A goal is the aim or purpose toward which you direct and endeavor, an objective. Its synonym is "intention."

Goals are your intentions, formalized. Setting and reaching goals is an initiation that you face constantly, daily, although you may not recognize it as such. On the Via Christa, you set your goals for soul ascension in concert with the heavenly council in charge of your welfare and progress, much like the model of management by objectives.

Goals are your intentions, formalized

Mary Parker Follet, in her excellent essay, "The giving of orders," wrote, "My solution is to depersonalize the giving of orders, to unite all concerned in a study of the situation, to discover the law of the situation and obey that." Thus, she created the circular theory of power, advocating for power sharing and employee participation. As candidates for initiation on the path of ascension, we are the employees; God is our CEO, issuing orders through His managers, the members of the heavenly councils, with whom we share the power to choose and set our ascension goals. Our ultimate task is being personally responsible for meeting those goals, and being fully accountable for our results.

Edna Lister on Goals

The fulfillment of your visions, the clear path before you, reaching your goal, all depends on the quality of your desire to sacrifice the little self to your soul's growth. – Edna Lister, September 28, 1938.

I put my mind on the goal, let go of my self and let God! – Edna Lister, July 10, 1941.

The goal of your personal work is to attain Oversoul consciousness. – Edna Lister, July 4, 1945.

Continue on high, one way, toward one desire, one path, one goal. – Edna Lister, September 4, 1945.

Gird your loins, dig in and march toward your goal mentally, emotionally and on the outer. – Edna Lister, June 3, 1947.

I'll forever set a too high goal for my soul. I never want to feel I've reached a satisfactory point in my ascension, compared with where I want to go. – Edna Lister, February 11, 1955.

Reach out with your arms of Light and draw the goal to you. – Edna Lister, November 14, 1957.

It's not your job to set a goal of competition for another to reach, for this only encourages him to outer enslavement to keep up. – Edna Lister, November 21, 1957.

Put aside lesser matters of the self, and focus all your powers of logic, reasoning, discernment and vision on one goal. – Edna Lister, November 11, 1962.

Little by little, you add substance to the goal. – Edna Lister, April 22, 1965.

A goal is not a door you batter down, but something you work toward and through. A goal is an opening between the goal-posts. Some people do not reach their goals because they lack a final kick to get to the goal. They wait for something else to happen, when kicking the ball through the goal posts gives the reward.

In writing, for example, when you have gotten the ideas, you then back away. You tear it to pieces to find out if you are putting in bricks without straw, something you cannot prove to the world. To be a better writer means stringing words together in a pattern, the pearls of great price that come from higher illumination and intuition. You must continuously express these ideas with words in a new interpretation. Until then, you have not yet arranged the words in their final interpretation.

To set a goal is to set a place in time-space that you want to reach without being diverted by circumstances. It is a target in life. It has to be a broadened and expanded horizon. You know you have reached a goal when you feel squeezed. Enlarge your horizon. Double your efforts toward your goals. Without that extra effort, your horizons collapse. – Edna Lister, December 10, 1965.

Two sentences contain the law: "This is good" and "Let there be Light." These can be the idlest words when the heart is thinking of itself, which is blame or repudiation of whatever has happened. However, to say, "This is good" and "Let there be Light," first gives God an opportunity to send His magnetism to hypnotize you out of self, and your first step upward in the Light from some sort of earth-blow you needed for salvation.

Your prayers are efficacious, well placed and well formed. Your prayers have a meaning beyond just the goal of added things or even healing. As your prayers increase in volume, your capacity increases for the return of Power over the lines established by your requests. In what measure should all "added things" be given? In what quantity should it be poured out? Which should go before the other, and how fast should God condense substance? Your use of the many virtues determines the measure of these things. If you are an up-and-down sort of person, your results will be up-and-downish. Sometimes you will have miracles of perfection, and other times malformed creations.

You are a creator and must increase your capacity for finding new goals by going to God, not intermittently but constantly. There is no life in subjects that have no challenge, and a challenge in a goal means interest in that goal. Even adverse interest helps you to reach a goal. If the goal idea arouses controversy, let it spur you to ever greater effort to break through the veil between you and the new horizon. If the challenge discourages you and weakens your desire, it is well to have it happen at once. To have a new idea for a goal is the first challenge. The second challenge comes from the outer adverse criticism and causes the pounding and the speculation which reaches out to the horizon for new backing of the original idea. Only once in a while will a new goal tears down everything about itself.

Never let a goal slip by unchallenged or untried, no matter how silly or fantastic it may seem. Hidden within somewhere is the seed of life to bring forth a new idea. Carefully examine each without picking the seed apart before planting. To keep silence is good. Let each idea mature and sometimes two goals will merge as an ideal and become one flaming goal. Keep your mind open and your soul absorbing energy wherever you go. Sometimes you must write six phases of one idea before the seventh appears, which will unfold the other six. Sometimes a fantastic idea will unfold into the most plausible and wonderful. No time is lost, for you can do this work on redeemed time, which means not to let your mind wander. Put unused time to use, to speculate, ponder, and digest what you hear. Every statement then will be in line with what you wish for your creations, minus the piecemeal, chewed up and warmed over false starts. – Edna Lister, December 10, 1965.

When your eye is upon the goal, you cannot stumble in the darkness, for you face the Light, which makes all into "good and very good." – Edna Lister, October 20, 1966.

It takes only a few days' inattention to the goal for dry rot to start. – Edna Lister, June 2, 1967.

Your goal is to be as perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect. – Edna Lister, Jesus' Many Appearances, December 17, 1967.

Your goal is to keep your eye on the Lord until He is ready to move you to a new position that will demand your every talent. – Edna Lister, June 28, 1968.

Accept a higher place, then move toward that goal with all that is in you to move and use, and ever greater capacity shall be given to you. – Edna Lister, December 26, 1968.

When you plan to attain a high goal, days pass, each with its own success, and you know the time and place will finally meet. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

Humanity awakens to inspiration of spirit, and aspires to a goal higher than self. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

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New Testament on Goals

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. – Matthew 6:33.

He who endures to the end will be saved. – Matthew 10:22.

Whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant, just as the Christ did not come to be served, but to serve. – Matthew 20:27-28.

With God nothing will be impossible. – Luke 1:37.

Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord. – Luke 1:45.

Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many will seek to enter and will not be able. – Luke 13:24.

Your Father has been working until now, and you have been working. – John 5:17.

The Father loves the Son, and shows him all things that He Himself does; and He will show him greater works than these; that you may marvel. – John 5:20.

If you bear witness of yourself, your witness is not true . . . the works which the Father has given you to finish– the very works that you do– bear witness of you, that the Father has sent you. – John 5:31-36.

The works that you do in your Father's name, they bear witness of you. – John 10:25.

Do not say, "Father, save me from this hour." For this purpose you came to this hour. [In Gethsemane came the judgment of this world; the ruler of this world will be cast out.] – John 12:27; John 12:31.

The Father who dwells in you does the work. – John 14:10.

If a plan or work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it. – Acts 5:38-39.

All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28.

Pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. – Romans 14:19.

You may plant, another may water, but God gives the increase. – 1 Corinthians 3:6.

He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God's fellow workers; we are God's field, we are God's building. – 1 Corinthians 3:8-9.

We can lay no other foundation than that which is laid, which is Christ. If we build on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each our work will become clear; for the day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test our work, of what sort it is. If our work endures, we will receive a reward. If our work is burned, we will suffer loss, but we ourselves will be saved, yet through fire. – 1 Corinthians 3:11-15.

We do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (We do not look at the visible, but at the invisible; for the visible is temporary, but the invisible is eternal.) – 2 Corinthians 4:18.

This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13-14.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13.

Aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing. – 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12.

Let the rich do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. – 1 Timothy 6:18.

Do not strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. – 2 Timothy 2:14.

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2:15.

Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

Be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of Christ, fulfill your ministry. – 2 Timothy 4:5.

There are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. – 2 Timothy 2:20-21.

When we patiently endure, we obtain the promise. – Hebrews 6:15.

Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward; for you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise. – Hebrews 10:35-36.

We count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end the Lord intended – that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. – James 5:11.

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

Edna Lister

Etymology of goal: Old English, gal, "obstacle, barrier," a word implied by gælan, "to hinder."

Goals: Setting and reaching goals is a <law of doing.

Goals: Setting and reaching goals is an initiation

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
Langston Hughes


Follett, Mary Parker. "The giving of orders." Scientific foundations of business administration (1926): 29-37.

Hughes, Langston. "Dreams," The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes. Vintage Classics, 1995.

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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