Heritage, Birthright

Heritage is that which has been or may be inherited, any property that devolves by right of inheritance; the portion allotted to or reserved for anyone, e.g., that of the righteous or the wicked in the world to come; that which comes from the circumstances of birth, an inherited lot or portion, the condition or state transmitted from ancestors.Webster’s American Dictionary
  Birthright is any right or privilege, to which a person is entitled by birth, such as an estate descendible by law to an heir, or civil liberty under a free constitution; the rights, privileges, or possessions to which birth entitles one, inheritance, patrimony.Webster’s American Dictionary

Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law,
I said, Ye are gods?—John 10:34.

Perfection is our divine birthright and heritage. The character that Jesus portrayed in the Beatitudes is our birthright. It is our heritage to become perfect servants of love.

Edna Lister on Heritage and Birthright

Let nothing of earth blind you to God’s love, or turn you from the heritage that awaits you in heaven and on earth now. Light you were, Light you are, to Light shall you return. So it is. Light, therefore, is your necessity, even as water is necessity to the finny tribes of the deep. When you are out of the pure Light, by making clouds about you, you are unable to move. It has been said, "In Him dost thou live and move and have thy being." If He is of the Light, then you shall always need that Light. Even as He is Light, so are you Light, so have you need of living in that Light. Move into the fullness of that Light.—Edna Lister, November 24, 1939.

Joy, which gives you balance, is your heritage forever.—Edna Lister, January 22, 1941.

You have no right to use Power in any way, by consciously forcing it forth, but your very birthright is to use life. God has put life at your disposal, and no matter how much you have used, you have only played at using it. Think about the limitless, exhaustless, eternal life, the same yesterday, today, forever, abiding, deathless, ageless, never old, never young, just perfect in God’s maturity of Wisdom. You may use all you want of it. So, the real conquering boils down to a very fine essence: How much life do you want to use?—Edna Lister, September 17, 1941.

Perfection is your divine birthright and heritage.—Edna Lister, February 6, 1942.

An inheritance is something left to you, legally, your share or portion of a heritage. You must accept it as a gift, a possession or a blessing, freely bestowed or given. Service, sacrifice, and success compose your heritage.—Edna Lister, Your Inheritance, May 31, 1942.

Those who choose evil have forgotten their Godlike heritage.—Edna Lister, January 16, 1944.

Our birthright and heritage give dignity of bearing, graciousness and loveliness of expression. Deny it not.—Edna Lister, The Five Categories of Expression, May 4, 1945.

We all have equality in our birthright. If it were not so, then those of wealth could not know poverty and vice versa. What you do with your twenty-four hours a day, how you color it, this is yours. We are equal in no other way. All have equal rights to use the love, faith, and Light of God. We all have the equal right to advance.—Edna Lister, September 3, 1949.

Power is the heritage of all Christed Ones. You brought with you all the necessary powers of Mind to plan, and Energy to execute the required actions.—Edna Lister, Power: Our Divine Inheritance, November 27, 1949.

"Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?"—John 10:34. This is your basis for knowing that God endows you with all the potential qualities and attributes of divine nature. Your heritage qualifies you to become a creator god. The glorious enticement is that you can become as great as you choose.—Edna Lister, Ye Are Gods, November 30, 1952.

Turnips grow from turnip seeds. You are a seed of God, a potential creator, and ascension is your heritage.—Edna Lister, Ye Are Gods, November 30, 1952.

It is a matter of choice whether you collect the inheritance due you. Be greedy in collecting your share at the window of abundance. If you blame or are negative, forty others cut in line ahead of you. Once you decide to collect your inheritance, you discover that your only choice is God.—Edna Lister, I Accept, June 27, 1954.

Your heritage is God’s Light, life, Power, love and glory.—Edna Lister, Fate or Destiny? October 23, 1955.

Beauty must be earned; you must hold it as a sacred birthright.—Edna Lister, Eternal Youth, 1956.

You are heir to the royal kingdom of beauty and glory, yet you must do something about your great heritage of inner wealth, Wisdom, Love and Power, honor it in all ways and respect it. You must live up to a code of honor that’s as great as your acceptance of the kingdom and Christ, despite outer conditions.—Edna Lister, Your Attitude Toward Man, December 9, 1956.

Hold a proper respect for your birthright, and respect yourself as Sons and Daughters of God. Act as if you were royal, which isn’t egotism, but inner wisdom. The royal Oversoul I AM is your contact with all Power.—Edna Lister, Your Attitude Toward Man, December 9, 1956.

Accept your heritage, the glories you are to express, the powers that are to fill you for healing.—Edna Lister, December 10, 1956.

Go forth and become the beauty and heritage that are yours from before the creation of the world!—Edna Lister, February 6, 1958.

The character that Jesus portrayed in the Beatitudes is your birthright.—Edna Lister, As I See the World, June 15, 1958.

Your heritage as a child of God includes everything you can envision, all your ideas, all you can visualize, all you can express, and more. Imagine your inheritance.—Edna Lister, Visualization, May 17, 1959.

We descended here as creator gods and we must accept the responsibilities that accompany our heritage.—Edna Lister, I Am the Life October 18, 1959.

You receive an inheritance by means of a legal process, yet you need not be born to a legacy to inherit it. Our full birthright under divine Law is different. We believe in God as personality and principle. Because God made us, we know we are born of personality and principle. We have a fully royal birthright as heirs to the kingdom of heaven.—Edna Lister, Your Full Birthright, December 6, 1959.

The only way to enter your Father’s house is to accept in humility your full birthright of receiving and of giving.—Edna Lister, Your Full Birthright, December 6, 1959.

Your heritage is to become a perfect servant of Love.—Edna Lister, March 3, 1960.

There is only one love, the love of God. Acknowledge it and you will find the right words upon your lips. You will find a glory invading you and your household, and answers to old questions. Strength above strength will fill you. You use the same love that the Father pours upon you, and it speaks through you. Take time daily to think this. Hold it and treasure it. The same love possesses all, and the same glory fills all. Let love fill you and overflow, to use you greatly, magnificently, more gloriously than it has never used you before. Why deny yourself this Power or hesitate to declare that you love as God loves? It is very improvident when so many miracles can come to pass. Miracles of love are your heritage, so reconcile yourself to it. Reconstruct your life into divine action and you will become love in action.—Edna Lister, May 8, 1960.

The percentage of your heart that you have devoted to the love of God determines how much of your divine heritage you will appropriate.—Edna Lister, Nor Shadow of Turning, June 18, 1961.

You must choose to be as strong, to be as powerful and divine, as your birthright demands.—Edna Lister, March 29, 1962.

Nothing can separate you from your divine heritage except your own will.—Edna Lister, Heaven Is a State of Consciousness, April 3, 1962.

Your birthright is to partake of everything the Father has, and you either know it or you don’t.—Edna Lister, December 17, 1962.

Once you create our personal eternal flame, Light shall hold it for you always. This is your birthright and inheritance, and only complete retrogression can take it from you.—Edna Lister, August 24, 1964.

You have your firm foundation in the River of the Christed Life. Eternal life now, omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence is your heritage. The Spirit of God is your identity.—Edna Lister, Choice, Your Glorious Foundation, October 16, 1966.

The kingdom of heaven is within you. All understanding that confers loveliness and compassion comes from accepting your full heritage.—Edna Lister, October 20, 1966.

When someone challenges you, stand on your heritage of God, keep your eye single on the Light, and an irresistible Power defends you against his barbs.—Edna Lister, Understanding and Will, May 28, 1967.

You must accept faith as your heritage.—Edna Lister, Five Important Mysteries, October 27, 1968.

Be in joy at all times for no one may take your heritage from you or disturb your birthright as Children of God.—Edna Lister, October 21, 1969.

The Bible teaches union with God as the birthright of every human being.—Edna Lister, A History of the Bibles of the World, November 3, 1970.

Our birthright and heritage is the Magna Carta of the Supreme Overall Mind.—Edna Lister, February 28, 1971.

You can make your earthly heritage your exaltation, whether it is poverty or abundance. Those who inherit ill health, homeliness or lack of position may resent their legacy. Wealth, beauty and power inspire pride, but may work detrimentally. Move from heredity to awareness, acceptance and expectancy to receive God’s threefold nourishment of Mind, Substance and Power.—Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

You are an heir to the kingdom if you comply with law.—Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

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A Treatment for Accepting Your Heritage

I accept my heavenly inheritance, that God in His Wisdom has a plan for me that I may know, can see and hear.—Edna Lister, I Accept, June 27, 1954.

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New Testament on Heritage and Birthright

Ye are the light of the world.—Matthew 5:14.

Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.—Luke 12:32.

Behold, the kingdom of God is within you.—Luke 17:21.

I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; that ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.—Luke 22:29-30.

He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.—John 8:47.

Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?—John 10:34.

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.—John 14:2-6.

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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 heritage: "that which may be inherited," from Late Latin hereditare, ultimately from Latin heres "heir."

Heritage and birthright are abstract principles.

Heritage and birthright are laws of being.


Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.—Abraham Lincoln

A civilization is a heritage of beliefs, customs, and knowledge slowly accumulated in the course of centuries, elements difficult at times to justify by logic, but justifying themselves as paths when they lead somewhere, since they open up for man his inner distance.—Antoine de Saint-Exupery


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Saint-Exupery, Antoine de. Flight to Arras, New York: Harcourt, Inc., 1942, chapter 15.

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