A Design for Ascension

Edna Lister originally wrote A Design for Ascension as a correspondence course for a dual purpose. She wanted to equip us to comprehend the divinely objective principles of creation, and to give us a personal key to the pattern of creation, ascension, and our soul identity with God.

The scope of Edna Lister's life work is enormous, including books, pamphlets, speeches, articles, essays, sermons, lectures and group and personal meetings with students in many cities in Europe, Great Britain, and Africa. Her personal correspondence was voluminous, and several students saved her letters and their notes from sermons, lectures and private meetings, bequeathing them to us.

We have transformed her work into this website, the Via Christa, to make her teachings, techniques and methods available, and to integrate her seminal thinking with the overall whole of Western thought and religion. This entire site is a How to Manual for Soul Ascension.

Edna Lister created the framework of A Design for Ascension during the 1930s, and completed it during a two-month period in 1941. On revision of certain additional parts in 1956, she declared joyously, "Isn't God good to me? At last I'm being allowed to write what I know."

Our best advice is that you ponder these principles and laws until you discover for yourself the truths and mysteries that lie herein. Devotion in applying these principles will spontaneously redesign your life pattern.

Should you choose to live life on the Via Christa, you will use the lessons in mastery contained herein for the rest of your earth life, always finding new insights and laws to apply. Perhaps the most foolish misuse of this text is to believe that any portion of it does not apply to you.

We hope the time you spend with us in preparing your own design for ascension is the adventure of a lifetime.

Edna Lister's A Design for Ascension


1) The Big Questions: Life's Mysteries: What is the purpose of life on earth? Who am I, really? Why am I here? What am I supposed to be doing? Where do I come from? Where can I find the answers to these questions?
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2) Studying Reality's Framework: The whole purpose of studying the mysteries is to awaken, develop and unfold the brain cells and glands in the golden bowl, your head. Thus, you become a greater "receiving set" to register divine consciousness and awareness of God, who is all the mystery of heaven, earth and the universes.
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3) Truth, the Foundation of Life: Truth is the embodiment of scientific right living. Truth is being and doing as Light, through Light, of Light, for Light, and by Light. Truth is accepting God as the only Source and surrendering to be used as a creator-servant of that Source.
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4) The Path of Ascension from Self to Soul: The whole process of Ascension is the soul's travail in ascending from confidence in self, which is egotism, to confidence of soul.
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5) God Is the Source of All That Is: The most fundamental mystery is your knowledge of God as the Source of all that is. A source is a point of origin. You must establish it before you begin anything, before anything can come into being, before you can know anything.
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6) Your Identity With God as Principle and Personality: The second most fundamental mystery is your personal identification with that Source to explain who you are, where you came from and why you are here.
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7) God as Omniscience, Omnipresence and Omnipotence: God is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. These three great fundamental principles of expression in the life of creation expand from all that is into all that becomes.
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8) Omniscience: God as Universal Mind: God is omniscient as the Father of Wisdom. Omniscience is infinite knowing, infinite knowledge, it is all the Mind that is.
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9) Omnipresence: God as Universal Substance: God is omnipresent, ubiquitous and all-pervading as the Mother of Love.
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10) Omnipotence: God as Universal Power: God is Omnipotent as the only Begotten Son of Power. Power is the ability to do or to act; it is dominion, rule or authority. Power's potential is limitless. Mind limits the exertion or action of potential Power as kinetic energy.
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11) How God Manifests as Creation: Our study of manifestation begins with the absolute Emanations, Wisdom, Love and the Logos, which form the River of Life, which is eternally pouring from the Throne of God.
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12) God as Seven Trinities of Being: Metaphysically, the seven trinities contain all the powers, qualities and attributes of the divine whole. They are the reason we dare declare that we are divine parts of God, Godlike beings dwelling in physical bodies.
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13) God the Triune as Being and Expression: God is all that is, all that can be, all that is coming into expression, and all that is expressed.
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14) God as the Principles of Expression: From the innermost Source to the universe's outermost periphery, the absolute principles of equilibrium and harmony express as and act through six fundamental principles of Light, color, tone, number, name and form.
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15) Genesis, the Involution: When God spoke the Word, Let there be Light, for the twelfth magnitude, the Holy Pairs were ready to condense their last and heaviest sheath of substance.
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16) Man's Involution into Form: The ancients called our journey outward from the Source of All Light to the world of manifestation the process of involution, the descent of the creative gods.
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17) Your Stature as a Creator God: We are creator gods made in the image and likeness of our Father and Mother. We can express all the Mind, Substance and Power of the Source fully.
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18) Your Mysterious Living Soul: The Oversoul, which we also call the super-conscious mind, remains at the Source. The rational or conscious soul, and an appetitive soul, which equates with a creature consciousness descends. These soul portions of a descended creator god are not separate souls. They are but different functions of the one living soul that dwells within the physical sheath we call a body.
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19) How Individual Mind Evolves in Form: As the gases solidified under the proto-earth's rotation on its axis, each of the the original life sparks of Creation became a tiny outer sheath to encase a particle of universal Mind.
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20) How You Come to Earth: The living souls are in the charge and keeping of those who serve as Great Guards, who guide and direct them in building a body by using powerful mental suggestions.
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21) How Law Governs All Life: God forms absolute abstract laws to govern and control all soul unfolding, all expression and behavior in human relationships. Primary laws divide one principle into many laws. They simplify fundamental principles for your understanding and application to govern your life.
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22) God's Mind in You, as You: Mystically stated, psychology is the personality of God expressing as man, the Mind of God as man in three phases, subconscious, conscious and super-conscious.
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23) How to Apply Law to Your Life: How can you apply law to yourself? Judge yourself. Make each day a day of soul's righteous judgment of the self.
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24) Desire, Thinking and Imagination: You must observe only three factors while you learn to sacrifice little self and live by I AM consciousness – your emotional life of desires, your thinking, and your imagination. You are most likely to err and fall into misuse of your portion of Mind, Substance and Power on these three points.
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25) How to Sublimate Your Desire and Will: The key to success is sublimating your desire and will from self's control to the soul's domain in Spirit. To do this, you must integrate all the scattered pats of you, mind, soul substance and wasted energy.
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26) Form, From God to Man: Simply stated, the universe is God's body. Solar systems and their planets are His organs. Living souls are God's cells.
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27) Healing Substance in Form: You cannot change substance. You can only send substance into an imperfect mold built from your own dark, negative thoughts, picture images and desires, your doubts and fears. So what you really need to cure is the idea.
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28) Poise and Power: Poise and Power must work together first, before they can give you your keys to the soul powers of Being. Like a spinning top, it takes torque (power), applied from above (soul) to create enough angular momentum (the spin) to maintain the top's poise, its balance.
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29) How Principles Function As You: How does principle function as you? As a radiant, spiritual being of Light, you operate under the same great creative principles that govern all phases of universal life: Light, color, tone, number, name and form.
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30) Illumination: The Golden Silence: In the Light of God, you find the Golden Silence in which you shall hear that still, small Voice that speaks to your soul.
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31) Awareness, Recognition and Inspiration: When you finally become aware of your soul's need of the Power of Spirit, you recognize that you cannot live without the Breath of God, the Holy Breath that inspires you moment by moment. The Life of God feeds you with every breath you take.
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32) What Is Soul Mastery?: You ascend in consciousness to the point where you accept responsibility for sacrificing the little self. Then you start to discipline self, to walk the Master's Path of Destiny.
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33) The Work of Mastery: The work of a Master is to become as simple as our Lord and Master was simple; to speak truth with unaffected soul-consciousness, not knowing you are speaking, because you are simply a creator-servant being used by the Power.
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