The Via Christa Life

Jesus the Christ came to earth to teach us what we must do and how we must be to inherit the Kingdom of God. Edna Lister came to teach us how to do what Christ taught, how to be and how to act to return to God, our Source. She named us Crusaders of Light and Pioneering Mystics, and aptly so, because we have also entered the uncharted territory of Soul Ascension, which Jesus Christ opened and through which she followed, carrying the Light, blazing the trail, and marking the pitfalls on the way.

Edna Lister said, "I always knew that everyone could walk with Jesus. At age eight, I saw the Master with my soul eyes, and knew that God was a personality as well as principle and law. I asked how to seek God 'with all thy heart and with all thy soul,' and was led to books I should read, but always the Bible. Like many, I first thought that the right goal in life was getting what I wanted. I desired a career in grand opera, but a stranger questioned my goals, asking, 'What is that to thee? Follow thou me.' Suddenly I saw the Master speaking through him, who then said, 'Follow me, and avoid the appearance of evil.'"

Thus, she found her glorious destiny and avoided an unhappy fate. You can, too. "All I have given you has come from this," she said. "I want these words to carry lines of Light to uphold you so that your strength, faith and love for God shall so great that nothing can upset your poise. Your soul's faculties shall be open and the right answer shall register on your brain cells. Your words shall be so high in love and justice that no one can resist them." This was her great desire for us, soul ascension.

Do you love God more today than you did yesterday?

Edna Lister's personal faith led her to live by the advice of the great souls, who had traveled the way before she did, such as, Though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: and thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. – Isaiah 30:20-21.

Often she asked, "Do you love God more today than you did yesterday? Unless you do, you still do not love God enough." Further, she claimed every promise that the Father and His Son Jesus made as her own, to fulfill: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. – John 14:12.

The Via Christa Life is so much more than just following Jesus according to a plan worked out in the ancient world where the fastest mode of transportation had four feet and information traveled at the speed of horse. Communication is nearly instant in today's world. Yet constant communication with the world leaves little or no time to commune with God, the Source of our being, or with His Son who came to show us the Way.

All organized religions fail over time because their very infrastructure creates an ever-increasing armor plate designed to shield them from change. By resisting change, they embrace the entropy of outdated doctrines and dogma.

Increasingly, their priests and ministers lose contact with the beauty of renewal through immersion in religious mysteries, the chief mystery being the action of the Holy Spirit, Holy Breath, and Holy Ghost in man. Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. – Proverbs 29:18. The vision referred to here is spiritual.

Moral relativists derive their power from manipulating and dominating others

When the religious leaders cease to know the truth, they begin believing and preaching opinions about truth, and their own prejudices against truth. Many lose their faith. This loss of honor, loyalty and integrity paves the way for the cancer of secular humanism, which its advocates have cyclically used to enshrine man in place of the Divine.

These moral relativists are wolves in sheep's clothing who derive their power from manipulating and dominating others mentally, emotionally and physically. They destroyed Athens, then Rome, and are sapping the morality of our current civilization. They appear to be winning, but are not, nor can they.

We know this because the truth of appearances is temporal, ephemeral. However, the truth of reality is eternal and unalterable by anything outside the will of God. Further, materialistic hedonism persuades (manipulates) man into believing that sensory pleasure is the greatest "good." To the hedonist, man is a body that may or may not have a soul. As travelers on the Via Christa, we know the truth that we are souls who currently wear physical bodies.

Our Master said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. – John 8:32. Thus, we know that we do not need to get or to keep freedom, for we already are as free as we think and believe we are. What we really need is to remember who and what we are, which will cause us to remember why we are here and what we are supposed to be doing.

How do you do all this? Walk the Via Christa with Jesus, and by applying the universal laws of wisdom and love that he taught, ascend to the perfection of soul that Edna Lister showed us how to do. And remember, our Lord also promised, "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." – Luke 12:32.

A word of advice: Each soul's experience is unique. Learning styles differ, and one style does not fit all. People learn in many ways, including visually, by seeing pictures, still or moving, by listening to stories, lectures or conversations, and by reading the printed word. While watching visual media or listening to a speaker or teacher, you are constantly experiencing physical sensations and reacting to expressions, gestures, tones of voice, and the degree of noise in the area where you are reading. In short, you are constantly processing far more information than what is being imparted to you by words, written or spoken.

Inherent in life on the Via Christa are such concepts as appearance versus reality, conscious awareness, attention to details, the golden silence, conquering self, idle words, illusions, self-delusions, and command of your emotions and thoughts. Each of these ideas is the basis for a particular kind of self-discipline that you must practice in ascending degrees to reach absolute mastery over the self.

As Edna Lister said, "There is no easy way to conquer the self." If there were, someone would have bottled and sold it by now. We offer no videos or animations on this site, and a minimum of diagrams and illustrations. So, reading the words here is your chief option. Some people have found that reading this work aloud helps them, or listening to another reading it.

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Edna Miriam Lister
The original Pioneering Mystic
minister, teacher, and author

Edna Lister

 

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