Discord is defined as "absence of harmony or concord (between persons); disagreement of opinions and aims; variance, dissension, strife; diversity, difference."

Discord is disharmony, caused by self usurping soul's role in life. It is the psychological use or the reaction of force. Thus, discord is a sin of misusing Power.

Edna Lister on Discord

When you become aware of discord, when someone asks for help, that is the moment for prayer treatment, not five minutes later. You are never justified in saying, "I'll pray for you five minutes from now" or "I'll pray for you an hour from now" or "I'll pray for you tonight." Never are you justified in such an attitude toward healing work. Whenever an appearance of discord is presented, that is the moment you must treat.

If you understand the principles of healing, then you know the conflict being presented has its source in the subconscious, which is not a mind but a belief in two powers, God and self. This appearance, this discord has no law of God, no life of God, no substance of God. Therefore, the appearance has no real Power to sustain or maintain itself.

If you know the truth the instant the conflict is brought to your attention, there is no danger of first taking it into your consciousness and then later having to lift it out and up. You lift instantly by knowing the truth under the principle of nonresistance. – Edna Lister, God as Consciousness Appears as Form, 1934.

If you choose to live by the world, it will devour you; the world is always trying to devour people and things until all is consumed. Spirit lives by opposing darkness. It may look like division and strife, but only to bring peace. – Edna Lister, Learning to Live at Peace, November 11, 1934.

To be the cause of disharmony in another's home is a curse on the creator of the disharmony. – Edna Lister, August 14, 1939.

Allow no dissension or dissenting to alter a high vibration. – Edna Lister, February 13, 1941.

Anything out of place creates disharmony under law. – Edna Lister, June 28, 1945.

Without love as charity, you are as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. If you have all heavenly love for healing, but have no brotherly love, you are noisy, discordant instruments. – Edna Lister, Jesus, the Teacher, October 3, 1954.

Faith moves mountains of disharmony, gossip, anything, when you rise up and stand in faith while it comes to pass. – Edna Lister, The Walls of Jericho, June 5, 1955.

Mental illness causes disharmony in the physical cells. – Edna Lister, June 18, 1956.

Many begin to agree and adjust because they cannot stand disharmony. – Edna Lister, Nor Shadow of Turning, July 15, 1956.

The vibration of every voice circles the world, so you must watch your words and tones of voice so that only harmony, not disharmony goes forth. – Edna Lister, June 6, 1961.

When you are on the fate line, you tune in the world's disharmonies. When you step onto your Path of Destiny, which is moving onto your own particular vibration, you tune in your own tone, chord and great color. – Edna Lister, June 17, 1965.

Complaining, criticizing and worrying cause division and strife. – Edna Lister, Choice, Your Glorious Foundation, October 16, 1966.

Every breath is a breath of ascension unless you join the dissenters. – Edna Lister, Perfect and Glorious Ascension, June 14, 1970.

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Treatments to Quell Discord

Enter a room filled with disharmony and mentally say, "I AM loves you!" and healing comes instantaneously. – Edna Lister, Feed My Sheep, November 22, 1959.

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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 discord: Old French descorde, from Latin discordia, from discors, "disagreeing": dis-, "apart" + cor, "heart."

Sowing discord is a sin.


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).