Conscience, a Virtue

Preface by Linda Mihalic

Webster's 1828 Dictionary defines conscience as "Internal or self-knowledge, or judgment of right and wrong; or the faculty, power or principle within us, which decides on the lawfulness or unlawfulness of our own actions and affections, and instantly approves or condemns them. Conscience is called by some writers the moral sense, and considered as an original faculty of our nature. Others question the propriety of considering conscience as a distinct faculty or principle. They consider it rather as the general principle of moral approbation or disapprobation, applied to one's own conduct and affections; alledging that our notions of right and wrong are not to be deduced from a single principle or faculty, but from various powers of the understanding and will.

"The conscience manifests itself in the feeling of obligation we experience, which precedes, attends and follows our actions. Conscience is first occupied in ascertaining our duty, before we proceed to action; then in judging of our actions when performed. The estimate or determination of conscience; justice; honesty. Real sentiment; private thought; truth; Consciousness; knowledge of our own actions or thought."


Thus we see that the world defines conscience as "the awareness of a moral or ethical aspect to one's conduct with the urge to prefer right over wrong." Conscience is both a soul virtue and a mental faculty.

Conscience is that soul impulse which directs you to right conduct. Conscience, your moral compass, speaks as the voice of your moral and ethical code. Your soul uses your endocrine and central nervous systems to tune in on a light wave and hear the Voice of God. Your guardian angel and the Master may also speak to you through the voice of your conscience.

A sociopath is conscienceless, someone who has repeatedly, throughout many lives, so ignored and debased his moral and ethical code as to have become a "son of Belial," a soul that misused so much soul substance as to be nearly worthless. A sociopath is both wicked and lawless, a vector of inquiry and often of perversion.












Edna Lister on Conscience

Your thoughts are constructive or destructive, and you must bring them all before the judge of conscience, to be self-reviewed. – Edna Lister, The Dividing Line, May 27, 1934.


You may improve yourself morally by being honest with self and others, by remembering that right is right and wrong is wrong, by helping others, by being charitable, by avoiding temptation, and by living now, not in the past or the future. – Edna Lister, How to Improve in Every Way, January 4, 1936.


You hear God's orders completely under law and direct to the voice of conscience. – Edna Lister, October 1, 1938.


Most people can hear only the voice of their own innermost desires. Let go fully of all that limits your vision and perfect hearing of the Master's voice. You cannot hear his voice unless you accept responsibility to conquer self. Yet when you listen, his voice may come from many directions, the Bible, books, lectures, your thoughts, in conversation with others or through outer circumstances. – Edna Lister, October 20, 1939.


You acquire consciousness and creative conscience. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.


When conscience yawns with your first inspiration, aspiration prompts the soul to begin the long travail of ascension. As your soul awakens brain cells, the "officer" of soul conscience arouses remorse and delivers you to the "prison" of regret, where you repent quietly and alone, after remorse and grief make self sorry. Your soul takes charge and begins trying.

Conscience is born when you hear about it, a sense of remorse awakens, and an albatross of guilt plagues you. One who rehashes his guilt is unconsciously remorseful, and begins doing when he tires of chewing the cud. – Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.


The first misstep softens morale and the moral stance, making the second mistake easier. Weakened moral fiber inevitably leads to the point where all that remains are selfish desires, until you can't say yes or no. – Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.


As conscience develops, it awakens remorse for past deeds, and begins to teach you a better way to live. – Edna Lister, The Candle of Glory, June 24, 1951.


Conscience is the judge, your Oversoul speaking as conscience, reminding you of law. – Edna Lister, The Candle of Glory, June 24, 1951.


The way of self is hard, and you are always kicking against the pricks of conscience. – Edna Lister, The Golden Silence, September 28, 1952.


Our Oversoul speaking is always reminding you of law through your conscience. – Edna Lister, I Accept, June 27, 1954.


The call of conscience comes when you get off target, which is why you may feel right or wrong about some event or choice. A soul can shut out the Light until it cannot penetrate, but such a soul has no conscience. – Edna Lister, July 23, 1955.


Your conscience is guilty when your soul consciousness reminds you of your vows. – Edna Lister, April 15, 1956.


You hear the Voice of God with your brain cells. – Edna Lister, October 21, 1956.


Criticism is so rampant today that even the lowest life forms are developing a conscience. – Edna Lister, May 29, 1957.


Fault finders are just awakening to the idea of Christed stature. – Edna Lister, May 29, 1957.


An oracle stands for and expresses truth in business, social or family life to the best of his ability, prays much, praises much, and has always had the vision and heard God's Voice speaking. An oracle has always accepted that the Voice of God speaks to him when he is teaching, from the lowest grades to the highest, as words from above put on his lips, and that phrasing is an oracle's service. – Edna Lister, December 16, 1957.


A Master [the degree] learns honor by polishing his or her ethics and morals. – Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.


Love awakens conscience. – Edna Lister, June 22, 1959.


"The dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live." – John 5:25. The dead of this world have no time left for God because their world revolves around the self only. – Edna Lister, I Am the Life, October 18, 1959.


Injustice is the death of moral being; it is moral evil, falsehood in action. – Edna Lister, The 33 Degrees of Soul Conquering, October 20, 1959.


As you hearken, you hear the Voice of God. Day or night, your mind tunes in the problem's answer from divine Mind under prayer, yet you must listen when God calls you. – Edna Lister, Hear, Hearken, Heed and Obey, November 8, 1959.


Conscience forms character, which is "the sum of the moral and mental qualities that distinguish an individual, the individuality impressed by nature or habit on man, mental or moral constitution." Character also expresses moral qualities strongly developed or strikingly displayed. – Edna Lister, Is it Right to Ask for Myself? June 14, 1960.


God speaks to you as your conscience. The true voice of conscience is the Light penetrating the memory cells so that you remember truth. – Edna Lister, The Ladder of Faith, December 18, 1960.


While you may be moderate in your relationships to all on the outside, you live in absolute morality in everything that means God's honor. You cannot be moderate about the principles that cover morality. – Edna Lister, October 12, 1961.


Religion deals with the laws governing humanity's morality. A child becomes moral under discipline and training. – Edna Lister, The Seven-Branched Candle Stand, October 24, 1961.


The rational soul must first listen to the Oversoul before it can hear the Voice of the Source. – Edna Lister, January 29, 1963.


You use the endocrine glands to tune in on a light wave and hear the Voice of God. First, you must ascend to close out the physical and mental sound waves and to escape earth's gravity. – Edna Lister, November 18, 1963.


"This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: that ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour." – 2 Peter 3:1-2. Oversoul conscience is "your pure mind," the Christlike part of your soul that lives in integrity, honor, and calls your incarnate soul to remembrance. – Edna Lister, Loveliness and Beauty, October 25, 1964.


"He that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers." – John 10:2-5. You must know the voice of your Shepherd. – Edna Lister, The Good Shepherd, November 1, 1964.


To repent, you must return to perfect moral balance. – Edna Lister, June 19, 1967.


Morality means to live by honor to God, loyalty to God, and integrity in your relationship with God and man. – Edna Lister, The Great Modern Problem, November 12, 1967.


The River of Life is divine Mind flowing through you as the voice of conscience. – Edna Lister, Awareness and Becoming Law, May 26, 1968.


Most people do not hear the voice of God calling. – Edna Lister, From Earthbound Slavery to Winged Glory, June 23, 1968.


When God speaks, He gives you time to put it on the altar and wait to prove whether He is speaking. – Edna Lister, The Flaming Sword, June 28, 1970.

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Soul Guidance versus Self-Will

Light moves through a situation only when you say, "This is good! Let there be Light!" Then time and space meet as the eternal now. You can discriminate between soul guidance and the use of force under the self-will only under Light; otherwise, your intellectual self is merely deluding you. There is no self in soul. You cannot have it both ways; you may choose to have your credits on the inner or the outer, but never in both places at once. – Edna Lister, December 9, 1959.


Soul Guidance

Self-Will Aggression

Soul is restful and quiet.

Self-will is urgent and boisterous.

Soul is leisurely and
waits for the right time.

Self-will is insistent and forceful.

Soul unites people.

Self-will divides people.

Soul cleans up one's own sins.

Self-will spotlights another's sins.

Soul always gives God the
outer credit and glory.

Self-will takes credit.

Soul is out for
modesty, poise and obedience.

Self-will is out for appetites, sex,
financial success and security.

Soul accepts the Cross of Christ
in daily life.

Self-will creates crosses to
crucify self and others.

Soul brings freedom.

Self-will creates frustration.

Soul leads to decisive action.

Self-will leaves you feeling
complacent and unreal.

Soul makes you live in the peace of the presence of God.

Self-will makes you wallow in
self-righteousness.

Soul says, I don't know what to do, but God will tell me what He wants me to know.

Self-will says, I know. You don't. I'll tell you what we will do.

Soul requires rigid discipline of self that is not cruelty or fasting until you've starved, but balance under God.

Self-will gives the self unbridled freedom to act the part of the soul,
the conscious mind.

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The Voice of Conscience

Edna Lister created this Bible study outline for May 27, 1947, Cleveland, Ohio. Scriptures: Amos 5:6-15 and Amos 5:21-27.

"Seek the Lord, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel. Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth, seek him that maketh the seven stars [Pleiades] and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The Lord is his name: That strengthens the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress. They hate him that rebukes in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly. Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them. For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right. Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time. Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the Lord, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken. Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph." – Amos 5:6-15.

"I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. Though ye offer Me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. Take thou away from Me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. Have ye offered unto Me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your God, which ye made to yourselves. Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the Lord, whose name is The God of hosts. – Amos 5:21-27.

The kingdom of Israel had become divided in consciousness and lost its power as a nation. They had fallen from worshiping the one God, Jehovah, and turned to false gods, setting up idolatrous altars throughout the land. The rich oppressed the poor and the people's desolation was great.

God called Amos, a shepherd of the tribe of Judah to prophesy to the people, to arouse them to turn away from their evil ways. If they would again seek God's good, El Shaddai Tsabaot, the Almighty God of Hosts would be with them. They might live as a nation.

This lesson is a challenge to change from old ways and habits of thinking and living. Each must learn to live victoriously by the laws of God.

We know the universe is run by law, for there is every evidence of it. It expresses perfection in each part, and such perfection results only from perfect obedience to law.

Each soul is a universe within itself, and each learns to express perfection by knowing and obeying principles and laws. When you conform to and work with laws and principles, your expression of them is perfectly aligned with God's plan for you.

Two thousand years ago, Jesus came and taught the laws of love, which, added to the laws of life given through Moses, created the new Christed vision for the world. Man is just now beginning to realize the fullness of this vision and how to use it in joy and happiness.

The Master taught three outstanding laws – the law of love, the law of faith and the law of praise through joy. When you learn how to work with love, faith and joy, to let them use you, they will work for you.

"Return to him who does you wrong your purest love, and he will cease from doing wrong; for love will purify the heart of him who is beloved as truly as it purifies the heart of him who loves." – The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ, 11:11.

Love is transforming power. The prefix "trans" means "across, beyond." To transform is to take form in a different state or place.

As love heals a body or a soul, it changes its form into a higher state, it changes cells, flesh form and disposition. For fifteen minutes a day, practice becoming an expert in using the law of love. Working at anything for fifteen minutes a day will make you an expert, if you stick to it. Becoming an expert in love is as easy as being an expert in criticism, doubt or worrying.

Practice loving the situation or condition you wish to change. Love the place you work, the job you do, the house you live in, your old car. Love your enemies, the opposing factor, your worst favorite. Love, added to the creative power of thought, works wonders. This is how the law of love pays dividends.

The law of faith is, "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." – Hebrews 11:1. Faith is the substance with which you create from the invisible to the visible. Faith is the assurance of the things you hope for, your surety of God's omnipotence. Faith is how you know that substance is there and that God always says yes.

Maintain spiritual contact by staying in the high place of consciousness. So, with that assurance of knowing, nothing can hold back your miracles.

Peter could walk on the storm-tossed waters as long as he looked up in consciousness toward the Master, and remained at one with him. When he let his mind turn to thoughts of the lashing waves, his doubt and fear caused him to sink.

In his moment of need, he cried, "Save me, Lord," and regained his fearlessness of soul. By evicting the doubts from your thoughts, you can remember that whatsoever you ask, God will grant. You can maintain your spiritual contact because the law of faith works.

The law of joy is the key that opens the door to release Power. When your heart is filled with joy, you naturally express through praise and rejoicing.

Paul and Silas used prayer, praise and singing to set up a vibration that caused the prison walls to rock. This same Power will open doors before you to new opportunities and miracles of healing.

The prophet Amos represents conscience, the voice within that directs you to action when you let it speak. He acts as the conscience of the children of Israel when he warned and admonished them for following evil ways.

The voice of conscience acts as a teacher, presiding over your inner life. It constantly warns you when you slip, when your lines of love-Light are sagging. Yet you adulterate this voice of inner assurance when you cave in to fear and doubts. Then self-pity causes you to lose your joy.

By keeping your mind and heart attuned, ever looking up in consciousness, you remain aware and open to the inner voice. Conscience then directs and guides your choices and actions in the ways of right thinking, building of right pictures in imagination and right use of substance through emotions.

As you let conscience, which is God speaking within you, be your guide, you find your problems solved, your needs supplied. The inner voice of conscience establishes harmony, which alone brings happiness.

Remember that love is unquenchable fire, ever renewed from above. Faith is unconquerable. Joy is invincible. As you become faith, love and joy, you become the all-conquering sons and daughters of God.

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Edna Lister created sermon outline for July 1, 1951, Buffalo, New York. Scripture: Matthew 5:21-26.

"Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: but I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. 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 5:21-26.

The Sermon on the Mount covers every angle of human relationship and three stages of evolution. All stages of consciousness can understand Jesus' Sermon at some level. The creature-state of consciousness understands "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill. Whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment." – Matthew 5:21.

The son or daughter of man state of consciousness comprehends "Whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council." – Matthew 5:22.

The son or daughter of God state of consciousness knows "But whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hellfire." – Matthew 5:22.

The first step belongs to the creature only, the one who kills for the lust and love of destruction. In the second step of development, the son or daughter of man must have a just or righteous cause for his anger and destruction.

At the third step in development, the son or daughter of God learns the folly of calling names, and the difference between being judgmental and judging righteous judgment.

The creator knows that the first misstep softens morale and the moral stance. Each misstep weakens the moral fiber inevitably leading to the point where only selfish desires remain, until you cannot say "yes" or "no."

The creature consciousness "believes in" law. The son or daughter of man consciousness is "knowing" that law is. The son or daughter of God consciousness comprehends law. The creator becomes law in the fourth dimension of the invisible universe.

You gain fourth dimensional success by "agreeing with the adversary" or having the adversary take you to the judge, who hands you to the officer, who casts you in prison. Who is this adversary? Who is this judge? Who is this officer? Where is this prison?

Three other stages mark the living soul's descent. Creature consciousness gives way to the judge of conscience, who hands you to the officer of guilt, who casts you into the prison of regret.

Creature consciousness, awakening to the living soul, gives the first indication of a judge, his conscience. With more Light entering, the officer of remorse begins to make you conscious of guilt, which leads to anguish and feeling without hope. Thus, the self is cast into the prison of regret, and must repent to be set free.

The living soul descends, one degree at a time, from conscience to regret. This process integrates other states of consciousness as well:

Conscience hears about it, remorse talks about it, and regret thinks about it. From the first glimmering of conscience to regret, you begin to awaken a desire to do something about it.

Yet you waste time "trying" to forgive self and others. The son of man consciousness excuses, justifies and exalts the self, but is doing something, even if merely treading up and down on the same step.

The son of God must lay his gift of the little self on that altar and seek his brother, to redeem his own soul substance. Only then can he know freedom. You must recall all the soul substance you invested as you stamped your name all over those whom you have criticized and condemned.

From the son of God consciousness, it is only one step up to creator consciousness in the fourth dimension of invisible substance. From the doing stage, you reach the becoming stage.

Declare, "I accept that all my creations are now good. I accept all responsibility. Above all, I accept that comprehension is becoming law and giving my great gift of self to God, all in the fourth dimensional realm."

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I Agree in Time 2

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated July 1, 1951, Buffalo, New York. Scribe: Edna Bender. Scripture: Matthew 5:21-26.

"Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: but I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. 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 5:21-26.

No one can understand the Bible without knowing and comprehending its code of Light. Biblical revelation is a key to humanity's search for soul growth. The Sermon on the Mount holds the soul mysteries, but the code is difficult to decipher.

We use logic, reason, discrimination, discernment and discretion to rearrange and unfold the steps, to learn how to become a servant of all Power. The ancient schools veiled the mysteries because if they were as obvious as A, B, C, those who consorted with darkness would have burst the universe asunder with their misuse of Power.

So, the ancients deliberately made it hard to read the Bible's code of Light. You must discover, then comprehend this code for soul growth.

The Sermon on the Mount is our textbook of life. It covers every angle of human relationship, and the living soul's ascent in three definite stages of development from creature to creator.

The world's creatures believe in the natural "law of the jungle," self-preservation and self-defense, and show fear instinctively. They ignore "you shall not murder," and kill for the lust of destruction.

The devastation would continue wholesale if divine law provided no repayment. Since the creature consciousness must learn a good hearty fear of retribution, law's reciprocal judgment is harsh. One who judges another unjustly draws harsh judgment to himself.

"But I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire." – Matthew 5:22. In the son of man stage, one believes he has a just cause for his anger, which he calls "righteous judgment." However, he is usually self-righteous.

Anger is a killer, which slashes the aura, attacks the weakest physical point of its target, creates the climate for disease, and the body may die. Anger kills positive virtues, such as hope and love, and is a perfect way of slowly destroying you.

In the son of God stage, you know the higher law of action and reaction, of cause and effect: If you indulge self once, you will indulge self often, including slander, gossip and hate. You do not dare to point a finger, or hold scorn or contempt for others, knowing you will meet "hell fire" in initiations.

Hebrew law unfolds the stated commandments, and we can use this code to unfold and analyze the word "Hell":

H represents a ladder of Light that represents angels at your elbows, crutches you use, legs you stand on, and the rungs you climb.

E represents creative Mother Love on earth, God's nurturing Power expressing as you to nourish and sustain.

L represents the Via Christa, the Way of Christ, the path you tread and initiations you take consciously or unconsciously.

L is also the heavenly glory and Light of God's Power that descends and moves through you for Ascension.

Symbolically, "Hell fire" is God's divine fire moving through you for ascension, and what a comfort it is to know that you have a higher place to go. You can never ascend as a creator unless you burn away the little self.

What a long step you must take to become a son or daughter of God, from irresponsibility to realizing that what you send out returns sevenfold as cause and effect. You must sacrifice the "little me" of appetitive soul and eat your idle words.

The creature "believes" and "tries" just enough to "get away with it." He "tries" to love his enemies, "tries" to conquer self, but cannot stand the heat in the kitchen. The son of man's "knowing" comprehension never depends on hindsight. You may not know everything, but you trust that God does.

You integrate and ascend from belief to comprehension in five stages: — you hear about truth, talk about truth, think about truth, begin to do what truth requires, and from doing, you become truth. you cannot reach truth without these five steps, and no one can be truth without doing truth.

As a "do-er," the creator agrees with God and adjusts to man without arguing, because he does not need to. As a creator, you enter the invisible fourth dimension to live by the Oversoul's laws, which bring greater health, wealth and security.

Most people are still in the "I'll try" Neophyte state between thinking about truth and being truth. You "try" and fumble blindly until you realize that this means you. You begin "doing" when you ask "Why doesn't the law work for me?"

Jesus said, "Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift." – Matthew 5:23-24.

What better gift can you lay on the altar than your little self? What else can you give? You must sacrifice the little self, not just "believe" and "try." Give God your gift of self while you cover others' transgressions with Light. You forget to take advantage of others, or of a situation. You begin to lift your enemies into the Light, saying, "I accept that this has come into my life. I find my lost soul substance within this."

God adds as much purified soul substance as you have redeemed, as you lift and declare it good and very good. He reinvests it in you as a gift with 100 percent interest.

"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. Who is this adversary, this judge, this officer? What is this prison?

You invest soul substance when you raise your voice in anger, criticize or ridicule yourself or others. The doers of darkness use your negative expressions.

At last you see that the petty little self is your only adversary, which can squander soul substance until it becomes a "dweller on the threshold" of consciousness, an aggregate of opinions, prejudices, the evils the self creates in its misuse of soul substance and law.

You lose your place by misuse and must start again to learn, apply and practice law to stay on the path. "I accept. I agree and have no living adversary. At last I act with Power using me as its servant."

"I'll try" holds out on God. You are "trying" to ascend, but still reserving the so-called right to hatred or anger until you learn the danger of hell fire in name-calling: You stamp your name in black with every ugly epithet you call another, and create darkness.

Nothing lies between blessing and cursing. Law recognizes no difference between cursing a country, or a man. You invest soul substance in what you condemn. In an extreme case, you could lose your body by criticizing your worst favorites, who can live on your soul substance. You give them a chunk of you, opinion by opinion, until you have nothing left.

The creature lives by urges, eating, sleeping and mating, and "kills" what gets in his way. Conscience is the "judge." The first step up is when conscience rolls over and yawns.

We cannot predict when conscience will awaken, for God judges when the creature has earned the first portion of a living soul, which consists of the same universal substance as a rose. God names and numbers the universal substance He used as He bestows the living soul.

The selfish creature aspires with the soul's first touch, breathes in the soul and is inspired by it. Conscience begins to stir with the first inspiration, and aspiration prompts the soul to begin the long travail of Ascension.

As the living soul descends to awaken dormant brain cells, the "officer" of soul conscience arouses remorse and delivers you to the prison of regret, which is repenting quietly and alone, after remorse and grief make "little me" sorry. The soul takes charge and begins "trying," which is an act of growth here.

When the creature hears about law, conscience awakens a sense of remorse, and an albatross of guilt plagues him. One who rehashes his guilt is unconsciously remorseful, and begins doing when he tires of chewing the cud.

The desire to do is the third step. You must accept that you will someday become as perfect as your Father in heaven, and pretense is not enough. Trickery may give you something for nothing temporarily, but works in reverse over the long haul.

Keep trying between the stages of blind faith and belief, and when you have tried long enough, it becomes an act of faith. Faith and knowing must become one.

You take many initiations to cleanse "little me" during the struggle from belief to faith, from trying to doing. The creature easily looks down the nose at family and the world.

The son of man must accept that he must strive continually to become perfect as his Father in heaven, or he regresses, even to the creature stage. No matter how high you climb, you can always slide down the greased pole of self.

"Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." – Matthew 6:33. God is drawing our planet to the heart-fires of His Love and you cannot "wait until later" to be good. Ascend to the fourth dimensional step and make room for your angelic Oversoul, which descends and lifts you into the creator state.

Creator comprehension is the fourth dimension of all Power and Love, where you move from doing into becoming. The creator bridges the abyss of self and enters the realm of the miraculous.

Healing is the descent of the full living soul, which happens when you direct enough Light, as atomic energy, into the dross to burn out the dark place that spews it.

God cannot heal anyone until his darkness surfaces. He becomes conscious for a time and ascends, though the healing may last only temporarily, until he accepts that "Physician, heal thyself" – Luke 4:23, means him.

So often we fail to take time to ascend into the Light, which is taking time to become a creator. Creatures and the sons of man do not know how to ask for this, yet we, as creators-in-training, can seek people to help. When you ascend to the fourth dimension, you have learned the glory of agreeing to be a creator.

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Loveliness and Beauty

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for October 25, 1964, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: 2 Peter 3.

"This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, "Where is the promise of his coming?" For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the Word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hastening unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." – 2 Peter 3.

Peter was the strongest and most aggressive of the disciples. He was a natural leader and became their spokesman. He was the first to make the great confession, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." – Matthew 16:16. He became Christianity's chief personage and preached the first sermon.

With Peter, Jesus founded his church upon "rock," which is what Peter's name means. Petros is one rock, and Petra refers to a rocky mass.

Peter was always God-conscious, and never forgot his mission. You are supposed to become as a little child to enter the kingdom. As a child never forgets a promise, so you must remember your mission.

Peter could have written this Epistle for us today, since he describes an exact sample of what we find in the world. He starts by saying that he desires to stir up our pure minds to remember that three types of unbelievers have always followed the congregation of the faithful.

First, the scoffers have been with us since the beginning and will remain with us to the end. Second, we have always had to deal with those who are willingly ignorant, those who do not want to remember, but to argue. Finally, the unlearned and unstable have always wrested the truth of Scripture apart, "to their own destruction."

Peter makes his first appeal to our "pure minds," which is the I AM consciousness of Oversoul. The world calls this conscience. When you live by the Oversoul's faculties of honor, loyalty and integrity, you preserve the pure mind of a little child.

The scoffers want to forget the truth and their promises, but a little child never forgets. Your pure mind holds you to your promises, even when things are getting worse. The willingly ignorant are willfully ignorant, wishing no reminder of their responsibility.

The unlearned and unstable work to twist and distort the truth, deflecting it from themselves. They pervert law to meet their own desires and thus create their own destruction.

In the prehistoric past, the evil on earth had gotten out of hand. Then came the "rebellion in the skies," in which our planet and solar system was thrown from its original place. Floods swept over the earth, destroying civilizations that various cultures have called Lemuria and Atlantis.

Truth backs the flood story of Noah's time. According to the narrative told in the sixth through the ninth chapters of Genesis, God ended the flood with the promise that He would never again destroy the earth by water, but by fire in the last judgment. Perdition is pictured as a lake of fire that brings eternal death, fire in which identity is absorbed. The scattered life sparks are thus purified, lifted and raised in vibration. All old forms of hatred are so consumed.

"Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." – 2 Peter 3:13. Peter recalls the promise of a new heaven and a new earth in the thirteenth verse, thirteen being the number of the Christ.

"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering. – 2 Peter 3:9. Peter reminds us, not so subtly, that the Father is not like humanity, forgetting promises that are difficult to keep.

"One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." – 2 Peter 3:8. God does not reckon time on a human scale.

"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." – 2 Peter 3:10. Your every test and trial form the temptations that follow great spiritual illumination. What manner of persons ought you to be?

Atomic and hydrogen bombs melt the elements with fervent heat. Atomic radiation fills the world and people fear it. Yet you may declare that this is the prophetic fulfillment of the Lord coming with lightning to set the earth afire. The "great noise" describes breaking the sound barrier.

Let nothing steal your faith, honor, loyalty or integrity as you await the coming of the Lord. Continue looking for a new heaven and a new earth in consciousness before they arrive in fact.

As you look for and hasten to the coming of the day of God, remember to love enough. Great souls, not embodied, hover over earth to lift the evil and darkness from it. Their vigilance and lifting, combined with Yours, leaves no chance that evil could win over Your pure mind.

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Stories That Illustrate the Voice of Conscience

Elijah Heard the Still Small Voice: And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. – 1 Kings 19:11-12.


The Good Shepherd: He that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. – John 10:2-5.

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New Testament on Conscience

The scribes and Pharisees brought unto [Jesus] a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, they say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. – John 8:3-11.


We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart. For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause. For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:10-17.


For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. – 1 Peter 2:19-24.

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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 –1971
The original Pioneering Mystic
minister, teacher, and author

Edna Lister


Etymology of conscience: Latin conscientia, from conscire, "to be conscious of": com "with" + scire, "to know."


Conscience is a soul virtue.

Conscience is a soul faculty.


Quotes

There is one thing alone that stands the brunt of life throughout its course: a quiet conscience. – Euripides, Hippolytus

Conscience is the only clue which will eternally guide a man clear of all doubts and inconsistencies. – Thomas Jefferson, letter to George Washington, May 10, 1789

Conscience is the most sacred of all property. – James Madison, The National Gazette, March 29, 1792

I will place within them as a guide
My umpire Conscience, whom if they will hear,
Light after light well us'd they shall attain,
And to the end persisting, safe arrive.
John Milton, Paradise Lost, line 195

A peace above all earthly dignities,
A still and quiet conscience.
William Shakespeare, King Henry VIII, Act 3, Scene 2

Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience. – George Washington, as quoted by Bartlett


References

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).


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