Resentment, a Soul Taint

Resentment is "indignation or ill will" and "smoldering anger generated by a sense of a grievance, real or imagined; to feel indignantly aggrieved at"; resentment's synonym is anger. Indignation is "righteous anger at something regarded as wrongful, unjust, or evil."

Resentment is a soul taint that can easily become a sin. If you do not pull the weeds of resentment, you will grow a hedge of hatred. Anger is the word used for resentment in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament.

The workaholic elder son in the Parable of the Prodigal Son is a perfect illustration of resentment. When his spendthrift younger brother returned, and their father held a feast with music and dancing, the older son was outraged: "He was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. – Luke 15:28-30.

Edna Lister on Resentment

Resistance, resentment, opinions, prejudices bar you from making perfect creations. ~ Edna Lister, January 16, 1933.

Resentment usually keeps you from the thing you want. ~ Edna Lister, Beatitudes, January 29, 1933.

Keep your mind and heart clear of all doubt and resentment. ~ Edna Lister, August 17, 1937.

Remain impersonal when you discuss things with another, either soul things or world things; do not grow indignant, impatient or take remarks personally. ~ Edna Lister, February 13, 1941.

The more you give right where you are, without grudging the service, the greater will be your reward. ~ Edna Lister, Life in a Nutshell, "Your Five-Year Plan," 1942.

So much delay comes in payment of hasty temper and judgments on and resentment of others. ~ Edna Lister, December 1, 1942.

We all must dig out the last tiny root of old hurts and resentments. ~ Edna Lister, September 19, 1944.

Just stand firm in love and praise in which is no resentment or complaint. ~ Edna Lister, November 30, 1944.

When you fall into self-pity, intolerance or resentment, or backward looking you send everyone you've ever contacted, personally or casually, downward. ~ Edna Lister, December 8, 1944.

You can't be hurt or offended without resenting and blaming, which is judging another. ~ Edna Lister, December 15, 1944.

Resentment cuts your lines of Light to success. ~ Edna Lister, December 15, 1944.

An unwilling sacrifice, or one made grudgingly (a "must" sacrifice of obligation), causes many delays and postponements, and brings no returns at all on the inner. ~ Edna Lister, Five Important Steps in Ascension, 1945.

Your responsibility for lifting does not mean assuming dozens of obligations you are unable to handle on the outer. It does not mean you must take another into your home to live, or to permit others to encroach to breed resentment. ~ Edna Lister, Five Keys of the Kingdom, 1945.

In the Great Abyss, which includes all abysses between earth and the Source, countless thousands of descended creator gods lose their places and start to regress through self-pity, self-blame or resentment caused by trials by fire. ~ Edna Lister, January 31, 1945.

Deep-seated resentment upsets glands, causes heart trouble and difficulty with breath. ~ Edna Lister, June 30, 1945.

You are of little use to the Master until you completely lift all pride, resentment, rebellion, etc. ~ Edna Lister, July 16, 1945.

Scrape, dig and lift until you get at the roots of resentment, which are pride and self-pity. ~ Edna Lister, July 23, 1945.

The slightest bit of resentment shows that the self is in control. ~ Edna Lister, October 14, 1945.

Only love can melt ideas of resentment, revenge, or blame for another. ~ Edna Lister, October 14, 1945.

Ninety-nine percent of your grief and resentment come from your demands on and expectations of other people. ~ Edna Lister, May 16, 1947.

Unconscious blame carries resentment with it. ~ Edna Lister, June 3, 1947.

You think you are grateful but you neutralize it with rebellion and resentment. ~ Edna Lister, August 17, 1947.

Dig up all old hates and resentments to complete the soul cleansing fully, for you can conceal nothing. Light will unveil all hidden thoughts, words or deeds. Only what you have made "white" in the record can remain hidden from prying eyes. ~ Edna Lister, January 10, 1949.

Resentment reveals itself in the tones of voice. ~ Edna Lister, April 15, 1950.

The "dweller on the threshold of consciousness" is the collective total of a person's past creations, along whatever line he has given it life. Such a dweller-entity may be and is usually all one type of debt, such as resentment, hate, self-pity, or misuse of the lower creative center, causing the person to lose balance completely, or to obsess on just one idea. He may seem completely "normal" in every other way. ~ Edna Lister, October 11, 1950.

In judgment, or what we call righteous indignation, you put on the black cloak of death (killing a vibration forcefully) and lose credits. ~ Edna Lister, June 21, 1951.

Frustration creates resentment. ~ Edna Lister, June 25, 1951.

Your half-hearted or begrudging praise reveals your covetousness, jealousy, envy, hard-heartedness and stinginess of soul. ~ Edna Lister, Now Is the High Time, December 6, 1953.

Resentment, envy, jealousy and covetousness all carry grudges. Beware. ~ Edna Lister, Now Is the High Time, December 6, 1953.

Grief breeds resentment. ~ Edna Lister, December 9, 1953.

Only under anger and resentment do you fall to the chamber of chaos, the bottomless pit. ~ Edna Lister, Seven Degrees in the Great Pyramid, November 30, 1954.

People refer to Jesus whipping the money changers from the Temple in Jerusalem to justify their behavior, saying, "He had righteous indignation. Why can't I?" Thus, they charge a debt of blame that we must lift. ~ Edna Lister, December 20, 1954.

Every incident of anger, resentment and irritation uses more of your soul substance. ~ Edna Lister, April 14, 1956.

Anger and resentment fuel boredom. ~ Edna Lister, December 15, 1956.

It requires great caution to avoid unwise speech or self entering when righting wrongs leads to self-righteous indignation. ~ Edna Lister, Unpublished Lectures, December 20, 1956.

Never criticize to justify some resentment you hold. ~ Edna Lister, February 6, 1958.

When you are criticized, lift; go deeper within yourself to see if you have criticized to justify some resentment you hold. ~ Edna Lister, February 6, 1958.

At age twenty-eight to thirty-five, memories of hate and resentment from other incarnations begin to come to the surface. ~ Edna Lister, April 10, 1958.

When you walk the Path of Perfection, you may not be hurt, angered or resentful, but see negative words or acts only as darkness to lift, taking nothing as a personal affront to the little-self. Yet, you must still teach the "turn the other cheek" method in training and lifting self to those not walking this perfect path. ~ Edna Lister, June 28, 1958.

When you are not joyous, you are nurturing a taint of resentment or grief. ~ Edna Lister, September 17, 1958.

What the other person expresses reflects their reaction to your love, every remaining selfishness, resentment, irritation, self-pity or pride in your subconscious. The reaction you receive depends on the degree of your love. ~ Edna Lister, October 13, 1958.

People would rather die of indignation than give up their opinions and resentments. ~ Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958.

Rebellion results when you do not sacrifice your resentment. ~ Edna Lister, November 24, 1958.

Two "seeds of life" form and ripen in the desire body solar plexus once a lunar month. Under ascension and soul conquering, the meeting and mingling of etheric and magnetic currents cause an explosion of Light that stimulates the seeds to growth. One seed ascends to the higher creative center [the brain], to water the Garden of Eden through the nerves of the head. The other seed descends to the lower creative center at the sacrum plexus [reproductive organs] to gestate and create form. If you are resentful, you spend that seed of life as force on negative things and cannot water your Garden of Eden. Only surrender of self and love cause these seeds to grow. ~ Edna Lister, June 9, 1959.

The instant self enters, you may easily detect it as blame, "someone is doing something to me," a complaint against another for not living up, or resentment and the thousandfold ugliness that arise. ~ Edna Lister, October 8, 1959.

Forgiveness is to give up resentment against. ~ Edna Lister, January 28, 1960.

Resentment separates Mind and Substance, and Power becomes force. ~ Edna Lister, Make Earth Your Heaven Now, December 13, 1960.

If you can resent criticism, you have not become law. ~ Edna Lister, December 19, 1960.

The laws of the Great Abyss, which includes all abysses between earth and the Source, are the hardest to learn. Countless thousands of souls regress and lose their places through self-pity or resentment for such trials by fire to clean up all taints. Conquering the Great Abyss is hard; you accomplish the great crossing only through rigid soul disciplining. ~ Edna Lister, January 3, 1961.

You must have room to expand on your freedom to choose, so you must create an area of choice around yourself the size of your giving in prayer. This creates a protective wall that no outer vibration or interference can penetrate, unless you open a resentment valve. ~ Edna Lister, September 7, 1961.

Righteous indignation is good, if you are righteous and cut off the indignation. ~ Edna Lister, November 27, 1961.

To accept lovingly, without rancor, resentment or hurt, is the true attitude of the ascending soul. ~ Edna Lister, April 27, 1962.

The world does not want to accept responsibility, which results in stubbornness, resistance to hearing a new law, and rebellion. No matter how far you have climbed, if you delay in accepting the law, you use the magnetic currents of earth, which strengthen the will. Even mild resentment or rebellion pulls the magnetic currents coming through family, friends, coworkers, adding their force as momentum to reinforce the self-will. Your reaction will draw the magnetic currents coming through those with you — family, friends, coworkers — and add their force as momentum. ~ Edna Lister, June 7, 1962.

You get everything from life that you give to God, minus your deductions, which include idle words, resentments, criticism, and gossip. ~ Edna Lister, June 16, 1963.

Past resentment, rebellion, repudiation and self-pity generate blame. ~ Edna Lister, September 5, 1963.

Self-excuses go hand in hand with resentment, blame and repudiation. ~ Edna Lister, September 16, 1963.

Interference with another's choices evokes waves of resentment, present and past, and displays only your self-aggrandizement and self-righteousness. ~ Edna Lister, September 16, 1963.

You can't resent or take up any such challenge from the outside without lowering your own vibration. ~ Edna Lister, May 21, 1968.

In personal relationships, do not to allow another to encroach to the point where you become soft. Your subconscious renews the spot of the old resentment and recreates a nice "resentment boil" until pretty soon you are repudiating and resenting everything that comes along. ~ Edna Lister, August 7, 1969.

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Treatments for Resentment

"Father, I now reach out with arms of Light and gather up all the scattered soul substance of thoughts, words, deeds and actions, resentments and criticisms. I put them all up on a cloud altar; let them be covered with a pillar of fire. Let the darkness all be consumed, and as it is consumed, let it draw all the taints in to be purified, refashioned made into Light and new creative soul substance for Thy son/daughter." ~ Edna Lister, July 1949.

Face every episode, condition and past situation in family, social and business life, no matter what. Lift it, loose it and let it go to see it filled with Light. Especially include all who have blamed you as the cause of their grief, resentment, intolerance and criticism. ~ Edna Lister, June 30, 1944.

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

Edna Lister

Etymology of resent: Old French resentir, "to feel strongly," re- + sentir, "to feel or perceive."

Resentment is a soul taint.

Resentment is a sin.


Fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment. ~ Dale Carnegie


Carnegie, Dale. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. Bungay, Suffolk, Great Britain: The Chaucer Press, Ltd., 1948, 167.

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), Public Domain.

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