Identity is "the quality or condition of being the same in substance, composition, nature, properties, or in particular qualities under consideration, absolute or essential sameness, oneness, the sameness of a person or thing at all times or in all circumstances; individuality, the condition or fact of remaining the same person throughout the various phases of existence, continuity of the personality, an individual's distinguishing character or personality, a person's emotional, intellectual and moral qualities."

Philosopher F. H. Bradley, in The Principles of Logic, wrote, "The real axiom of Identity is this: What is true in one context is true in another. Or, If any truth is stated so that a change in events will make it false, then it is not a genuine truth at all."

God is the primal and ultimate Identity. Specifically, individual identity is the manifestation of soul that God condenses from Spirit. God must number and name every life spark used to condense an outer form with the particular rate of vibration of a descending living soul. Each living soul's number and name is specific and unlike any other in the whole universe.

Once God numbers and names a life spark, giving it identity, nothing can change or appropriate its identity, for it eternally vibrates to its original, God-given number and name. From the complete living soul itself to the life sparks that form the outer physical sheath, substance forever clings to its own number and name and to no other.

Number and name constitute eternal identity. Once God bestows eternal identity on a living soul, it cannot be lost unless we destroy ourselves by misusing Light, which is all Mind, all Power and all Substance. Eternal identity is the source of our freedom of choice, and of our personal identity.

Identity is the name and number governing an aggregation of life sparks called a living soul. Spirit is all unnamed, unnumbered universal substance ready to become. A living soul has a specific name and number.

We call soul expression "personality." The identity of soul cannot change, but personality can. Personality must express soul identity, which is the great individuality called the Oversoul. Identity is an absolute and abstract principle, a law of being and a law of doing, which is expression.

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Edna Lister on Identity

God is a great Being of Light, who differentiated Himself into countless differentiations. We started as unconscious individualized manifestations of all that is, yet we are returning as conscious individualized manifestations, we are returning with conscious identity. ~ Edna Lister, January 28, 1933.

You are the link that binds outer to inner. ~ Edna Lister, February 6, 1942.

You are a key on earth. Sometimes your key gets stuck and won't turn, but the grand Master Key fills all locks with the solvents of Light and Power, and opens them. ~ Edna Lister, April 3, 1942.

A soul can lose identity by misusing soul substance, but the life sparks of spiritual substance return to God. ~ Edna Lister, July 31, 1944.

You always retain your complete identity once you've won back to the heart of God. ~ Edna Lister, August 28, 1944.

From self-expression into soul-identity with the Source of all life is your goal as you walk the Way of the Christ. ~ Edna Lister, Five Important Steps in Ascension, 1945.

You are on earth, but not of it. ~ Edna Lister, Seven Churches of Revelation, October 18, 1946.

Self is the repository of experience gained throughout past lives, which is stored in the cells. When you lose identity, you lose personal awareness, although the life sparks return to the Source. ~ Edna Lister, May 26, 1947.

The Father created all living souls and sent them forth, each with its own identity. ~ Edna Lister, June 3, 1947.

Loss of identity is based on an escape complex. ~ Edna Lister, July 1, 1948.

Oversoul always retains identity with the Source, which is why we must return Home. ~ Edna Lister, August 10, 1949.

Perdition is the annihilation of identity, a complete dissolution of all substance in forms, and having the life sparks cast into the lake of fire until all identity memory is burned from that soul. Perdition means loss of identity, and insanity on earth. ~ Edna Lister, October 9, 1950.

The Christos Degree always includes the complete surrender of an earthy self-identity for the greater glory of soul identity with God. ~ Edna Lister, Success Through Prayer, July 7, 1953.

You express your divine identity through free will, and those who choose not to express are nonentities. ~ Edna Lister, The Gospel of the Cross, October 18, 1953.

The Supreme Being cannot derive identity from His creations, for He is the Identity. ~ Edna Lister, Your Life's Practice, May 23, 1954.

The world is afraid to surrender self, fearing that it means loss of identity. ~ Edna Lister, Your Life's Practice, May 23, 1954.

You never lose conscious identity if you mind your own business and ascend. ~ Edna Lister, May 24, 1954.

The masses fear they will lose identity if they live by love rather than by the little self. ~ Edna Lister, Jesus, the Psychologist, October 17, 1954.

When you know whom and what you are, you know your equipment is designed for God's service, and identify with Him in every step, emotion, thought and imagination. ~ Edna Lister, July 23, 1955.

Nonresistance is possible only when one has gained an identity with the Source of Creation. Identity with your Source is the place of conscious knowing that anything is possible under the great Creative Impulse of Mind which does the work. ~ Edna Lister, Eternal Youth, 1956.

The greatest question that any soul can ask is "Who is this 'I' that I am?" The children of earth live as infants who are learning to identify themselves: "This is my finger, these are my toes." Some children are born with a sense of "I," but many adults are still feeling their toes with no conscious sense of identity. We identify ourselves by occupation, which does not identify "I," only what "I" is doing. You must question "I" if you are to become enlightened. ~ Edna Lister, Your Attitude Toward Man, December 9, 1956.

Soul is that part of you that remains aware of the inner when you descend to earth. Identity is the individual manifestation of soul that God condenses from Spirit, which becomes you. Universal Spirit is a part of God's original universal substance, a primary rate of vibration, with all qualities uncondensed and only the one Power. God gives soul a conscious rate of control over this Power. Thus, God forms miracles not of that Spirit that dwells in man, but of spiritual substance. ~ Edna Lister, The Bond of Spirit, October 6, 1957.

You must understand your relationship to humanity to understand your relationship to God. This gives us our identity with God. ~ Edna Lister, April 21, 1958.

Some think they will lose their identities by agreeing and adjusting, which is silly, for all you lose is your petty little ego. ~ Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Romans 8:35. Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. Stand and identify with your Source. ~ Edna Lister, Doing Without Thought of Reward, November 9, 1958.

To feel God, lift yourself up above what is dragging you down. Say, "I am Good," and you call on the name of God. "I am good" is your identity with God. ~ Edna Lister, Eightfold Path of Buddha, June 23, 1959.

The Christ consciousness within is your identity. It has always guided you as intuition and illumination. ~ Edna Lister, I Am That Bread of Life, October 25, 1959.

Conscious mind enfolds your conscious identity and the world mind; it is your link to that "mind which is in Christ Jesus." ~ Edna Lister, How Can I Apply Law to My Life? June 7, 1960.

True love is the only integrative power that can establish your identity with God. Prayer holds your identity and your oneness with God. ~ Edna Lister, When Prayer Is at Work, June 4, 1961.

You can either regress and lose all identity, or ascend and surrender all self! Freewill is synonymous with identity. ~ Edna Lister, The Key to Integration of Soul and Spirit, June 6, 1961.

Ye are gods. ~ John 10:34, and this identity with the Source of all life and expression must become your rock solid foundation before you may receive the "keys of the kingdom." ~ Edna Lister, Wherever You Go, October 22, 1961.

Faith is the only way to have identity with the Source. You are the sum of your own identity, what you put your faith in and what you practice. You hold your conscious identity with the Source when you practice your faith. ~ Edna Lister, Identity: Our Hope of Glory, April 29, 1962.

You must know the nature of man and God. God gives and man receives. He is our Father, we are His Sons and Daughters. ~ 2 Corinthians 6:18. You must know your Source and how to hold to your source of identity. You must know yourself as a soul to have identity with God. ~ Edna Lister, April 30, 1962.

The greater your recognition of your identity with God, the greater your conquering. ~ Edna Lister, May 6, 1962.

When you identify with the Source, you are not bitter or grimly peevish. ~ Edna Lister, The Cross, June 23, 1963.

From birth to passing over, is a process of accepting and discarding in your seeking a complete identity with God. ~ Edna Lister, The Rose as the Crown, June 30, 1963.

You cannot reach your goal of knowing God and holding your identity without standing on the base of principle. ~ Edna Lister, August 5, 1963.

God established our identity before we came here. The tragedy comes when you identify with the negatives. ~ Edna Lister, Your Sacred Light, November 10, 1963.

Every soul is identified in the heart of God, yet lack of understanding of your identity causes you to criticize others. Your inadequacy in establishing your identity causes your trouble. ~ Edna Lister, Comprehension and Recompense, November 7, 1965.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. ~ Matthew 6:33. This verse also means to go to God and be His son or daughter; seek your identity in a complete surrender of self. God can use you as an instrument when you have surrendered the "I." ~ Edna Lister, November 8, 1965.

Do not lose your identity because of worldly problems. ~ Edna Lister, Choice, Your Glorious Foundation, October 16, 1966.

There can be an exchange between personalities and an exchange of personality among those portions of the same source of identity. Identity is the name and number governing an aggregate of life sparks called a living soul. Spirit is all unnamed, unnumbered universal substance ready to become. A living soul has a specific name and number. We call soul-expression "personality." Soul cannot change, but personality can. Outer personality must express soul identity, which is the great individuality we call the Oversoul. Oneness is that into which identity is folded to operate as the many as One, then this ability to partition one's self and to come forth as identity. We have just two states, unconscious (inanimate) and conscious. ~ Edna Lister, October 18, 1966.

You do not "find yourself" until you establish your identity with your Source. You have your cross to bear, no magic door into heaven. ~ Edna Lister, Your Mount of Transfiguration, October 30, 1966.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. ~ Ephesians 1:3-4. This passage is our complete identity. ~ Edna Lister, Your Divine Inheritance, November 6, 1966.

Children seek security in a parent's firm and loving expression. A naughty child seeks identity with authority just as does the adult atheist who challenges God. The child seeks discipline just as we do, to prove that God is. ~ Edna Lister, Beauty, a Spiritual Way of Life, May 9, 1967.

Each soul needs confidence in his own identity. Move up in consciousness and be one with God. ~ Edna Lister, The Supremacy of Religion, October 15, 1967.

Whatever you must do, do gently, do wisely and with great firmness. Firmness is complete confidence in God and assurance of your identity as one with God at the Source. ~ Edna Lister, October 16, 1967.

"Love your brother as yourself." ~ Deuteronomy 6:5. You cannot love your brother unless you first have reestablished your identity with God and love yourself. ~ Edna Lister, Creating My Own Divine Security, November 19, 1967.

God created man with a cosmic urge, a divine compulsion that we must satisfy. This is why we seek identity with the Source. ~ Edna Lister, Five Important Mysteries, October 27, 1968.

You must seek your point of identity with God in the morning, or you flounder through the day. ~ Edna Lister, Five Important Mysteries, October 27, 1968.

The soul is always seeking its true and complete identity with God. First, you must seek your conscious identity as a child of God, standing in His image and likeness. Second, you must accept that you are a creator in the likeness of God, and here you either must accept or repudiate Him. ~ Edna Lister, Secrets of the Soul, November 10, 1968.

The three secrets of the soul are your identity with God as our Source, your identity as a co-creator with God, and your immortality now! ~ Edna Lister, Secrets of the Soul, November 10, 1968.

Faith gives you your identity in Light. ~ Edna Lister, Your Mount of Transfiguration, December 2, 1968.

Jesus organized a method of identification with his Father God, which he outlined in the Sermon on the Mount, that will never die, and leaves no loopholes for self to deny this identity. ~ Edna Lister, Secret Place of the Most High, November 16, 1969.

Ye are gods. ~ John 10:34 is proof of our identity, yet we are nothing unless we consciously identify with the Source. ~ Edna Lister, December 4, 1969.

When you lack conscious identity with the Source, you lack security on earth. To have a permanent identity, you need a permanent Source, which is the underlying reason for all peoples, nations, races, tribes, who need to worship. They must have God, a reason greater than self. We call this religion, and it must be the twin of science. Religion and science are the two permanent pillars on the Way of Life. Religion gives a Source, a beginning, while science gives the means of expression for right living. ~ Edna Lister, February 5, 1970.

You must accept your full identity with the Source, a line of contact between your soul and the Father. Jesus came to show us the way to our destiny, which is our destination. Hold fast to that identity day and night, without forgetting it for hours on end. ~ Edna Lister, The Golden Chalice of Life, June 21, 1970.

When you are "in one place of one accord" (Acts 2:1), you may consciously identify with your Source. The Light is yours. You are the Light. The Light is One. ~ Edna Lister, June 28, 1970.

Your application of God's Power and Substance as personality gives you identity with God. You can draw upon the Breath of Life to touch the Source anytime. ~ Edna Lister, Ascension Makes All Things New, July 5, 1970.

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Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. ~ Matthew 15:13.

I and my Father are one. ~ John 10:30.

The Father is in me, and I in him. ~ John 10:38.

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He who abides in me, and I in him, brings forth much fruit, for without me ye can do nothing. ~ John 15:5.

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

Edna Lister

Etymology of identity: Late Latin identitas, from Latin idem, "the same" (influenced by Late Latin essentitas, "being," and identidem, repeatedly) from id, "it."

Identity is an absolute principle.

Identity is an abstract principle.

Identity is a law of being.

Identity is a law of doing.


Properly speaking, a man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognise him. ~ William James

Know thyself. ~ Delphic Maxim, inscribed in the outer court of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi


Bradley, Francis H. The Principles of Logic. Anastatic reprint of the London edition of 1883. New York: G. E. Stechert & Co., 1912, 133.

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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