Acceptance is defined as “a receiving with approbation or satisfaction; favorable reception; “o endure without protest or reaction.”–Webster’s American Dictionary
  Acceptance is “the act or fact of accepting, or taking what is offered, whether as a pleasure, a satisfaction of claim, or a duty, to take or receive willingly, or with consenting mind, to receive a thing or person with favor or approval, with patience or resignation, to tolerate.”–Oxford English Dictionary
  Synonyms include “to agree to receive whether willingly or reluctantly; to take; to accede to, assent to, concede to, consent to, sanction, warrant, acquiesce to, bow to, capitulate to, give in to, submit to, succumb to, surrender to, yield to, abide, bear, countenance, endure, shoulder, stand, stomach, support, sustain, swallow, sweat out, tolerate.”– Dictionary

“Acceptance is obedience to the principle of nonresistance.”—Edna Lister

  Acceptance is obedience to the principle of nonresistance. Acceptance is a law of doing, a soul virtue and an initiatory degree rooted in the absolute principle of nonresistance. As an ascending soul, acceptance is how you apply the principle of nonresistance in your life and relationships. However, do not accept anything, to take it into your being or consciousness, unless you lift it first to a cloud continent of Light.
  The vow of acceptance is “This is mine to lift right now. I accept this as my present lesson. Let me gather from it every bit of knowledge for my future soul guidance and protection.”

Edna Lister on Acceptance

“The kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.”—Matthew 13:47-48. The dragnet cast into the sea typifies your family life, the life of an organization, or of a group. You must accept the whole catch, then separate the good from the not good.–Edna Lister, Release the Indwelling Power, January 11, 1933

Do not try to make the other fellow over in the image of what you think he should be. Instead, make every bit you pay out in acceptance pay you increasing dividends in turn.–Edna Lister, Sermon on the Mount, January 31, 1933

The secret of success lies within you as the ability to stand and accept whatever comes into your life as your own creation, looking neither to the right nor to the left, not to family or friend to find where it originated, but to accept it as your own responsibility.–Edna Lister, Sermon on the Mount, February 1, 1933

You take yourself into what you take into yourself, what you hear, see, and accept.–Edna Lister, The Law of Attachment, August 24, 1934

People are the most egotistical when they are doubting, setting up their own opinions as false gods and worshiping them. You cannot be egotistical when you are accepting truth. All that comes to you is yours to lift.–Edna Lister, Faith in Action, October 3, 1934.

Until you let go of possessions as belonging to you, you must toil and earn by the “sweat of your brow” (Genesis 3:17-19). When you accept that everything you have belongs to the Father of all Lights as the supreme truth, then “all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33) will supercede the law of earning by the sweat of your brow.–Edna Lister, Undated Correspondence, 1934

To accept means that you are meek toward God, with no thought of self or idea for “little me.”—Edna Lister, Abandonment to the Supreme, January 9, 1935.

As a Priest [the sixth Sacred Degree], you must accept anything that comes to you as your responsibility to lift from earth by giving it to God.–Edna Lister, Beatitudes, January 19, 1935

You must accept God’s promises as applying to you. Acceptance is conversion, the revelation of the indwelling divinity of your soul. Acceptance is also implied in the principle of nonresistance, which encompasses Christ’s Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension.–Edna Lister, Prayer, the Broad Highway, May 15, 1935

Life is exactly what you make it. You may accept or discard what life offers, which is your choice to exercise your free will.–Edna Lister, The Go-Getter, August 25, 1935

The yoke of love is being meek and humble of heart, accepting anything that the world offers, but climbing on into the Light.–Edna Lister, Life’s Greatest Satisfaction, December 8, 1935

You cannot be hurt unless you accept the barb, take it in, and make it yours.–Edna Lister, February 22, 1936.

Declare, “I am now accepting my great service. I am now accepting my great position. I am now accepting full responsibility for my own Light. I am become a good shepherd. Thank Thee, Father. Thou dost always say yes.”—Edna Lister, Self-Healing, April 22, 1936

Always accept, but remain divinely discontented or risk stagnation.–Edna Lister, The Rich Man Also, June 19, 1938

To those who accept, new ideas and ideals will come forth in all creative work.–Edna Lister, August 25, 1938

Accept a higher place for yourself, then move toward that goal with everything you have to move and use. Do so, and ever greater capacity shall be given to you.–Edna Lister, December 26, 1938

All you have been asked to do is to consider only the Light, to call everything perfect, to accept law as your true guidance in daily living, to see only the good and just, to keep your countenance shining with love and no darkness moving from you.–Edna Lister, November 8, 1940

Accept, and apply all possible laws to yourself first.–Edna Lister, August 26, 1941

Accept all that comes to you as yours to lift in service to God.–Edna Lister, October 21, 1941

The moment you think that you can’t do or cannot accept something that requires letting go of the little self, you close out your share of Mind, which thinks through you and as you. Thus, you step into a cold fog, the absence of Light.–Edna Lister, October 29, 1941

To accept truth is to see truth.–Edna Lister, The Great Challenge, March 8, 1942.

Humility accepts everything as a gift.–Edna Lister, 33 Degrees: The Preparation, April 17, 1942.

The first step in lifting is always, “I accept.” The second is always, “Let Power” — fill it, make it over, recreate it, vitalize it, open this door, move this mountain, fill it with strength, etc. Add anything you need under this “Let” to form a statement. The third step is always, “Thank you, Father, it is so. It is finished”; then again, “Let it be so.” This looks simple, but it is one of life’s hard simples. To keep it up day after day, week after week, requires a determination which few people have developed. This is the full formula, though thousands of words can be said about it: “I accept. I let. I praise without ceasing.”—Edna Lister, October 21, 1942

Accept the precious experience of each small episode, which has given you credits stored in heavenly realms, and rewards of advance in initiations.–Edna Lister, June 30, 1944

There are seven great steps in ascension — acceptance, surrender, sacrifice, repentance, praise, exaltation, and illumination — and only in this order can full knowledge enlighten man’s so great spiritual darkness. Many schools list repentance first, but it means giving up all self. Yet it takes acceptance, surrender, and sacrifice just to lift off the lid.–Edna Lister, November 10, 1944

You can stand on one of two rocks — gracious acceptance of a gift, or greedy taking of it as your due. Gracious acceptance is above the high water mark; greed is below and emotion will sweep you away.–Edna Lister, February 12, 1945

When you truly accept all that is given to you as your own and value it as precious jewels, you will be free of the small self.–Edna Lister, March 12, 1945

Once you truly heed the law of acceptance, you will find true freedom from all domination by other personalities.–Edna Lister, March 12, 1945

“I accept” is the first step, but it takes a long time to accept with your whole soul. Yet, if the Power flows through physical cells long enough, it lifts all unlikeness to God. ascend to a cloud of Light, to your room of Light. When you see, you do accept.–Edna Lister, Surrender to Love, March 18, 1945

The first and fundamental law of expression for the Elect is this pearl of great price: To ignore the truth of appearance and accept, surrender to, and declare the truth of reality.–Edna Lister, April 13, 1945

Principle is the ladder — law becomes each rung. As you accept a law, you form the next higher rung.–Edna Lister, June 4, 1945

Every infinitesimal deed, thought and attitude is vitally important, even those of which you are unconscious or unaware when you accept.–Edna Lister, July 9, 1945

“There is never an excuse…” restates the law of acceptance.–Edna Lister, July 14, 1947

Instant acceptance says, “This is mine to lift right now. I accept this as my present soul lesson. Let me, oh God, gather from it every possible bit of knowledge for my future guidance and protection.”—Edna Lister, July 17, 1945

Give your self no excuses; accept from your self only the perfect.–Edna Lister, December 1945

Instantaneously accept law with no questioning, no deviating, no “why,” “if” or “can’t.”—Edna Lister, February 14, 1946

Once you accept full personal responsibility in life, you start upward in soul ascension.–Edna Lister, April 1, 1946

There is no “lesser” or “greater” status in ascension, except in the ability to accept and to surrender all self.–Edna Lister, October 7, 1946

When you are high in consciousness, there is never any question but of acceptance; this does not refer to seeking advice for reasons of confirmation, clarity, or for obedience.–Edna Lister, October 7, 1946

No one can hurt you unless you accept it. What you do not accept cannot touch you. To accept hurt feelings is the self catering to little self’s pride. No word or action can offend you unless you consider yourself to be offended.–Edna Lister, October 13, 1946

The Holy Spirit is neutral but contains all law, wisdom and energy. You cannot compel it, but may only accept it. For example, you cannot voluntarily stop breathing, thus, law automatically uses you as an outlet.–Edna Lister, November 6, 1946

You must accept your oneness with God and that no separation exists. Either you accept this oneness in being, or choose to continue the victim of your separateness in thinking.–Edna Lister, One Life in Christ, March 16, 1947

Progress in heavenly realms requires the release of more Power, through a corresponding sacrifice of self, and a full acceptance of the responsibility that goes with the promotion.–Edna Lister, March 28, 1947

When you reach inner high places, you may not excuse, explain or justify, above or below, anytime. Declare, “I accept.” Let the other fellow excuse, explain and justify.–Edna Lister, June 8, 1947.

The first great Neophyte law is “I accept everything that comes to me as my own to love, to lift, to make into Light, to conquer, to learn my needed earth lessons forever.”–Edna Lister, July 3, 1947

You must learn earth’s lessons to become again the creator god that you are. The first great law is “I accept everything that comes to me as my own to love, to lift, to make into Light, to conquer, to learn my needed earth lessons to last forever.”–Edna Lister, July 5, 1947

The first of the great laws is, “I accept all that comes to me as mine own. I earned it in past lives, created it in this life, or it is something of darkness that only I may lift for my Father. Therefore, I do accept and lift all that comes to me.”
  The second of the great laws is, “I now accept my great responsibility to lift all that come to me, which entails these three things: 1) assuming all responsibility for all darkness around me, 2) the responsibility to sacrifice self and 3) the responsibility of full surrender to be the servant of all Power.”
  The third of the great laws is, “I now observe every detail of my life. I am alive and alert to observe above and below. As I use observation in my outer life, according to my practice of observation, exactly so shall I see and hear in heaven, the inner.”–Edna Lister, July 5, 1947

Observation is the first law always, as instant acceptance with no excuses.–Edna Lister, July 14, 1947

If you still feel an impulse to say, “I don’t understand. I was going to” — you have not yet accepted responsibility.–Edna Lister, July 14, 1947

Nothing limits the number of neurons that you may open by obeying the laws of acceptance and details. Stand on your observation point to accept and observe.–Edna Lister, July 14, 1947

Acceptance is the first law of reprimand. If you cannot accept a reprimand, you learn nothing.–Edna Lister, August 20, 1947

Instant acceptance permits no excuse, explanation or justification. It is a complete surrender of all but the desire to ascend, involving a complete sacrifice of self, place and position. Acceptance is complete love for God.
  This declaration of acceptance covers everything — “Father, I accept this, whatever it is, as something to work out and up into a greater knowledge, illumination and almighty strength.” Then use wise speech or golden silence and pray while you stand outside the situation. Do not wallow in it.–Edna Lister, November 13, 1947

Discipline the self every hour of every day for acceptance.–Edna Lister, December 13, 1947

Acceptance is not just prayer service and mighty vows, but depths of humility and ability to stand under blame and scorn, being responsible for everything about you. You must learn to conquer and drink self’s bitter cup. You can avoid the vale of illusion if you learn how to seek advice without dictating the answers to God beforehand.–Edna Lister, April 29, 1948

The time to sacrifice self is now! The way to sacrifice is by instant recognition, acceptance, surrender, and lifting into the Light, which opens the payment of debt and becoming selfless.–Edna Lister, May 13, 1948

As you accept truth and do not fight anything, the Oversoul awakens and consciously kneels before the thrones. Any slightest “I” of earth can cause it to sleep again. The greatest o’ershadowing is when your Oversoul touches you for an instant as you serve on earth.–Edna Lister, June 15, 1948

Most truth-seekers start searching to disprove truth by using “science,” which makes acceptance difficult for them. The basis of relativity is that no matter how straight a line appears, it always ends as a circle. When you use every principle of science, those principles will balance you.–Edna Lister, July 1, 1948

Accept your responsibilities. Do not give up, no matter how tired you are. That is a “temptation in the wilderness”—to sleep because self wants few or no responsibilities. You may choose to be a creator god or a toadstool. Do not be a toadstool. Accept and do it—or regress to the creature level.–Edna Lister, December 1, 1948

You cannot enter the kingdom of glory except through simplicity. Be simple as a little child in accepting this.–Edna Lister, From Light to Form as a Creator, August 2, 1949

If it is not good for the whole world to do always, it is not good for me to do once. If you disobey the least of these laws, you disobey them all. The first law is I accept. “I am. I can. I do.”—Edna Lister, August 15, 1949

"I accept" is the conquering statement. Nothing may stand between the blow and declaring, “I accept.” When you say, “This does not belong to me. I’ve had enough of this,” you cut your life-line.–Edna Lister, March 27, 1950

When you do not accept your lessons on earth, you do not accept lessons in heaven.–Edna Lister, April 15, 1950

Acceptance is always personal. All too often people say, “I accept” when they really want to think about it and still not accept it. While acceptance is crucial to ascension, it is important not to accept resentment, blame or criticism as yours before you lift it.–Edna Lister, Five Steps in Ascension, April 16, 1950

You must accept spiritually and mentally before Light can completely heal you. When every cell in your mind accepts the healing that the Master has given you, you will be healed. You let enough Light in only as you get your self out of the way to let it in. It does not do any good to stick your head in a corner and say, “I accept,” then come out and do as you please. Fear of the Lord is obedience to the law. Yet “but,” “if” and “try” all imply doubt. I must accept full responsibility for all that comes to me.–Edna Lister, October 3, 1950

Learn to accept your lessons in life, and to hold your place on the path.–Edna Lister, The Way of Ascension, October 29, 1950

Every deceiving vibration has an odor and color. Accept no teacher until Jesus the Christ has okayed him. You can know this through prayer.–Edna Lister, November 16, 1950

It ill becomes you to feel blame or contempt for another, who is in trouble, if you cannot accept seeing yourself in a similar place.–Edna Lister, May 9, 1951

Power moves through you when you accept your responsibility.–Edna Lister, June 12, 1951

Remember the law of correspondence, “As above, so below.” You cannot return home until you have learned your lessons. Initiation is right where you are now. The tragedy is that not everyone accepts that the kingdom of heaven is open to all believers, not just a select few.–Edna Lister, June 14, 1951

“I accept” is the first initiation of responsibility for the great degree of comprehension. “Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.”—Matthew 5:25. Unless you accept, and agree with the adversary, you cannot comprehend.–Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951

“I accept the fact that this has come into my life! Within it I find most of my lost soul substance.” As you lift it and declare it good and very good, God adds as much soul substance as you have redeemed for purification, so He reinvests it as a gift new soul substance returned with 100 percent interest.–Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951

To accept, you must become as perfect as your Father in heaven. Pretense is not good enough.–Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951

You either induct darkness and weakness through the five senses into the mind and heart, or look up, accept the Light from above and let it flood into the world. Light pushes darkness away, eating it, consuming it as it goes. It is a matter of choice. What you see, hear, feel, smell and taste in the outer can be white or black. When you continue to induct from the world, the intention of good seems to disappear until you choose only black. Move up in consciousness, let the Light do the work, and cease misusing Light the instant it enters your consciousness.–Edna Lister, June 25, 1951

The humility of acceptance to be led by the Light is the greatest of virtues.–Edna Lister, June 25, 1951

If you live under the laws of expansion, you do not have time to think about it — you hear, accept and ascend on it to gain comprehension. This is a natural law of the universe. You hear, accept, ascend, and as you comprehend, you become. Comprehension is an act of God, which produces illumination.–Edna Lister, July 27, 1951

When you accept that faith is the substance of your healing, your wings of faith will lift you to the Source of Light.–Edna Lister, Prove Me Now, October 28, 1951

Blind faith is unacceptable beyond the Gates of Wisdom. However, never lose or leave your high point of consciousness by saying, “I can’t accept that.” Say instead, “I accept, Lord. Help my unbelief by opening the door that will give me the knowing.”—Edna Lister, November 19, 1951

“I accept” are the magic words that hold you to your high point. When you accept first and make a declaration, you zip yourself in Light automatically. Light cannot shatter your soul debts until you have spewed out the root, the “I can’t accept that,” or a similar statement of repudiation. You cannot ascend until you lift that misused soul substance. When you say, “I accept,” you save the world, nations, cities and everything down the line.–Edna Lister, November 19, 1951

The first step in tying earth to heaven is to look from inner to outer and discover what makes things work. Keep lifting all lines of Light, and don’t cut any. Declare, “I accept right now and weave everything that comes to me into the fabric of my life.” The Father then strengthens your cable of Light.–Edna Lister, January 31, 1952

When you keep your golden silence, accepting all blame for everything touching you, never charging a debt to another, no one ever misses your voice or your words. The time has come to put on your share of the mantle of the Messiah, placed there by our Lord Jesus when he said, “All the works I do and greater shall ye do.” So, I say we shall accept our full responsibility and go forth to achieve in his name, forgetting self, and pressing on.–Edna Lister, April 22, 1952

Watch yourself closely that you do not invest your life in others. Let your investiture of others be in universal love, done with abundant abandonment that is a state of being. For example, when you ask whether others are accepting your help, you invest your life substance in them and they become anchored, attached to you.–Edna Lister, May 19, 1952

Acceptance rules the speed in your operation of lifting. When you see negativity in a person, you fail to accept Christ as your model.–Edna Lister, June 2, 1952

God always gives you enough time to accept and obey.–Edna Lister, The Golden Silence, September 28, 1952

To hear the law, to accept the law and to obey the law leads to submission to be used by law.–Edna Lister, The Golden Silence, September 28, 1952

You can stop the negative power of criticism, if you do not accept it. If you are hurt, you are accepting the negativity. You put a head, eyes, tail and stinger on it and give it power. Then it stings and returns to the sender like a boomerang.–Edna Lister, The Golden Silence, September 28, 1952

Your acceptance must be threefold — the way, the truth, and the life.–Edna Lister, October 1, 1952

Truth is something you must accept and become. You do not try to become it. You become the law right now. It is like being on the Mount of Transfiguration. You cannot beg, buy or borrow it. You must become truth.–Edna Lister, October 23, 1952

In 1922, I (Edna Miriam) worked with seven other young women selling stockings in the shoe department at the White House department store in San Francisco. We pulled orders and restocked for 22 sales associates, and within two hours the department was a mass of confusion. The manager ran through six young women in three months because the work was so tough. I decided I could button my lip, say nothing and outlast 22 salespeople at once. I made two cents on a dollar sale, and took home checks for $159.00. [More than $2000.00 today.]
  After seven months of this, I knew I had completed her training in alertness, acceptance and obedience, and said, “I can fold more stockings than they can dump on me.” I have since applied this training with every troublemaker she has ever encountered: I button my lip, say nothing and outlast them. I declared, “Do your worst, and love wins.” I succeeded because I knew no one could do anything that I could not out-wait, out-love or undo.–Edna Lister, October 23, 1952

The hardest fact to accept — against which the lower self struggles with all its might — is that you are responsible for everything that comes into our life. Both the good and the less-good are direct results of your own conscious or unconscious creating.–Edna Lister, Faith, the Challenger, 1953

You must accept everything as yours to lift, and never blame or condemn, no matter what.–Edna Lister, May 26, 1953

When a person needs to accept a healing directly from God, but they choose to depend on a healer or a doctor, then you must speak the Word to heal the healers or doctors in vibration so that the high Power can go through. This is true, whether the soul depends on a human agency, such as a doctor, a healer, massage, or an x-ray machine or drugs.–Edna Lister, October 13, 1953

Your speed in lifting depends on how fast you can accept. Acceptance is recognizing that the River of Life bathes you, no matter what the circumstances. When you are up in consciousness, you cease to compare yourself with others. You take joy in their good points and improve your own. When you see negativity in another, you fail to accept Christ as your role model for all behavior.–Edna Lister, March 29, 1954

Truth is something harmoniously beautiful that you must hear, accept and become.–Edna Lister, Righteousness, April 7, 1954

To say, “I’ll try” means “I’m not ready to accept and become.”–Edna Lister, Your Life’s Practice, May 23, 1954

Acceptance of new ideas, thoughts and concepts means cracking the shell surrounding the old ideas, thoughts and concepts.–Edna Lister, I Arise, June 20, 1954

You must have a foundation of principle before you can say, “I accept.” To accept is to choose to cooperate with law.–Edna Lister, I Accept, June 27, 1954

Law always presents a debt in love three times. If you accept it willingly, lovingly and happily, you can lift it easily. However, if you deny the debt, you must do it over. When you find yourself saying, “I had to learn this the hard way,” you have missed the boat three times. Missing the mark in lifting means your opportunities may go to the next in line in soul age. When your spoken word stands fast, you have illuminations.–Edna Lister, July 6, 1954

You receive healing and miracles “in due season.” You can take the long way around by trying, but if you surrender and accept, God can shorten time.–Edna Lister, July 19, 1954

Seeds must unfold and grow in darkness toward the daylight. God had to send us to earth as seeds to germinate (accept) with our faces turned from His Light into darkness.–Edna Lister, July 19, 1954

When you experience a crisis of any kind, you reach the point of lifting only when you realize “This is mine to lift.” You must recognize, accept, lift, and ascend the self.–Edna Lister, October 5, 1954

“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”–Matthew 16:24. To take up your cross means to give up all self and to accept everything that comes your way as a gift to give to God.–Edna Lister, October 17, 1954

The Mantle of Messiahship is forgiveness, which shrinks or expands according to your understanding of it. It is yours forever once you accept it and your responsibility to lift all that comes to you.–Edna Lister, November 15, 1954

Prompt acceptance of whatever comes to you, whether you feel it deserved or not, will pay the largest of all dividends. Acceptance saves you from having to meet the same situation often, until you learn the lesson.
  Sometimes experiences seem repetitious, and you ask, “Why does this always happen to me?” Rest assured, it’s because you have refused to seek the hidden lesson sent for the good of your soul and its strengthening. Life will present any repudiated lesson again, until you accept it as having some message for you.–Edna Lister, Eternal Youth, 1955

No power on earth can make you have an enemy if you refuse to accept the enemy-idea or give it form and substance. Another may tell you that you have an enemy but you create it.–Edna Lister, The Well of Living Waters, July 31, 1955

All souls must return to God under their own steam. Each summer, from Ascension Day to August 10, your Guards are prohibited from making any suggestions. That is the key, for you must accept your responsibility in all ways.–Edna Lister, August 10, 1955

If you accept your full responsibility to lift the force for your family, you, too, can be completely cleansed.–Edna Lister, August 10, 1955

Since your job is to eliminate the idea of an enemy outside you, you must accept everything instantly, to lift.–Edna Lister, Divine Laws for Conquerors, October 7, 1955

You can breathe atomic power from the Source only in proportion to your surrendered acceptance, without rebellion or inner conflict. If you do not accept, you limit the the degree of power you can breathe.–Edna Lister, November 21, 1955

A state of grace automatically is an attitude of acceptance and surrender.–Edna Lister, January 5, 1956

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

God accepts your possible measure of surrender. He never expects the impossible.–Edna Lister, April 21, 1956

To walk the Via Christa, you must apply five states of being — awareness, recognition, acceptance, surrender and obedience.–Edna Lister, Aspiration, June 17, 1956

An ascending soul may never excuse, explain or justify self. The answer is always “I accept.” Sacrifice your reaction to blame, even of guilt and self‑blame. “I may never excuse, explain or justify self above or below. My answer is always ’I accept’—Father, I accept this (whatever it is) as something to work out and up from into a greater knowledge and greater illumination and a greater Almighty strength.”
  After accepting, use wise golden speech or golden silence, pray and stand outside it. Do not wallow in emotion. When you have earned the right to know, God will reveal it to you.–Edna Lister, June 26, 1956

Hold yourself gracefully and in an accepting attitude. “I accept all loveliness and everything else to lift.”—Edna Lister, July 16, 1956

Every soul must accept that everything is Light: You live on Light. You breathe Light. Your body is whirling Light.–Edna Lister, Lights and Colors, July 17, 1956

We have “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”—Ephesians 4:6. The "in you all" can be pea-sized or limitless. The difference is in how you accept. You must allow more than just a trickle of Light to flow through.–Edna Lister, Go Preach the Gospel, July 22, 1956

Accepting and declaring everything good, as love, melts, dissolves and lifts all darkness from earth.–Edna Lister, The Glory, Your Ascension, November 11, 1956

After accepting, you win most of the battle against self with your desire to conquer, yet your practice is the tricky part.–Edna Lister, November 26, 1956

If you refuse to accept, your crown lotus petals close tightly, flat on the head; opening them again is hard.–Edna Lister, December 4, 1956

Acceptance amplifies your mental and spiritual equipment and attunes you to receive wonderful new ideas from the River of Life.–Edna Lister, Your Attitude Toward Man, December 9, 1956

The Realms of Heaven are open, more vast than any you have reached so far. Use this to your advantage of beauty, harmony, and added things. The base metals of the world turn into gold, not on demand but because you are serving the Ruler of the universes. Accept your heritage. Accept the glories you are to express, the powers that are to move through you for healing. But, remember, you cannot make one life spark do anything. You may not command or demand.–Edna Lister, December 10, 1956

Review your life to see where self remains to be cleansed, where you have been wrong. As you look for the reason, you must accept the responsibility that everything that comes into your life is your own, even if you did not make it, it’s still yours to lift into the Light.–Edna Lister, January 24, 1957

Prejudice lives in a closed mind, and is born of self, pride and self-indulgence. Yesterday’s ideals become tomorrow’s opinions and prejudices, crystallized unless you accept new things about them today.–Edna Lister, February 5, 1957

Truth is something you hear, accept and become. You cannot try to believe in the truth. “I’ll try” is the cry of the lazy subconscious mind saying, “I want to play a while longer.” When you do not hear, accept and become, you find so many roadblocks.–Edna Lister, May 9, 1957

Acceptance is the first law of the ascending soul. Declare, “I accept,” then release Power to cover all outer challenges. No matter what, you can adjust to, lift, and make all things perfect with Light.–Edna Lister, May 12, 1957

Those who fill the lesser degrees of Mastery believe that God’s Power is theirs to use, if used selflessly. They are Adepts who do not advance beyond the mental realm of heaven. They must turn back to surrrender to God and accept the fact that they must let God use them to release His Power.–Edna Lister, June 4, 1957

Each soul must accept the Only Begotten Son of God in the same way that anyone accepts the fact that there is a God, and each proves it for himself. We are prohibited from trying to convince anyone. It is so considered as a use of force. Jesus the Christ is the Only Begotten Son — eventually, all must hear and accept this as a tenet of faith.–Edna Lister, June 28, 1957

The Elect do not live by common sense (although we never ignore it), but by royal sense, which comes not by thinking lack or limitation, but instantly accepts, acts, knows and stands firm on this point of no return. The Laws of the Crown supersede all other law.–Edna Lister, September 5, 1957

Never make excuses to defend someone. Just hold to your high point of being and accept.–Edna Lister, September 9, 1957

“I accept” is essential to an open mind.–Edna Lister, The Brain, Your Instrument of Power, September 24, 1957

The law of acceptance prepares the brain cells to record everything that comes, even divine illumination. It awakens old cells to make room for newer information and ideas.–Edna Lister, The Brain, Your Instrument of Power, September 24, 1957

When anyone reaches a point of saturation, of repudiating or refusing to accept the law, law then sets them in the highest rate of vibration they have attained, that they may not fall lower.–Edna Lister, October 4, 1957

To accept chastening is like turning your face to the sun, lovingly turning about to face the Light. Your Father does not reprimand you; He simply turns you to face the Light again.–Edna Lister, November 21, 1957

Irritation, impatience and antagonism often overtake you as you become a Light. If you can love God enough and accept the blame that goes with irritation or resentment, you can put the other person in the Light and Light will heal you both. Do not blame.–Edna Lister, December 2, 1957

We are all born with the equal right to become, but can assimilate only what we have accepted on earth.–Edna Lister, The Point of No Return, December 15, 1957

Reconciliation is the first acceptance of law.–Edna Lister, December 25, 1957.

When you accept law with no inner conflict, you move from repentance and reconciliation to atonement.–Edna Lister, December 25, 1957

Personal desire and will, when wedded, become I AM consciousness. This is available to all believers, according to their faith, and degree of acceptance. You ascend according to your degree of aspiration. Your degree of ascension is how you accept, assimilate, and become law. Keep going. Never look back. When you can accept with dignity and joy, you ascend.–Edna Lister, January 9, 1958

You are blessed and truly free from fear when you are no longer a conscientious objector, but a comprehending accepter.–Edna Lister, February 17, 1958

Humility is the ability to accept and surrender self.–Edna Lister, Come Ye Apart, April 20, 1958

“Oh, I can’t accept that” puts a deadly curse on the Power a promise releases. No matter who makes you a promise, accept it as if it were from God’s mouth.–Edna Lister, Promises Given, May 4, 1958

Law: “I accept that this might be true until I find out it is not.” Empirical philosophy deals with your relations in the outer world. Everything came from Light; therefore, everything out here must have truth in it, and as you analyze, you must pull the husks away from the truth.–Edna Lister, May 12, 1958

Accept everything as yours to lift onto a cloud continent of Light.–Edna Lister, August 28, 1958

You cannot accept and doubt simultaneously.–Edna Lister, September 4, 1958

God accepts each soul at his own level. All your back-stroking in consciousness is wasted effort. You cannot accept and doubt simultaneously. Go up in consciousness on everything instantly, not down into the mud. Nothing is too small to declare good. “I accept. This is good. Let there be Light!” is the law of life and the only perfect way.–Edna Lister, September 4, 1958

The law is instant acceptance, not acceptance after making excuses. “I accept this, Father. I lift this because it is mine to lift.”—Edna Lister, September 11, 1958

Power will not tolerate its own misuse, or it becomes pure force that will turn and rend you. The instant you use the pronoun "“I” in a demand on Power, you separate Power from Mind and Substance, and it goes forth as force that you must then redeem. This is why we preface declarations with the word, “Let,” and why we stress surrender, acceptance and nonresistance.–Edna Lister, September 25, 1958

A gracious, accepting attitude is the expected state in the courts of heaven.–Edna Lister, October 9, 1958

What comes to you is yours to lift. The law is instant acceptance, not acceptance after making excuses. “I accept this, Father. I lift this because it is mine to lift.”—Edna Lister, October 12, 1958

When you cannot accept instantly and say, "This is mine. I love You, God," you are out of tune with the divine harmony.–Edna Lister, October 13, 1958

To “take up your cross and follow me” means to give up all self and accept whatever comes.–Edna Lister, October 17, 1958

When you accept and say, “Father, I am grateful You can trust me with anything. Here I am,” you instantly put yourself in an orbit around the Source.– Edna Lister, October 20, 1958

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God.”—Matthew 6:33 means “I accept.” Ascend into the Light this minute and every minute. “I accept” will take you there, but you must remain in the Light. Don’t spend 90 percent of the time climbing back, but stay up in consciousness. “I accept” is the test for how much Power God can trust you with; “I accept” promotes you.–Edna Lister, A Charted Heaven, October 21, 1958

Your inability to accept instantly is your biggest stumbling block. Do not ask, “Did I sin? What law have I broken?” Just accept, repent, and God will write what laws you have broken in words of fire before you.–Edna Lister, October 23, 1958

“I accept” is the first fundamental law of governing self. Acceptance is a higher responsibility of all humanity.–Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958

Life’s keynote is “I accept.” You open the vibration of ascension with “I accept.”—Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958

You can judge where you are by your degree of acceptance and obedience.–Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”—Matthew 11:29-30. Accept the yoke of responsibility; you will find its weight and colors are also Light.–Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958

You cannot ascend until you accept the law that you must sacrifice self.–Edna Lister, October 30, 1958

Acceptance, observation, and ascension are the keywords in holding your place. Accepting without observation is useless. Observation is a watchfulness over every area of your life, and I mean the whole of it in action. To observe yourself and others’ reactions to you, that is the thing. To become law is the goal.–Edna Lister, November 11, 1958

Acceptance: There is never a time when you may excuse, justify or explain, above or below. The answer is always “I accept.”—Edna Lister, November 17, 1958

Remember that acceptance is the first step, application to, and practice of are the second and third steps.–Edna Lister, December 12, 1958

When you accept the law of action and reaction, you are making a scientific approach to God.–Edna Lister, December 18, 1958

Acceptance: You may never excuse, justify, or explain self, above or below; your answer is always, “I accept.” When you sacrifice your reaction to blame, more Light and Power can fill you. You must sacrifice even a feeling of guilt and self-blame to ascend.–Edna Lister, January 29, 1959

Your climb begins the instant you accept responsibility for your thoughts, emotions, words and deeds; every time you detour off the path, your climb ends until you accept.–Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959

Patience universal, in a higher sense, waits upon the Lord for fulfillment. No patience is the opposite of impatience. Universal patience is above earth, in the Source of Mind itself. Work for acceptance and endurance of delays as being perfect.–Edna Lister, May 11, 1959

The release of greater illumination depends on acceptance. The true scales to measure the quantity of Power released is the weight of glory released through your mind, heart, body, affairs, and aura as acceptance. The greatness, fervency and completeness of your ability to accept is the measuring rod of Power. This is why learning perfect, willing, ready, and alert in-the-moment acceptance is so important.
  To accept first, to seek first the kingdom of heaven, to stand blameless and accept blame instantly are the final tests of surrendering self. The quality of love you release is also measured by your ability to accept. Unless you accept high law as a need to become, you are not surrendering self. Acceptance of law, surrender to law, then complete devotion to both is worship of the One God.
  To accept each thing while seeking first the kingdom of heaven, to stand blameless and accept blame instantly, this is the final test of surrender. The quality of love you release is also measured by your ability to accept. Unless you accept a high law as a need to become, you do not surrender. Acceptance of law, surrender to law, and then complete devotion to both — this is worship of the One God.–Edna Lister, May 15, 1959

The fifth law of expression is to accept responsibility. You gain mastery by accepting responsibility under tests and trials.–Edna Lister, Transfiguration, Resurrection and Ascension, May 19, 1959

Some people confuse their idea of humility with acceptance, and have a half-baked opinionated idea of humility. The terms are synonymous and have an air of royalty when accepted perfectly.–Edna Lister, May 24, 1959

To awaken with a sense of well-being in the morning means you have fully accepted law at night before the altar. When you return in the morning with a heavy heart, your words at the altar were right, but you are not yet convinced that you need to accept. Search your soul for rebellion, willfulness, pride, and arrogance. As you pay up, you go higher. If your enthusiasm is not yet enough, your zeal stops short of breaking through to the golden Light.–Edna Lister, May 28, 1959

When you accept and meet your responsibility, your words release Power.–Edna Lister, Jesus’ Seven Last Words, June 7, 1959

The soul who will not accept God just will not accept responsibility for his own debts, which he wants to avoid paying. Irresponsibility is the state of consciousness at the root of agnosticism and atheism.–Edna Lister, Heaven as a State of Consciousness and as a Place, June 16, 1959.

Neophyte law of acceptance: “I accept all that comes to me as mine. I earned it in past lives, created it in this life, or it is something of darkness that only I may lift for my Father; therefore, I do accept and lift all that comes unto me.”
  “I now accept my responsibility to lift all that comes to me, which entails these three things: assuming all responsibility for all darkness around me, responsibility to sacrifice self and the responsibility of full surrender to be the servant of all Power.”
  “I accept” is the testing for the amount of Power with which God can trust you. “I accept” promotes you. You react with a sense of joy if you have accepted without a grudge, but create a debt blame if you believe that God thinks you are bad. The minute you make vows to conquer self, you begin the ascension initiations.–Edna Lister, July 13, 1959

Man ascends even through revolution, which is a keynote of life. You revolve around a new truth or law no matter whether you accept it. You keep revolving and two years later you may accept.–Edna Lister, I Am the Way, October 4, 1959

“Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.”—John 18:37. We hear the voice of truth when we are ready to accept the responsibility of maturity.–Edna Lister, I Am the Truth, October 11, 1959

When your acceptance is complete, you have won more than half the battle.–Edna Lister, October 16, 1959

It is a law that you must take up your lines of responsibility and accept your mission. Your acceptance must be threefold: the way, the truth and the life. “I am the way” means “I accept my divine inheritance.” As the Elect, we have come here as descended creator gods and it is high time we accepted the responsibilities that accompany our heritage. “I am the truth” means “I accept my mission to lift everything about me. This mission for God is the sun center of Light in my life.” Finally, “I am the life” means “I accept the doctrines of resurrection and ascension of soul.” These are the greatest steps in soul conquering and ascension.–Edna Lister, I Am the Life, October 18, 1959

You must accept that fact that you are the children of God walking the earth. You have no place to go, no place to find except the kingdom.–Edna Lister, Behold, I Am With You Always, November 1, 1959

When the same people keep telling you what to do, it means you will not accept a new law.–Edna Lister, Tomorrow Is Yours, December 13, 1959

The law of acceptance is “Only my own can come to me,” which is based on “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”—John 10:27.–Edna Lister, December 15, 1959

They give crowns to conquerors. Anyone successfully completing an initiation or mission receives a crown. Jewels are added like oak leaf clusters on your medals. Sometimes you pass the same initiation repeatedly, so each occasion of conquering adds something to the luster of your crown. The purpose, of course, is polishing. You form your jewels of the soul from the degrees and kinds of truth you have accepted.–Edna Lister, January 28, 1960

Humility is the graciousness of acceptance. To live in humility is to live with an open mind, accepting law.–Edna Lister, February 23, 1960

From the moment conscious mind accepts responsibility, makes a stand and declares complete cleansing of the subconscious, self poses a constant series of choices between self and God, between acceptance and repudiation of law. Conscious mind may accept the subconscious and declare, “I AM good! I AM perfect! I AM ascending!”—Edna Lister, March 11, 1960

Acceptance of truth creates a state of grace.–Edna Lister, What is a Miracle? May 6, 1960

Immaturity is an unwillingness to be responsible for your actions. Maturity is acceptance of your responsibility.–Edna Lister, From Gethsemane to Ascension, May 8, 1960

The great law of agreeing—“Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him.”–Matthew 5:25—hangs on accepting.–Edna Lister, May 13, 1960

Each soul, on the climb upward, must find and accept the pearls of wisdom laid off on the descent and forgotten because they were left above.–Edna Lister, May 19, 1960

Acceptance is a relative law under the absolute principle of nonresistance.–Edna Lister, How Can I Help Myself? May 31, 1960

You accept under the law of suction (cohesion), which binds you to the Source.–Edna Lister, How Can I Apply Law to My Life? June 7, 1960

You grow selective, accepting or drawing in only the good under the law of suction or cohesion.–Edna Lister, How Can I Apply Law to My Life? June 7, 1960

“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.”—Proverbs 16:32. To rule your self, you must accept all responsibility wherever and whenever you meet it. To accept your personal responsibility is your crown of glory and honor. However, take responsibility joyously, without talking about how much you have accepted, or it will become a cocoon of self.–Edna Lister, Steadfastness Through Vigilance, June 19, 1960

The tragedy of earth’s illusion is that you may stop just short of knowing the rapture, ecstasy and joy coming from full acceptance of responsibility.–Edna Lister, June 22, 1960

Law is law. Principle is principle, undeviating and unchangeable. Sometimes a dozen people will follow the same law on a low plane, yet each at a higher degree than the last, each according to his ability to accept responsibility. To accept a law means a firm responsibility to become that law.–Edna Lister, September 8, 1960

You must be able to accept without feeling sorry for yourself, imposed on, or criticized. It takes many years to reach this point of awareness, to be able to do your own chastening.–Edna Lister, September 12, 1960

Don’t argue about what you can’t accept. Put it on a shelf of Light and Light will resolve it at the right time.–Edna Lister, Here and Hereafter, October 9, 1960

The words between awareness and acceptance are “Many are called, few are chosen.”–Matthew 22:14. Many are called to accept, but few choose to accept. Some would rather see separation and loss than to see perfection in Light.–Edna Lister, October 10, 1960

Are you growing in understanding of what soul taints are? Be sure to add the fatal words, “Why, I didn’t mean that,” to your list of taints. These are words of repudiation, not acceptance of personal responsibility. If you love God enough, your acceptance is complete.–Edna Lister, October 14, 1960

Always be ready for instant change: You must accept change as a servant, an instrument of all the Power.
  You have no excuse for hesitancy in acceptance, even though something seems untrue or appears black. Say, “Let the Light shine! Unveil thyself,” and it shall be so.–Edna Lister, December 8, 1960

A law is a vibration that you reach up for and that in turn causes you to move up in consciousness. Recognize it as greater than you are. Accept that law as part of the whole, of God as life. You cannot apply a law in any greater proportion than you have learned to accept that law.–Edna Lister, The Gift of Discernment, December 11, 1960

You may not demand anything of your loved ones. You have been chosen, if you can accept the fact that you have no right to make demands on anyone. According to the height of your acceptance of the fact that you have no right to demand anything of anyone, you are chosen. You may demand of self only, never of another. When I bow to another’s demands, to obey his demands, I am gone. Do not take any outer demand into your being!—Edna Lister, January 1, 1961

Where you stand is where you are supposed to be. You must be able to live in every condition and call it good. Accept responsibility for the place you occupy. Accept your responsibility not to overlook a detail. You can accept only what you comprehend as law.–Edna Lister, January 12, 1961

“Ye are gods.”–John 10:34. Why do you not accept this? God takes charge in your life when you accept the authority He has given you over your body and affairs. The body is the primary manifestation of your “works” and how you bear witness to the Power. When you accept this fact, you are immortal now.–Edna Lister, Know That God Takes Charge June 11, 1961

The law of observance is acceptance coupled with logic, reason, discernment, discrimination, and discretion for consideration. “Lord, please don’t let me overlook any detail today.”—Edna Lister, August 3, 1961

Once you completely accept and obey the Crown Laws as part of your soul’s expression, no barrier exists, for you need no practice area. Light operates instantly and all protection is instant. This is why learning obedience is so important. Unless you practice obedience to law in small, simple ways, the desire to be obedient in a large issue will remain nil. Out of nothing, comes nothing.–Edna Lister, September 7, 1961

Every cell, molecule and atom is Light — accept this. All is a matter of acceptance only.–Edna Lister, September 10, 1961

Time, circumstances, situations and people will disrupt your established customs and habits. You must accept this graciously and return in an instant to begin where you left off.–Edna Lister, September 10, 1961

An illumination accompanies accepting an initiation, which renews your awareness of law; it may be sudden comprehension of something you heard years ago, which now adds to your goal, enlarges your horizon, or raises your life standard.–Edna Lister, The Twelve Wheels of Ezekiel, December 5, 1961

Refuse to accept the names others call you. They may fume and fret, but you can lift them faster than they can spew them.–Edna Lister, This I Comprehend, December 10, 1961

God does not ask blind acceptance of you, but He does expect an ascending degree of acceptance.–Edna Lister, December 18, 1961

To declare, “I accept. This is good. Let there be Light!” instantly, under all conditions is how to fulfill your covenant with God. Holding fast to this, you cannot fail.–Edna Lister, March 19, 1962

You must put every smallest law heard or accepted into practice on everything that follows.–Edna Lister, March 27, 1962

You can accept the truth of appearance or the truth of reality. Some deny the truth of reality because they do not understand the difference between the truth of appearance and the truth of reality. Your love of God demands that you accept the truth of appearance, and instantly lift it without believing it. Do not waste time, but lift it as high as you can. Enter the Light and declare, “Let the Light possess me.” You strengthen what you repudiate.—Edna Lister, March 29, 1962

When stubbornness has made you repudiate a lesson, your acceptance creates tears or watering eyes.–Edna Lister, April 9, 1962

Accept life as a school and you will be able to adjust to life in this world, to the outer appearance of things. You can tell the difference between one who repudiates his lessons and one who accepts life as a school by the way they adjust to life. Acceptance is the first law of life. What comes to you today is part of today’s lesson. In the morning, say, “I accept the lessons of this day.” You must accept blame to make a heaven on earth.–Edna Lister, April 10, 1962.

Accept instantly, then wait upon the Lord in quiet confidence, acting in obedience because of your love for God, not despite resentment, but applying logic, reason, discernment, discrimination, and discretion. Under acceptance, you are pliable, malleable and movable to wherever God needs you.–Edna Lister, April 16, 1962

Of all the treasures of the soul, acceptance is the greatest jewel. To accept lovingly without rancor, resentment or hurt is the true attitude of the ascending soul. Every “I accept” is a sight draft on the Power. [A sight draft is like a bearer bond or cashier’s check, payable on demand.] A time will come when after saying, “I accept,” there will be such a release of Power, such illumination, such an opening of comprehension on matters of law that the joy of it will be almost overwhelming. The little words, “I accept,” are almost equal with, “Father, I love Thee.” You need both; you cannot say them too often.-Edna Lister, April 27, 1962

Do not accept the horizontal intellectual as your natural place. It is easy to slip below this if you allow it.–Edna Lister, May 7, 1962

If you delay in accepting truth or the law, then no matter how far you have climbed, you draw the earthy magnetic currents, not the spiritual etheric. Your delay reaction will also draw the magnetic currents through family, friends, coworkers, adding their force as momentum. This pushes emotional and mental fatigue poisons to the crown, where they meet the etheric currents descending, to adulterate the optical tracts. The spiritual result is damage to soul vision; the physical results range from migraine headaches to blindness [macular degeneration]. Stubbornness causes a film over soul vision, which becomes physical cataracts.–Edna Lister, June 3, 1962

The world does not really want to accept responsibility — the result is stubbornness in conquering, resistance to hearing a new law, and rebellion.–Edna Lister, June 7, 1962

You may not descend in consciousness to criticize. The law is, I accept. You must agree and adjust, and declare that everything is good.–Edna Lister, August 13, 1962

We call the time between receiving a new law and accepting that law, whether it is one second or three years, the mystical “three days.” When you accept, you not only learn the law but become the law in three days. “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee.”–Proverbs 4:7-8. To get wisdom means to accept law; understanding comes only through obedience. If you question or doubt, you receive no understanding of the law. You get understanding through wisdom, but open understanding only through acceptance and obedience.–Edna Lister, November 14, 1962

Healing takes faith and joy as instantaneous acceptance under the law of growth. The faith of God sets aside time and space to heal you. The rays of Light raise the vibration of any heavy mass. Transforming the matter in a physical condition is easier than transforming the mind of the person in that situation. You must nourish and sustain the healing vibration and keep your thinking as vital as the Light.–Edna Lister, November 14, 1962

The secret of outer success is enthusiastic, joyous acceptance.–Edna Lister, December 19, 1962

“I don’t think” and “I can’t accept that” are examples of repudiation, which you express as opinion and prejudice. Be open and accepting. Take everything under advisement and consideration to remain open for something new. Acceptance is not difficult, just look into the Light. When you accept, you gain wisdom.–Edna Lister, January 10, 1963

Jesus became the law by accepting full responsibility as Messiah when he said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”—John 14:6. “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”—John 8:12. This is why we must accept our responsibility to follow him all the way.–Edna Lister, March 18, 1963

The motto of the Elect is "All for one and one for all." When you accept this, you submit to rigid discipline and surrender self. You sacrifice all self for soul training, which is rigid obedience.–Edna Lister, June 18, 1963

Unless you ascend in consciousness to lavish acceptance of loving God first to lift self to soul, you don’t remain on the path.–Edna Lister, The Cross, June 23, 1963

Accepting is not hard if you have always loved God.–Edna Lister, July 24, 1963

You cannot force another to accept anything or any belief.–Edna Lister, God as Principle Applied Under Logic and Reason, November 5, 1963

Attend to the now, and accept rather than asking why or making excuses.–Edna Lister, November 15, 1963

It is necessary that you accept, lift, and declare good whatever problem another brings into the Light for solving. Only after you declare, “This is good. Let there be Light,” and accept whatever needs to be lifted can you turn your soul vision to an outer problem. Send the Light to the problem and to him who brought it. Light clarifies the solution and puts the words on your lips. The first and only problem is to accept, to lift, and to declare it good. Only so can you avoid becoming enmeshed in the outer world’s problems. Once you claim a problem as yours, you identify with it, and are no longer in the Light waiting for the solution.–Edna Lister, November 22, 1963

When you accept, you enter a state of glory and illumination that is Transfiguration.–Edna Lister, Shekinah Splendor, December 15, 1963

The Christos hallmark is to be alive and aware under acceptance and surrender. The secret of outer success is enthusiastic, joyous acceptance.–Edna Lister, December 19, 1963

Evidence of dawdling and playing with the Light emerges in the tones of voice and the words spoken. The result is definite in self-serving excuses and explanations. Positive evidence of ascension appears in acceptance of law, “This is mine to lift.”–Edna Lister, June 28, 1964

An ascending soul’s attitude should always be acceptance and surrender.–Edna Lister, June 28, 1964

If you would but remember “I accept” — these are the words you have buried in self. Make a song of them and sing it all day — “I accept.”–Edna Lister, June 28, 1964

Accept every difficult experience you are given. It shall enable you to do what otherwise you would have been unable to do for God.–Edna Lister, July 23, 1964

To accept keeps you alert to life’s details and looking to fulfill law. Not to accept closes off all fine perceptive abilities, sensitivity to law dies and ascension is impossible.–Edna Lister, July 28, 1964

When you allow another to cause you an earthquake within, it is self, for no one else can get in to touch you. Only what you are thinking or feeling touches you. Stand free of self, and be majestic and magnificent in your surrender, for under surrender only will you accept what comes to you to be lifted, and not to cause innter turmoil. These hindrances are subtle. When you forget the law of complete surrendered devotion to be the servant of God’s Power, you do not accept instantly — and the proof is when it sends you farther into self.–Edna Lister, September 20, 1964

Those who accept God only as principle do not want to accept responsibility. To accept God as personality requires that we assume personal responsibility.–Edna Lister, Deity and Divinity, October 6, 1964

The law of nonresistance goes into effect when you accept responsibility. People respect those who assume personal responsibility. The law of responsibility is to accept your place as your own, and know it is in the right place at the right time.–Edna Lister, Responsibility and Respect, October 18, 1964.

In the face of an initiation by fire declare, “I accept. This is good. Let there be Light.” Answer instantly, even when it appears as dark as night. You cannot afford to think negatively, reject or repudiate. To keep my vow to assume responsibility for everything around me, no matter how outrageous, I must say, “I accept. Let there be Light. I accept this as mine to lift.”—Edna Lister, January 23, 1965

To keep your vow of responsibility for everything around you, no matter how outrageously people act or speak, you must say, “I accept. Let there be Light. This is mine to lift, and I accept.”—Edna Lister, January 27, 1965

When a physical test comes, do not deny it, but ignore it. Do not accept it emotionally or let your subconscious mind take charge. Just do not give it room. Denial gives it substance for being. Ignoring it gives it no life, no substance.–Edna Lister, March 30, 1965

Common sense is the dividend you receive by accepting your experiences as your own creations, as the reward you have earned. You are now in your own place, the place you have earned, and when you accept this, you are on the Path of Ascension.–Edna Lister, Truth as Practical Common Sense, November 28, 1965

To accept does not always mean instant action. To accept and apply proper consideration from every angle and phase must be your constant practice.–Edna Lister, May 27, 1966

Those who fail to accept responsibility for all they do and say will remain on the fate line, unable to see their destiny.–Edna Lister, August 7, 1966

Even an exclamation at something that looks dark, an instant acceptance of darkness, lowers the vibration, which you must then build up again if you are to continue ascending.–Edna Lister, August 22, 1966

The acceptance degree is not hard to pass if your acceptance is deep enough and high enough so that earth’s cross-vibrations cannot make your path crooked. —Edna Lister, October 20, 1966

Never say, “I will” or “I won’t.” Say, “I am, I can, I do. I obey, I accept.” When you slam the door on yourself, it is hard to return.–Edna Lister, December 5, 1966

Nothing is impossible to the Light of God. You speak the Word and God works as you and through you when you accept instead of repudiating.–Edna Lister, May 7, 1967

Accept what comes to you: If someone criticizes or tries to change you, thank him for taking time to help you to become perfect. Do not say that you will do it his way.–Edna Lister, Beauty, a Spiritual Way of Life, May 9, 1967

The attribute of the virtue of faith is your ability to accept.–Edna Lister, Judgment and Love, May 14, 1967

For each great acceptance, revelation comes through to you. Hold and seek advice, for revelations are tricky, with mundane earth illusions flowing in to do the tricking.–Edna Lister, June 14, 1967

You get stuck when you meet something you do not accept, and it takes some kind of blow to loosen you.–Edna Lister, October 30, 1967

Be conscious of the glory of miracles. Accept the day’s happenings as beautiful experiences for your soul’s growth. When you think of soul challenges as earth problems, they become heavier.–Edna Lister, November 16, 1967

To repudiate before accepting is an act of pushing the world away, usually born from a life-long attitude of self-satisfaction. To accept everything presented to you for consideration before rejecting it meets the challenge of faith as “evidence of things not seen” in an active, seeking, alert way that opens doors and bestows added things upon us.–Edna Lister, Faith in Action, 1968

You must accept blame to make a heaven on earth.–Edna Lister, April 15, 1968

“I accept” means “I move up in consciousness to God."—Edna Lister, The Holy Ghost on this Day of Pentecost, June 2, 1968

You block the Light if you do not want to accept the responsibility.–Edna Lister, June 28, 1968

Where there is a desire for perfection there is an instant acceptance and no excuses. The attitude of an ascending soul should ever be that of acceptance and surrender.– Edna Lister, August 1, 1968

Acceptance leads to flexibility, which creates balance. Accept all new conditions and events as good and part of God; each is right in some way for someone.–Edna Lister, Five Important Mysteries, October 27, 1968

Accept a higher place for yourself, then move toward that goal with everything in you.–Edna Lister, December 26, 1968

The sign of spiritual royalty is acceptance in which is no repudiation. You, because of a desire for perfection, have rejected much. It is odd, but the very desire to have perfection can lead, unconsciously, into repudiation of Light. This is the habit of all habits to eliminate. Once you eliminate this, all other habits, your obedience to law will fall into place.–Edna Lister, January 17, 1969

You must lift repudiation, which is the devil incarnate. Entertain no inner conflict. Lift so that you build up no force. Whenever anything comes to you, look on the supposed adversary and accept his attitude that you are always wrong, from the lifting point of view. Yours is not the way, but God’s is. You can take life’s bumps and bruises if you give it all to God constantly. This way, you do not get hurt, or add a debt of force to pay.–Edna Lister, February 9, 1969

The steps of ascension include realization and acceptance. Realization is first, knowing who you are and where you are going. Second is realization of your oneness with God. Third is realizing your responsibility. Acceptance is accepting your responsibility.—Edna Lister, May 8, 1969

Perfection is as perfection does, and when perfection cannot perfect, it learns to accept.—Edna Lister, July 2, 1969

You will never get anywhere unless you are willing to accept on faith those mysteries that you do not know for yourself; your measure of faith gives you comprehension.–Edna Lister, Light on the Path, July 6, 1969

Watch repudiation. You say no without a thought or consideration. You still do not understand the matter of repudiation and acceptance. Learn your lesson where you are so you do not pay same debts again.–Edna Lister, July 10, 1969

You are not supposed to be gullible, but to look into the face of evil, accept its existence and say, “Thou art Light”: Then stand and on truth and declare it until God makes it into Light.–Edna Lister, July 27, 1969

To a self-styled “perfectionist”: Perfection is as perfection does, and when perfection cannot perfect, it learns to accept.–Edna Lister, July 29, 1969

There is a lengthy process between garnering experience, understanding, and comprehension. When you accept your true status of responsibility and live it out to the highest vibration, always allowing the high vibration to absorb the lower ones, then you will never allow a low vibration to contaminate a high one — meaning no self blame, no self-pity, no sense of guilt.–Edna Lister, October 29, 1969

To accept Jesus as the Christ is good. It opens the first veil of illusion and holds you, but takes you no higher. Waiting in stillness for the Lord to create through you takes you higher.–Edna Lister, November 17, 1969

The Oversoul awakens and descends on your acceptance, and depending on how high you ascend into the Light. There is always a higher Source of Light to which to ascend.–Edna Lister, January 12, 1970

When someone curses you, accept it as born of love and return it to them as love. It is another way of stating that you return good for evil.–Edna Lister, The Miracle of the Centurion’s Servant Healed, November 8, 1970

The line of responsibility has no end, but you may not take it in then spew it out. Do not criticize or ask why. Accept what family and friends are handing you.–Edna Lister, May 24, 1971

Senility is based in repudiation, refusing to recognize or accept responsibility. You bring the tendency not to awaken enough active cells of acceptance with you. Repudiation and rejection are easy. Ascension is hard.—Edna Lister, May 28, 1971

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Stories That Illustrate Acceptance

Abraham Offers Isaac as a Sacrifice: Abraham went with Isaac his son to bring him up as an offering before the Lord, as He had commanded him. And Abraham took two of his young men with him, Ishmael the son of Hagar and Eliezer his servant, and they went together with them, and whilst they were walking in the road the young men spoke these words to themselves, and Ishmael said to Eliezer, “Now my father Abraham is going with Isaac to bring him up for a burnt offering to the Lord, as He commanded him. Now when he returneth he will give unto me all that he possesses, to inherit after him, for I am his first born.”
  And Eliezer answered Ishmael and said, “Surely Abraham did cast thee away with thy mother, and swear that thou shouldst not inherit any thing of all he possesses, and to whom will he give all that he has, with all his treasures, but unto me his servant, who has been faithful in his house, who has served him night and day, and has done all that he desired me? to me will he bequeath at his death all that he possesses.”
  And whilst Abraham was proceeding with his son Isaac along the road, Satan came and appeared to Abraham in the figure of a very aged man, humble and of contrite spirit, and he approached Abraham and said to him, “Art thou silly or brutish, that thou goest to do this thing this day to thine only son? For God gave thee a son in thy latter days, in thy old age, and wilt thou go and slaughter him this day because he committed no violence, and wilt thou cause the soul of thine only son to perish from the earth? Dost thou not know and understand that this thing cannot be from the Lord? for the Lord cannot do unto man such evil upon earth to say to him, Go slaughter thy child.”
  And Abraham heard this and knew that it was the word of Satan who endeavored to draw him aside from the way of the Lord, but Abraham would not hearken to the voice of Satan, and Abraham rebuked him so that he went away. And Satan returned and came to Isaac; and he appeared unto Isaac in the figure of a young man comely and well favored. And he approached Isaac and said unto him, “Dost thou not know and understand that thy old silly father bringeth thee to the slaughter this day for naught? Now therefore, my son, do not listen nor attend to him, for he is a silly old man, and let not thy precious soul and beautiful figure be lost from the earth.”
  And Isaac heard this, and said unto Abraham, “Hast thou heard, my father, that which this man has spoken? even thus has he spoken.” And Abraham answered his son Isaac and said to him, “Take heed of him and do not listen to his words, nor attend to him, for he is Satan, endeavoring to draw us aside this day from the commands of God.”
  And Abraham still rebuked Satan, and Satan went from them, and seeing he could not prevail over them he hid himself from them, and he went and passed before them in the road; and he transformed himself to a large brook of water in the road, and Abraham and Isaac and his two young men reached that place, and they saw a brook large and powerful as the mighty waters. And they entered the brook and passed through it, and the waters at first reached their legs. And they went deeper in the brook and the waters reached up to their necks, and they were all terrified on account of the water; and whilst they were going over the brook Abraham recognized that place, and he knew that there was no water there before.
  And Abraham said to his son Isaac, “I know this place in which there was no brook nor water, now therefore it is this Satan who does all this to us, to draw us aside this day from the commands of God.” And Abraham rebuked him and said unto him, “The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan, begone from us for we go by the commands of God.” And Satan was terrified at the voice of Abraham, and he went away from them, and the place again became dry land as it was at first.
  And Abraham went with Isaac toward the place that God had told him. And on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place at a distance which God had told him of. And a pillar of fire appeared to him that reached from the earth to heaven, and a cloud of glory upon the mountain, and the glory of the Lord was seen in the cloud. And Abraham said to Isaac, “My son, dost thou see in that mountain, which we perceive at a distance, that which I see upon it?”
  And Isaac answered and said unto his father, “I see and lo a pillar of fire and a cloud, and the glory of the Lord is seen upon the cloud.” And Abraham knew that his son Isaac was accepted before the Lord for a burnt offering.
  And Abraham said unto Eliezer and unto Ishmael his son, “Do you also see that which we see upon the mountain which is at a distance?” And they answered and said, “We see nothing more than like the other mountains of the earth.” And Abraham knew that they were not accepted before the Lord to go with them, and Abraham said to them, “Abide ye here with the ass whilst I and Isaac my son will go to yonder mount and worship there before the Lord and then return to you.” And Eliezer and Ishmael remained in that place, as Abraham had commanded.
  And Abraham took wood for a burnt offering and placed it upon his son Isaac, and he took the fire and the knife, and they both went to that place. And when they were going along Isaac said to his father, “Behold, I see here the fire and wood, and where then is the lamb that is to be the burnt offering before the Lord?” And Abraham answered his son Isaac, saying, “The Lord has made choice of thee my son, to be a perfect burnt offering instead of the lamb.”
  And Isaac said unto his father, “I will do all that the Lord spoke to thee with joy and cheerfulness of heart.” And Abraham again said unto Isaac his son, “Is there in thy heart any thought or counsel concerning this, which is not proper? tell me my son, I pray thee, O my son conceal it not from me.”
  And Isaac answered his father Abraham and said unto him, “O my father, as the Lord liveth and as thy soul liveth, there is nothing in my heart to cause me to deviate either to the right or to the left from the word that he has spoken to thee. Neither limb nor muscle has moved or stirred at this, nor is there in my heart any thought or evil counsel concerning this. But I am of joyful and cheerful heart in this matter, and I say, Blessed is the Lord who has this day chosen me to be a burnt offering before Him.”–Book of Jasher 23:20-56.

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New Testament on Acceptance

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.–Matthew 5:11-12

Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.–Luke 6:22-23

Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?–Matthew 6:25

Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? [You cannot, by worrying, add one cubit to your stature.]–Matthew 6:27

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.–Matthew 6:34

No prophet is accepted in his own country.–Luke 4:24

O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.–Matthew 26:39

Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.–Mark 14:36

Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.–Luke 22:42

I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. [We have descended from heaven, not to do our own will, but the will of Him who sent us.]–John 6:38

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If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.–Genesis 4:7

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.–Psalm 19:14

The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaks frowardness.–Proverbs 10:32

It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.–Proverbs 18:5

To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.–Proverbs 21:3

I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the Lord. As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord God; Go ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but pollute ye My holy name no more with your gifts, and with your idols. For in Mine holy mountain, in the mountain of the height of Israel, saith the Lord God, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, serve me: there will I accept them, and there will I require your offerings, and the firstfruits of your oblations, with all your holy things. I will accept you with your sweet savor, when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen. And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers. And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed. And ye shall know that I am the Lord when I have wrought with you for My name’s sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord God.–Ezekiel 20:37-44

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Acceptance in Other Sacred Writings

Whatever is brought upon you, take cheerfully, and be patient when you are changed to a low estate; for gold is tried in the fire, and acceptable souls in the furnace of adversity.—Wisdom of Ben Sirach 2:4-5

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Edna Miriam Lister
The original Pioneering Mystic,
Christian Platonist philosopher, American Idealist, Founder, Society of the Universal Living Christ, minister, teacher, author, wife, and mother.

Edna Lister

Etymology of acceptance: Latin acceptare, from accipere, "to receive."

Acceptance is a law of doing.

Acceptance is a soul virtue that you earn under the second Degree of the Disciple.

Acceptance is an initiatory degree.


At bottom, the whole concern of both morality and religion is with the manner of our acceptance of the universe.—William James

Make it a point to do something every day that you don’t want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.—Mark Twain

Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


Emerson, Ralph Waldo. "Montaigne; Or, The Skeptic," Representative Men. Boston: Phillips, Sampson and Co., 1850, p. 149.

Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary, 2024.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

James, William. The Varieties of Religious Experience, A Study in Human Nature. New York: Longmans, Green and Co., 1903, p. 59. Dictionary. 2024

The Nag Hammadi Library. James M. Robinson, ed. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1988.

The Oxford English Dictionary: Compact Ed., 2 vols. E.S.C. Weiner, ed Oxford University Press, 1971.

Twain, Mark. Following the Equator; A Journey Around the World. Hartford, CN: American Publishing Co, 1897, 549. Public Domain.

Webster, Noah. Webster’s American Dictionary. New York: S. Converse, 1828.

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