To Bless, a Blessing

To bless is to make sacred, to consecrate, to hallow.Oxford English Dictionary
  A blessing is a hallowing or consecration; the authoritative declaration of divine favor and countenance, by God or by one speaking in His name; benediction; invocation of divine favor by anyone; the bestowal of divine favor and prospering influence of God; anything that makes one happy or prosperous; a gift or favor bestowed, a present; the rendering of grateful adoration.Oxford English Dictionary

“The Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them,
The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee,
and give thee peace. And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel,
and I will bless them.”–Numbers 6:22-27

  A blessing is a law of doing under the principle of the Logos and the spoken Word, and is also a soul virtue. A blessing is a benediction, literally a good word. Thus, a blessing is speaking the Word, a law of doing. What you bless, you consecrate to God. Your blessings help to heal the world.

Edna Lister on Blessing

Seeing is knowing.Thomas the doubting disciple needed to see to believe. Blessed are your eyes because through them you see. Thrice blessed are those who do not see yet believe.–Edna Lister, Enfolding All Truth, April 27, 1935

You use the same principle of Mind, which always starts something, either a blessing or a curse.–Edna Lister, Promises Fulfilled, March 4, 1948

Nothing measurable lies between blessing and cursing, only motive and intention. Whether a blessing or a curse, you stamp your name on the other fellow’s aura.–Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951

A blessing is a leavening thought that permeates the whole barrel of meal, the leaven in bread that feeds the whole family.–Edna Lister, Jesus, the Lawyer, November 28, 1954

Bless, and do not curse your own unruly tongue. When it betrays you, look at it in the mirror and tell it how beautiful it is and bless it until it drips rose petals and pearls.
  abits cling because you cursed them without blessing. Don’t curse yourself when you indulge a poor habit; for instance, declare that a cigarette represents the Power of the living God moving through and soothing every nerve in body. Gradually, you will no longer need them. Do this for others, too, instead of increasing their burden of habit.
  Set your mind at night in a track of blessing and exalting, not cursing, and negativity falls away.–Edna Lister, Jesus, the Descended God, December 12, 1954

Blessings invoke the principle of nonresistance to surround you with rays of repulsion that absorb anything the world can send.–Edna Lister, Four Phases of the Word, February 1, 1955

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

Do not curse what you do not want, but bless it. A psychological law says that you cannot be negative about anything, a character trait, person or situation, and have it turn out right.–Edna Lister, Aspiration and Prayer, June 19, 1955

You only have blessings and curses. Anything less than a blessing is a curse. A curse is anything that is not a blessing.–Edna Lister, July 23, 1955

Your blessings are diluted with your last curse. It always takes part of the Light you release to wipe out the curse. Dissolve the curse instantly, before you permit it to leave the room.–Edna Lister, September 4, 1957

You speak only blessings or curses. You are wonderful! is the perfect instant reaction. Anything less than You are wonderful! is a curse.–Edna Lister, October 10, 1957

Royal sense, which is comprehension above and beyond common sense, is unable to curse before blessing.–Edna Lister, October 30, 1957

You cannot simultaneously curse and bless.–Edna Lister, January 7, 1958

The great law of increase is to bless and to praise the seed of a miracle, no matter how small.–Edna Lister, The Miracle of Increase, April 27, 1958

The higher you ascend in consciousness, the more powerful your words become, whether they are blessings or curses.–Edna Lister, September 8, 1958

Every word you speak is either a blessing or a curse.–Edna Lister, September 8, 1958

What you bless increases; what you curse does too. That is the Power of the Word.–Edna Lister, A Charted Heaven, October 21, 1958

Count your blessings each morning and night.–Edna Lister, Being Without Self, November 2, 1958

You have only blessings or curses and just a tissue-paper’s thinness lies between the two.–Edna Lister, Love Unquenchable, December 7, 1958

Bless God always — "Blessed art thou, O Lord God" — so that He may bless you freely and lavishly.–Edna Lister, Manifestation, May 24, 1959

You have only curses or blessings to give to everyone whom you meet.–Edna Lister, May 28, 1959

You have only blessings or curses. I don’t like something is a curse. Bless everything with This is now good for my good.
  Bless anyone who praises you while returning their praise.–Edna Lister, How Can I Apply Law to My Life? June 7, 1960

Only a thin line separates a blessing from a curse.–Edna Lister, July 15, 1960

Law creates hourly after the pattern set by your words. You have created your life by your words, blessings or curses.–Edna Lister, October 10, 1960

You have only blessings or curses, and you contribute to the world’s light or darkness as you think, speak and act.–Edna Lister, Heaven: A Place to Fill, April 10, 1962

In your consciousness and choices, life is black and white, blessings or curses. On which side is "poor so-and-so"? You cannot simultaneously bless and curse.–Edna Lister, November 16, 1962

If it is not a complete blessing, it is a tiny curse and collects after its degree and kind as it goes forth.–Edna Lister, February 17, 1963

Bless the self for its interruptions.–Edna Lister, What Caused the Chaos, June 25, 1963

No space or time exists on the line of demarcation between good and evil, between blessings and cursing. It is either one or the other. Anything lesser must become the law of good, doing nothing but good. Look into the face of blackness and say, "You are good, and God is using you."—Edna Lister, November 13, 1963

God will not give you any greater blessing than you can believe you deserve. Stop condemning yourself to poverty by believing you are unworthy of God’s good.–Edna Lister, Before the Beginning, I Am, December 1, 1963

Make your every word a blessing.–Edna Miriam, January 7, 1965

Count your blessings when you awaken in the morning.–Edna Miriam, May 17, 1966

A blessing is a purifier, a cleanser, a holy communion, and changes any mundane substance (cigars, cigarettes, food, beverages, illegal drugs, or medications) into, a healing substance that is pure and holy.–Edna Lister, June 20, 1967

Everything and everyone you bless, the Master blesses with you.–Edna Lister, October 30, 1967

Know that the good is waiting to reveal itself to you, and bless it, though you do not yet see it. You must bless the old before the new can come. It works the same no matter what you are praying for.–Edna Lister, March 20, 1968

You can bless the most outrageous thing. Bless evil, call it good; evil cannot withstand the Power of God.–Edna Lister, June 18, 1968

Bless those who have been or done evil, for thus only may your word act to undo their creations.–Edna Lister, February 16, 1969

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Treatments for Blessing

If the most evil person in the world stands before you cursing, you can stand in Light and silently declare, "Father, thank You that this is turned into Light," and the declaration renders the adversary speechless. The transformation of an evildoer depends on your fervency in declaring that God’s Light is doing the work.–Edna Lister, October 28, 1969

I bless God, for this is the best day of my life.–Edna Lister, December 10, 1967

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New Testament on Blessing

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.–Matthew 5:44

Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.–Luke 6:27-28

Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.–Romans 12:14

The tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.–James 3:8-10

Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.–1 Peter 3:8-9.

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I set before you this day a blessing and a curse. A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day. And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods.–Deuteronomy 11:26-28

The Lord thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the Lord thy God loved thee.–Deuteronomy 23:5

And Moses and the priests the Levites spake unto all Israel, saying, Take heed, and hearken, O Israel; this day thou art become the people of the Lord thy God. Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of the Lord thy God, and do his commandments and his statutes, which I command thee this day. And Moses charged the people the same day, saying, These shall stand upon mount Gerizim to bless the people, when ye are come over Jordan; Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Joseph, and Benjamin:–Deuteronomy 27:9-12

And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
  The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways. And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee. And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee. The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them: And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.–Deuteronomy 28:1-14

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.–Psalm 32:1

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.–Psalm 119:1

The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked, but He blesses the habitation of the just.–Proverbs 3:33

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Blessing in Other Sacred Writings

Honor your father and mother (Wisdom and Love) both in word and deed, that a blessing may come upon you from them, for the blessing of the father establishes the houses of children; but the curse of the mother roots out foundations.–Wisdom of Ben Sirach 3:8-9

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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 bless: Middle English blessen, from Old English bletsian, to consecrate. This word was chosen in Old English bibles to translate Latin benedicere and Greek eulogein, both of which have a ground sense of to speak well of, to praise, but were used in Scripture to translate Hebrew brk to bend (the knee), worship, praise, invoke blessings.

Etymology of blessing: Middle English blessinge, from Old English bletsunga, bledsunge, divine grace; protecting influence (of a deity, saint); state of spiritual well-being or joy."

A blessing is speaking the Word, a law of doing under the Logos Emanation.

Blessing is a soul virtue.


Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary, 2024.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

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, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

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