Desire, a Law of Being

Desire is defined as "to have a strong wish for; to long for, covet, crave; to long for (something lost); to feel the loss of, miss, regret." Desire is rooted in memory; you cannot desire anything without first having known it.

Desire is an absolute principle: God desired to create and a universe was born. God must first desire to express or no outer form of Creation can manifest. God has given us three creative tools, desire, thinking, and imagination. Desire is the central building faculty of consciousness.

Desire is your first expression of the Love principle. Then the abstract principle of expansion or increase operates in you as desire. Desire is a law of being rooted in the Love principle under expansion or increase.

Desire is also a law of doing that you express in many ways, for instance as longing, wanting, craving or coveting. All desires occur under the expansion principle, which explains why restricting certain desires is necessary.

Desire is also a soul virtue and a faculty. You get nowhere in life without desire for something different from what you have. Desire is your motivation for all change and gain.

Edna Lister on Desire

You can stand steadfast, and be worth what you desire to be worth in God's service only as you stand in the heart of the fire of desire. – Edna Lister, The Sermon on the Mount, January 31, 1933.

Trees, flowers, vegetables, and fruit all have a seed of desire to grow toward the Light. Desire is your seed also. – Edna Lister, Savings of a Lifetime, February 16, 1934.

"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." – Matthew 19:24. A camel has two humps, called desire and will. The "eye of the needle" is the optic chiasm of the thalamus.[1]

You can give up self-desires in favor of desire for Light and heaven, and get the first hump through the eye. The second hump is harder, to give up the self-will. When you realize that you, of yourself, can will nothing, you turn on desire, and God performs the miracle. – Edna Lister, Recognizing Your Good, April 22, 1934.

You cannot change your soul's innate desire to be as perfect as your heavenly Father. – Edna Lister, The Fountain of Youth, December 19, 1934.

Killing desire, which is a facet of love, is much worse than killing animals. – Edna Lister, The Sacredness of All Life, April 12, 1935.

Motherhood includes the desire to love, desire to sacrifice, desire to serve, desire to mold, and to create. – Edna Lister, Growing Up In Christ, May 12, 1935.

You cannot sacrifice anything without desiring to; you must desire to make sacrifice for some reason. – Edna Lister, What Is Lent? February 7, 1937.

Joy keeps desire burning; joy releases ardor. – Edna Lister, Joy, March 19, 1937.

When God grants your desires, you must declare it perfect, for even if it appears to be the worst thing that could happen, it's all a lesson for your soul's unfolding and development. – Edna Lister, August 17, 1937.

You always get your wishes, though sometimes you do not like the way in which law fulfills them. – Edna Lister, August 17, 1937.

The world views success as a materialistic accomplishment, yet to accomplish something depends on your desire. – Edna Lister, Your Open Door to Success, October 24, 1937.

Nothing is too hard to do when you desire it with all your soul. – Edna Lister, Whither Thou Goest, May 15, 1938.

Desire will exalt you and your purpose. – Edna Lister, September 6, 1938.

Always increase the quality of your soul's desires. – Edna Lister, September 28, 1938.

Use of the little you have will produce the great of your desires. (See Matthew 25:23.) – Edna Lister, October 27, 1938.

See that your desires do not grow faint; hold fast to their Power. – Edna Lister, November 14, 1938.

Prayer is your highest desire to know God. – Edna Lister, February 7, 1939.

God's desires for you are greater than any you can imagine. – Edna Lister, August 23, 1939.

Your heart's every desire shall come true. Once you have seen a picture of some need, necessity or beauty, it must come forth into manifestation. It is law, not chance. The soul who "sees" must bring it forth. – Edna Lister, August 31, 1939.

What you desire and envision must manifest. Although you might lose sight of it until another lifetime, still it must manifest. – Edna Lister, September 1, 1939.

Law is inevitable in its action. What you bless, you increase. You can have what you ask and thank God for, and can hold what you love. Inevitably, what you truly desire shall come to pass. This is God's law. Stand in the Light, nothing doubting. – Edna Lister, September 15, 1939.

You are as perfect as your perfect desire makes you. – Edna Lister, November 16, 1939.

The Creative Impulse: Desire is the bellows fanning will into flaming determination. – Edna Lister, April July 5, 1940.

Desire dictates the quality and quantity of your effort in any avenue of expression. – Edna Lister, Heavenly Manna, July 8, 1940.

The Creative Impulse is the cause of all Creation, and the purpose of Creation is to embody the Creative Impulse. Creation sustains the Creative Impulse. The Creative Impulse upholds Creation as the heartbeat empowers physical life, eternally oscillating between poles of activity and rest. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

Imagination in the driver's seat must guide the teammates, will and desire. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

"Ask, and it will be opened to you." – Luke 11:9 means that the kingdom is free to all who desire to enter. – Edna Lister, Flaming Desire, May 26, 1941.

Desire begins with aspiration, moves to inspiration, and leads to illumination. You have freedom to choose, and make yourself happy or unhappy according to your desire. – Edna Lister, The Yoke of Love, December 7, 1941.

You must desire to be perfect, then take the next step, to live as perfection. – Edna Lister, February 6, 1942.

Every desire and every picture of imagination is a seed. – Edna Lister, Open Doors, March 15, 1942.

Your personal desires must serve your Oversoul's I AM consciousness, which rules the inner mental life. Only then may you enter the Holy of Holies, imagination, which is the image creator. Then you balance the scales of Love and Wisdom. – Edna Lister, Gates of Gold, March 22, 1942.

Prayer is man's highest thought and most earnest desire. – Edna Lister, The Glory, Illumination, April 19, 1942.

You stand or fall by your own desires. – Edna Lister, November 25, 1942.

Your desire of prayer, time of praises, and effort of purity shall determine how great your ascension is, and compositely the ascension of earth. – Edna Lister, August 10, 1944.

God needs your power of desire to build up a great vibration of mastery for the world. – Edna Lister, November 2, 1944.

What you become will be according to the depth of your soul desire. A bland desire will bring weak results. A strong desire firmly entrenches your soul in an ascended body, ready to stand and endure all things for the Master's sake. – Edna Lister, November 13, 1944.

Every desire to ascend, sets a brick in your stairway to comprehension, direct from the Source. – Edna Lister, January 31, 1945.

Your only point of failure is your idea of desire. – Edna Lister, July 14, 1945.

When your desire bursts into a flame to do, you will be on your way. – Edna Lister, July 26, 1945.

Desire pushes you to attain wisdom. – Edna Lister, September 10, 1946.

The soul functions as the law through desire, will and imagination. Desire reaches and presses forth. Will is determination, acting as if you had it. Imagination extends a line of Light to establish contact with your Father. – Edna Lister, Eternal Youth: The Seven Breaths, November 6, 1946.

The first law of creation is to ardently desire and vividly imagine. Everything works out perfectly when you let law use you with ardent desire and vivid imagination. – Edna Lister, Eternal Youth: The Seven Breaths, November 6, 1946.

The solar plexus is the seat of desire, and the seat of will is in the center of consciousness in the head [fully functioning pineal body, pituitary gland and optic chiasm]. When will sinks to the seat of desire, the soul lives life in its lower aspect, with no will power. When you cleanse the subconscious mind, it moves up and mates with will in the head.

With this first marriage of the Lamb, will becomes illumination with its seat in the pineal body, and desire becomes the seat of intuition in the pituitary gland. Light is then released through the higher creative center onto the nerve ganglia called the optic chiasm of the thalamus, which is called the "mystic eye." Desire mated to will [Bride and Groom] opens the three "windows of the soul." The Holy Breath as the white Christ Light fills the center window of the Mother to mingle its blue ray with the red ray of the right window and the yellow ray of the left window. – Edna Lister, December 9, 1946.

Desire is one thing, performance, practice and holding are another. – Edna Lister, March 5, 1947.

You can overcome anything your heart desires to overcome. – Edna Lister, October 20, 1947.

You become all your desires. – Edna Lister, December 5, 1948.

You can hold any high point of heat you desire when your desire flames. – Edna Lister, December 25, 1948.

Only by refusing to stay up, deliberately giving way and sinking into the quicksands of self again can you prevent law from fulfilling your desires. – Edna Lister, January 10, 1949.

If your desire and will conflict, you cannot agree and adjust. Desire and will must mate. – Edna Lister, July 1949.

No one and no circumstance can stop your burning soul desire to do something. If you really desire to, you will do it. As Lincoln said, "I shall prepare myself and the time will come." – Edna Lister, August 4, 1949.

Soul desire is deathless. – Edna Lister, August 4, 1949.

God's desire for you is to have greater love one for another. – Edna Lister, November 3, 1949.

Law amplifies prayer's Power a hundred thousandfold when you pray in burning desire. – Edna Lister, December 13, 1949.

The desire to be perfect is all-important, so God can show you how to become perfect. – Edna Lister, God's Eternal Purpose, February 24, 1950.

Live in absolute perfection, if you desire to progress. – Edna Lister, March 27, 1950.

Desire is the Creative Impulse, a fundamental principle, which you bring with you and use either turned up or out and down into the world. – Edna Lister, Five Steps in Ascension, April 16,1950.

You must mix deathless, ageless and abiding desire with your faith to put faith into action. – Edna Lister, Promises Fulfilled, September 24, 1950.

Your will expressing as Wisdom opens the pineal body to illumination, desires expressing as Love opens the pituitary gland to intuition, and desire added to will becomes the creator's I AM consciousness. – Edna Lister, What I Do Have, I Give, October 1, 1950.

Joy puts love into action, and vitalizes your soul's desires. – Edna Lister, October 3, 1950.

A sign of the Christos Degree is a yearning burning desire to help and heal. – Edna Lister, Three Temptations on the Way, November 12, 1950.

The first marriage of the Lamb is the mating of desire and will to create the I AM consciousness. The second marriage of the Lamb is the mating of I AM with Oversoul. – Edna Lister, November 13, 1950.

The highest point of burning desire is the Oversoul's expression of selfless love. – Edna Lister, December 5, 1950.

God cannot modify the law of action and reaction to suit your desires. He made us in His image and likeness with a flaming desire to be wise and to love, but also gave us free will to choose what we desire to do. – Edna Lister, June 7, 1951.

Sometimes desires lead you into an excess of activity that depletes the atomic body to a point where the Power is detrimental to it, weakness results, or you experience a recurrence of limitations long since conquered. – Edna Lister, June 9, 1951.

You are chosen because of the quality of your sacrifice of self and unqualified soul desire, backed by physical, emotional, mental and spiritual strength and balance to be a transforming distributor of Power. – Edna Lister, June 11, 1951.

You make the first marriage of the Lamb when you make your desire and will one. You make the second marriage of the Lamb when you mate our I AM consciousness with the divine I AM, and make your soul one again. A Christed One has completed the second marriage of the Lamb. – Edna Lister, July 19, 1951.

Every desire for good is prayer, not just the formal prayers of the Elect. – Edna Lister, July 23, 1951.

Your faculties of desire and will must create anything that you permit your self to dictate. – Edna Lister, March 10, 1952.

Your flame of desire is your resource. You are a producer, distributor and sales agent. Production is what you are, but distribution is what you do. – Edna Lister, The Altar and The Flame, December 14, 1952.

Sublimation cleanses desire of all taints. – Edna Lister, July 13, 1953.

Wisdom operates in you as illumination in the pineal body, and as your faculty of will. Love becomes Wisdom's negative pole, seated in the sacrum plexus, dwelling place of the creative fire. Thus, the macrocosm of Mind becomes the microcosm of individual consciousness. The seat of will is in the frontal lobes of the brain; the seat of intellect is at the solar plexus, called the self's "brain."

Free will is not self-will. You lay your self on the crossbar to crucify self-will. Your personal desire must ascend to mate with personal will; will becomes Wisdom, and desire becomes Love. Thus, desire and will mate and become intuition and illumination, or I AM consciousness; this is the birth of the Holy Spirit within you, the embodied soul. Love then descends to the sacrum as the creative fire. Will as Wisdom frees itself of intellect and ascends to the pineal body. This is the birth of free will in a Christed One. – Edna Lister, The Gospel of the Cross, October 18, 1953.

To be right, you must lay self-will on the transverse of the cross. Will is called "free will" or "free choice." Desire is the creative fire in you. You cannot kill desire or eliminate will, nor can you sacrifice will or desire, but you can cleanse the self. You achieve balance when you mate desire with will. As desire ascends, it becomes the flame to purify will, if you have laid it on the transverse of the cross.

The world is torn between giving up will and expressing "free will." The intellectuals argue that God bestowed the gift of free will upon us and we therefore must use it. They fear that by giving up their free will, they will become nonentities, and thus fear nonresistance. To compound this conundrum, Eastern philosophy and puritanical religious sects have advocated killing desire, lumping the good with the not-so-good and calling it all "bad," "dirty," or "evil."

You express love as desire, and wisdom as will. To do so, you may choose to be a vessel, a channel, or an instrument of love and wisdom. Yet you cannot truly discover the nature of "free will" until you know what love is. It is not that "I have" or "I don't have" free will. Will and desire are functions of the soul indwelling the body. The action of free will is smooth, sweet and rhythmic, but the exercise of personal will runs on a flat tire. – Edna Lister, Righteousness, April 7, 1954.

Cast all your desire needs upon high altars until you fulfill them. – Edna Lister, April 12, 1954.

When you ascend self-desires and self-will to become one with soul desires and the free will of God, they fuse as Love and Wisdom in balance, which we call the I AM consciousness. Your desires and will then express as the faculties of intuition and illumination. – Edna Lister, Your Life's Plan, May 16, 1954.

Love is the soul's high desire. – Edna Lister, June 1, 1954.

Wisdom and Love are always recognizable, although they divide themselves into multiple lesser principles and laws. You can trace everything back to one or the other of these two. Love functions as desire; Wisdom functions as will, and when they move together as one, everything works together for good in your life. – Edna Lister, Eternal Youth, 1955.

Your personal desires set the limit on your release of Power; otherwise, there is no limit. – Edna Lister, May 19, 1955.

You ascend to joy when desire and will join Love and Wisdom. – Edna Lister, Heavenly Manna, August 14, 1955.

"Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk in it, whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left." – Isaiah 30:21. Intuition is the result of desire and will becoming one as the I AM in the tower room of the higher creative center. – Edna Lister, Intuition or Hunch, September 18, 1955.

God cannot change law to suit your desires. You must change and become a living ensample of all law. – Edna Lister, July 22, 1956.

You're in danger when your desire dies the least bit. You must reach a point where desire burns at white heat, and once gained, you can hold it. – Edna Lister, May 5, 1957.

The subconscious forever tries to drag the conscious mind and will down, and imagination walks away with desire. – Edna Lister, June 4, 1957.

Will holds, but desire wants. – Edna Lister, June 4, 1957.

When desire mates with will, you don't see problems. What was upsetting just isn't there. – Edna Lister, June 4, 1957.

Desire is the match that lights the fire of your ambition. – Edna Lister, June 6, 1957.

Regardless of desire, you must fulfill law. – Edna Lister, September 4, 1957.

Desire ascends and mates with will to become the I AM consciousness, begetting intuition and illumination that create the great gift of poise, which consists of equal parts of Love and Wisdom. The firstborn twins of the mating of desire and will are peace and patience, expressions of poise and Power moving through you. – Edna Lister, Soul Integration, December 8, 1957.

You may enter the heavenly Gates of Light only on your desire for perfection. – Edna Lister, December 19, 1957.

An earnest and deep desire is the baby step, just out of diapers, still causing mother untold embarrassment with training pants. Desire must flame and burn white hot. – Edna Lister, December 25, 1957.

When you lift desire, it opens the channel of love, which is the Light from above moving in to make you a Christed One, expressing only Christ-consciousness with no blocks, limitations, clouds of confusion or indecision. – Edna Lister, January 2, 1958.

The Mystic Brotherhood of Jesus the Christ teaches raising the creative fire by desire to ascend to God. – Edna Lister, January 2, 1958.

Burning desire must be your steady flame of motive power. – Edna Lister, January 2, 1958.

Every case is a case of self-healing. A healer can only build up a desire for perfection in heart, mind, body and affairs of any person. – Edna Lister, March 13, 1958.

Desire lights up the nerves ending in your brain, and draws the Master to you. Desire must fill the pituitary gland to spark intuition, and will must fill the pineal body for illumination. You mate desire with will to open the three higher creative centers, in the head. – Edna Lister, April 21, 1958.

You cannot touch joyous soul ecstasy through intellect; it must come via desire. – Edna Lister, May 1, 1958.

"I will run the way of Thy commandments, when Thou shalt enlarge my heart." – Psalm 119:32. When you feel as though your heart will burst with joy, God is enlarging your heart to desire Him more! – Edna Lister, May 12, 1958.

You can have a burning desire, but it's another thing to act as if you had the object of your desire. – Edna Lister, October 30, 1958.

Each lives up to his highest point of desire, or puts on dark glasses. – Edna Lister, May 7, 1959.

You ascend in consciousness through countless crucifixions of your self's will and desires. – Edna Lister, Jesus' Seven Last Words, June 7, 1959.

The degree of heat under your desire determines what you receive from your effort. There are many degrees, from lukewarm to white hot. – Edna Lister, June 8, 1959.

Not a jot nor a tittle of your faith or desire is ever lost, but is gathered into a chalice, and filled with immortal substance that brings your desires into visibility. – Edna Lister, November 30, 1959.

You must lavishly desire to extravagantly spend yourself for the Light, for full spiritual seeing and hearing, to give of God's Love selflessly, generously and totally. – Edna Lister, February 22, 1960.

The most important lesson to learn is that the first negative soul desire means the bottom. Just forgetting to praise God every hour leads the way. – Edna Lister, February 23, 1960.

When your heart's desire to let the full Power of God use you for His success is flaming, as you let yourself be caught up in ascension of Spirit to hear, to be open, to be used – God gives. – Edna Lister, October 9, 1960.

As the Power comes through, the heat of your desire should increase. – Edna Lister, January 23, 1961.

God gives you the deep desires of your heart when you have earned them. – Edna Lister, June 18, 1961.

A declaration is nothing but an intention of desire. Get busy and do it. Success is applying everything you know to what you do. – Edna Lister, September 14, 1961.

If you are generous in building for others, God adds sevenfold substance to what you have used to build your desires into form. – Edna Lister, April 30, 1962.

You prove worthy of your stand before God, according to your desires. – Edna Lister, May 7, 1962.

Everyone has had frozen nerves in the sacrum plexus [which innervate the reproductive organs, internal and external] because they have tried to kill desire. Desire operates as Love, and you cannot kill God's Love. Desire is the Creative Impulse in action, so use it to stay in the Light. – Edna Lister, August 9, 1962.

Law requires no one to go higher than his present soul desires. – Edna Lister, January 13, 1963.

When your desire is burning, you do it. – Edna Lister, February 27, 1963.

Hold fast all your ascension gains by being faithful to your high visions and desires. – Edna Lister, April 19, 1963.

Your motive power is your desire to be perfect. You are initiated on this, not on your perfection. – Edna Lister, Five Keys of the Kingdom, 1964.

You have the strength and the ability of desire to become perfect. – Edna Lister, March 22, 1964.

You ascend on your intensity of desire. You must want God more than anything else. – Edna Lister, June 4, 1964.

Your desire to ascend must be greater than your desire for ease in the moment. – Edna Lister, January 27, 1965.

Where you center your desire, Power follows, feeds it and creates. – Edna Lister, June 17, 1965.

Your desires set the pace of your healing. – Edna Lister, February 13, 1966.

Desire, and you can have what you envision. – Edna Lister, June 6, 1966.

"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. We came here to prove we could have a consuming desire to know God, earn our living in the world and remain in balance, which are the "greater works." – Edna Lister, November 10, 1966.

Climb to the point where your desire to ascend consumes you. – Edna Lister, November 28, 1966.

God does not promote you because you are perfect, but for your desire to be perfect. – Edna Lister, May 26, 1967.

The Christed consciousness is the will and desire mated as I AM consciousness, ruled by imagination turned upward as vision. – Edna Lister, June 6, 1967.

The perfection of desire takes you before high altars, but what you haven't conquered takes you back to earth to work out. – Edna Lister, May 26, 1968.

No power can stand between you and your desire to see and hear spiritually. The price is attention and focusing desire on this goal. – Edna Lister, November 7, 1968.

Each is free to choose his heart's desire. Choose what you need from God versus from men, then let Power move into you in its completeness to fill your creations now. – Edna Lister, January 17, 1969.

The Power can use you as an almighty instrument to lift the whole of Creation to a desire and an aspiration to be perfect. – Edna Lister, February 1, 1970.

You live life in a threefold consciousness with mental, emotional and physical dimensions, which are always permeating our awareness. Mind uses desire, thinking and imagination to create. Mind is the power of, the ruler of desire, thinking and imagination. When you harness the power of these three faculties, which we call the three tools of the creator, and direct and control them until they are all going in one direction, the result is "faith unconquerable." – Edna Lister, February 1, 1970.

Every decision begins with your creative tools, desire, imagination and thinking. You must direct and control them and their action within you. Move up into soul consciousness, to spiritual seeing and hearing, which when combined, form knowing. You must apply your faculties to know. – Edna Lister, Laws for Divine Living, February 19, 1970.

When you desire to help and lift, you do help. – Edna Lister, May 28, 1970.

To redeem the emotional life is a form of healing. Your emotional life includes what you feel, what you experience. You have to recharge the Light in you, so lift your emotional life into the Light. When you’ve lifted your emotional desires, you transform your mental life of creative desire, thinking, and imagination. Then you may safely imagine that you are one with the Eternal God and walk within His glory. Nothing is impossible with transformed desire, thinking and imagination. – Edna Lister, When Is Healing Legal, November 22, 1970.

An oracle gives of her gift of prophecy, and is able to set aside all evil, darkness and destruction by declaring that This is good." Tomorrow is good, if you have the burning desire and vivid imagination that it shall be so. – Edna Lister, The Prodigal Son, December 20, 1970.

1^ The optic nerve emerges from the eye and passes along the thalamus on the underside of the brain to converge in the optic chiasm, an X-shaped structure at which half the nerve fibers from each eye continue to the visual cortex on the same side of the brain, and half cross over at the chiasm to join fibers from the opposite eye and continue to the visual cortex on that side, producing binocular vision. – Textbook of Medical Physiology

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Edna Lister on Desires, Thinking, and Imagination

[The laws of the soul include this primary set, designed to clarify the right use of imagination, thinking and desires.]

God gives each soul enough substance of Light, stored in his Star, to fill all his molds of desire full and to bring to pass all his needs promised him of God.

Each soul must release his soul substance by transforming it from invisible Light to a lower form of substance which can be seen, from storage in Star to earth mold.

Your obedience to the fullness of God's great Love is your true safeguard, success and dream fulfillment.

Love is the only true fulfillment of law. To you is given power of right thinking. Use it. Each soul is given the power of right love. Use it. You have the power of right seeing. Use it. You have the full power of right hearing. Use it.

You have the power of right discrimination. Use it. You have the power of right reason. Use it. You have the power of right use of Light. So use. You have all power over darkness. Use it. You have the full power of all discretion. So use. You have the power of right faith. Use it.

The right use of Power is letting. To "let" means to become unconquerable, fully invincible law. – Edna Lister, July 1945.

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The Mystery of Desire

This Linda Mihalic sermon transcript is dated August 11, 2002, Cleveland, Ohio. Scriptures: Genesis 3:6-19 and Luke 14:26-35.

"And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: and I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; ithe 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."

In thirteen verses, this passage from Genesis outlines the struggle of the soul to conquer on the Via Christa, to attain Christed consciousness, the "mind that was in Christ Jesus." Thus, we may read it as: So when the rational soul saw that knowledge was good for nourishment, and that it excited desire, as knowledge desirable to quench desire for wisdom, she took of its Light and ate. She also gave to her appetitive soul body, which ate. Then appetitive soul and rational soul knew that they shared a physical body. They understood the meaning of physical desire, and made themselves weak. They perceived the Breath of Life rejuvenating their centers from the Source of the River of Life, and the appetitive soul and rational soul hid their weakness from the attention of Oversoul and Councils, fearing censure of the Source.

Then Oversoul called to the appetitive soul, and said, "Where are you?" appetitive soul said, "I heard the whisper of the Breath in my body's centers, and I was afraid because I was weak, and I hid myself." Oversoul said, "Who told you that you were weak? Have you eaten from the Light of Knowledge of which Councils commanded you that you should not eat?"

The appetitive soul said, "The rational soul consciousness, whom you gave to be with me, she gave me of the Light, and I ate." Oversoul said to the rational soul, "What is this you have done?" The rational soul said, "The splendor, the magic creative fire beguiled (ascended) me, and I ate."

Councils said to the magic serpent, the creative fire, "Because you have arisen without conscience, you are restrained from arising, more than all unconscious creatures, and more than every awakening animal. You shall sleep coiled at the base of the spine, and you shall eat the life energy of Light all the days of your life. Light will cause conflict between you and the rational soul, and between your consciousness and her consciousness; conscience shall not allow you to rise to control the head centers, and you shall draw appetitive soul down into the body."

To the rational soul, Councils said, "We will greatly multiply your conflict and your creativity. In conflict you shall bring forth creations. Your desire shall be for your body, and it shall rule over you."

Then Councils said to the appetitive soul, "Because you have heeded the voice of your consciousness without conscience, and have tasted knowledge of desire before Light commanded you, we have restrained the magnetic currents for your sake; you shall struggle to gain knowledge all the days of your life. It shall bring forth in you conflict between awareness and desire, and you shall cleanse the taints of the animal nature. By struggling, you shall grow in grace till you return to the Light, for out of it you were taken. For Light you are, and to Light you shall return."

Desire, in its highest expression, is the Creative Impulse, the cause of all Creation. The purpose of Creation is to embody this Creative Impulse. The Creative Impulse upholds Creation as the heartbeat empowers physical life, eternally oscillating between poles of activity and rest. Desire is one of the most paradoxical factors of life. Your desires can destroy you, or save your soul alive.

Each living soul is apportioned into three working phases: appetitive soul, rational soul, and Oversoul, which forever remains before the Throne, praising God. We are sent to earth with the other two phases.

Rational soul builds the pattern of the body, provides rational waking consciousness, and is the functioning tool for the Oversoul, which descends in cycles every seven years, increasing its hold on consciousness, ideally, until it moves in permanently at age forty-nine. Appetitive soul constantly maintains the body through the metabolism, and preserves youth and health. These are their ideal functions.

It usually doesn't work that way in daily life. appetitive soul, which embodies the principle of desire, exerts a supernatural hold on the body, serving to anchor the silver cord in the heart. The "brain" of the appetitive soul is at the solar plexus. Edna Lister said, "appetitive soul sits in the seat of desire, as Pharaoh in Egypt."

The living soul, to hold its body, requires the nourishment of two currents of vitality: The magnetic currents of earth, and the etheric currents from above. Adam, the appetitive soul, responds to, can appropriate and use magnetic currents for the body. These stimulate desire. Eve, the rational soul, responds to and feeds upon the etheric currents, which stimulate love.

As Edna Lister said, "The highest point of burning desire is the Oversoul's expression of selfless love. Love is the soul's high desire." The dictionary defines desire as "coveting and craving," which appetitive soul expresses as urges to gratify physical senses and appetites.

To rational soul, desire's other meanings apply: "to have a strong wish for; to long for something lost, to miss, to regret." Rational soul remembers its high home and longs to unite with Oversoul in the Light.

We have all spent countless lifetimes struggling with our conflicting desires. History reveals the many cycles of hedonism, which is worship of the body senses, and self-indulgence. The world most recently spent decades deep in the midst of such a cycle, the Victorian Era, and we are currently witnessing the pendulum swing from the more puritanical, conservative pole to the most blatant hedonism and outright moral perversions.

Must we always seesaw from one extreme to the other? Excess in either direction is unsavory, from the indifference and lack of restraint of the "whatever generation," to the prudish moralism of the religious fanatic. We see these conflicting desires on the nightly news as fundamental religionists war with the materialistic consumers. Ten years ago, greed was good, today it's beginning to stink.

We need the moral law of moderation in all things. None of us wants to believe that we are prone to excess. We claim to drink moderately, play moderately, we stay in shape, some of us. Some of us are past the age where we want to party all night. We've gotten married, had children, raised them, scrimped and saved to educate them.

We've suffered life crises, hurts, disappointments, divorce and unemployment. We've been counseled, analyzed, therapied, rebirthed, joined 12-Step programs, and quit when we felt better. Most of us have lost at least one parent. We wonder how we'll care for the other, and at what cost.

We've lost friends to ugly terminal illness: Heart attack, stroke and cancer are no longer "words" that happen solely to an earlier generation. We've stopped planning how soon we can retire and worry instead how long we'll have to work.

All these experiences have been struggles, so no wonder we get tired. We go to religious services at the church or temple of our choice, and they ask us for money. They ask us to have a greater social conscience, to help the poor, the needy, the battered, the war torn. We resent it, then feel guilty that we aren't "good." Why? Why do we feel guilty? Then we do our level best to forget those pleas.

We are in the middle of a war zone right here, right now. We are, and so is everyone else in the world. We are fighting the battle for the mind of man in every city, town, and village, in jungles, deserts, on islands. Everywhere the struggle is the same: To what will you pay attention? This question is critical, because the law is, "Where you center your desire, Power follows, feeds it and creates it."

Where is God in all this? Too many priests, minsters, and rabbis in the mainstream religions hardly believe in Him anymore. Thanks to secular humanism, we are in danger of "higher powering" ourselves to death. Hardline fundamentalists of every religion are urging the worst patriarchal, wrathful, vengeful version of the Almighty, while agnosticism and atheism are being taught in our schools.

We are still standing in the doorway of the 21st Century, trying to hold onto the baggage of the past 10,000 years. We've lost the splendor of our desire for God. Modern religion has even forgotten that we each have an Oversoul.

We've misused words, such as discrimination, judgment, desire and love so badly that most of the young people I speak with do not even know their true meanings anymore. "You're gonna love this, baby!" is a popular advertising slogan. If corporations, advertisers and marketers tell us to "love this car, love these clothes, love this music, love this restaurant, love this vacation place," what are the youth supposed to think love is?

Desire, fully matured in the soul, becomes love divine, the most aggressive, cohesive power in the universe. Love ignites suns and fuels their burning radiance. Love is the power of attraction that holds solar systems and galaxies in their places, endlessly orbiting the primal Source of All Light.

Love nourishes and sustains every being and body in the universes. Love sent us out here, and love will take us home, when we let it.

Every company sells either a product or a service, and all designed to meet your needs. A need is an unfulfilled desire. All marketing and advertising pander to the appetitive soul. God could use a better marketing/advertising program. Let's give religion some free advice.

First, identify your market niche. That's simple, it's all those people who haven't got time for or interest in organized religion's version of our Heavenly Father, which probably includes the members of most churches, synagogues and temples. The market potential is huge.

The second step is to identify the need. Simple. It's all about identity and what people identify with. First we add our true Heavenly Mother to the program, and stop pretending she's the one who is perpetually virgin. Then we advise removing the dust from the unapproachable Father, who can't hear our prayers because He is so far removed from the world. God still walks in the garden in the cool of the day.

After we've thrown out every crucifix and plaster statue and scraped the moss off our ideas about the Begotten Son, people can see him as he truly is: Not hanging from a cross, anguished and sorrowful, but the very embodiment of joy.

He walks with us, and he talks with us, and he tells us that we are his own, to paraphrase the old hymn. He laughs with us, holds us when we weep and is the very best older brother that any of us could have. He's been there, done that and understands everything. Best of all, Father, Mother and Son are as close as your next breath, and always on call.

Then we advise retraining the current sales staff. All those rabbis, imams, pastors, ministers and priests need to come up to speed on the joy vibration. Serving God 24/7 is joy-inspiring, when you know how God really is. Then everyone can identify with the Holy Family, instead of what the world provides as role models.

Give them all classes in laughter and smiles. Throw out the guilt and the shame. Tell them their karma ran over their dogma. Reinstate the doctrine of reincarnation. Teach openly that death only happens to bodies, not to souls.

Introduce the idea that Grandma could wind up being your granddaughter's child, and great-grandpa is Johnny's younger brother now. There is never any loss, only gain. Think of it. Millions could throw away their antidepressants overnight.

Toss out those gloomy old interpretations of divine law as a serious heavy burden. We've all bought at least one rule book only to discover that it was wrong. The marriage book, the career book, the success book, the happiness book. Knowing that the real rules are there for our protection is a comforting thought. Who knows, maybe a sense of responsibility will become fashionable.

"If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple." – Luke 14:26. Did Jesus really mean this? Let's read this another way: "If anyone comes to me, and loves his earthly ties, and his own life more than he loves God, he cannot be my disciple." Put still another way: "If anyone comes to me, and does not transform his desire to universal love for his earthly ties, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple."

Edna Lister said, "Desire comes in stages from lukewarm to white hot. Your desire to ascend must be greater than your desire for ease in the moment. You ascend on your intensity of desire. You must want God more than anything else! When you lift desire, it opens the channel of love, and sublimation cleanses desires of all taints."

"And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple." – Luke 14:27. This means "Whoever does not resolve his inner conflicts, and come after me, cannot be my disciple."

The remainder of this passage is all about the fervency of burning desire, its quality and quantity: "For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish." – Luke 14:28-30. This passage deals with the quantity of your desire. How much do you have. Is it enough?

"What king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation, and asks conditions of peace." – Luke 14:31-32. This passage deals with the quality of your desire. When faced with overwhelming odds, will you sit down and quit, beg off, ask for a temporary truce with life? If God called you to arms tonight, could you give up all that you have to serve Him? When shall you be able?

"Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." – Luke 14:34-35. Desire is the salt of life. But if my desire is for me or my family alone, to pleasure myself, to find earthly security and happiness for myself and my family, then what have I? My desire has lost it savor, the flavoring of love.

Salt is the preservative of earthly food substance. Desire is the preservative of soul substance and the soul's Christed consciousness. I weep, and my tears are salty. Is it appetitive soul desire for worldly satisfaction, or Oversoul love for the perfect symmetry of divine law and love? Tears of sorrow, born of the world's struggle, or tears of joy that I am made one with all? Let your desire for heaven and God's glory beguile you instead of the senses. It's better than letting earth deceive you.

Let's advertise the splendor of the living God. If we market our God-inspired joy with smiles and laughter instead of gloomy frowns, with kind words instead of biting sarcasm, then others will desire to know our secret. This is the mystery of desire.

"Lord, all my desire is before Thee." – Psalm 38:9. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

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New Testament on Desire

If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. – Mark 9:35.

What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. – Mark 11:24.

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Old Testament on Desire

Thou open Thine hand, and satisfy the desire of every living thing. – Psalm 145:16.

Lord, all my desire is before Thee. – Psalm 38:9.

Delight thyself also in the Lord, and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. – Psalm 37:4.

The desire of the righteous shall be granted. – Proverbs 10:24.

The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul. – Proverbs 13:19.

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

Edna Lister

Etymology of desire: Latin desiderare: de- "down from" + sidus, sider- "star."

Desire is an absolute principle.

Desire is an abstract principle.

Desire is a law of being.

Desire is a law of doing.

Desire is a soul virtue.

Desire is a soul faculty.

A thought is an upshot of the desire. When someone thinks about what he wants, he does not think of something undesirable. For example, a person never thinks about the day of his death. On the contrary, he will always contemplate his perpetuity, for this is his desire. Thus, one always thinks of what is desirable … It turns out that thought serves desire, and desire is the "self" of the person. Now, there is a great self, or a small self. A great self dominates the small selves. He who is a small self has no dominion whatsoever, and the advice is to magnify the self through the diligence of the thought on the desire, since it grows to the extent that one thinks of it.
~ Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag

Fire and Ice
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favour fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
Robert Frost

Where true Love burns,
Desire is Love’s pure flame;
It is the reflex of our earthly frame,
That takes its meaning from the nobler part,
And but translates the language of the heart.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge


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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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