Action and Reaction

  Action and reaction are abstract principles, reciprocal laws of doing, and initiations. The law of action and reaction is also known as the law of cause and effect, and is rooted in the foundational principles of correspondence and reciprocity. Correspondence is “relation; fitness; congruity; mutual adaptation of one thing to another.”
  Reciprocity is a noun most often used as an adjective, “reciprocal”: “acting in vicissitude or return; alternate; mutual; done by each to the other; mutually interchangeable.” As logicians, we find the mathematical influences fascinating: “Reciprocal terms, in logic, are those terms that have the same signification, and consequently are convertible and may be used for each other. Reciprocal quantities, in mathematics, are those which, multiplied together, produce unity. Reciprocal figures, in geometry, are those which have the antecedents and consequents of the same ratio in both figures. Reciprocal ratio, is the ratio between the reciprocals of two quantities; as, the reciprocal ratio of 4 to 9, is that of 1/4 to 1/9.”–Webster’s American Dictionary

“The Golden Rule is the most widely known of the laws of reciprocity.”

  It is critical to bear in mind that the law of cause and effect applies only to the physical universe of material beings and things. God, as the Author of all principles and laws encompasses all principles and laws. God is not subject to these laws and principles in the way that created beings and things are subject to and must obey, for God is the very principles and laws that govern His expression as the universe of beings and things. God is the Uncaused Cause.
  Eastern religions and philosophies call the law of action and reaction, or cause and effect, the law of karma, and believe that the debts or credits accrued in one life will be carried over to the next unless or until paid.
  Newton’s third law of motion states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Paul Hewitt, author of Conceptual Physics, expressed this phenomenon as, “You cannot touch without being touched.” We call this the law of correspondence and reciprocity.
  Action and reaction is the basic law of doing. The law of action and reaction inevitably brings initiations as you walk the Way of the Christ, the Via Christa. The laws of action and reaction, cause and effect are classed under the fifth philosophical category of Being, which is Relation.

Edna Lister on Action and Reaction

If you remain armored in God’s love, you are protected and cannot take on anything inimical. You may tune in the vibrations of others, but if you keep your aura filled with love, no negative vibration can leave you to hurt anyone else, nor can they hurt you. Declare all conflict is lifted now, so that its shock of static discharge cannot leave the room you occupy. The great universal laws protect you against the reaction, and no action or reaction can harm your body when you have asked for protection. Love does fulfill the law.–Edna Lister, January 16, 1933

Influencing people from the mental plane in the belief that you are helping them is forcing and will create a reaction that makes success impossible. Instead, make a declaration such as, Father of All that Is, please release through me this needed power of love. Then get busy and release more and more love, give praise lavishly, and the law will do its work.–Edna Lister, January 16, 1933

Every word you utter creates something after its degree and kind that reacts and returns to you, increased and magnified. It adds to itself as it orbits the earth, returns to you like a dark cloud. You get back everything, every last bit of it.–Edna Lister, The Spoken Word, January 27, 1933

Eastern philosophy and Western religion hold that spiritual debt is the reaction of the law. Every action evokes a response, a reaction. The spiritual sponsors who oversee and advise you can hold back the reaction of law temporarily letting just enough force through for you to be all that you can be and still be able to stand under the pressure. You must continue pouring out love to melt, dissolve, absorb, and transform the reaction of the law, all the debt you owe the law into the perfection that is spirit.–Edna Lister, January 31, 1933

Achieving your destiny begins with watching others’ actions while watching your own reactions to them. At the same time, you must insistently demand of the self not to hear, see, or feel negatively. Consciously live your inner life until it becomes your outer way of living.–Edna Lister, Social Psychology, August 27, 1934

The Golden Rule is your gold standard of action. The standard of action always has two phases: Giving is the action, and receiving is the reaction. If your action is giving love, faith or joy, it will automatically create expansion, leading you and others toward the Light. Anything less creates contraction, which blocks you and others from greater Light.–Edna Lister, Your Standard of Action, March 22, 1935

Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.–Matthew 6:34 describes the reaction of law, and the world’s darkness.–Edna Lister, Consider the Lilies, September 8, 1935

The solar plexus is the center of reactions, pulled in from both directions, from the higher and lower creative centers.–Edna Lister, The Relation of Color to Anatomy, September 28, 1935

Law reacts perfectly until you are perfected.–Edna Lister, The Lord’s Prayer, October 13, 1935

Experience that is formulated into knowledge is not the product of consciousness alone. It is and must be the product of consciousness and an external universe, endlessly acting and reacting upon each other.–Edna Lister, The Theory of Knowing, October 21, 1935

The action in God’s mind results in a reaction in man. Every action in man is a spiritual reaction. For example, your thoughts travel faster than light and fill the atmosphere in twenty-four hours. Prayer, too, enters the realm of action and reaction; it consists in forgiving. You give praise and receive an opening of consciousness, increased knowledge of law, and greater strength in reaction to life. God’s action returns to Him; you reap what you sow.
  A cause produces something; an effect is that which is produced. The law of cause and effect operates in your life as good or as hindrance as you use or apply it. Every effect embodies all the implications within the cause. For example, a cause starts into action every subsidiary principle or law pertaining to it and you must deal with the effects, whether you like it or not.–Edna Lister, Philosophy, December 9, 1935

God does not discipline you; you must discipline yourself or suffer the reaction of law. By your choices, you set vast laws in action, often fast and furiously, whose effects you must then work out in your life.–Edna Lister, August 17, 1937

Most people have no plan for life, but fall into reaction patterns of indifference, self-pity, opinions, prejudice, blame, and resentment. These are not conscious designs, but unconscious habit patterns.–Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941

You direct and control subconscious mind’s work through your desire, thinking, and imagination. A knowledge of pure psychology enables you to act on your subconscious mind instead of reacting through it. You can give it new ideas, new commands to carry out in your affairs, new patterns for it to build.–Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941

The reaction of misuse of power under law is like a boomerang: It always returns the misused force to the one who sends it out, to its own starting point.–Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941

For the Light to move through you, you must first draw in your personal reactions or sensitivity. You must draw the five physical senses (sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell) into the golden silence to operate as soul faculties.–Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941

God gave us free will to learn through experience, for the express purpose of gaining conscious knowledge and understanding of what law means and how it will react in every possible combination of conditions and circumstances.–Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941

If you speak illegally or out of place, you are responsible for the world’s reactions to that truth until the vibration is spent and those reactions cease, like a stone cast into water. Therefore, the rule is to speak softly, walk gently, use wise speech and maintain golden silence. You defend principle, but do not reveal the mysteries in doing so.–Edna Lister, July 3, 1941

You must apply the new laws you learn to lift your soul from earth. During the summer, Councils focus lights on you during your diversions and play time to see how deeply embedded new laws have become within your heart, to see how automatic and unconscious your reactions to darkness have become, whether you will consider, entertain it, or lift it into Light at once without hesitancy or delay.–Edna Lister, September 4, 1941

While others cannot see the depth of your spiritual foundation, they can tell when your foundation goes deep, based on your actions, attitudes and how you react to life.–Edna Lister, Thy Rod and Thy Staff, May 17, 1942

When you find fault with earthly conditions, God records it as a complaint against the initiation. If you continue to complain, He moves the initiation back where it is easy. Your reaction dictates the next action! You gain nothing this way.–Edna Lister, December 15, 1944

When you use force, your guards can save you a physical reaction only when you use it justifiably and successfully to save another.–Edna Lister, July 11, 1945

Idle words, such as gossip, criticizing, even self-condemnation, instead of proper repentance and lifting, surrender, giving up of self, idle actions and expenditures of energy, all must be accounted for in each day’s final judgment.–Edna Lister, July 17, 1945

From a student’s journal: Edna Miriam asked, Who left the spoon in the jam jar? I had and said, I think I did. This reaction is one of hiding, of dodging responsibility. Your instant reaction is from deep within the subconscious and is of the self. Your instant reaction to whatever comes your way shows where you stand on the Path. By conquering the self, you will become the Law of the Crown so thoroughly that your instant reaction to any question shall be perfect. Your weak point is that you do not yet modify the self’s answer at first. Your instant reaction is the true one. When initiation prods you with a red-hot poker, the true reaction explodes from within. Do not lie to escape it, for it gives the self more to act out and lift.–Edna Lister, August 11, 1945

The instant reaction to whatever comes your way, shows you where you stand on the path.–Edna Lister, August 28, 1945

You must always perfectly coordinate your eyes, brain, and action. Let the eye judge and guide. It can do this. Give it a chance, and do not blunder on without it.–Edna Lister, September 19, 1945

Any action without proper timing results in chaos.–Edna Lister, November 24, 1947

After reaching a high point in ascension, the reaction to using idle words comes quickly as pain to the body. Lift it immediately to a cloud of Light to be consumed.–Edna Lister, June 3, 1948

If you put someone down, he will put you down, which scientificly expresses the law of action-reaction.–Edna Lister, October 9, 1950

When you criticize or judge a personal judgment, you cannot escape the reaction of law unless you pass the initiation on it. Law then legalizes your judgment as justice tempered by mercy. He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone.–John 8:7.–Edna Lister, June 4, 1951.

God cannot modify the law of action and reaction to suit your desires.–Edna Lister, June 7, 1951

You are endowed with all the Godlike potentials, which are the real values in your life. When you fulfill His promises and endowments, He produces through you. Ascension and conquering are your right actions; His reaction is inevitable.–Edna Lister, To Seek the Light, June 10, 1951

All spiritual debts fall under the great principle of action and reaction, cause and effect. Whatever you send forth must return to you. If you send it out as Light, it accumulates beneficially. When those who are of Light send out darkness, it returns a thousandfold darker. The higher you ascend in the Light, the quicker the effects of your slightest indiscretion return. This answers Why does this happen to me? When you send out Light, that Light returns with interest.–Edna Lister, June 12, 1951

Even your thinking starts the law of action and reaction into operation. Like a boomerang, whatever you aim at another returns to hit you.–Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951

You have an affinity for that which comes to you. If you do not like the reaction, change your action.–Edna Lister, Be-Attitudes, June 19, 1951

The law of action and reaction, cause and effect: When you allow one self-indulgence, your impulsive-appetitive soul demands another.–Edna Lister, The Candle of Glory, June 24, 1951

If you are satisfied that you are privileged to stand still but going no farther, the reaction for vowing and deliberately growing selfishly lukewarm is faster and harder with each degree.–Edna Lister, April 22, 1952

You get back what you send out under the law of action and reaction. Your words, blessings, curses or gossip, come home to roost, and sometime, somewhere you must eat every word you utter that is unlike the Love of God.–Edna Lister, Promises Are Keys, May 29, 1955

Any failure to conform to life causes you to break laws, which always reacts detrimentally. Life never conforms to anyone. Everyone, to live smoothly, must conform to life.–Edna Lister, Eternal Youth, 1956

You can liken your fourfold being—physical, emotional, mental and spiritual—to an iceberg with only the tip showing above the water. Only your smallest portion, the outer sheath, shows above the surface of your soul-life. The physical body, upon which the reactions of the other three portions register, is all that the world sees or knows.–Edna Lister, Eternal Youth, 1956

Every action creates its own reaction.–Edna Lister, June 18, 1956

“Every action creates its own reaction.”–Edna Lister

Surrounding others with Light should be like putting on socks and shoes when you dress. Your reaction should be instantaneous in the moment a need comes to your attention.–Edna Lister, August 22, 1957

When you stand in the Light, people will hand you all manners of reactions. Some people may hate what they see in the Light moving through you because you become a mirror in which they see themselves. They hate their own reflection, not you.–Edna Lister, August 22, 1957

Watch that you are not so absorbed in your own thoughts that you fail to observe the other person’s reaction.–Edna Lister, December 6, 1957

You cannot disobey the law of love with impunity. The higher you are, the greater the reaction of force.–Edna Lister, December 15, 1957

Every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.–Matthew 7:17-20. Your fruit are your reactions.–Edna Lister, December 30, 1957

Let your actions not belie your words.–Edna Lister, January 2, 1958

Only self can cause a suffering reaction.–Edna Lister, February 19, 1958

Nerves are the sentinels of action, or open channels for divine action. Any problem with nerves shows a lack of spiritual, mental, emotional, and imaginative protection.–Edna Lister, March 17, 1958

God sees where you tangled your feet before and why things happen that you do not understand. He holds back the reaction of law and lets only enough touch you so that you learn your lessons. Hold to your base of operations—faith—in full truth and loving trust in God.–Edna Lister, May 12, 1958.

When your actions are dull and uninspired, you are resting on a plateau. Arising from this is harder because of the law of inertia. Ask for more Light to move through and lift the crystallization that forms the dull indifference.–Edna Lister, July 24, 1958.

Your work on the Via Christa integrates your emotions in the Light so you may bring their roots to the Light consciously. You must become aware of emotional shifts before you permit self to react. No matter the situation, stand with arms folded across your solar plexus and declare, This is Light. This is good. This is God expressing.–Edna Lister, September 4, 1958

Never believe the fallacy that the other fellow becomes more selfish if you give of your love. The reaction you receive depends on the degree of your love. His reaction will reflect not only your love, but every remaining bit of selfishness, resentment, irritation, self-pity or pride in your subconscious mind. When you love enough, you cannot be hurt because the flowing faith of pure love absorbs everything that could touch you. The only way to move up from self is to ascend in consciousness and love God enough to forget the self and conquer it!–Edna Lister, October 13, 1958

“Only self can cause a suffering reaction.”–Edna Lister

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, the whole of it in action. To observe yourself and others’ reactions to you, that is essential.–Edna Lister, November 11, 1958

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

When you sacrifice your reaction to blame, more Light and Power can fill you. You must sacrifice even a feeling of guilt or self-blame to ascend.–Edna Lister, January 29, 1959

Action can also be prayer—the idea of ascending immediately, lifting your reaction.–Edna Lister, January 29, 1959

In explaining why obeying law is essential and in the student’s best interest, use examples of disobedience. Simply put, you cannot get away with disobedience any more than you can fire a rifle without recoil. Every action is followed by a reaction. Watch out; make sure your aim is true and the reaction will accord perfectly.–Edna Lister, February 8, 1959

To say, I must not let anyone else become involved in this, lest they be hurt is purely selfish, the self hiding from God. The soul’s reaction should be, At any cost to pride or self, I must make this right with everyone involved. Their blame or hurt shall be part of my gift, my payment to God. I shall lift it as I pray. Otherwise, subconscious guilt is born and retrogression has already set in. No one can think to hide it or cover and cower from acknowledgment or use the excuse, I don’t want to hurt another. In fact, you have already injured them.–Edna Lister, February 16, 1959

To misuse any of God’s principles reacts on those who dare to offend.–Edna Lister, May 7, 1959

Children do not know they have spiritual debts but they do experience the law of action and reaction, called cause and effect. Law apportions the reaction or effect to each according to his intelligence and ability to understand law. Otherwise, he could not withstand the reaction of the various degrees of misused Power returning to him as force.–Edna Lister, Jesus’ Seven Last Words, June 7, 1959.

Much of what is unexplainable under scientific laws may be accounted for under the law of action and reaction. Eastern philosophy calls this the law of karma.–Edna Lister, God as Personality and Principle, June 9, 1959

You reap whatever you sow. If you do or say undisciplined things, you find yourself caught in their reaction. Thus, discipline is a pattern most easily learned at home when we are young.–Edna Lister, Your Full Birthright, December 6, 1959

When you slip one iota’s worth below your vows, the physical body reacts.–Edna Lister, January 1, 1961

The reaction of law is more violent each time you repudiate a lesson. It is a sign of self that you do not want to give up, but are seeking to escape. You have the answer inside you. The law will initiate you each time, repeatedly. Your trouble is rooted in a lack of desire for God above all things. You do not know when you are in need, down in the mud. It takes only one word, a thought, an instant when your guards may lift you up before you sink low into self.–Edna Lister, January 23, 1961.

You are subject to instantaneous reaction of law, but are not open to cross-vibrations or interference except when you go low in consciousness.–Edna Lister, August 10, 1961.

You cannot afford to withhold the petty personal self from your surrender. You must cleanse self now. Otherwise, you cannot release the full Power, which would cause a reaction. If your vision is foggy because you did not lift the veil you have created by sinking into self, it could become tough selfishness unless you lift it now. You may not blame another. When you forget law, you rip the rungs from your ladder of ascension, and have nothing to stand on between you and the bottom. It is yours to lift, with no blame. The instant you blame another for whatever it is, you claim it as your own. It is so much simpler just to lift it into Light and declare it good, for this is the only way to rise above the law of action and reaction, echo and reecho.
  Only after you declare, This is good, and accept whatever it is to be lifted can you turn your soul vision to an outer problem, which has been brought into the Light for resolving. It is necessary that you accept, lift, and declare whatever problem another brings is good. Send Light to the problem and to the soul who brought it. Light clarifies the solution, and puts the words on the lips of the lifter. Once you claim a problem as yours, you identify with it, and are no longer in the Light waiting for the solution. This instruction is a super polishing to follow the Light.–Edna Lister, November 22, 1963

You can always tell when you are on the wrong end of things by your emotional, subconscious reaction, which otherwise may be difficult to identify.–Edna Lister, December 6, 1963

We are parts of God, His instruments. What we send forth, tainted or untainted, will draw the action or reaction of law.–Edna Lister, January 23, 1965

Faith is the first action. God stepped out on faith in the beginning when He said, Let there be Light! Faith gives you the inner vision to see to believe that law will work as the principles of cause and effect, action and reaction.–Edna Lister, Eternity Is Now Mine, May 9, 1965

Sacrifice of the self in favor of obedience to the laws of ascension is the right outer reaction in all situations.–Edna Lister, June 25, 1965

You must be vulnerable to be injured emotionally; if you believe you can be hurt, you react unknowingly and invite it. This law may operate at the physical level as well.–Edna Lister, Color and Tone, December 7, 1965

In the face of a reaction from the world, keep your eyes on the Light and declare, There is no reaction for this. Only God’s love touches me under any condition. I am part of God, His instrument, His servant of all the Light as Power.–Edna Lister, January 24, 1966

When God releases Light as Power from the Source through you, your reward is a thousandfold pressed down and running over according to the law of action and reaction. You can get back only what you give. Start your thousandfold reward now.–Edna Lister, June 27, 1966

When you can’t take or stand a person’s vibration, you are unconsciously reacting to his aura colors and vibration.–Edna Lister, Inherited Beauty, Your Past Displayed, June 13, 1967

Reincarnation is an expression of the soul substance life sparks reacting to past action.–Edna Lister, November 20, 1967

Lies and hatred react like boomerangs.–Edna Lister, June 24, 1968

No man’s thoughts can be higher or better than his standard of actions.–Edna Lister, Greek Philosophers and Mystics: Pythagoras and Plotinus, November 26, 1968

Remember the law of reaction. Stop giving that bully a reason to knock you down.–Edna Lister, November 4, 1969

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The Choice Is Yours: So are the Consequences

  Because you have chosen to be Chosen, you may not hold any thoughts of self or opinions of others in your mind or hearts, lest it dilutes your stream of life, causing grave delay for your own added things. All souls are under law. May the Father overindulge one child at the expense of another child? No, it may not be so. God will give to each according to the meting out of his own measure of substance. If that substance is much diluted, then he much delays his added things. Even teachers suffer this reward, for though pure Light moves forth from them as substance, still they are accountable for the lukewarm dilutions of that substance by those whom they lead, and so they greatly delay their own added things.
  Do students and followers consider this when delays come to those whom they follow as way-showers? No. They seize on their own lukewarm folly as an excuse to break from those they follow, saying, This teacher is not doing as well as I in living up to law. Therefore, I will no longer follow. In fact, they are receiving in return only that first part of law, which they have broken. All law the self uses for the self, to pleasure the self in satisfaction of accomplishment by the self is to be paid for by the self. In no way may another, regardless of desire, sacrifice or by assuming responsibility, pay for this self-indulgence for any soul. It shall so return to its own source for lifting and payment.
  Yet they then crucify the teacher whom they have but recently idolized. For while teachers may not pay a student’s debt, they may hold back the reaction of law for a space, by personal sacrifice, seeking to give the disobedient one time in which to gain strength and balance to see the pure law of justice. For only according to the soul’s use of law can he receive once more unto himself. God protects His own, forever, and no one ever is allowed to suffer beyond his own payment of broken laws. Even this is usually tempered and spread out over many ages, lest a child is lost to Light from rebellion, saying, Why should I be so treated when my saintliness is for all to see. Yet such a one, knowing their own sainthood so well, is thus breaking and misusing the law, which shall return again to them, even as the selfishness which is speaking it.
  Law is exact. No man may set aside one jot or tittle of it. It fulfills itself, exact and perfect in balance. To protest as to one’s own goodness or perfect use of law is in itself the Oversoul’s knocking at the door to be allowed in to sweep and dust, to cleanse the rational soul from self-ness. Always it works out in speech, in fault-finding with others, in planting seeds of doubt in others’ minds, in demands for recognition. These are signs of an awakening—not of sin or evil. When soul speaks thus, the old is being broken down. The new begins to seep in, and all is well. When a crack is made in the thick armor of the appetitive soul of self, the wise teacher is given to know how to widen the breach and free that soul from the smugness and self-satisfaction of countless ages. That teacher is usually misunderstood of man; however, well understood of God, the Father.–Edna Lister, October 14, 1941

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A Story that Illustrates Action and Reaction

How Justice Came to Murderous Jezebel: The complete story of Jezebel is told in 1 Kings 16:31; 18:4-19; 19:1-2; 21:5-25 and in 2 Kings 9. A Syrian princess of Sidon, she was daughter to Ethbaal, the chief priest of Baal, and a devotee of idolatry in his name. She married Ahab of Israel, a man of weak and evil character, although a king, and she thoroughly dominated him
  After Jezebel had all the priests of God driven from the land, the Lord’s prophet Elijah challenged all the priests of Baal to a test of their gods against the One God. After they had lost, Elijah had them executed, thus earning Jezebel’s undying hatred.
  When Ahab coveted his neighbor Naboth’s vineyard, which he would not sell, Jezebel had the man framed for blasphemy and executed (in reality, murdered) for his land. In reply, the Lord sent Elijah to prophesy the doom of Ahab and Jezebel, which came upon them in due course. Ahab died first in battle, and the dogs licked his blood. But the doom of his house was visited upon his equally wicked sons with Jezebel, namely Ahaziah and Jehoram.
  Following years of nearly constant warfare, Elisha, who had served Elijah, was appointed in his place after Elijah was taken up in the fiery chariot. The Lord commanded him to anoint Jehu king over Israel, replacing Ahab’s son, Jehoram, which he did. Then Elisha pronounced the final doom on Ahab’s son and Jezebel:
  Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I have anointed thee king over the people of the Lord, even over Israel. And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the Lord, at the hand of Jezebel. For the whole house of Ahab shall perish: and I will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel: and I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah: and the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her.–2 Kings 9:6-10
  And it came to pass that Jehu, as ordered by the Lord, slew Ahaziah and rode to throw Jezebel to the dogs: And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window. And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master? And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side? who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs. And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot. And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king’s daughter. And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands. Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of the Lord, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel: And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say, This is Jezebel.–2 Kings 9:30-37

New Testament on Action and Reaction

Jesus Is Tempted in the Wilderness: Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.–Matthew 4:1-11

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. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.–Matthew 5:25-26

Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.–Matthew 5:39-42

Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.–Matthew 5:44-48

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.–Matthew 6:1-4

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.–Matthew 6:5-6

If ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.–Matthew 6:14-15

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.–Matthew 6:19-21

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!–Matthew 6:22-23

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.–Matthew 6:24

Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.–Matthew 7:1-2

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.–Matthew 7:6

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.–Matthew 7:7-8

All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.–Matthew 7:12

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.–Matthew 7:15-20

Behold, there came a leper and worshiped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.–Matthew 8:2-3

Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.–Matthew 8:13

Behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.–Matthew 9:2

Behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.–Matthew 9:20-22

When Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened.–Matthew 9:27-30

Freely ye have received, freely give.–Matthew 10:8

He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.–Matthew 10:41

Every kingdom [consciousness] divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.–Matthew 12:25

Whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man (Christ) [personality], it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost [principle], it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.–Matthew 12:32

By thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.–Matthew 12:37

When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.–Matthew 13:19-23

Every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.–Matthew 13:52 [Hand write the laws you are learning, as a scribe, for this brings new insight into old laws.]

If the blind leads the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.–Matthew 15:14.

Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.–Matthew 17:18-20.

Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.–Matthew 18:18.

Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshiped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owed. And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.–Matthew 18:23-35

If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.–Matthew 21:21-22

Each will receive according to his works.–Revelation 2:23

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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.

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Etymology of action: Latin actus, a doing + actum, a thing done, both from agere, act-, to drive, to do.

Etymology of reaction: re- "again, anew" + action.

Action and reaction are reciprocal abstract principles, rooted in the Logos Emanation.

Action and reaction form the basic laws of doing.

The law of action and reaction inevitably brings initiations as you walk the Via Christa.


Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary, 2024.

Hewitt, Paul. Conceptual Physics, Pearson Education; 12th edition (May 6, 2014). See also Conceptual Physics.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

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

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