Christos, the Seventh Sacred Degree

Christos means "anointed or consecrated, chosen by divine intervention." Christos is the Greek Khristós, meaning "the anointed one."

The Christos fulfills the law of absolute personal responsibility. Ascension is the Christos initiation. Ascension is continually moving up in consciousness, growing in awareness, an increasing rate of vibration and an expanding aura.

The Christos power of being is to create or to invoke life by the spoken Word, first for others, then for yourself. You reach this by complete surrender to become the servant of all Power, standing in the Light as Light.

The Christos Degree, the degree of Christing, is least familiar and most poorly understood. This Degree was the greatest attainable in the temples of ancient Egypt, and existed long before Jesus of Nazareth became the Christ.

A Christos Degree keynote is having an expansive transcendent vision of reality. Having opened the spiritual "eyes and ears," the Christos sees and hears spiritually, as God does. This vision is both acute and discerning, not subject to confusion, doubt or wonderment.

Sacrifice, the sacrifice of all self, is the great Christos requirement. Jesus' sacrifice involved laying down his life to become the Christ. In so doing, he became our template for "how to do it." As a Christos candidate, you constantly sacrifice self by surrendering your old attitudes to become the new way of being.

One is rarely required to sacrifice his life, as Jesus did, but is asked instead to sacrifice every mode of identifying with the world. You identify with the material world according to gender, marital status, education, IQ, profession, hobbies, religion, politics, earnings, house, clothes, and car.

Enlightenment, a Christos Degree byproduct, is the consciousness that "I and my Father are one" (or my mother, my sister, my brother, my friend, my enemy). One. Man has given mystical enlightenment many names, including communion, illumination, satori, samadhi, the ever-new bliss, cosmic consciousness, or Christ consciousness.

On the Via Christa, we often speak of Christ consciousness and illumination. We define illumination as an inner state of equilibrium, harmony and a heightened awareness, a perception in which we are perfectly in sync with the universe.

Atonement is another name for Christ consciousness. We call it "at-one-ness," achieving that universality of consciousness where you are separate from nothing. As a Christos candidate, you ascend in consciousness without dying.

Edna Lister on the Christos Degree

On the Christos Degree, you may not ask or force, only work on your inner place. – Edna Lister, Initiations, the Beatitudes, December 22, 1934.

The Beatitudes are nine attitudes you must express to attain the Christos Degree. – Edna Lister, Beatitudes, January 19, 1935.

Praise for all small things and great joy earns Christos crowns of different degrees according to the ascending stations of Light. – Edna Lister, March 10, 1941.

The Christos resides in the golden silence, saying "Praise God," and "Thank Thee, Father, for Thou hast said 'yes' before I asked." – Edna Lister, November 18, 1942.

The second Christos Degree requires that you become fully responsible as a Father or Mother for others; it means to be as forgiving as God, who sees only perfection, not anything to forgive. – Edna Lister, November 18, 1942.

Seven Degrees to transformation progress from self awareness to soul consciousness: The first three degrees, the Neophyte, Disciple, and Adept all practice varying degrees of self-control. The Mystic stands at the center point of balance, the fulcrum between self and soul. As a Mystic, you commune directly with God, needing no other intervening agency, creed or dogma. The final three degrees, the Master, Priest and Christos all deal with soul conquering through absolute responsibility, service and surrender of the self to the soul. You work on all seven degrees always. – Edna Lister, April 13, 1945.

The 33rd Degree of absolute fire includes four Christos degrees, which provide purification by fire. You conquer through sacrifice, by overcoming self, by accepting responsibilities and passing your initiations. – Edna Lister, December 1, 1948.

The Christos Order of sacrifice, surrender and selfless sacrificial service is composed only of those desiring to become the law of Light. – Edna Lister, February 3, 1949.

Purity of heart, mind and purpose are the virtues of the third Christos Degree. – Edna Lister, April 5, 1949.

Helping the other fellow to lift, no matter what, is the Christos work. – Edna Lister, October 2, 1950.

Completing the twelve Labors of Hercules earns the finale of the Christos, including plucking the gold and silver apples of the Hesperides. It requires that you are honorable and faithful to God. If you are loyal to God, you will be loyal to your fellow man. Where you are is your measuring rod for where you want to be. You must love your fellow man as you love God. – Edna Lister, June 4, 1951.

The Seven Degrees on which you are climbing include the Neophyte, Disciple, Adept, Mystic, Master, Priest and Christos. You can enter the major Seven Degrees only through seven lesser degrees under each, just as earning a doctorate requires having passed all the lesser courses of instruction. Thus, an illiterate Neophyte can be living a Christos life.

You go through 49 Degrees from Neophyte to reach Christos, while you pass 144 steps in initiation. Events may happen to you for no apparent reason when you are taking the final three Christos Degrees, which include the ten Commandments on the emotional, mental and spiritual levels.

You cannot return home to God until you have learned your lessons. Desire for perfection takes you through the final degrees, and you receive credit for the good you have done. Initiation is right where you are now. You could take 144 steps in twenty-four hours under complete surrender of self. You could take the first initiation, know the score and pass the Gates of Light. – Edna Lister, June 14, 1951.

The Christos stands steadfastly under Light. – Edna Lister, November 27, 1951.

The 33rd Christos Degree initiation of Ascension is the toughest of all in tests, trials by fire and temptations. It includes bloody temptations, for the heart does bleed when you pull out the roots of self. An ancient aphorism declares that "Until the aspirant has washed his feet in the blood of his own heart, he is not worthy to ascend." – Edna Lister, April 22, 1952.

Thirty-three is the number of the Christos Order. You open the I AM center of Oversoul consciousness in the golden bowl when you awaken and develop the intuition and illumination faculties and complete the 33 Degrees. This requires that you complete the first and second marriages of the Lamb. The first marriage is your first ascension of desire to mate with will. The Christos invites the descent of the Oversoul for the second marriage of the Lamb, in which you mate desire and will with God's Love and Wisdom. Once you consummate the second marriage of the Lamb, there is no turning back. The law uses you to its own glory, to its own end. To polish the Christos Degree requires acceptance of any call, sacrificing self to answer that call, and the complete surrender of self for service. – Edna Lister, July 16, 1953.

The Christos practices ascension at the crown chakra daily. – Edna Lister, Conquering Space, October 15, 1957.

At one place on the path, you are asked to give up your personal identity as a great initiation. This testing on loss of identity takes place in the Neophyte sub-degree of the Christos. Edna Lister, December 9, 1957.

The Christos Degree requires full ascension of soul. – Edna Lister, February 13, 1958.

The Degrees of Priest and Christos are spoken of only by Mystics, not by White Brotherhood mediums, who know nothing about them. – Edna Lister, May 8, 1958.

The final three Christos Degrees require seventeen initiations. Anyone who achieves these degrees does so by observing all laws on silence. "By their works shall ye know them." The requisites are compassion, charity that begins at home, and understanding given to the world. – Edna Lister, October 30, 1958.

The Mystic Brotherhood Degrees (Master, Priest and Christos) cover the Garden of Eden, which lies above the collar bones in man. These work degrees deal with becoming a mediator, soul conquering and Ascension. A mediator follows Jesus the Christ all the way home. The Christos attains the fortress, the high tower of Ascension in the Garden of Eden. He lives by the precepts of soul in the higher creative center, within the golden bowl (the skull).

The Christos, at the crown center, rules the central nervous system [the brain and spinal cord] and the pineal body. You reenter the Garden of Eden through the crown center, which is the link between conscious and super-conscious mind, when open to the Oversoul. You ascend from outer to inner in all ways and surrender all self-centered identity.

This is the degree of the fully conquering soul who lives by pure illumination. The mental body thousand-petaled lotus opens under Christed consciousness. The Christos learns that "I die daily" refers to the death of self. You learn to lift all fear of old age and death. The world fears death, old age and becoming worthless. The seventh law of expression is to live by pure illumination, the final, complete conquering of soul. – Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.

The Sun, the Light of life, rules the Christos Degree of selflessness where you burn away all self. – Edna Lister, Transfiguration, Resurrection and Ascension, May 19, 1959.

You touch the pure white Light of the Christ, the Sun/Son of Selflessness and the joy vibration under the Christos Degree. – Edna Lister, The Kabbalistic Four Worlds, May 26, 1959.

You always work ahead to the Christos Degree. Every time you conquer even a small point, you gain credits for a degree ahead, a little at a time. Credit is the source of your strength. – Edna Lister, The Kabbalistic Four Worlds, May 26, 1959.

The seventh Buddhist path includes development of seven attributes for ascension: First, face life, never running from self or man. Second, bridle your will, tongue, and imagination. Third, synthesize the five senses into the one great soul sense of apperception. Fourth, seek full use of the mystical third eye and ear, spiritual seeing and hearing. Fifth, translate life's experiences into ascension of soul. Sixth, become the perfect balance of Love and Wisdom.

The seventh great power of being is the ability to create life, to invoke life by speaking the Word. Invoke life for others first, then for yourself by complete surrender to be the servant of all Power. The Christos becomes completely responsible to stand as Light, to take all blame, to assume responsibility for everything where your name is used or with which you are connected. – Edna Lister, Eight Great Powers of Being, June 23, 1959.

Those on the Christos Degree live by pure love for and devotion to God, – Edna Lister, Heaven, a Place to Fill, April 10, 1962.

The insignia of the Christos candidate is to be alive and aware under acceptance and surrender. The keynote is forgiveness. – Edna Lister, January 23, 1964.

You cannot burn away the silver cord just by being good. First, you loosen it from the heart center by conquering on the Christos Degree, following the Master through the Gates of Light. – Edna Lister, The Eighth Age: Earth's Final Age, July 16, 1963.

The Christos walks the Via Christa, or Way of Responsibility. The full Light of your Oversoul star enables you to create as a Christos, literally. It vibrates with the Christos vibration. To create as a Christos, you use the word, "let," the only word that unlocks the Christos Power. – Edna Lister, Seven Stages of Unfolding, From Concentration to Comprehension, December 3, 1963.

The Christos earns all enlightenment and functions the principles of Wisdom, Love and Selflessness at once. In Egypt, the final Christos initiation was "death," being out of the body three days. The King's Chamber was known as the Holy of Holies and the most sacred place in the pyramid. – Edna Lister, The Pyramid Mysteries, May 18, 1965.

The "Christ" not only means the Christos of Light in Greek, but "the crossed," referring to the angle between the earth's orbit around the sun and the axis upon which it spins. Hence, the earth life is referred to as the "cross" borne by the incarnated soul, the eternal spark that descends into the mirror-like illusion that you think is real. – Edna Lister, Mithraic Mysteries, June 29, 1965.

The heaviest burning sands of the desert come with the first initiation to consume darkness for the Christos Degree. – Edna Lister, October 27, 1966.

The Christos lays his body in the open sarcophagus in the King's Chamber to complete the initiation of the 33rd Degree: Death to all old ideas and ways of living, three days out of the body, bridging the abyss from understanding under earth consciousness to full comprehension as the Oversoul, living, moving and being as the Light.

The King's Chamber was a temple of initiation only, never used as a tomb. It was the most sacred place within the pyramid and called the Holy of Holies. The seven slabs of stone above the King's Chamber represent the seven veils of illusion, through which the candidate for initiation must pass to complete the supreme initiations of the Seven Degrees. To pass requires the initiate to be perfect as a Neophyte in all body phases, completely obedient as a Disciple, understanding of Power as an Adept, a Master who has become all law, a Priest forever after the Order of Melchizedek, and the Christos who is all enlightenment and functions as the three Emanations: Mind, Power and Substance.

To pierce the seven veils, the initiate must completely lift and sublimate the five outer senses, the five foolish virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. When lifted and sublimated, the senses become faculties represented by the five wise virgins of the parable. These senses/faculties are contained within the first five stone slabs. The last two slabs represent the opened and functioning glands and lotus centers of the brain, alive to the Light. Thus, the five wise virgins ascend to become perfected imagination, thinking, desire, will and intuition. Edna Lister, The Seven Degrees Within the Great Pyramid, October 22, 1968.

The eight steps of the Christos confer full mediator abilities. The Christos practices ascension upward always. – Edna Lister, The Fiery Furnace, March 19, 1970.

The Christos holds full comprehension and responsibility as a mediator, a liaison officer between the world and God. – Edna Lister, The Seven Vials of Wrath June 23, 1970.

"Let your light so shine that it glorifies your Father in heaven." refers to the Christos path of Ascension to the Crown of all Creation. Your destiny is to return to the Source. To achieve the Christos Degree means that His Light shines through you so that others see it in the world. – Edna Lister, The First Full Descent of the Oversoul, June 8, 1971.

"I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God. Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." – John 16:28-33. This last verse is numbered thirty-three, the number symbolizing the Christed One who has overcome the world. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1924 to 1971.

Top ↑

Christos Love

Love is an essence and a fragrance of happiness in another's joy. It is a deep desire always to take the blame if possible, to smooth another's path. Love is a conviction that you should cover with Light and so hide others' mistakes from the world. It is a deep heart-desire to do anything asked of you to give another even a moment's happiness.

Love takes delight in being instantly obedient to the Father's desire, not waiting for Him to express His desire in words as an order or command. Love's honor, paid to the Master and Father, is so great that it would willingly face even death in joy to carry out an order, even if others utterly misunderstand it on earth. Love is honor in expression on earth because God's honor is an exact, perfect blend and balance of love and wisdom always expressing itself selflessly, under all circumstances. Love is incapable of forgetting to love, despite anything earth can produce.

Love is the soul giving itself up to God and to man. This is only a beginning. It is an individual soul thing. You cannot command, copy it or buy it. You must earn it through the travail of experience in surrender, enduring all things in joy. You find it ensampled in our Master, Jesus the Christ and each must be like unto him to know and express the joy of love. – Edna Lister, December 22, 1942.

Top ↑

A Christos Questionnaire

Am I faithfully fulfilling all my Neophyte vows? (Taking care of your physical body, diet, exercise, fresh air and recreation.)

Am I faithfully living all my Disciple vows? (You must surrender idle words, thinking and feelings to God, the Light.)

Am I steadfastly seeking selflessness while obeying all my Adept vows? (As the Power moves through, you must be careful that it is the Father's selfless will, not your personal selfish will.)

Am I praying without ceasing? (All that is good, useful and creative is prayer if your consciousness is joyously at one with the Father.) A. I pray, asking for more Power and Light to move through me and out from me. B. I must pray with a mold in mind so that my prayer is not general but specific and always selfless.

Am I, through full Mastery of self-conquering, lifting all things? (Am I lifting up all my negative thinking or acting, succumbing to self?)

Am I fully, obediently the selfless consecrated Priest?

Am I a fully, completely surrendered servant of God? (I make myself good and the other fellow happy.) – Edna Lister, October 15, 1946.

Top ↑

Have you yet a doubt of any kind within your heart or mind?

Have you any fear of anything above or below in your heart or mind?

Have you used hasty words?

Have you first stood in any negative darkness before standing in the Light?

Must you remind yourself to be in faith? In joy? In praise?

How many hours a day are you Light-conscious? Joy-conscious? Praise-conscious? Miracle-conscious? (If you need to remind yourself to look up, to praise, to be joyous, then you are in fear and doubt, or worse, in hate, resentment, rebellion, pride or self-pity.)

Search your soul that your service may be pure and undefiled, undiluted and unadulterated by self. – Edna Lister, March 9, 1950.

Top ↑

The Christ Standard: If You Love Me

This Linda Mihalic sermon transcript is dated October 16, 2005, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: John 1:1-5, John 12:46-50, and John 14:12-15, 21

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it." – John 1:1-5.

"I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in me should not abide in darkness. And if anyone hears my words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects me, and does not receive my words, has that which judges him—the Word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken on my own authority; but the Father who sent me gave me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told me, so I speak." – John 12:46-50.

"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do he shall do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to my Father. And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in my name, I will do it. If you love me, keep my commandments … He who has my commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him." – John 14:12-15, 21.

Do you know how much you are loved? The harsh mirrors that your inner critic has created for your show only the hard, the rough, the sharp, and the unpleasant aspects of you. You witness only your lacks, view them as failures, and do not remember who your best friend really is.

In 1938, Edna Lister formulated six steps that are key to keeping the Christos commandments, and they help us in daily living.

1. I must judge myself each day according to Christ's standards.

2. I must turn to Light from all darkness.

3. I must surrender to the Power of God to overcome all darkness.

4. I must resurrect my self from all weakness into all strength.

5. I must follow the Christ all the way, to see the unseen, commune with the saints and bridge the abyss from the visible to the invisible here and now.

6. I must ascend to our Father-Mother God for the life everlasting.

Any discussion of love quickly becomes a thorny area. We all believe in a thing called unconditional love. Pop psychology has bandied the term about for years, but how many people love unconditionally? Who do you know who loves that way? Well, God does, and we all expect that from Him, although we rarely love that way in return. To be unconditional is to be unlimited by conditions, to be absolute. To be conditional is to be dependent, contingent, and relative.

The Master often used if/then statements, which are difficult, because they are conditional statements. The Master used such conditional statements as, "If you love me, then you will keep my commandments." Further, he made a tremendous promise – also conditionally, "If you ask anything in my name, I will do it." In effect, he says, "I will do it, IF you ask" – there's the condition. "IF you love me" states a condition.

You want to believe that you really do love the Master. People say, "Oh, I love the Master. I love you, Lord." If everyone who said that did love him unconditionally, then they would keep his commandments. I you loved him unconditionally, you would keep his commandments, yet you know often you fail to so.

You must accept that your love for the Master is somewhat conditional, because you, along with everyone else, were raised and conditioned that way in your thinking and relationships. Therefore, you are unlikely to be willing to provide, think about providing, or even to care whether you provide that unconditional obedience to all the laws he taught.

We are all experts in conditional love. We want the goodies, but few seem to be willing to do all the work it takes to get them. As a culture, we're privileged, we expect to have things. We call that attitude "entitled" when we see it in others. Today, parents give kids cell phones, credit cards, and even cars, yet think nothing of these lavish gifts. A working generation is buying the next non-working generation those cell phones. Today's parents are guilty of "buying" their children. Bribing them that way is a condition.

Young people say, "Well, everyone else has one"; there's a condition. So, to be like the rest of the parents, you say, "I'd better do that, too." People teach and foster disobedience in a subsequent generation this way, without even understanding what they are doing. Furthermore, most people want those toys for themselves. Many resent that they cannot afford the latest tech gizmo, whatever it may be.

Some folks want them so much they have lobbied Congress to provide them for free to the unemployed who cannot afford them. That's how government entitlement programs have fostered the Nanny State. In reality, it's just the modern version of the Roman buy-offs of bread and circuses (from the Latin: panem et circenses). Do you really need to be wired and connected to the world that way? A Pioneering Mystic aims at being in the world but not of it.

You may be tempted to think that God's unconditional love is your Get Out of Jail Free card. People use His love as an excuse for their bad behavior and poor choices: "Well, God loves me." Yes, He does. But since you are smarter than sheep, it does not maaaaaaa-ter how infinitely, endlessly, eternally, and immortally God loves you. He cannot set aside your debts, no matter how loudly or long you bleat. So, no such thing as a free pass really exists.

Another imagined credit card promotes the idea God will relieve you of fear, worry, and concern. Yet another assures that the Master will make your burden light enough for you to bear. These promises are true, but you must pay your own soul debts to the last jot and tittle. "Verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." Matthew 5:18. You owe every last iota (ι the smallest letter in the Greek alphabet) of your debt to the law. You uphold your soul's honor when you pay your debts.

The Master made forty-three if/then statements in the Gospel of John, all of which are laws. If/then statements seem commonplace. If you do this, then that will happen. If you practice this, then that will occur.

You must fulfill many conditions before you can access unconditional love. First, you must do the law, then you must be the law. You must do the law, then you will be love. When you are love, you have an open access, a wide open gateway to that unconditional love you crave. Put another way, when you demand of another, in this case God, what you are not willing to do and be yourself, you are lazy, and fraudulently living by false pretenses.

The first rule for daily living is, "I must judge myself each day according to Christ standards." The Standard the Christ is simple, yet absolute: To follow every law of the universe, which briefly stated means to "be perfect," or to "be the Light." The bad news about the Christ Standard is that it contains every law that governs the universe, all of them, every last one. The good news is, you can boil this down to be perfect, or be Light.

What you are is your state of being. Light is perfect; perfection is Light, and this simple truth is absolute. To judge yourself by this standard means that you may not kid yourself, excuse yourself, or lie to yourself. Only a sociopath could spend time kidding, excusing, and lying to himself and feel good about it!

You must cease to live by any false pretenses. If you spend much time feeling as though you have sinned and grieving about it, you've sent your vibration to the basement and foolishly wonder why you don't feel "up." Guilt is really a useless emotional state of being. You get nowhere by indulging it.

God already knows the whole story about you, all your flaws, taints and shortcomings. The only place to take those regrets is to God altar, and leave them there. If a regret returns to your consciousness later, take it to God again, and trade that burden for Light until you feel only the Light.

You must do this. This is not a "you should do this" or "it might be a really good idea to do this," or "you'll feel better if you do this." This is mandatory. You have no other way to cast off the ballast of self, which guilt and grief as a sense of unworthiness foster: Weight. Then you're subject to all the devils of torment in the world. Everything seems worse. Everything is harder. Everything is heavier. That's pointless. It just wears you down and it wears you out.

The second rule for daily living is, "I must turn to Light from all darkness." You say, "Well of course I would. I wouldn't want to stay in darkness." You need to reexamine what turning from all darkness really means. Darkness is always enticing the self.

For example, you might judge what other people say that irritates, offends, or hurts you; what you see on TV: "Ohhh! Look at that. That was awful." Or in the grocery store, some woman totally unable to command a three-year-old who is now lying on the floor, kicking, screaming, and knocking cans off the shelf. She's in your space, annoying you, disturbing you. You've turned to the darkness.

Judging others is ever so much more appealing than turning to the Light, because in the Light, you may judge only yourself. So that covers opinion and prejudice, which will keep you in the dark.

The third rule for daily living is, "I must surrender to the Power of God to overcome all darkness." If you put that in direct language, in active voice, it says that someone and/orsomething must overcome the darkness.

When you turn to the Light, the Light moves through you and it overcomes the darkness. Yet Light must have a conduit, which is you when you turn to the Light.

These are all two-way propositions: you do something and something else happens. If you turn to the Light, then it will move through you. That's an if/then statement, strictly conditional. Again, these are essentials, not suggestions.

This rule of conduct, turning to the Light, seems so simple; yet you trip over it daily. For instance, when a challenge comes (say that someone is angry with you), do you surrender to the Power of God first?

Or do you become defensive and then offensive? "What do you mean? Grrrrrr. Bite!" They offend you, you get defensive, you offend them. This resonance will never cause more Light, but only more murk. You work so hard at conquering self, but if you use force to overcome darkness, rather than to let God's Power do the work it is designed to do, you are still a mere Adept, not a Master.

The minute anything happens, most people think think, "What do I do now?" instead of "Father what do You want me to do?" In the higher degrees of Mystic, Master, Priest, and Christos, you are not worried about what you must do, but you maintain a state of mental silence to hear what God wants.

So this all resolves into a question of What am I? An unthinking impulsive actor? Or a perfectly poised and silent instrument for God to use? You can either worry about what you will do, or you can follow the Master's instructions: "I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.… In your patience possess ye your souls. – Luke 21:15,19.

If you live in the silence of soul instead of the turmoil of self, you will never slip from your base of operations in fourth degree, as a Mystic communing with God. Never let self demote you.

Most people surrender to the Power last, not first, then blame God for having let this happen. Letting is surrender to the Power. That's a law. Letting is surrender to the Power.

The fourth rule for daily living: "I must resurrect my self from all weakness into all strength." Not myself, but my, space, self. I must resurrect my self from all weakness into all strength. This means that no "get out of jail free" card exists for this either.

This rule is: "I must do this; I must resurrect self, and then I will be strong." Resurrection says that something must be dead. Self is dead. All except for the little bitty self that you're busy exercising today.

Self has killed tremendous amounts of your life-vitality. It has slain your memory of the good that you really did and left you with hideous memories of your failures. Why would you want to do something so silly?

So resurrection becomes a process in which you haul out that past, take the memories from what Edna Lister called the deep freeze, examine them and decide; you must choose while you're conscious.

Let soul choose the things that you should keep, and remember and give new life to, and you take the rest (which really is the dead husk) and "burn it" in the fire of love. It's that simple. It is that simple.

However, you must do it first. If you resurrect yourself from all weakness, then you will know all strength. But not unless you do that thing. you do the thing, then you become all strength.

Moral weakness is a flabby will at the mercy of many strong and conflicting desires. Weakness is soul letting self run the whole show. Weakness is God and me. Strength is God as me.

Strength is soul in command of self. Strength is subordinating my self desires and self will to God's absolute will and desire for me. Strength is putting my soul in charge of choosing which desires will henceforth rule me.

People can't get anything done because they desire so many different things. They run from one thing to another. At the day's end, conflicting desires started seven projects and flabby will finished none. When your desires conflict, you usually let them pull your will down.

The fifth rule for daily living: "I must follow the Christ all the way to see the unseen, commune with the saints and bridge the Abyss from the visible to the invisible here and now." This rule carries the secret answer to every time you have used the phrase, "I don't know why," or "I don't understand."

You say that you follow the Christ, but do you follow him all the way? All is a tiny three-letter word, and it trips you every day. All means: the entire or total number, the amount, or the quantity; the total extent or the whole; the utmost possible; everything, and anything whatsoever. All the way.

Being such a small and short word, you may read over word "all" when studying Law; you forget it when you attempt to recall a law such as, "I am responsible for all debts, past and present."

You probably want to say, "Well, I'm responsible for this debt" or "that debt." That's not all debts, and the law says all of them. Not one may be left out. Not one jot or tittle, period. All of it.

Following the Christ Standard all the way is your only sure way of bridging the Abyss between the outer and the inner.

The sixth rule for daily living: "I must ascend to our Father-Mother God for the life everlasting." Ascension is more than getting off your chair, putting your hands up to pray, praying one great prayer, then forgetting God for three more hours. You constantly deflate your own tires – bum-bump, bum-bump, bum-bump – that's why life is rough.

Ascension is a constant state of arising and climbing higher. Twenty years ago, White Brotherhood groups started calling themselves ascended masters. you simply cannot put a past tense ending on that verb.

Ascension will not cease until every thing has been re-enfolded into the Source of All Light. And it will remain there only a brief moment before the Word is spoken again and you begin it all anew. That's what's so exciting about knowing what we know. This is endless! It's a romance, a saga, an epic. It's exciting!

Formerly we accepted "the life everlasting" at face value, as immortality. But for those who follow all the way, the life everlasting means continuity of consciousness.

If you follow all the way, then no matter how many lives you live, you will know who you are from birth. you will know why you are here, what you are supposed to be doing, and where you are going. If you follow all the way, all of this will be yours.

That is a goal worthy of ascension. It puts you at the forefront of the first life wave. It makes you one of the most powerful creator gods ever to have stood on earth.

The Master's definition of friendship is "to see and to be seen, to know and to be known, to touch and to be touched, to love and to be loved." Few of you have many really good friends.

The law is that when you truly know yourself, you will know God. If you don't really know yourself, how can you know another? How can you really know the Master? How can you really know God? Pythagoras engraved "Know Thyself" over the door to his school in Sicily. Knowing yourself and who you truly are is a journey of epic proportions.

"Are" is another three-letter word that denotes your state of being. You are noble. When you know yourself, you will know everything, because you will know the Master, you will know God, and you will have bridged the abyss between the visible and the invisible. You aren't your body, so don't bother looking in that mirror, but into the one your soul holds. You will see a vision of glory.

Some flinch at the words "sins" and "grief," yet you must honestly admit that you commit them then grieve about them. Edna Lister said, "Self is the heaviest burden you can bear." Self is the source of all your sins and griefs. Why should you carry them when you can exchange them for Light?

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." The Logos, the Christ, is the Word. The Word of God, which itself has Creative Power, is God's medium of communication with humanity. John's Gospel says that the Creative Word of God is incarnate in Jesus, who became the Christ.

"In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness; and the darkness does not comprehend it." To put that in the past tense is a great mistake. The darkness still does not comprehend the Light.

So to say, "That was then, but it's not happening now," is false, creates further illusion and fosters delusions. The darkness present in the world still does not comprehend Light. The Christ Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not comprehend it.

You must resurrect every part of yourself, every memory, every potential self-betrayer of your personal will and desire. you must surrender the darkness of self in exchange for the Light of Life. you must resurrect and surrender all self, all the way.

In all your doing, you must remember that you follow the Logos, the Word, so you must also remember to speak that Word. That Word is Light and life and you should speak it wherever and whenever you may so do.

If you feel inhibited (perhaps the occasion is not right), then speak the Word mentally. As soon as you have "shaken the dust from your feet," speak the Word out loud.

Everyone else will think you're just using your cell phone if your lips move while you drive. Don't wait. If you're at work and can't get away, go into the bathroom, run water, flush the toilet and speak the Word.

It is not enough to think the Word; you must speak the Word. Thinking is great, but when you've spoken it, you've brought it into outer visible form.

Speaking the Word is bridging the Abyss from the visible to the invisible here and now. you cause the invisible to flow over the line of your spoken Word. If you speak the Word, then you bridge the Abyss. If/then, there's a condition. you must speak the Word.

Your rewards for doing all these things until you become that Christ Standard are: 1. "He who believes in me, the works that I do he shall do also; and greater works than these will he do." 2. "Whatever you ask in my name, that I will do." 3. "If you ask anything in my name, I will do it."

"He who has my commandments and keeps them … loves me." you already have the words of Christ. If you are unsure, you can read the laws he taught, anywhere, any time.

"He who loves me … I will love him and manifest myself to him." Manifest means to make it visible. This says, "If you love me … I will be visible to you."

Every Abyss you cross is a chasm of self. The more of these abysses you cross, the more clearly all heaven will come into view. The Light of Life inscribes an endless spiral, straight into the heart of the Source of All Light.

The Master is waiting for us to join him. All heaven is waiting for us to ascend.


Bread and circuses originates in Satire X (10) of the Roman satirical poet Juvenal (circa A.D. 100). In context, the Latin panem et circenses (bread and circuses) identifies the only remaining cares of a Roman populace which no longer cares for its historical birthright of political involvement. Here Juvenal displays his contempt for the declining heroism of contemporary Romans, using a range of different themes including lust for power and desire for old age to illustrate his argument. Roman politicians passed laws in 140 BC to keep the votes of poorer citizens, by introducing a grain dole: giving out cheap food and entertainment, "bread and circuses," became the most effective way to rise to power.

Top ↑

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

Edna Lister

Preface by Linda Mihalic

Etymology of Christ: Old English Crist, from Latin Christus, from Greek Khristos, from khristos, anointed, past participle of khriein, "to anoint."

From Neophyte to Christos, a degree is a step or stage in a process, in an ascending or descending scale, a relative condition or state of being. The degrees are initiations by temptations on every law, to test our selflessness, devotional attitudes and soul expressions toward God and man.

Laodicia: The Christos' Church

"And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches." – Revelation 3:14-22.


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).

Related Topics

See Ascension

See Responsibility

See Sacrifice

Search Our Site