Impatience and Irritation, Soul Taints

Impatience is a form of forcing, "a want of endurance, a failure to bear suffering, discomfort, annoyance with equanimity, irritability, irascibility."

Irritation, which is a hallmark of biological life, "is the state of being easily annoyed or excited to anger or impatience, proneness to vexation or annoyance, petulance."

No patience is the opposite of impatience.

Impatience and irritation are soul taints. To feel impatience and irritation is a sign that self is rising to the top. When you indulge impatience and irritation, you are pandering to the self.

Edna Lister on Impatience and Irritation

Impatience and doubt may cause delay, but do not stop action. – Edna Lister, November 14, 1938.

Drudgery removes impatience and false pride from your soul. – Edna Lister, March 9, 1939.

Impatience is a form of forcing. – Edna Lister, February 13, 1941.

You work with people, and if you rub their fur the wrong way, they become irritated. – Edna Lister, February 6, 1942.

Let no false emotion of impatience betray you or tear down your hard work. – Edna Lister, December 22, 1942.

Indifference, lukewarmness and selfishness are reasons for not completing a job or leaving it to another to finish. This may cause another to waste time, to blame, be irritated or to condemn. The one who left it undone must pay the debt, no matter how long it takes. – Edna Lister, June 23, 1945.

Greater Power can bring sensitivity and greater irritability. – Edna Lister, God's Eternal Purpose, February 24, 1950.

Words born of irritation and impatience are but your own buried coarseness surfacing. – Edna Lister, November 28, 1957.

Often you receive testing and initiation after being in the golden silence as the world comes upon you. Family, friends and folks at work may be quite irritated, impatient and antagonistic at times you as you become a light for God. If you can love Him enough to accept the blame that goes with their irritation or resentment, you can put the irritated person higher in the Light and Light will heal him and you too. Do not blame another for being irritated by you. – Edna Lister, December 2, 1957.

Sometimes you feel like a factory boiler room as you begin to pray. All your subconscious conflicts begin to clamor when you become silent. You cannot enter the golden silence filled with resentments and irritations, yet most people just try to get rid of these subconscious distractions — suppressing them, pushing them back to the boiler room where they continue to howl and clank. Don't join them. You cannot succeed by trying to escape. – Edna Lister, Come Ye Apart, April 20, 1958.

Everyone has a high degree of word action, all too often including idle words, which are the biggest waste of soul substance you can indulge. Bite your tongue when irritated; otherwise, you pay the other fellow's debts, too. – Edna Lister, As the World Sees Me, June 22, 1958.

Impatience creates a point of force, and means you are not waiting on the Lord. – Edna Lister, July 24, 1958.

Resistance includes rebellion, impatience, irritation, and ensures you will find no peace. – Edna Lister, August 28, 1958.

If someone irritates you, something in your mind needs lifting and cleansing, or you wouldn't be irritated. Your irritation needs cleansing, not the other person. – Edna Lister, October 9, 1958.

It is a fallacy to believe that the other fellow becomes more selfish if you give of your love. What he expresses shows the degree of love you are giving, and his reaction to your love will reflect every remaining selfishness, resentment, irritation, self-pity and pride in your subconscious. The reaction you get depends on the degree of your love, unadulterated by self. – Edna Lister, October 13, 1958.

Irritation and impatience most often manifest in idle words. – Edna Lister, Ten Plagues on Egypt, December 2, 1958.

No patience is the opposite of impatience. Work for acceptance and endurance of delays as being perfect. – Edna Lister, May 11, 1959.

When no tone remains in you for darkness to play, you will be beyond the reach of darkness to touch you personally. When you have lifted taints and conquered self, you hold, are not hurt, bored or impatient. You will be holding your Father's hand, receiving His compassion, not needing outer sympathy. – Edna Lister, May 11, 1959.

When you speak in malice, irritation or hate, it shows that you are blaming others and using force by demanding they do it your way. The vehemence you send forth determines the degree of force returned. – Edna Lister, Jesus' Seven Last Words, June 7, 1959.

Lost articles become invisible when you are irritated, upset or blame another when they disappear. Pray your way up and the Light will reveal them. – Edna Lister, Eight Great Powers of Being, June 23, 1959.

Your rebellion, irritation and resentment will create interference in attaining your goals. – Edna Lister, September 7, 1961.

Impatience orbits the earth, collects every floating bit of impatience and returns larger than before. You pay for the accumulation as it returns to you. – Edna Lister, January 23, 1965.

Speak emphatically on the right things at the right time, but not when you are angry or irritated. – Edna Lister, January 27, 1966.

You're sticking your nose in someone else's business if he is irritated with you. – Edna Lister, October 31, 1966.

Being frustrated or irritated closes the Gates of Light. – Edna Lister, Faith Complete Now, November 15, 1970.

Idle words, intolerance and impatience could melt and dissolve all the work you've done and you'd have to redo it. – Edna Lister, April 17, 1971.

Lift your discouragement and irritability into the Light and it will gradually disappear. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

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Treatments for Irritation

When someone irritates you, say "Darling, I love you. You're wonderful." This graciousness lets the Power move through. – Edna Lister, December 15, 1957.

Declare that each irritating incident is God's perfect way of doing for your ascension and say, "Let there be Light!" – Edna Lister, October 20, 1966.

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Old Testament on Impatience and Irritation

He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalts folly. – Proverbs 14:29.

The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of everyone that is hasty only to want. – Proverbs 21:5.

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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 impatience: Latin impatiens, "impatient": in-, "not" + patiens, present participle of pati, "to suffer, endure."

Etymology of irritation: Latin irritare, "irritate."

Impatience and irritation are soul taints.


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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