Mind, an Absolute Principle

The world defines mind as "the human consciousness that originates in the brain and is manifested especially in thought, perception, emotion, will, memory, and imagination; the collective conscious and unconscious processes in a sentient organism that direct and influence mental and physical behavior; the principle of intelligence, the spirit of consciousness regarded as an aspect of reality; the faculty of thinking, reasoning, and applying knowledge; individual consciousness, memory, or recollection."

Mind is the Power, the Substance the purpose, the plan, and the law, which becomes the material universe with its phenomena. Your direct personal connection with the Mind of God is described thus: "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus." – Philippians 2:5. You must become God-conscious and let this happen.

Edna Lister on Mind

Mind is the interpretive medium between the life of God and its manifestation. – Edna Lister, Eternal Youth versus Old Age, November 28, 1933.

As the hand symbolizes the working principle of the body, faith symbolizes the working principle of Mind. Faith controls the portals of Mind. Imagination works as the forming principle of Mind. The finished work of imagination is judgment, which is the restraining principle of man's life. Faith controls the portals of Mind. – Edna Lister, Faith, October 3, 1934.

If you leave the heights, and fall back in consciousness, you must arise and march to the heights again. Looking forward, you are mindful (Mind-full). Looking back, you are mindless (Mind-less). – Edna Lister, Understanding, January 23, 1935.

The theory of being, which treats final conceptions, reached by thought concerning real existence, man, nature and fundamental reality, is called metaphysics. Meta is a Greek prefix meaning "between, with, beside, after." Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy that deals with the theoretical philosophy of being and knowing, thus it is the philosophy or science of Mind, based on abstract general reasoning. Metaphysics deals with that which is supernatural, visionary, or that which can't be seen, felt, or measured. – Edna Lister, Philosophy, September 3, 1935.

Mind, in its first activities, deals with the objective facts of experience. Later it takes up the subjective facts of experience, which are classed as facts of being (God). Still later we start on the theories of knowing and being (soul). We are seeking the reality back of these experiences, and to find some working theory of their significance. Mind is the instrument for this attainment.

First we study the natural laws, using conscious, normal everyday thinking. Then we study concepts. For instance, man's conscious, human mind did not produce the heavenly bodies nor their laws and relationships. Man had discovered them as existent before his use of mind reached the place where he could formulate the proper questions about their origins. We formulate the sciences of the objective universe, such as astronomy, physics, chemistry, which deal with things that do not in any way depend upon human consciousness.

Phenomenalism is a spurious philosophy that postulates that we see things, and we produce them. Yet atoms with their particles were in existence before we were here to formulate them into a science of chemistry or physics. Phenomenalism claims that we create things by becoming aware of them, and that they have no existence except as forms thrown off by Mind.

Plato first called the objects of opinion phenomena, or appearances, and referred to the objects of knowledge as "noumena" (objects of the intelligence) or quite simply as "realities." A phenomenon is that of which the mind and senses and directly takes note, a thing that appears or is perceived. A noumenon is an object of intellectual intuition, devoid of all phenomenal attributes, Kant's thing-in-itself.

Idealism reduces these things to ideals, known through our contacts with them, and having no reality in themselves. Being creations of our own thoughts, they have no existence except in our own minds. Solipsism is the theory that the self is the only thing that can be known and verified, the theory or view that the self is the only reality and only knowledge of the self is feasible. This centers the origin, continuation or end of all reality in the self.

In Immanuel Kant's philosophy, noumenalism seeks the rational interpretation of the noumenon, a thing-in-itself, independent of human thinking for its origin, continuation or end. This theory excludes the idea of the universe being a mechanical scheme without any apparent cause. It views the universe as an organism with external and internal relations, with inherent force, intelligence, and purpose, the cause and reason for existence. – Edna Lister, Philosophy, September 9, 1935.

God as Mind is the Power, the Substance the purpose, the plan, and the law, which becomes the material universe with its phenomena. – Edna Lister, Philosophy, November 25, 1935.

You see and hear with the mind. You listen for the Voice of God or the Master with your brain cells, and see with the mystic eye of mind within the nerve ganglia immediately above the midbrain. Your physical equipment is the instrument upon which Mind itself plays, on which the soul registers thought, which is a vibration of Mind. Just as you can see with eyes open or closed, so, also, can you hear with ears open or closed. You must close your physical eyes and ears to earth objects and noises to see and hear spiritually. – Edna Lister, March 28, 1939.

Omniscience operates through the law of degree and kind: We know that everything is now good after its own degree and kind. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

Let nothing pass through your mind's sieve until you have made it pay you some kind of dividend. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

You must choose to allow Mind, Substance and Power free access to your affairs, or clog all your channels of life. – Edna Lister, March 4, 1941.

God is the One God, the One Mind, the One Heart of Love, the One Soul of the One Substance, the One Power, and there is none else besides. – Edna Lister, October 29, 1941.

From the very moment when you think to God that you "can't do" or "cannot accept" something, which would require letting go of the little self, you close out your share of this marvelous Mind, which thinks through you and as you. – Edna Lister, October 29, 1941.

All Mind, Substance and Power are yours to draw upon. – Edna Lister, The Great Challenge, March 8, 1942.

Your soul's Holy of Holies is the Christ Mind of Oversoul. – Edna Lister, Gates of Gold, March 22, 1942.

God's Mind is the balance of Wisdom's unfailing principles with Love's sustaining and enfolding life. Law is the orderly procedure of God's Mind unfolding to man. – Edna Lister, December 14, 1945.

The Holy Ghost is the Father and Mother expressing as the personality of the Son, and through the Holy Ghost as principle. Principle is Mind, Power and Substance equal and balanced in operation as One. – Edna Lister, The Glory of the Holy Ghost, July 7, 1946.

The Logos concept in God's Mind becomes the idea in your mind. Thought becomes logic, judgment and discrimination, which are expressions of the Father God principle. Pondering, thinking, dreaming about and visualizing the idea expresses the Mother God principle that sustains and nourishes. – Edna Lister, Eternal Youth: The Seven Breaths, November 6, 1946.

Divine Mind contains all the ideas, which you can praise into expansion and visibility. You can use the same Mind as a blessing or a curse, but it always starts something. – Edna Lister, Promises Fulfilled, March 4, 1948.

Light comes from above. You draw the answers or needed information overhead, like a cloud, make your mind a mirror to contact divine Mind, and see it with the mind's eye. – Edna Lister, June 7, 1950.

"Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God." – Matthew 4:5-7.

The temptation on the misuse of Mind involves using the knowledge gained of divine Mind for selfish reasons. For instance, you may know another's main point of weakness, yet if you prey on any weakness, use it or manipulate it for your gain, you misuse divine Mind. The world is full of such manipulation for greed and power. You must reach the point of obedience to all known laws, and to attend every detail, unwaveringly, with eyes ahead. – Edna Lister, Unconquerable Faith, November 5, 1950.

Wisdom is absolute Mind expressing as cosmic omniscience and limited relative consciousness. The abyss between God's infinite Mind and the finite mind of humanity is an immutable principle, but God as personality (Father, Mother and Son) bridges this abyss. Therefore, the Psalmist said, "Be still, and know that I AM God." – Edna Lister, August 2, 1951.

God has given us three phases of Mind to use, subconscious, conscious and superconscious. Subconscious mind is the source of all our delays and troubles, yet is supposed to run the body as the servant of the superconscious, for it must have a pattern to follow. If you are body-conscious, you are living by subconscious dictation, which is "robotic" and works out every habit pattern you set for it. If you allow others' emotional advice to recondition you away from principle, your mental patterns will be confused.

The soul is perfect as the individualized manifestation in the image and likeness of God. That which is unconscious becomes conscious as you change the pattern of your life, and you can only broaden into full consciousness. The subconscious mind is the memory storehouse of past actions and experiences, which creates what we call the "fate line." It is the seat of "gut feelings" and "hunches," which are its only plausible forms of deduction, and condition our life from past experiences.

The conscious mind can use reasoning, comparison, deduction, induction and synthesis, called thinking, which can change, make new patterns and combine others' experiences with its own to make new patterns. You must consciously recondition your life, a slow process. The conscious mind is that of individualized soul that breathes itself into the body at birth to awaken the whole body for its earth use. The superconscious mind changes the life from the "fate line" to the "pattern of destiny," giving up habits for a destined plan, which is like pulling teeth. – Edna Lister, How to Relate Mind and Power, June 22, 1952.

Superconscious mind provides your direct contact with God's broadcasting station. All you need to do is to put up your antennae, and know. Conscious mind is the tuner dial. The instant you forget, you have tuned in the subconscious dregs, a mental slum, the source of delays, laziness, and limitations. Its plausible reasoning is only specious, and its hunches may be wrong. – Edna Lister, Three Phases of Creative Mind, June 29, 1952.

You use Mind as thinking, and when your thinking is negative, we separate Mind from Power and Substance. Never mentally knock down another or against anything. – Edna Lister, August 31, 1952.

The only way to pay for the misuse of Mind, Power and Substance is for someone to cover it with almighty love. You can't wipe out the debt by simply saying, "I forgive you," but must cover it with love. That is the law. – Edna Lister, From Surrender to Ascension, January 15, 1954.

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." – Philippians 2:5. That mind still touches the brain cells of all who arise in consciousness. – Edna Lister, I Arise!, June 20, 1954.

Psychology is a study of universal Mind of God in its operation through man. Jesus knew how the Mind of God operated in man, and acted on that basis. – Edna Lister, Jesus, the Psychologist, October 17, 1954.

When you use the law of assuming blame and say, "Let it be wiped out," to bring Mind and Substance together again, that is integration. – Edna Lister, November 8, 1954.

Mind doesn't direct and control itself, but must have personality to direct and control it. – Edna Lister, Jesus, the Son of God, November 21, 1954.

Success will chase you, pursue you everywhere when you move up to Christed consciousness to draw on the ideas in divine Mind. – Edna Lister, Manna From Heaven, August 21, 1955.

"Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." – Romans 12:2. The mind you share is that Mind that was in Christ Jesus. – Edna Lister, Spiritual Inventory, January 22, 1956.

We are the vehicles that Mind uses to express itself. – Edna Lister, No Shadow of Turning, July 15, 1956.

Light is modified for creation and you personalize it as expression. You are personalized Mind as subconscious, conscious and superconscious. The subconscious mind resonates to the world mind, while conscious mind stands between it and the superconscious mind. The conflict is between subconscious and superconscious. – Edna Lister, The Light, Your Expression, November 4, 1956.

Every idea in every book originated in divine Mind, the source of all ideas. You get nothing for nothing under God's invariable laws, but you can step up, according to your growth. – Edna Lister, Your Devotion to God, December 16, 1956.

Every cell in the universe has intelligence. Clean out the subconscious doubts, the mental "tinkering" with "what if," and let the superconscious mind work it out with divine Mind. – Edna Lister, August 22, 1957.

Your threefold extension of divine Mind is designed to operate from the golden silence where superconscious mind (as Oversoul) kneels in prayer forever before high thrones. Subconscious mind handles all automatic needs in the physical world as you let your conscious mind emerge from the silence of illumination to choose, speak and act in the world. – Edna Lister, The Point of No Return, December 15, 1957.

We are not of the world, as the world thinks. We are of heaven, and may think as the divine Mind. – Edna Lister, December 19, 1957.

Read when you have reached illuminated, ascended consciousness. No matter how unoriginal or ordinary a statement may be, it can open the door to the original concept in divine Mind. You receive not the shadowy projection of what was in the author's mind, but from the pure source concept that exists in Divine Mind. – Edna Lister, January 9, 1958.

You cannot possess divine Mind, but you can access it — you must use your access or your brain cells atrophy. Thus, physical and mental crystallization is no more than closing out divine Mind. – Edna Lister, February 17, 1958.

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." – Philippians 2:5. We all use the same mind that was in Christ Jesus, though the world did not usually express it before he used it. You can breathe more of what Jesus used, if you believe. – Edna Lister, February 17, 1958.

Your mental antennae take from divine Mind just that portion of illumination on what you think about in prayer — health, wealth, homes, or land — and the rest flows over your head. You can use it as it passes, without subtracting from or adding to it, and it remains in divine Mind for the next fellow to use. You just express it. – Edna Lister, February 17, 1958.

"If I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing." – 1 Corinthians 13:2. "All knowledge" is the ever-ready answer that results from observation, the ability to stand and apply logic, reason, discernment, discrimination and discretion in your life. This is how to tune in and get the answer you need from divine Mind. You cannot look to yesterday to find tomorrow's answer. You receive today's answer when you declare, "This is good." Pray for the right answer at the right time and declare that whatever comes is good. All knowledge is knowing how to do the right thing. – Edna Lister, As the World Sees Me, June 22, 1958.

The Promised Land represents the physical stomach (assimilation and acceptance), heart (love) and lungs (expansion, inspiration and aspiration). Soul vision opens as you occupy the Promised Land of perfect Mind. Worldly education has nothing to do with this Mind for it is your soul's mental link to God. – Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958.

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." – Philippians 2:5. We have only the one Mind that was in Christ, but it is marvelous in its expression through us. We function by using three phases of Mind on earth: subconscious, conscious, and super-conscious. The world uses these terms, and in our study of hidden wisdom we also use these terms: appetitive soul, rational soul and Oversoul. – Edna Lister, Being Without Self, November 2, 1958.

If you have not consecrated your heart in service to God, you cannot register or draw on the Mind that was in Christ Jesus. – Edna Lister, Love Unquenchable, December 7, 1958.

All the vastness of space with its galaxies is the Mind of God. When you think your mind is full, and close it to the vision of the Almighty, you are frozen. – Edna Lister, Realization, May 3, 1959.

To think in a negative way misuses the divine Mind. "I'll take a chance on this" is tempting God and misusing Power. – Edna Lister, March 3, 1960.

Whether the formula is a food recipe or a scientific experiment, it originated in divine Mind. Your best ideas spring from divine Mind. You must get your ideas from above, but with a closed mind, you cannot. – Edna Lister, Consider the Lilies, May 29, 1960.

You must develop wisdom to contact divine Mind through the pineal body in the brain. When you have opened only the love faculty, you live by emotions, dreams, and illusions unbalanced by wisdom. – Edna Lister, October 3, 1960.

When you surrender your mind to become the mind that was in Christ Jesus, then the Mind of God registers on your brain cells. – Edna Lister, The Key to Integration of Soul and Spirit, June 6, 1961.

To comprehend Mind, Substance and Power, you must look up, reach up and discover that as you contact the concept in Mind, and it fills your brain cells, an explosion of illumination occurs. Whenever you think with Mind through your faculties, your faith expands. – Edna Lister, God as Personality and Principle, May 20, 1962.

When an idea comes through, an explosion takes place in that division of Mind that illumines your mind, giving the interpretation and substance to do it. If you don't do it on spiritual Power, it oozes away. Checking that it is accurate then acting on it without rationalization is therefore wise. – Edna Lister, January 10, 1963.

Mind is the thinking, perceiving and feeling mechanism of human origin. Mind contains the total conscious and unconscious experiences. Mind is the intelligence associated with the emotional life reaching upward through wisdom and worship to the spiritual level. It takes in both personality and principle, showing us how the Source is involved in all of us. Mind is impersonal until it reaches down and touches us as personality. – Edna Lister, Personality, Energy and Pattern, October 27, 1964.

There is no distance in Mind. – Edna Lister, July 20, 1965.

Keep your mind stayed on perfection — in other words, close to the Source. – Edna Lister, October 21, 1966.

You can live by spiritual illumination if you awaken all your brain cells to receive law from divine Mind. – Edna Lister, Comprehension and Nonresistance, June 25, 1967.

Conscience is divine Mind reminding you of truth. – Edna Lister, Awareness and Becoming Law, May 26, 1968.

The "original sin" is the separation of Mind, Power and Substance, which is the Trinity. – Edna Lister, Conversion and Mysticism, June 9, 1968.

If you feed your subconscious mind garbage, you will awaken with a heavy mind. – Edna Lister, From Earthbound Slavery to Winged Glory, June 23, 1968.

God created us in His image and likeness. The subconscious, conscious, superconscious phases of mind are all parts of the One Mind operating on three levels. Soul uses mind: appetitive soul uses subconscious mind, rational soul uses conscious mind, and Oversoul uses the superconscious mind. This describes our individual extension of the One Mind that God has given us for our contacts with the world.

Subconscious mind is crammed with detrimental memories, but is forever seeking to ascend. Those who live good Christian lives are ruled by Oversoul using egoic or conscious mind to take in from above. Oversoul has never descended, but can be enticed and tempted by world to please the self and enjoy the kingdom of earth. The subconscious seeks to pull you down and control because "little me" is in conflict. But the subconscious soul is meant to control the body functions in perfection.

When you cleanse your mental trash, the subconscious tells you what to eat, what to do for your good so that the body will function in the divine image of God. This three-way conflict goes on within you constantly. – Edna Lister, Three States of Consciousness, November 17, 1968.

Light is divine Mind in action as faith. – Edna Lister, All Form Is the Result of Divine Action, December 9, 1969.

Your Guardian Angels "think" to you. When your heavenly Father speaks, it is as Mind to mind. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

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Is Mind Important?

Edna Lister created this lecture outline for June 15, 1952.

To answer the question, Is Mind important?, we must know what mind we are discussing. Divine Mind is not mine, my neighbor's or the world's. These lesser minds are constantly changing. We are forever making up our mind, unmaking, remaking it and the result is confusion.

Principle is unchanging, immutable, everlasting, and unalterable. Wisdom is the Mind that thinks and plans. Love is Substance that fills, sustains and nourishes. Energy is Power, balance, harmony and action. Love, the desire principle, acts through Wisdom, the will principle, to make a decision, which is how you make up your mind. Energy is the action principle that enables you to act on your decision.

The Mind principle must have a body, a mechanism through which to work. Three phases of Mind operate through you as the subconscious, conscious and superconscious mind. You are the instrument that receives divine Mind's broadcast through the brain cells and glands in your head.

Mind alone, the masculine Wisdom principle that builds the form-mold, is barren. It requires the feminine Love substance that nourishes and sustains, energized by the Son of action, acting as one, as the Breath of Life that moves upon the face of the waters.

You fulfill your desire in five steps. First, the concept exists in divine Mind. Then it becomes an idea through our use of Mind. Third, you apply your faculties of logic, reason, discrimination, discretion and discernment through the process that we call thinking. You use mind to plan, build, direct and control your destiny. Fourth, you apply the spoken Word by making declarations, decrees or statements to open a vibration of action, which you preface by "Let" and complete with "This is good" to energize substance. Finally, your miracle takes on form as you fulfill it.

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The Pure Christ Mind

This Linda Mihalic transcript is dated March 20, 2005, Cleveland, Ohio.

To function as a creator god, you must understand divine Mind, your limited, imperfect use of it, and how you may improve your use. Further, you must better understand Wisdom, the principle of Mind.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines mind as "the faculty of memory, or recollection as thought, purpose, or intention. Mind is the seat of consciousness, thoughts, volition (will), and feelings, the system of cognitive and emotional phenomena and powers that make up our subjective being, the spiritual part of us, our soul as distinguished from the body." This definition includes desire (as emotions), will, thinking and imagination.

Divine Mind is the Eternal and Infinite Intelligence, which permeates, directs and controls the entire universe as omniscient knowing and law, to which all Creation is subject. The Mind of God is the Universal Mainframe Computer, holographic in nature (that is, what is known in one portion may be known in all portions). Since Mind permeates every life spark of Creation, the very substance of the universe is a mainframe component. Thus, Mind-impregnated Substance is the fabric of which God built the time-space continuum and, as such, is instantly accessible. Whatever your location, you can open your contact with divine Mind anytime, anywhere.

The concept of computing has revolutionized itself repeatedly since Mauchly and Eckert patented the ENIAC computer in 1947.

"The ENIAC contained 17,468 vacuum tubes, 70,000 resistors, 10,000 capacitors, 1,500 relays, 6,000 manual switches and five million soldered joints. It covered 1,800 square feet of floor space, weighed 30 tons, consumed 160 kilowatts of electrical power. In one second, the ENIAC (a thousand times faster than any other calculating machine to date) could perform 5,000 additions, 357 multiplications or 38 divisions." – Mary Bellis.

Developers invented the first integrated circuit in 1961. By 1971, the 4004 chip held 2,250 transistors. The old 286 computers had a chip with 120,000 transistors. A wireless hand-held computer commonly has a chip with 42,000,000 transistors and a processor that performs 624 million operations per second! Inventors modeled computers on the pattern of the human brain, which is your personal subset of the Computer Mind of God. While you use only about 5 percent of your overall capacity at a time for simple daily tasks, researchers believe that people do use most of their brain's capacity, simply not all at once. The more complicated a task, the more of your brain power you put into play.

Your brain weighs about three pounds, just 2 percent of average body weight, but uses 20 percent of your oxygen rich arterial blood, making it the most expensive organ in your total energy budget, and the prime user of the work effort of your lungs and heart. You can and do use both hemispheres of the brain sometimes, depending on your activity, but most of us are lazy about it. Most people are more devout about obeying laws of diet and exercise than they are to brain development, which says little for us as a species. The brain is your computer hardware, your mind is your software, and your soul is your computer operator. So, you are the hardware, programming software and user in one.

An Ascension Clue, the Origin of Desire: Edna Lister said, "God desired to create, and a universe was born." Desire is a craving, a wish, a longing for something lost or missed, a regret. Thus, desire is rooted in memory.

Memory is the faculty you use to remember, your capacity for retaining or reviving thoughts of the past. You could think of memory as your "mental sieve." Memory also describes your capacity to return to a previous state: To remember is to recover from unconsciousness. Researchers say that we possess one trillion neurons, one quadrillion synapses, and 100 quintillion of bytes of memory, giving us a redundant backup system; in case of trauma, the brain can literally rewire itself. Through your link to divine Mind, your memory capacity is infinite, if you choose to access it.

Thought is the process of thinking, your overall mental activity, especially of your intellect, how you form and arrange ideas in your mind. Thinking is like a computer program. A low-end word processing program may be good enough to write a letter, but would not serve you in writing a doctoral dissertation; then you would need more expensive or robust software. Critical thinking skills do not come automatically bundled in your system software; you must develop them. How cheap is the thinking software you choose to use in this life? Does it do everything we need? Can you quickly apply logic, reason, discernment, discrimination and discretion? Should you upgrade to a high-end program with more features?

Your thinking software has innumerable subroutines, processes running in the background, many of which you are totally unaware. This describes the subconscious mind's effect on your conscious thinking. Spiritual debt (what you owe to the balance scales for disobedience to law), heredity, environment and your response to experiences all affect the content of your subconscious mind. Some psychologists advise thinking aloud to give yourself a valuable "window" on your underlying mental processes. If you do not listen to the subconscious deliberately, mindfully, as in learning how to enter the Golden Silence, you will never know the subtext of what you think.

Intellect is the sum of faculties of the mind or soul, by which you know and reason, the power of thought, or understanding. Intellect excludes sensation, undisciplined imagination, emotional feeling and will. Your intellectual potential is unlimited; however, you limit your actual use of your intellect by your choices. An idea is a picture of anything your mind conceives, an ideal form, an archetype, a pattern, a plan, or a standard. Platonic philosophy, in layman's terms, says that an idea is an eternally-existing pattern or archetype, perfect, as is its Source, which is God, but our execution of that idea is relative, thus imperfect.

Emotion describes another set of programs that may interfere disastrously with your thinking software and cause your system to crash. An emotion is "an agitation or disturbance of mind, a feeling, any vehement or excited mental state, as distinguished from cognitive or volitional states of consciousness."

You use your imagination faculty to form a mental concept of something not physically present; it is how you mentally consider future actions or events, creating impressions of your expectation or anticipation. Imagination is your mind's creative faculty in its highest aspect, and is your most expensive and complex software. Imagination can reach out and appropriate the full function of thinking and emotional desires to synthesize them into a perfectly integrated whole that mimics, in large part, the divine Mind itself. Thus, the ancients called imagination "the kingly faulty."

God gave us another gift, will, which is the inclination to do something, in contrast with ability or opportunity. Will is your volition,intention, intent, purpose, or determination. Will is the action of choosing, the attitude of the mind that you direct with conscious intention.

Jesus of Nazareth incarnated 2,000 years ago to become the Christ. He blazed the trail of Ascension for us to follow in our climb home into the Light. He was the Word made flesh to dwell among us. You are a component of the Word. In three short years he gathered and trained twelve men and an unknown number of other women and men, teaching them much that no one recorded in the New Testament. Yet every detail is contained within the memory of the Divine Mind. Jesus did his best to make his mind known to all humanity. What he knew, you can know also, if you so choose.

One story in the Gospel of Matthew tells us a great deal that is intuitively if not obviously apparent: Jesus asked his disciples, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven." (See Matthew 16:17-18.) How did Peter know this?

A program comes with a registration code number that acts like a software "key." If you need help with that program, the software developer asks you to confirm your registration by using this key number. Peter used his software key to access divine Mind, which promptly gave him the answer of Jesus' true identity.

"I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." – Matthew 16:19. This law explains that only you can dictate how much of divine Mind you can access. Your key, or lack of one, directly results from your past choices on how you use or misuse divine Mind, Substance and Power. Your choices now are dictating what your key can access in the future. Disobedience to a command will automatically terminate your access beyond a primary level.

Jesus had accurate foreknowledge of events to come, which we call prescience. The story says, "From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed." – Matthew 16:21. The verb here is "to show." Jesus used the holographic dimension of divine Mind to reveal a succession of pictures in imagination. He enabled them to use the eyes of their minds to see these steps in the Plan of Salvation. You can do this also. You can think within Divine Mind, and it comes as intuition, not cold, earthly intellect. When you put some zeal into your effort, you will see it as a flash of illumination.

Peter objected to Jesus' foreknowledge, saying, "This shall not happen to you!" Access to divine Mind had just exalted Peter to the heights of consciousness in knowing Jesus' real identity, then his system crashed on the emotional upset of thinking his Master would die. How typical: You reach the heights and fall to the depths in a single hour.

Jesus said to Peter, ""Get thee behind Me, Satan! Thou art an offense unto Me; for thou savorest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men." – Matthew 16:23 The truth of outer appearances is always a temptation, and it is so easy to fall when the appearance triggers emotional software, and you forget. The system crashes, and you must reboot. "Mindful of the things of God" is best summed up in two words, "God as." When you have God and, you have the truth of appearances and your mind is full of the "things of men," or intellectual/emotional gibberish.

Jesus dispensed perfect advice: "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." – Matthew 16:24. You could better translate this as, "If you desire to follow me, deny your self and follow me." Self is the only thing you need to deny as you ascend in consciousness. Yet you need to remember three points:

First, you have a pure mind, or at least you have access to the pure Mind of Christ within Divine Mind. Second, the Pure Christ Mind can re-mind you, that is, hearing, seeing or reading the truth can return you to a pure mind. Third, you can be mindful of the things that are God's, that is, you can fill your mind full of God.

God's time is always now, and He wants all souls to come home. Earth is now embroiled in the mental phase of the Armageddon, which is the battle for men's minds. Besides our subconscious interference, we are also subject to constant bombardment from what we call the "world mind." The world population was more than 7.4 billion people on March 25, 2016, increasing at 112 births per minute, according to geohive.com, a website devoted to global statistics. Roughly half the world population is awake when you are, while the remainder sleep, and vice versa. That's more than three billion otherminds working while yours does, with the other three billion+ minds working while you are asleep, a global "swing shift," if you will.

Even in a relaxed or resting state, your brain is outputting electrical activity. On the electromagnetic spectrum, even thought produces some "noise." Your brain filters an immense range of noise, admitting only the "audible" section of the spectrum, but the other portions of the spectrum are alive with their brand of "sound." Even the stars sing. If you could hear all the thoughts and mental noise of the world (WRLD Radio), it would be deafening, as though billions of radios were blaring at once. Into this psychic stew, some are always adding thoughts and declarations of darkness and evil, separation ideas,doubts and fears — the propaganda of God and. You can counteract this by protecting yourself in Light, and by saying, "This is good. Let there be Light." Pray aloud as often as you find opportunity, broadcasting the propaganda of God as.

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" is our battle cry during the war for men's minds. Use it as a prayer, a mantra: "Let this mind be in me, which was also in Christ." Let it be your constant mental refrain. Be mindful of the Light and your need to broadcast Light's goodness and Power aloud during the spiritual phase of the Armageddon. When you become aware of the effects of dark propaganda, use this mental refrain: "I can do all things through the pure Christ Mind, which strengthens me."

Upgrade your software to include sophisticated universal versions of will and desire, thinking and imagination. You can desire as God desires, will as God wills, think as God thinks, and imagine as bright a future as God does. We follow a Universal Living Christ, no suffering, dying, always-needing-resurrection cheap and low-end version. The price of this high-end software is discipline of self and ascension of consciousness above the world-bondage. God will keep you in perfect peace if you keep your mind stayed on Him. The idea of Christ is the perfect archetype and pattern of the mind that God designed for you.

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A Treatment for Mind

Watch your words and thoughts. "I am alive and alert with the Mind of God, and my brain cells blaze with Light and Power." – Edna Lister, January 24, 1963.

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New Testament on Mind

From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. – Matthew 16:21-23. [You are an offense to Christ when you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.]

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. – Matthew 22:37-38.

And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye [change your mind], and believe the gospel. – Mark 1:15.

And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. – Mark 12:29-31.

They that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. – Romans 8:5-7.

Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. – Romans 12:2-3.

The Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. – 1 Corinthians 2:10-16.

If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. – 2 Corinthians 4:3-6.

Walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; if so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. – Ephesians 4:17-24.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 2:5.

Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded [Christ minded]: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. – Philippians 3:15.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. – Philippians 4:6-8.

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. – Colossians 3:2.

The Law is not sexist: To shepherd the flock, you must be blameless, monogamous, temperate, sober‑minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules your own house well, whose children are well mannered (for if you do not know how to rule your own house, how will you take care of the church of God?); not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride – you fall into condemnation. – 1 Timothy 3:2‑6.

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7.

This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. – Hebrews 8:10-12.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. – James 1:6-8.

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. – James 4:8.

Gird up the loins of your mind, be sober; and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 1:13.

Be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing. knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. – 1 Peter 3:8‑9.

Since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. – 1 Peter 4:1‑2.

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind. – Hebrews 8:10.

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Old Testament on Mind

The Spirit of the Lord fell upon me, and said unto me, Speak; Thus saith the Lord; Thus have ye said, O house of Israel: for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them. – Ezekiel 11:5.

The Babylonians … defiled [Jerusalem] … and she was polluted … and her mind was alienated … then My mind was alienated from her, like as My mind was alienated from her sister [Samaria]. – Ezekiel 23:17-18.

Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips: In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow. – Isaiah 17:10-11.

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. – Isaiah 26:3.

Ye that have escaped the sword, go away, stand not still: remember the Lord afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your mind. – Jeremiah 51:50.

Know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee. – 1 Chronicles 51:50.

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Mind in Other Sacred Writings

While the words were still depths of His thought, the Word, which was first to come forth, revealed them, along with a Mind that speaks the one Word in silent grace. He was called 'thought', since they were in it before being revealed. It came about that he was first to come forth, at the time when the will of Him who willed desired it. And the will is what the Father rests in, and is pleased with. – The Gospel of Truth, Codex I, 3 and XII, 2.

The thought of those who are saved shall not perish. The mind of those who have known him shall not perish. – Treatise on the Resurrection, Codex I, 4.

Where the mind is there is the treasure. – Gospel of Mary 5:9.

We do not see through the soul nor through the spirit, but the mind that is between the two. – Gospel of Mary 5:11.

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

Edna Lister

Etymology of mind: Old English gemynd, "memory, mind,"from Latin mens, "mind."

Mind is an absolute principle.

Mind is an abstract principle.

Mind is a law of being.

Mind is a law of doing.

Mind is a soul faculty.


It is a false assertion that the sense of man is the measure of things. On the contrary, all perceptions as well of the sense as of the mind are according to the measure of the individual and not according to the measure of the universe. And the human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolours the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it. – Roger Bacon, New Organon, XLI

Since geometry is co-eternal with the divine mind before the birth of things, God himself served as his own model in creating the world (for what is there in God which is not God?), and he with his own image reached down to humanity. – Johannes Kepler, Harmonices Mundi, Book V, Chapter I

The Divine mind is as visible in its full energy of operation on every lowly bank and mouldering stone as in the lifting of the pillars of heaven, and settling the foundation of the earth. – John Ruskin, as quoted by Wood, 312


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Kepler, Johannes. Harmonices Mundi [The Harmonies of Worlds], Book IV, Chapter 1 (1618), as quoted in "Kepler's Astrology" in Kepler, Four Hundred Years (1975), edited by Arthur and Peter Beer.

Ruskin, John. "Ruskin," as quoted in Dictionary of Quotations, number 312. Rev. James Wood, compiler. London, New York: Frederick Warne & Co., 1899; Bartleby.com, 2012 [March 1, 2017].

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