As a law of doing, balance is defined as "to weigh a matter, to estimate the two aspects or sides of anything, to ponder; to counterbalance or counterpoise one thing by, with, or against another, to bring to or keep in equilibrium; to compensate, neutralize the effect of, make up for, to settle an account by paying an amount due, to clear off a liability."

As a law of being, balance means "the power to decide or determine, authoritative control, that which balances, or produces equilibrium; general harmony between the parts of anything, stability or steadiness due to the equilibrium prevailing between all the forces of any system; equipoise of mind, character, or feelings, equanimity, mental composure, sanity."

“Soul ascension requires you to be balanced in all ways.”

Balance is internal poise and equilibrium in your service to God and to your fellow man. Balance is how living souls participate in the universal equilibrium. You must balance the scales of life, personally and within your sphere of influence, as you are able. You must become and remain balanced in emotions, thoughts, words, and deeds; this, in turn, creates physical balance.

You came forth from the divine equilibrium, and are here to create harmony, which you return to God as balance. Balance is an abstract principle, a law of being, rooted in the principle of nonresistance, a law of doing, and a virtue. Balance is the keynote of the third lesser trinity of the Via Christa, which includes the Degrees of the Eye of God, Simplicity and Sincerity.

– Linda Mihalic, Via Christa site editor

Edna Lister on Balance

Each person must absolutely balance the masculine and the feminine within. – Edna Lister, February 1, 1933.

Spiritual balance is the Emanations of Wisdom, Love and Selflessness in equilibrium. – Edna Lister, Fear of the Lord Is the Beginning of Wisdom, March 15, 1934.

Balanced nonresistance takes the just and middle course, unmoved by failure or success. When you live in balance, you are a magnet and "all things are added." – Edna Lister, Be-Attitudes, September 12, 1935.

You may not disturb another's balance or faith. – Edna Lister, August 19, 1938.

Seek balance in all ways. – Edna Lister, September 28, 1938.

The scales of justice must balance perfectly, so the smallest act is taken unto the final accounting. – Edna Lister, October 27, 1938.

Love, understanding, praise, and gratitude balance you. – Edna Lister, March 9, 1939.

You must balance the worldly and heavenly vibrations when you enter a business vibration. – Edna Lister, June 18, 1939.

God may apply the weight of delay to hold all vibrations in balance. – Edna Lister, August 30, 1939.

All debts must be paid, for law must balance. When you cause another to carry a load, you must then carry yours and his also. – Edna Lister, August 30, 1939.

Release God's Power to balance the world. – Edna Lister, September 8, 1939.

Hold to your center of balance to remain poised for twenty-four precious, golden hours every day. You must live in the servant creator's high place of destiny, never dropping back to that creature stage you occupied as a victim of fate and circumstance. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

Apply your mental faculties of logic, reason, discernment, discrimination, and discretion to attain soul balance. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

Compassion is your expression of Wisdom and Love in perfect balance as equilibrium. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

God acts through the Logos, the Word, which is equilibrium, becomes the harmony in all motion and action in the universe, and returns to the Source as balance. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

Equilibrium is the state of equal balance among all parts of a complex unity. Harmony is the combination or adaptation of related parts or elements to form a consistent orderly whole, agreement, accord and congruity. Balance means stability or steadiness due to the equilibrium prevailing among all forces of a situation, to bring or to maintain in equilibrium.

High balance under the Emanations, then, is maintaining harmony and equilibrium, which coordinate mind, imagination and emotions as perfect "knowing," which is a blend of spiritual seeing and hearing. Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

To ascend, you must accept your responsibility to sacrifice the petty self, and be flexible and balanced in your approach to life. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

When an unbalanced person demands perfection from another, hold both in balance until they can see clearly. – Edna Lister, February 25, 1941.

Remain tranquil; allow no person, situation or event to disturb your balance in joy and peace. – Edna Lister, May 6, 1941.

You never apply just one law to get an answer, but must apply each law in turn to reach true balance. – Edna Lister, October 3, 1941.

Law is exact, and neither God nor man may set aside one jot or tittle of it; law fulfills itself exactly and perfectly in balance. – Edna Lister, October 14, 1941.

Life itself follows mathematical laws, all under the rules of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. When you do not follow life's rules, you become unbalanced and confused. – Edna Lister, Life In a Nutshell, "Mathematics of Life," 1943.

When you are unbalanced in body, emotionally, mentally or spiritually, the planet is affected. – Edna Lister, January 18, 1945.

Any minute deviation from law causes an imbalance in body, heart, mind and soul. – Edna Lister, February 22, 1945.

Success balances failure when you become balanced through travail. – Edna Lister, June 3, 1947.

Balance is to know and care for all details. – Edna Lister, January 8, 1948.

When you balance your becoming of law by more than enough love of God, your Oversoul can descend closer to earth to o'ershadow you. – Edna Lister, February 26, 1949.

The universal Christ principle is the emanation of equilibrium, harmony and balance. – Edna Lister, From Light to Form as a Creator: Seven Breaths, August 2, 1949.

The Holy Spirit is the composite vibration of equilibrium, harmony, and balance. – Edna Lister, From Light to Form as a Creator, August 2, 1949.

Balance is poise and equilibrium in your service. Holding your balance is easier when you always ask of self, "What is that to thee? Follow me." – Edna Lister, Pentecost: The Way of Ascension, May 7, 1950.

Balanced action is always "doing the next thing next," with your eyes on the Light while ignoring outer appearances. Balance knows that it's never too late, it never takes too long, and lives without fussing or worrying. – Edna Lister, Pentecost: The Way of Ascension, May 7, 1950.

The purpose of initiations is to balance love and wisdom. – Edna Lister, October 5, 1950.

To be truth is to have perfect balance and poise, which is maturity. – Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.

When the ascending creator gods attain balance of love and wisdom, the world will right itself. – Edna Lister, June 29, 1951.

Never let anything unbalance you. Stand and wait until it rights itself. – Edna Lister, September 4, 1952.

Balance and harmony are fundamental principles of doing. Equilibrium is a fundamental principle of being. – Edna Lister, Atomic Energy and Creative Mind, September 30, 1952.

Everyone loves his soul creations, yet you create an imbalance and danger of a too earthy love life unless you put God first. Your poised approach in heaven brings the gift of balanced love on earth, without the little self's smothering, selfish love. – Edna Lister, The Mantle of Messiahship, October 12, 1952.

Each soul must become fully balanced. You may grow weary, but you must continue. You ask, "Oh, God, how long?" God asks, "Oh, child, when will you ascend to become balanced?" – Edna Lister, Ye Are Gods, November 30, 1952.

The high point of balance lies poised between self-condemnation and self-exaltation. Seek and find this place by loving God enough in constancy of joy, and stand thereon firmly established. – Edna Lister, February 24, 1954.

You achieve balance when you mate desire with will. – Edna Lister, Righteousness, April 7, 1954.

Soul ascension requires you to be balanced. Balance is the perfect expression of the joy, compassion, and loveliness of the Christ. – Edna Lister, Jesus, the Son of God, November 21, 1954.

You must accept God as balance in harmony and equilibrium. – Edna Lister, Jesus, the Ascended God, December 19, 1954.

Ask each day to see the day's balance sheet, and pour out love to cover the debits and the transgressors before you sleep. – Edna Lister, May 27, 1954.

To give, to receive graciously and thankfully, creates complete balance. – Edna Lister, I Accept, June 26, 1954.

A disobedient child is off balance. – Edna Lister, July 6, 1954.

Balance is honoring what God has given you so that your body expresses joy. – Edna Lister, Heavenly Manna, August 14, 1955.

You must stand at the exact center and hold your balance. – Edna Lister, April 18, 1956.

Faith is the exercise of balance between Love and Wisdom, and honor above all things. – Edna Lister, June 25, 1956.

Balance has four master switches: Be steadfast and unceasing in prayer. Be profligate in praise; squander praise like a millionaire. Be lavish in your desire to know and comprehend. Be vivid in imagination to see perfection as God sees it. – Edna Lister, The Glory, Your Ascension, November 11, 1956.

Imagination is where you lose your balance and come to grief. You see what you want, not what God sees. – Edna Lister, The Glory, Your Ascension, November 11, 1956.

Purge the self to attain balance: God must fill both sides of your balance scales until you are a pure channel, your eye of imagination stayed on perfection. – Edna Lister, September 9, 1957.

You develop a sense of fine timing and balance by constant conscious observation. – Edna Lister, Our Capacity for Freedom, November 17, 1957.

You must have pride in your ideals and be too proud to become unbalanced in any stupid temperamental way. – Edna Lister, What Money Cannot Buy, December 1, 1957.

"Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." – Matthew 18:20 symbolizes the three phases of soul, subconscious soul, conscious soul and super-conscious Oversoul, balanced as one. This is the meaning of "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." – Philippians 2:5-11 – Edna Lister, January 9, 1958.

You may unfold the mysteries only under divine balance. – Edna Lister, May 8, 1958.

You must overcome opinions and prejudices to attain mental balance. – Edna Lister, May 12, 1958.

The higher you climb, the smaller the thing that can throw you off balance in the abyss between comprehension and knowing. – Edna Lister, May 22, 1958.

Wisdom as will holds itself to one point of consciousness, but only desire, sublimated into love, will bring you into balance. Correlate every phase of life in balance with love, tie earth to heaven, and feel the interrelationship of all truth. – Edna Lister, As I See the World, June 15, 1958.

Discerning balance: You say, "What a disposition," automatically meaning the personality is off balance. Of a balanced person you say, "What a fine character." – Edna Lister, June 15, 1959.

Balance is the middle way. – Edna Lister, December 7, 1959.

To balance the power of inspiration, hold your hands above your solar plexus, heart and lungs. – Edna Lister, Realization, May 3, 1959.

Realization is the perfect balance in all phases of mind and soul. – Edna Lister, Realization, May 3, 1959.

Ascension is perfect balance. The struggle is to balance body, mind and soul until they all work together the right way. – Edna Lister, Realization, May 3, 1959.

The only possible emancipation from slavery to self is to balance self under soul. – Edna Lister, Realization, May 3, 1959.

"I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." – John 12:32. On an ascending vibration and sincere desire to lift, a mystic can enter a room and raise the vibration until everyone balances on the same high vibration, which is how you can spiritually see on another's vibration. – Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.

Idealization balances love and wisdom by ascending, expanding consciousness and touching the Source of All Power. Idealization is the catalyst and balance point between imagination and visualization. – Edna Lister, Idealization, May 10, 1959.

You dare to speak when you attain that balance between love and wisdom, because God puts words of truth upon your lips when your philosophy of life is truth. – Edna Lister, Your Philosophy of Freedom, June 28, 1959.

Orienting yourself to north is important for balance. Face north in your prayer work and treatments. Orient yourself to the cardinal points in the morning to open God consciousness and be balanced all day. This aligns your mind to focus attention to the north, up. – Edna Lister, I Am the Way, October 4, 1959.

Work under the principles that do the work in any activity: Harmony, equilibrium, and balance automatically coordinate desires, thinking, and imagination (emotions, mind, and imagination) to do the "greater works." – Edna Lister, January 1, 1960.

"He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do." – John 14:12. The principles of equilibrium and harmony rule as balance, automatically coordinating mind, emotions and imagination, controlling nerves and muscles as perfect spiritual seeing. These three principles combine as the Power that does the "greater works." – Edna Lister, January 1, 1960.

Giving must include a search for balance in pursuit of your life's expression. – Edna Lister, February 22, 1960.

You express balance as number and energy. – Edna Lister, How Can I Help Myself? May 31, 1960.

Balance is a fundamental principle of doing. We express harmony as color and love. You express equilibrium as tone and wisdom. You express balance as number and energy. – Edna Lister, How Can I Help Myself? May 31, 1960.

Seeing and hearing combine to equal perfect balance. The power of visualization etches a photographic negative on memory cells that creates perfect balance for simultaneous hearing and seeing. – Edna Lister, Steadfastness Through Vigilance, June 19, 1960.

Refusing to allow others to move you into false attitudes is a first step in ascension of consciousness. A false attitude is anything that causes you to forget your standing with God. You must be balanced in perfect poise always, allowing nothing to shift you from your rod of Power, the axis of balance. – Edna Lister, June 27, 1960.

All worldly difficulties stem from Wisdom and Love not being balanced. – Edna Lister, Do You Trust Your Own Decisions?, June 20, 1961.

The power of nonresistance runs the universe in equilibrium, harmony and balance. – Edna Lister, Your Key to Right Action, October 1, 1961.

God has given us three creative tools, desire, thinking, and imagination. Unless we balance them to work in unity, we do not have a balanced life. – Edna Lister, This I Know, December 3, 1961.

You have a balance wheel of honor, but unless you stand on the hub of the wheel, you will be broken into fragments. – Edna Lister, Honor Above All, April 8, 1962.

The whole way to balance in life is by adjusting to the virtues that others express. – Edna Lister, Honor Above All, April 8, 1962.

Something in your life is always moving up or down, ascending or descending. You must know how to strike a balance and walk upward calmly, not react when another spits at you. To descend in consciousness is unnecessary and unworthy. – Edna Lister, Integrity, Your Great Anchor, April 22, 1962.

If love and wisdom rule you, then your peace is the harmony among all phases of soul, subconscious appetitive soul, conscious rational soul and super-conscious Oversoul. – Edna Lister, What Is Compassion? May 6, 1962.

You can tell you are off-balance when you try to get someone else to see your view. – Edna Lister, December 16, 1962.

The higher the vibration, the more delicately balanced, and the more you must protect it from cross vibrations. – Edna Lister, May 6, 1963.

Under equilibrium and balance comes the action principle of gravity, which includes the laws of heat, attraction, cohesion, and repulsion, which are almost automatic in their operation. – Edna Lister, November 8, 1963.

Balance is the difference between leaning on someone or sharing; leaning weakens both parties, while sharing doubles the Power. – Edna Lister, November 22, 1963.

Spiritual universal Mother Love balances both time and space. – Edna Lister, Eternity Is Now Mine, May 9, 1965.

Only by living as the faith and love of God can you surrender to the point of perfect balance. – Edna Lister, Your Life, Detriment or Glory? June 5, 1965.

Beauty is harmonius, and harmony is beautiful. – Edna Lister, November 22, 1965.

The Word, spoken in balance in that moment, brings a perfect miracle. – Edna Lister, October 27, 1966.

Step higher in consciousness to regain your mental and emotional balance. – Edna Lister, Five Important Mysteries, October 27, 1968.

Acceptance leads to greater mental and emotional flexibility, which creates spiritual balance. – Edna Lister, Five Important Mysteries, October 27, 1968.

You have no balance without obedience to the five laws of health — diet, rest, exercise, water, and deep breathing, integrated with the spiritual dimension of life. – Edna Lister, May 5, 1968.

Obedience to God's law requires mental and emotional balance. – Edna Lister, May 5, 1968.

Reach out with arms of Light to cover everyone's transgressions, including the wicked, to sustain them until all can gain balance. – Edna Lister, From Surrender of Self to Soul Ascension, May 16, 1971.

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New Testament on Balance

Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. – Matthew 18:20.

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Old Testament on Balance

If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit; let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity. – Job 31:5-6.

A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight. – Proverbs 11:1.

A just weight and balance are the Lord’s: all the weights of the bag are his work. – Proverbs 16:11.

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Weigh your words in a balance, and make a door and bar for your mouth. – Sirach 28:25.

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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 – 1971
The original Christian Pioneering Mystic,
Platonist philosopher, American Idealist, Founder, Society of the Universal Living Christ, minister, teacher, author, wife, and mother.

Edna Lister

Etymology of balance: Latin bilanx: bi-, two + lanx, scale.

Balance is an abstract principle.

Balance is a law of being.

Balance is a law of doing.

Balance is a soul virtue.

Balance is a Via Christa Degree.


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

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

The Nag Hammadi Library. James M. Robinson, editor. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1981.

Related Topics

See Harmony

See Equilibrium