrases in philosophy, formed to translate the corresponding German and French expressions, include being-for-itself, conscious being, being as actuality; being-in-itself, being that lacks conscious awareness, being as mere potentiality; being-itself, pure being, regarded as infinite and uncharacterizable; being-with, human existence, regarded as membership of the community of persons.

Blackstone: The Commentaries on the Laws of England are an influential 18th-century treatise on the common law of England by Sir William Blackstone, originally published by the Clarendon Press at Oxford, 1765–1769.

Blame is a taint and an initiation. Blame means "to bring into disrepute or discredit." Its close synonym is criticism, and its opposite is to praise. Blame holds another responsible, finds fault, censures, and places responsibility on another's back. When we blame, it shows a soul taint in us. Blame is an initiation, whether we are receiving it or doling it out.

Blessing is speaking the Word, a law of doing, and a virtue. A blessing contributes to happiness, well-being, or prosperity. It means "to invoke divine favor upon, to honor as holy, to glorify, to consecrate." A blessing is a law of doing under the principle of the Logos and the spoken Word, and also a soul virtue. Blessing is a benediction, literally a "good word." A blessing is speaking the Word, a law of doing. What we bless, we consecrate to God. Our blessings help to heal the world.

Blood platelets: Platelets appear in the physical and desire bodies. Also called thrombocytes, physical platelets are small, irregularly shaped clear cell fragments (i.e., cells that do not have a nucleus containing DNA), 2-3 microns in diameter, which derive from fragmentation of precursor megakaryocytes. On average, a platelet normally lives just five to nine days. A natural source of growth factors, platelets circulate in the blood of mammals and are involved in hemostasis, leading to the formation of blood clots. One drop of blood contains approximately one million platelets. In the desire body, platelets carry bits of memory, records of physical, emotional and intellectual experiences, which have affected our desire, thinking and imagination. Figuratively, the platelets are round, square and triangular shaped. When the soul breathes itself into the body, it enters the bloodstream through the platelets. Oversoul uses the round platelets, rational soul uses the triangular, and the appetitive soul uses the square platelets. Read more on physical platelets.

Boasting and bragging are taints. Boasting is "to glorify oneself in speech, to talk in a self-admiring way, to speak vaingloriously, to extol oneself, to vaunt, brag, to speak of with excessive pride or ostentation." When you boast, you exalt the self, not God or your soul. Bragging is arrogant or boastful speech. Boasting and bragging are misuses of the spoken Word and soul taints. Braggarts and boasters are unaware of how ridiculous they sound and appear. See Pride.

Body: A body is any integrated set of functions. The human body is the physical or material frame or structure of man, the whole material organism viewed as an organic entity. The law, "The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light." – Matthew 6:22, may also be read: "If therefore thine I be single, thy whole body shall be full of light."

Borderline: The area between the Realms of Heaven and the lesser planes of consciousness surrounding earth.

Bragging: See Boasting and bragging.

Brain: A complex offshoot of the spinal cord, composed of the forebrain, formed mostly by cerebral hemispheres; the midbrain, the top of the brainstem; the hindbrain, formed by the cerebellum and remaining parts of the brainstem. The brain and central nervous system are associated with the Christos Degree.

Brainstem: The brain's root and core (the reptilian brain), composed of the medulla oblongata, pons and midbrain; it serves as a carrier of sensory and motor nerves; it is an initiator of action in higher brain centers, the controller of consciousness and regulator of essential life processes.

Bravery is a Via Christa Degree and a virtue. Brave means "possessing or displaying courage; valiant." Its close synonyms include courageous, fearless, intrepid, bold, audacious, valiant, valorous, dauntless, undaunted. These adjectives all mean having or showing courage under difficult or dangerous conditions. Brave is frequently associated with an innate quality. Courageous implies an act of consciously rising to a specific test by drawing on a reserve of inner strength. Bravery (courage), consecration and action form the fifth lesser trinity of Via Christa Degrees, whose keynote is sacrifice. Bravery is also related to the Mystic Degree, who dares to do and to be silent about it. Bravery is that inborn quality of soul that takes a deep breath, girds its loins, and acts as if this is the frosting on its cake.

Bridging the abyss is a series of initiations. An abyss is "an unfathomable chasm, a yawning gulf, an immeasurably profound depth or void, the primeval chaos." A physical abyss is a section of condensed substance in space, created by the friction of passing between incoming and outgoing Emanations, filled with unnumbered, unnamed life sparks. An abyss in consciousness is a passage into and through the unknown that elicits all possible fears, doubts and uncertainties. Bridging the abyss is a series of initiations that involves sacrificing the known for the unknown. The abyss in this series of initiations is one of consciousness, considered in quality and in quantity. Most of earth's inhabitants are awake, but in a mesmerized, dreamlike state, not fully conscious. We may acquire greater conscious awareness by sacrificing the self and our selfish concerns rooted in the material world. Being able to ask, "Is this all there is?" marks the soul's first awakening; from there, we step into the abyss to becoming.

Budding: The process of forming sphere sheaths for masculine and feminine created creator gods, and later for human bodies.

Burdens: A burden is "a load of labor, duty, responsibility, blame, sin, sorrow, etc." Feeling burdened leads to doubt and fear. The feeling that we are burdened is the tell-tale warning of self-pity and martyrdom. We would be wiser to ascend in consciousness to cast that burden upon the Lord's altar in exchange for His weightless Light. Thus, the sense of being burdened is an invitation to change our reaction.

Burning bush: The burning bush initiation is the result of the personal desire to achieve and to know, which is great enough to consume the self-will, and which causes the spinal column, medulla oblongata, pineal and pituitary, to work together to become the burning bush. Becoming the burning bush is a culminating initiation that results from surrendering earthly earthy desires and will for the pure heavenly fire. To the spiritual eye, we appear as a bush, burning with spiritual light.

Burning sands of the desert is a series of fire initiations. Navigating the dry, hot and barren "burning sands of the desert" is our task as we begin walking the Via Christa to reach our full Path of Destiny. Following the excitement of awakening (Neophyte Rebirth) and the new Light on our path (Disciple), we must face and overcome the sheer drudgery of the same old hard, boring, ugly conquering of self. Passage through the "burning sands of the desert" may take weeks, months, years or decades to complete. Most candidates for ascension quit right there, well before finishing the journey to glory.

Burnt offerings (1 Kings 3:3-5, 9-14): The "thousand burnt offerings" of self are a formal initiatory series that leads to fully opened spiritual faculties. Solomon's thousand burnt offerings symbolize a thousand days of loving God enough to declare everything in our life good. The thousand burnt offerings are one thousand days of perfection, complete sublimation and sacrifice of self, thirty-seven lunar months, three years and one month with never a negative thought.

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Cardiac plexus: Innervates heart; heart is also innervated by fibers of vagus nerve (slows heart rate), which also innervates pharynx, larynx, carotid body, bronchial muscles and lungs, stomach, liver, pancreas, kidney, colon and thoracic and abdominal viscera. The cardiac plexus is associated with the Mystic Degree.

Carotid body is a flat structure at the bifurcation of the common carotid artery. It contains cells that respond to changes and concentrations of oxygen in the blood and to changes in the blood pressure. Accompanying it is the carotid sinus, an area richly supplied with vagus nerve endings. These, when stimulated by a rise in blood pressure, bring about reflex vasodilation and a slowing of the heart rate. The carotid body is also called the gate to the upper Pole of Paracelsus (in the brain).

Categories of Being include being, reality, quantity, quality, relation, and modality (after the works of Aristotle and Immanuel Kant).

Categories of expression are five necessary phases of our study in our approach to God: Psychology, metaphysics, science, philosophy and mysticism.

Cause and effect: See Law of cause and effect.

Cellular body: See Physical body.

Center of Being: The Oversoul Star (figuratively five-pointed) that ignites higher creative center in the golden bowl (head) to open the three windows of the soul toward Jerusalem, the white Light of the Christ.

Centers of life are the physical nerve plexus centers and endocrine system, desire body chakras, mental body lotus centers, and fire body sun centers.

Central nervous system is the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system consists of those portions of the nervous system beyond the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system), divided into two portions, somatic and autonomic systems. The somatic nervous system is composed of motor nerves that make muscles act on orders from brain or spinal cord. Its sensory nerves direct information to the central nervous system. The autonomic nervous system controls glands and organs like the lungs and heart, blood vessels and pupils of the eyes. Linked with the spinal cord and hypothalamus, it has two subsystems, the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, which act in opposition to one another, using a negative feedback mechanism, as brakes and accelerator.

Cerebellum of the brain of the brain is involved in control of skeletal muscles, it is important in coordination of voluntary muscular movements, and is the "autopilot" for learned movements. It receives sensory impulses, discharges motor impulses, it may reinforce some reflexes and inhibit others, and it may influence emotional development. The cerebellum's size has more than tripled in the past million years.

Cerebrum: The largest brain portion, composed of the right and left hemispheres united by the corpus callosum, the complexity of the cerebrum's wrinkled surface layer gives the brain intelligence. It is concerned with interpretation of sensory impulses and all voluntary muscular activity; it receives visual, auditory, gustatory, and olfactory input. The cerebrum is the seat of consciousness and center of higher mental faculties such as memory, learning, reasoning, judgment, intelligence and the emotions.

Chakras: See Vital centers.

Character is the sum of moral and mental qualities that distinguish an individual . . .

Change means "to transform, to cause something or someone to be different; to become different or undergo alteration, transformation or transition." Change is an initiation in which we willingly or under compulsion exchange the known for the unknown. We must become masters of change. Eventually, we must change every part of our being, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual, back into the Light from which we sprang. The mystery of Transfiguration exemplifies change.

Character is an abstract principle, law of being and law of doing. Character is "the combination of qualities or features that distinguishes one person, group, or thing from another, a distinguishing feature or attribute, moral or ethical strength, uprightness, a description of a person's attributes, traits, or abilities." Character is "the sum of the moral and mental qualities that distinguish an individual, the individuality impressed by nature or habit on man, mental or moral constitution." Character versus reputation names the contrast between the soul and the self image. Character is the outgrowth of our accrued inner qualities, the objective truth of reality of our being. See Reputation.

Children: See Kinship.

Choice is the preferential determination between things proposed, selection, election, the power, right or faculty of choosing, option. Choice is also called "free will," but nothing about it is free, unless our will is the will of God for us. See Choice and separation.

Choice and separation: Choice is "the preferential determination between things proposed, selection, election, the power, right or faculty of choosing, option." Separation is "the action of parting, of setting or keeping apart, to make a severance or division, the action of separating oneself, withdrawing, or parting company." We are always choosing one thing or course of action over another. Our choice either draws us close to God or pushes us further from Him. The ascending choice is ever to draw closer, separating ourselves from those things that divide us from the divine. During initiations, choice involves separation, which is the action of parting, of setting or keeping apart, to make a severance or division, the action of separating oneself, withdrawing, or parting company. Choose this day whom thou wilt serve. – Joshua 24:15. Choose self or God, then separate yourself from all that does not advance you on the Path of Soul Ascension.

Christing is the Oversoul of an individual descending to be enfolded within the outer physical sheath.

Christ Principle, absolute and abstract: Christ is the English term for the Greek Khristos meaning "the anointed one." The Christ's principal is the energizing Power of God, rooted in the Word. The Christ principle is an Emanation (the Logos), an absolute principle and an abstract principle. The Christ is the Logos, the Word embodied in Holy Spirit, the Son, the red ray of action. When we speak of joy and selflessness, we are describing actions of the Christ principle. The Logos is the third Emanation, the Son of God principle of Power and Selflessness, also called Joy. The Logos, as kinetic energy, animated all forms planned by Mind and filled with Substance. The Logos is Light as energy and action. Light expresses as harmony. Energy expresses as equilibrium. Action expresses as perfect balance.

Christos: The seventh or highest degree of initiation, the Christos surrenders all vestiges of self's will and desires, including all personalized identity as separate from God or the Divine. As the direct offspring of the One, the Christos gives all, expecting nothing in return, thus inheriting every hypostatized attribute of reality.

Chronological age is the age of the living soul, dated from the moment of numbering and naming of soul substance.

Clairaudience is mentally perceiving sounds beyond the range of ordinary hearing; it is spiritual hearing. See Seeing and hearing.

Clairvoyance is keenness of mental perception, clearness of insight into things concealed from or beyond range of ordinary perception; it is spiritual vision. See Seeing and hearing.

Coccygeal body: A small plexus of arteries supported by fibrous tissues at the level of the coccyx (tailbone). It is associated with the median sacral artery, and involved with heat transfer from the body's core to the skin. It is also called the gate to the lower Pole of Paracelsus (at the sacrum plexus).

Cohesion: In physics, cohesion is the molecular attraction by which the particles of a body are united. In spiritual terms, we call this "cleaving to" or "clinging to" God. Will and desire form the cohesive bond between the soul and the Godhead.

Color is an abstract principle, a law of being and of doing. Color is both a property and a quality; it is "a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect." Objectively, "the particular color of a body depends on the molecular constitution of its surface, as determining the character and number of light-vibrations that it reflects." Subjectively, color is the particular sensation produced by the stimulation of the optic nerve by light-vibrations. Further, we define color as a particular hue or tint, a constituent into which we may decompose white or "colorless" light in a series we call the spectrum. Color is the first abstract expression of the absolute trinity of Light, which reveals the primary rays of yellow, blue and red, which become the full spectrum of Light. Color is a law of being, rooted in the principle of substance. Color is a law of doing: whatever we choose to do colors our reality.

Commands: See Orders and commands.

Comparison is "the action of comparing, likening, or representing as similar, the relation between things such as admits of their being compared, comparable condition or character, always with negative expressed or implied." To compare means "to consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous; to liken; to examine in order to note the similarities or differences." Comparison is a law of doing. Judgmental comparison is a soul taint. Thus, comparison is an initiation. Our only legal comparison is to some established earthly norm of performance. In spiritual terms, we may compare ourselves only to the Christ in the Light. What is that to thee? Follow thou me. – John 21:22.

Compassion is empathy,
not sympathy . . .

Compassion is an absolute and abstract principle, a law of being and of doing, a Via Christa Degree and a virtue. Compassion is "the feeling or emotion, when a person desires to relieve the suffering or distress of another." Compassion is an attribute of the Godhead, rooted in the principle of the Logos. Our relative expression of compassion is in the perfect balance between Love and Wisdom in action. Compassion is the highest vibration of the elastic relative law of tolerance, under the principle of equilibrium. The law of compassion is Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. – Matthew 5:7.

Complaining and whining, taints: To complain means "to give expression to sorrow or suffering, to bewail, moan, lament, deplore, the expression of grievance and blame, the expression of feeling of ill used, dissatisfaction or discontent, to murmur, grumble." To whine is "to utter complaints in a querulous tone, to complain in a feeble, mean, or undignified way." Whining and complaining are purely "little self" ploys for attention, and are a thin cover for escapist tendencies. Whining and complaining is a misuse of the spoken Word.

Complex: An associated group of emotional ideas about a subject, partly or wholly repressed, in conflict with other ideas accepted by an individual. A system of desires and memories, which in disguised form exerts a dominating influence on the personality; loosely, an exaggerated fear with regard to some subject or situation.

Comprehension is "the act or fact of grasping the meaning, nature, or importance of; understanding," and the knowledge that is acquired in this way. Comprehension is the final Degree of the Via Christa, a degree of service and dedication that combines all other degrees. Comprehension is an abstract principle, a law of doing, an initiatory degree and a faculty.

Condemnation is "the action of pronouncing adverse judgment on, judicial conviction, expression of disapprobation or strong censure." Condemnation is damning another, and renders us liable for judgment ourselves. Condemnation as excessive criticism is a soul taint.

Confidence is "the mental attitude of trusting in or relying on a person or thing; firm trust, reliance, faith, assurance, boldness, fearlessness, arising from reliance (on oneself, on circumstances, on divine support, etc.), and is synonymous with trust, which is firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing." Confidence is a soul virtue, and law of being, rooted in the principle of faith. We cannot be "somewhat" confident; we are or are not confident.

Conflict is "a state of open, often prolonged fighting; a battle or war; a state of disharmony between incompatible or antithetical persons, ideas, or interests; a clash." Conflict and war begin with personal internal conflicts. In psychology, conflict is "a mental or spiritual struggle, often unconscious, resulting from the opposition or simultaneous functioning of mutually exclusive impulses, desires, or tendencies." Conflict is a sin rooted in misuse of the Power principle. Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand. – Matthew 12:25. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. – James 1:8. See War.

Conquer means "to master or overcome, to vanquish, subjugate or subdue through a struggle, to acquire, obtain or gain by effort." Conquering is becoming all of the laws received through initiations under the Seven Degrees. Controlling self is what we do until we conquer. Control is but the first step in conquering self, and it begins with bridling the tongue. Self, in the context of soul ascension, describes egocentricity, an exaggerated sense of one's own importance. Conquering is a law of doing or expression under the principle of desire. Conquering is the keynote of the sixth lesser trinity of Via Christa Degrees, and it includes the degrees to defend, to improve and to expand. Edna Lister quoted these two Proverbs frequently in regard to self: He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. – Proverbs 16:32. Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls. – Proverbs 25:28.

Conscience is the soul's moral compass.

Conscience is a virtue and a faculty: The world defines conscience as "the awareness of a moral or ethical aspect to one's conduct with the urge to prefer right over wrong." We define conscience as that soul impulse which directs to right conduct. Conscience, our moral compass, speaks with the voice of our morality and ethics. As souls, we use our endocrine and central nervous systems to tune in on a light wave and hear the Voice of God. We use the higher creative center in the brain to tune in on a light wave and hear the Voice of God: The Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke 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. – 1 Kings 19:11-12. He that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. – John 10:2. We must know the voice of our Shepherd.

Conscious mind is the functioning phase of mind for superconscious mind, operating as the rational soul. It means to be conscious is being aware of one's environment, one's own existence, sensations and thoughts, to be mentally perceptive or alert, awake, and capable of thought, will, or perception. See Awareness, Subconscious mind and Super-conscious mind.

Consciousness: To be conscious is "being aware of one's environment, one's own existence, sensations and thoughts, to be mentally perceptive or alert, awake, and capable of thought, will or perception." Consciousness is rooted in the principles of Wisdom and Mind; the greater the Light, the greater the consciousness. Conscience and conscious have the same root, implying that to be fully conscious is to have a conscience and vice versa. Consciousness exists on a continuum from the "sleeping" rock to God the Source. Consciousness is an absolute principle: God is absolute consciousness and is absolutely conscious. Light is God's conscious identity. Consciousness is an abstract principle, a law of being, a soul virtue and a mental faculty. "Consciousness must be an essential attribute of Spirit." – Isaac Watts.

Consecration means "to make sacred, the separation of a thing or person for divine service; of the Eucharist, the act by which the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ; the setting apart of altars, churches, temples and sacred vessels exclusively for the service of God." Consecration, with bravery and action, forms the fifth lesser trinity of Via Christa Degrees, whose keynote is sacrifice. We consecrate our will, desires and actions to the service of God and Christ.

Consideration is "regard for the circumstances, feelings, comfort, etc. of another, thoughtfulness for another, thoughtful kindness." Consideration, a soul virtue, is an aspect of empathy and an expression of the Golden Rule.

Contemplation: To act of the mind in considering with attention; continued attention of the mind to a particular subject; meditation; musing; study. Milton wrote: "In contemplation of created things, by steps we may ascend to God."

Contraction, an absolute and abstract principle, a law of being and of doing, means "the action of drawing together or collecting; decrease in length, breadth, extent, or volume, shrinking, shortening, narrowing, a reduction, an epitome, a condensation." To contract is "to become reduced in size by or as if by being drawn together." Contraction is an expression of Wisdom as an absolute principle, an abstract principle, a law of being and a law of doing. Wisdom becomes contraction when the Godhead exerts it, and relative caution or restriction of self when we express it. We apply contraction as a law of doing each time we restrict self. Contraction and expansion were among the first fundamental principles God established as universal laws, and they condition our thinking, imagination and emotional desires. We may lower the rate of vibration and contract consciousness or condense substance under the primary law of contraction.

Control means "to exercise authoritative or dominating influence over, to hold in restraint, to hold in check or repress one's passions or emotions." Control is but the first step in conquering self, and it begins with bridling the tongue. The great principle of nonresistance is the control for all Power. Nonresistance is ultimate control. Controlling self is what we do until we conquer. An Adept controls self. The Adept's practice is one of controlling the self. Period. See Conquering and Discipline.

Controlling and manipulating are taints and sins. To control is "to exercise authoritative or dominating influence over; to direct." To manipulate is "to treat or manage with the intellect; to control the action of by management; to manage artfully or fraudulently; to influence or manage shrewdly or deviously." The controlling and manipulating behavior of others has become a pervasive topic in modern dialog and pop psychology. A review of Edna Lister's work reveals that the only legal forms of control are the soul controlling the self, and of God controlling His creations and the universe. Parents may control the behaviors of their children only with the intent and purpose of instilling discipline of self within them. Control is but the first step in conquering. The obsession with control and manipulation of the behavior of others is a pathological side effect of the Degree of the Adept, who is supposed to perfect control as the basis for soul conquering, not for domineering and enslaving others. Such possessive control of another, Edna Lister said, is a form of possession, the deepest and darkest evil, a form of black magic. To control means "to exercise authoritative or dominating influence over, to hold in restraint, to hold in check or repress one's passions or emotions." 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 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 a set of characteristics and dispositions that we may conceive as constituting one of various conflicting personalities within us. Controlling the self is a law of doing and an initiation. Control is but the first step in conquering self, and it begins with bridling the tongue. The principle of nonresistance is the control for all Power. Nonresistance is ultimate control. Controlling self is what we do until we conquer. An Adept controls self, and the Adept Degree is the practice of controlling the self. Period. As we involve ourselves in the world and its affairs, self expands to fill all available space. We must exert the principle of contraction to restrict the selfish will, to rein it in and return command to the soul. We must redeem all self to give soul the power to ascend. Whether conscious or unconscious of our ability, we do have the power of conscious direction and control. Our unconscious thinking holds us in bondage. Edna Lister taught that God has given the rational soul the power of conscious direction and control through the spoken Word. God has given universal substance only the power to become the vibration that we decree by the spoken Word.

Correspondence, an absolute and abstract principle, means "answering to each other in fitness or mutual adaptation, congruity, harmony, agreement, relation of agreement, similarity, or analogy, relation of agreement, similarity, or analogy, concordant or sympathetic response." The Doctrine of Correspondences refers to the tenet of Emmanuel Swedenborg that every natural object symbolizes or corresponds to some spiritual fact or principle, which is its archetype or prototype, and that the Scriptures were written in harmony with these correspondences. Correspondence, also called the law of reciprocity, informs us that each grade or vibration below holds all above within itself. Whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. – Matthew 18:18.

Correspondence and reciprocity are absolute and abstract principles. Correspondence means "answering to each other in fitness or mutual adaptation, congruity, harmony, agreement, relation of agreement, similarity, or analogy, relation of agreement, similarity, or analogy, concordant or sympathetic response." Reciprocity is "the state or condition of being reciprocal, a state or relationship in which there is mutual action, influence, giving and taking, correspondence, etc., between two parties or things." Correspondence and reciprocity are absolute and abstract principles. In Immanuel Kant's philosophy, correspondence and reciprocity are mutual action and reaction.

Cosmic consciousness: See Apperception.

Cosmic divisions are twelve wedge-shaped apportionments of the cosmic magnitudes, created by rays of Christ Light extending from the Source to the outermost magnetic wall. They are the seats of Wisdom government throughout universes. We call them the signs of the Zodiac in the outermost magnitude.

Cosmic magnitudes are twelve concentric spheres of space, the gestating place for Mind, Substance and Power to lower in their rate of vibration and to condense Substance to take on form.

Cosmology is the scientific and/or philosophical study of the origin and general structure of the universe, its parts, elements and laws, especially such characteristics as space, time, causality and freedom.

Cosmos is the world or universe as an embodiment of order and harmony, as distinguished from chaos; a complete, harmonious system.

Councils of Light are 144 begotten creator gods who form twelve Councils of Light, one for each ray of Christ Light within each cosmic magnitude.

Courage is "the state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution; bravery." To discourage is "to deprive of confidence, hope, or spirit." Courage is a faculty of the Mystic Degree, which rules the heart center. Courage is a soul faculty of the heart. The Latin root of courage means "heart." When we say, "He has heart," we are saying he is courageous.

Courtesy is "polite, well-mannered behavior, courtly elegance and politeness of manners, graceful politeness or consideration with others, nobleness, generosity, benevolence, goodness." Courtesy is a soul virtue, the Golden Rule in application and in action. Noblesse oblige is a French phrase meaning "nobility obliges": As God's sons and daughters, we must conduct ourselves nobly, with honor and courtesy. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. – Hebrews 13:2.

Coveting: Covetousness is "the inordinate, culpable desire to possess what belongs to another or that to which one has no right." Coveting is both a soul taint and a sin. Coveting is a misuse of the desire principle under the Love principle; it is irresponsible and the basis for theft. For the covetous person, life's glass is always half empty. "Thou shalt not covet" is one of the Ten Commandments. See Envy and Jealousy.

Created gods are the order of descended creator gods, who are "thought" into being by Androgynous beings; see Holy Pairs.

Creative fire describes the activity of the Holy Breath vitalizing the soul's life sparks, as expressed through love, joy, enthusiasm It is the activator of the quest for union with God, called kundalini or chi in Eastern terms. This invisible, physically imperceptible stream of creative fire incessantly ascends and descends via three distinct canals in the spinal cord: ida (left carrier of lunar energy), pingala (right carrier of solar energy) and shushumna (the central canal). To spiritual sight, it appears brick red at the base of the spine, and clears to brilliant white at the pons of the medulla oblongata, at the base of the skull. You use the creative fire constantly, in everything you do, from baking a cake to writing a symphony to being physically intimate. By misusing the creative fire, you unwisely invest your life sparks of soul substance in people and things.

Creative Impulse is the action that backs the desire to create, which philosophy calls the Uncaused Cause of all Creation.

Creative fire is the
Holy Breath in man.

Creator: One who originates or speaks the creative Word in full obedience to all law to bring good into being within time and space.

Creator gods are living souls who descended from heavenly realms to earth to gain experience in physical expression.

Creature: An animal or animate being who lives by instinctive intelligence and desire, and the urges of eating, sleeping and procreating. Some in human form are creatures. See Appetitive soul.

Credits and demerits: A credit is "an acknowledgment of work done; the deduction of a payment a debtor makes from an amount due; the positive balance or amount remaining in a person's account." A demerit signifies "a quality or characteristic deserving of blame or censure; a fault, a mark made against one's record for a fault or for misconduct." Credits and demerits are initiations involving how ego and pride affect our choices and actions in dealings with others. God's appointed accountant enters the day's transactions on our heavenly "balance sheet" as payables (demerits) and receivables (credits). Self counts only gross income (credits), so is usually shocked by its thousands of niggling expenditures (demerits).

Criticism, a faculty, virtue or a taint, is the action of criticizing, or passing judgment upon the qualities or merits of anything, especially the passing of unfavorable judgment, fault-finding, censure. Criticism, a use of the spoken Word, operates under the absolute principle of contraction. We may apply criticism positively (as in pruning the shoots of self) or negatively (as in destroying another's joy). Criticism of darkness is legal, but not criticism of personality. A well-honed critical faculty is a soul virtue and a faculty; criticism, as passing judgment, is a soul taint. Lincoln said, "If I care to listen to every criticism, let alone act on them, then this shop may as well be closed for all other businesses. I have learned to do my best, and if the end result is good then I do not care for any criticism, but if the end result is not good, then even the praise of ten angels would not make the difference."

Crown: The top of the physical head, the site of the crown chakra and the 1,000-petaled lotus; when alive with Light under conquering, the petals glow and produce a halo effect; the "crown of life" and Light.

Crucifixion is "the act of crucifying, or execution on a cross; figuratively, it is an extremely difficult, painful trial, a torturous suffering." Mystically stated, we must willingly lay personal or self will on the transverse of the Master's Cross until we respond only to the will of God for us. We must assume full responsibility for lifting everything around us, as we polish our standard of honor, ethics and morals. Crucifixion of self is physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. It is the initiation of the fifth Degree of the Master. We begin making a thousand burnt offerings, a thousand days of perfection as we surrender our emotional and mental leftovers to the Light. See Marriage of the Lamb.

Cruelty: To be cruel means "to be disposed to inflict pain or suffering; causing suffering." We define cruelty as an act or remark that causes pain or suffering; the infliction of physical or mental distress. Cruelty, a sin, is the antithesis of love, and a terrible perversion of the Love principle.

Curses and cursing is a sin. Curses include swearwords, but worse is to invoke evil or misfortune; an appeal or prayer for evil or misfortune to befall someone or something. Curses are maledictions that involve verbal misuse and perversion of the spoken Word.

D

Darkness is "the absence or want of light, total or partial, want of sight, blindness, the want of spiritual or intellectual light, gloom of sorrow, trouble, or distress, a condition or environment which conceals from sight, observation, or knowledge, obscurity, concealment, secrecy." Light shall overcome all darkness. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he who walks in darkness knows not where he goes. – John 12:35. See Evil and darkness.

Day of Creation: See Great Day of Manifestation.

Death is "the act of dying; termination of life, the state of being dead." Death is transition from one state to another. See Second death.

Debts: See Spiritual debts.

Deceit is "the action or practice of concealing the truth in order to mislead, deception, fraud, cheating, false dealing, a trick, stratagem or wile." Deceit begins as the soul taint of hiding things, and is a sin because it is a perversion of truth and reality. He who works deceit shall not dwell within My house. He who tells lies shall not tarry in My sight. – Psalm 101:7.

Defense is "the act of defending against attack, danger, or injury, a means or method of defending or protecting." To defend means "to make or keep safe from danger, attack, or harm; to support or maintain, as by argument or action; justify." To defend, with to improve and to expand, forms the sixth lesser trinity of Via Christa Degrees, whose keynote is to conquer. Standing on truth is our best defense.

Heaven is a
place of degrees.

Degree: A step or stage in a process, in an ascending or descending scale, a relative condition or state of being; the degree is the relative intensity, extent, measure or amount of a quality, attribute or action. The degrees are initiations by temptations on every law, to test our selflessness, devotional attitudes and soul expressions toward God and man. No equality in status exists, for heaven is a place of degrees. Desire for perfection takes you through the final degrees of initiation. See Seven Degrees.

Degree and kind, an absolute law: A degree is "a step or stage in a process, especially in an ascending or descending scale, a relative condition or state of being, the relative intensity, extent, measure, or amount of a quality, attribute, or action." Kind means "implanted by nature, innate, inherent, naturally pertaining to, or associated with, a person or thing, proper, appropriate, fitting, belonging to one by right of birth, descent, or inheritance, lawful, rightful." All life exists according to its degree and kind: A rose can be no other kind of flower, but it can grow in degree from bud to full-blown. Divine omniscience operates by using the law of degree and kind: Everything is now good according to its own degree and kind. The law of degree and kind explains why all people do not have the same talents, skills, ability and intelligent comprehension. All are created with the equal right to become, but the equality ends with their choice in what kind to become and to what degree. The law of degree and kind is rooted in the principle of nonresistance; it is an abstract principle, a law of being and a law of doing. Aristotle first wrote of the law of degree and kind in Nichomachean Ethics, Book I, 11:1, written 350 B.C.

Delay is "the putting off or deferring of action, procrastination, loitering, waiting, lingering, hindrance to progress." Delay can result from a failure in will or a thwarted desire, but is an irritating or a disappointing initiation. Delay is a great test and trial. Yet when met in peace, knowing that law is acting, delay creates strength great enough to stand throughout the ages, against any apparent obstacle, hindrance or hurt that the world presents.

Delusion: Anything that deceives the mind with a false impression, a deception, a fixed false opinion or belief that cannot be shaken by reason.

Design: A plan, conceived in mind, intended for subsequent execution.

Demands: To demand is "to ask peremptorily, imperiously, urgently, or in such a way as to command attention, to ask with legal right or authority, to claim as something one is legally or rightfully entitled to." Demands, which involve the use of verbal and psychological force, are sins.

Demerits: See Credits and demerits.

Depression is "a lowering in quality, vigor, or amount, the state of being lowered or reduced in force, activity, intensity, a lowering of the vital functions or powers, a state of reduced vitality, the condition of being depressed in spirits, dejection." The world teaches that depression is "a sign of psychiatric disorder or a component of various psychoses, with symptoms of misery, anguish, or guilt accompanied by headache, insomnia, a mood of pronounced hopelessness and overwhelming feeling of inadequacy or unworthiness." Depression is a soul taint that begins with arrogance and exercising self-will to the point of disobedience to law as we know it. A sense of guilt and sorrow, from being out of balance under law, creates the depression. We hang on the pendulum, swinging between the poles of self and soul, until we repent and work our way back to balance. David, the psalmist, helped King Saul to battle depression by composing the Psalms; we can battle ours by reading them. A popular definition of depression is "anger turned inward." Depression is a "vicious circle," a physical positive feedback loop and thus, a self-fulfilling prophecy. Self lives on a diet of positive feedback, but soul acts as the brakes in the system with negative feedback. Self skews the body's chemistry, but soul stabilizes it. The ideal state is homeostasis, a physical equilibrium.

Descended creator gods are living souls who descended from Heavenly Realms to earth to gain experience in physical expression.

Design: A plan, conceived in mind, intended for subsequent execution.

Desire is rooted
in memory.

Desire, an absolute principle, is to have a strong wish for; to long for, covet, crave; to long for (something lost); to feel the loss of, miss, regret. God has given us three creative tools, desire, thinking, imagination. Desire is the central building faculty of consciousness. The law of increase operates in us as desire. All desires occur under the expansion principle, which explains why restricting certain desires is necessary. Thou open Thine hand, and satisfy the desire of every living thing. – Psalm 145:16. Lord, all my desire is before Thee. – Psalm 38:9.

Desire body: The molecular vehicle which, together with physical body, serves as seat of the appetitive soul, the seat of emotion, empowered by seven vital centers, formerly referred to as the astral body.

Despair: To despair is "to lose all hope, to be overcome by a sense of futility or defeat; hopelessness." We despair when we give in to the thoughts and fears of self and the world, losing our pure Christ mind in the darkness we permit. Despair is a soul taint and a sin.

Details, a law: A detail is "an item, a particular of an account, a process, etc., a minute or subordinate portion of any (especially a large or complex) whole, the particulars or items of any whole considered collectively." Attention to detail is the king of all laws, for each smallest task, each simple detail is based on law. What you do, do properly, leaving nothing out of place. That is the law of details.

Development, a first step in Ascension, is "a gradual unfolding from a latent condition, germination or growth and unfoldment of what is in germ."

Devotion means "ardent, often selfless affection and dedication, as to a person; religious ardor or zeal; piety." Our devotion is written in the profile of vows we have made and paid. Devotion, with fidelity and obedience, form the fourth lesser trinity of Via Christa Degrees, whose keynote is Gratitude.

Discernment, a mental faculty: To discern is "to separate things, or one thing from another as distinct; to distinguish and divide; to recognize as distinct, to distinguish or separate mentally one thing from another, to perceive the difference between things; to perceive or recognize the difference or distinction, to make a distinction, to distinguish or discriminate between, to distinguish one thing or fact by the intellect; to recognize or perceive distinctly." Therefore, discernment is "the act of perceiving by the intellect, intellectual perception or apprehension, discrimination, judgment, keenness of intellectual perception, penetration, insight, perception by the senses, distinguishing by sight, distinct vision." Discernment is a quick, penetrating insight, a keen perception that enables us to see with understanding beyond surface appearances of character or circumstances, which is being "a good judge of character." Discernment is the intellectual faculty of perception that we use to design thought. To properly study and understand Edna Lister's laws on discernment, we must also study all laws she taught pertaining to perception, awareness, attention and consciousness in general. Faith enables discernment. The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. – 1 Corinthians 2:14. The Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12. Strong meat belongs to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. – Hebrews 5:14.

Disciple: A Disciple is "one who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another; an active follower of a movement or philosophy." The Disciple is the second Degree of Ascension, where one learns self-discipline and forgiveness. A Disciple is one who is submitting to spiritual discipline to re-create his soul's integrity of intention and of performance.

Discipline is "instruction having for its aim to form the pupil to proper conduct and action, training to proper and orderly action by instructing and exercising, mental and moral training, the training effect of experience, adversity, a system or method for the maintenance of order, a system of rules for conduct." To subject to discipline means "to instruct, educate, train, more especially, to train to habits of order and subordination, to bring under control." Discipline of the self is the primary activity of the Disciple Degree. Perfect discipline is command over the self until it is utterly subordinate to the soul. Discipline of the self is a law of doing and a soul virtue. Eisenhower said, "Freedom is the priceless opportunity for self discipline."

Discord is "a lack of agreement among persons, groups, or things, tension or strife resulting from a lack of agreement, dissension." Discord is disharmony, caused by self usurping soul's role in life. It is the psychological use of force.

Discretion is knowing
when to speak and
when to remain silent.

Discretion is the action of "discerning or judging, a judgment, decision, discrimination, the ability to discern or distinguish what is right, befitting, or advisable, especially as regards our own conduct or action." Discretion is "the quality of being discreet, exercising discernment, prudence, sagacity, circumspection, and sound judgment." To be discreet means "showing discernment or judgment in the guidance of our speech and action, being judicious, prudent, circumspect, cautious." Discretion often refers to being silent when speech would be harmful or inconvenient. To properly study and understand Edna Lister's laws on discretion, we must also study all laws she taught pertaining to idle words, blessings and curses, the spoken Word, and speech in general. Discretion is the power of deciding or judging, the mental faculty of prudence or judgment. We use discretion to consider all factors before making a choice. Discretion is knowing when to speak and when to remain silent, when to a and when not to act. "I vow to keep my silence shining and golden" is the Mystic's vow.

Discrimination is the mental faculty of differentiation, of making an exact distinction between things in mind and in action, the power of accurately observing differences, for example, between right and wrong. Discrimination, which is both acute and discerning, is the faculty that governs right choice. Discrimination is essential to good judgment. Political correctness is destroying the discriminative faculty. Discrimination is doing the right thing next.

Dishonor is "the loss of honor, respect, or reputation; disgrace; to bring shame or disgrace upon." Honesty is a synonym of honor. Dishonor is the result of committing dishonorable acts in thought, word and deed. Each instance of dishonor sullies the soul, dulls the keen edge of the spiritual and mental faculties and weakens the moral fiber. Dishonor results in the loss of one's moral compass; one walks in the darkness and can no longer find Home.

Disobedience is "the refusal or failure to obey." To disobey is "to refuse or fail to follow an order or a rule." Obedience is "submission to the rule or authority of another, compliance with or performance of a command, law, yielding to some actuating force or agency." To obey is "to carry out or fulfill or comply with a command, order, or instruction." Disobedience is a soul taint. Persistent or deliberate disobedience is a sin. Parents are under solemn obligation before law to teach their children the need for obedience to law, and to teach the laws themselves. Failure to do so causes the parents to share the child's debts for disobedience in adulthood.

Doing: See Relative laws of doing.

Doubt and fear: To be in doubt means "to be wavering or undecided in opinion or belief, to be uncertain or divided in opinion about, to hesitate to believe or trust, to feel doubt about, to call in question, to mistrust." Fear is "the emotion of pain or uneasiness caused by the sense of impending danger, or by the prospect of some possible evil, a particular apprehension of some future evil, a state of alarm or dread." Doubt and fear are soul taints in our faculties of faith and trust. They arise from confusion and uncertainty. To sacrifice them in prayer is our only solution.

Duality of God: Principle and personality.

Dweller on the threshold of consciousness: The challenger to consciousness, which is a sample of everything negative one has ever done or destroyed, the aggregate of soul taints, the entity formed of an individual's soul substance misused throughout all past incarnations. If you say, "In the name of Jesus Christ," its current form will explode, which reduces it. Thomas Bulwer-Lytton's book, titled Zanoni, describes the dweller on the threshold.

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Earnings, Wages and Rewards: To earn means "to render an equivalent in labor or service for (wages), hence, to obtain or deserve (money, praise, any advantage) as the reward of labor; to gain a position through hard work and the accumulation of experience, often in the face of difficulties, in a wider sense, to deserve." A wage is "a pledge or security, a payment for service rendered, a reward, recompense; a fitting return." A reward is "a return or recompense made to, or received by a person for some favor, service or merit, or for hardship endured; something given or received in recompense for worthy behavior or in retribution for evil acts." Earnings, wages and rewards are all effects, as under the law of cause and effect, reactions under the law of action and reaction. Thus, they are all results of acts under the laws of doing.

Ego: Symbolized by pronoun "I," the conscious, thinking subject as opposed to the non-ego or object; the living soul, an individualized expression of God, a Son or Daughter of God.

Egoic soul: See Rational soul.

Egoism: The theory that regards self-interest as the foundation of morality, the regard of one's own interest as supreme guiding principle of action, systematic selfishness.

Egotism: Obtrusive or too frequent use of first person singular pronouns, the practice of talking about one's self or one's doings, the vice of thinking too much of one's self, self-conceit, boastfulness.

Elect means "to choose, the chosen"; those who choose God first become the Chosen, or the Elect.

Electrical current: The flow of electrons in or on a conductor or through a gas or space, from an area of greater potential to an area of lesser potential.

Electronic body: See Fire body.

Elohim: Literally, a host of masculine and feminine beings of Light, referred to in the Bible as "God" or the "Lord God."

Emanation: The act of issuing or flowing from a Source, the doctrine that all existence flows from the Essence of God, as in the begetting of the Logos, the Son.

Emanations of Light: Light pours from the Godhead through the universe as waves or Emanations of Light, which consist of Wisdom, Love and the Logos. Every Emanation is the Three (Wisdom, Love and the Logos) as One Light, named for the aspect predominating. As the universal framework, absolute principle, operating as Emanations of Light, contains all that is at the Source, to govern, regulate and control the universe through its being and action. Absolute principle is ultimate truth, an unalterable and permanent fact. The Emanations are the absolute principles of being and action throughout the universe. Wisdom manifests as omniscient Mind, law, intelligence, knowing, thinking, and planning. Love manifests as omnipresent Substance, faith and every nourishing and sustaining expression. The Logos manifests as omnipotent Power, energy, selflessness, joy, equilibrium and every unifying expression.

Emotions include any agitation or disturbance of mind, feeling, passion, any vehement or excited mental state, a mental "feeling" or "affection" (e.g., of pleasure or pain, desire or aversion, surprise, hope or fear, etc.), as distinguished from cognitive or volitional states of consciousness. To emote is to dramatize emotion, to act emotionally. Emotions are based on chemistry. The emotions control subconscious mind, which dictates via the body. Emotions belong up in the head centers, not in the heart or solar plexus. The first law of expression is to lift desire and emotions to achieve physical balance.

Empathy is "the ability to imagine oneself in another's place and understand the other's feelings, desires, ideas, motives, and actions." Empathy, which is important in the development of a moral sense, can be described as "emotional common sense," tact and diplomacy. Empathy, an innate soul quality, is similar to compassion, in that a soul who has dispensed with empathy may be forced to suffer in order to relearn it. Empathy is a combination of imagination and the love of God that gives complete understanding of what others are feeling. Develop empathy, which is born of Christlike compassion, because self-based sympathy invites life to kick your teeth in. Empathy is an absolute principle and an abstract principle rooted in the Love principle, a spiritual faculty and a soul virtue. See Compassion and Sympathy.

Endocrine system: Concerned primarily with controlling various metabolic functions through release or inhibition of hormones, the endocrine system of ductless glandsincludes the gonads (ovaries and testes), islets of Langerhans in the pancreas, the cortex of the adrenals, the thymus, thyroid and parathyroid glands, pituitary and pineal; see Hormones.

Endurance is "the fact of enduring (pain, hardship, annoyance), the habit or the power of enduring, often as denoting a quality, long-suffering, patience, power of lasting, capacity of continued existence." Endurance is a character alloy of physical strength, mental stamina and spiritual tenacity. Endurance is an abstract principle rooted in the absolute principle of Power, a law of being, a virtue, a faculty and a Via Christa Degree. The law of endurance, the great virtue of which is to hold, operates under the principle of nonresistance. To apply faith as nonresistance, we must stand, hold and endure, which is the background, the foundation and the reason for miracles. He who endures to the end shall be saved. – Matthew 24:13. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. – 1 Corinthians 13:7. See Fortitude and Perseverance.

Enemies and adversaries: An enemy is "an unfriendly or hostile person, one that cherishes hatred, that wishes or seeks to do ill to another, also an adversary, antagonist, opponent, one who hates or opposes a cause, custom, state of things, something that operates prejudicially upon, counteracts the action of." An adversary is "one who takes up a position of antagonism, or acts in a hostile manner, an opponent, antagonist, an enemy, foe, opposed, antagonistic, hostile, inimical." Enemies and adversaries provide us with endless initiations. We can never be successful in dealing with enemies or adversaries if we view them in personal terms, or take their speech and actions personally. We can pass every initiation when we realize that they oppose God or a principle we are expressing.

Energy is "the capacity for work or vigorous activity; vigor; power." Energy is absolute in the Logos Emanation, which is a direct outpouring of Wisdom, Love and the Logos from the Godhead. Every Emanation is the Three (Wisdom, Love and the Logos) as One, but is named for the aspect predominating. As the framework of the universe, the Emanations, as absolute principles contain all that is at the Source, and govern, regulate and control the universe through their being and action. Terrestrial life forms are based on energy conversions; we breathe, drink and eat our forms of fuel to release energy and produce vitality within our bodies. Energy is life: We can live about three minutes without air, three days without water and three weeks without food. Unless we inhale sufficient Holy Breath in the air we breathe, by breathing deeply, we run a deficit energy budget and the result is physical oxidation and aging. In reality, we derive energy from only the One infinite and cosmic Power, omnipotence, which is transduced down from its absolute potential state to become all subsequent forms of relative kinetic energy, in cells, molecules, atoms and subatomic particles. Cosmic Power in kinetic expression includes all energy conversions, such as lightning, wind- or water-generated electricity, and fuels combustion (coal, gas, wood, etc.).

Ensample: An authentic design, pattern or model of conduct, which may be followed or imitated; to exemplify, to show by example. "Being ensamples to the flock." – 1 Peter 5:3.

Envy is "a feeling of discontent and resentment aroused by and in conjunction with desire for the possessions or qualities of another." To envy is "to feel displeasure and ill will at another's happiness, success, reputation, or the possession of anything desirable, to wish oneself on a level with another in happiness or in the possession of something desirable, to wish to possess something that another has." Envy is a soul taint and a sin. Envy is ingratitude for what we have; it leads to bitterness and hatred. To an envious soul, life's glass is always half empty. See Jealousy and Coveting.

Equality means "the state or quality of being equal." We define equal as having the same quantity, measure, or value as another. Equality is a virtue of character and a Via Christa Degree. Equality, with honor and morality, forms the first lesser trinity of Via Christa Degrees, whose keynote is responsibility. "Heaven is a place of degrees; each is on his proper degree . . . no lasting equality exists, but all have an equal right to ascend." – Edna Lister.

Equilibrium, an absolute and abstract principle and a law of being, is in the physical sense, "the condition of equal balance between opposing forces, that state of a material system in which the forces acting upon the system are so arranged that their resultant at every point is zero, the state of equal balance between powers of any kind, the condition of suspense or uncertainty produced by equality in the force of opposing influences, neutrality of judgment or volition." Equilibrium is the state of equal balance among all parts of a complex unity, or the living soul, an expression of the Logos. Equilibrium is an absolute and abstract principle and a law of being. The laws of equilibrium, in manifestation, include gravitation, expansion, repulsion, suction and contraction.

Eternal identity: See Identity.

Eternity: The world defines eternity as "time without beginning or end; infinite time; the state or quality of being eternal, the timeless state following death, the afterlife; immortality." Eternal means "being without beginning or end; existing outside of time; continuing without interruption; perpetual; everlasting, forever true or changeless; of or relating to spiritual communion with God, especially in the afterlife." Eternal is that which has always and will always exist. Eternity means being eternal, immortal, such as eternal truths, infinite time, and the future life. Eternity is an absolute and an abstract principle, and a Via Christa Degree. Eternity, combined with the degrees of space and time, forms the ninth lesser Via Christa trinity, whose keynote is immortality through conquering space and time. "Eternity radiates in every direction from now. It overlaps and holds all the past, present and future in this handful of life right now." – Edna Lister.

Etheric currents: The medium filling upper regions of space, as air fills lower regions, the element breathed by the creator gods. The aetheric currents are cosmic rays, as yet undefined by science, that nurture and sustain soul when consciously indrawn in the breath. Etheric currents separate heaven and the world. [The heliosphere and the Van Allen radiation belt of energetic charged particles (plasma) are examples of the etheric currents.]

Ethics is "a system of moral principles, the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc., or of an individual; the branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions." Ethics is how we apply our morality. See Morality.

Evil is a conscious choice against the Light.

Evil and darkness: Evil is "the antithesis of good; in the widest sense, evil is the reverse of good, and is whatever is censurable or morally depraved, bad, wicked, vicious; doing or tending to do harm, hurtful, prejudicial, depraved intention or purpose, desire for another's harm, causing discomfort, pain, or trouble, unpleasant, offensive, disagreeable, troublesome, painful." Darkness is "the absence or want of light, the want of sight, blindness, the want of spiritual or intellectual light, gloom of sorrow, trouble, or distress, a condition or environment that conceals from sight, observation, or knowledge, obscurity, concealment, secrecy." Evil is an abstract principle, subsidiary to the principles of correspondence and reciprocity under the law of freedom to choose. We cannot see evil, but we can and do see the results of evil choices. Evil is subject to the law of being in the sense that we can choose to do so many evil acts that we become evil. Evil is the perversion of honor, a conscious choice against the Light. Evil cannot exist without a base of individual personality and mind. Spiritual darkness accompanies and is a result of the presence of evil. Evil includes, iniquity, abomination and vice. Iniquity is a grossly immoral or unjust, wicked choice or an action. Abomination is a disgusting and abhorrent choice of action. The world defines a vice on a continuum ranging from "a slight personal failing; a foible, a flaw, an imperfection or a defect," to "a serious moral failing," to "wicked or evil conduct or habits; corruption," or "an evil, degrading, or immoral practice or habit." Vices are usually associated with physical appetites and sensations, and open the door to evil choices. Abstain from all appearance of evil. – 1 Thessalonians 5:23 means not to do, think or say it if another can misconstrue it. Everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they are done in God. – John 3:20-21. See Sin.

Evolution: We define evolution as "a process in which the whole universe is a progression of interrelated phenomena." We do not believe that humankind evolved from simian creatures. We are not defined by the body we wear, but by the state of development of our living soul. We are souls who wear bodies, not bodies that have souls. See Ascension.

Example: A typical instance, a fact or incident that illustrates a general principle or rule.

Expansion, an absolute and abstract principle, a law of being and of doing, means "spreading out, unfolding, opening out, anything that is spread out, an expanse, especially the expanse of heaven, the firmament." Expansion is a component of a trinity including the principles of contraction and equilibrium. Contraction and expansion were among the first fundamental principles God established as universal laws, and they condition our thinking, imagination and emotional desires. Simply stated, the law of expansion dictates that we may raise the rate of vibration of spiritual consciousness or physical substance, and it expands.

Expectancy: To expect means "to look forward to, but also to presume, to take for granted or demand." Expectations are prospects, especially of success or gain. Living in a state of fervent expectancy of the good is how to always ready for a miracle. Expectancy is an abstract principle, a law of being, and a virtue; an expectation may reveal a taint.

Expression is the overall absolute and abstract principle of doing, forming a trinity with energy and action. Expression is "representing in words, motion, or manifestation, something that communicates." To express means "set forth in words; state; to manifest or communicate, as by a gesture; show; to make known the feelings or opinions." Expression is how the Light pours through us to become what we think, desire, emote, believe, speak and do to create. Expression is the overall absolute and abstract principle of doing, forming a trinity with energy and action. The One God has created law to govern our outer expression. God created us for law to use. Expression is how the Light pours through us to become what we think, desire, emote, believe, speak and do to create. Expression includes all laws of doing.

Eye of God, the single Mystic Eye of God sees spiritually, to contemplate all at once. It is the highest degree of spiritual vision, a soul virtue. The Eye of God, with simplicity and sincerity, forms the third lesser trinity of Via Christa Degrees, whose keynote is balance.

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Fact: A fact is "information presented as objectively real; a real occurrence; an event; something having real, demonstrable existence; the quality of being real or actual." Fact, combined with legend and vision, forms the seventh lesser trinity of Via Christa Degrees, whose keynote is relationship.

Faculty means "power, ability, resource, capacity; an ability or aptitude, natural or acquired, for any special kind of action." A faculty is an inherent power or ability of individual mind.

Faculties: The world defines a faculty is "an inherent power or ability, any of the powers or capacities possessed by the human mind." Faculties may pertain to mind (e.g., logic) or to soul (e.g., intuition). Faculties include such mental powers as logic, memory, mimicry, and perception. Many faculties are difficult to distinguish from soul virtues, and we express some faculties as soul virtues at higher levels of ascension of consciousness. Pondering on high matters accelerates the faculty processes. On the Via Christa, we acknowledge the soul's relative physical material, mental and spiritual faculties as powers of being. The spiritual and mental faculties are tools of the Creator servant of God. The spiritual faculties include Wisdom, Love and Power, faith, comprehension, joy, understanding and peace. The mental faculties include logic, reason and will, discrimination, discretion and discernment and courage, strength and endurance (learning obedience).

Faith, an absolute and abstract principle, is belief, trust, confidence, the spiritual apprehension of divine truths, or of realities beyond logical proof, the exercise of a special faculty in the soul of man, or the result of supernatural illumination. Faith is also the obligation imposed by a trust, the duty of fulfilling one's trust, allegiance owed, fealty, the obligation of a promise or engagement. As a verb, faith means to place or rest one's faith on, to utter upon one's word of honor, to give credit to, believe, trust. The law of materialization is "believe and know, nothing doubting." Complete faith fulfills the law of materialization, because faith is the divine Substance of all things hoped for. The law of progress is, "one step at a time in unalterable faith." Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1. According to your faith, so be it unto you. – Matthew 9:29. Have faith in God. Whoever shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass; he shall have whatever he says. Whatever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. – Mark 11:22-24.

False gods: A false god is anything that we worship in place of God, for instance, the body, money, power, pleasures of the world, etc. False gods are sins and may be vices. Worshiping the senses is a vice: The world defines a vice on a continuum ranging from "a slight personal failing; a foible, a flaw, an imperfection or a defect," to "a serious moral failing," to "wicked or evil conduct or habits; corruption," or "an evil, degrading, or immoral practice or habit." Vices are usually associated with physical appetites and sensations.

Family: See Marriage, family and relationships.

Fans of Pharaoh: See White Wings of the Christ.

Fear: See Doubt and fear.

Fidelity is defined as "faithfulness to obligations, duties, or observances; exact correspondence with fact or with a given quality, condition, or event; accuracy." Faithful means "adhering firmly and devotedly, as to a person, a cause, or an idea; loyal; having or full of faith; worthy of trust or belief; reliable; consistent with truth or actuality." Fidelity is under the principle of faith. Fidelity or faithfulness is an abstract principle, a law of being, a law of doing, a Via Christa Degree, and a virtue. Fidelity, with obedience and devotion, forms the fourth lesser trinity of Via Christa Degrees, whose keynote is gratitude.

Fire body: An electronic structure, empowered by seven sun centers, which serves as the vehicle of the Oversoul, the electronic body or soulual body.

Foolishness: See Ignorance and foolishness.

Force, manipulation and violence: Force is "physical strength, might, or vigor, as an attribute of living beings, as an attribute of physical action or movement, strength, impetus, violence, or intensity of effect." The world's definition of force is "to compel through pressure or necessity, to gain by the use of force or coercion, to impose relentlessly, to put an undue strain on." Force is the exertion of self-will that separates the Three-as-One (Mind, Substance and Power) into their component parts: Mind forgets, Substance becomes diseased, and Power is transmuted down into force, which must then be redeemed (taken back) through a physical object. Force is the misuse of Power, and is a sin. Force may be covert, as in manipulation ("exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage"), or overt, as in violence ("the expression of physical or verbal force against self or other, compelling action against one's will on pain of being hurt"). The law is, when we bring human will to bear on Power, it becomes force, which must be lifted through a physical object. Jesus said to Peter: When you were young, you girded yourself, and walked where you wished: but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you, and carry you where you do not wish. – John 21:18, signifying how we pay the debt for forcing the self-will. See Correspondence and Reciprocity.

Fortitude is physical or structural strength, moral strength unyielding courage in the endurance of pain or adversity.

Forgiveness is "pardon of a fault, remission of a debt." To forgive means "to give up, cease to harbor resentment, wrath, to remit a debt, to give up resentment or claim to requital for, pardon an offense." Forgiveness is an absolute and an abstract principle that operates as balance under the absolute principle of equilibrium. Forgiveness is a law of being and a law of doing, under the principles of mercy and Love. Forgiveness is a virtue. Forgiveness is a state of being. When ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. – Mark 11:25-26. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained. – John 20:23.

Form is defined as "the shape and structure of an object, the figure; the essence of something, the mode in which a thing exists, or manifests itself; kind." Form is the principle of concrete reality or expression, a law of being. Form is Light at its outermost point of solidity, held together by the universal law of Mind.

Fortitude is "the strength of mind, moral, physical or structural strength that allows one to endure pain or adversity with unyielding courage." Fortitude is holding fast to your principles. It gives soul the power to exercise choice. Fortitude is an abstract principle, a law of being and of doing, a cardinal virtue and a Via Christa Degree under the principles of Power and energy. See Endurance and Perseverance.

Free choice: Choice is "the act power of choosing, selection." See Free will.

The very essence of
man's divinity lies in his power of choice.

Free will: Our will is "the mental faculty by which we deliberately choose or decide on a course of action; volition; diligent purposefulness; determination; self-control; self-discipline; purpose, or determination, especially of one in authority; deliberate intention or wish." Free will is "the ability or discretion to choose, the power of making choices that are unconstrained by external circumstances or by an agency such as fate or divine will." We always choose from a pair of opposites and give up one or the other. This is the limit of free will, freedom to chose the path we take. What we really have is free choice. The law of obligation states that because man is free and endowed with choice and knowledge of moral good and evil, he is under the absolute obligation to conform to law. It is his plain duty to obey the dictates of truth and justice. The very essence of man's divinity lies in his power of choice. In choice lies the exercise of free will. Free will is the freedom to use the faculty of will through the perfection of the Wisdom of God. Free will is inevitably God's Will and can never be anything else. The Father's Will is free only when it may move freely through you without being colored by the earth personality's willfulness. Thus, free will is a God-given tool for learning through experience, to gain conscious knowledge of what law means and how it will react under every possible combination of conditions and circumstances; our exercise of free will brings complete and undeniable personal responsibility for any and all creations we call into being, whether physical, emotional or mental. Choose this day whom thou wilt serve. – Joshua 24:1.

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Garden of Eden: Everything above the collar bones; the throat center is the final crossing out of self (I-me-my), the transition point between the Promised Land and the Garden of Eden.

Garment of the soul: Enfolding sheaths of Light condensed into heavier and heavier grades of substance, taking on form.

Gates of Light: The points of ingress or egress between the planes of consciousness within the world and the Realms of Heaven. Only the Gate of Ascension is always open. The Hebrews call this the Gate of Repentance, which means "to turn around."

Gift: Something that is bestowed voluntarily and without compensation; a faculty, power, or quality miraculously bestowed, e.g. upon the apostles and other early Christians; a Christian virtue looked upon as an emanation from the Holy Ghost; a natural endowment, faculty, ability, or talent.

Giving means "to bestow, especially officially, confer; to accord or tender to another, to entrust to another." A gift is something that we bestow voluntarily and without compensation. Giving is generosity in action. Giving is a law of doing, and a virtue. Giving is the keynote of the second lesser trinity of the 33 Via Christa Degrees, and it includes the degrees of inspiration, justice and religion. This is the law of all creation: Give and you shall receive. Give, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. – Luke 6:38. Every good and perfect gift comes from above, from the Father of Lights. – James 1:17. A man's gift makes room for him and brings him before great men. – Proverbs 18:16.

Glandular centers: The endocrine glands, seven in number, the pineal body, pituitary, thyroid/parathyroid glands, thymus, adrenal, pancreas and gonads.

Goals: A goal is "the purpose toward which an endeavor is directed, an objective." Its synonym is "intention." Goals are our intentions, formalized. Setting and reaching goals is an initiation that we face constantly, daily, although we may not recognize it as such. Our goal is to be as perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect. The goal of our personal work is to attain Oversoul consciousness. This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13-14.

Golden bowl: Everything encased within the skull of man (including brain, glands, etc.); the physical instrument of the soul for real and perfect expression of Mind, Substance and Power. It is also called the higher creative center.

Golden Silence: The state of cosmic consciousness where life is ruled by intuition and illumination expressed in perfect balance, the place of becoming a seer and a prophet.

Gonads: The female ovaries and male testes, which form cells (sperm and ova) necessary for human reproduction. Female hormone secretions include estrogen and progesterone. Male hormone secretions include androgen and testosterone. The gonads are associated with the Neophyte Degree.

Good: We define good as "being positive or desirable in nature; having the qualities that are desirable or distinguishing in a particular thing; in excellent condition; sound; superior to the average; satisfactory." The good is "that which is morally proper or fitting, right, goodness, righteousness, moral excellence, virtue." Antonyms to good include wrong, sin, evil and immorality. The Good is an absolute principle: God is the absolute and ultimate good. Good is an abstract principle, a law of being, a law of doing, and a virtue. Good is the whole, the perfect, the complete. Good is the fully integrated and sound, in perfect alignment with God. Good is God's name on earth, which is why we declare things "good and very good."

Gossip is "rumor or talk of a personal, sensational, or intimate nature, to engage in or communicate idle, indiscreet talk," and a gossip is "a person who habitually spreads intimate or private rumors or facts." A rumor is "unverified information of uncertain origin usually spread by word of mouth." Gossip is composed primarily of idle words, often damaging to the reputation of others; thus, gossip is a misuse of the spoken Word, both a taint and a sin.

Grace is
the milk of God's mercy overflowing to
nourish the soul.

Grace is "a disposition to be generous or helpful, goodwill, or clemency." Grace is the milk of God's mercy overflowing to nourish the soul, yet we obtain grace only by perfect surrender, repentance and devotion, which turn the divine judgment into mercy. Because God grants us grace, it is incumbent upon us to act graciously toward others. Grace (graciousness) is an absolute and abstract principle, a law of being, a law of doing, and a virtue. Grace is an eternal Godlike soul quality, a state of love, comprehension and compassion. We occupy a state of grace when we pray with a whole heart as a Mystic who communes directly with God.

Gratitude is a law of being, a law of doing, and a virtue. Gratitude is gratefulness, appreciation, and thankfulness. Gratitude is also the keynote of the fourth lesser trinity of Via Christa Degrees, which includes fidelity, obedience and devotion. Gratitude is the first law of increase. All growth comes under the law of appreciation or gratitude: In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

Gravitation: In physics, gravitation describes the phenomenon that any two material particles or bodies, if free to move, will be accelerated toward each other. It is the tendency to move as though drawn. Souls are attracted to God through what we call paradise gravity.

Great Day of Manifestation: A Great Age, mystically said to be 49 x 49 x 42 billion years in duration, comprised of lesser days and nights; also call a Day of Creation, a Day of God or of a Day of Brahm.

Great Guards: Guardian Angels, beings from a higher Realm who guide and direct through use of powerful telepathic "suggestions."

Grief and sorrow are both sympathetic insights into others' feelings. Grief is "deep mental anguish, as that arising from bereavement." Sorrow is "mental suffering or pain caused by injury, loss, or despair." Grief and sorrow are emotional reactions to losing something we cherish or value. Grief too great borders on sin, for it makes the loss greater than life. Grief and sorrow are difficult initiations because our emotions are engaged.

Group soul: Many creator gods working together as one to guide and direct creature consciousness.

Growth: See Increase.

Grudges: A grudge is "a deep-seated feeling of resentment or rancor." When we hold a grudge, we break our own hold on God and the Light; we can hold either love or a grudge, but not both simultaneously. Holding a grudge is breaking the law of forgiveness.

Guilt is "a failure of duty, delinquency, offense, meriting condemnation and reproach of conscience, of having willfully committed crime or heinous moral offense, criminality, great culpability." Guilt is a soul taint, at worst, rooted in self-pity. In the best light, guilt is an indicator that one feels a sense of failed responsibility for an action of inaction.

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Hallucination is "the mental condition of being deceived or mistaken, an idea or belief corresponding to nothing real." An hallucination is distinguished from an illusion in the strictest sense as not necessarily involving a false belief, but is a false perception having no relation to reality and not accounted for by any external stimuli. Hallucinations may be visual, auditory or olfactory.

Harmony is "the combination or adaptation of parts, elements, or related things, to form a consistent and orderly whole, agreement, accord, congruity, agreement of feeling or sentiment, peaceableness, concord." Everything in the universe is run according to the perfect, meticulous harmony of law. Personal harmony is remaining on one's own life chord, without descent into self, which creates dissonance and finally cacophony.

Hate is "an emotion of extreme dislike or aversion, detestation, abhorrence, hatred." To hate is "to hold in very strong dislike, to detest, to bear malice to," the opposite of to love. Hate is love inverted. Hatred is the destroyer that dissolves the bonds of love. It flourishes only in darkness of soul and invites the presence of evil.

Healing is the restoration to health or wholeness, to perfect balance, harmony and equilibrium: physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually; process or act based on the principle of the spoken Word, movement from a lesser to a higher rate of vibration and state of consciousness.

Hearing: See Seeing and hearing.

Heavenly Realms: See Realms.

Heritage (birthright) is an abstract principle and law of being. Heritage is "that which has been or may be inherited, any property that devolves by right of inheritance." It is the "portion" allotted to or reserved for anyone, e.g., that of the righteous or the wicked in the world to come. A birthright includes "the rights, privileges, or possessions to which birth entitles one, inheritance, patrimony." Perfection is our divine birthright and heritage. The character that Jesus portrayed in the Beatitudes is our birthright. Our heritage is to become perfect servants of love.

Higher creative center: The organs of the creator: The pineal and pituitary glands, the optic thalamus, the brow and crown vital center and the lotus centers; see Golden bowl.

Hindbrain: Composed of the broad pons and narrower medulla, the hindbrain comprises the two lowest sections of the brainstem.

Hippocampus: Like the amygdala, the hippocampus is an additional channel for sensory input to the appropriate limbic reactions.

Holding: See Standing, holding and knowing.

Holy Breath: God as the Holy Breath acts as the Christ Life within humanity.

Holy Ghost: God the Father acts through the Holy Ghost.

Holy Pair: See Androgynous beings.

Holy Spirit: God the Holy Spirit acts as the Universal Christ consciousness or Christ principle. The Holy Spirit is the composite vibration of equilibrium harmony, and balance.

Holy Spirit, Holy Ghost, and Holy Breath: Holy means "worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness, divine, having a divine quality." Spirit means "supernatural essence or being." Breath means "spirit, animation."

Honesty is "the quality or condition of being honest; integrity; truthfulness; sincerity." Honesty, honor, integrity, probity, and rectitude denote the quality of being upright in principle and action. Honesty implies truthfulness, fairness in dealing with others, and refusal to engage in fraud, deceit, or dissembling. Honesty is an absolute and an abstract principle, a law of being, and a virtue.

Honor: The world defines honor as "the feeling and the expression of admiration, respect, or esteem accorded to another as a right or as due." Honor refers to virtue, purity, a keen sense of ethical conduct, and integrity. Honor is God first and in the center of one's life. Honor is an absolute and an abstract principle, a law of being and of doing, a virtue, and one of the 33 Degrees of the Via Christa. Honor, morality and equality form the first lesser trinity of degrees, whose keynote is responsibility. We honor God as personality, but are loyal to God as principle. A Master learns honor, and polishing ethics and morals. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God (Matthew 5:8) sets the keynote of honor toward God above all things. How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from God only? – John 5:44.

Hormone: A chemical substance secreted into body fluids that exerts a physiological control effect on other cells. "A chemical substance, formed in one organ or part of the body and carried in the blood to another organ or part where they exert functional effects; depending on the specificity of their effects, hormones can alter the functional activity, and sometimes the structure, of just one organ or tissue or various numbers of them. Various hormones are formed by ductless glands, but molecules such as secretin, cholecystokinin/somatostatin, formed in the gastrointestinal tract, by definition are also hormones. The definition of hormone has been recently extended to chemical substances formed by cells and acting on neighboring cells (i.e., paracrine function) or the same cells that produce them (i.e., autocrine function). [G. hormon, pres. part. of hormao, to rouse or set in motion]." Stedman's Medical Dictionary 28th Edition, Copyright 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. All rights reserved.

Humility is "the quality of being humble or having a lowly opinion of oneself, meekness, lowliness, humbleness, the opposite of pride or haughtiness." Humility is a soul virtue. Humility is nonresistance in its purest expression, and it comes before faith. We cannot have real faith without humility, and we cannot reach humility until we give up self. The law of humility is God's Wisdom and Love in perfect balance as compassion. Humility is nonresistance in its purest expression. True humility is complete willing surrender to be ready for the Father's use in any capacity, in any way, anywhere, anytime. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart. – Matthew 11:29.

Hypocrisy is "the practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess, falseness." Hypocrisy is pretense, faking it, or being a fake. Jesus taught several laws that warn against hypocrisy, and often called members of the religious establishment hypocrites. Hypocrisy is deceit and a sin.

Hypogastric plexus: Innervates the colon, bladder, bladder sphincter, gonads and sexual organs; it is associated with the Disciple Degree.

Hypothalamus: A small, versatile nerve cluster that includes the optic chiasm, it lies beneath thalamus; it is an essential coordinator of the central nervous system; it plays a crucial role in emotions and controls certain metabolic activities, such as maintenance of water balance, control of thirst and hunger, sugar and fat metabolism, regulation of body temperature, influence on blood pressure, sexual behavior, aggression, fear and sleep, as well as secretion of inhibiting and releasing hormones.

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I AM: The One Mind of God functioning as superconscious mind in man, Christ consciousness, and Oversoul apperception.

Ida: The left-hand channel (along the left spinal vertebrae) through which lunar energy flows up and down the spine.

Identity is "the quality or condition of being the same in substance, composition, nature, properties, or in particular qualities under consideration, absolute or essential sameness, oneness, the sameness of a person or thing at all times or in all circumstances; individuality, the condition or fact of remaining the same person throughout the various phases of existence, continuity of the personality, an individual's distinguishing character or personality, a person's emotional, intellectual and moral qualities." God is the primal and ultimate Identity. God must number and name every life spark used to condense an outer form with the particular rate of vibration of a descending living soul. Each living soul's number and name is specific and unlike any other in the whole universe. Once God numbers and names a life spark, nothing can change or appropriate its identity, for it forever vibrates to its original, God-given number and name. From the complete living soul itself to the life sparks that form the outer physical sheath, substance forever clings to its own number and name and to no other. Number and name constitute eternal identity. Once God bestows eternal identity on a living soul, it cannot be lost unless we destroy ourselves by misusing Light, which is all Mind, all Power and all Substance. Eternal identity is the source of our freedom of choice, and of our personal identity. Identity is the name and number governing an aggregation of life sparks called a living soul. Spirit is all unnamed, unnumbered universal substance ready to become. A living soul has a specific name and number. We call soul expression "personality." Soul does not change, but personality does. Personality must eventually express soul identity, which is the great individuality called the Oversoul. Identity is an absolute and abstract principle, a law of being and a law of doing (expression). See Personality.

Idle words: The world defines idle as "lacking worth or basis; having no value, use, or significance; worthless; useless, vain; futile; pointless, baseless; unfounded." Idle words are a misuse of the spoken Word. Using idle words is both a soul taint and a sin, depending on how deliberate the use. The defining Christ law on vain speech is Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. – Matthew 12:36-37.

That which destroys ignorance liberates the truth.

Ignorance and foolishness: Ignorance is "the fact or condition of being ignorant, a want of knowledge, general or specific." A fool is "one who is regarded as deficient in judgment, sense, or understanding." Ignorance is caused lack of observation, definite lukewarmness, indifference or failure to care after observation has taken place. Ignorance is a relative law of doing, or in this case, of not doing by not obtaining wisdom. To the soul, ignorance is caused lack of observation, definite lukewarmness, indifference or failure to care after observation has taken place. Ignorance is darkness and knowledge is Light. That which destroys ignorance liberates the truth.

Illumination is spiritual or intellectual enlightenment. Illumination is an absolute and an abstract principle, and a law of being. Illumination is the soul faculty attained when Light penetrates and permeates every cell of the body until you can spiritually see and know. Illumination is the faculty most closely aligned with the Wisdom principle. Illumination is a vibration of Light, which is the Word that was with God and was God. Observation is the lower, outer pole of illumination. The superconscious mind functions as the faculties of intuition and illumination. Humanity may be humanly intelligent, humanly creative, humanly brilliant, but it lacks spiritual illumination. We lack spiritual illumination only because for centuries of separation from the spiritual world, we focused our intelligence primarily on material and mental subjects. Unless we reach into pure Light and a higher octave of our own chord of life, we can receive no higher illumination of any law. Reaching a higher octave to understand law is illumination.

Illusion: An illusion is "an erroneous perception of reality, an erroneous concept or belief, the condition of being deceived by a false perception or belief, something, such as a fantastic plan or desire, that causes an erroneous belief or perception." Illusion is "the deceit of the bodily eye by false or unreal appearances, or the mental eye by false prospects, statements; something that deceives or deludes by producing a false impression; an inaccurate perception, misinterpretation of sensory impressions; in memory, a subjective falsification by addition, omission or substitution in recall of a past experience; a fixed illusion is a delusion." Illusion is always founded on a fact, which is then distorted to fit a perversion of truth. Illusion is an initiation in perception of the difference between the truth of appearances (often an illusion) and the truth of reality. Illusion is the misrepresentation of reality by individuals or personalities.

Imagination is "the formation of a mental image of something that is neither perceived as real nor present to the senses, the mental image so formed, the ability or tendency to form such images, and the ability to confront and deal with reality by using the creative power of mind, resourcefulness." Imagination is soul seeing, the faculty of visualization, of making mental pictures or images in the mind's eye. Imagination is the builder of forms, but produces all illusions when controlled by self. Imagination is the highest creative faculty of mind, but the most unruly faculty. Emotion (desire) is its only unruly phase. Imagination moves from the concrete to the abstract. We can turn the imagination faculty down or up. Imagination turned downward is bondage to self. Imagination turned upward is soul vision, and becomes the faculty of comprehension. As we ascend, our soul vision grows according to our clarity of our disciplined imagination.

Immorality describes the condition of being immoral. Immoral means "contrary to established moral principles." Synonyms for moral include ethical, virtuous, righteous. Ethical stresses conformity with idealistic standards of right and wrong. Virtuous implies moral excellence and loftiness of character; in a narrower sense it refers to sexual chastity. Righteous emphasizes moral uprightness and especially the absence of guilt or sin. Immorality is a sin, and often involves a vice. Immorality is the result of the conditioning to perversion of morals among youth or another group. It is the sign of a damaged or broken moral compass. Immorality is the precursor to amorality, having no moral compass at all, the hallmark of the sociopath.

Immortality is "the quality or condition of being immortal; endless life or existence." To be immortal is to be undying, no longer subject to death. Immortality is an absolute and abstract principle; God is immortal, as are the souls He brought into being. Immortality is a law of being; the soul is immortal. Immortality is part of the soul's true inherent nature, a gift from God. We are formed of immortal substance and named with the immortal Word of God. Immortality is the keynote of the ninth lesser Via Christa trinity, which includes space, time and eternity.

Impatience and irritation: Impatience is a form of forcing, "a want of endurance, a failure to bear suffering, discomfort, annoyance with equanimity, irritability, irascibility." Irritation, which is a hallmark of biological life, is "the state of being easily annoyed or excited to anger or impatience, proneness to vexation or annoyance, petulance." Impatience and irritation are soul taints. To feel impatience and irritation is a sign that self is rising to the top. When one indulges impatience and irritation, one is pandering to the self.

Impression: The change produced in a passive subject by an external cause, an effect produced by an external force on the senses or mind, a purely receptive sensation or sense perception.

Improving: To improve means "to raise to a more desirable or more excellent quality or condition, to make better; to increase productivity or value; to become better; to make beneficial additions or changes." Improving is a law of doing, rooted in the principle of desire. The ability to improve is a fundamental aspect of ascension. Improvement defines the purpose of ongoing initiation. The ability to improve is grouped with the abilities to defend and to expand to form the sixth lesser trinity of Via Christa Degrees, whose keynote is to conquer.

Increase means "to become greater or larger, to multiply; reproduce." Growth is "the process of growing; full development; maturity; development from a lower or simpler to a higher or more complex form; evolution; an increase, as in size, number, value, or strength; extension or expansion." Gratitude is the first law of increase. All soul growth comes under the great law of appreciation, or gratitude.

Indifference and lukewarmness: Indifference is the "absence of feeling for or against, want of zeal, interest, concern, or attention, unconcern, apathy." Lukewarmness is "having little warmth or depth of feeling, lacking zeal, enthusiasm or ardor, indifferent." Indifference and lukewarmness act as opiates to consciousness, and eventually paralyze the will and desires, and kill the mental faculties. They are terrible soul taints. See Procrastination.

Ingratitude is "a lack of gratitude; ungratefulness." Ungratefulness is not feeling or exhibiting gratitude, thanks, or appreciation. Ingratitude begins as a soul taint, but obdurate ingratitude is a sin.

Iniquity is "a choice or an action that is grossly immoral or unjust, wicked." See Evil and Sin.

Initiation is defined as "formal introduction by preliminary instruction or initial ceremony into some position, office, or society, or to knowledge of or participation in some principles or observances; admission to the knowledge, or instruction in the elements, of any subject or practice." Initiations are also tests. To initiate means to begin something new, which encompasses change from one degree of knowledge to another. Each opportunity for change is an invitation to improve our soul's command over the self, to do better. Every choice is an initiation; thus, we face countless initiations daily. We progress from degree to degree of ascension by tests and trials called initiations. An initiation is always an invitation to do better. We face many sets of initiations, including the Seven Degrees, the 33 Degrees, the Labors of Hercules and lesser initiations on every principle, law, degree, virtue, taint and sin. The laws governing initiation and the initiations themselves apply to every soul embodied on earth, whether they believe in them or not. Understanding them, and the framework in which they operate, offers us invaluable insight to the problems we face in daily life.

Inner Conflict: A conflict is "a mental or spiritual struggle within, often unconscious, resulting from the opposition, clashing or variance of opposed principles, statements, arguments, or the simultaneous functioning of mutually exclusive impulses, desires, or tendencies." Inner conflicts are soul taints. One psychological label for inner conflict is "cognitive dissonance," which describes "the uncomfortable feeling caused by holding conflicting ideas simultaneously." We all learned family patterns at home, while we were young. In adulthood, when we find these patterns are at odds with reality, we may entertain inner conflict before we decide to retain or discard the patterns. "Political correctness" and self-will are often at odds with the readings we register on our moral compass (assuming that our compass is intact, not broken or damaged). Political correctness is not usually healthy or even honest. Instead, it sets the stage for inner conflict and cognitive dissonance. Forceful self-will is immature.

Inspiration means "divine influence or action on a person, believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation; the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions; the act of influencing or suggesting opinions." Inspiration is the action of the Holy Ghost moving through all the soul's vehicles on every inhalation of the Holy Breath. Inspiration is an absolute and an abstract principle rooted in the Holy Breath, a law of being, a law of doing, a Via Christa Degree, and a faculty. Inspiration is a law of being; we are inspired by the Holy Breath of God. Inspiration is a law of doing under the principle of desire; through the power of the Holy Breath inspiring us, we may become an inspiration to others. Inspiration, with justice and religion, forms the second lesser trinity of Via Christa Degrees, whose keynote is giving.

Insults: See Offenses and insults.

Integrity is "steadfast adherence to a code of moral or ethical values, incorruptibility, and the quality or state of being complete or undivided." Integrity is an absolute and an abstract principle, a law of being and of doing, and a Via Christa Degree. Integrity is the complete integration of mind, soul and Spirit, a syzygy of consciousness. Integrity is a law of doing; we may act in an integrated way, in alignment with our Source of Being and thus inspire others to be confidant in us.

Intellect is "the ability to learn and reason, the capacity for knowledge and understanding, the ability to think abstractly or profoundly." Intellect is a mental faculty whose quantity is limitless, but whose quality is restrained by the degree of self governing its use. Self holds intellect in an uncreative pattern, ranging from lack of critical thinking skills to inability to think imaginatively. Intellect, under the soul's command, has no upper limit to creativity. Intellectual intelligence has forty-four faculties, which we never discard. The five essential mental faculties (logic, reason, discrimination, discretion and discernment) lead to spiritual intelligence and understanding. Each grade (degree) of intellect will interpret according to its kind. Living in the intellect brings the consciousness down and holds one at the horizontal level. When we worship intellect, we are worshiping our own mental faculties. Pride of intellect must not be confused with Wisdom.

Intolerance means "the absence of tolerance for difference of opinion or practice, especially in religious matters, denial of the right to differ, narrow-minded or bigoted opposition to dissent." Intolerance is spiritual repudiation externalized as opinion and personalized as prejudice. Intolerance is a soul taint.

Intuition is "immediate mental apprehension without the intervention of any reasoning process." It is absolute "knowing" without suspicion or rationalization. Intuition is the soul faculty most closely aligned with the Love principle; intuition is knowing through love. Intuition is an abstract principle, a law of being, and a mental and spiritual faculty. Intuition is not to be confused with ESP, psychic ability, hunches, suspicion or rationalization. God created us to express Light through intuition and illumination. The superconscious mind functions as the faculties of intuition and illumination. The five physical senses (hearing, seeing, speech, feeling, tasting) form the basis of the faculty of intuition. Intuition awakens as we apply the mental faculties of logic, reason, discrimination, discretion and discernment. The power of intuition from the heart of being ignites inspiration and causes the mental faculties to "look up" in fervent enthusiasm and expectancy. Spiritual seeing is first a sense of knowing, which is purely spiritual intuition. See Illumination.

Involution: The journey outward into Creation, involving the creator gods in separation and darkness. Involution is the creative process used to lower the rate of vibration and condense substance, descension.

Irritation: See Impatience and irritation.

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Jealousy: Negatively, jealousy is "being fearful or wary of being supplanted, of losing affection or position, resentful or bitter in rivalry, envious." Jealousy, an intensely personal form of coveting, is a soul taint and a sin. Positively, jealousy is "being vigilant in guarding something, and insistent on loyalty or fidelity." See Coveting and Zeal.

Joy, an absolute principle, (Latin gloria) is a vivid emotion of pleasure arising from a sense of well-being, the feeling or state of being delighted, exultation of spirit, gladness, especially the perfect bliss of heaven. Joy is energy; joy is love in action. Joy is an aspect of the Logos Emanation, an absolute and abstract principle, a law of being, a soul virtue and a spiritual faculty. Joy perfectly describes the state of Christed consciousness. Joy is an anticipating soul quality, and an outer state of consciousness. Joy is the essence of responsibility, responsibility the essence of joy, and they are one. These things have I spoken to you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. – John 15:11. The law of rejoicing recreates body, mind, heart and soul into the image and likeness of the One God.

Judgment and judging: Judgment is "the formation of an opinion or notion concerning something by exercising the mind upon it; an opinion, estimate, the faculty of judging, the critical faculty, discernment, good or sound judgment, discernment, discretion, wisdom, understanding, good sense." Judgment may be righteous or unrighteous, according to the amount of self we introduce in the equation. We think of those who judge righteous judgment as being "a good judge of character." We think of those who judge without righteousness as being "judgmental." Judgment (and judging) is an absolute and an abstract principle rooted in Wisdom, a law of being, and a mental faculty. Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. – John 7:24. Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged, and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. – Matthew 7:1-2.

Judgmental: Judgment may be righteous or unrighteous, according to the amount of self we introduce to the equation. We think of those who judge righteous judgment as being "a good judge of character." We think of those who judge without righteousness as being "judgmental." Being judgmental is a soul taint and a sin.

Just appraisal is a combination of mental faculties: To be just means to be upright and impartial in one's dealings, rendering everyone his due, equitable. An appraisal is a formal evaluation of the performance of a person over a particular period, evaluation or assessment in this manner, intended to improve individual performance. A just appraisal is different from analysis, criticism or suspicion. We apply the law of a just appraisal to the appearance of the situation or person, without being gullible. Illumination, intuition, plus common sense gives us a just appraisal. Yet we must watch that it does not degenerate into criticism.

Justice is an absolute and an abstract principle, a law of being and of doing, a virtue and a Via Christa Degree. One of the four cardinal virtues, justice is observance of the divine law, the state of being righteous or "just before God." Justice is the conformity of an action to moral right, or to reason, truth, or fact, fairness, correctness, propriety. Justice, with inspiration and religion, forms the second lesser trinity of the Via Christa Degrees, whose keynote is giving. We must be justice tempered with mercy, for mercy tempered with justice is too soft. Once the soul signs the vows and covenants with the Oversoul, the divine principle of justice shows us our appetitive soul faults and brings us back in line. We always collect the interest we've earned, and receive pure justice under divine law.

Justification: To justify is "to demonstrate or prove to be just, right, or valid; to declare free of blame; to absolve." Justification is a law of doing, an initiation or a taint. God always justifies us when we are upright and obedient to law under the Light. Soul stands on principle and awaits God's justification; self impatiently and defensively excuses, explains and justifies itself. Thus, justification is an initiation.

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Karma is a Sanskrit term, meaning "carry over," and expresses the law of action and reaction, cause and effect. See Spiritual debts.

Kinship includes many laws of being and laws of doing. The parent-child relationship is one of kinship, the connection may be by blood, marriage, or adoption; a family relationship. Spiritually, we regard kinship as the relationship by nature or character, as soul affinity. Kinship is rooted in the principles of Spirit and Love or substance; kinship must obey the laws of being and of doing.

Knowing: To know is "to perceive directly; grasp in the mind with clarity or certainty; to regard as true beyond doubt: to have a practical understanding, as through experience; be skilled in: to have fixed in the mind: to have experience of: to perceive as familiar; recognize: to be acquainted with: to be able to distinguish; recognize as distinct: to discern the character or nature of." Knowing is an absolute principle; God is all-knowing, or omniscient. Knowing is both fact-based knowledge and intuition, which is our relative apprehension of divine Mind. Knowing is an abstract principle of Mind, a law of being, and a mental and a spiritual faculty. See Standing, holding and knowing.

Knowledge is acquaintance, familiarity gained by experience, intellectual acquaintance with or perception of, fact or truth, understanding, a mental apprehension, perception, intuition, or other cognition. We define knowledge as information gained through observation, pondered, analyzed and fitted into the facts of one's life.

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Labors of Hercules: The twelve Labors of Hercules is a series of formal initiations that outline the soul's advance in its ascent to God. Initiation is how we step from degree to degree by tests and trials. We face many sets of initiation on every principle, law, degree, virtue, taint and sin. The ancients used the stories of the Labors of Hercules to describe the initiations that a candidate must face while traveling one full round on the spiral Path of Ascension. They often associated the stories with the twelve signs of the zodiac, which they used as a mnemonic device, making the steps to the goal easier to remember. The stories are an ancient form of parables. The order in which the Labors occurred differs at various places in the two accounts, by Diodorus Siculus and Apollodorus.

Land of Egypt: The abdominal cavity, organs and systems contained therein, which is the seat of the lower three chakras, the solar plexus (ruled by Pharaoh), the splenic and the sacral, and the lower pole of Paracelsus.

Let a sense of humor give you balance, perspective, poise and patience.

Laughter, a virtue, is a soul-expanding delight that shortens time. Every laugh we manage cuts short the miles and hours and days of drudgery. We can ascend the physical body on laughter. Let a sense of humor give you balance, perspective, poise and patience. Don't take yourself too seriously. Learn to laugh at yourself and go up in consciousness.

Law, the framework of Creation, describes the nature of the Light, and how Light differentiates into innumerable living souls. Light is the origin and culmination of all being, which holds the potential for all becoming. Laws describe the infinite varieties of forms, all made of Light. Laws define the nature of our relationship with our Source, God as the Light, and govern our relationships, vertically with God, and horizontally with humankind. Where life does not proceed according to the rule of law, the result is without structure or form, void, the destructive chaos of confusion. Life without law is a body without a skeleton, unable to rise above the muck that nourishes protozoa.

Law is "a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society, a rule of conduct imposed by authority." Divine law is the body of commandments which express the will of God with regard to the conduct of His intelligent creatures, law as communicated by express revelation, especially in the Bible, as implanted by nature in the human mind, or as capable of being demonstrated by reason. Law is what is or is considered right or proper; justice or correctness of conduct. Every absolute principle becomes many abstract laws of being and laws of doing. Being is all that God is as potential Wisdom, Love and the Logos. The laws of being include every instance in the Bible where God commands us to "be" some soul quality. Every law of being embodies the foundation of a soul virtue, and leads the soul toward an ideal state of being that we are destined to become.

We form laws of doing to temper abstract principle to suit individual intelligence and consciousness, to control and govern soul unfolding, behavior and relationships, according to our present degree of understanding and development. The abstract principles of doing or expression are equilibrium, harmony and balance. The laws of doing apply to visible, material things and living souls, and deal with personal expression and action. The laws of doing include every instance in the Bible where God commands us "Thou shalt" (248 times) or "Thou shalt not" (365 times). Every law of doing directs the soul to the right choice for action; apply this rule to discover many more unrecorded laws. The law that humanity recognizes comes from a higher set of principles, many of which yet remain undiscovered. Law attempts to define the relation of elements and their behavior toward each other. Law governs relationship. The law governing the relationship of a part to the whole also governs and controls the relationship of part to part, which explains the basis of attaining perfect harmony in all outer relationships. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. – Matthew 5:18.

Law of becoming: God has given Substance the power of becoming.

Law of cause and effect: The law of action and reaction, the source of Newton's third law of motion, that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Law of contraction: Substance and consciousness may be contracted or lowered in their rate of vibration.

Law of degree and kind: Everything is now good after its own degree and kind (for this kind of thing, in this degree).

Law of expansion: Substance may be expanded or raised in its rate of vibration.

Law of force, is the reaction of misuse of Power under the law of cause and effect, the boomerang effect that always returns the force of misuse to the sender, or to its starting point.

Law of freedom of choice: God has given the living soul the power of conscious direction and control.

Law of observation is the application of the mental faculties of logic, reason, discrimination, discretion and discernment.

Laws of absolute necessity: If you live by the following laws of absolute necessity, you will have full protection: Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. – Matthew 6:33. Agree with thin adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him. – Matthew 5:25. Abstain from all appearance of evil. – 1 Thessalonians 5:22. What is that to thee? Follow thou me. – John 21:22. I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all to me. – John 12:32. This is Good! Let there be Light! – Genesis 1.

Laws of action: The law of freedom of choice, the law of degree and kind, and the law of becoming. See Laws of doing.

Laws of being: are absolute and abstract principles as states of being and consciousness; all are facets of conscience and direct us to action, right or wrong. Every absolute principle becomes many abstract laws of being and laws of doing. Being is all that God is as potential Wisdom, Love and the Logos; doing implies action and is kinetic thinking, sustaining and activity, derived from being. In dealing with "being" as it applies to spiritual laws, we are always concerned with states of consciousness, which are states of being. The laws of being include every instance in the Bible where God commands us to "be" some soul quality. Every law of being embodies the foundation of a soul virtue, and leads the soul toward an ideal state of being that we are destined to become.

Laws of doing: We form laws of doing to temper abstract principles to suit individual intelligence and consciousness, to control and govern soul unfolding, behavior and relationships, according to our present degree of understanding and development. The laws of doing apply to visible, material things and living souls, and deal with personal expression and action. Doing is the action of the verb "to do, action, proceeding, conduct, performance or execution of something." The abstract principles of doing or expression are equilibrium, harmony and balance. What we do either maintains or disturbs the universal equilibrium. What we do either creates harmony or dissonance. What we do will create either balance or imbalance in our affairs and relationships. The laws of doing include every instance in the Bible where God commands us "Thou shalt" (248 times) or "Thou shalt not" (365 times). Every law of doing directs the soul to the right choice for action; apply this rule to discover many more unrecorded laws. Our freedom to choose is the underpinning of every law of doing. Each action or expression as "doing" grows from a choice we have made.

Laws of substance: The law of expansion and the law of contraction; see Contraction, Expansion and Sublimation.

Laziness: See Procrastination. Leadership, a virtue: A leader is "one who conducts, precedes as a guide to others in action or opinion, one who takes the lead in any enterprise or movement, one who is ‘followed' by disciples or adherents, the most eminent member of a profession, a person of eminent position and influence, the first person in a file, one in the front rank." Can the blind lead the blind? Shall they not both fall into the ditch? The disciple is not above his master, but everyone that is perfect shall be as his master. – Luke 6:39-40. Edna Lister said, "Our nation is to give to the world the love and understanding of one for all others. This joy, to create in love, will encircle the world as universal love is established. The only ruling law is love. It will bind nations together. The people's faith in their leaders shall be supreme. By your faith in your Lord and Master, by talking of this to others, you will lead all to him. Think, talk about and look for unity, and it will come from unexpected sources."

Learning lessons: Learning is "the action of receiving instruction or acquiring knowledge; a process which leads to the modification of behavior or the acquisition of new abilities or responses, and which is additional to natural development by growth or maturation." A lesson is "an occurrence from which instruction may be gained, an instructive example, a rebuke or punishment calculated to prevent a repetition of the offence." Learning lessons is our reason for being on earth. We are here to learn how to live as the Christ lived while he dwelt on earth. Learning a lesson is always an initiation.

Legend: A legend is a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events. Such stories usually embody wisdom or a cautionary tale. Knowing and understanding legends is essential to comprehending our eternal identity with God, the Source of All. Legends grow from facts. We must search for the truth in legends, to unfold their hidden facts. Legend, with Facts and vision, forms the seventh lesser trinity of Via Christa Degrees, whose keynote is relationship.

Letting, a virtue: To let means "to allow to pass, to loose one's hold of, let go, to desist, forbear, to set free, liberate, to abstain from interfering with or paying attention to a person or thing, to abstain from doing an action." The right use of Power is letting. To "let" means to become unconquerable, fully invincible as law. "Let" is the only legal claim on Power. God has given the rational soul the power of conscious direction and control through the spoken Word. God has given universal Substance only the power to become the vibration the spoken Word decrees. "Let" is the only spoken Word that Substance recognizes. Self regards "letting" as being a passive doormat. Yet "to let" means to cause or to command dynamically, as in the soul commanding the self and causing it to ascend. Letting is a law of doing under the absolute principle of nonresistance. Letting is the individual's application of the principle of nonresistance. Letting, without attempting to control the outcome, is usually a stiff initiation.

Lies and lying: A lie is "an act or instance of lying, a false statement made with intent to deceive." Lying is untruthful, mendacious, deceitful, and false. Lies are falsehoods, a deliberate deviation from truth. The Father of Lies (Belial) is the author of evil and murder. Lying is the perversion of the spoken Word and a sin.

Life is the combination of physical, mental, and spiritual experiences that constitute existence; a spiritual state regarded as a transcending of corporeal death. Life is the Breath of God within us working to its own purposes, using us as its instrument of expression.

Life principles: Mind, Power and Substance as expressions of omniscience, omnipotence and omnipresence.

Life spark: The smallest particle of original, primordial, invisible Light-Substance from which God formed all Creation.

Life urges or principles: Seven trinities of action, the first of which is mating, eating and sleeping; second, emergence maturity and decline; third, instinct, intelligence and intellect; fourth, respiration, aspiration and inspiration; fifth, thinking, planning and building (seeking, knocking and finding); sixth, belief, faith and knowing; seventh, loving, brotherhood and service.

"This is good.
Let there be Light."

Lifting: To lift means "to carry from a lower to a higher position, to raise; to raise in condition, rank, or esteem; to uplift; to elate." Lifting is an abstract principle and an act of love. Lifting is a law of being; we must remain lifted up in consciousness. Lifting is a law of doing, an expression of our love, and a soul virtue. Lifting is the right response to any negative thought, emotion or situation, the right use of imagination by seeing on a cloud of Light every person, place, situation or thing on your lines of Light, and speaking the Word for their healing: "This is good. Let there be Light."

Light, the universal absolute principle, is the original, primordial, universal substance of Light, as life sparks. A life spark is the smallest particle of original, primordial, invisible Light-substance from which all creation is formed. Light is the Godhead, the universal absolute principle, the source of the Emanations. Light is. God is. God is Light. Light is God, externalized in manifestation. Light pours from the Godhead through the universe as waves or Emanations of Light, which consist of Wisdom, Love and the Logos. Law, which is the framework of Creation, describes the nature of the Light, which is God. Laws describe the infinite manifestations of forms, all of which are made of Light, and how that Light is differentiated into innumerable living souls. Light is what the soul becomes. Light also works as the lesser principles of color, tone, number, name (spoken Word) and form. A universe is illuminated by three types of light, material light, intellectual insight and spiritual luminosity.

Lights and colors: The radiance and hues of the soul's aura that change with each passing emotion.

Limbic system: Encircling the brainstem like a "wishbone," the limbic system is a minibrain that largely controls emotions and behavior, arouses or tempers feelings ranging from joy to misery and love to hate; apparently it is also crucial for learning and short-term memory; man's limbic system shows little difference from that of primitive mammals.

Line of fate: The path of one who lives by self, instinctive desire and the intelligence of creature consciousness, seeking to control and manipulate the conditions of life, with little or no personal desire to become selfless and perfect.

Lines of Light: Filaments of soul substance life sparks radiating from each living soul to every other numbered and named rate of vibration ever contacted, which includes soul substance invested in others, animals, objects, or situations.

Little self: The appetitive soul, the instinctive intelligence and selfish desire of the creature.

Living soul: Mind condensed as Substance into physical form as a vehicle of expression, the living soul is that creator servant presence we call an individual; see Soul portions.

Logic is defined as "the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference; reasoned and reasonable judgment; the principles that guide reasoning within a given field or situation." Logic is the fundamental science of thought, a means of proving; a set of absolute abstract principles which governs and balances reasoning; from the Greek term, logos, meaning "word." We use logic, which is the set of absolute abstract principles that govern and balance reasoning, as a means of distinguishing correct from incorrect reasoning; logic enables us to apply abstract principle to daily living. Logic is an absolute principle, rooted in the Logos Emanation, an abstract principle, and a faculty. Our logic faculty opens when we meet an unchangeable principle or fact of life that we cannot alter or interpret to suit our theories or to justify our actions or statements. As we apply logic, it leads to right thinking, which can recondition our lives into perfection.

Logorrhea: A tendency to extreme loquacity; talkativeness.

Logos: In grammar, logos is a form of rhetoric in which the writer or speaker uses logic as the main argument. In Judaism, it is the Word of God, which itself has creative power; in Christianity, the Logos is the creative Word of God, which is itself God and incarnate in Christ. In Presocratic philosophy, the Logos was the principle governing the cosmos. Among the Sophists, it included the topics of rational argument. In Stoicism, the Logos was the active, material, rational principle of the cosmos. The Logos (Word) is an Emanation, an absolute and abstract principle, and a law of doing. The third Emanation, the Son principle contains all possible combinations of Sons and Daughters of God as personality; the Holy Ghost, Holy Breath, the white Light of the Christ, the Universal Christ Principle, Universal Christ Consciousness, Christed consciousness in man, Joy, Selflessness, red ray of the Son, Source of all Energy; Equilibrium, the root of all action and motion leading to harmony and balance.

Lotus centers: The forty-four atomic mental body centers must be open and flexible to transform the aetheric currents into physical energy to balance the endocrine and central nervous system.

Love is the cohesive
power of attraction
throughout the universes.

Love: The world defines love as "a deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude, a feeling of intense desire and attraction." Love is an Emanation of Light from the Godhead, the substance, the foundation, the framework, the matrix of all things. Love, with Wisdom and Joy (the Logos) forms the Absolute Trinity of the Emanations that are the ruling vibrations of the universe. Love is an absolute principle of being, and the great law of being. We are destined to become the Love of God, being as He is. Love is a law of doing: Our solemn yet joyous obligation is to love as God loves. Love is omnipresent as Substance, faith and every nourishing and sustaining expression of the feminine Mother-aspect of God. Love is the very Substance of which we are formed, the carrier wave of Light, Mind and Power. Love, with Wisdom and Power, forms the eighth lesser trinity of Via Christa Degrees, whose keynote is Action. Love ignites suns and fuels their burning radiance. Love is the cohesive power of attraction that holds solar systems and galaxies in their places, endlessly orbiting the Primal Source of All Light. Love is the glue that holds everything together as magnetic attraction. We are drawn to God through Love, acting on our souls as Paradise Gravity. Desire, fully matured in the soul, becomes Love divine, the most aggressive, cohesive power in the universe. Love nourishes and sustains every being and body in the universes. Love sent us out here, and Love will take us home, when we let it. Love is the fulfilling of the law. Love operates the endocrine system (glands and hormones). Wisdom operates the central nervous system (neurotransmitters). This insight causes all laws to slide into place. Love is the cohesive power of attraction throughout the universes. The second Emanation, the Mother-God principle contains all feminine aspects of God as personality; it is the blue ray of Love or blue color of principle as the Mother. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. – Matthew 22:37-40. This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you. – John 15:12.

Loyalty is "unswerving in allegiance, and implies a faithfulness that is steadfast in the face of any temptation to renounce, desert, or betray." Our loyalty reveals that with which we identify. Our loyalty is inseparable from our honor and integrity. Loyalty is an absolute and an abstract principle, a law of being and doing, a Via Christa Degree and a soul virtue. Loyalty is an absolute principle; God is loyal to His Creation. Loyalty to God is the first commandment. Live what it teaches, to love honor above all things.

Lukewarmness: See Indifference and lukewarmness.

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Magnetic currents: Lines of electromagnetism created by the iron-nickel core of planet earth, the flow of attraction which, when consciously indrawn, enables one to appropriate magnetic energy or substance. The magnetic currents strengthen the will and the self-will.

Manipulation means "to negotiate, control, or influence (something or someone) cleverly, skillfully, or deviously." See Force, violence and manipulation.

Marriage, family and relationships: Every human relationship is a facet of our relationship with God. Many people expect a relationship (marriage, children or a new job) to change their life for them, but unless they choose to change themselves and/or their approach to relationships, only harder, more difficult initiations will result. To master relationships on the outer, we must seek a more perfect relationship with our Creator, then learn to love as God loves.

Marriages of the Lamb: The marriage of the Lamb is a series of initiations in which we focus will and desire in a process of sublimation until the self becomes subsumed in the soul. Desire is how we first express the Love principle. Will is how we first express the Wisdom principle. We must consciously lift our expressions of desire and will to become love and wisdom, loving as God loves, thinking and choosing as God thinks and chooses. As we desire to ascend, and choose to lift the urges and propensities of the self, we alter our own chemistry, our neurotransmitters and hormones. The physical structures of our central nervous system and endocrine system begin to change, imperceptibly, slowly, slowly creating a new feedback loop that shift our focus from the physical to the spiritual. We are not longer body-driven, but victors in command, souls who have and use bodies, not the reverse. We are ready to progress when we surrender our personal desires, all desires of the self, to God's desire for us, pure love, which is all good and perfection. When we surrender all vestiges of our personal or self-will to God's will for us, to return to Him, we will have completed all phases of the marriage of the Lamb. Thus, we become a living oblation, a fitting sacrifice. See Mastery.

Masoretic: The Masoretic text is universally accepted as the authentic Hebrew Bible.

Master: The world defines a master as "a person with exceptional skill" at a certain pursuit, "a person who has complete control of a situation, a worker or craftsman fully qualified to practice his trade and to train others in it, a highly regarded teacher or leader whose religion or philosophy is accepted by followers." The Master is the fifth Degree of Ascension. To followers of the Via Christa, the soul is the master of the self, never the self as master over another. A Master never claims victim status. The biggest trap in Mastery is misunderstanding the meaning of the law, "A Master is responsible for everything about him (or her)." Our real responsibility for "everything" is to declare it good and to invoke Light to move through. We are responsible for lifting the other person onto a cloud of light and declaring, "This is good. Let there be Light." We are responsible for putting the person back on that cloud every time we drag them off with an opinion or less than perfect thought about them. We are responsible for maintaining impersonal objectivity, which means avoiding the temptation to judge them unrighteously, even if another asks our opinion of that we think. This underscores why silence is the province of mastery. We are not responsible for taking anyone on personally, for trying to fix them or their affairs, but must leave such urges behind in the Adept Degree. We are not responsible for covering another's transgressions or remaining silent when to do so permits fraud, injustice or evil to occur or continue. Making the flaw public is not our responsibility, but reporting it to the proper authority is. The world frequently misconstrues mastery to be adeptship, but the two degrees are different. We need to know and be able to recognize the hallmarks of both degrees and their distinct differences, which is a matter of discernment, discrimination and discretion. The Master vows to dare, to do and to remain silent about it. So the Master engages in no boasting, bragging or self-promotion, claims no credit, nor expects it. An Adept, on the other hand, brags, boasts and self-promotes shamelessly. They claim all the credit, but disappear if blame is due. A person may say, "I take full responsibility," but unless he backs that claim with full accountability, he is no Master, but an Adept.

Mastery is "the state or condition of being a controller or ruler, authority, sway, dominion; possession of consummate skill; the status of master or ruler; control; full command of a subject of study." Mastery is command over the little self, and is how we begin the long process of becoming absolutely responsible and accountable for everything in our lives. Mastery trades adept arrogance for experienced wisdom. Every Adept believes he is a Master; every Master knows he is but one step removed from being an Adept. Mastery is the personal expression of the white Light of the Christ, which is selfless and pure, perfect and whole in every way, at all times, in every form. It is the outcome of lifting the final appetitive soul cell to be one with the Three-as-One, which we are as a living soul. Mastery consists of complete surrender of the little self to the Source by the process we call the three marriages of the Lamb. The first marriage lifts the appetitive soul "little self" into absolute oneness with the rational soul. The second Marriage lifts the rational soul, which now enfolds the appetitive soul, into absolute oneness with the Oversoul. The final marriage of the Lamb is the absolute surrender of the trinity of soul as one to God, making a living soul. The rational soul conscious mind o'ershadows the appetitive soul-subconscious mind and Oversoul o'ershadows both. This forms our trinity of being to be o'ershadowed by the white Light of the Christ, which is the only true mastery. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. – Matthew 10:25.

Material possessions: See Money and material possessions.

Materialism: See Money and material possessions.

Mediator: An intervener, messenger or agent, one who mediates between God and man, a seer and prophet who has soul knowing, whose obedience to spiritual law refines subconscious and conscious mind to open superconscious faculties.

Medium: An intermediate agency, instrument or [trance] channel with clairvoyance and clairaudience (or psychic ability) to give messages, but not soul knowing; one who suspends rational consciousness to serve as a passive vehicle of personalities not known with conscious mind.

Medulla oblongata: An enlarged portion of the spinal cord in the cranium, the lower portion of the brainstem; it links the 8th through the 12th cranial nerves to higher brain centers; other cell clusters maintain the heart and lungs.

Memory and remembering: Memory is a faculty, "the capacity for retaining, perpetuating, or reviving the thought of things past; the capacity of a body or substance for manifesting effects of its previous state, behavior, or treatment." To remember means "to retain in, or recall to, the memory; to bear in mind, recollect, not to forget." Memory and remembering are an abstract principle under the Wisdom principle of Mind, and a law of being; remembering is a law of doing, a good memory is a soul virtue and an instinctive mental faculty. Memory is cumulative, whether unconscious or conscious. Self rules the unconscious memory, creating from it urges and cravings. Soul rules the conscious memory, a direct link to superconscious mind that results in varying degrees of eidetic or photographic memory, visual or aural. A poor memory is due to mental, emotional and physical laziness with many self-excuses. To remember, which is a virtue, means to retain in, or recall to, the memory; to bear in mind, recollect, not to forget.

Mental body: The atomic body, empowered by forty-four lotus centers, which serves as the vehicle for soul.

Mercy is compassionate treatment, especially of those under one's power, "a disposition to be kind and forgiving." Grace is the milk of God's mercy overflowing to nourish the soul, yet grace is obtained only by perfect surrender, repentance and devotion, which turn the divine judgment into mercy. Mercy is an absolute principle under Love (God is merciful); mercy is an abstract principle rooted in Love, a law of being (we must be merciful as God is merciful), a law of doing (we must act mercifully whenever it is appropriate), and a soul virtue. Justice tempered with mercy is the rule, not mercy tempered with justice, which does not work, for it is too soft. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. – Matthew 5:7. See Grace.

Mesh of Light: The mesh of Light is a spiritual talis or prayer shawl that we create through prayer reveals our degree of purity, which is complete when our mesh is as perfect as the Master's. See Purity.

Metabolism functions Power. The sum of all physical and chemical changes that occur within an organism; all energy and material transformations that occur within living cells. It includes material changes, changes undergone through growth, maturity and aging; all transformations of chemical energy from food to mechanical energy or heat. Congenital metabolic diseases are caused by inherited absence or deficiency of specific enzymes essential to the metabolism of amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins or essential trace elements. Anabolism is the constructive phase of metabolism by which a cell takes from blood the substance required for repair and growth. Catabolism is the destructive phase of metabolism, which includes all processes in which complex substances are converted into simpler substances, usually with release of energy.

Metaphysics is the study of first principles, including such concepts as being, substance, essence, time, space, cause, identity; theoretical philosophy as the ultimate science of being and knowing; principle modified into livable laws and statements of truth suitable for finite consciousness.

Midbrain: Lying below the forebrain (prosencephalon), the midbrain (mesencephalon) is a relatively narrow, short top of the bulging stalk of nerve fibers and nuclei called the brainstem; a relay station for sensory impulses, it adjusts size and movement of the pupils; midbrain neurons contain the personal soul records.

Mimicry: Biologically, mimicry is "the resemblance of one organism to another or to an object in its surroundings for concealment and protection from predators." To mimic means "to copy or imitate closely, especially in speech, expression, and gesture." Mimicry is how we imitate or pattern after the actions and speech of those around us. Mimicry is an instinctive mental faculty, highly developed in the child. Every child will pattern after the strongest soul in its environment, whether that soul is a highly-developed nurturer or brutal predator. Mimicry often breeds "followers" who follow the leader in imitating behavior, attitudes and thinking. Thus, mimics stunt their ability to think for themselves. Mimicry a holdover of creature consciousness.

Mind is an absolute and abstract principle, a law of being and of doing, a faculty. The world defines mind as "the human consciousness that originates in the brain and is manifested especially in thought, perception, emotion, will, memory, and imagination; the collective conscious and unconscious processes in a sentient organism that direct and influence mental and physical behavior; the principle of intelligence, the spirit of consciousness regarded as an aspect of reality; the faculty of thinking, reasoning, and applying knowledge; individual consciousness, memory, or recollection." Mind is Father-God Who thinks and plans all creations, creates man in His own image and likeness; Whose Wisdom as Will holds in place all magnetic walls of the universe; Who establishes rays of repulsion radiating from each celestial body holding them in their courses; Who establishes and holds all our molds while we nourish them with our praise; Mind that thought us into form. Wisdom is absolute Mind expressing as Omniscience and relative consciousness, cosmic or limited. The abyss between God's infinite Mind and the finite mind of humanity is an immutable principle, but God as personality (Father, Mother and Son) bridges this abyss. Therefore, the Psalmist said, "Be still, and know that I AM God." – Psalm 46:10. "God's Mind is the balance of Wisdom's unfailing principles with Love's sustaining and enfolding life. Law is the orderly procedure of God's Mind unfolding to man. Mind is the interpretive medium between the life of God and its manifestation. Mind is the Power, the Substance the purpose, the plan, and the law, which becomes the material universe with its phenomena." – Edna Lister.

Miracle: A miracle is "a marvelous event occurring within human experience, which cannot have been brought about by human power or by the operation of any natural agency, and must therefore be ascribed to the special intervention of the Deity or some supernatural being; chiefly an act (e.g. of healing) exhibiting control over the laws of nature, and serving as evidence that the agent is either divine or is specially favored by God. A miracle is the reestablishing of harmony, a cooperative rate of vibration; it is an acceleration of time, the manifestation of perfection.

Mistakes: A mistake is "a misconception or misapprehension of the meaning of something, hence, an error or fault in thought or action." Mistakes are initiations into learning how not to do it. A mistake is only a slight retrogression caused by having already descended from the Light.

Mists of Matter: See Veils of Illusion.

Molecular body: See Desire body.

Money and material possessions: The world defines money as a "commodity, such as gold, or an officially issued coin or paper note that is legally established as an exchangeable equivalent of all other commodities, such as goods and services, and is used as a measure of their comparative values on the market; assets and property considered in terms of monetary value; wealth." The value of money and other material possessions denoting wealth is chiefly symbolic and respected only in this world, not in the world to come. The trappings of wealth are a trap to the senses and to the ego of one who believes that riches confer great power or gain the respect of others. God will not be impressed with how much we made, but by what we did with our assets. Thus, money is an initiation.

Monism: The metaphysical/philosophical doctrine of cosmology that attempts to explain cosmic phenomena as being derived of one principle of being or ultimate substance.

Moral compass: The soul's individual exercise of its moral imperative. See Moral imperative and Morality.

Moral imperative: The moral imperative is the personal compulsion to action, arising from conscience or the sense of right and wrong, which varies from soul to soul. Moral means "of or concerned with the judgment of the goodness or badness of human action and character; teaching or exhibiting goodness or correctness of character and behavior; virtuous; arising from conscience or the sense of right and wrong." Imperative means "having the power or authority to command or control," and in this sense, to command or to control the self.

Morality is "the quality of being in accord with standards of right or good conduct; a system of ideas of right and wrong conduct; virtuous conduct." Moral means "of or concerned with the judgment of the goodness or badness of human action and character; teaching or exhibiting goodness or correctness of character and behavior; virtuous; arising from conscience or the sense of right and wrong." Morality is an absolute principle (God is moral) and an abstract principle, a law of being and of doing, a virtue, a degree and an initiation. As a law of doing, morality serves as our moral compass, which is the degree to which we put our honor, loyalty and integrity into action as our personal code of ethics. Morality is a soul virtue, and we are initiated on our morals, morality and ethics daily.

Music of the Spheres: "In the Pythagorean concept of the music of the spheres, the interval between the earth and the sphere of the fixed stars was considered to be a diapason – the most perfect harmonic interval. The allowing arrangement is most generally accepted for the musical intervals of the planets between the earth and the sphere of the fixed stars: From the sphere of the earth to the sphere of the moon; one tone; from the sphere of the moon to that of Mercury, one half-tone; from Mercury to Venus, one-half; from Venus to the sun, one and one-half tones; from the sun to Mars, one tone; from Mars to Jupiter, one-half tone; from Jupiter to Saturn, one-half tone; from Saturn to the fixed stars, one-half tone. The sum of these intervals equals the six whole tones of the octave." – Manly P. Hall, Secret Teachings of All Ages.

Mysteries of the Father are the Wisdom mysteries hidden in cosmic divisions, which unveil all principles and law.

Mysteries of the Holy Ghost concern our relationship to God, our Source, and unfolding our necessary attitude toward others if we are to return to our heavenly Source. These mysteries are hidden in twelve radiating rays of pure Christ Light.

Mysteries of the Mother are the Love mysteries hidden in cosmic magnitudes, which reveal the process of creation itself.

Mysteries of the Son are the practical application of principle to the creative process, the catalyst of Christ consciousness, the liaison between man and the Source, the Christ principle of the Son combines the Father and Mother as the family of personality.

Mystery: Any matter that is hidden, secret, unexplained or inexplicable, beyond human knowledge or comprehension, such as a religious truth known only from divine revelation.

Mysticism is belief in the possibility of union with divine nature, trust in spiritual intuition as a means of acquiring knowledge of mysteries inaccessible to intellectual apprehension; the study of God as personality.

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Name: A name is "a word or a combination of words by which a person, place, or thing, a body or class, or any object of thought is designated, called, or known." To name means "to identify, specify, or mention by name." Name is a primary law of expression, an abstract law of doing. Name is the principle governing the use of the spoken Word, let, without which there can be no creation; every creation must be numbered, named and declared good and very good. Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. – Genesis 2:19.

Needs versus wants: A need is "a lack of something required or desirable, something required or wanted; a requisite, a necessity; obligation; a condition of poverty or misfortune." To want is "to desire greatly, to wish for, to be without; to be in need of, to require." A need implies a necessity, but a want implies a desire. Needs are objective, while wants are subjective. Listen carefully when someone tells you they have a need for you to fill. Discerning needs versus wants is key to understanding how we lie to ourselves, and is always an initiation. Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. – Matthew 6:8. God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19.

Neophyte: A neophyte is "a beginner or a novice, a recent convert to a belief; a novice of a religious order or congregation." The Neophyte is the first of the Seven Degrees of Ascension. A neophyte is a beginner, a novice, and thus, easily discounted or overlooked. Yet, with every change in heart or mind, in habits or attitudes, we become a Neophyte again.

Neophyte vows include all activities involved in making the body a fitting dwelling place for soul: Diet, water, breathing, rest and diversion.

Night of Rest and Assimilation: A great Age of the same duration as a Day of Manifestation, during which all begotten and created beings assimilate their gained experience.

Nonresistance: is an absolute and abstract principle, a law of being and of doing, and a virtue. Nonresistance is "letting." The principle of nonresistance is ultimate control of Power's distribution. The law of nonresistance is the liaison principle of power control between heaven and earth, God and humanity. The world defines nonresistance as the practice or principle of complete obedience to authority even if unjust or arbitrary; the practice or principle of refusing to resort to force even in defense against violence. Nonresistance is an absolute and abstract principle, rooted in the Logos; a law of being, a law of doing, which we exercise as acceptance and agreeing and adjusting, and a soul virtue. The principle of nonresistance is ultimate control of Power's distribution. The law of nonresistance is the liaison principle of power control between heaven and earth, God and humanity. The law of nonresistance is the most energetic of the whole Decalogue (Ten Commandments). When Power meets inner resistance, it causes trouble. We can vitalize karmic debts rather than produce something good. Resist not evil. – Matthew 5:39 means to agree with our adversary quickly, and is the law of nonresistance, but not giving in to evil. See Resistance.

Noumenon, plural noumena: To apprehend, conceive; an object of purely intellectual intuition, devoid of all phenomenal attributes. Noumenon, in the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, is the thing-in-itself as opposed to what Kant called the phenomenon – the thing as it appears to an observer. Though the noumenal holds the contents of the intelligible world, Kant claimed that man's speculative reason can only know phenomena and can never penetrate to the noumenon. Man, however, is not altogether excluded from the noumenal because practical reason – i.e., the capacity for acting as a moral agent-makes no sense unless a noumenal world is postulated in which freedom, God, and immortality abide.

Number: refers to "a position in an ordered sequence that corresponds to one of the positive integers; one item in a group or series considered to be in numerical order; a total; a sum." As a verb, number means "to assign a number to; to determine the number or amount of; count; to total in number or amount." Light, and the principles of color and tone combine as one to produce the principle of number that brings the basic units of divine substance, the life sparks, together for countless combinations, ready to be acted upon by Mind exercising Power.

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Use logic, reason, discrimination, discretion and discernment constantly.

Obedience, is submission to the rule or authority of another, compliance with or performance of a command, law, yielding to some actuating force or agency. Obedience is an abstract principle (all Creation must obey the law of the Creator), a law of being (we must be obedient) and of doing (we must obey law), and a soul virtue. Obedience, fidelity and devotion form the fourth lesser trinity of Via Christa Degrees, whose keynote is gratitude. Obedience to divine law removes every obstacle from our path, and creates within us every joyful and loving soul virtue. Obedience creates peace of heart, mind and soul. Obedience is the instantaneous synthesis of all we know with all that comes to us, and choosing to do the Will of God. We have only three reasons for disobedience to law. First is lack of knowledge that there is a law that covers this instance. Second, a lack of understanding when we do know. Finally, willful disobedience. We disobey every time we object. Desire, imagination, the spoken Word, praise, will power, forgiveness, balance and equilibrium, and love as your spiritual anchor, build obedience to law. Obedience to law builds our poise and powers of concentration into completeness. Instant obedience demands application of all laws on every situation. Use logic, reason, discrimination, discretion and discernment constantly. Whoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 5:19.

Oblation: A solemn offering to God, a sacrifice.

Observation: To observe is "to be or become aware of, especially through careful and directed attention, to notice, or watch attentively." Observation is an abstract principle, a law of being and of doing, and a virtue. Observation is a law of being; we must be observant. Observation is a law of doing; we must observe to avoid blunders. Observation is the lower pole of illumination. Observation is based on alertness, logic, reasoning, and how we apply all we know to everything we do. Discrimination is the art of observation raised to its zenith and pinnacle of power. "I now observe every detail of my life. I am alive and alert to observe above and below. As I use observation in my outer life, according to my practice of observation, exactly so shall I see and hear in heaven, the inner." This is the third great law of the creator.

Obsession: "An influence, notion or fixed idea, which persistently assails or vexes so as to discompose the mind; the uncontrollable desire to dwell on an idea or emotion, frequently involving an urge toward some form of action."

Occult means hidden from sight, veiled, secret, communicated only to the initiated, not traceable by the physical senses.

Offenses and insults: An offense causes anger, resentment, displeasure, or affront. An insult is "to treat another with gross insensitivity, insolence, or contemptuous rudeness, to demean, or to behave arrogantly." Receiving offenses or insults is an initiation in poise. While being subjected to offenses and insults are initiations, being offensive or insulting to others is a severe soul taint. We may offend in word and in deed.

Omni means "in all ways, in all places, of all things"; "as all," both in the Source and its Creations.

Omnipotence means "having unlimited or universal power, or authority, all-powerful." The Logos manifests as omnipotent Power, energy, selflessness, joy, equilibrium and every unifying expression. Omnipotence is an absolute and abstract principle. Omnipotence means all-powerful in all ways and places of all creation, through all things unconscious and as all things conscious, the principle of Power. Omnipotence operates through the law of freedom of choice: God gives the living soul the power of conscious direction and control (freedom of choice, which we often call free will) over substance. St. Paul described our potential expression of omnipotence when he said, "I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me." – Philippians 4:13.

Omnipresence means "present everywhere simultaneously." Love manifests as omnipresent Substance, faith and every nourishing and sustaining expression. Omnipresence is an absolute and abstract principle. Omnipresence is all Love-Substance present in all ways and in all places of all creation, all Love-Substance present through all unconscious things, and all Love-Substance present as all conscious beings. Omnipresence is the transmutation principle, and its function is vibration. Omnipresence operates through the law of becoming: God gives Substance the power of becoming. Mind must condition it.

Omniscience means "having total knowledge, knowing everything." Wisdom manifests as omniscient Mind, law, intelligence, knowing, thinking, and planning. Omniscience is all-knowing Mind in all ways and through all places of all creation, as all creation, conscious or unconscious, the principle of Mind. Omniscience is an absolute and an abstract principle; God is omniscient. Omniscience operates through the law of degree and kind: Everything is now good after its own degree and kind.

Opinions and prejudices: An opinion is "a belief or conclusion held with confidence but not proved by positive knowledge or proof." A prejudice is "an adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowing or examining the facts." Opinions are rooted in hidebound intellect (the Wisdom principle), prejudices in stagnant emotions (the Love principle). Neither opinions nor prejudices involve thinking or logic – only knee-jerk reactions, intellectual or emotional.

Optic chiasma: An X-shaped crossing of optic nerve fibers in the brain; the optic nerves send electrical signals from the eyes to meet in the brain at the optic chiasm (or chiasma), where the left visual signal is combined with the right eye signal and vice versa. Then the signals split again. Nerves from the right eye go to the left brain and the left eye to the right side of the brain. This way, visual messages from both eyes reach both halves of the visual cortex. The brain then merges the signals into the one image with which you view the world. This partial crossing of the nerve fibers at the optic chiasm is why humans have stereoscopic sight and a sense of depth perception.

Oracle: One who speaks with absolute authority by divine inspiration; a divine revelation, declaration or message delivered by divine inspiration, a mediator in a high degree. See Mediator.

Order is "a condition of logical or comprehensible arrangement among the separate elements of a group, a condition in which freedom from disorder or disruption is maintained through respect for established authority." Order is an absolute and an abstract principle, a law of being and of doing, and a virtue related to the principles of harmony and balance. The Mind of God orders all things. Every blade of grass is part of the universal plan, and takes its place correctly in divine order. To order your thinking, start with logic, reason, discrimination, discretion and discernment.

Orders and commands: An order is "an authoritative indication to be obeyed, a command or direction." A command is "an order given with authority." Commands and orders are relative laws of doing, principles modified as guides to right action, to meet the needs of a single soul or a family, a group, a tribe or a nation. Following orders begins with obedience to divine law. Every law is an order, a command to right being or action. When you do not "know what to do," you have not listened for our specific orders. Orders and commands usually come to the individual through the voice of conscience, according to the internal moral compass; rarely, one will have a strong impression or hear a voice. The "burden of prophecy" is a divine message that a chosen prophet is ordered to deliver.

Oversoul: The "I AM" portion of living soul that descends to direct and control the individual through the soul, or rational consciousness, upon completion of a Marriage of the Lamb.

Oxytocin is a hormone that is made in the hypothalamus of the brain. It is transported to and secreted by the pituitary gland. Oxytocin acts both as a hormone and as a brain neurotransmitter. The pituitary gland releases oxytocin to regulate two female reproductive functions, childbirth and breast-feeding.

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Pancreas: Situated behind stomach in front of the 1st and 2nd lumbar vertebra in a horizontal position, it is attached to the duodenum and reaches to the spleen. The islets of Langerhans secrete hormones, insulin and glucagon, which with adrenal and pituitary hormones, play a primary role in regulating carbohydrate metabolism. The pancreas is associated with the Disciple Degree.

Panentheism "considers God and the world to be inter-related with the world being in God and God being in the world. It offers an increasingly popular alternative to both traditional theism and pantheism. Panentheism seeks to avoid either isolating God from the world as traditional theism often does or identifying God with the world as pantheism does. Traditional theistic systems emphasize the difference between God and the world while panentheism stresses God's active presence in the world." Culp, John, "Panentheism", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2013 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.). Panentheism

Pantheism: The philosophical form of monism that identifies mind and matter, finite and infinite, as manifestations of One Universal or Absolute Being, the doctrine which holds that the self-existent universe, conceived as a whole, is God.

Paradox: A statement or proposition which seems self-contradictory, absurd or at variance with common sense, though, on investigation or when explained, it may prove to be well-founded.

Parathyroid glands: Located close to the thyroid gland, consisting of four small bodies back of and at the lower edge of the thyroid, or imbedded within its substance. They secrete parathyroid hormone, which regulates calcium-phosphorus metabolism. The parathyroid glands are associated with the Master Degree.

Parents (parenting): See Kinship.

Parent cells: Sperm and ovum.

Patience is "the capacity of enduring hardship or inconvenience, emphasizes calmness, self-control, and the willingness or ability to tolerate delay." Its opposite is weakness. Patience is a state of being that includes everything that God is. Our expression of patience is based on the height, breadth and depth of our faith. We use patience to invoke the outpouring of the principle of nonresistance. Let your sense of humor give you balance, perspective, poise and patience. Patience, together with peace and love, forms the trinity of compassion. In your patience possess ye your souls. – Luke 21:19. Count it all joy when ye fall into diverse temptations, knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. – James 1:2.

Peace is inner tranquility and serenity of soul, so much more than "freedom from or cessation of war or hostilities, or quiet, tranquility, an undisturbed state." Peace is the child of Poise and Power. Peace is an absolute and abstract principle: God is peace. Peace is a law of being, a soul virtue and a spiritual faculty. We move up to poise and power to reach peace and patience. The "peace of God that passes all understanding" (Philippians 4:7) is standing and enduring in joy. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee. – Isaiah 26:3. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. – Matthew 5:9.

Perception is "the process, act, or faculty of perceiving, the recognition and interpretation of sensory stimuli based chiefly on memory; the neurological processes by which such recognition and interpretation are effected; insight, intuition, or knowledge gained by perceiving." To perceive means "to become aware of directly through any of the senses, especially sight or hearing; to achieve understanding of; to apprehend." Perception gives us the ability to look right through the outer appearance and to know that we know. Conscious perception is the ability to perceive a thing with understanding before or as it happens. Perception is mental "seeing," the mind's thinking ability; apperception is a "knowing," the mind's mystic eye of the soul. Perception is an instinctive mental; it is the mental faculty of recognition.

Perseverance is "constant persistence in a course of action, purpose, or state, steadfast pursuit of an aim, tenacious assiduity or endeavor." Perseverance, a soul virtue and an initiatory degree, is continuance in a state of grace, leading finally to a state of glory. We may characterize our perseverance with dogged determination or deliberate joyousness; the former makes our task grimly onerous, the latter a pleasure. Your Ascension work must equal the Power moving through you, and you must back it with persistence, perseverance and a continuous soul-need to move higher, reach higher, understand more, comprehend more. All obstacles become a challenge for the initiate to practice steadfastness and perseverance. Persevere in standing under the Light, which will shine on your path to the goal. See Endurance and Fortitude.

Personal soul records: The neurons in the midbrain are tight little scroll-like cells containing memory of past incarnations.

God speaks as personality
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to personality.

Personality is "the pattern of collective character, behavioral, temperamental, emotional, and mental traits of a person, the assemblage of qualities that makes a person what he is, as distinct from other persons, distinctive personal or individual character, especially when of a marked or notable kind." Personality is both absolute and relative. God is absolute personality. All created beings partake of relative personality in varying degrees. Personality is how God the One expresses as "many." Personality is the indwelling living soul's personalized outer expression. God speaks as personality through personality to personality. Individual personality is what the world sees of soul, the synthesis of emotional experience and developed intellect. We lose our earthly identity in the glory of God's Power when we finally conquer on the Christos Degree. The world is afraid to surrender self, fearing that it means loss of identity. The masses fear they will lose identity if they live by love rather than by the little self. Yet we must consciously identify with our Source. The Light is ours. We are the Light. The Light is One. We call soul expression "personality." Soul cannot change, but personality can. Personality must express soul identity, which is the great individuality called the Oversoul. See Identity.

Perversion is a sexual practice or act considered abnormal or deviant. The various forms of perversion are sins and usually vices. Perversion is also defined as "the action of turning something to the wrong use." Propaganda and lies are perversions of the truth. Perversion means being morally and ethically bent or twisted. Perversions are always attacks on the truth of reality, possible only in the world of appearances.

Phases of mind: See Subconscious, Conscious and Super-conscious.

Pharyngeal plexus: Innervates the pharynx (voice box), taste buds, carotid sinus and carotid body (thereby controlling respiration). It is associated with the Master Degree.

Philosophy: The love, study, or pursuit of wisdom or of knowledge of things and their causes, whether theoretical or practical, the study of all Wisdom at the Source and of all principle as Creation.

Physical body: The cellular vehicle used for earth incarnation, empowered by twelve glands and nerve plexus centers, the densest vehicle used by the living soul; with the molecular desire body, it serves as the seat of the appetitive soul.

Pineal body: A gland-like structure in brain, shaped like a pine cone. It appears to be a major site of melatonin (pigmentation) biosynthesis, but the effect of melatonin on the body and exact function of pineal remain unknown. Research shows that the pineal is exceedingly light-sensitive and may function as a seasonal "clock" affecting sleep and the gonads. The pineal gland is associated with the Christos Degree.

Pingala: The right-hand channel (along the right spinal vertebrae) through which solar energy flows up and down the spine.

Pituitary gland: Often referred to as the master regulating gland of the body, the pituitary is actually two glands in one: anterior and posterior. The anterior pituitary secretes numerous hormones which regulate many body processes, including growth, reproduction and conversion of food into energy. The posterior pituitary controls, pigmentation, growth, adrenal function, thyroid function, gonad function, lactation, vasoconstriction, urine output and water conservation. The pituitary gland is associated with the Priest Degree.

Plan of Salvation: The plan for saving earth and all embodied souls, formulated after the "rebellion in the skies." After the fall, earth was enclosed in a magnetic wall (the world) and the Gates of Light were closed. With the completion of the Crucifixion, Jesus the Christ opened the Gates. It is the task of the Elect to hold them open and lift all souls though them. See Revolution in the skies.

Plans and planning: A plan is "a formulated or organized method according to which something is to be done, a scheme of action, a project, design," the way in which we propose to carry out some proceeding. Planning, which means "to devise, contrive, design some action or proceeding to be carried out, to project or arrange beforehand," requires a thorough knowledge of details and law. Plans and planning are initiations related to the principles of Wisdom and Mind, and the mental faculties. Planning is an initiation that deals with a goal. See Goals.

Planes of consciousness: Borderline, Dawn Zone, Desire Plane, Psychic Plane, etc., which surround earth and lie below the Gates of Light.

Plexus centers: Various networks of intersecting nerves in the physical body, such as the solar plexus and the sacral plexus.

Poise "a state of balance or equilibrium, stability, a balanced or hovering condition, a pause between two periods of motion or change." Its opposite is instability or awkwardness. Poise is an absolute and an abstract principle, a law of being and of doing, and a virtue. We must be poised to act in a poised manner. While poise is highly valued as a social grace, emotional and mental poise, based on internal honesty, are invaluable in protecting us from inner conflict. Poise is absolute flexibility of soul standing in harmony as balance, harmony and equilibrium, immovable from the heart center of Oversoul.

Pole of Paracelsus, also called the pole of Spirit in man, runs between the lower creative centers (sacrum plexus and the coccygeal body) and the higher creative centers (carotid bodies and the golden bowl). It is named for Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus, a Swiss physician and alchemist, known as the father of modern chemistry. Paracelsus said, "Man is related to the stars by reason of his sidereal body," meaning literally "star body."

Pons: (Latin for "bridge") The pons lies between the medulla and cerebellum, and appears as a broad band of transverse fibers; contains fiber tracts connecting the medulla oblongata and the cerebellum with the upper portions of brain. The origin of the abducens, facial, trigeminal and cochlear division of 8th cranial nerve are at borders of the pons.

Pool of nonresistance: See Abyss of life sparks.

Possession is the state of being controlled or dominated by an evil spirit, demon or entity. See Possessiveness and possession.

Possessiveness and possession: Possession means the "act or fact of possessing," also "that which is possessed." Possessiveness is akin to envy and jealousy, and is a soul taint. Possession of another, to control them, is a sin. The only possession permissible is having God's Light, Wisdom, Love and Power possess us unto perfection.

Power is an absolute and abstract principle, laws of being and of doing, a faculty, and a via Christa degree. Power is "the ability or capacity to perform or act effectively; a specific capacity, faculty, or aptitude; strength exerted or capable of being exerted; might. Power is also the ability or official capacity to exercise control; authority; effectiveness." The principle of Power is the third Emanation, the Logos, the Son of God, called Selflessness and Joy. The Logos, as kinetic energy, animates all forms planned by Mind and filled with Substance. The Logos is absolute selfless joy expressing as omnipotence, Power actively exerted and potential and kinetic energy. The Son of all Energy moves forth as Holy Ghost, Logos, the red ray that contains all that the Father-Mother God is, the Source of All Life we breathe. Power becomes harmony, equilibrium, balance and all motion and action in the universe. Paul described omnipotence when he said, "I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me." – Philippians 4:13.

Powers of Being: (Also called the eight great Powers of Being.) The first Power of Being is conquering the forces working in the lower self subconscious or appetitive soul, which comes under acceptance and self-mastery. The second Power of Being is command of all inner forces under the process of growth, which deals with the principles of expansion and contraction. The third Power of Being is command over all outer forces under complete surrender of self. The fourth Power of Being is setting aside gravitation, becoming too light to be held by earth gravity. The fifth Power of Being is becoming too heavy to be moved by exhaling and invoking the power on the fifth atomic breath. The sixth Power of Being is becoming invisible to darkness, by clothing ourselves in Light. The seventh Power of Being is to create or to invoke life by the spoken Word. The eighth Power of Being is overcoming death (1 Corinthians 15) by becoming law and comprehension, casting off the grip of earth gravity, responding only to paradise gravity.

Praise: Earthly praise expresses approval or admiration. When we offer God praise, we exalt and worship the Deity. The Psalms mention praise nearly 200 times, so use them often for inspiration in praising. Praise is the perfect use of the spoken Word, a soul virtue, the interaction of the conscious creation with its Creator. Praise is an abstract principle and a law of being and of doing under the Emanation of the Word. Praise is the only activity that creates burning desire to comprehend, to act, to conquer. Praise builds a pipeline of determination from God's storehouse of potential Power to transfer kinetic energy to fill our molds with Substance. If we praise God, though tried and beset beyond human endurance, we fulfill all law. All God asks of us is to praise under all earth conditions.

Prayer is "an address (as a petition) to God in word or thought; an earnest request or wish." Prayer is the soul's formal or informal communion and communication with God. We address prayer to God as a personality, our Father, who hears and answers our call. Of all the Father's earthly Creation, only humanity possesses the ability to form the Divine Alphabet of Creation into words. Speaking the Word, as God spoke the Word to form the heavens and the earth, is the essential step in perfectly powerful prayer. The gift of speech is our most valuable tool for making, forming, and creating form from Light. Therefore, as students learning how to become full co-creators with God, we pray aloud to release the Power of the Word.

Preaching is the giving of modified laws and statements of truth so arranged as to incline the hearer from darkness into Light, with an appeal to live in Light.

Precipitate means "to throw from or as if from a great height; hurl downward; to cause to happen, especially suddenly or prematurely. In meteorology, to precipitate means "to cause (water vapor) to condense and fall from the air as rain, snow, sleet, or hail." In chemistry, it means, "to cause (a solid substance) to be separated from a solution." When we, as candidates for ascension, break a law or a vow, our chosen illegal action causes all associated soul debts to become due immediately. We call this "precipitating our debts." Our "opportunities to pay" equal the force we have used, causing our debts to "rain down" on us abruptly.

Prejudice: See Opinions and prejudices.

Pride: While pride is a sense of one's own proper dignity or value and self respect, it also can be arrogant or disdainful conduct or treatment, haughtiness, an excessively high opinion of one's self, or conceit. Pride contains much more than just one emotion. It is a composite of competition, one-upmanship, arrogance, self-exaltation, and playing God. Excessive pride is a sin. See Arrogance.

Priest: A priest is a person having the authority to perform and administer religious rites, especially sacrificial rites. The Priest is the sixth Degree of Ascension, whose hallmark is selfless sacrificial service. A priest is set apart, protected, uncontaminated, has conquered, and has attained mastery in the world.

Primary laws: See Abstract laws of being.

Primary principles: See Abstract principles.

Principle is the absolute framework of the universe.

Principle is the absolute, universal, unchangeable, undeviating immutable foundation upon which all universes are based and established. Principle is the absolute framework of the universe. Principle contains all that is at the Source, and it governs, regulates and controls the universe created by the Supreme Father. Principle is spiritual Substance, which becomes, and divine law that directs and controls. One principle hinges on another and using one without involving the whole or parts of all the others is virtually impossible. The world defines principle as "a basic truth, law, or assumption, a rule or standard, especially of good, the collective of moral or ethical standards or judgments, a fixed or predetermined policy or mode of action, a basic or essential quality or element determining intrinsic nature or characteristic behavior." The Emanations are ultimate principles: An Emanation is a direct outpouring of Wisdom, Love and the Logos from the Godhead. Every Emanation is the Three (Wisdom, Love and the Logos) as One, but is named for the aspect predominating. As the framework of the universe, absolute principle, an Emanation, contains all that is at the Source, and it governs, regulates and controls the universe through its being and action. Many principles are absolute: Absolute principle is ultimate truth, an unalterable and permanent fact. Abstract principles are rooted in an Emanation (Wisdom, Love or the Logos), lowered one grade in its rate of vibration. We class principles as either being or doing, and many principles form laws of being and laws of doing. George Washington, on taking his oath of office as the first President of the United States, said, "As the first of every thing, in our situation will serve to establish a Precedent," and he wrote James Madison, "It is devoutly wished on my part, that these precedents may be fixed on true principles."

Principles of expression: See Omniscience, Omnipresence and Omnipotence.

Problems: See Troubles and problems.

Procrastination is "to put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness, to postpone or delay needlessly." Lazy means "resistant to work or exertion, disposed to idleness. Procrastination and laziness are soul taints rooted in indifference and lukewarmness. Excessive procrastination and laziness are sins rooted in selfish rebellion. The Medieval Church called this "sloth." Today, we recognize procrastination and laziness as passive-aggressive behaviors.

Promised land: The thoracic cavity in man, everything below the collar bones and above the diaphragm, all organs and systems contained therein, the seat of the heart center.

Propensities: A propensity is the "inclination, disposition, tendency or bent of mind or nature" to be or do in a certain way, and implies a degree of physicality. Propensities are the outgrowth of appetitive soul urges, see Urge.

Prophecy: Divinely inspired discourse flowing from the revelation and impulse of the Holy Spirit, the foretelling of future events, which includes inspired teaching.

Prophesy: To speak by divine inspiration in the name of God.

Prophet: An interpreter, proclaimer or spokesman of God, one who speaks for God as inspired revealer or interpreter of His will, an inspired teacher.

Psychology: The science of the nature, functions and phenomena of the human soul or mind; mystically, the personality of God expressing as man, the Mind of God functioning as man in three phases subconscious, conscious and superconscious.

Psychosomatic means mind (psyche) and body (soma), pertaining to the relationship between mind and body; disorders that have a physiological component, but are thought to originate in emotions, are called psychosomatic. A psychosomatic illness can arise from internal conflict between mind and body, for example from the cognitive dissonance that arises when your actions or what you accept go against your code of ethics, your sense of right and wrong.

Purity is freedom from moral corruption, or pollution, stainless condition or character, innocence, chastity, ceremonial cleanness. Purity is an absolute and abstract principle, a law of being, and a soul virtue. The mesh of Light (a spiritual talis or prayer shawl) that we create through prayer reveals our degree of purity, which is complete when our mesh is as perfect as the Master's. Integrity and purity of heart are living by the hallmark of Oversoul, "honor above all things." Pythagoras taught the soul's immortality and the necessity of a personal holiness and purity to prepare oneself for admission into the society of the gods. We call this soul ascension. Blessed are the pure in heart. – Matthew 5:8.

Pyramidal decussation: Where the medulla meets the spinal cord, 900,000 of one million nerve fibers in each corticospinal tract cross over from one side to the other, so that nerves from the left side of body cross to right hemisphere and vice versa. In Sanskrit, the left nerve tract is called the ida, and the right nerve tract is the pingala.

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Questioning versus asking questions: To question means "to interrogate, to call to account, challenge, or to accuse." Confrontational questioning is a soul taint, but asking questions is part of the learning process, a mental faculty. When we can ask the question, we are in sight of the answer. Paying attention is critical, for the answer can come from any direction or through any person.

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Rational soul: The embodied portion of the living soul that uses conscious mind as its means of expression.

Rays of Christ Light: Twelve rays emanating from the Source to divide cosmic magnitudes into cosmic divisions, like spokes of a giant wheel radiating from a central hub of Light. They function in twelve great powers, each having its counterpart in the physical body.

Reaction: See Action and reaction.

Reality: In philosophy, real means applied to whatever is regarded as having an existence in fact and not merely in appearance, thought, or language, or as having an absolute and necessary, in contract to a merely contingent, existence. Reality is "the property or quality of being real," that which underlies the truth of appearances or phenomena, real nature or constitution of things. "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." – Dr. Thomas Parker Boyd.

Realms: The portion of space located above the planes of consciousness and beyond the Gates of Light, the Heavenly Realms.

All reasoning is thinking, but not all thinking is reasoning.

Reason is "the capacity for logical, rational, and analytic thought; intelligence; good judgment; sound sense; a premise, usually the minor premise, of an argument." Reason is the intellectual faculty we ordinarily employ in adapting thought or action to some end. Reason deals with the changeable relative, the conscious application of abstract principles in a relative way to gain understanding. Philosophically, reason is the power by which we grasp first principles prior to experience, as distinguished from understanding. Reason opens the Light on our path. All reasoning is thinking but not all thinking is reasoning, because not all thoughts are necessarily conscious. People often use reasoning in place of logic to excuse the self. This is a tactic of sophistry and creates many logical fallacies. Reason is a law of doing and a mental faculty that we apply with logic, discrimination, discretion and discernment.

Rebellion is "an act or a show of defiance toward authority." Do not let another's self-righteousness breed rebellion in you. Rebellion is a soul taint akin to repudiation.

Rebellion in the skies: See Revolution in the skies.

Rebirth: The world defines a rebirth as a second or new birth, a reincarnation. Mystically, a rebirth is being born again in consciousness, continually to a higher degree. The Neophyte is the second of the Seven Degrees; the Neophyte's need is to lift personal desires and emotions to achieve physical balance. As we "die" to self-expressions, we are reborn to the Christ-life to be made anew in a long process either of relinquishing self's hold or as an instantaneous act of soul surrender. Rebirth is the Neophyte's initiation. Rebirth is not a once-in-a-lifetime act or experience. Rebirth means that we are learning, opening the doors of our mind and letting the new light of illumination penetrate and permeate our brain cells and memory. The rebirth in consciousness is perhaps the most common initiation we experience, hourly, daily. We are reborn in consciousness each time we say "Aha!" When we see something new or make sense of what we have not understood before, we are reborn. Our identity, our knowledge of our self, of our soul shifts with each rebirth, and we reintegrate ourselves at a new and higher level. Rebirth is essential to becoming all we really are, and who and what God designed us to be. For those who have asked how many rebirths we must experience, we say that it is a seemingly endless process of metamorphosis. With each reintegration of identity we spin a protective chrysalis in which to gestate our "new" reality. When we are strong enough, we break free yet again. Our new soul wings carry us just so far, then we must be reborn to a new consciousness. The greatest of these Rebirth experiences always involve our reawakening to God and His Christ as the center of our lives and consciousness. Each Rebirth takes us farther on the Way Home.

Receptivity means "to be capable of or qualified for receiving," and relates to the skills of listening and reading. Receptivity is having an open mind: When we look, we see, and when we hear, we listen. Receptivity closes when we give room to opinion and prejudice. Jesus often finished a teaching by saying, "He who has an ear, let him hear," which was an admonition to be receptive.

Reciprocity is "the state or condition of being reciprocal, a state or relationship in which there is mutual action, influence, giving and taking, correspondence, etc., between two parties or things." Reciprocity is an absolute and abstract principle. In Immanuel Kant's philosophy, correspondence and reciprocity are mutual action and reaction. "As above, so below" is the immutable law of reciprocity: Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. – Matthew 25:40-41. He who is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he who is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. – Luke 16:10.

Recognition means to know again, to perceive to be identical to something previously known.

Redemption: By redeeming the bits of self and soul substance we have invested in the world and its illusions, we redeem our own souls. This we do under the Priest Degree as an act of Resurrection.

Relationship is "the condition or fact of being related; connection or association. A relation is the logical or natural association between two or more things; relevance of one to another; connection." Relationship is best understood by considering from earth to the Source: First, man's relationship to himself. The second relationship is man to man and understanding of people. The third is more important, the relationship to God and God's to man. Relationship is the keynote of the seventh lesser trinity of Via Christa Degrees, which includes facts, legend and vision.

Relationships: See Marriage, family and relationships.

Relative laws of doing: We form laws of doing to temper abstract principles and laws to suit individual intelligence and consciousness, to control and govern the soul's unfolding, behavior and relationships, according to our present degree of understanding and development. The abstract principles of doing or expression are equilibrium, harmony and balance. The laws of doing apply to visible, material things and living souls, and deal with personal expression and action. The laws of doing include every instance in the Bible where God commands us "Thou shalt" (248 times) or "Thou shalt not" (365 times). Every law of doing directs the soul to the right choice for action; apply this rule to discover many more unrecorded laws.

Religion is "belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe, a set of beliefs, values, and practices based on the teachings of a spiritual leader, a cause, a principle, or an activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion." Religion designates the activity of manifestation, or God in action. Religion includes all that is. Religion is a law of being (we must be religious) and a law of doing (we must practice our religion), and a Via Christa Degree: Religion, inspiration and justice form the second lesser trinity of Via Christa Degrees, whose keynote is giving.

Remembering: A priori soul knowledge is remembering what has occurred before. See Memory and remembering.

Repentance is "penitence, to feel remorse, contrition, or self-reproach for what one has done or failed to do, to be contrite, to regret past conduct and to change one's mind regarding it, to change for the better as a result." Repentance is a law of being (we must be repentant), and a law of doing (we must repent). Repentance is our sole avenue to redeeming misspent or unwisely invested soul substance, amending the foolishness of our past choices, and our request to be permitted to repay any debts of force that we may have created. Thus, repentance is also an initiation. To repent means to "turn around" or to "return." The vow of repentance: "Here I am, Father. Let Light shine on the unconscious memory that drew this lesson to me. Let thy Light cleanse and scrape clean the platter of my appetitive soul to lift it into thy glory now." I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto Me, for I have redeemed thee. – Isaiah 44:22.

Repression: Refusal to entertain distressing or painful ideas, thus submerging them in the subconscious where they continue to exert their influence on the individual.

Repudiation is a soul taint and a sin. To repudiate means "to reject as unauthorized or as having no authority or binding force on one, to refuse to discharge or acknowledge a debt or other obligation." Self often repudiates moral and ethical obligations that are binding on soul, thus tainting the soul. Repudiation of responsibility for a brother is mankind's greatest psychological and moral sin.

Repulsion means "repudiation or divorce." In physics, the force with which bodies, particles or like forces repel one another. The opposite of attraction, two like electrical charges, for example, repel on another.

Reputation is an abstract principle, and law of doing. Reputation is "the opinion, supposition or view of one about something, the common or general estimate of a person with respect to character or other qualities, the relative estimation or esteem in which a person is held, the honor or credit of a particular person, one's good name, good report, or fame in general." Character versus reputation names the contrast between the soul and the self image. Character is the outgrowth of our accrued inner qualities, the objective truth of reality of our being. Reputation is a worldly assessment, based on the subjective truth of appearances. See Character and Truth of appearances.

Responsibility is a charge, trust, or duty, for which one is responsible. To be responsible means to be correspondent or answerable, accountable to another for something, liable to be called to account, morally accountable for our actions, capable of rational conduct. The law of absolute responsibility is to assume all blame and responsibility for all about us, wherever our name is used or for whatever we are connected with.

Resentment is "indignation or ill will" and "smoldering anger generated by a sense of a grievance, real or imagined; to feel indignantly aggrieved at"; resentment's synonym is anger. Indignation is "righteous anger at something regarded as wrongful, unjust, or evil." Resentment is a soul taint that can easily become a sin. If we do not pull the weeds of resentment, we will grow a hedge of hatred. See Anger.

Resistance means to strive against, or oppose, the capacity to resist. The world defines resistance as the act or an instance of resisting or the capacity to resist, a force that tends to oppose or retard motion. Psychology: A process in which the ego opposes the conscious recall of anxiety-producing experiences. Biology: The capacity of an organism to defend itself against a disease, or to withstand the effects of a harmful environmental agent. Electricity: The opposition of a body or substance to current passing through it, resulting in a change of electrical energy into heat or another form of energy. See Nonresistance.

Responsibility: A responsibility is "a charge, trust, or duty, for which one is responsible." To be responsible means "to be correspondent or answerable, accountable to another for something, liable to be called to account, morally accountable for your actions, capable of rational conduct." Responsibility is the keynote of the first lesser trinity of the 33 Degrees, and it includes the Degrees of honor, morality and equality. Responsibility is a law of being (we must be responsible) and a law of doing (we must act responsibly). Responsibility is a soul virtue, the requisite for the Master Degree; personal responsibility is complete when we attain the Christos Degree. Responsibility is the vow of the fifth, or Master Degree. The vow of responsibility: "I am now become responsible for all my own earth life. The spot I occupy now I have made for myself. The work I do now is as a servant of God. All that comes to me is my very own, either light or dark, it has been created by me for myself by my own use or misuse of Life, Light, Power, Mind and Substance. That which I do not like or enjoy, I have created. From this hour forth, I shall live life by love alone and let God do His perfect work as me." The law of absolute responsibility is to assume all blame and responsibility for all about us, wherever our name is used or for whatever we are connected with. Lincoln said, "You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."

Restraint is "the act of holding back or keeping in check; control; to deprive of freedom or liberty; to limit or restrict." Synonyms for restraint include prudence, modesty, discipline, temperance, humility and meekness. Restraint is an abstract principle under the principle of contraction, a law of being (we must be restrained in conduct), a law of doing (we must act in a restrained manner), and a soul virtue. We generally practice restraint as a law of doing, called self-control under the lesser degrees of Neophyte, Disciple and Adept; the Mystic begins to see the need to restrain self, and soul perfects this virtue under the three higher degrees of the Master, Priest and Christos. The law of restraint governs sincerity. Sincerity, a virtue, means candor, honesty, and freedom from duplicity. The laws of restraint are, (1) Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. – Matthew 25:40. (2) Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 5:19. At the physical-emotional level, the Ten Commandments are laws of restraint meant to teach us how to act, and are the foundation of our earthly legal system.

Resurrection: The world defines resurrection as "the act of rising from the dead or returning to life, the act of bringing back to practice, notice, or use; a revival." Theology defines resurrection as the rising again of Jesus on the third day after the Crucifixion, or the rising again of the dead at the Last Judgment. Resurrection is a law of doing under the principle of redemption: To redeem our own soul we must resurrect all good from the dead in Spirit. Resurrection is the initiation of the sixth Degree of the Priest. In Resurrection, we arise into the Light to transform our cross into a ladder of Ascension. Our personal desires and will become one with divine Love and Wisdom as we daily practice the full surrender of self.

Retaliation is the act of returning like for like, repayment in kind, requital, reprisal. Retaliation is a sin that calls upon us the full weight of the law of action and reaction, cause and effect. When we retaliate, we are sitting in the judgment seat, acting as judge, jury and executioner. See Revenge and retaliation.

Reticular formation: Located deep within the brainstem, it runs between the medulla and midbrain; it is a cluster of small nerve cells and short fibers that rules consciousness: even when sleeping, the reticular formation remains ready to alert the forebrain if the senses signal threat.

Retrogression is the act of retrogressing; movement backward. In biology, retrogression is degeneration; retrograde metamorphosis; passing from a more complex to a simpler structure. In medicine, retrogression is the act or process of deteriorating or declining; a return to a less complex biological state or stage. Spiritually, to retrogress is to go backward into an earlier and usually worse condition; to move backward. Synonyms to retrogress include to decline, degenerate, retrograde, withdraw, retreat, revert. Soul retrogression is devolution.

Revenge and retaliation: Revenge inflicts punishment for injury or insult, and means "retaliation, spite, or vindictiveness." Spite is "malicious ill will prompting an urge to hurt or humiliate." Vindictive suggests "unmotivated rancor and a disposition to retaliate for wrongs, real or imagined." Retaliation is "the act of returning like for like, repayment in kind, requital, reprisal." Revenge and retaliation are sins that call upon us the full weight of the law of action and reaction, cause and effect. When we see revenge or retaliate, we are sitting in the judgment seat, acting as judge, jury and executioner.

Revolution in the skies: The rebellion of certain created and begotten creator gods who descended and acted from self-will against God and the Plan of Creation. The war in heaven preceded the Fall of Man. Satan sided with Belial, the Father of Lies, and they drew one-third of the stars of heaven down with them. They became the "giants in the earth," spoken of in Genesis 6. See Revelation 12, Judges 5, and Jude 1. And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. – Genesis 6:1-2. The rebellion grew. They chose new gods, then was war in the Gates . . . they fought from heaven, the stars in their courses fought. – Judges 5:8, 20. Then there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. – Revelation 12:7. These rebellious descended creator gods, collectively called the "dragon," were "angels that kept not their first estate": I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. – Jude 1:5-7. See Plan of Salvation.

Rewards: See Earnings, wages and rewards.

Righteousness: Righteous is a translation of the Hebrew word, tsedeq, also defined as "right, righteous, just, innocent, honest, upright, pious, God-fearing; correct; acquitted." Righteousness is uprightness of character, being on the plumb line with God. Righteousness is an abstract principle, a law of being (we must be righteous) and a law of doing (we must express righteousness in all our dealings), and a virtue of the upright before God; we begin perfecting righteousness under the Master Degree. Righteousness is honor, loyalty and integrity combined, the state of consciousness of learning to be right, not through opinion and prejudice, but with principle and the Love of God. It is a state of grace, living by our highest ideas, living with the Christ. Righteousness misused as self-righteousness is hypocrisy.

Rings of Saturn: Rays of sensitivity formed to protect the physical body and vital centers from earth vibrations when the five senses are indrawn to serve the soul through the Oversoul Star. The Rings of Saturn are protective bands of rainbow lights around the waist-line that flood the lower three vital centers.

River of Life: The Absolute Emanations, Wisdom, Love and the Logos form the River of Life, eternally pouring from the Throne of God as omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence, Mind, Substance and Power to become all that is, and returning to the Source. The three great Emanations, each of which flows as an independent river, are simultaneously always a whole, complete river or triple Emanation as one, with twelve virtues for each Emanation. These Emanations alternate, one with the other, dependent upon which Emanation is to be uppermost to uphold the universes to finish the cleansing of the life sparks. The river is like a vast arterial system, through which flows the white Light of the Christ. All galaxies and suns are on this broad highway, which is a figure eight. The cohesion principle draws the River of Life to us, and us to its great cyclic Path of Life.

Rod of poise: See Rod of Power.

Rod of Power: The spinal column in the human body, acting as the pathway of the creative fire, the rod of poise.

Rotary treatment: The rotary treatment for balance and vitality is a metaphysical healing treatment. Rotary Treatment

Royal celestial centers: See Sun centers.

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Sacral plexus: Fibers from 4th and 5th lumbar nerves and 1st, 2nd and 3rd sacral nerves form sacral plexus, which innervates abdominal organs, sexual organs, buttocks, hips, thighs and legs.

Sacrifice: To sacrifice means "to offer as a sacrifice to a deity; to forfeit one thing for another thing considered to be of greater value; to sell or give away at a loss." We regard the act of sacrifice as an oblation, defined as "the act of offering something, such as worship or thanks, to a deity; a charitable offering or gift." A sacrifice is anything material or immaterial, offered to God or a deity as an act of propitiation or homage, the destruction or surrender of something valued or desired for the sake of something having, or regarded as having, a higher or a more pressing claim, the loss entailed by devotion to an interest, also, the thing so devoted or surrendered. To sacrifice means to surrender or give up something for the attainment of some higher advantage or dearer object. Sacrifice is an initiation in which we are asked to surrender something we do not really need, but may still believe we do. The more the self desires to hold onto the trait or self taint that soul is offering up, the greater the sacrifice weighs in the balance. Our sacrifice must be dear to us, or is otherwise meaningless. Sacrifice is a law of doing: We must make a sacrifice of self. Sacrifice is the keynote of the fifth lesser Via Christa Trinity, and it includes the degrees of consecration, bravery and action. The vow of sacrifice: "Father, let me find new things of self still buried in my appetitive soul, hidden from my conscious mind, to lie on Thy altars forever. Accept my soul, heart, body and affairs as living sacrifices to Thee so that I may be used as Thy servant and strong pillar in Thy Temple."

Science: Those branches of study relating to the phenomena of the physical universe and its laws, a connected body of demonstrated truths with observed facts systematically classified under general laws; the study of relative, modified principles which can be proven through physical measurements and through physical senses.

Seat of appetitive soul: Cells of the physical body enfold both the desire body (seat of all emotional activity) and the mental body (seat of the subconscious mind).

Secondary laws are relative laws, modified and diluted to suit individual intelligence and consciousness. Common sense is the application of modified relative laws.

Second death: Loss of soul identity.

Secret Place of the Most High: The higher creative center within the golden bowl (brain), the sanctuary or high place in man.

Secrets: A secret is "something kept hidden from others or known only to oneself or to a few." Secrets conform to a law of doing, and sharing or holding a secret can be an initiation. What you hide, from yourself and the world, always betrays you at the most inopportune moment.

Seeing and hearing: See Spiritual seeing and hearing.

Seer: One who sees, to whom divine revelations are made in visions, one gifted with profound spiritual insight; the interpretation of symbols, seeing the future.

Self is "the total, essential, or particular being of a person; the essential qualities distinguishing one person from another; one's consciousness of one's own being or identity; the ego; one's own interests, welfare, or advantage." 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.

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. Selfishness is devotion to or concern with one's own advantage or welfare to the exclusion of regard for others. Science and religion both teach selfishness: That the first rule of life is self preservation, which results in "me first" and the creed of materialism. Selfishness results from the original sin of separateness (separation).

Selflessness is altruism, the unselfish concern for the welfare of others. Selflessness is an attribute of the Logos and is a Christ principle. Selflessness is another name for the Logos Emanation, an absolute and abstract principle, a law of being (we must be unselfish) and a law of doing (we must act in an unselfish manner), and a Christed soul virtue.

Self love puts self first, but soul love places God in the top slot. The most popular term for self-love today is narcissism.

Self-will is the willful or obstinate persistence in following one's own desires and opinions. Self-will and self desires are the opponents in our inner conflicts. Whenever we hear ourselves (or another) exclaim "Why does this always happen to me?" – we know that we (they) have been acting from self-will, not in accordance with God's will for us. Egypt's Pharaoh, refusing to "let My people go," is the epitome of self-will. "Pharaoh's heart was hardened." The appetitive soul of self presides as Pharaoh, the intellectual self-will, at the solar plexus. The Master revealed the perfect method by which we may escape the dictator of self-will: Nevertheless, not my will but Thine be done. – Luke 22:42. We must choose between the desirable and the undesirable. The Disciple learns mental balance by crucifying self-will. The Master of Law lays his self-will upon the crossbar of the Master's cross and assumes full responsibility for lifting everything.

Semantics is the study of meaning. Linguistic semantics is the study of meaning that we use to express ourselves through language. In grasping semantic meaning, we must know what the words we use connote and denote. Denotation is the literal or primary meaning of a word. Connotation is the idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning.

Separation is the action of parting, of setting or keeping apart, to make a severance or division, the action of separating oneself, withdrawing, or parting company. We "choose this day whom thou wilt serve," God or self, then separate ourselves from all that does not advance us on the Path of Soul Ascension. The lie, the illusion that we are separate from God is the "original sin" because it separates Mind, Power and Substance.

Separation is "the action of parting, of setting or keeping apart, to make a severance or division, the action of separating oneself, withdrawing, or parting company." If it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. – Joshua 24:15. Choose self or God, then separate yourself from all that does not advance you on the Path of Soul Ascension. The lie, the illusion that we are separate from God is the "original sin" because it separates Mind, Power and Substance.

Sephiroth: The combination of Emanations, the 1st Absolute Trinity and 2nd Supreme Trinity with seven trinities moving forth below, making ten members of the first Hierarchy of the Supreme Creator Gods; Spheres or Containers for Light.

Septuagint: The earliest extant Greek translation of the Old Testament from the original Hebrew, presumably made for the use of the Jewish community in Egypt when Greek was spoken throughout the region.

Service is defined as "the condition of being a servant, the fact of serving a master." Service is a particular ministerial office or charge, a duty, serving God by obedience, piety, and good works. Service, the 33rd Degree of the Via Christa, is Wisdom, Love and Selflessness in fourfold action: To protect others, keep to purity, give to others, and to praise. Service is the rent we pay for the universal space we occupy. Service is a virtue, which we perfect under the Degree of Priest, who practices selfless sacrificial service. See Responsibility, Faith and Free-will.

Seven breaths: A deep physical breath containing seven degrees or grades of substance; the three higher breaths are called the breaths of the Creator.

Seven Degrees: The Seven Degrees (Neophyte, Disciple, Adept, Mystic, Master, Priest and Christos, in ascending order) form the basis of our challenges and initiation in daily life (even when we're unaware), under the guise of personal choice, commitment, action, acceptance, responsibility, service and sublimation.

Seven Great Trinities: Wisdom, Love and the Logos, Father, Son and Spirit, Father, Mother and Son, Mind, Power and Substance, Light, Color and Tone, Number, Form and Expression, Will, Desire and Action.

Seven Lights before the Throne: The Seven Creative Trinities as personalities (see Revelation 1:12-16).

Shame is "the painful emotion arising from the consciousness of something dishonoring, ridiculous, or indecorous in one's own conduct or circumstances, or in those of others, whose honor or disgrace one regards as one's own, or of being in a situation which offends one's sense of modesty or decency, disgrace, ignominy, loss of esteem or reputation." Shame is the result of betraying one's own code of ethics, or moral compass. Shame indicates a soul taint.

Shekinah glory: Shekinah is a Hebrew term that means "the radiance of the Presence" of God.

Shushumna: A Sanskrit term signifying the central spinal canal though which the creative fire ascends and descends the spine.

Sight draft: A draft or bill that is payable on demand or upon presentation (also called a demand draft).

Silver cord: The line of heavy Light (invisible to ordinary vision) composed of a thousand strands, between the soul incarnate and the Oversoul portion above.

Simplicity is defined as "the quality of being simple or uncompounded; a lack of subtlety; the absence of affectation or pretense." Simplicity of spirit is single-mindedness, which enables one to detect, recognize and observe the law of truth that lies beneath and within all ideas, events and personalities on earth, no matter how it is presented. Simplicity, with the Eye of God and sincerity, forms the third lesser trinity of the 33 Via Christa Degrees, under the keynote of balance.

Sin: The world defines sin as "a transgression of a religious or moral law, a deliberate disobedience to the known will of God, a condition of estrangement from God resulting from such disobedience, or something regarded as shameful, deplorable, or utterly wrong." A sin is any word, emotion, thought or act that can separate divine Mind, Substance and Power, thus creating mental confusion, illusion or delusion, diseased substance and denatured Power, or force. Sin is missing the mark, living by a negative, not a positive pattern. Sin and evil are born of choices made by personalities. The world defines a vice on a continuum ranging from "a slight personal failing; a foible, a flaw, an imperfection or a defect," to "a serious moral failing," to "wicked or evil conduct or habits; corruption," or "an evil, degrading, or immoral practice or habit." People conflate "sin" with "evil." Evil is a conscious choice against the Light, a deliberate perversion of reality. Evil cannot exist without a base of individual personality and mind. Iniquity is a choice or an action that is grossly immoral or unjust, wicked. Abomination is a choice of action that is disgusting and abhorrent. Whoever commits sin also transgresses the law, for sin is the transgression of the law. – 1 John 3:4. Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin. – John 8:34. Mankind's greatest psychological sin is repudiation of responsibility for a brother. See Evil.

Sincerity, which means candor, honesty, and freedom from duplicity, is rooted in sincere, which means "not feigned or affected; genuine; without hypocrisy or pretense; true. Sincerity is our truth of being, and honesty in our expression. Sincerity is a virtue; we cannot attain the Christos Degree without it. Sincerity, with the eye of God and simplicity, forms the third lesser trinity of the 33 Via Christa Degrees, whose keynote is balance.

Sloth: One of the seven deadly sins, sloth is indifference, lukewarmness, carelessness, apathy and laziness. See Procrastination.

Solar plexus: The celiac plexus innervates stomach, liver, pancreas, adrenal medulla, spleen, kidney, colon, bladder, bladder sphincter, gonads, sexual organs; associated with the Adept Degree.

Sons and daughters of God: A created Order, the last group to leave their original cosmic magnitudes as living souls.

Sons and daughters of men: Rational souls ascending from the creature stage of evolution.

Sons of Sceva: Then certain of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, We exorcize you by Jesus whom Paul preaches. Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you? Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. – Acts 19:13-16.

Soul is "the animating and vital principle in human beings, credited with the faculties of thought, action, and emotion and often conceived as an immaterial being; the spiritual nature of human beings, regarded as immortal, separable from the body at death, and susceptible to happiness or misery in a future state." The soul, often called the living soul, is our individuated ground of being. The soul is a portion of the divine Mind, which God condenses as life sparks of Substance and animates (Power) by breathing it into a physical form as a vehicle of expression, what we call an individual.

Soul flight: A soul flight is different from astral travel or astral projection, during which you remain below the Gates of Light, in one of the various planes of consciousness, the desire plane or the psychic plane. A soul flight takes you through the Gates of Light, into the mystic realms.

Soul portions: Half of a descended creator god, including the life sparks thrown off to come up through evolution; the appetitive soul encased in these life sparks (subconscious mind), the rational soul (conscious mind), the Oversoul (superconscious mind); see Supreme Oversoul.

Soul records: The record of all personal experience incorporated into the midbrain neurons.

Soul substance is a living soul's personal life sparks of Light, named and numbered with its unique rate of vibration.

Source of All Light: The original sphere encompassing all the Substance needed to create the universe, the Heart Center of Being.

Source Sphere: See Source of All Light.

Space: The world defines space as "the infinite extension of the three-dimensional field in which all matter exists; the expanse in which the solar system, stars, and galaxies exist; the universe." Space is God as Being-Itself, infinitely extended in every direction and dimension, the habitation of the Infinite Eternal, the multiverse. Space is an absolute principle (God is all space), an abstract principle, and a Via Christa Degree: Space, eternity and time form the ninth lesser Via Christa trinity, whose keynote is immortality through conquering space and time. Place (space) was one of Aristotle's categories.

Speaking the Word is a relative law of doing that originates in the Logos Emanation, the Word of God itself. Speaking the Word as a co-creator with God is the most powerful action we can take on earth. The mandates for speaking the Word were among the first events in Creation: Our task is to emulate the Divine by declaring for Light – "Let there be Light" – and by declaring our creations good and very good, as God did, seven times in the first chapter of the Book of Genesis. The spoken Word acts as law on Substance, directed by Mind. Wisdom speaks the Word to set it in action under the law of Love and attraction. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. – John 1:1-3. And God said, Let there be light, and there was light. – Genesis 1:3. Six times in Genesis God saw His creations as good, and the seventh time God saw every thing that He had made, and, behold, it was very good. – Genesis 1:31. This is the secret of a fulfilled and finished creation.

Spinal column: The vertebral column enclosing the spinal cord and consisting of 33 vertebrae (called 33 Steps to Glory): Seven cervical, twelve dorsal or thoracic, five lumbar, five sacral fused to form one bone, and four in the coccyx united to form one bone.

Spinal cord: The ovoid column of nervous tissue, extending from the medulla to the second lumbar vertebra in the spinal canal. All nerves to the trunk and limbs issue from the spinal cord, the center of reflex action containing conducting paths to and from the brain. Sensory neurons enter posteriorly; motor nerves arise anteriorly.

Spirit: Original universal Substance, perfect and untouched, all qualities uncondensed, a primary rate of vibration, the spiritual substance used in the bond to soul to pay the soul's debts.

Spiritual debt A debt is "that which is owed or due, anything (as money, goods, or service) which one person is under obligation to pay or render to another." Spiritual debt is the sum of actions in successive states of existence that determines fate in the next, hence, necessary fate, following as effect from cause. The debts owed or due an individual as a result of separation of Mind, Substance and Power under the law of cause and effect, are called karma. Spiritual debts fall under the great law of action and reaction, cause and effect. In Oriental philosophies and religions, karma is universal indebtedness. We classify creating and paying spiritual debts under the laws of doing. Spiritual debt is a burden of honor and discharging it is an initiation.

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. Spiritual seeing and hearing are soul faculties, tools of the creator servant. Seeing is first a sense of knowing, which is purely spiritual intuition. As we look and listen, it reaches into the physical nerves that function the "all seeing eye." Spiritual seeing and hearing is based on the endocrine and central nervous systems' development and degree of function, which is a measure of present soul expression; the clarity depends on the degree of sublimation of appetitive soul or subconscious mind. 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. 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. See Imagination, Seer, Oracle and Prophecy.

Spiritual senses include desire, will, understanding, intuition, illumination and aspiration.

Spleen: An organ consisting of lymphatic tissue differentiated into white and red pulp. In the embryo, the spleen forms all types of blood cells, but in the adult, only lymphocytes and monocytes. If adult bone marrow is damaged, the spleen can release old blood cells. It filters blood, removing bacteria, particulate matter, aged or non-functioning platelets and other red blood cells. The spleen is associated with the Disciple Degree.

Standing, holding and knowing are laws of doing and initiations of poise, endurance and conscious awareness. We stand on principle always as we hold fast to the Light of God in truth, and we know that "This is Good. Let there be Light" is the perfect declaration in all cases of need. Standing: Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. – Ephesians 6:13. Holding: Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering. – Hebrews 10:23. Knowing: There is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. – Matthew 10:26.

Star of Oversoul: The five-pointed Star of the heart of our being that rests upon the pineal and pituitary, and over the three windows of soul.

Stations of the Cross: The fourteen Stations of the Cross comprise a series of fourteen representations that depict the events surrounding Christ's crucifixion. The church hierarchy developed the stations during the Middle Ages as a devotional substitute for following the Via Dolorosa (the Way of Sorrow), the route in Jerusalem that Christ followed to Calvary. These stations cover the time between when Pilate condemned Jesus until he was laid in the grave. The Stations of the Cross are the minimum levels of initiation required to pass the Gates of Light and enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Steps of the Creator: The desire to create, thinking and planning, and conscious directing and controlling.

Strength: We define strength as "the state, property, or quality of being strong; the power to resist attack, strain or stress, durability, the ability to maintain a moral or intellectual position firmly, the capacity or potential for effective action." Our physical strength or lack of it is not our problem, but our lack of burning desire is. In addition to being physically powerful, strong means "having force of character, will, morality, or intelligence, capable of the effective exercise of authority, not easily upset; resistant to harmful or unpleasant influences, persuasive, effective, and cogent, forthright and explicit; intense in degree or quality."

Strength is an abstract principle, rooted in the Logos Emanation, lowered one grade in its rate of vibration; the Logos becomes Power when the Godhead exerts it, and relative power or strength when we express it. Strength is also a soul virtue and a mental faculty.

Struggling and striving: To struggle means "to be strenuously engaged with a problem, a task, or an undertaking; to make a strenuous effort, to strive." To strive means "to exert much effort or energy; endeavor." Struggling and striving are initiations. The candidate for ascension initiation knows that the only struggle is with the self, and the only real conflicts are internal. The struggle with conflicting desires, internal and external, builds character: John Adams said, "People and nations are forged in the fires of adversity."

Subconscious mind: The instinctive animal consciousness gained during evolution, the repository of all past racial memory, family and world impressions and repressions carried from generation to generation, plus the accumulation of thinking, emotions and imaginings of the present life. Liebnitz asserted that there are certain phases of the mind of which we are not aware; the subconscious is the lowest level of human consciousness, an animal-like awareness. See Conscious mind and Super-conscious mind.

Sublimate: "To raise, elevate or exalt to high place, to dignify, to honor, to transmute directly into something higher, nobler or more refined." We practice the sublimation of self expression into soul expression.

Subsoul: See Appetitive soul.

Substance: Substance is "physical material from which something is made or which has discrete existence." Substance is an absolute and an abstract principle, rooted in the Love Emanation. As an absolute abstract principle, Substance is metaphysical Light made manifest as an ultimate particle that we call the life spark. The photon of physical light is the smallest particle of measurable substance known to physics and science, and it acts as both a particle and a wave. Substance is both visible and invisible. God is omnipresent as Substance; thus, Substance is an expression of the divine Love of God for all Creation. We are the divine Substance in individualized form, which we call "soul substance." When we choose to express God as Love and Substance, we do so by loving and by faith: Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1. As a law of being, God numbers and names universal Substance with uncountable particular rates of vibration that become the soul substance identities of living souls. Substance is the Mother-God who nourishes and sustains all Father-God's creations. She fills all molds with Substance under the spoken Word. Hers is the healing, devouring ray without which nothing could disintegrate; the death ray, the beneficent ray of life that draws all vibrations back to the Source, and which absorbs magnetic walls of the universe at the end of a Day of Manifestation while making ready for a Night of Rest and Assimilation; see Life sparks.

Suction: The act or process of exerting a force upon aa liquid, solid or gaseous body by reason of a reduced air pressure over a part of its surface.

Sun centers: Seven royal celestial centers, located in the electronic fire body, which must be open, developed and alighted to attain cosmic consciousness.

Superconscious mind: The superconscious mind functions as the faculties of intuition and illumination. The Oversoul uses the superconscious mind. Liebnitz asserted that there are certain phases of the mind of which we are not aware; the superconscious mind is the highest level of human mentation. See I AM

Suppression is "the conscious inhibition of an idea or desire, as distinguished from repression, which is considered an unconscious process."

Supreme Oversoul is the half of a descended begotten creator god, remaining at the Source to serve as the eternal anchor for all other soul portions.

Surrender: To surrender means "to relinquish possession or control of to another because of demand or compulsion: to give up in favor of another: to give up or give back (something that has been granted): to give up or abandon: to give over or resign (oneself) to something, as to an emotion." Surrender is a law of being and of doing, a virtue, a degree and an initiation. Surrender, as a virtue, is letting, always giving up self will to God. Surrender is an initiatory degree. The world misunderstands surrender, interpreting it as the passive action of a loser, not the dynamic act of an ascending soul. To surrender is to let go. By letting go of self credits, self doubts and all thoughts of self, we conquer by obedience to the law of surrender, knowing that the Power does the work. Surrender is breaking self's hold to let soul take charge. The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. – John 14:10. We surrender self will and desires to become the servant of all the Power. The vow of surrender is "Here I am, Father, surrendering all my past, present and future to Thee that I may be Thy perfect servant of all the Power." The law of surrender is that all Power comes from above.

Sympathy is "an emotional affinity in which whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other," and its synonym is pity. Sympathy must become empathy. Empathy, which is important in the development of a moral sense, is "the ability to imagine oneself in another's place and understand the other's feelings, desires, ideas, motives, and actions."

Syzygy: In astronomy, a syzygy is a straight alignment configuration of three celestial bodies in a gravitational system. Jung proposed that a syzygy is "an archetypal pairing of contrasexual opposites, symbolizing the communication of the conscious and unconscious minds." Yet a true syzygy requires three elements, which are subconscious, conscious and superconscious mind or appetitive soul, rational soul and Oversoul. Syzygy is supercharged serendipity, alignment, conjunction, congruence, integration and conscious Union with All That IS, without loss of personal identity. The Light is alive and sentient, the living radiance of the Divine Presence, essentially feminine, the Shekinah, the Syzygus.

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Taint: A soul taint is a moral defect, a negative influence, a spiritual contamination. Taints arise within the soul when self-will conflicts with divine will, and self desires conflict with the divine desire for us. Unless we lift and surrender it to God, a taint always becomes the breeding ground for sin. Soul taints adulterate our consciousness, and rot the rungs of the ladder of ascension we are climbing. A taint is missing the high mark in the calling of God through Christ Jesus. Taints are "treasures of darkness," which we must eradicate by sacrifice. First we must learn what our taint is. Taints include, but are not limited to accusations, aggressiveness, anger, arguing, arrogance, bad manners, bitterness, blame, boasting, boredom, challenges, comparison, complaining, coveting, craving, deceit, defiance, demands, depression, disobedience, doubts, excuses, expectations, false pride, fears, frustration, greed for Power, guilt, habits (most that relate to physical gratification), idle words, impatience, indifference, inferiority, inner conflicts, insolence, intolerance, irritation, judgmental condemnation, lack of awareness, laziness, lukewarmness, lying, opinions, possessiveness, prejudices, procrastination, rationalization, rebellion, repudiation, resentment, self-aggrandizement self-blame, self-desires, self-exaltation, self-indulgence, self-justification, self-pity, self-righteousness, self-will, selfishness, sentimentality, shame, stubbornness treachery, unrighteous judgment, vanity, whining.

Teachers and teaching: To teach is "to impart knowledge or skill to, to provide knowledge of, to instruct in, to condition to a certain action or frame of mind, to cause to learn by example or experience, to advocate or preach." A true teacher blazes a path toward the supernal truth, toward the heart of all Light and never steps from that path to please any man. The true teacher never teaches what she only thinks or believes, but teaches only what she knows is truth.

Temptations: All temptations are initiations. The three temptations in the wilderness, recounted in Matthew and Luke, occurred just after Jesus received the baptism of the Holy Spirit through his cousin John the Baptist, and right before he began his public ministry. Satan tempts Jesus to disobey law three different ways. While the Gospels describe these initiations as a single series of events, they are recurring and cyclic in our lives; we face these tests annually, and each time we advance a step or degree in ascension. All temptations are initiations in Mind, Substance or Power. We face the three temptations each time we repeat the Mystic Degree.

Ten Commandments: A commandment is "a command, an edict." The Ten Commandments that God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai are the original laws of doing, which apply to visible, material things and living souls, and deal with personal expression and action. The Ten Commandments include every instance in the Bible where God commands us "Thou shalt" (248 times) or "Thou shalt not" (365 times). Every law of doing directs the soul to the right choice for action; apply this rule to discover many more unrecorded laws.

Tests, trials and temptations: A test is "a procedure for critical evaluation; a means of determining the presence, quality, or truth of something." A trial is "an examination of evidence and applicable law by a competent tribunal to determine the issue of specified charges or claims; the act or process of testing, trying, or putting to the proof." A temptation is "something that is tempting or enticing." Tests, trials and temptations are all initiations, methods by which God gathers real proofs of our souls' state of being. He tests us to determine the quality and truth of our soul's being, as in free of self. Cyclically, we are tried to prove whether we have become the virtues and soul qualities to which we aspire, and our degree of conquering. Most temptations appeal to the physical senses, primarily taste and touch (gustatory and sensual); some escapist temptations distort reality (drugs and alcohol). Other temptations invite us to wallow in emotion or indulge in mental malpractice and idle word or acts.

Thalamus: Located in the middle of the brain above the brainstem, the thalamus receives all sensory stimuli except olfactory, which are then associated, synthesized and relayed to specific areas of the cerebrum. Impulses are also received from the cerebrum, hypothalamus, and corpus striatum and relayed to body's muscles; it is the center for appreciation of primitive, uncritical sensations of pain, crude touch and temperature.

Thinking is "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 we apply all our mental faculties, using logic, reason, discretion, discrimination and discernment to chart our course in life. We 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. See Recognition.

Thirty-three Degrees: See Via Christa.

Thymus: Located anterior to and above heart, the thymus consists of two flattened symmetrical lobes. At birth, the average weight of the thymus is thirteen grams. Growth is rapid for two years, then slows, obtaining a weight of about thirty grams at puberty, after which it begins to atrophy and thymic tissue is replaced with fat and connective tissue. It is important in development of the immune response in the newborn and is essential to maturation of T cells, which are thymic lymphoid cells. T cells may survive up to five years and are key to the body's cell-mediated immune response. The thymus gland is associated with the Mystic Degree.

Thyroid: A gland located in the base of the neck on both sides of the lower part of the larynx and upper part of the trachea, consisting of two lateral lobes connected by an isthmus. It secretes thyroxine, triiodothyronine and calcitonin. The thyroid gland is associated with the Master Degree.

Time is defined as "a nonspatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future, an interval separating two points on this continuum; a duration." Time is an abstract principle and a law of being and of doing. Time, space and eternity form the ninth lesser trinity of Via Christa Degrees, whose keynote is immortality through conquering space and time. "Time is the principle of form under which we relate events. The form of an antecedence, sequence makes possible all outer experience. The idea of time is born in the interval between happenings. Time governs the law of mental synthesis, and binds all things together." – Edna Lister.

Tolerance is "the disposition to be patient with or indulgent to the opinions or practices of others; freedom from bigotry or undue severity in judging the conduct of others; forbearance; universality of spirit." To be tolerant is "to be inclined to tolerate the beliefs, practices, or traits of others; forbearing." Our tolerance here on earth properly is rooted in the principles of nonresistance and compassion. We must never allow our tolerance to become a moral or ethical taint, permitting evil. Political correctness is often an example of the latter.

Tone describes the quality of sound, "a musical or vocal sound, considered with reference to its quality, as acute or grave, sweet or harsh, loud or soft, clear or dull." Our tone of voice can convey "a particular quality, pitch, modulation or inflection of the voice expressing or indicating affirmation, interrogation, hesitation, decision, or some feeling or emotion; vocal expression." The Logos, which is the third Emanation, is the source of tone and of the spoken Word. The principle of tone predominates in the Supreme Trinity. It is the source of our musical chromatic scale (a scale that proceeds by semitones, notes that do not appear in the diatonic scale). Tone is an abstract principle and a law of being and of doing. Tone is a law of doing; we must command our tone of voice and actions. Our imagination, thinking and desires all possess a certain "tone," which we have created as the result of our choices in applying principles as laws and our expression of those principles. All facets of creation add their voices to the celestial symphony; for example marine biologists have recorded whale songs and dolphin "speech," and radio astronomers have recorded the tones emitted by the stars of distant galaxies. The first recorded action in the Book of Genesis is divine speech, the Creative Fiat: God said, Let there be Light, and Light was. – Genesis 1:3.

Transfiguration: describes "a marked change in form or appearance; it means to undergo a metamorphosis, a change that glorifies or exalts." To transfigure is "to elevate, glorify, idealize or spiritualize." The Transfiguration refers to the sudden emanation of radiance from the person of Jesus that occurred on the mountain; it is the Christian feast commemorating this event, observed on August 6 and, in the Eastern Orthodox Church, on August 19. Transfiguration is the initiation of the fourth Degree of the Mystic. During Transfiguration, we stand in the golden silence to maintain constant contact with the Source, and to name all things "good." When we balance Love and Wisdom perfectly, to stand in balance under the pure white Light of the Christ, the materiality of self falls from our soul and our face shines as pure joy.

Treachery is "cheating, violation of faith or betrayal of trust, perfidious conduct, the perfidy of a traitor, treason against a sovereign, lord, or master." Treachery is a sin, a frequent activity of the evilly inclined.

Treatments: Declarations of perfection, used in prayer for persons and situations.

Trials: See Tests, trials and temptations.

Trinities of Being: The Three-as-One stepped down to a lower rate of vibration, all potential Mind, Substance, and Power, containing all powers, qualities and attributes of the divine Whole.

Trinity of creative doing: The microcosm of man, composed of Oversoul and superconscious mind, rational soul and conscious mind, appetitive soul and subconscious mind of man expressing as will, desire, and action.

Trinity of Oneness with God: The outer trinity of the appetitive soul, rational soul and Oversoul which become one under marriages of the Lamb; at-one-ment.

Troubles and problems: Trouble describes "a state of distress, affliction, danger, or need." A problem is "a situation, matter, or person that presents perplexity or difficulty." Troubles and problems are initiations that embody the acute and chronic forms of one need, to look up in consciousness to God, the Light, and to ask for help.

Trust is "firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing." Trust is our proof of our faith in God. Trust is soul-confidence expressing as our bridge over the abyss between the visible and the invisible. Trust in God gives us faith in ourselves. We trust God first, but trust others only to their degree and kind. People may fail our reliance on their ability, but God will never fail us.

Truth means "conformity with fact, agreement with reality, accuracy, correctness, verity of a statement or thought, genuineness, reality, conduct following the divine standard, spirituality of life and behavior, that which is true, real, or actual in a general or abstract sense, reality, specifically in religious use, spiritual reality as the subject of revelation or object of faith." Truth is what is real. It is an absolute and abstract principle, a law of being and of doing. Truth is an absolute ultimate principle, an unalterable and permanent fact; God is truth. Truth is a law of being; we must be truth to do what is true. Truth is a law of doing: We must think, choose, speak, act and live according to truth. Truth is being and doing as Light, through Light, of Light, for Light, by Light. I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father save through me. – John 14:6.

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.

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Unconscious stages of evolution: Light, spheres of fire, gaseous, vapor, water, mineral, vegetable, amphibians, insects and reptiles, birds and mammals.

Understand: To understand means "to comprehend, to apprehend the meaning or import of, to grasp the idea of, to comprehend as a fact, to grasp clearly, to realize, to have knowledge of, to know or learn, by information received." Understanding is "the power or ability to understand, intellect, intelligence, intelligent, capable of judging with knowledge, the faculty of comprehending and reasoning, the intellect." Understanding is a result of integrated mental faculties, the insight gained by applying the mental faculties. We gain understanding by always standing under the Light. Understanding is a soul virtue and a spiritual faculty. There shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord, and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: And he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth. – Isaiah 11:1-4.

Unfolding: The process of opening, to expand or to spread out, is a step of ascension.

Universal cell: The sixth trinity, visible as solid mass, comprised of subatomic particles (e.g., neutrons, protons, electrons, et.al.), atoms and molecules.

Universal record: The Book of Remembrance, a record of universal experience, the Book of Life in Scripture, called the Akasha or akashic record in Oriental religions.

Unrighteousness: Unrighteous means "not righteous, wicked, not right or fair, unjust." Righteousness means "morally upright, without guilt or sin, in accordance with virtue or morality." Unrighteous describes a bent or twisted soul; it offers a million degrees of inclination to evil. Unrighteousness is a sin.

Urge: An impelling motive, force or pressure; the desire of creature consciousness, of instinctive intelligence. The primary creature urges are to eat, to sleep and to mate.

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Veils of Maya: Maya is a Sanskrit term meaning illusion. See Veils of illusion.

Veils of illusion are the "mists of matter," connoting illusion or spiritual blindness and denoting the truth of appearance or a limited perception of the truth of reality. They are seven grades or degrees of Substance, particular rates of vibration, discernible from Source, becoming impenetrable and invisible at successively lower rates of vibration. The veils are seven barriers of protection against misuse of Mind, Power and Substance.

Ventricle: One of several fluid-filled cavities within the brain. The heart also has ventricles called chambers.

Via Christa: The path of one who chooses to conquer self and live by soul, the Way of the Christ, the Path of Ascension, The Path of Destiny, the path of the soul's attainment. The Via Christa, the Way of the Christ, is the initiatory Path of Ascension on which we work out our own salvation, to become as perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect. The Master's Path is steps, and only by climbing while building the next step, gaining the strength to stand on and defend that new step, do we become a "Master in Law."

Via Christa Degrees The Via Christa, the Way of the Christ, is the initiatory Path of Ascension on which we work out our own salvation, to become as perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect. The Via Christa is comprised of thirty-three degrees of tests, trials and temptations to purify the soul. The Master's Path is steps, and only by climbing while building the next step, gaining the strength to stand on and defend that new step do we become a "Master in law." Our measure is God, the Father. The rod to measure by is all the law given to us for following the Via Christa, the Way of the Light of the Godhead. The Path of Destiny is the Master's work. The Master's cloak is upon us. We must bear it in love to enter the others' hearts, then wisdom will come to us. This passage in the Letter to Philippians describes the Way of Christ: Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. – Philippians 2:5-8. In reality, every law that Jesus taught is part of the Way of the Christ, the Via Christa.

Vicarious atonement is "the teaching that the atonement which states that Christ's death was 'legal.' It satisfied the legal justice of God. Jesus bore the penalty of sin when he died on the cross. His death was a substitution for the believers. In other words, he substituted himself for them upon the cross. Jesus hung in our place as he bore our sin in his body on the cross. See 1 Peter 2:24." – The Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.

Vice: The world defines a vice on a continuum ranging from "a slight personal failing; a foible, a flaw, an imperfection or a defect," to "a serious moral failing," to "wicked or evil conduct or habits; corruption," or "an evil, degrading, or immoral practice or habit." Vices are usually associated with physical appetites and sensations.

Vigilance is "alert watchfulness." Our solemn obligation, as we walk the Via Christa, is to remain alert to incursions of the self into the soul's domain. Our vigilance must always be extended to monitor our environment and the surroundings of our loved ones, to detect negativity or evil. Constant vigilance is a keynote of life. Success comes at the price of an eternal vigilance that neither slumbers nor sleeps. Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil [of self] walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. – 1 Peter 5:8.

Violence is the "exertion of physical force so as to injure or abuse; injury by or as if by distortion, infringement, or profanation." See Force, manipulation and violence.

Virtue is defined as "moral excellence and righteousness; goodness; a particularly efficacious, good, or beneficial quality; advantage; an effective force or power." Where the Wycliffe Bible uses "virtue," the King James Version uses "power." Virtues are abstract principles, laws of being, and soul powers. The Medieval Church taught seven cardinal virtues, which were divided into the natural (justice, prudence, temperance, fortitude) and the theological virtues (hope, faith, charity). The twelve prime virtues are honor, love, joy, peace, harmony, agreeing and adjusting with Light, gratitude, praise, beauty, obedience, compassion and faith. The twelve primary soul virtues protect us. We develop six virtues as gifts of devotion to God, and open six as gifts of devotion to humanity. The twelve prime virtues divide into 144 virtues that are laws. Every virtue is a soul power, such as compassion, order, patience, poise, and perseverance. All virtues state or represent an abstract law of being, rooted in an absolute principle. Virtue is strength: The whole multitude sought to touch [Jesus], for virtue went out of him, and healed them all. – Luke 6:19. Aaron's breastplate had twelve stones called urim and thummim, or "lights" and "virtues." The lights descended as rays from twelve great Councils when the Israelites worked under obedience to law. The high priest entered the tabernacle to pray, and each honest petition ignited a light in one stone, or the lights of the breastplate dimmed.

Vision: The world defines vision as "the faculty of sight, or as something that is or has been seen." Vision also means "unusual competence in discernment or perception; intelligent foresight"; it describes the manner in which one sees or conceives of something. A vision is "a mental image produced by the imagination, or the mystical experience of seeing as if with the eyes the supernatural or a supernatural being." To vision something is to see it in or as if in a vision, to envision. Vision is a physical and spiritual faculty: Clairvoyance, literally "clear" seeing, enables perception of sight beyond what is considered the normal human range. We call this faculty "psychic ability" or "extrasensory perception." It is perception of only a limited range of light and sound, bound by the truth of appearance and subject to illusion. Vision is spiritual seeing the unseen, of seeing only the things Christ would see through the eyes of Oversoul. Beyond clairvoyance lies a higher order of vision, seership and prophecy. Seership, the ability to foresee the future, includes mastery of interpreting symbols. Prophecy, foretelling the future, includes inspired teaching. Seeing is based on the endocrine and central nervous systems' development and degree of function, which is a measure of our present soul expression. The clarity of seeing depends on the degree of conquering or sublimation of self-subconscious mind already accomplished, which is also a measure of present soul expression. Vision is a Via Christa Degree: On the Via Christa, Vision is seeing the truth of reality as opposed to remaining blinded by the truth of appearances. Vision, with fact and legend, forms the Via Christa's seventh lesser trinity, whose keynote is relationship.

Vital centers Seven major vitality centers in the molecular desire body whirl clockwise to transform the magnetic currents of earth into a physical energy to balance the endocrine and central nervous system. Also called chakras, meaning "wheel "in Eastern terminology, the vital centers are named (from bottom to top) the sacral center, the splenic center, the navel center, the heart center, the throat center, the brow center and the crown center. Aligned along the physical spine, the vital centers overlie the sacrum plexus, spleen (hypogastric plexus), solar plexus (celiac plexus), heart (cardiac plexus), thyroid (throat or pharyngeal plexus), brow (the pituitary and "third eye" at the center of the forehead), and the crown (the pineal and top of the head).

Vow: A vow is "a solemn promise made to God to perform some act, or make some gift or sacrifice, in return for some special favor, a solemn engagement, undertaking, or resolve, to achieve something or to act in a certain way, a solemn promise of fidelity, an earnest wish or desire, a prayer, a supplication, a votive offering." Vows are laws of doing and initiations. Vows are promises we make to God and to ourselves. They are dynamic declarations of intention to become some new state of being or to act in a new way. With every vow, we invite the universe to test our resolve until we have made our change complete. I will pay Thee my vows, which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble. – Psalm 66:13-14.

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Wages: See Earnings, wages and rewards.

War is "a state of open, armed, often prolonged conflict carried on between nations, states, or parties; a condition of active antagonism or contention." War a sin rooted in misuse of the Power principle. Conflict and war begin with personal internal conflicts. God uses war to break down crystallized thought forms, to create perfection.

Watchers: Descended gods who oversee Creation at all times.

Wheels of Ezekiel: Each cosmic magnitude, with the abyss that separates it from the next magnitude, forms one of twelve creative Wheels of Ezekiel; see Zodiac.

Whining: See Complaining and whining.

White Wings of the Christ: Feathers of Light fastened into the heart of the four-petaled lotus under the thyroid to uphold, vitalize and quicken it into eternal youth from above, fans of Pharaoh.

Will: To will is "to wish, desire, sometimes with implication of intention, to assert, affirm, to determine by the will, to attempt to cause, aim at effecting by exercise of will, to set the mind with conscious intention, to choose or decide to do something, or that something shall be done or happen." Will, which in humanity is a faculty or function, is directed toward conscious and intentional action, the power of choice regarding action. Will is determination, acting as if we had it. Will is what our soul uses to function as the Wisdom of God through our brain centers and glands. We first express God's Wisdom as will. Our will proclaims and executes the idea of the good that is in us. Will is an abstract principle under the Wisdom principle, a law of being and of doing, a soul virtue and a mental and moral faculty.

Windows of the soul: The upper three points of the five-pointed Star of Oversoul resting above head, with the lower two points resting in the fully developed higher creative center in the brain, also called the door of soul, the door of Brahm, the crown center, and the thousand-petaled lotus.

Wisdom an absolute and primary principle, is the first Emanation. Wisdom operates as divine Will to hold the universe's magnetic walls in place. Wisdom establishes "rays of repulsion" radiating from each celestial body, which act as cogs meshing the gears in the universal mechanism, holding them in their courses. The Mind of Wisdom contains all masculine aspects of God the Father as personality, the yellow ray of Wisdom, or yellow color of principle as the Father. As a soul faculty, wisdom is "the capacity of judging rightly in matters relating to life and conduct, sound judgment in the choice of means and ends, sound sense, especially in practical affairs, knowledge, especially of a high or abstruse kind, enlightenment, learning, erudition." Wisdom is the Light of illumination. Wisdom expresses itself as law at every level of consciousness – creature instinct, the child of earth instinctive intelligence, the son of man intellect, the son of God intuition, and the ascending creator illumination. As a soul faculty, wisdom is the capacity of judging rightly in matters relating to life and conduct, sound judgment in the choice of means and ends, sound sense, especially in practical affairs, knowledge, especially of a high or abstruse kind, enlightenment, learning, erudition. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom, and with all thy getting, get understanding. – Proverbs 4:7. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. – Proverbs 1:7. The end of fear is the beginning of wisdom.

Word: See Logos.

World mind: That portion of Mind immediately encircling earth, which also contains the composite of all subconscious thoughts of all persons incarnated.

Worship is "the reverent love and devotion accorded a deity, or a sacred object, the ceremonies, prayers, or other religious forms by which this love is expressed." As a law of being, we must retrain ourselves in worship to be in a state of reverence toward God, and in a state of awe at the absolute beauty of His Creation – the full spectrum of nature in the world and in the starry cosmos. God Himself instructs us in how to worship him in Job 38:1-7. "Let there be Light" is the first principle of all Creation. Light contains all three Emanations (Wisdom, Love and the Logos) as One. We worship the Light. We must worship God as both personality and principle. As a law of doing, worship goes hand in hand with prayer and praise to form the stable threefold bond of our inner personal relationship with our Creator. When we add singing, we make our own foursquare foundation of reality in the world of appearances. Prayer, praise and singing are all verbal expressions of our love for and faith and trust in God, while worship combines them all into a finally silent, wordless adoration and awe. So, with worship, we complete the two-way circuit that God turned on when He said, "Let there be Light," in our corner of the universe. As God pours out love and Light as life, we take it in from the River of Life as vital spiritual sustenance, convert it into the many degrees and kinds of energy we need, and return it to our God as worship. As a virtue, worship is how we nurture and sustain the stability and vertical alignment of our moral compass. Worship is a soul power that works best when we exercise it now and daily, at least. See Religion.

Worthiness means that one is "distinguished by good qualities, entitled to honor or respect on this account, estimable, having a high moral standard, adequate or suitable in respect of moral excellence or noble aims." Worthiness is a moral virtue. The world places much emphasis on self-esteem. We suggest that if all souls are taught the "good qualities" and high moral standards essential to worthiness, self-esteem would be automatic. Lincoln said, "It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels he is worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him." The Master said, "He who does not take his cross, and follow me, is not worthy of me. . . . He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me." – Matthew 10:37-38.

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Yetzirah Paths of Initiation: Yetzirah is the third of four worlds in the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, following Assiah and Briah. The ancients called it the World of Formation, because created beings and objects assume shape and form on this level. Every thought assumes some degree of form, not necessarily visible to the physical eye, but existent. Most people create an impressive mess of mental monsters before they realize the truth of this law.

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Zeal is "ardor in the pursuit of anything; ardent and active interest; enthusiasm and fervor." The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. – Psalm 69:9. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. – John 2:17. See Jealousy.

Zodiac: comes from the Greek zodiakos, meaning circle, and zoe, meaning life. The zodiac is a circle of space surrounding our solar system as a belt, divided into twelve equal parts called signs, transited by planets from west to east, from Aries to Pisces, called the Zodiacal Belt, the twelfth or the outermost Wheel of Ezekiel.

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Note: No clear understanding is possible unless we analyze words and their shades of meaning carefully. The instant a word's meaning seems ambiguous, stop and discern exactly what it means. We prefer the Oxford English Dictionary since it more closely follows the philosophical and metaphysical interpretation.


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