Conquering Self

To conquer means "to overcome, to be victorious, to subjugate or subdue through a struggle, to acquire, obtain or gain by effort." Soul conquering of the self is becoming all the laws received through initiations under the Seven Degrees.

Controlling self is what you do until you 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 that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that rules his spirit than he that takes a city. – Proverbs 16:32.
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls. – Proverbs 25:28.

In addition to her public lectures, speeches and sermons, Edna Lister corresponded with students regularly, and met with them in personal counseling clinics and private group meetings in cities across the country. We have drawn the following instruction and advice on conquering self from her students' personal notes and from her letters to them.

To master the self of the appetitive soul and subconscious mind is essential to being in charge of your own consciousness, making the self subject to your soul's command. To master self, you must conquer self. Unless you conquer self, you will never reach unity of your own living soul – appetitive soul, rational soul and Oversoul as one.

Mind is the link, the direct connection between the living soul and its Source, God. Individual mind is the soul's two-way radio, or cell phone for contacting the universal divine Mind of God. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 2:5.

Until you conquer the self, you cannot unify the levels of consciousness you experience and express as subconscious, rational waking consciousness, and the super-conscious mind you experience as intuition and illumination. You must conquer the self to access and to know the mind that was in Christ Jesus.


Edna Lister on Conquering Self


Edna Lister on Conquering Self 1930 to 1939
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Edna Lister on Conquering Self 1940 to 1949.
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Edna Lister on Conquering Self 1950 to 1959.
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Edna Lister on Conquering Self 1960 to 1969.
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Edna Lister on Conquering Self 1970 to 1971.
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New Testament on Conquering Self

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. – Matthew 6:24.

Ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. – James 1:6-8.

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Old Testament on Conquering Self

If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. – Genesis 4:7.

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. – Proverbs 16:32.

The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts. – Proverbs 17:3.

He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls. – Proverbs 25:28.

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Laws on Conquering Self in Other Sacred Writings

If you come to serve the Lord, prepare your soul for temptation. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 2:1.

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Etymology of conquer: Latin conquirere, "to procure": com- + quaerere, "to seek."

Etymology of self: Old English self, sylf, "self, same."


Conquering is a Via Christa Degree.

Conquering is a law of doing.


References

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

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

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


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