Infinity, an Absolute Principle

Infinity is "the quality of being infinite, unlimited extent of time, space, or quantity, boundlessness; an indefinitely great number or amount; the limit of the value of a function or variable when it tends to become numerically larger than any preassigned finite number, a part of a geometric magnitude that lies beyond any part whose distance from a given reference position is finite; a transfinite number (as aleph‑null); a distance so great that the rays of light from a point source at that distance may be regarded as parallel."

Infinite means "limitless or endless in space, extent, or size; impossible to measure or calculate."

Infinity is space and number without limits. God is the infinite parent of space and the eternal parent of time. The Cosmic Womb holds the ocean of divine Mother Love life sparks and represents the infinite Mother aspect of God.

Edna Lister on Infinity

There is no such thing as God and. There is no God and man, or God and supply. God is infinite, so nothing but God can be. God fills all space, so no room for God and someone or God and something exists. God is the Someone, the something. – Edna Lister, God as Consciousness Appears as Form, January 1933.

If you perceive God's infinite nature, you comprehend that God appears as His Son, therefore God is the Father and God is the Son. Is this clear? Not God and the Son, but God the Infinite Invisible appearing as the Son of God. This is the only reason the Master could say, "He who has seen me hath seen the Father." We must understand this as a universal relationship. Otherwise, the life of the Master is meaningless. If oneness with the Father was the truth about the Master but not about you, then you could not attain oneness, you could not achieve it. – Edna Lister, God as Consciousness Appears as Form, January 1933.

You have the capacity to learn however much you desire. Your intelligence is infinite because God is your intelligence, and you can have whatever degree of awareness or knowledge you wish by using that intelligence. Centuries of separation from spiritual reality have focused our intelligence primarily on material and mental subjects. Therefore, our intelligence lacks spiritual illumination. Our intelligence has the same potential for illumination as a child has the capacity for infinite learning. Some use the One Mind more than others and outwardly appear "smarter," but this is not really true.

God has not graded intelligence by degree. Everyone is infinitely intelligent, but not everyone uses his intelligence in full measure. Each has the same infinite potential for spiritual enlightenment as he does for intelligence. We may say that the human race is a spiritually un-illumined mind. Humanity may be humanly intelligent, humanly creative, humanly brilliant, but it lacks spiritual illumination. – Edna Lister, God as Consciousness Appears as Form, January 1933.

God constitutes your being. God is your consciousness. Because God is infinite, your consciousness is infinite. Therefore, your consciousness appears as form infinitely: Your business, your art, your profession, your science is infinite. If you are a healer, your practice is infinite. If you are a teacher, your student body is infinite. No limit exists at all, unless you embroider yourself in limitation. – Edna Lister, God as Consciousness Appears as Form, January 1933.

Logic and reason are the methods by which we form our conceptions of the Infinite. – Edna Lister, September 3, 1949.

Emanation is the pantheistic doctrine that all things have been created as effluxes of the Divine Essence. Pantheism is the form of monism that identifies mind and matter, the infinite and finite, making them manifestations of universal or absolute being. – Edna Lister, September 9, 1955.

Panentheism "considers God and the world to be inter-related with the world being in God and God being in the world. It offers an increasingly popular alternative to both traditional theism and pantheism. Panentheism seeks to avoid either isolating God from the world as traditional theism often does or identifying God with the world as pantheism does. Traditional theistic systems emphasize the difference between God and the world while panentheism stresses God's active presence in the world." – John Culp

The finite mind cannot think past a certain point in the time of infinitude. This is why we stress giving up the "I." If the slightest tendency remains in the embodied soul to take credit — and remember, any form "I" takes in expression is the soul giving self credits — you reach only that point of comprehension. – Edna Lister, October 8, 1959.

The infinity of space is filled with what we call Being, principle, or God. The Emanations are principles: Wisdom, Love and the Logos, or Mind, Substance and Power, when they are exercized to create the universe. – Edna Lister, Hear, Hearken, Heed and Obey, November 8, 1959.

The metaphysical laws extend from "hearing about it" to becoming law. The whole process of unfoldment is coordinating your life with these principles, a bit at a time to expand into infinity, into cosmic consciousness. – Edna Lister, How Can I Apply Law to My Life? June 7, 1960.

Clear all the underbrush from the subconscious of all thoughts of being imposed on to be free to work with greater speed and accuracy. This will also open the crown lotus fully, leaving you spiritually armored yet able to draw in the answers before others ask questions, meeting a challenge before they give it, and increasing your capacity to infinity. – Edna Lister, December 6, 1963.

Your understanding of infinity arises only from those brain cells that you have awakened and developed. You have just enough to take you back to the Source consciously. – Edna Lister, Prediction and Prophecy, December 10, 1963.

When you contemplate infinity, there is no end to space, it goes on and on. – Edna Lister, Deity and Divinity, October 6, 1964.

At the end of a Day of Manifestation, not even a life spark can be left unaccounted. From its lowest descent into outer heaviness and darkness, the lowest point of evolution to the highest point of infinite ascension, there is an accounting and all substance-consciousness is ascending to be enfolded into the Light. – Edna Lister, September 4, 1966.

You have an infinite capacity to draw upon the potentials of God. – Edna Lister, September 8, 1968.

Your forty-four mental faculties must be functioning and the thousand-petaled crown lotus must be awake to infinite vision, to be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect. – Edna Lister, September 8, 1968.

Pulsars are our first astronomical clocks. They translate eternity and infinity into time and space. – Edna Lister, September 8, 1968. [A pulsar is a neutron star.]

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Approaching Infinity

This Edna Lister lecture outline is dated October 21, 1935, Buffalo, New York.

The "knowing" of consciousness itself originates in the influence of that which can be known upon that which can know. That which can know must exist before it can be influenced.

Experience, which is formulated into knowledge, is not the product of consciousness alone. It is and must be the product of consciousness and an external universe, endlessly acting and reacting upon each other. It is the result of the co-activity of the knower and the knowable, or the subject and the object in dynamic correlation.

This applies specifically to the objectives furnished by material things, but is just as true in the correlated activity of the knower and a rational object, the attributed qualities of being. The knower, using qualities of being, seeks a result, the experience, which can be formulated into knowledge.

This leads to the theory of knowledge. The knowledge that comes through the experience of the co-action of the subject or knower — the object or that which is knowable — is actually a conversion of the unknown into the known. This is what learning means.

The knowableness of the unknown points the way philosophically to the intelligibility of the infinite being as the explanation of all existence. The subject matter of all knowing is things and their relations, which are distinguishable, yet inseparable. That which is intelligible are the relations.

Science disturbs the balance of the atom, and breaks it up. The atom's internal relations are still unknown in their completeness. Its external relations are known and understood as being molecules, cells, masses, compounds, showing the unit or individual, the many massed together.

Science accepts the knower as a person to set forth a single unit of consciousness. Psychology deals with personal internal consciousness, as far as we may know it. A person's external relations are multitudinous in species, families, society, business, states, provinces, and nations, for example. The obvious indication is that each person is an individual expression of the indivisible One.

In each case that which is intelligible is its immanent relational constitution. Apparently, nothing could be intelligible if it did not exist, nothing could exist if it were not intelligible, and nothing could exist or be intelligible if it did not possess an immanent relational constitution. This is the ground form of all determinate existence.

We know the universe only in part, and what we know is by virtue of its known relations, internal and external. The scientific method by which this finite universe is constantly enlarging from the unknown into the known, hypothesizes an infinite external self-existent universe. That universe is knowable because it possesses an infinite and immanent rational constitution.

A step further compels the inference of a faculty of "relations" to account for and to perpetuate this immanent relational constitution, so that the infinitely intelligible universe is intelligibly infinite. One is the origin of the other.

We then conceive of the universe as an infinite self-consciousness, expressing in material form, showing its nature and attributes through its immanent relational constitution. This self-consciousness, though infinitely removed in degree, is essentially identical in kind with the human consciousness. This brings us in sight of the conception of the universe as the infinite life of God in time and space.

Time and Space: We conceive of the universe as an infinite self-consciousness, infinitely intelligible, intelligibly infinite, expressing in material form and revealing its nature and attributes through its immanent relational constitution. This self-consciousness, though infinitely removed in degree, is essentially identical in kind with the human consciousness. This brings us in sight of the conception of the universe as the infinite life of God in time and space.

The contrast between the finite and the infinite existence as an organism is first that the finite must live by taking in, and second, by making its own that which is outside self. Death is the result of failure to do this. Physical life consists in the ability to take that which is not itself and convert it into itself. The infinite organism lives and does not die because it is continuously and eternally converting itself, as force, into itself, as form.

The infinite organism fills all space and all time, which is the basic ground for the forms of all being, finite or infinite. They are the blank forms of "possibility." The word "exists" presupposes time, while all material form presupposes space. Finite thought must find its object, while infinite thought creates its object by becoming that object.

Therefore, the universe is the self-creating organism of the Infinite Intelligence. It is an organism because it lives and grows, whereas a machine neither lives nor grows. An organism is an organized body with connected interdependent parts sharing common life. The suffix "zation" means an organized body or system or society.

To organize means to form into an organic whole. Organic means having organs or organized physical structure. A machine is an apparatus for applying mechanical power having several parts each with definite function. "Machine" also describes a person who acts mechanically and without intelligence or with unfailing regularity.

This infinite self-creating organism of the immeasurable intelligence fills all space and all time. Out of this conception of the universe as organism grows the provision for the many in the One. It includes all the facts of existence or being. It is the self-revelation of the infinite in the finite, of the eternal in the temporal.

The whole of anything is equal to the sum of all its parts, therefore, the nature of the whole is in some measure present in all its parts.

There is a fundamental spiritual identity between man and the universe in the point of essential nature. For example, free creativeness and free-will or executiveness are concomitants of all intellect.

Among other qualities, the infinite organism presents itself as a universe or as a moral law, whose inherent sanctity impresses itself on the many, and in man supremely. In this universe God is immanent. God is the Intellect that knows, the Power that works, the will that directs, the substance that becomes form, and the love that cares for its own, which describes the all-embracing Motherhood and Fatherhood of God.

God transcends in the sense that He is not only immanent in the known, but also in the unknown. He is not outside Himself for He is the totality of all existence.

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Declarations for Expansion into Infinity

"I am now possessed by the infinite, limitless and unchangeable glory of the Almighty. Every part of my body, heart, mind and affairs is permeated, exalted, and ascended. So it shall be. I am now walking the miracle pathway. All things else shall be added unto me, through Jesus Christ our Lord." – Edna Lister, July 12, 1945.

"My life is an infinite flowing stream of living splendor. The mighty Spirit of God's Wisdom and Power goes before me and makes my way easy, gracious and delightful." – Edna Lister, August 4, 1956.

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

Edna Lister

Etymology of infinity: Late Middle English: from Latin infinitus, from in- 'not' + finitus "finished, finite."

Infinity is an absolute principle.

Infinity is an abstract principle.

Infinity is a law of being.


Culp, John. "Panentheism," The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Winter 2016, Edward N. Zalta, editor [accessed February 18, 2017].

Lister, Edna. God as Consciousness

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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