Sublimation, a Law of Doing

To sublimate means "to raise, exalt or to elevate to high dignity or honor; to exalt or elevate to a high or higher state; to cause to sublime; to transmute into something higher, nobler, more sublime or refined; to direct the energy of an impulse from its primitive aim to one that is culturally or ethically higher; in psychology, to divert or modify an instinctual impulse into a culturally higher or morally or socially more acceptable activity."

Sublime means "set or raised aloft or high up; of ideas, truths, subjects, etc. — belonging to the highest regions of thought, reality or human activity; of persons, their attributes, actions — standing high above other by reason of nobility or grandeur of nature or character; of high intellectual, moral or spiritual level." To sublime, as a verb, is "to awaken an uplifting emotion; producing a sense of elevated beauty or grandeur; to make or to cause to be sublime; to exalt, to refine, to purify."

On the Via Christa, you are encouraged to practice deep rhythmic breathing of God's Light through the crown of your head as you inhale through your nostrils. This serves to cleanse selfish taints from your faculties of desire, thinking and imagination to heal your emotions and their effect on your thinking and physical body.

Edna Lister on Sublimation

You can transmute physical imperfection into perfection. The life-tides of the body are already perfect, but you must keep them lifted into the Light. Only one life impulse, the Creative Impulse, powers the whole universe. God has endowed you with the Creative Impulse in the regular beating of your heart, which is God manifesting in you, the basis of life within your body. – Edna Lister, February 2, 1933.

Breathing actually clears the body, actually inspires sublimation and transfiguration. – Edna Lister, January 19, 1935.

Sublimation is the physical translation of soul substance, which you must raise in its rate of vibration to become more selfless. Parts of the body can still remain grossly physical while in the process of translation, which is transformation from negative to positive, transmutation from darkness into Light, transfiguration from self to soul.

To do this, you can either raise or lower the creative fire to sublimate the physical effects of self on your soul substance. This is how you enfold the self into the soul, by enfolding the lesser expressions, the appetitive and rational phases of soul into the Oversoul. To enfold the soul involves a marriage of the Lamb, the wedding of desire and will. – Edna Lister, May 16, 1942.

You must repent of self and all thoughts, words and acts that are less than perfection. Yet true and lasting repentance cannot come unless preceded by protracted, deep soul grief. So the problem is to sublimate grief, its sharpness, so that its burden will constantly remind you to surrender the self, without ruling your consciousness. You must hold grief as a balance scales in consciousness, to set the pain aside, to say on one hand, “be absorbed in joy,” without letting grief weigh you down. It is a delicate balance to maintain constantly. – Edna Lister, April 13, 1943.

In the little self, the subconscious mind of appetitive soul that has come up through evolution, the traits of animal life, racial consciousness and memories of witnessing or being involved in past evil lie dormant. These include inclinations toward the opposite of every virtue. Every soul has such hidden tendencies. You must lift them into full consciousness to sublimate them into the Oversoul, whose perfection cannot permit even a single negative taint.

To dig it all out and lift it, you must face your self. To say, "I don’t understand," admits hidden negative tendencies of the self. Unless you lift them, you will have to work them out as painful experiences in the world, witnessed by people and groups, until you accept the law of sublimation — you must lift all physical-chemical effects[1] of past experience and misuse of soul substance into the Light. – Edna Lister, November 1, 1944.

You must vitalize, quicken and transform every cell of your body to a higher grade of substance before you can slough it off and ascend higher. To transfigure the old, you must lift any disgust for your past performance — you may not excuse self for any reason. Many try to force their way through without sublimating the residue of self in the heat of God's altar fires. Yet forcing damages your physical body, resulting in an aneurysm or heart disease, for example — you could waste the incarnation and end as an unwitting suicide!

It takes the equivalent of twenty years of unrelenting hard effort to accomplish complete sublimation, but you can compress it into two or three months, according to the heat of your eagerness of desire, and the greatness of your sacrifice of self. As you lift and conquer self, Light transforms the old cells into desire body grade substance, and you further burn away the silver cord to replace it with the gold of spirit. How high can you reach? How much heat can you apply? How much white Light can you use? Your only point of failure is your own idea of burning desire. – Edna Lister, July 14, 1945.

The minute you look up in consciousness, you begin a thousand burnt offerings, which leads to 144 steps, obedience to the twelve virtues and lifting the corresponding vices to complete the 33rd Via Christa Degree. The thousand burnt offerings are a thousand days of perfection, of complete sublimation, the sacrifice of self with never a negative thought. When you have lived that long in complete perfection, you will be able to see and hear spiritually. If you slip off your cloud, you must start again.

Keep your Neophyte vows of proper diet, enough rest, exercise and recreation, and drinking sufficient water. A thousand days of sublimation will open the pineal body and pituitary gland, balancing the vital centers at the sacrum, lumbar, and solar plexuses, heart, throat, brow and crown centers. You must raise all glands and plexus centers in unison, otherwise the Power creates an imbalance among the stomach, heart, lungs and organs. Anything that causes emotional concern backfires through the plexus centers. – Edna Lister, May 19, 1947.

Every process of metabolism and sublimation begins at the tip of the tongue. You must coax the appetitive soul to work with you. Fasting causes catabolism, the tearing down of cells. Fasting sets up a clamor for more fuel to work on. Diet every day. Eat lightly one meal a day but never fast totally.

When you eat or drink, just a drop on the end of the tongue stimulates the maxillary glands, which activate the thyroid. Then the salivary glands prepare the stomach. Digestion begins with the first drop on the tongue and causes the correct working of the liver, gall bladder and all digestive organs.

The thyroid reacts on the gonads to affect the pineal body and pituitary gland as the fluids trigger a response that ascends the spinal column. Take time to chew sufficiently, or the thyroid will be unable to act properly and thus impair spiritual seeing and hearing. Drink eight glasses of water a day. Sweets excite the lower emotional centers, the appetitive soul, and create toxic by-products. Too much sugar or carbohydrates will drag you down when you are trying to ascend. – Edna Lister, August 15, 1949.

To sublimate the physical expression of love, look upward in soul, with pure love filling your golden bowl (head). The Power descends through the woman and man, and ascends through the partner and explodes. If you are feeling crystallized, frozen or impotent, enter the alliance with a prayer, for you are being prepared for to lift the creative fire, which represents the Fountain of Youth. Look into the Light, and give God all your mind, body and soul. You can do this without any physical expression, to achieve the same sublimation. It is not a physical, but a spiritual act. – Edna Lister, October 2, 1950.

To achieve perfect balance of Love and Wisdom, you must sublimate mere mental intellectualism in favor of pure soul illumination. Love and Wisdom in you is God expressing as balance. Then desire and will function as intuition and illumination. – Edna Lister, July 16, 1951.

Sublimation works when you stand on the Mount of Transfiguration. Sublimation cleanses your desire of taints, and results in increased vitality. When you draw the life sparks from the physical, you uncover taints of self that create physical toxins that you need to eliminate. As you lift the cellular substance of the physical organs, to draw it in for sublimation, the desire body organs manifest to replace that form. It works the same way for men or women. Age has nothing to do with this. It is the secret of the Fountain of Youth. When you lift negative taints and traits from the appetitive soul, you withdraw the life sparks and slough the negative oily coating on them. This is a mental and spiritual process that heals your emotions and physical body. Thus, you hear, see and become God's divine plan for you. – Edna Lister, July 13, 1953.

Anyone can sublimate and transfigure themselves from the physical into a molecular, atomic and electronic fire body. When Jesus did so on the Mount of Transfiguration, even his robes became glistering as the light of his fire body shone from within. When you surrender to be possessed of Power, desire will move up to mate with will and become the I AM of Christed consciousness within the seat of power in the higher creative center in your head.

The pineal body will then function as spiritual illumination, the pituitary gland as intuition, and Oversoul will move into your body to complete the first marriage of the Lamb. Desire and will ascend to become Love and Wisdom, thus sublimating the physical desire and will. Your personal desire and will then become part of God's desire and will for you. – Edna Lister, Your Fiery Electronic Body, July 6, 1954.

Your creative tools of desire, thinking and imagination, working together as a harmonious whole, creates the miracle. Sublimation of self lifts your desire, thinking and imagination, and the miracle is yours! When you lift desire, will opens the channels of love and wisdom so the Light from above can move in to make you a Christed One, expressing only the Christ consciousness with no blocks, no limitations, no clouds of confusion or indecision. I AM consciousness results from sublimating your creative tools.

Only confusion can result from dragging your thinking and soul vision down into the world of men, until you sublimate desire. For example, people draw the shades to watch TV during the day. They are contacting only worldly things. By pulling down your shades on God's sunshine, you close out the Light. Love God enough to let the Light in, and you can “Let your light so shine” as you look out into the world through the rose-colored glasses of Christ consciousness. – Edna Lister, January 2, 1958.

You can reach the Source only through a sublimated love that goes beyond outer greedy satisfaction of possession. Being greedy about jewels, furs, houses, cars, furniture, and social position is as much a misuse of the power of love to as it is to be greedy for the physical expression of love as lust. They rank as one under law. Therefore, to gain a balance in love is the only way to gain complete soul balance. The kingly faculty of imagination must be turned up at all times or it is impossible to seek first, to lift first, and to declare good, which are the four fundamentals of ascension. As you seek to sublimate, always keep your imagination turned upward as vision, and focused on conquering. – Edna Lister, October 23, 1959.

Unless you persevere, you close off the Power for sublimation. Then the body sinks, for it cannot function without the rarefied soul substance from above. The heart, lungs and stomach are the last three organs to be sublimated. Self-criticism affects the lungs. – Edna Lister, March 18, 1965.


1^ "Physical-chemical effects" would include the sources of mental illnesses due to some chemical imbalance.

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Sublimation Treatments

Sublimation Treatment for Entering the Golden Silence: The Flame of Life is created continuously in the lower creative center (the vital center at the sacrum, the sacral chakra). When consciously directed and used, it works wonders in rebuilding the physical body. It will absolutely remake and reconstruct the original pattern of perfection, no matter what the limitation may be.

Follow each step of this treatment carefully. Remove your shoes (rubber, manmade, and leather soles insulate against earth's magnetic currents in various degrees). Sit on a straight-back chair with your feet flat on the floor. Hold your hands upraised from the elbows, palms turned toward your ears, and close your eyes.

Use your imagination to picture vividly the creative Flame of Life as it flows to every cell of your body. There are two currents of this Flame of Life, the positive stream and the negative stream, one on either side of the body, each doing its perfect work.

Imagine the two streams of the Flame of Life flowing down through your hips, the left Flame through the left hip and the right Flame through the right hip. They flow through your thighs, knees, lower legs, ankles, insteps of your feet to your toes where you feel a tingling sensation.

Turn the Flame back at the tips of the toes, holding it within the body, not allowing any of it to escape. Direct it through the insteps, ankles, lower legs, knees, thighs, hips. Feel it gently melt and dissolve all irritation and pain, making every cell new and glorious with health.

Now hold the right, positive Flame of Life at the right side. Take the negative, left Flame through the creative center at the sacrum, the base of the spine, through the bladder, kidneys, colon and whole intestinal tract. Feel it dissolve all unnecessary accumulations, all irritation. Feel it purify every organ as it moves through. Take it through the spleen, liver, pancreas, gall bladder and stomach, through the heart and lungs.

Now, at your shoulders, divide the Flame and feel it flow over each shoulder and down each arm, through elbows, wrists and hands where it will vibrate and tingle to the end of each finger. Turn it back, holding all of it within the body. Feel it flow through the hands, wrists, forearms, elbows and upper arms to the shoulders and into the neck.

Take the Flame into the throat, larynx, mouth and tongue, into the roots of the teeth, burning away all dross. Let it move through the nostrils, ears and eyes, making them perfect Windows of the Soul.

Direct the Flame into the upper head, into each cavity of the head, through the hair roots, making it shine with life. Here you hold the left Flame until the right Flame of Life joins it.

Direct the right, positive Flame of Life up through the spinal column. Send it through every set of nerves in every vertebra to every part of the body. Feel it flowing through, dissolving and absorbing everything less than perfection. Feel it building new cells and creating anew every organ. Let it fill the whole body with Light, Life and Glory, making the whole body a Temple of the Living God.

Take the right Flame of Life through the brain cells, the gland centers. Feel them becoming perfect instruments for registering the vibrations of Divine Mind, bestowing perfect perception of reality. Join the right, positive Flame to the left, negative Flame, completing the circuit. Know that this work is being done now. So it shall be and so it is.

Use this sublimation treatment to lift all subconscious negativity and misused creative fire from the Land of Egypt, the abdomen, its glands and plexus centers. Pray first. You must do the sublimation treatment on a deep breath that descends through the spine and touches the vital center at the base of the spine in the physical and desire bodies. As you breathe deeply for the treatment, Light as etheric currents, descends the spine, crossing over from left to right at the solar plexus center. Then it curves under at the base of the spine and ascends through the vital centers, forming a perfect figure-eight.

The minute the Light touches the sacral plexus, it opens the soles of the feet to the magnetic currents. The left-side-positive and right-side-negative magnetic currents rush up the legs and cross over at the division of the sciatic nerve in the pelvis. The magnetic currents continue ascending on the left side and right side in the desire body, just outside the discs, on either side of the spine, to join with the etheric currents as they cross over at the top of the spine and become one over the head. The magnetic and etheric currents thus become a double figure-eight. – Edna Lister, October 30, 1961.

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Declarations for Sublimating Self

"In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, let my body be a living oblation and sacrifice before Thy altar. I declare that every force in my body that has been misused is completely sublimated. I declare a sublimation in which there is no darkness. I declare that my body will be completely renewed and all centers revitalized. I am the High Priest/Priestess of my own body temple. Depart from me all ye forces which seek to disturb the harmony of my life. I drop a curtain of Light between me and thee. In the name of Love, it is finished." – Edna Lister, July 30, 1948.

"Here I am, Father. I AM Thy servant. Please move in and possess me. Activate, sublimate and comprehend through me by logic, reason, discretion, discrimination and discernment that which You want me to think, to do, to say." Edna Lister, August 16, 1962.

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

Edna Lister

Etymology of sublimation: in late 14th century alchemy, to sublimate was the "process of purifying by vaporizing then allowing to cool," from Medieval Latin sublimationem (nominative sublimatio) "refinement," literally "a lifting up, deliverance," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin sublimare "to raise, elevate," from sublimis "lofty, high, exalted; eminent, distinguished."

Etymology of sublimate: "raise to a high place," a back-formation from sublimation or from Medieval Latin sublimatus, past participle of sublimare "to lift up." The word was used in English from 1560s as a past participle adjective meaning "purified, refined by sublimation," in the chemical/alchemical sense of "heat a solid into vapor and allow it to cool again" as a way of extracting a pure substance from dross.

Etymology of sublime: "expressing lofty ideas in an elevated manner," from Middle French sublime (15th century), or directly from Latin sublimis "uplifted, high, borne aloft, lofty, exalted, eminent, distinguished," possibly originally "sloping up to the lintel," from sub "up to" + limen "lintel, threshold, sill."

Sublimation is an abstract principle.

Sublimation is a law of doing.


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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