Improving, a Via Christa Degree

To improve means "to raise to a more desirable or more excellent quality or condition, to make better; to increase productivity or value; to become better; to make beneficial additions or changes."

Improving is a law of doing, rooted in the principle of desire. The ability to improve is a fundamental aspect of ascension. Improvement defines the purpose of ongoing initiation.

The ability to Improve is grouped with the abilities to Defend and to Expand to form the sixth lesser trinity of Via Christa Degrees, whose keynote is to Conquer.

Edna Lister on Improving

He who has and uses what he has, improves, and to him more shall be given. ~ Edna Lister, Faithfulness, November 25, 1934.

Life's action is the great field for spiritual improvement. No task of earth is without a spiritual end. ~ Edna Lister, The Degrees of Initiation, August 24, 1935.

Improve in the fullness of the stature of the Christed One you are. ~ Edna Lister, January 19, 1939.

You can do ever greater things in ever greater ways, but only if you do things in ever more fervor with every breath you draw and improve day by day in every way. ~ Edna Lister, March 5, 1941.

To improve your memory, dig out what lies underneath and let Light through from above. ~ Edna Lister, July 13, 1945.

When your performance is good, seek to improve it. ~ Edna Lister, April 18, 1947.

The whole process of life is based on ascension. Bettering oneself is ascension. People improve their jobs, their homes and move to better neighborhoods. All improvement is ascension, whether it is selfish or godly. ~ Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958.

Choose a side and choose every hour of each day where you are going to stand. Every time you choose the virtues and obey law, you are improving your subconscious. To plod along in the right course makes you invincible eventually. Improvement is not a flash in the pan or brilliance in action, but a steady, constant forward and upward conquering, hour by hour. It includes rigid self-discipline and attention to the smallest detail. Never let the self get away with anything. Make no demands and offer no self-justification. ~ Edna Lister, The 33 Degrees of Soul Conquering, October 27, 1959.

When people rebuke you, thank them for their interest in improving you before the world. ~ Edna Lister, Healing Through Forgiveness, November 24, 1963.

Improve the quality and quantity of your giving. ~ Edna Lister, November 4, 1968.

You cannot improve your mind without generally improving your whole life. ~ Edna Lister, Greek Philosophers and Mystics: Pythagoras and Plotinus, November 26, 1968.

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

Edna Lister

Etymology of improve: Middle English improwen, "to enclose land for cultivation," from Anglo-Norman emprouwer, "to turn to profit": Latin in + prou, "profit," from Late Latin prode, "advantageous."

Improving is a law of doing.

The ability to improve is a Via Christa Degree.

Improvement defines the purpose of ongoing initiation.


The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

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