Absolute Principle

Preface by Linda Mihalic

The world defines absolute as “a value or principle which is regarded as universally valid or which may be viewed without relation to other things; something that exists without being dependent on anything else; the absolute ultimate reality; God.”

A principle is defined as “a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning; a rule or belief governing one’s behavior; morally correct behavior and attitudes; a fundamental source or basis of something; a fundamental quality determining the nature of something.”

On the Via Christa, we define principle as the absolute, universal, unchangeable, undeviating immutable foundation upon which all universes are based and established. The first emanations of Light — Wisdom (Sophia, σοφία), Love (Agape, ἀγάπη), and the Word (Logos, λόγος) — are ultimate principles, the absolute principles of being, the I AM THAT I AM — אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה‬ ehyeh asher ehyeh. We may also read I AM THAT I AM as I WAS WHAT I WAS, and I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE.

“Absolute principle contains all that is at the Source.”

In these statements of absolute abstract principle, we detect no personality because to personalize any principle immediately renders it relative and subjective. God the Father, God the Mother, and God the Son are all personalizations, therefore relative to the absolute Godhead. We must make such rigorous distinctions if we are to understand the nature of being and reality, the absolute principles that are the foundation of Western thought, ethics and morals, monotheistic religion, and self-determining civilization.

What is the Western world view, and who formulated it? When, where, how and why did it arise? You are reading this text in English, an evolution of Old Germanic that appeared between 550-1066 AD, rooted in Proto-Indo-European, a hypothetical language of the prehistoric ancients. Some scholars view this as man’s common language before the tower of Babel[1] fell. Our Western religious documents come to us in written form, an Old Testament in Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic, and a New Testament in Koine Greek and Aramaic.

Divine Serendipity, or a Plan?

Modern Homo sapiens sapiens emerged 43,000-45,000 years ago, but never developed writing until 3100 BC, concurrently in Egypt and Sumer. That marked the beginning of the historic period. Here we must note the confluence of two apparently separate yet really related events. First, Abram, the Hebrew patriarch later renamed Abraham, came from Ur of the Chaldees,[2] or Ur Kaśdim, the “Light of the Magicians.” At minimum this suggests that Abram was an initiate priest of the religious mysteries of his time and place.

To be perfectly clear about the nature of the mysteries as we discuss them — all mysteries are mathematical in nature, based on numbers, their meanings, and interrelationships. Every Hebrew letter is a name, the name of a number describing a state of being or an action, nouns and verbs. Mathematics is the grammar of reality.

“You must change your inner being to reach your potential.”

Abram could not have been an evil man, or God would not have called him: Abram was 99 years old when “The Lord [Adonai] appeared to Abram and said unto him, I am the Almighty God [El Shaddai]. Walk before Me, and be thou perfect.” – Genesis 17:1. Perfect is tamim, which may also be translated as “upright, blameless,” and “without defect.” Perfection is whole, upright, straight on a plumb line, but evil is crooked, adulterated, misshapen in form. In commanding Abram to be perfect, God called him to be truth. Man can and does change over time, but truth does not. You must change your inner being to reach your potential, and you do so by casting off any ballast of self that may hold you back in soul ascension of consciousness.

Abraham fathered two sons: The first was Ishmael, the son of Hagar, his wife’s servant. Hagar’s descendants became the twelve tribes of Ishmael.

Sarai (later renamed Sarah) was barren and offered Hagar as a concubine, not as a wife; the difference in status is significant. Later, the Lord sent two angels through whom He reversed the curse of Sarah’s barrenness. At age 90 she bore a son, Isaac. Sarah’s descendants were the twelve tribes of Israel. In Scripture, a changed name indicates a changed function, state of being, or of action.

Second, Abraham’s grandson Jacob fathered the twelve Tribes of Israel. His son Joseph, sold into bondage by his jealous brothers, had become the Pharaoh’s Grand Vizier, and was later their savior during a seven-year famine. The tribes then dwelt in Egypt for nearly 500 years before the Exodus, dated somewhere between the 15th to the 13th Century BC. The divine plan assured the Levite child Moses, son of the priestly tribe, had been adopted by an Egyptian princess, raised as royalty, and initiated into the religious mysteries of Egypt.

Moses’ entire life is a tale of divine intervention each time he bumbled while redeeming Israel from the Land of Egypt. A stubborn Pharaoh who constantly changed his mind, ten disastrous plagues, waters parted for them to cross dry-shod, God leading them as a pillar of cloud by day and fire at night, Mount Sinai’s thunder and lightning as the Voice of God proclaimed ten Words that presaged the many laws to come, water from the rock at Meribah, where they rebelled after only 40 days, 40 more years living on manna and quail — this reads like the script of an action adventure film with great special effects! God made sure that His new religion, founded on absolute principle as Divine Law, would be unmistakable and unforgettable.

Language Shifts, Truth Does Not

The question remains, How did God manage to export the tenets of His religion to Greece and thence to Rome? We accept the hypothesis that Hebrew is the common ancestor of both Greek and Latin, philologically speaking.[3] Strong evidence for this is found in the root words of these languages; e.g., the root for wine is significantly similar in many languages: Hebrew yayin, Greek woînos, Proto-Celtic wīnom, and Proto-Germanic wīną. In Latin, for example, wine started as Proto-Italic wīnom ⇒ Latin vinum.

The Greek poet Hesiod (roughly 750-650 BC), in his cosmology, the Theogony, used the term χάος, chaos, to describe the formless or void state preceding the creation of the universe or cosmos, the initial "gap" created by the separation of heaven and earth. Jewish mystics call this gap the tsimtsum, which describes the way in which God restricted the Ein Sof Ohr, the Infinite Light, to contract and condense it to become the womb of Creation.[4] Here again we find the intersection of the Greek and Hebrew wisdom. Notably, the tsimtsum established the possibility of man’s freedom to choose, which travelers on the Via Christa see as one of the greatest gifts God has bestowed upon us.

Next came the mathematician-philosopher Thales of Miletus (624-546 BC), one of the Seven Sages of Greece, of whom Proclus wrote “he first went to Egypt and thence introduced this study [geometry] into Greece.”[5] The number of mathematician-philosophers who were educated in Egypt is astonishing, considering how history and religion seem to overlook this particular area of intellectual cross-pollination. Intellectual myopia is caused by studying in a vertical niche. Never permit mere intellect to limit your God-given intelligence.

Thales’ nephew, Anaximander of Miletus (610-546 BC), the first cosmologist, taught that the boundless (απειρον, ápeiron) was the absolute principle, thus the first and ultimate reality. Having neither beginning nor end, the boundless did not come into being and therefore will not perish. The boundless encompasses, directs, and governs all things. Anaximander used the term arche (ἀρχή, or archai) to designate the source, origin or root of things that exist. From this we derive the word archetype, the first of a type of thing, the pattern from which all others of that kind come into form. The Word of God became the archetype for the Christos, as Jesus became Christ later.

We have offered these brief answers about who, what, when, where, why, and how our Western world view evolved over time as a starting point for further discovery. The list of absolute principles below offers the earnest seeker, the pioneering mystic, an entree to many areas of further study. For example, what do you notice (see) in this word diagram?

Greek chaos — χάος
Greek Christos — Χριστός

Without the constant renewal of the supernal Light, the entropy inherent in a closed system stifles the life of the law. Light, which is God, reintroduces that critical chaotic element through the instrument and process we call Christos, Christ consciousness, which is the measure of chaos that Light deems essential to maintain health in an open system.

Absolute Principle, the Universal Framework

As the framework of the universe, we know that absolute principle contains all that is at the Source, and as universal law, it governs, regulates and controls the universe through its being and action. The Greeks and the most mystical of the Hebrew sages taught and wrote that God created the universe by emanation, by radiating waves of Light. An emanation is a direct outpouring of the absolute principles of Wisdom, Love, and the Logos, as One, from the Godhead. These absolute principles are ultimate truths, unalterable and permanent facts, the universal realities of the Godhead. Many principles are absolute — omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence, for example.

Wisdom “is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.” – Proverbs 3:18. As a branching logic tree, we can trace the subtle yet perfect governance of absolute principle quickening the universal Law: Wisdom manifests as omniscient Mind, law, thinking, planning, knowing, and intelligence. Love manifests as omnipresent substance, faith, and every nourishing and sustaining expression. The Logos manifests as omnipotent energy exercised as Power, selflessness, joy, equilibrium, and every unifying expression.

“Every absolute principle becomes many
abstract and relative laws of being and of doing.”

While we describe absolute principle as being pure, whole, perfect and complete, in the moment that principle deviates from that absolute perfection, it becomes relative, and thus imperfect, impure, partial, and incomplete. Every absolute principle becomes many abstract principles and relative laws of being and of doing throughout the unguessable dimensions of the universe. Being is all that God is as potential Wisdom, Love and Energy. In dealing with “being” as it applies to spiritual laws, we are concerned with states of consciousness, which are states of being. Doing implies action and is kinetic thinking, sustaining, and activity, derived from being.

May you find great joy and many wonderful gifts of the Spirit as you, a pioneering mystic, travel the Via Christa.

Edna Lister on Absolute Principles

Beauty is an absolute and an abstract principle: While you cannot see beauty itself, you can see what is beautiful. God is beauty. Beauty is a law of being; a person or thing that is in syzygy (alignment) with its source is beautiful because it partakes of the beauty of its source. Beauty is also a soul virtue.
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Being is absolutely all that God is as potential and actual Wisdom, Love and the Logos, or the Word. Philosophically, being is absolute existence in a complete or perfect state, lacking no essential characteristic; essence.
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The Christ Principle is the absolute energizing Power of God, rooted in the Logos, the Word of God. It gives of itself. When you speak of joy and selflessness, you are describing actions of the Christ principle.
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Contraction is an expression of Wisdom as an absolute and abstract principle, a law of being and a law of doing. Wisdom becomes contraction when the Godhead exerts it, and you express it each time you restrict the desires, will and actions of the appetitive soul, the self.
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Correspondence or Reciprocity is the absolute and abstract principle of mutual action and reaction, or of cause and effect.
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Emanations: Emanations flow as Light from the Source of All Being as the absolute principles of being and action throughout the universe.
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Equilibrium is the state of equal balance among all parts of a complex unity, or in the living soul, an expression of the Logos. Equilibrium is an absolute and abstract principle and a law of being.
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Eternity transcends time and space, radiating in every direction from the now. Eternity is an absolute and an abstract principle, and a Via Christa Degree.
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Expansion is a component of a trinity including the absolute principles of contraction and equilibrium. Expansion is an absolute and abstract principle, a law of being and a law of doing.
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Expression is the overall absolute and abstract principle of doing, forming a trinity with Energy and Action. Expression is how the Light pours through you to become what you think, desire, emote, believe, speak and do to create. Expression includes all laws of doing.
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Forgiveness is an absolute and an abstract principle that operates as balance and harmony under the absolute principle of equilibrium. Forgiveness is giving God’s love to everyone in every situation.
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Good is the whole, the perfect, the complete. Good is the fully integrated and sound, in perfect alignment with God. Good is God’s name on earth, which is why you declare things "good and very good."
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Grace is the milk of God’s mercy overflowing to nourish the soul, yet we obtain grace only by perfect surrender, repentance and devotion, which turn the divine judgment into mercy. Because God grants you grace, it is incumbent upon you to act graciously toward others.
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Holy Spirit, Holy Ghost, Holy Breath: God the Father acts through the Holy Ghost. God the Holy Spirit acts as the Universal Christ consciousness or Christ principle. God as the Holy Breath acts as the Christ Life within humanity.
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Honor: God is honor, which includes virtue, purity, a keen sense of ethical conduct, and integrity. Individual honor is God first and in the center of your life.
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Identity: God is the only ultimate identity, which He bestows as the name and number governing an aggregation of life sparks called a living soul. Identity is an absolute and abstract principle, a law of being and a law of doing (expression).
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Infinity: God is infinite as space and number without limits. The infinite Cosmic Womb, the material universe, holds the ocean of divine Mother Love.
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Justice: God as absolute justice is the plumb line of moral rectitude. The relative justice That we strive toward is conformity of of our actions to moral right, or to reason, truth, or fact; it includes fairness, correctness, and propriety.
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Law: God is law, which is the framework of Creation. God’s law describes the nature of the Light, and how Light differentiates into innumerable living souls. God is the Light, and Light is the origin and culmination of all being, which holds the potential for all becoming.
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Laws of Being: The laws of being include every instance in the Bible where God commands us to "be" some soul quality. Every law of being embodies the foundation of a soul virtue, and leads the soul toward an ideal state of being that we are destined to become.
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Life: God is life. The life you know and experience is the Breath of God within you working to its own purposes, using you as its instrument of expression. "Fear not them that kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear Him that is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." – Matthew 10:28.
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Mind: God is the Mind, the Power, the Substance the purpose, the plan, and the law, which becomes the material universe with its phenomena.
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Nonresistance is "letting." You exercise nonresistance as acceptance of all things as good, agreeing with God and adjusting to your fellow man. Nonresistance is the dynamic liaison of power control between heaven and earth, God and man.
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Omnipotence: God is omnipotent. Omnipotence is an absolute and abstract principle that operates through the law of freedom of choice: God gives the living soul the power of conscious direction and control over substance. (What we call freedom of choice, the world calls free will)
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Omnipresence: God is omnipresent, everywhere present and available. Omnipresence expresses as the transmutation principle, and its function is vibration. It operates through the law of becoming: God has granted substance the power of becoming; however, Mind must condition it.
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Omniscience: God is omniscient as all-knowing Mind in all ways and through all places of all creation, as all creation, conscious or unconscious. Omniscience is an absolute and an abstract principle that operates through the law of degree and kind: Everything is now good after its own degree and kind, as God declared it to be.
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Power: The principle of Power is absolute until exercised to manifest the third Emanation, the Logos, or Word. Then the Logos, as kinetic energy, animates all forms planned by Mind and filled with Substance.
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Principle: God is principle, which is the absolute, universal, unchangeable, undeviating immutable foundation upon which all universes are based and established.
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Space is God as Being-Itself, infinitely extended in every direction and dimension, the habitation of the Infinite Eternal, the multiverse.
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Substance: God is substance, which is an absolute and an abstract principle, rooted in the Love Emanation. As an absolute abstract principle, Substance is metaphysical Light made manifest as an ultimate particle that we call the life spark. The photon of physical light is the smallest particle of measurable substance known to physics and science, and it acts as both a particle and a wave. Substance is both visible and invisible.
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Truth: God is truth. Truth is what is real. Truth is an absolute ultimate principle, an unalterable and permanent fact; God is truth. Truth is a law of being; you must be truth to do what is true. Truth is a law of doing: You must think, choose, speak, act and live according to truth.
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1^ Tower of Babel: And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. – Genesis 11:1-9.

2^ Ur of the Chaldees: translation by Jewish mystic Carlo Suarès, Cipher of Genesis.

3^ Philology: Jeff A. Benner, "Why study the ancient Hebrew language and culture?" Ancient Hebrew Research Center.

4^ The Tsimtsum: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. – Genesis 1:1-10.

5^ Thales of Miletus: Proclus (411-485 AD), who was head of Plato’s Academy, wrote of Thales, quoting the work History of Geometry by Eudemus of Rhodes.

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

Edna Lister

Etymology of absolute: Late Middle English: from Latin absolutus ‘freed, unrestricted’, past participle of absolvere (see absolve); the s ense evolution is from detached, disengaged, thus perfect, pure.

Etymology of principle: Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin principium ‘source’, principia (plural) ‘foundations’, from princeps, princip- ‘first, chief’.


Benner, Jeff A. “Why study the ancient Hebrew language and culture?” Ancient Hebrew Research Center [Accessed April 7, 2018].

O’Connor J. J. and E. F. Robertson. “Thales of Miletus,” MacTutor Archive, JOC/EFR © January 1999. School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St. Andrews, Scotland [Accessed April 7, 2018].

Suarès, Carlo. Cipher of Genesis, Cape Neddick, ME: Weiser Books, 2005.

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

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