Blessing, Speaking the Word

To bless means "to make sacred, to consecrate, to hallow." A blessing is a hallowing or consecration; the authoritative declaration of divine favor and countenance, by God or by one speaking in His name; benediction; invocation of divine favor by anyone; the bestowal of divine favor and prospering influence of God; anything that makes one happy or prosperous; a gift or favor bestowed, a present; the rendering of grateful adoration."

A blessing is a law of doing under the principle of the Logos and the spoken Word, and also a soul virtue. A blessing is a benediction, literally a "good word." Thus, a blessing is speaking the Word, a law of doing. What you bless, you consecrate to God. Your blessings help to heal the world.

Edna Lister on Blessing

Thomas the disciple had to see to believe. "Blessed are your eyes because you see." Thrice blessed are those who believe yet cannot see. – Edna Lister, Enfolding All Truth, April 27, 1935.

You use the same principle of Mind as a blessing or a curse, but it always starts something. – Edna Lister, Promises Fulfilled, March 4, 1948.

Nothing lies between blessing and cursing. – Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.

Blessing or curses, you stamp your name on the other fellow's aura. – Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.

A blessing is a leavening thought that permeates the whole barrel of meal, the leaven in bread that feeds the whole family. – Edna Lister, Jesus, the Lawyer, November 28, 1954.

Bless, and do not curse your own unruly tongue. When it betrays you, look at it in the mirror and tell it how beautiful it is and bless it until it drips rose petals and pearls. – Edna Lister, Jesus, the Descended God, December 12, 1954.

Habits cling because you cursed them without blessing. Don't curse yourself when you indulge a poor habit; for instance, declare that a cigarette represents the Power of the living God moving through and soothing every nerve in body. Gradually, you will no longer need them. Do this for others, too, instead of increasing their burden of habit. – Edna Lister, Jesus, the Descended God, December 12, 1954.

Set your mind at night in a track of blessing and exalting, not cursing, and negativity falls away. – Edna Lister, Jesus, the Descended God, December 12, 1954.

Blessings invoke the principle of nonresistance to surround you with rays of repulsion that absorb anything the world can send. – Edna Lister, Four Phases of the Word, February 1, 1955.

Your words, blessings, curses or gossip, come home to roost, and sometime, somewhere you must eat every word you utter that is unlike the Love of God. – Edna Lister, Promises Are Keys, May 29, 1955.

Do not curse what you do not want, but bless it. A psychological law says that you cannot be negative about anything, a character trait, person or situation, and have it turn out right. – Edna Lister, Aspiration and Prayer, June 19, 1955.

You only have blessings and curses. Anything less than a blessing is a curse. A curse is anything that is not a blessing. – Edna Lister, July 23, 1955.

Your blessings are diluted with your last curse. It always takes part of the Light you release to wipe out the curse. Dissolve the curse instantly, before you permit it to leave the room. – Edna Lister, September 4, 1957.

You speak only blessings or curses. "Darling, you are wonderful" is the perfect instant reaction. Anything less than "Darling, you are wonderful" is a curse. – Edna Lister, October 10, 1957.

Royal sense, which is comprehension above and beyond common sense, is unable to curse before blessing. – Edna Lister, October 30, 1957.

You cannot simultaneously curse and bless. – Edna Lister, January 7, 1958.

The great law of increase is to bless and to praise the seed of a miracle, no matter how small. – Edna Lister, The Miracle of Increase, April 27, 1958.

The higher you ascend in consciousness, the more powerful your words become, whether they are blessings or curses. – Edna Lister, September 8, 1958.

Every word you speak is either a blessing or a curse. – Edna Lister, September 8, 1958.

What you bless increases; what you curse does too. – Edna Lister, A Charted Heaven, October 21, 1958.

Count your blessings each morning and night. – Edna Lister, Being Without Self, November 2, 1958.

You have only blessings or curses and just a tissue-paper's thinness lies between the two. – Edna Lister, Love Unquenchable, December 7, 1958.

Bless God always — "Blessed art thou, O Lord God" — so that He may bless you freely and lavishly. – Edna Lister, Manifestation, May 24, 1959.

You have only curses or blessings to give to everyone whom you meet. – Edna Lister, May 28, 1959.

You have only blessings or curses. "I don't like" something is a curse. Bless everything with "This is now good for my good." – Edna Lister, How Can I Apply Law to My Life? June 7, 1960.

Bless anyone who praises you while returning their praise. – Edna Lister, How Can I Apply Law to My Life? June 7, 1960.

Only a thin line separates a blessing from a curse. – Edna Lister, July 15, 1960.

Law creates hourly after the pattern set by your words. You have created your life by your words, blessings or curses. – Edna Lister, October 10, 1960.

You have only blessings or curses, and you contribute to the world's light or darkness as you think, speak and act. – Edna Lister, Heaven: A Place to Fill, April 10, 1962.

In your consciousness and choices, life is black and white, blessings or curses. On which side is "poor so-and-so"? You cannot bless and curse simultaneously. – Edna Lister, November 16, 1962.

If it is not a complete blessing, it is a tiny curse and collects after its degree and kind as it goes forth. – Edna Lister, February 17, 1963.

Bless the self for its interruptions. – Edna Lister, What Caused the Chaos, June 25, 1963.

No space or time exists on the line of demarcation between good and evil, between blessings and cursing. It is either one or the other. Anything lesser must become the law of good, doing nothing but good. Look into the face of blackness and say, "You are good, and God is using you." – Edna Lister, November 13, 1963.

God will not give you any greater blessing than you can believe you deserve. Stop condemning yourself to poverty by believing you are unworthy of God's good. – Edna Lister, Before the Beginning, I AM, December 1, 1963.

Make every word a blessing. – Edna Miriam, January 7, 1965.

Count your blessings when you awaken in the morning. – Edna Miriam, May 17, 1966.

A blessing is a purifier, a cleanser, a holy communion, and changes any mundane substance (cigars, cigarettes, food, beverages, illegal drugs, or medications) into what is pure and holy, a healing substance. – Edna Lister, June 20, 1967.

Everything and everyone you bless, the Master blesses with you. – Edna Lister, October 30, 1967.

Know that the good is waiting to reveal itself to you, and bless it, though you do not yet see it. You must bless the old before the new can come. It works the same if you want a new position. – Edna Lister, March 20, 1968.

You can bless the most outrageous thing. Bless evil, call it good; evil cannot withstand the Power of God. – Edna Lister, June 18, 1968.

Bless those who have been or done evil, for thus only may your word act to undo their creations. – Edna Lister, February 16, 1969.

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Treatments for Blessing

If the most evil person in the world stands before you cursing, you can stand in Light and silently declare, "Father, thank You that this is turned into Light," and the declaration renders the adversary speechless. The transformation of an evildoer depends on your fervency in declaring that God's Light is doing the work. – Edna Lister, October 28, 1969.

"I bless God, for this is the best day of my life." – Edna Lister, December 10, 1967.

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New Testament on Blessing

Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. – Matthew 5:44.

Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. – Luke 6:27-28.

Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. – Romans 12:14.

The tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. – James 3:8-10.

Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. – 1 Peter 3:8-9.

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Old Testament on Blessing

I set before you this day a blessing and a curse. A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day. And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods. – Deuteronomy 11:26-28.

The Lord thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the Lord thy God loved thee. – Deuteronomy 23:5.

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. – Psalm 32:1.

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. – Psalm 119:1.

The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked, but He blesses the habitation of the just. – Proverbs 3:33.

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Blessing in Other Sacred Writings

Honor your father and mother (Wisdom and Love) both in word and deed, that a blessing may come upon you from them, for the blessing of the father establishes the houses of children; but the curse of the mother roots out foundations. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 3:8-9.

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

Edna Lister

Etymology of bless: Middle English blessen, from Old English bletsian, to consecrate.

A blessing is speaking the Word, a law of doing under the Logos Emanation.

Blessing is a soul virtue.


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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