Identity

Webster's 1828 Dictionary defines identity as "sameness, as distinguished from similitude and diversity. We speak of the identity of goods found, the identity of persons, or of personal identity."

Identity is "the quality or condition of being the same in substance, composition, nature, properties, or in particular qualities under consideration, absolute or essential sameness, oneness, the sameness of a person or thing at all times or in all circumstances; individuality, the condition or fact of remaining the same person throughout the various phases of existence, continuity of the personality, an individual's distinguishing character or personality, a person's emotional, intellectual and moral qualities."


Philosopher F. H. Bradley, in The Principles of Logic, wrote, "The real axiom of Identity is this: What is true in one context is true in another. Or, If any truth is stated so that a change in events will make it false, then it is not a genuine truth at all."

God is the primal and ultimate Identity. Specifically, individual identity is the manifestation of soul that God condenses from Spirit. God must number and name every life spark used to condense an outer form with the particular rate of vibration of a descending living soul. Each living soul's number and name is specific and unlike any other in the whole universe.

Once God numbers and names a life spark, giving it identity, nothing can change or appropriate its identity, for it eternally vibrates to its original, God-given number and name. From the complete living soul itself to the life sparks that form the outer physical sheath, substance forever clings to its own number and name and to no other.

Number and name constitute eternal identity. Once God bestows eternal identity on a living soul, it cannot be lost unless we destroy ourselves by misusing Light, which is all Mind, all Power and all Substance. Eternal identity is the source of our freedom of choice, and of our personal identity.

Identity is the name and number governing an aggregation of life sparks called a living soul. Spirit is all unnamed, unnumbered universal substance ready to become. A living soul has a specific name and number.

We call soul expression "personality." The identity of soul cannot change, but personality can. Personality must express soul identity, which is the great individuality called the Oversoul. Identity is an absolute and abstract principle, a law of being and a law of doing, which is expression.













Edna Lister on Identity

God is a great Being of Light, who differentiated Himself into countless differentiations. We started as unconscious individualized manifestations of all that is, yet we are returning as conscious individualized manifestations, we are returning with conscious identity. – Edna Lister, January 28, 1933.


You are a link in Mind that binds this world to the Source. – Edna Lister, February 6, 1942.


You are a key on earth, formed to open lock mysteries of God's truth. Sometimes your key gets stuck in a lock and won't turn, but the grand Master Key fills all locks with the solvents of Light and Power, and opens them. – Edna Lister, April 3, 1942.


A soul can lose identity by misusing soul substance, but the life sparks of spiritual substance forever return to God. – Edna Lister, July 31, 1944.


You always retain your complete identity once you've won your way back to the heart of God. – Edna Lister, August 28, 1944.


From self-expression into soul-identity with the Source of all life is your goal as you walk the Way of the Christ. – Edna Lister, Five Important Steps in Ascension, 1945.


You are on earth, but not of it unless you choose to be merely "earthy." – Edna Lister, October 18, 1946.


Self is the repository of experience gained throughout past lives, which is stored in certain physical cells [such as your blood platelets]. When you lose identity, you lose personal awareness, although your life sparks return to the Source. – Edna Lister, May 26, 1947.


The Father created all living souls and sent them forth, each with its own identity. – Edna Lister, June 3, 1947.


Loss of identity is based on indulging an escape complex. – Edna Lister, July 1, 1948.


Oversoul always retains identity with the Source, which is why we must return Home. – Edna Lister, August 10, 1949.


Perdition is the annihilation of identity, a complete dissolution of all substance in forms, and having the life sparks cast into the lake of fire until all identity memory is burned from that soul. Perdition means loss of identity, and insanity on earth. – Edna Lister, October 9, 1950.


The Christos Degree always includes the complete surrender of an earthy self-identity for the greater glory of soul identity with God. – Edna Lister, Success Through Prayer, July 7, 1953.


You express your divine identity through free will, and those who choose not to express become nonentities. – Edna Lister, The Gospel of the Cross, October 18, 1953.


The Supreme Being cannot derive identity from His creations, for He is the Identity. – Edna Lister, Your Life's Practice, May 23, 1954.


The world is afraid to surrender self, fearing that it means loss of identity. – Edna Lister, Your Life's Practice, May 23, 1954.


You never lose conscious identity if you mind your own business and ascend. – Edna Lister, May 24, 1954.


The masses fear they will lose identity if they live by love rather than by the little self. – Edna Lister, Jesus, the Psychologist, October 17, 1954.


When you know your identity with God and what your function is, you know your equipment is designed for God's service, and that you can and must identify with Him in every step, emotion, thought, and picture of imagination. – Edna Lister, July 23, 1955.


Nonresistance is possible only when you have gained an identity with the Source of Creation. Identity with your Source is the place of conscious knowing that anything is possible under the great Creative Impulse of Mind which does the work. – Edna Lister, Eternal Youth, 1956.


The greatest question that any soul can ask is "Who is this 'I' that I am?" The children of earth live as infants who are learning to identify themselves: "These are my fingers, these are my toes." Some children are born with a full sense of "I" and and who they are. But many adults are still feeling their toes with no conscious sense of identity.

People identify themselves by occupation, which does not identify their "I," only what their "I" is doing. You must question "Who am I" if you are to become enlightened. – Edna Lister, Your Attitude Toward Man, December 9, 1956.


Soul is that part of you that remains aware of the inner when you descend to earth. Identity is the individual manifestation of soul that God condenses from Spirit, which becomes you. Universal Spirit is a part of God's original universal substance, a primary rate of vibration, with all qualities uncondensed and only the one Power. God gives soul a conscious rate of control over this Power. Thus, God forms miracles not of that Spirit that dwells in man, but of spiritual substance. – Edna Lister, The Bond of Spirit, October 6, 1957.


You must understand your relationship to humanity to understand your relationship to God. This gives you your identity with God. – Edna Lister, April 21, 1958.


Some think they will lose their identities by agreeing and adjusting, which is silly, for all you lose is your petty little ego. – Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958.


"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?" – Romans 8:35. Nothing can separate you from the love of Christ. Stand and identify with your Source. – Edna Lister, Doing Without Thought of Reward, November 9, 1958.


To feel God, lift yourself up above what is dragging you down. Say, "I am Good," and you call on the name of God. "I am good" is the middle name of your identity with God. – Edna Lister, June 23, 1959.


The Christ consciousness within is your identity. It has always guided you as intuition and illumination. – Edna Lister, I Am That Bread of Life, October 25, 1959.


Conscious mind enfolds your conscious identity and the world mind; it is your link to that "mind which is in Christ Jesus." – Edna Lister, How Can I Apply Law to My Life? June 7, 1960.


True love is the only integrative power that can establish your identity with God. Prayer holds your identity and your oneness with God. – Edna Lister, When Prayer Is at Work, June 4, 1961.


You can either regress and lose all identity, or ascend and surrender all self! Freewill is synonymous with identity. – Edna Lister, The Key to Integration of Soul and Spirit, June 6, 1961.


"Ye are gods." – John 10:34, and this identity with the Source of all life and expression must become your rock solid foundation before you may receive the "keys of the kingdom." – Edna Lister, Wherever You Go, October 22, 1961.


Faith is the only way to have identity with the Source. You are the sum of your own identity, what you put your faith in and what you practice. You hold your conscious identity with the Source when you practice your faith. – Edna Lister, Identity: Your Hope of Glory, April 29, 1962.


You must know the nature of man and God. God gives and man receives. "He is our Father, we are His Sons and Daughters." – 2 Corinthians 6:18. You must know your Source and how to hold to your source of identity. You must know yourself as a soul to have identity with God. – Edna Lister, April 30, 1962.


The greater your recognition of your identity with God, the greater your conquering. – Edna Lister, May 6, 1962.


When you identify with the Source, you are not bitter or grimly peevish. – Edna Lister, The Cross, June 23, 1963.


From birth to passing over, is a process of accepting and discarding in your seeking a complete identity with God. – Edna Lister, The Rose as the Crown, June 30, 1963.


You cannot reach your goal of knowing God and holding your identity without standing on the base of principle. – Edna Lister, August 5, 1963.


God established our identity before we came here. The tragedy comes when you identify with the negatives. – Edna Lister, Your Sacred Light, November 10, 1963.


Every soul is identified in the heart of God, yet lack of understanding of your identity causes you to criticize others. Your inadequacy in establishing your identity causes your trouble. – Edna Lister, Comprehension and Recompense, November 7, 1965.


"Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." – Matthew 6:33. This verse also means to go to God and be His son or daughter; seek your identity in a complete surrender of self. God can use you as an instrument when you have surrendered the "I." – Edna Lister, November 8, 1965.


Do not lose your identity with God because of worldly problems. – Edna Lister, Choice, Your Glorious Foundation, October 16, 1966.


Identity is founded on a name and number. Every living soul has a specific name and number, and every life spark of the soul and the body it builds must have an identical name and number. The named, numbered identity is the soul's individuality. Spirit is all unnamed, unnumbered universal substance ready to become.

Soul expresses as what we call "personality." The soul's named and numbered identity cannot change, but the personality soul expresses can. Outer personality must express soul identity as the great individuality we call the Oversoul. Identity is thus folded into Oneness with God the One to operate as "the many as One." – Edna Lister, October 18, 1966.


You do not "find yourself" until you establish your identity with your Source. You have your cross to bear, and tehre is no magic door into heaven. – Edna Lister, Your Mount of Transfiguration, October 30, 1966.


"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love." – Ephesians 1:3-4. This passage describes our complete identity with God. – Edna Lister, Your Divine Inheritance, November 6, 1966.


Children seek security in a parent's firm and loving expression. A naughty child seeks identity with authority just as does the adult atheist who challenges God. The child seeks discipline just as we do, to prove that God is. – Edna Lister, Beauty, a Spiritual Way of Life, May 9, 1967.


Each soul needs confidence in his own identity. Move up in consciousness and be one with God. – Edna Lister, The Supremacy of Religion, October 15, 1967.


Whatever you must do, do gently, do wisely and with great firmness. Firmness is complete confidence in God and assurance of your identity as one with God at the Source. – Edna Lister, October 16, 1967.


"Love your brother as yourself." – Deuteronomy 6:5. You cannot love your brother unless you first have reestablished your identity with God and love yourself. – Edna Lister, Creating My Own Divine Security, November 19, 1967.


God created man with a cosmic urge, a divine compulsion that we must satisfy. This is why we seek identity with the Source. – Edna Lister, Five Important Mysteries, October 27, 1968.


You must seek your point of identity with God in the morning, or you flounder through the day. – Edna Lister, Five Important Mysteries, October 27, 1968.


The soul is always seeking its true and complete identity with God. First, you must seek your conscious identity as a child of God, standing in His image and likeness. Second, you must accept that you are a creator in the likeness of God, and here you either must accept or repudiate Him. – Edna Lister, Secrets of the Soul, November 10, 1968.


The three secrets of the soul are your identity with God as our Source, your identity as a co-creator with God, and your immortality now! – Edna Lister, Secrets of the Soul, November 10, 1968.


Faith gives you your identity in Light. – Edna Lister, Your Mount of Transfiguration, December 2, 1968.


Jesus organized a method of identification with his Father God, which he outlined in the Sermon on the Mount, that will never die, and leaves no loopholes for self to deny this identity. – Edna Lister, Secret Place of the Most High, November 16, 1969.


"Ye are gods." – John 10:34 is proof of our identity, yet we are nothing unless we consciously identify with the Source. – Edna Lister, December 4, 1969.


When you lack conscious identity with the Source, you lack security on earth. To have a permanent identity, you need a permanent Source, which is the underlying reason for all peoples, nations, races, tribes, who need to worship. They must have God, a reason greater than self. We call this religion, and it must be the twin of science. Religion and science are the two permanent pillars on the Way of Life. Religion gives a Source, a beginning, while science gives the means of expression for right living. – Edna Lister, February 5, 1970.


You must accept your full identity with the Source, a line of contact between your soul and the Father. Jesus came to show us the way to our destiny, which is our destination. Hold fast to that identity day and night, without forgetting it for hours on end. – Edna Lister, The Golden Chalice of Life, June 21, 1970.


When you are "in one place of one accord" (Acts 2:1), you may consciously identify with your Source. The Light is yours. You are the Light. The Light is One. – Edna Lister, June 28, 1970.


Your application of God's Power and Substance as personality gives you identity with God. You can draw upon the Breath of Life to touch the Source anytime. – Edna Lister, Ascension Makes All Things New, July 5, 1970.

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Your Spiritual Identity

This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated April 7, 1935, Buffalo, New York. Scripture: John 14:6-21.

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him." – John 14:6-21.

Jesus had been teaching his disciples about the Oneness of the All comprising the visible and invisible worlds, when Philip asked him to show them the Father.

"Jesus said to him, Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father; so how can you say, Show us the Father? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in me does the works." – John 14:9-10.

The remainder of Jesus' answer holds the six steps of the creator soul: First, "Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me, or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves." – John 14:11.

Second, "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.

Third, "If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it." – John 14:14.

Fourth, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." – John 14:15.

Fifth, "Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me." – John 14:19.

Finally, "He that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him." – John 14:21.

In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus knelt in prayer, seeing the charity, hope, and faith his disciples would need. He was preparing for his Ascension, as well as his Crucifixion and Resurrection.

You ascend forward and upward into glory divine, or regress backward into smallness. You ascend by assuming ever greater responsibility for a greater kingdom of Light on earth, which you call "my kingdom."

"Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you." – John 14:19-20.

You shall know him. He shall abide with you. You shall be in him and he shall be in you. Christ in you is your hope of glory.

"Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." – Colossians 1:26-27.

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From Self to Soul Identity

This Edna Lister Truth Temple sermon outline is dated October 6, 1946, Tacoma, Washington. Scripture: Acts 22:6-21.

"Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me, and I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? So I answered, Who are you, Lord? And He said to me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting. And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of him who spoke to me. So I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said to me, Arise and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all things which are appointed for you to do. And since I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of those who were with me, I came into Damascus. Then a certain Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good testimony with all the Jews who dwelt there, came to me; and he stood and said to me, Brother, Saul, receive your sight. And at that same hour I looked up at him. Then be said, The God of our fathers has chosen you that you should know his will, and see the Just One, and hear the voice of His mouth. For you will be his witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Now it happened, when I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, that I was in a trance and saw him saying to me, Make haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly, for they will not receive your testimony concerning me. So I said, Lord, they know that in every synagogue I imprisoned and beat those who believe on you. And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by consenting to his death, and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him. Then he said to me, Depart, for I will send you far from here to the Gentiles." – Acts 22:6-21.

This text contains Paul's narrative of his conversion from Saul of Tarsus. Though Saul was born a Jew, he was a citizen of Rome under Roman law, immune to local prosecution, untouchable except by a Roman court. People listened to Paul because he was a well-educated Jew, who knew Hebrew, and Greek as well as any Roman.

Saul represents the subconscious mind of "little me," the self, with intellect ruling. Paul the Roman represents the high soul, ruled by Christ consciousness.

Saul's conversion to Paul illustrates the spectrum of consciousness from self to soul. When you are in bondage to self, you suffer its persecution. It feels as though the walls are falling in, squeezing you to death.

When you completely identify with self, all you can do is to hunt, strive, struggle, and seek for an identity higher and greater than self. Like a newborn chick, you cannot return to the shell.

Each new freedom of the soul becomes bondage when you fill it full. Soul creates expansion and reflexively, you ascend. Expansion of soul causes ascension.

Each hears the truth on his own road to Damascus. You may be blind for a time, or all may appear as dull gray. Then, Light dawns and your sight is restored.

Desire, the choice for the Christ awakens, and looks on. Choice moves on. The Christ lives on.

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How Do I Know God Is?

This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated March 25, 1962, Buffalo, New York. Scriptures: Scriptures: Ephesians 3, Ephesians 1:9-11.

"Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who works all things after the counsel of His own will." – Ephesians 1:9-11.

"For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, if ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery (as I wrote afore in few words, whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: to the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: in whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen." – Ephesians 3.

The Letter to Ephesians is the only Epistle in which Paul opens and holds forth on the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ for three chapters. These chapters should convince anybody that God is, and that a way to find contact with God exists.

All seeking is for the purpose of finding your own identity. Without a Source, you have no identity beyond the self or the world. This is why the masses huddle together in fear and uncertainty.

God and a Source sounds so far away. Psychologically, you may remain just a broken off part unless you can find a point of contact, a lifeline of Light or a ladder on which to climb back to the Source.

To understand the soul's predestination, redemption and forgiveness, you must examine the dispensation of the grace of God. As a soul, you grow in grace from blindly following to a fervent faith. You must be redeemed from anything and everything in which you have invested your identity and soul substance.

Redemption is possible because Light wipes out darkness. God has prepared all this for you from the beginning. The dispensation of grace is God's management plan for the world, a Divine Providence, a beneficent care of and for His creations. The grace of God is a state of charm that is pleasing in its quality.

Grace is a state of consciousness caused by or including taking in, grasping the idea as true and holding fast to God as truth. A state of grace grows from your comprehension of the love of God as your Source, and your expression of it as compassion toward your fellow man.

The first and third chapters of the Letter to Ephesians reveal two mysteries. The first is: "Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who works all things after the counsel of His own will." – Ephesians 1:9-11.

The first mystery establishes your individual identity with God as the Source, not "I think," but "I know." Thus, you comprehend your divinity with God. Full comprehension is a compound of all the virtues, everything folded into the Christ as eternal Spirit. When everything is lifted into the Light, you reach full comprehension.

Beginning at the seventh verse, the second mystery is revealed: "I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of His power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: in whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him." – Ephesians 3:7-14.

The "fellowship of the mystery" refers to your fellowship with all men, including the Gentiles. Paul writes that his mission is to "preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery."

The "unsearchable riches of Christ" are those spiritual truths that lie beyond any human or mental means of searching. The riches of Christ are not something you can or may search for, but truths of spiritual wisdom that you must accept.

The Elect and all its members are the "church." The "principalities and powers in heavenly places" can be known by the Elect, here and now.

God has expressed His eternal purpose for our redemption though Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son. He sent His Son to redeem us through the forgiveness of sins.

Jesus Christ is the Father's agent of redemption "in whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him." Access means that you must accept in boldness, with confidence in the fullness of your faith, sustained by his faithfulness.

"For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God." – Ephesians 3:14-19.

God grants you any and all needed strength when you are "rooted and grounded in love," which is the love of Christ. Being grounded in the love of Christ opens your faculty of soul comprehension.

The love of Christ extends multiple dimensions, including breadth, length, depth and height. Breadth is width, which sometimes means a broad highway. Yet breadth also means comprehensiveness. When you travel the Via Christa with friends, it's glorious. Sometimes, however, the breadth is a narrow, lonely path. If you step off, you may lose your faith and walk in the dark.

"I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory." – Ephesians 3:13. Your tribulations endured on behalf of others are your glory.

Pay all debts. Take in debts to pay. When your brother is weak, take up his burden, the excess, and free him to finish his climb. The initiation is to do this silently, asking no outer credit or reward. How much blame can you take?

The length of your love is measured in how quickly you cry, "How long, O Lord, how long?" How long can you carry another's burdens without talking about it, or wanting credit? You answer must be, "One day longer than God."

The depth of love, how deep is your love? How much battering can it take? The depth of your love reveals the quality of your love, gold or brass. When you feel that others demand the misuse of your time and effort, they scratch your surface. What do they reveal for the world to see, brass or gold?

The height of your love, how high does it rise? How high is God? How great in quantity is your love?

Your destiny and that of the Elect is to know "the principalities and powers in heavenly places." Wisdom, Love and Energy are Emanations of God's principalities and powers.

For example, knowledge is an aspect of wisdom We know that a cubic foot of atomic power holds tens of thousands of tons of energy. God is the Source of this Power, the Light He releases through you.

Atomic energy, the Christ Power, renews and recreates your body when the breadth of your love is wide enough to encompass world, when the length is long enough to make a pathway before you, when the depth is deep enough to uphold all your world, when the height is high enough.

"Hats off to the past! Coats off to the future." We shall conquer, for we know the love of God. Our identity in Him is established.

God's Power is using us as a perfect instrument now. Our glory is the Power triumphant!

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This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated April 29, 1962, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: John 21.

"After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself. There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples. Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No. And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked) and did cast himself into the sea. And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes. As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken. Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise. This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead. So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, loves thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, loves thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, loves thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, when thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me. Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen." – John 21.

The events of this chapter of the Gospel of John cover the three phases of all life, the physical-material, the mental-emotional, and the spiritual. The physical-material dimension of life is concerned with things and the body. Consciousness moves from nothing to abundance when you fish on the "right side of the boat."

John's whisper, "It is the Lord," and impulsive Peter, who immediately jumped into the water, illustrate the emotional-mental aspect of life. Yet they were afraid to say they knew him.

When Jesus wiped out Peter's three denials with his own three questions, he perfectly illustrated life's spiritual facet. Peter did not understand why Jesus was questioning him.

Later, Peter stuck his nose in John's business and received another lesson. Then Jesus told them he would appear to John.

All Jesus' teachings deal with your relationships, your identity, first with your own soul, then with others and finally, with God. You must be related to something to have an identity.

All revelations deal with knowing, first the nature of God, second, the nature of man, and third, the nature of God's relationship to man. To arrive at the answers of any of these questions, you first must ask, What is God's nature? After centuries of observation and pondering, the religious have arrived at the answer, to love and to give. God sent us His Son to show us the way to Him.

Second, you must ask, What is man's nature? You answer, To desire, to accept, to learn and to receive. Third, when you inquire into the nature of God's relationship to man, you find it exemplified in the first and only Begotten Son, Jesus. He said, "Our Father" to show us man's relationship to God. Through Jesus, you witness God's relationship to man in the words, "My Son."

God is always waiting for man to accept that all life is a training school. To live now, to be well now, you must establish your Source through faith. The Word is your method of finding your Source. You know your Source in the revelation that the Word becomes flesh and "dwells among us." You establish your Source through faith, and prove it through practice.

"Prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." – Malachi 3:10. The Lord calls on you to "Prove me now," not to disprove. You prove Him under faith when you go to Him, as He says, "Come and see."

Light is forever "becoming" all things. Some people grow weaker and weaker. Some grow older and older.

Once upon a time, an alchemist discovered the secret to eternal youth after many long years of searching. A rich old man, who had heard of his discovery, came and offered him much money for a young body.

The alchemist's secret was indeed able to change his tired old frame into a youth's body, and he paid gladly and left happily. He returned in a year, unhappy that his young body had grown old, while the old alchemist remained young.

What was the alchemist's true secret? He had established his identity with God and life, the other man with death.

The Word is our method: There is one way of knowing who you are. First you must be born again. Then you bear witness to the truth by thanking God and praising Him for one small thing. Love enough. Stand solid, and firmly. Praise God for life itself. Praise Him for life.

Jesus said, "I am the Way." From earth eyes through the mind's eye, to the mystic eye of revelation, you learn your true identity. The glory of feeling immortal possesses you.

Your praise is like a pair of bellows, fanning your faith into a flaming glory. You feel like singing. A song of praise is a song of immortality now.

A woman once heard of a teacher who sold the secret of eternal life youth and beauty. She paid $1,000.00 for it, with one stipulation: She must take a long sea voyage and open the envelope on board the ship.

She took the ocean voyage and when at sea, she opened the envelope. In it was a note that read, "God IS LOVE." She was furious: God is love — indeed! The idea, God is love. She snorted, but kept saying it over and over in scorn, and in anger that she had been rooked.

She kept thinking about what she would do to that teacher when she returned. Out on the middle of ocean, she stood at the ship's rail, and said it aloud, "God is love." A blinding flash of Light and God's love flooded her. God is love! She cabled the man, thanking him.

Love is a way of life, a way of living. Love is a way of facing this hour, of meeting things, a way of Light, a way of holding your identity with your Source.

Love opens your immortal vibration now. As a gunshot or shout can start an avalanche, so does a song of praise start an avalanche of good. Love is the only way you can hold your own identity.

A new Christed Order being born in the world. We are destined to follow the same ideals, to have the same goal of consciousness, to be malleable, flexible, nonresistant, yet to sway with the glory of God.

I know who I AM. I follow my Lord. His Love way is my way. Light is the glory forever.

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Identity: Your Hope of Glory 2

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated April 29, 1962, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Irene White and Virginia Whitehead. Scripture: John 21.

"After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself. There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples. Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No. And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked) and did cast himself into the sea. And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes. As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken. Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise. This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead. So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, loves thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, loves thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, loves thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, when thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me. Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen." – John 21.

This chapter of John's Gospel is a complete version of the Master's teaching, touching lightly upon all areas. In it, he covers every outer relationship, mental, emotional, spiritual, the teaching of law, and the time coming after his Ascension.

This episode describes a gathering of seven of the disciples after the Crucifixion. Peter led them to go fishing on the Sea of Galilee. They had fished all night with no luck. When morning came, they saw a man standing on the shore. He told them to cast the net on the right side of the boat, which is a great law.

Often you want things, but are on the wrong side of the boat. You ask, but tear down your lines of responsibility and Light by asking why, which nullifies your request. The laws of ascension are exact and never permit you to ask why.

What your words declare returns to you under the law of action and reaction. "Cast the net on the right side" means the right side of thinking, the imagination and emotions together. This is one of the greatest of the laws.

After the Resurrection, when the disciples, who were of one mind, saw him on the beach, in their souls they all knew it was the Lord. At once they put their nets down on the right side of the boat as he advised.

Jesus had built a fire on the beach and had materialized bread and fish to feed them, to show them that they must take care of their physical body needs. Jesus, by taking care of their physical needs first, made sure they could listen.

When John whispered to Peter that it was Jesus, Peter swam to shore. Since he had denied Jesus three times, he regretted it and thought of it always.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus had told him to stay away, but Peter had disobeyed and followed him. His disobedience, put him in a position to be questioned, which led to his three lies in denial.

This was the Lord's third appearance after the Resurrection. The 153 fish in the net represent the individual who is free to approach perfection. This adds to nine, the individual free to teach, the number symbolizing the brotherhood of man under God. When they finished eating, they all knew he was the Lord, but dared not say it. They were speechless, in awe.

When he had asked Peter three times if he loved him, it grieved Peter, but spiritual law applies here. The question, "Do you love me," set a vibration to wipe out Peter's three denials, and covered his transgressions.

John lingered, Peter looked behind and asked what John was going to do. Jesus then taught a great ascension law, "If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me." – John 21:22.

Live your law, but do not talk it or you may destroy your own vibration. Let your actions — what you are doing — take care of what you are being. "If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?" – John 21:23.

Mary went with John to the Isle of Patmos, where the Revelation says that John was caught up in the Spirit. Yet, Mary was the mediator, who revealed the words to John, who wrote the Revelation.

This is our background for knowing that we can "commune with the saints." Communion is a different grade of substance, and you use it every day of your life.

You have the perceptive equipment to look into space and see your own home. This is imagination, the ability to look through the outer physical substance and see the third through the fifth grades of substance.

Jesus teaches about relationships. First, man's relationship to himself, second, man's relationship to his fellow man and understanding other people. The third phase is even more important, your relationship to God and God's to you.

All revelation is the unfolding of spiritual knowing. This is the unknown becoming the known. There is no time or space. Apply this to your life. To know your identity, you must know the nature of God, the nature of man and your relationship to each other and to the Divine. God's nature is to love, give and create perfection. Man's nature is to desire, to accept and to receive. Your whole nature drives you in that direction.

Jesus revealed his relationship to God — "my Father." This is your relationship, too, so your relationship to God is as "my Son." How does knowing that help you? God's nature is to give all the time, and He is always waiting to give. Your nature is to seek and to receive.

You must get into action two ways. First, you must understand your Source. Then you must know your Source and the method of reaching it. Your source is "the Word."

Faith is the only way to have identity with the Source. Geometry is faith, all science is faith. The Word that has become flesh is also faith. You are the sum total of your own identity, what you put your faith in and what you practice.

You must have the faith of God, not just mere faith in God. Then you must do something about it. You can fully hold consciousness of your identity to the Source when you practice this.

The two essential laws are to be reborn and to be a witness to this Rebirth. You must practice this rebirth in consciousness and witnessing of it in yourself and all others. Be a witness to this Rebirth, witness to the glory of God. Be happy, and lift any disappointment into the Light.

When you grumble and complain, you are only witnessing your self. When you identify with God, you have something. The Source, and the method, praise, will enter the equation.

Grab one point of praise. Identify yourself with God every minute, then praise and praise and praise. See everything in your body as perfect, and your rate of vibration increases.

Your vibration decreases if you only use worldly eyes. Move beyond the world's way of viewing life. Look through the mystical eye. When you put your faith in the Source, you will go somewhere.

God is love, the descent of Power, the descent of Light, Rebirth, and illumination. These magic words take you to the Source. God is love. Love is the answer. God is love and only love can establish your identity in God and hold you there. God's love is firm, founded in judgment and wisdom, the way, the truth and the life.

Love is beginning to reign. Love is the Christed way of life, and you can know your identity only through being in love with the Source, God.

God is always waiting. Hold to your identity and know that there is a Source of that Power. Hold fast to your Rebirth through love.

You could pout and say, "I don't want to hold," but you can hold. You can't get away by denying or mouthing negatives. There is no such thing as "I can't move up in consciousness." Nobody has any right to say, "I can't do it." You're really saying, "I won't do it."

Let love fan the flame of faith, your identity with God, in your heart. Receive from the Source of all Power, and let it use you now.

You are established in the keynote of your Ascension. This is your own identity, the consciousness of an identity with the Source, fully, faithfully held to the Source.

You must make the decision yourself. This is a joyous way of life. Let's use it.

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Your Identity With Your Source

Edna Lister published Eternal Youth, the book from which this passage is excerpted, in 1956. We have included here the revisions she had intended in a later edition.

Most of our present unrest, uncertainty and limitations stem from one outstanding fact: Mankind has lost all contact with and awareness of a Source of Power greater than itself. You must have a conscious identity with an established Source of Power to lean upon, ready to be drawn upon whenever you need something greater than self.

In refuting the old idea of a personal God, man was broken into unidentified fragments. Then, because of the inner urge to have a Source of Power, man actually exalted himself into the place left empty in consciousness when he repudiated God. He then proceeded to exalt himself into insecurity because he had nothing left to depend upon outside self. Man will never be complete, happy or even satisfied with only self to worship. This is the reason mankind, in its search for something greater than itself, follows demagogues and evil ideas.

Life itself fills you with an undying urge to follow something with devotion, something to which you may cling with faithfulness. Eventually, this compelling urge causes you to accept new ideas. You may turn to today's psychological findings and metaphysical principles to achieve a solid background and needed foundation for your life.

You soon discover that by study and practice you can establish a certain secure identity with a Source that is immutable, invincible, unchangeable and immovable. The Source is ever there to be called upon; it fills all the emptiness, all the loneliness. Security takes their places, confidence and trust take charge, holding you more securely than hope. An inner knowing then fills your life with new peace and joy.

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Identity

David Mihalic created this essay for The Via Christa May 12, 2017.

"Identity" is defined as 1. Sameness of essential or generic character in different instances; sameness in all that constitutes the objective reality of a thing: oneness. 2. The distinguishing character or personality of an individual individuality; the relation established by psychological identification. 3. The condition of being the same with something described or asserted. 4. An equation that is satisfied for all values of the symbols.

Aristotle's law of identity asserts that "A is A. A is not B."

As can be seen by the above definitions, we can mean a variety of things when we speak of identity. From Aristotle's point of view, a more fundamental meaning is educed albeit tautologically. [Tautology means "a phrase or expression in which the same thing is said twice in different words." The definition of tautology in logic is "a statement that is true by necessity or by virtue of its logical form."]

From a psychological and/or spiritual point of view, the meaning of identity is often raised in conjunction with the question, "Who am I?" In these cases, the ensuing search for identity is less of a philosophical issue and more of a personal one. That is not to say that we cannot learn something about identity from philosophical inquiries. It is just that the philosophical approach is more about principles of existence and not so much about personalities. You can see this dual aspect of identity already forming in the first two dictionary definitions listed above.

So when we say identity, we can be referring to a thing or a personality. That is, we mean something somewhat different when referring to a "chair" or "Mary Jane." When we identify something or someone, we call it by name. The name tells us something collectively about the thing or person. Name, at least as it applies to things, also refers to function. Chairs are for sitting on and cars are for driving.

Thus, identity usually denotes function. Function should be differentiated from attributes of things. I can have a red bathtub or a white one. The bathtub's color is an attribute of its being but not part of its function. In general, attributes contribute minimally, if at all, to the function of an object. Yet in some cases, "redness" may actually have some function as in red traffic lights or stop signs.

The identity we are most interested in is, of course, personal identity. It makes for interesting philosophical conversation to question what the nature of objects are but, the nature of what and who we are is certainly one of the greater mysteries of life.

Who am I? From Aristotle's most basic observations, I am myself and not somebody else, an obvious but important truth. But why is this important? Some people identify with more famous or successful persons in life, sometimes to the extreme and to the detriment of their own mental health. Examples abound with people going so far as to have plastic surgery to look like their personal favorite.

From this sort of extreme behavior you might conclude that personal identity is malleable. It is not necessarily fixed at birth; however, we know that at least some portion of our identity must be fixed or we would not meet the Aristotelian premise that I am who I am and not someone else.

This still leaves the question of who I am almost completely unresolved. Earlier we said that when we identify something, we call it by name. Indeed one of the very first things that happens when you are born is that you are given a name. That name denotes you, presumably not someone else, although some others might have the same name. Thus, we have satisfied Aristotle's first two criteria for identity.

However, as we said before, names can also denote things as well as people. Both people and things also have functions. We most often think about people in terms of how they function, noting also that they may have multiple functions. When attending social gatherings, for example, and meeting a person for the first time, the most obvious first interaction is to introduce yourself by using your name. The second question many ask the other is, "What do you do for a living?" That is, how do you function?

However, what distinguishes some person with a particular name and a particular job function from someone else with the same name and the same job function? Several things come to mind. First, these individuals are just that, individual. They are separate in time and space (A is not B). Second, these individuals undoubtedly have many other functions that would differentiate them. Third, we can introduce the concept of relationships as a defining element of identity.

A relationship defines some kind of connection or association between people or things. For example, to say that I am someone's son is to define what my relationship is to the person I call my father. To say that I own a home is to define my relationship to an object. Some relationships are personal; I am married to that person. Some are logical; for example, 120 is greater than 25. So relationship is a way of qualifying or quantifying a connection or association.

Since no thing or person exists by itself, all things exist in relation to one another. In that sense then, relationships define your identity through differentiation. The Latin root of relationship is, relationem, the meaning of which is "bringing back" or "restoration". So if we are bringing something back or restoring it, it is implicit that something has been lost or otherwise rendered.

If relationships then are restorative in nature, we must ask what are we looking to restore. What has been lost? The answer is a sense of connectedness. This is a generalized sensation. I say this because people seek to fill that connection void by establishing relationships with people, places or things. Some look for academic success, other seek wealth, fame or "that special someone". You can fill in the blank here with anything that people desire.

People seek based on a desire to be connected. This essentially is a search for identity. You identify with something outside yourself by seeking to establish a relationship with it. In that way, you hope to be completed or made whole through this connection. When you wish to testify to your identity, you actually make statements to the effect that you are one with that which you sought. I am a "Patriots" fan. I am a professor of English literature. I am so and so's spouse.

In all these cases, you are making statements that identify you by function, by an established relationship, and by name, thus fulfilling the three criteria for defining identity. These are all statements of I AM but they also include predicates to modify I AM. I AM denotes pure being whereas "I AM something" causes Being to modulate its expression from absolute to relative. So your personalized expressions of I AM, are ways of qualifying the absolute nature of your being.

The word identity has its roots in the Latin identidem, which means "repeatedly." But identidem is a contraction of idem et idem, meaning, same and same, or A is A.

When these relationships, once established, fail, you experience that same old sense of lost connectedness. If my sports team looses, I've lost. If my spouse divorces me, I am alone and unconnected again.

Thus, the search for an identity that lasts is easily frustrated since all the things we have discussed are transient in nature. Nothing of the physical can last since by the very laws of physics all things tend to entropy.

So does anything last? Is any relationship eternal in nature? Is there anything outside of ourselves that we can call home that endures? If we strip away all the desires for things that are rooted in the transient, does anything remain? What happens when the clamoring voice of self is stilled? What transpires in that quiet place when all the ripples and disturbances in consciousness are ended?

Your life is filled with many desires. With effort and by holding true to your desire, you may obtain what you seek. You may seek knowledge because you fear ignorance. You may seek love because you fear loneliness. You may seek wealth because you fear being poor. You may have all these things and more, but will they, once obtained, bring you peace? Or will they leave you wanting yet something else? Is desire itself the problem? Or is endless desire the symptom of something else?

What you seek you may certainly find. Yet what characterizes the relationship between the seeker and the sought after? We have said that relationship is a defining element in identity. In one of the above examples, we said that a man may seek after wealth because he fears poverty. You identify with what you seek. This establishes a relationship, a defining moment in how you perceive who you are. What you appropriate to self also becomes a tether binding you to what you desire. These kinds of relationships shape you and direct your future choices in such a way as to move you closer to or farther from your goals.

The answer is a subjective experience where you are free from all the tethers, fears, beliefs and opinions that hold you back from clear seeing and knowing. You are in a place of profound silence that allows you see and know clearly with a consciousness that is not limited by the physical. In that profound silence you find the roots of your being. You do not find such a place by accident, or by some casual inquiry. It is a journey of many lifetimes that begins with the desire to end the struggles within and to find relationships that are not characterized by fear or bondage to the desires of self.

Is there a single technique to obtain these results, a method, a prayer, an exercise? Not really. Any form of practice is just another form of resistance. What you are really looking for is a change in consciousness that comes from understanding what you are doing at any given moment and why. From this high state of consciousness is born true freedom from the fictions of a worldly life that leads face-to-face to who you are, where you came from, and where you are headed.

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Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. – Matthew 15:13.


I and my Father are one. – John 10:30.


The Father is in me, and I in him. – John 10:38.


I am the vine, ye are the branches: He who abides in me, and I in him, brings forth much fruit, for without me ye can do nothing. – John 15:5.

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

Edna Lister


Etymology of identity: Late Latin identitas, from Latin idem, "the same" (influenced by Late Latin essentitas, "being," and identidem, repeatedly) from id, "it."



Identity is an absolute principle.

Identity is an abstract principle.

Identity is a law of being.

Identity is a law of doing.


Quotes

Properly speaking, a man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognise him. – William James

Know thyself. – Delphic Maxim, inscribed in the outer court of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi.


References

Bradley, Francis H. The Principles of Logic. Reprint of the London edition of 1883. New York: G. E. Stechert & Co., 1912, p. 133.

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).

James, William. The Principles of Psychology. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1890, p.310.

Merriam-Webster.com, "Identity," Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Accessed 12 April 11 2021.


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