Blame, a Soul Taint

Blame means "to find fault with, to censure; to rebuke, to reprove; to bring into disrepute or discredit; to reproach, to fix the responsibility on, to make answerable." Its close synonym is criticism, and its opposite is to praise.

To blame is "the action of censuring; expression of disapprobation; imputation of demerit on account of a fault or blemish; reproof, censure."

Thus, blame holds another responsible, finds fault, censures, and places responsibility on another's back. When you blame, it shows a soul taint in you. Blame is the most common form of unrighteous judgment, of being judgmental. Blame is an initiation, whether you are doling it out or receiving it.

Edna Lister's Sermons on Blame
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Edna Lister on Blame

When you do the truth, you come to the Light unafraid and unashamed. You receive promotion, and reward, because you are blameless, without blame and not blaming. ~ Edna Lister, Wings on Your Feet, December 13, 1936.

Your path is to agree with your adversaries instantly, even to holding yourself and no other responsible for blame or guilt, then moving to make it right. ~ Edna Lister, December 11, 1939.

Once you open the Labors of Hercules, you cannot turn back, or blame, even when or where blame is due. ~ Edna Lister, December 11, 1939.

The secret of success in fulfilling all initiations: Never speak of blame or permit blame spoken; take all and lift all. ~ Edna Lister, December 11, 1939.

You may not hold blame against anyone, for only by seeing them as perfect can you yourself be perfect. ~ Edna Lister, December 11, 1939.

Put everyone and everything you have disliked into the Light. Lift the detriments and everyone you have called an enemy. However you have labeled him, you've pasted your name on his back and stuck him in darkness, on a line that extends back to you. Thus, you remain connected, no matter where you go. You must help him to pay any debt you feel he owes, because you have blamed him. ~ Edna Lister, The Chalice, July 6, 1941.

Criticism creates a black cloud of blame over the one criticized and the judgment passed holds both in bondage until the criticizer pays the debt. ~ Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

Blame, criticism and condemnation are curses, words numbered and named with your rate of vibration, which create after their degree and kind. ~ Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

You need not love the ugly things people do, but you cannot afford condemnation or blame. ~ Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

Blaming others for your own predicament causes demotion and delay. ~ Edna Lister, October 28, 1942.

Every critical, blaming thought engraves a line somewhere, first in the soul, then on the face and body. ~ Edna Lister, Life In a Nutshell, "Let Love Collect Your Dividends," 1944.

There is no blame, only just and needed experience. ~ Edna Lister, October 27, 1944.

Face every episode, condition and past situation in family, social and business life. Loose it, lift it and see it filled with Light. Especially include all who have blamed you. ~ Edna Lister, June 30, 1944.

Blame no one else for anything, whether in the right or wrong. ~ Edna Lister, October 27, 1944.

Law counts blaming anyone or anything as charging a karmic debt to that person or agency, karma that the one who charges the debt must pay, not the one blamed. ~ Edna Lister, October 30, 1944.

If you hold a debt of blame against a person, a nation or an administration, you hold yourself in chains of bondage. ~ Edna Lister, October 30, 1944.

Self-blame is self, seeking a way out of the situation. ~ Edna Lister, November 1, 1944.

You can't be hurt or offended without resenting and blaming, which is judging another. ~ Edna Lister, December 15, 1944.

You shall see all that you need, instantly in advance, when you can no longer blame another. ~ Edna Lister, December 15, 1944.

Love all that is done to you, and give only praise for being despitefully used by those higher than you are in command. ~ Edna Lister, December 15, 1944.

Self-blame is darkness. ~ Edna Lister, January 31, 1945.

Those who live life by blaming others, find that they have founded their whole life on a misconception. ~ Edna Lister, The Twelve Labors of Hercules, May 7, 1945.

Do not blame anyone for anything, even for a second. No question, no suggestion will make you do anything you have not chosen to do yourself; anything else is an excuse to do as you please. ~ Edna Lister, July 9, 1945.

You longer seek outer props or make excuses when you can look yourself in the face, and no person, remark or blame can deter you. ~ Edna Lister, July 9, 1945.

If another blames you, do not notice it. Just lift it and know that it is a bit of subconscious mind coming up, or you would not notice it. ~ Edna Lister, July 11, 1945.

He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone. ~ John 8:7. When you cannot take reprimands but hide your mistakes, you blame and criticize. ~ Edna Lister, August 11, 1945.

Live blamelessly, and the more you help another, the more you will help yourself up. ~ Edna Lister, August 11, 1945.

Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. ~ John 20:21-23. To remit sins is to forgive them. To retain sins is to blame. ~ Edna Lister, The Glory of the Holy Ghost, July 7, 1946.

What is that to thee? Follow thou me. ~ John 21:22. See perfection in yourself and in others, and pull out your own porcupine quills of blame and judgment. You can afford no enemies or adversaries. Instead, declare, "Thou preparest a table before me in the midst of my loved ones." ~ Edna Lister, I Am the Light of the World, July 9, 1946.

Return a blessing for any curses, which include blame, criticism and condemnation. ~ Edna Lister, The Love of the Christ, September 29, 1946.

To forgive by taking on the burden of blame as a sacrificial gift to the Father is the greatest forgiveness of all. ~ Edna Lister, Brotherhood Through Forgiveness, December 15, 1946.

Resentment always carries unconscious blame. ~ Edna Lister, June 3, 1947.

Blame is a subconscious excuse for guilt and halfway efforts. ~ Edna Lister, June 17, 1947.

Blame no one or anything anytime. It does not matter whose fault it is, lift. ~ Edna Lister, August 20, 1947.

Take the blame. It's your gain! ~ Edna Lister, June 20, 1947.

You give away soul substance when you blame. ~ Edna Lister, January 8, 1948.

He left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there. Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. ~ Matthew 21:17-21. One thought of blame and the Power destroys the fig tree. ~ Edna Lister, June 15, 1948.

It ill becomes you to blame another if you can't accept seeing yourself in a similar place. ~ Edna Lister, May 9, 1951.

Never charge a debt of blame against one who tries to hurt you. If you push him out of your life, he will always try to climb back into the nest. ~ Edna Lister, To Seek the Light, June 10, 1951.

Blessed is he who is blamed day and night for he has great gifts to give to God. ~ Edna Lister, Be-Attitudes, July 17, 1951.

A peacemaker takes all blame, and says, "I'll pour Light upon it until it becomes whole." ~ Edna Lister, Be-Attitudes, July 17, 1951.

The Father does not blame, judge or condemn; He praises the ascending soul. ~ Edna Lister, November 21, 1951.

To attain the Master's degree requires seeing no point of blame in anyone. ~ Edna Lister, The Lotus Centers, November 27, 1951.

You can kill love with blame. When you accuse another, you close the door in your Father’s face. If you paid all attention to all things always, you could hold no blame. ~ Edna Lister, December 30, 1951.

Silence under blame is incomprehensible to the average individual but is one of the greatest soul defenses. ~ Edna Lister, The Golden Chalice, September 21, 1952.

You never charge a debt of blame to anyone on earth or in heaven, but always say, "Father, I am guilty." ~ Edna Lister, October 23, 1952.

Blame cannot exist in the world if you lift all the blame. ~ Edna Lister, June 10, 1954.

Blame, criticism and condemnation are curses that go forth to create after their own kind. ~ Edna Lister, The Golden Silence, June 18, 1954.

Blame is an expression of false pride. ~ Edna Lister, July 12, 1954.

Never involve anyone above or on earth in anything anytime in any way or for any reason at all, lest you charge a debt of blame. "I know I am right," involves the whole of heaven in a debt of blame. ~ Edna Lister, August 7, 1954.

The law of blame may be set aside only to save a soul. You pay a blame debt according to how you submit to deliver a reprimand under the law. God cannot completely wipe it out unless you kneel at the altar in deep consecration. ~ Edna Lister, November 8, 1954.

If you blame yourself, you are blamed. ~ Edna Lister, December 13, 1954.

Throwing back blame for blame forms a heavy blackened layer that causes family, civil, national and international strife. ~ Edna Lister, October 15, 1956.

Put personality on a cloud to free it, while law holds the one you have blamed. ~ Edna Lister, October 22, 1956.

You advance when you stop blaming others. When you blame another, he goes free and you, the criticizer, pays the debt. Stop blaming, and ask the Father to cover his debts and heal him. ~ Edna Lister, June 6, 1957.

Never waste time on the past through continued thinking of it or by blaming self. You have no time to blame self, to erect false gods or graven images that you must tear down later. ~ Edna Lister, September 30, 1957.

When you blame another, you pay your debt and half of his. No blame attaches when you say, "Darling, you are wonderful. I love you where you are." ~ Edna Lister, October 24, 1957.

Listen to a description of darkness to lift, not to blame or create more. ~ Edna Lister, December 27, 1957.

Expecting another to live in your grade charges him a debt of blame, of which you must pay half. Your blame fastens him to your coat tails until he reaches your "exalted" grade. ~ Edna Lister, December 27, 1957.

If you feel the urge to blame, remember the three monkeys. You may see, hear or speak no evil. You may see evil just to lift, but don't get into it. ~ Edna Lister, January 9, 1958.

Don't alibi, but take the blame. ~ Edna Lister, February 4, 1958.

The millstone hangs about the neck of the offender and the offended when there is blame. ~ Edna Lister, March 6, 1958.

Habitual blame is a disease of soul. ~ Edna Lister, March 12, 1958.

Blame equals self, and means you love self before God. By your own judgments, you will know your degree of blame. ~ Edna Lister, Revelation 1: The Throne, April 22, 1958.

Watch that you do not pay lip service when you say, "I don't blame him." When you practice covering others' transgressions, you begin to see as God sees, and "blame" never occurs to you. ~ Edna Lister, September 11, 1958.

If you stick your nose in another's life, you will eventually put it in his garbage can. Do not criticize and blame, or part of you ends up in your friend's garbage can. ~ Edna Lister, Brainwashing, Inc., October 19, 1958.

It's self-exaltation every time you allow a blame moth to chew a hole in your aura. ~ Edna Lister, October 20, 1958.

Blame is the source of war, which is nothing more than justification of self; never justify yourself before the world. ~ Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958.

You drag down your loved ones when you blame anything on anyone. ~ Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958.

You write a new negative record when you judge another and so take on his debts in blame. ~ Edna Lister, Being Without Self, November 2, 1958.

To force truth upon one too weak or indifferent to bear it is to charge him a debt of blame if he misuses or repudiates that truth. ~ Edna Lister, December 5, 1958.

Those who are ever ready to pin the record of sin on another's coattails have traits of blame and unrighteous judgment, and revenge motives. ~ Edna Lister, Visualization, May 17, 1959.

When others blame you, recognize it as a gift sent that you might reveal the works of God. This is a precious opportunity for lifting; go to the altar and ask for Power to cover all such debts. Say, "Let me pay part of this debt, Father." Blame does not come to give you an opportunity to justify self; it comes to those who desire to sacrifice self and lift the world. ~ Edna Lister, Visualization, May 17, 1959.

Everyone holds debts of blame. You pay a double debt by blaming or reviling those who do not know law. ~ Edna Lister, Jesus' Seven Last Words, June 7, 1959.

You cannot blame and invoke the Light simultaneously. ~ Edna Lister, Eight Great Powers of Being, June 23, 1959.

Do not blame another for forgetting what you asked them to do; it is not their task or they would remember it. It may also show they are not yet ready for that responsibility. ~ Edna Lister, February 22, 1960.

The world is always hunting a scapegoat ~ that's what blaming others is. ~ Edna Lister, March 3, 1960.

Blaming affects the eyes; a film of the spiritual grime of thousands of years can cloud them. ~ Edna Lister, March 11, 1960.

Blaming is attempting to escape responsibility. ~ Edna Lister, How Can I Help Myself? May 31, 1960.

You are innately able to understand agitators perfectly, for they have been laggards in the past and the great Power today is forcing them into divine activity against their selfish personal will and desires. Naturally they blame God, the source of the Light, and His Elect for prodding them. The Light itself is the great rebuke for selfishness, greed and blindness among those who refuse to see their own responsibilities to life or God. In no way may you blame them for their blindness, because God's Light must shine through you into dark places to lift these erring children Home. The vibration of healing goes through them into the world, attracting those of like nature, then lifts and heals. Let them spew the ugliness, since it must be lifted to free and release their frozen life sparks. Take nothing they say personally. You are but an instrument of Light and your acceptance and lifting shall pay great dividends on the inner and outer. ~ Edna Lister, June 2, 1960.

Pay no attention to criticism or praise, whether others blame or butter you up with flattery. ~ Edna Lister, How Can I Apply Law to My Life? June 7, 1960.

You may blame another person, but you can receive only what you send forth. ~ Edna Lister, Realization Through Praise, June 26, 1960.

You are to blame for your situation. When you have been limping, barely making it, you have allowed the little self to rule. ~ Edna Lister, October 10, 1960.

Analysis is illegal when you apply it as blame. ~ Edna Lister, December 19, 1960.

Self-blame is a curse against God. ~ Edna Lister, August 3, 1961.

Cases of psychosomatic illness or pain are really cases of self running free to blame someone else for its own poor choices and actions. ~ Edna Lister, August 27, 1961.

Cease blaming anyone. How can you reach or hold your point high and blame? One little point of blame puts you on the bottom. Would you have success? How can you have success and blame in the same basket? It is a matter of choice. How long shall you blame and create more debts for self-indulgence? Stand blameless. What is that to thee? Follow thou me. ~ John 21:22 and A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. ~ Psalm 91:7 and you will stand blameless before the throne. ~ Edna Lister, October 3, 1961.

Light comes from above, lifts all it touches, and in no way ever blames. ~ Edna Lister, March 29, 1962.

You must learn silence under blame, with no excuses or self-justification. ~ Edna Lister, Heaven: A Place to Fill, April 10, 1962.

Accept blame and cover it with Light to dissolve it. ~ Edna Lister, Fourteen Stations of the Cross, April 17, 1962.

True love does not gripe about hot, cold or any of the extremes. A complaint is a complaint, so face that concrete fact. If you blame or criticize, you may find yourself biting your tongue more often. ~ Edna Lister, May 20, 1962.

You are learning how to become law. One who has become law would not sit in unjust judgment of another under any condition. Condemnation, criticism and blame accompany sitting in judgment. If the other is unwise or disobeying, you may say, "It seems to me ..." or, "This law has worked for me," then give law, but you may not say the other is disobeying. ~ Edna Lister, May 29, 1962.

Unrighteous judgment is blame. ~ Edna Lister, What Is the End? May 29, 1962.

At the first sign of self-blame, stop, ascend in consciousness and say, "This is right. This is good. This is God's way for me. I am doing God's perfect work for me now, His way, according to His will." ~ Edna Lister, January 24, 1963.

Give every hour's service freely, without a grudge or blame for one who demands service. Declare, "Let there be Light through this," then work to make it Light so that as much of the world's darkness as possible can be lifted. ~ Edna Lister, February 1963.

If you still need healing, you need to surrender more self. The slightest hint of a taint of blame blocks healing. Under God's laws, no one is responsible for your inner healing but you. Sometimes you lift force or lift another to the point where you might suffer yourself, but this is not lasting. Do not think that lifting force for another can hurt your body. You lift only a psychosomatic desire body pain. Blame is the most subtle taint and blocks the release of platelets, which become frozen. Blame, which is the most subtle taint, sidesteps your responsibility to the Source, and is illegal. When your desire is burning, you do it. ~ Edna Lister, February 27, 1963.

Love cannot blame, for it doesn't know how. ~ Edna Lister, February 27, 1963.

Your every life spark, every atom is named and numbered before you come to earth. You use only your own soul substance when you blame and curse, and stamp your name on the one whom you curse. To counteract this, declare, "Everything in my life is good now." ~ Edna Lister, May 17, 1963.

You are in good company when others blame you wrongly. Blame was the scourge with which they whipped Jesus, and the crown of thorns they made him wear. ~ Edna Lister, The Crown of Thorns, July 7, 1963.

Past repudiation, resentment, rebellion and self-pity generate blame. ~ Edna Lister, September 5, 1963.

If you blame or criticize, your target will remember the blame and reopen the cesspool. ~ Edna Lister, September 16, 1963.

Every time you blame, you are trying to remake someone or something in your own image and likeness. ~ Edna Lister, God as Principle Applied Under Logic and Reason, November 5, 1963.

When you forget law, you rip the rungs from your ladder of ascension, and have nothing to stand on between you and the bottom. It is yours to lift, with no blame. You may not blame another. The instant you blame another for whatever "it" is, you claim it as your own. It is so much simpler just to lift and declare it good. For this is the only method to lift you above the law of action and reaction, echo and reecho. ~ Edna Lister, November 22, 1963.

Ascend to the Mercy Seat instantly, at the first indication of a downward pull, at the first thought to blame another. ~ Edna Lister, December 6, 1963.

If you forgive grudgingly, you still blame. Call it good. "Let there be Light." This is giving love when you cover others' transgressions, accept even blame with love. ~ Edna Lister, December 16, 1963.

When you offer nothing but blame and resentment, which is the only reason for self-excuses, added to the pride in following completely, then it is time to cut off the pap, to turn you loose to go at your own pace. ~ Edna Lister, June 28, 1964.

One root of blame is having an unfounded high opinion of your self. ~ Edna Lister, The Good Shepherd, November 1, 1964.

Blame and resentment are the reasons for excusing the self. ~ Edna Lister, June 28, 1964.

Unless I assume the general blame where my feet tread and my eyes glance, but most especially where I live, I take the blame for everything around me. Do I lift, as my gift to God, everything my name can be connected with, in any way, as a participant or as a bystander? Yes. This is the only way I, as an initiate, can be certain my own subconscious appetitive soul cannot get away with anything, and the only way I can control it into obedience. ~ Edna Lister, July 28, 1964.

Only those at the top can take blame for all and lift all. If someone blames you and you repudiate, the Light does not have the chance to lift the taints. The Father cannot let go of earth for an instant. Take all blame for all around you. Repudiation does nothing. ~ Edna Lister, August 6, 1964.

An ugly manifestation of pride is never taking the blame if you can put it on another. ~ Edna Lister, January 23, 1965.

Conquer the little self that blames, is critical and plucks not the beam from its own eye. Avoid this by praising enough and taking on purity of responsibility to become a creator god. ~ Edna Lister, March 21, 1965.

Any blame is against God, not man. ~ Edna Lister, March 24, 1965.

When you speak with ungirded loins, your words may carry taints of blame and resentment. ~ Edna Lister, May 27, 1965.

Never excuse or make excuses. An excuse charges a debt of blame to you, to another on the outer or to the Master. Never blame, criticize, judge or condemn self or another. ~ Edna Lister, August 2, 1965.

Waste no time paying debts for others; your criticism, blame and resentment cause you to assume the debts that others made. ~ Edna Lister, You Are Immortal Now, September 19, 1965.

Blame is the breeding place of self pity. ~ Edna Lister, Truth as Practical Common Sense, November 28, 1965.

"I'm sorry" does not pay the debt, it only acknowledges the blame. ~ Edna Lister, December 3, 1965.

What will you use to pay the debt of blame you charge? It involves everyone around you. Once you pray, declare it good and Councils allow you to ask and to have, declare it good, lest you charge an inadvertent debt of blame. Therefore, if you have questioned yourself as to being right or wrong, declare it changed into good to cover all misuse of law. ~ Edna Lister, December 13, 1965.

One secret of ascension is to assume responsibility and blame for everything that your name touches. Do not shed the responsibility, but carry the lines along with you. The law for the slightest blame or repudiation is, If I am to keep my vows to lift blame from earth for everything around me, no matter how outrageous an accusation, then I say, "Let there be Light. This is mine to lift or God wouldn't give it to me." It takes longer to heal brain cells atrophied by self-pity and blame of others than for any other reason. Nothing is deadlier. God never blames. Each event is a step upward. You always enliven a few more brain cells with which to accept. ~ Edna Lister, January 27, 1966.

Weakness does not hold us back in our climb, but taking time for self-blame does. ~ Edna Lister, March 4, 1966.

Cover blame with love. ~ Edna Lister, March 17, 1966.

Blame eats holes in your prayer molds that you must then refill with more divine substance. ~ Edna Lister, May 17, 1966.

Assume the blame and responsibility for all about you, whatever you are connected with or wherever your name is used. ~ Edna Lister, The Eight Great Powers of Being, October 18, 1966.

When you silently accept blame and pour Light on the person who is to blame really, you lift him into the Light in a prominent way. It may make him very unhappy, but can be the beginning of healing change. ~ Edna Lister, All Healing Comes Through Beauty of Soul, May 16, 1967.

Some people enjoy indulging self-pity and blame. Weeping is their way of making merry about it. ~ Edna Lister, The Phenomenon of Death or Personality Survival, December 12, 1967.

If an unappealing situation has your attention, do not blame others, do not blame yourself, but change your thinking. ~ Edna Lister, March 13, 1968.

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New Testament on Blame

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. ~ Matthew 5:11-12.

I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. ~ Matthew 16:19.

He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone. ~ John 8:7.

Thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. ~ Romans 2:1.

You, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven. ~ Colossians 1:21-23.

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. ~ James 1:2-4.

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. ~ James 1:12.

The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hastening unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. ~ 2 Peter 3:10-14. Top ↑

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

Edna Lister

Etymology of blame: Latin blasphemare, "to reproach."

Blaming is a soul taint.

Blame is an initiation.


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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