Integration and Disintegration

To integrate means "to combine (one thing) with another to form a whole, to bring (people or groups with particular characteristics or needs) into equal participation in or membership of a social group or institution." To be integral is "to be necessary to make a whole complete; essential or fundamental; included as part of a whole rather than supplied separately."

Integration is "the action or process of integrating; psychologically, integration is the coordination of processes in the nervous system, including diverse sensory information and motor impulses; in psychoanalysis, integration is the process by which a well-balanced psyche becomes whole, and the state which results or which treatment seeks to create by countering the fragmenting effect of defence mechanisms." Disintegration is "the process of losing cohesion or strength, to become weaker or be destroyed by breaking into small pieces; the process of coming to pieces; to become much worse."

Soul integration is the purpose of ascension of consciousness

By taking on form in a physical body, the soul has lost its original integration with its source of being. Soul ascension requires that you heal your soul's disintegration by gathering together and redeeming your soul substance life sparks, and mending all schisms in consciousness. Unless you complete the process of integrating of your whole soul in all its parts, especially morally and ethically, you cannot be fully integrated or claim to have integrity.








Edna Lister on Integration and Disintegration

If two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. – Matthew 18:19. You make an agreement with the law of perfection when you say, "It shall be done." Disagreement creates disintegration. – Edna Lister, November 14, 1934.

When someone wrecks your plans, accept it and say, "Thank Thee, Father, for this lesson, which means added illumination." Put it on the altar to consider why it came and what it will do for you. Then say, "Thank Thee that Thy agent has appeared to bring me a lesson." God uses disintegrators. Your task is to learn to integrate, to build, to fill with Light. God's agent then becomes your responsibility. An enemy is thus made your footstool. Let him build you higher, and use the experience as a step up. Say, "Thank Thee, Father, for the illumination that gives me the lesson, for opening my eyes to see." Leave it on the altar in Light, and declare that it is wiped clean. Nothing is hidden from those who have earned the right to know, who have stood under Light and lifted. You can't be hurt while standing in the Light. Assume responsibility for any group you are in, and you can be an integrator. – Edna Lister, January 19, 1935.

Wherever you find self, lift it. Self must disintegrate until you achieve Christ's stature. – Edna Lister, February 8, 1935.

In the one Light we find three creative principles — primal unity, integrity, and creation; dissolution, destruction, and disintegration; reproduction, regeneration, and recreation of higher forms. – Edna Lister, August 3, 1935.

The Father does not make tempters or disintegrators of men. They choose to do and be so themselves. Vanity and greed for power are the two central motives that render them unconscious and consume them. Allow only the good, the very good, only Light, the very Light in your kingdom. Pronounce all things good and very good. Permit no darkness at all in your place, or be bound by the limitations of your past. Set guards of discernment and discretion at the portals of your lips, tongue, heart and mind so that when the tempter comes, as he must, to strengthen you, he will not find you in weakness but in the full glory of strength, in the Christed stature. – Edna Lister, October 25, 1938.

The wicked are cut off, denied access to further soul substance from their Oversoul star, when they have fully accomplished their work of disintegration and tempting. "Thus saith the Lord, and so it shall be." The faithful stand, amid even ruins, rejoicing in the law and fully praising the Father, who knows all, from the beginning to the end. Watch in humility lest you lay the train of selfishness in your consciousness, which might break out in ages to come. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. – Matthew 5:48. Be urgent and zealous in well-doing. Seek all due rewards for the price of using the Light to make the world Light and a sphere of joy and beauty. – Edna Lister, November 6, 1938.

Stand upright as a pillar of Light on your own base of honor and integrity. – Edna Lister, July 2, 1945.

Every letter of the alphabet releases its own unique vibration, and so does every word. As a perfected transformer of Power, you will automatically be attuned to release the right amount of Power for you, according to your degree and kind. When you are negative in your expression, you release no Power, but use your own soul substance until finally you have no more, and disintegration occurs. – Edna Lister, August 18, 1945.

God does not make anyone into a disintegrator, but He uses one. The good that results is credited to the disintegrator for tearing down old forms so that new ones may be made from the ashes. – Edna Lister, July 9, 1946.

God does not make a disintegrator like Senator Joe McCarthy, but He uses them for good. The Father uses everyone who curses to raise evil from earth. Like attracts like, so even the Communists, who curse our government, are in turn used to lift darkness from earth. – Edna Lister, September 25, 1952.

God does not make anyone be a disintegrator,
but will use him

Law is immutable. God stands behind His Law of Good. Call Senator Joe McCarthy good because he causes Americans to become indignant, who would other wise be indifferent to the danger of Communist infiltration. God knows how to use a good disintegrator to tear down old forms. The Elect are the best God has, and we release Power that is pulling the world up into peace. To make pure jelly, you skim off the scum as it rises, not curse it or push it back into the pot. So do not curse the McCarthys of this world. Cursing causes you to lose place and to fail God. To cure earth, move up to your room of Light so the Master can work through you. Love each and every soul, and don't curse anyone. Love the Communists in Russia and Red China with the love of God for God, but kick them north (up) to God at the same time. Act in a manner that lets the Master direct the Power you release for good. The Master lifts his hands and blesses, which is declaring it good. – Edna Lister, July 7, 1953.

You can speak the Word to dissolve a form, but not mind, for only God can wipe out identity, which is carried in mind. God never makes a disintegrator, but He allows the one who tears down old form to do so. – Edna Lister, May 25, 1954.

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. – Genesis 3:19. The Anglican burial service reads, "We therefore commit his body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ." When the priest says, "earth to earth," the words bless the disintegration of form; "ashes to ashes" signals the cremation of soul debt residue for transition. – Edna Lister, July 6, 1954.

When you lift your voice in song, it’s like tuning a radio dial to the Joy Station, WJOY. The candle of joy flames in your heart in song, and brings your scattered parts together after moving through cross-vibrations. Unless you are always God-conscious, the appetitive soul becomes scattered and you have no visions or soul-flights at night. Before you sleep, ask the Father to gather together your scattered soul parts. When you sing, using the words of the Declaration of Unquenchable Love, you integrate your soul substance. The congregations of most churches are not taught to enter the worship service in devotion. They drain the Power from the minister’s words, and everyone loses. Do not take an empty zombie shell to the minister. Bring your devotion and joy. – Edna Lister, July 11, 1954.

The body itself is of no use to you after your ascension, however you are responsible for redeeming, lifting, and reintegrating all the life sparks of your soul substance; every soul must do this on earth, eventually. The process of drawing in the life sparks to reintegrate them proceeds this way: You draw the soul substance life sparks from the physical cells to the desire body molecules. In turn, you draw the desire body molecules into the mental body atoms, and from the atoms to the electronic fire body, which is purely spiritual. – Edna Lister, October 15, 1957.

As a category on the outer, we use timing in the form of antecedence and sequence to relate events, which makes integration of all outer experiences possible. Time also expresses the law of mental synthesis. You bind and relate your different actions and experiences to time so that you can, by contacting one time in your memory bank, find your way to all other related times. – Edna Lister, October 22, 1957.

Start with the laws that Jesus taught, then arrange all facts as you know them, and your experiences, according to law. A sound hypothesis will integrate with every law of the universe. – Edna Lister, May 1, 1958.

Every symbol has a dual meaning, reflecting the power to create or destroy, to integrate or disintegrate

Abstain from all appearance of evil. – 1 Thessalonians 5:22. Evil is devoid of honor. You may not and cannot afford to compromise with evil, for evil does not compromise, but only lies when it says it will. God does not divide, but unites, integrates and increases the good. Everything that separates the unity of the good is of the devil. We endorse oneness and integration. Therefore, do not let your name be associated with a vibration of separation, or condemn even those persons devoted to or working evil. You cannot avoid speaking the Word to lift the effects of evil or to speak the names of the workers of evil. The fact is that Light is melting and absorbing evil even as you speak the Word for this. No soul can fully integrate his soul substance until he has lifted all trace of evil experiences from it. – Edna Lister, October 27, 1958.

Integration of the three phases of your soul is the most important work you do on the Via Christa. Soul integration is the purpose of ascension of consciousness. The subconscious mind of appetitive soul must point out what you are missing. It calls your words back to you, warns you, tells you what to do, and registers what your actions are doing to the other person. The rational soul consciousness reintegrates what has been divided during earth experiences, all the mental and emotional conflicts that separate your whole being. Oversoul reintegrating the rational and appetitive soul is the final integration into the oneness of the Christ Mind, becoming one with the All-That-Is. – Edna Lister, May 7, 1959.

You cannot reintegrate your soul substance life sparks into your Oversoul unless you transfigure them from the physical to the spiritual. Transfiguration is the Mystic Degree initiation. When Jesus was transfigured, he recalled and integrated his past incarnations as Moses and Elijah. A catalyst brings together two different substances and transfigures them into a new, common substance, which is the vibratory rate of balance between the visible and invisible worlds, the function a mediator serves. Transfiguration raises the vibratory rate of balance of physical cells from the coarser material to the rate of the radiant electronic fire body. The Oversoul descends in the fire body under transfiguration, causing the outer sheath to glister with the white Light of the Christ. Jesus had often disappeared (called translation) but his transfiguration was the vibration of his fire body shining through his outer physical sheath. All materiality fell from him at his transfiguration. His face glistered with the Light from within, visible and brilliant as the sun — even his clothes shone. Only three of his disciples could see his white fire body. – Edna Lister, May 19, 1959.

When the Father gives you a line to lift from the past and it seems like a task, even to the point of a reprimand, bear in mind that it is an invitation to redeem soul substance and to come higher. The price you pay is to loosen the anchors to the past, to lift misused Substance, Power, and Mind to be absorbed in Light for new creations. You know that Light must absorb the old form before you can bring new creations into expression. Therefore, the greater your effort, the sooner the disintegration of old forms and reclaiming of misused substance occur, and the greater the speed with which the new creations come forth. Hasten to lift your past, put more love and devotion into your worship and praise of God so that He may grant you the rewards of outer success and fulfillment sooner. The period from August 10 to October 20 is the soul-searching time for lifting the past, for disintegration of ugliness in form, for purification of that substance to fulfill your creations as your soul's dreams and desires. – Edna Lister, October 9, 1959.

Putting on the whole armor of God integrates your soul with the laws of
absolute necessity

Every symbol has a dual meaning, reflecting the power to create or destroy, to integrate or disintegrate. Jesus chose a barren fig tree to demonstrate this principle, a barren tree so as not to break the law by destroying what was still useful. Power must disintegrate the form of substance in order for new forms to manifest. You can create the new good only after the old evil is destroyed. The handful of life sparks in an old, disintegrating rug forms the soul of the new rug. A symbol contains the whole Power that goes with the law, the principle that it represents. The spoken Word, "Let it come to pass," invokes and activates all life energies of everything connected with that principle. For example, when you speak the Word for healing, you invoke all the energies of the faith and strength of those watching over the one in need, to heal him. – Edna Lister, November 3, 1959.

Wisdom must have a lower, negative pole of disintegration of wrong thinking, imagination and desires or there could be no active pole of integration for ascension. – Edna Lister, November 3, 1959.

A gestating period is a time of integrating your past ideals into your new creations. You weave lines of Light into the present to carry them and the past creations with it into the future. The gestating is a waiting period between two positions, now and the future. Put all enemies — fear, doubt, self-pity, resentments, a critical attitude, etc. — on a cloud continent of Light and free your soul of the taints that have bound you to return to your true place. Bring yesterday into tonight and carry tonight into tomorrow. Be one with God. – Edna Lister, February 4, 1960.

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. – Ephesians 6:14-17. Girding your loins with truth means to apply the emanations and absolute abstract principles as laws. You must have unity between appetitive soul, rational soul and Oversoul. God’s unity penetrates and permeates everything as the principle of integration. To live in unity you must have harmony, equilibrium and balance, which is coordination and adjustment for the outer world.

The six steps in putting on the whole armor of God integrates with the laws of absolute necessity. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. – Matthew 6:33. Agree with thine adversary quickly, whilst 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 people to myself. – John 12:32. This is Good! Let there be Light! – Genesis 1. You cannot gird your loins until you are in the kingdom of heaven. The breastplate of righteousness enables you to agree with and adjust to your adversaries. When your feet are shod with understanding, you know the meaning of "What is that to thee? Follow thou me." Raising your shield of faith is abstaining from all appearance of evil. The helmet of salvation means, "If I am lifted up, I will draw all to me." When you attract criticism, your sword of truth is to say, "This is good. Let there be Light." – Edna Lister, June 6, 1960.

True love is the only integrative power that can establish your identity with God. Prayer holds your identity, your oneness with God as true soul integration. If enough people pray as creators to work out God’s ideas in love, they can save the world from crisis. Let us establish our personal identity with God, integrate ourselves with Him, to lift the whole world. – Edna Lister, June 4, 1961.

To fraternize means to integrate within a group. – Edna Lister, October 31, 1961.

God uses a disintegrator, so declare that each disintegrator is a focal point for the release of God’s Power. Name the disintegrators you can identify and declare that earth’s evil is absorbed through them as they are thus used. They are vulnerable to the Light, so declare that as they lend themselves to spreading propaganda, all the brainwashing they send out shall be absorbed. Then the Father shall put the right words on their lips. – Edna Lister, February 3, 1962.

Idle words create after their kind, and can definitely be evil. If you must say, "I am sorry, I didn't mean it that way," you are in a position of evil under the six laws of necessity for high integrity and full honor: Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you. – Matthew 6:33. Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are in the way with him. – Matthew 5:25. Abstain from all appearance of evil. – 1 Thessalonians 5:22. What is that to you? Follow me. – John 21:22. And 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. – Edna Lister, March 28, 1962.

When our Lord rode into Jerusalem that first Sunday morning, we were all there, watching and praying, knowing that he would soon meet his destiny, or fate, as some prefer to name it. Our Lord had chosen to make the sacrifice that saved earth. How blessed is our Father to have created a Son so like Him in His image and likeness as flesh. Our Master Jesus gave up his life so that the world could be made safe. What greater proof of God’s integrity can there be than the glory of His risen Son? Now, nearly two millennia later, we are still working, holding, praying for the final victory of the Light. Pray for the release of Light as Christed Power to flood earth so strongly that no small thing shall go unnoticed. – Edna Lister, April 15, 1962.

When you pray in devotion and great love of God, every negative soul record comes under the law of disintegration and absorption. When you completely repent of sin, a mental body lotus petal opens and the record is wiped clean. – Edna Lister, May 1, 1962. 

When you have integrity of heart, mind and purpose, and are loyal to God, nothing can touch your soul from the outside unless you allow it. Too many people think that God's Power is not equal to the evil at work on earth, yet God has given us freedom to choose our own course of action. As long as man's negative thoughts can disintegrate form, evil will continue to exist. When you ascend in consciousness, your mind opens to God's almighty Power, and He is certainly more powerful than your troubles. You can lift any problem or negative condition when you declare that every life spark of your body — or anyone else’s, even your worst favorite's — is filled with God's perfect substance of Light. Remember the spoken Word.

Declare that the disintegrator's circumstances and the conditions around him are pure spiritual substance, ready to become pure Light as perfect form. All creation proceeds from Light to color to tone to number and finally to the form you name. You can transform any condition of substance in form by the power of your spoken Word. The transforming power of the spoken Word causes Light to go forth, filled with the color of love, joy and perfect tone, according to the degree and kind of your faith. – Edna Lister, Power to Transform, December 4, 1962.

God uses disintegrators to further His great plans. – Edna Lister, January 31, 1963.

To return to God, you must reach the point of expression where the impenetrable twofold Mother ray of balanced integration/disintegration surrounds you. Say, "Here I am, Father," and see only Light in devotion. That is the law. The taints of emotion, imagination, thinking cannot touch your nerves then. The nerves quiver from the high vibration when you call on the Source. You must maintain your high contact during outer experiences to invoke the Light instantly. – Edna Lister, February 27, 1963.

Many souls undertake to build a body that ends in so severe a malformation that the result is either miscarriage (a spontaneous abortion) or no possibility of a normal life. This may seem to be a tragedy, but it serves a useful purpose for parents and child; parents must sacrifice their expectations for that child, for example. For the soul building the body, the process offers the perfect opportunity to withdraw its soul substance previously invested in earthly affairs and relationships. Only then can the soul reintegrate that misused or unwisely invested soul substance with the full living soul. The soul substance of evildoers is collected in this way to purge it of memory. – Edna Lister, July 9, 1963.

God needs leaders of honor, loyalty, and integrity of soul who think not of what is due them. – Edna Lister, September 13, 1964.

God never made anyone be a disintegrator. However, He does use evil ones to tear down old forms by the Light coming through their words. – Edna Lister, Deity and Divinity, October 6, 1964.

You must integrate your experiences under the laws of time and space, which serve as a check on the quality of experience you take home as your gift to God the Supreme. – Edna Lister, Three Absolutes Founded on Philosophy, November 10, 1964.

God’s laws include all phases of integration and disintegration. – Edna Lister, November 27, 1964.

To review early laws and integrate them, coordinating them with the new laws given, is good. The law governing our work is rigid and demands responsibility to hold all lines of Light as never before, making certain not to drop any small line. To make ascension into an atomic mental body perfect, you must review all the personal laws given from the first initiation in the very beginning. Fold the simplest laws into the highest, for sure obedience is very important. – Edna Lister, May 15, 1966.

When you fish for an idea in the River of Life, you may contact cross-vibrations and must move higher in consciousness to reestablish contact with the idea. Do the next thing next with your whole being. Do not scatter, but gather yourself together. Integrate yourself in the House of the Lord, even when the phone rings while you are busy. – Edna Lister, June 23, 1966.

Plan all things in honor, integrity, and loyalty. You must know whether you act of the self or soul. You must speak and act selflessly. – Edna Lister, October 24, 1966.

The death ray is the deepest blue purple, the ray of disintegration. This consuming ray disintegrates not only corpses in graves and other dead forms, but all the darkness and evil that needs disintegration. – Edna Lister, December 6, 1966.

Someone must always be there to speak the Word for a final ray of disintegration for chicanery and darkness in the flesh. – Edna Lister, February 12, 1967.

Whatever you desire shall be granted "in due season" — not as an immediate thing, not always instantly, but when the time is right. Disintegration is a great factor in miracles. If God grants the miracle at the wrong time — for example, when the death ray is predominating — it could wear out the body just by vibrating through it, causing the slow dissolution of cohesion among the life sparks. Once the timing is disarranged, nothing stops disintegration. Whatever it is will fall apart, and this kind of disintegration never can be repaired. It has happened in weddings where one party insisted on marrying at once only to be taken out of the body a few days or a few weeks later. Selfishness always breeds despair and a gathering together of all debts, including those from the past, to be paid at once. When an embodied soul has insufficient coin of the realm, the body pays. – Edna Lister, May 12, 1967.

To lift and cleanse the life sparks of soul substance requires a death vibration of disintegration or nothing here could shed its form. – Edna Lister, May 15, 1967.

Time is a succession of instants while space is a system of associated points. You perceive time by analysis, but space by synthesis. Only through the integrating insight of personality can you coordinate and associate these two dissimilar conceptions. Some never do integrate time and space into a personal relationship. Things are time-conditioned. Truth is timeless. – Edna Lister, October 17, 1967.

The initiations of the Love Emanation involve disintegration, the death ray, of all old thinking, emotions and imagination, and dissolves crystallizations within the vital centers. – Edna Lister, October 22, 1968.

Honor, loyalty, and integrity are the high points in character development. Next come logic, reason, discernment, discrimination, and discretion, followed by purity in imagination, thinking, and desire. You can't have the full honor of God with excuses. Logic is the abstract Mind of God, which is the expression of the Magna Carta. Reason brings it from abstract Mind down to the realm where imagination operates and makes the abstract relative to the absolute. – Edna Lister, November 7, 1968.

The love of Jesus Christ, the first begotten Son of God, is the universal integrator. Learn to love as he loves: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16. This is our indestructible line of Light to God the Father. – Edna Lister, December 9, 1969.

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The Key to Integration of Soul and Spirit 1

This Edna Lister lecture outline is dated June 6, 1961, Cleveland, Ohio.

The story behind this lecture is a perfect example of non-integration. When this subject was first given to me early this year, during Lent, I knew how I wanted to approach it and what I wanted to say. The idea grew hazy in the press of heavy study and demands on my time. Then, while I was packing, I realized that I had lost my notes. I looked up to God but received no answer, and still had no notes. How could I have any integration of soul and Spirit when I didn't know what God wanted? I had only half of what I needed, but there is no chance for full integration until God moves in.

The first rule is that for integration to be complete, you must have all the facts and they must be in balanced form. If you do not approach it this way, you can be startled or surprised out of a lesser or surface integration. To have integration of soul with Spirit, you must first have perfect integration of body, heart, and mind with soul.

What is integration? It means to complete an imperfect thing by the addition of parts to make up a whole. An incomplete life needs more parts added. So, without all the facts, you can be unbalanced by some new fact that upsets your previous balance.

What is soul? Soul is an individualized expression, an individuated manifestation of God, endowed with all qualities, attributes, potential powers and parts of God, with nothing omitted.

What is Spirit? Spirit is The All, the unmanifest Mind, Substance and Power of God — For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. – Acts 17:28. It is the River of Life flowing from the Source to the outermost rim of Creation and back to the Source. As this river flows by, you extend your antennae into it and catch whatever you need — strength, love, power, etc. You name and number this new substance you extract for your miracles.

To gain perfect integration, you must have a basic foundation, which is God. First you must have perfect coordination of the body in vision, muscles and nerves. Many sports activities do this. For example, in golfing, you begin with the proper stance, positioning feet and knees. You address the ball, turn your hips, then bend shoulders, and neck, keeping your eyes on the ball. Then you raise the club and swing in a complete coordination of muscles, nerves, and eyes.

Second, you must be in equilibrium in your heart, with your emotions balanced and desires lifted, to become one with will as the I AM consciousness. Third, you need balance of mind, so you surrender self to become the servant of all God's Power. Then you can reach your goal of becoming a conquering soul, living by soul as your basic goal.

Then you must have a key, the right key to open the door to heaven. What shall it be? Love is the only coordinator great enough to smooth away all differences, all conflicts among body, heart, mind, and soul. Soul pulls all the other phases of being up into the greater Light. Love must bring devotion and faith into perfect integration so your devotion to and faith in can be given to the same thing at the same time.

Whether you are a speaker or singer, when you follow the notes through your soul, you can harmonize with the audience or the members of an orchestra so that all may respond to the same high vibration. You are able then to integrate life for them by releasing Power from the harmony of the spheres. You achieve a rapport that transforms and transports them.

When you follow the notes objectively, with the mind only, without soul, you leave your audience feeling cold and wooden toward you and your subject. You cannot lift anyone when they are thinking, "She leaves me cold." A static condition offers no appeal.

So, to be integrated, you must have a perfect working coordination among body, heart, mind, and soul. However, you miss reaching this perfect coordination when you have God and anything else. Your coordination can be perfect only when you have God as everything.

The German Shepherd dog that starred in "Strongheart" had been trained as a Police dog in Germany, and his owner worked hard to retrain him to be a friendlier dog. One day, a child ran up to him and he growled, bared his teeth and acted viciously. In perfect love, which casts out all fear, she threw her arms around his neck and instead of attacking, he licked her face.

Pure love can do anything. Love liberates the energy and powers of the physical, but unless love does expend itself in outside action, it will stagnate until you have less and less energy. Love is not merely piety, which is too often a cover-up for hidden inner conflicts that the pious person has refused to face.

Unless you make each day a new adventure, your spirit of adventure will go to seed and result in boredom. Then you find yourself devitalized and confused by a guilt complex because you have failed to live up to the life God gave you. When you let your life be broken up into ever smaller fragments of self, no coordination is possible. You are disintegrating, with no hope of integration until you choose to reintegrate your soul and ascend.

Love integrates your faith, praise and joy into a conquering soul. An integrated life is born from having a conquering soul. How can you be integrated with Spirit? Move up and love God enough. Then you can add to your outer life all the missing parts that make you a perfect whole, a complete son or daughter of God.

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The Key to Integration of Soul and Spirit 2

This Edna Lister lecture transcript is dated June 6, 1961, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Elizabeth Barnes, Margaret Pratt Doan, Ruth Johnson, and Irene White.

You need all the facts to be integrated. You cannot rely on two-thirds of the facts, but must have all the facts. Your degree of poise reveals your degree of integration. If you lose your poise, you become disintegrated. Yet to achieve poise or integration, you must first know what God wants in your life. People can listen to the Oversoul and believe that it is God speaking, but it takes more than that. You are only half the equation, and you cannot have full integration until God enters. All religions accept this. It is a far cry, though, from saying God can move in to letting Him do it.

There is a surface integration and lesser degrees of integration, but to have full integration of soul and Spirit you must integrate body, heart and mind with soul. Each of you is a four-way person. Life sparks are one-quarter of you, they are yours forever, uniquely named and numbered from the Source. Life sparks are the finest grade of substance, which physicists are seeking. Every life spark is inscribed with its own name and number. Integration is a process of completing an imperfect thing by the addition of parts to make up a perfect whole thing. Lack of integration is lack of some parts, or parts not yet integrated.

Without all the facts that make up all the parts of you, you can be unbalanced by any new facts that you cannot explain. When you say about truth, "I never thought of it that way before," you have not really thought it through. Thought must pass five tests: logic, reason, discernment, discrimination and discretion. When your thinking can pass these tests, then you are using the mental faculties of your conscious mind. When your rational consciousness ascends to Oversoul to use all your soul faculties, then Oversoul rules your life and you can become integrated.

Soul is an individualized expression of God, a personalized manifestation of the One God, brought into being for the purpose of gaining experience, eventually to become a cocreator with Him. One-half of a full living soul remains pure spirit substance, while one-half enters form. Every Day of Manifestation — and there have been many — begins with a period of time, a great age when a certain portion of that which was spirit becomes form. Those who were spirit take on form and those who have transcended form ascend and are prepared to rule from above, even to rule planets and galaxies. Every soul may choose to learn and become a ruler or to regress and lose life sparks and conscious identity. You are free to choose how you use your faculty of will, but there is no free will. You have only God's will and free choice as to how you will apply it.

As a living soul, you are are one-quarter appetitive soul, one-quarter rational soul, and one-half Oversoul destined to be integrated as one living soul in one body. The Oversoul is far wiser than the rational and appetitive phases of soul, but all are you, integrated as one, with Oversoul ruling. Appetitive soul rules the life sparks in physical cells, the molecular desire body, and the subconscious phase of mind. The rational soul rules the conscious phase of mind and the atomic mental body. Oversoul rules as the super-conscious mind and the electronic fire body.

Spirit is that portion of God that remains unmanifest, but which animates and enlivens the whole of Creation as the River of Life. This river is comprised of the Mind, Substance, and Power of God as Light undifferentiated into form. Only Oversoul can contact Spirit for the guidance of Wisdom, Love and Selflessness. Thus, because of this river, there is no place where God is not. The River of Life contains every potential of God's qualities, abilities, and powers. You may accept this as your portion of God, who is everywhere evenly present and available to you when you integrate your soul with the All-That-Is.

The 1,000-petaled lotus is rooted in 1,000 nerves that arise from the brain's cortex and form the flames of Holy Spirit's fire that artists represent with a halo. They are 1,000 antennae attuned to Divine Mind, "that mind which was also in Christ Jesus." When you look up in prayer, your devotion sets them afire. If you maintain your contact, you receive from Divine Mind what is yours to receive. How long do you keep your antennae up and your receiver set to hear God? When you ask for someone to be healed, you speak the word to enliven the vibration of his named and numbered life sparks for healing.

You must have a goal, a foundation for perfect physical coordination. Many physical pursuits provide such a foundation — golf, for example. You begin by positioning your feet, maintaining the proper stance, holding your knees correctly, and address the ball. Then you turn your hips, bend your shoulders and neck, while keeping your eyes on the ball as you raise the club and swing. All this requires a complete coordination of bones, muscles, nerves and eyes. Swimming, tennis, gymnastics, and ballet all teach you how to coordinate your body, too. So does singing or playing a musical instrument.

The real keys to perfect physical coordination and soul integration are to keep your mind concentrated above the physical world of appearances only, and your heart free of any emotional drag. The Hindus developed hatha yoga, a method that takes twenty years to perfect, and which many believe is the end in itself. On the Via Christa, integration with God is our goal. Nevertheless, we recognize that proper deep breathing is essential. One trap that all embodied souls are prone to fall into is the habit of shallow breathing. It begins as the body reaches adolescence unaccompanied by some physical regimen of sports, dance, or music that requires training in physical coordination between body and breath.

We have all seen teenagers who act like fuzzy-brained zombies. Yet, aspiring mystics, those who have experienced some spiritual illumination, are also prone to live on the fifth degree of breath too much, which is what ails some of us. The fifth degree of breath is a mere pulsing of substance, a breath that animates existence, but does not set your soul afire. You are forced breathe deeply only when there is too much stagnant air in your lungs. Get up and move around before you begin to feel sluggish, which you will be when you are living on the fifth degree of breath alone.

What sets your soul on fire? Desire must mate with will and become the Oversoul's I AM consciousness to access that mind that was also in Christ Jesus. As you ascend in consciousness, desire possesses the pituitary gland as intuition. Will possesses the pineal body as illumination. Then you can easily lift your emotions. Do not try to kill desire, as so many religions and philosophies have taught is necessary — killing desire is impossible to do and is counterproductive to boot. Instead, surrender your mind to become an extension of the mind that was also in Christ Jesus, so that the Mind of God registers on your brain cells.

Our goal on the Via Christa is to become a conquering soul and return to God. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. – Revelation 3:20. The key to heaven's door is love, the only coordinator and integrator in the universe. Only love can soothe and smooth away the conflicts of body, heart, mind, and soul. When you surrender to the power of love, you automatically ascend in consciousness. First, you must find a personal desire to seek God and know Him with understanding. This gives you an awakened faith in what you find and understand, according to your degree or capacity. Further, you must be devoted to that Source, whatever type of devotion you express. Your devotion and faith combined can take many forms.

For example, you can be devoted to and have faith in the same thing at the same time. When a singer or musician becomes so integrated with his music, he takes his audience up with him, and everyone experiences a transcendent ascension in consciousness. If he loves his work enough, it sets the lights and colors of his aura afire. When you are in rapport and integrated in body, heart, mind, and soul, looking to Spirit to guide you, you are transported and can transport others on the wings of your soul's ecstasy. An integrated person exercises a dynamic attractive power in the world. The coolly intellectual objective type repels and leaves others cold. A disintegrated person's chaotic vibration holds no appeal for anyone.

Everyone needs perfectly working coordination, a mark you miss when you have God and anything else. God alone is all you need. God as everything, everywhere evenly present and available, God in all, through all, as all. To be integrated, you can have only God as consciousness. Declare that any hatred that another expresses is going forth as love. Say, "This is good. Let there be Light." No matter the situation, you are the one who must contact Spirit instantly. Individualized mind must act as the power of love on substance to accomplish the good and cause it to become manifest through the spoken Word.

Hatred grows when you recognize it as hate. It decreases and disappears when you term it love. So, to say, "This is changed into love," consumes the hatred intended. Love liberates energy when you express it with fervor. Love can liberate enough energy to carry you through each day of your life. This is crucial to your work of ascension, for unless love, using you, expends itself fully in the moment of need, it crystallizes. Then you become stagnant, pious in appearance, but with much hidden conflict.

Stand in your prayer room of Light under your shaft of Light and know that love is moving through you and all those souls and situations that are on your lines of Light and responsibility. Say to God, "I love Thee, Father," and your room of Light becomes flaming Light within your golden bowl. Unless you face every day as a new adventure, you devitalize your body, mind, and soul. You become confused because you are disintegrated. When you let the spirit of adventure die within, you go to seed, allowing your life to disintegrate, to be broken into many little fragments. No matter what you plan to do, first enter your room of Light.

Love integrates your devotion for, faith in, praise of, and joy just because God is God! You are now afire as a conquering soul. How can you become integrated with Spirit? Ascend to your room of Light and love God enough. Seek first the kingdom of heaven and all things else shall be added. Integration adds all your missing parts — any lack of love of God, man, or the world. Move into the Lord's kingdom of heaven and stay there.

No matter where you are, heaven is there. You can remain there by choice. Your special center of Light is where you are. Earth is a sorry place only when you drag your tail feathers in its dust. It's all a matter of choice. You can and must choose between mere demonstration and marvelous miracles. When you've forced a demonstration by demanding, then wondered if you were right, you get nowhere. Stand up before God. Love Him and His entire Creation as being the perfection it already is. Stand on this truth as your foundation of good. Wait upon the Lord to fulfill the miracles needed. It may take time, but it works.

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This Edna Lister lecture outline is dated November 3, 1961, Buffalo, New York.

Now is the greatest age for opportunity in all time. We are in the presence of God every moment. He knows it, even if we do not! Yet God can move in only by your personal invitation. The excitement of divine action can be yours right now, if you only accept. Your results in life so far are according to your investment of faith in God.

Jesus' whole message was intended to lift humanity from self, the creature, to soul, the creator. To reach for the stars successfully, you must have given up all inner conflict between self and soul. As you seek integration with the soul of you, first you must fix your identity in the Light of God. No integration is possible in the darkness of self where each individualized unit must have its own way. You must become nonresistant to the Light.

Therefore, 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. All healing comes under the great principle of nonresistance, which provides our mandate for the attitude of "having done all, to stand." As an undaunted conquering soul, face front, boldly. When you live and act under nonresistance, no fight, no conflict can disturb the quiet confidence of your devotional soul.

When you move up in consciousness, to dwell in the golden silence, you do not clutter your devotion with any feeble past attempts to use words because you cannot even do that any longer. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. – Psalm 91:1. The golden silence is your secret place of the most High. Here you are standing on holy ground. You have become love.

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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 –1971
The original Pioneering Mystic
minister, teacher, and author

Edna Lister


Etymology of integrate: Latin integrat – 'made whole', from the verb integrare, from integer 'whole' (see integer). Compare with integral and integrity.


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).

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