Attention is the action, fact or state of attending or giving heed; earnest direction of the mind; consideration or regard; the mental power or faculty of attending; practical consideration, observant care, notice.Oxford English Dictionary
  To be attentive is to steadily applying one’s mind, observant faculties, or energies, giving or evincing careful consideration, intent, heedful, observant.Oxford English Dictionary Inattentiveness is ignoring or being unaware of a thing.
  To attend means to direct the mind or observant faculties, to listen, apply oneself, to watch over, minister to, wait upon, follow, frequent, to wait for, await, expect.Oxford English Dictionary

“If you are not paying attention, then you are asleep.”–Edna Lister

  Attention is a law of doing, a faculty and a virtue. Paying attention is a function of consciousness and a magnifier: Wherever you center your attention, the Power follows and creates. When you are paying attention, you are alert and aware, fully cognizant of what is happening in your environment and consciousness.

Edna Lister on Attention

When you give all your attention to being the servant of all the Power of God, nothing of earth can resist you.–Edna Lister, 1934

Sustained attention to the good leads to new discoveries; continuous attention to the good is revelation. Paying sustained, continuous attention to the good means attainment in reality not merely in imagination.–Edna Lister, Attainment, November 7, 1934

The keynote of the silence is attention. The degree of silence you attain corresponds to your degree of attention. Your degree of attention is determined by your degree of interest. You must be interested in God in the silence, not paying attention to your body or the world.–Edna Lister, Attainment, November 7, 1934

Attention and intention turned upward become Christed.–Edna Lister, Faith Freed from Materiality, March 17, 1935.

Truth is hard to understand because the world’s glamour draws your attention away from it.–Edna Lister, Faith Reconsidered, March 31, 1935.

You must be able to pay attention, then to sustain attention. A declaration’s only worth is as an extension of attention. You cannot control your mind by a declaration, but by discipline.–Edna Lister, September 11, 1935

Pay no attention to darkness; declare for the Light.–Edna Lister, August 31, 1938

Pay no attention to seeming foes, who have no power but their own conceits.–Edna Lister, September 14, 1938

"Though a thousand shall fall at thy side and ten thousand at thy right hand."–Psalm 91:7, pay no attention to it except to continue lifting and praying.–Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941

Pay no attention to any self, yours or another’s; see only the Light.–Edna Lister, February 13, 1941

When one has full desire to be pure, the Father pays no attention to what he spits out from past incarnations for lifting.–Edna Lister, December 6, 1941

Awareness is a quality or state of being, the state of being informed and conscious, but without any action or active attention. You may be aware of a thing, then either forget it or pay attention to it. You often become aware of something through intuition before you give it your personal attention. Thus, awareness, attention and action form a trinity.–Edna Lister, Awareness, May 3, 1942

Once you have vowed and prayed, your breath keeps on ascending as a prayer vibration, even though your attention may be drawn in another earth direction.–Edna Lister, September 29, 1942

Keep the subconscious posted on everything that takes place around you. I have never had time just to work this out quietly. I have had to work it out right along with everything I must do, therefore, I have "seen" by observation along the way. You have powers of induction, deduction and analysis to use. Do not concentrate on the subconscious, for it will induct from the outer, whereas your job is to analyze as you go. Charge the subconscious to do so, then go about your business of being fully aware and mentally conscious. In other words, know what you are doing.
  Concentrate so that you focus your full attention on what you do while you are doing it. Leave the superconscious free to dwell and create above. Charge the subconscious to be alive and alert on all three levels while you look up occasionally and observe what is transpiring. Keep track of all three levels as you go. You recall from the subconscious, since it retains all experiences, conditions and situations. Each memory cell must be alive. Keep going to your high place, your room of light, to recharge your batteries. Maintain your whole house in order and leave out nothing.–Edna Lister, June 30, 1944

It takes constant practice, and holding focused attention, to train the subconscious mind to let go of its past rulership. It requires persistence to let the conscious mind stand as keeper of the floodgate of the River of Life, but the reward is far beyond the struggle.–Edna Lister, The Keys of the Kingdom, 1945

You are ascended because of your continued attention to law.–Edna Lister, February 19, 1945

The conscious mind tracks everything and plans the great work plus watching the subconscious mind attending to details. You track both levels simultaneously. You could cook, plan creative activity and carry on an intelligent phone conversation simultaneously. This is dwelling on several planes at once.–Edna Lister, June 23, 1945

Put 100 percent of yourself "on" when someone speaks to you. Focus complete attention on what you think about or do.–Edna Lister, July 16, 1945

You have no other eye than the single eye, which acts as a searchlight. You cannot snoop in others’ affairs while you are contemplating the laws of the universe. If your eye is single and focused on God, it cannot be focused on anything of earth. As you change your focus of attention, the searchlight will move upon it.–Edna Lister, July 31, 1945

Your full measure of service to truth is constantly and always to check yourself on indifference or carelessness, and to observe and attend to the details of living so that life or people can never catch you "off base."–Edna Lister, Six Creative Laws: The Keys of the Kingdom, September 1, 1945

Plan more loving attention to the smallest details of daily living.–Edna Lister, September 17, 1945

Pay attention. Do not tear down another’s contribution; build from there. You do not remember what people said because you were paying no attention.–Edna Lister, June 17, 1947

You must pay all attention to all things always. Don’t let your subconscious mind get away with a single thing. This you must do; face it, self-discipline is the way.–Edna Lister, July 20, 1947

You can hold the place you have gained only by attention to details, present and future.
  Pay attention! Saying, I’m sorry, about your carelessness counts as indifference.–Edna Lister, August 17, 1947

When you have no memory of instructions, it is due to lack of attention because of prejudice and opinions, preconceived ideas of your own way of how and why to do it.–Edna Lister, August 20, 1947

Pay attention to the new. If you pay no attention, you curse your self for dragging you down when you gave it orders of deliberate, willful intent.–Edna Lister, August 21, 1947

You do not become perfect by worshiping the self, but through attention and observation.–Edna Lister, December 13, 1947

Before entering an already set vibration, raise your vibration to its level. This calls for attention. You enter a set vibration at an office, home, shopping, etc., and raise your vibration of consciousness to cover that level. It might be below yours, but raise your awareness to understanding, which is agreeing with man and adjusting to God.–Edna Lister, January 8, 1948.

God pays no attention to the ugliness in peoples’ minds.–Edna Lister, Forgiveness, the Path of Glory, October 21, 1951

"A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee."–Psalm 91:7, yet it may not drag your attention from the Love of God.–Edna Lister, October 23, 1951

God pays no attention to lack of credits from the deductions your family gives you.–Edna Lister, Ye Are Gods, November 30, 1952

Your meticulous attention on the outer reveals your inner desire.–Edna Lister, December 2, 1953

Healing Power moves to heal wherever you consciously center your attention.–Edna Lister, Your Life’s Plan, May 16, 1954

You can attend with interest to those who bore you as easily as you can to the most brilliant persons.–Edna Lister, Heavenly Manna, August 14, 1955

Self distracts our attention with incessant questioning and doubts.–Edna Lister, Your Broadcasting Station, October 2, 1955

Anything you do is worthy of your attention, which is the right use of your devotion to God.–Edna Lister, Are You Interested in God? October 9, 1955

You must sustain your attention; if you pay only 5 or 10 percent attention, your creative and prayer molds fail, and the divine substance to fill them flows away.–Edna Lister, You Shall Decree, November 1, 1955

Accuracy of observation is learning to pay strict attention to what you are doing.–Edna Lister, Conquering Space, October 15, 1957

Some listen with only 10 percent of their attention. Become a full listener with all your attention to ascend in consciousness.–Edna Lister, Come Ye Apart, April 20, 1958

Inattention on your part is a lack of interest, courtesy, and consideration.–Edna Lister, January 8, 1958

When you truly start paying attention, the niggling details will become automatic.–Edna Lister, September 21, 1958

Prayer requires holding your full attention on God.–Edna Lister, Come Ye Apart, April 20, 1958

A mystic can ascend in consciousness under criticism without paying attention to what others think or say.
  Pay no attention to outer conditions or events, or the whining and complaining of subconscious mind, except to lift it all.–Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959

You can be "as perfect as your Father in heaven" by always keeping your mind and attention fixed on God. Paying attention is heeding the Lord.–Edna Lister, I Am the Truth, October 11, 1959

Pay no attention to criticism or praise, whether others blame or butter you up with flattery.–Edna Lister, How Can I Apply Law to My Life? June 7, 1960

To "wait" means to be a waiter, to pay attention, to give courteous service with consideration. "I make myself good and the other fellow happy. I give God the consideration of my love. I pay attention, always conscious that I am plugged in above."–Edna Lister, How Do I Wait Upon the Lord? June 28, 1960

If you focus your entire attention on a subject for ten minutes, you will know it.–Edna Lister, The Seven-Branched Candle Stand, October 10, 1961

Wherever you center your attention, there you have your miracles. You must choose — Light or dark, up or down, self or soul.
  When you pay attention to self, you notice aches, pains, lacks and needs; you create a miracle of needs! Our whole life flows into need-molds, which are full of holes, such as self-pity, and are always empty. When you pay attention to soul, the fullness of supply makes your molds self-sealing, and the substance doesn’t leak.–Edna Lister, The Soul’s Exaltation, November 13, 1961

Pay no attention to any negative, destructive ideas, or to any self, yours or another’s.–Edna Lister, January 21, 1962

Work at what is important and pay attention to everything you do.–Edna Lister, April 4, 1963

Your Power-line follows your attention. What you pay attention to, grows, so pay attention to living in the Light, in accepting the Light. Attention, plus Power acting, increases the life anywhere you focus. If you focus on needs, such as illness, you have a miracle of increase, and the illness grows.–Edna Lister, The Golden Fleece, July 4, 1965

There is only the one Power, and it must increase whatever you attend to, as you nourish it with desire, thinking and imagination.–Edna Lister, You Are Immortal Now, September 19, 1965

Slipping at times on details, especially doing what is not good for the whole world to do always, creates heavy cells of resentment, indifference, self-pity, etc.–Edna Lister, February 12, 1966

You cannot be too watchful in your use of discretion, discrimination or discernment and constant attention to details, not to let your attention slip.–Edna Lister, February 12, 1966

Watch self for attention to manners, etiquette and good taste.–Edna Lister, October 31, 1966

Shift your attention from appearances to the is-ness of being.
  Soul awareness is different from self-confidence. The difference is slight, but cross the line downward and there is danger. It leads fast into a bit of inattention and a dulling of vital awareness of the psychological warning bell.–Edna Lister, May 5, 1967

Guardian angels will remind you that you are inattentive by suggestions and sharp prods.
  Nothing is too hard, too long or too small for attention is the secret of ascension.–Edna Lister, June 2, 1967

Power follows wherever your mind fixes its attention. If your mind wanders, it will create substance into bits of this or that, but create it must.–Edna Lister, Let There Be Light, March 16, 1969

As a creator, you pay no attention to negativity on the outer.–Edna Lister, Your Chariot of Life, October 26, 1969

Never take attention away from another or draw attention to him that will embarrass him.–Edna Lister, Hold High Your Scepter of Power, May 31, 1970

Pay no attention to the false gods of earth.–Edna Lister, The Flaming Sword, June 28, 1970

Pay no attention to criticism or to the world.–Edna Lister, Faith Complete Now, November 15, 1970

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Treatments for Inattention

I am always alive and alert to give thoughtful attention to all that I do!–Edna Lister, 1956

A treatment for those whose attention wanders is, Name, come back into your body!–Edna Lister, 1959

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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 attention: Latin attendere, to heed: ad- toward + tendere, to stretch.

Attention is a soul virtue.

Attention is a mental faculty.


Attention is the voluntary direction of the mind on an object, with the intention of fully apprehending it. –William Hamilton

Attention is that state of mind which prepares one to receive impressions.–Henry Home, Lord Kames

When the ideas that offer themselves are taken notice of, and, as it were, registered in the memory, it is attention.–John Locke


Hamilton, Sir William. Lectures on Metaphysics and Logic, volume 2 of 4 vols. Boston: Gould & Lincoln, 1860, p. 136.

Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary, 2024.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

Home, Henry, Lord Kames. Elements of Criticism, volume 2 of 2 vols. Dublin: Charles Ingrahm, 1772, p. 483.

Locke, John. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Book II. London: T. Tegg & Son, 1825, p. 124.

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

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