Integrity, a Virtue

Integrity is "wholeness, completeness, chastity or pureness; the condition of having no part or element missing or wanting, an undivided or unbroken state; the condition of not being marred or violated, unimpaired or uncorrupted condition; original perfect state."


To have integrity, you must be integrated — body, mind, and soul.


Being a person of integrity means that you possess the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. To be integrated is being whole and not divided. Your personal practice of integrity must be steadfast adherence to a code of moral or ethical values, and incorruptibility." Integrity is an absolute and an abstract principle, a law of being and of doing, and a Via Christa Degree.

Integrity is the complete integration of mind, soul and Spirit, a syzygy of consciousness. Integrity is a law of doing; you may act in an integrated way, in alignment with your Source of Being and thus inspire others to be confidant in you.








Edna Lister on Integrity

Honor your Father (Wisdom) and Mother (Love) and cast not your virtues aside. – Edna Lister, Stepping Stones to Success, December 8, 1935.


Walk as a creator god, living the virtues of honor, loyalty and integrity. – Edna Lister, Walking With God, February 10, 1940.


Live as if honor and loyalty were the only standards in heaven or on earth; all else will follow. – Edna Lister, March 10, 1941.


Stand uprightly as a pillar in your own honor and integrity. – Edna Lister, July 2, 1945.


Stand on principle always. In this way, you gradually build a reputation of justice, honor and truthfulness. – Edna Lister, June 27, 1947.


Obedience to law will bring you to a state of honor, loyalty, integrity and consideration. – Edna Lister, God Is a Gentleman, September 29, 1957.


The first born of honor and loyalty are integrity and consideration in action. – Edna Lister, September 30, 1957.


Honor and loyalty mate and their firstborn is integrity and consideration in action. – Edna Lister, Triumphant You! November 25, 1957.


You earn soul glory by expressing honor, loyalty and integrity. Live by the motto: "Honor above all things." Loyalty to principle is next in line. Integrity of soul is our guiding star forever. – Edna Lister, Eternal Youth, 1956.


A Master learns honor, and polishing ethics and morals. – Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.


The fifth law of expression is to accept responsibility to polish your ethics and morals, which becomes your honor. – Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.


You must base your choices in honor and integrity of soul. – Edna Lister, September 7, 1961.


Live in absolute morality in everything that means God's Honor. – Edna Lister, October 12, 1961.


Obey the six laws of absolute necessity for high integrity and full honor:
Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. – Matthew 6:33.
Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him. – Matthew 5:25.
Abstain from all appearance of evil. – 1 Thessalonians 5:22.
What is that to thee? Follow thou me. – John 21:22.
I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. – John 12:32.
This is good! Let there be Light! (Genesis 1).
– Edna Lister, March 28, 1962.


If you do not stand on the hub of your balance wheel of honor, the conflict of the worldly-spiritual dichotomy will break you into fragments, destroying your integrity. – Edna Lister, Honor Above All, April 8, 1962.


Man’s soul has an individual inner integrity that even God does not broach. Do not pry, but ponder. – Edna Lister, August 5, 1962.


Seek the sweet, firm, final way of living in honor and loyalty to God and integrity of soul. – Edna Lister, April 4, 1963.


Your personal integrity is the sum of your honor and loyalty to God.


What price are you willing to pay to return to your original state, the image and likeness of God? It requires rigid self discipline, perfect honor, loyalty, and integrity. To honor God above all things is to be loyal to God above all things, and to hold your integrity before God above all earthly demands, conditions, and situations. – Edna Lister, June 18, 1963.


The laws are still the same — honor above all things, loyalty next, integrity of intention that includes obedience beyond the world’s ability to figure out, and obedience to the slightest detail. Worlds depend on obedience to law. – Edna Lister, July 24, 1963.


Live honorably with loyalty to principle, to God and integrity of soul. – Edna Lister, August 5, 1963.


Honor, loyalty and integrity are the fruits of self-discipline and self-sacrifice. – Edna Lister, August 15, 1963.


Responsibility is based on respect for God's laws under honor, loyalty and integrity of soul. – Edna Lister, Responsibility, February 14, 1964.


"Honor above all things" will pay great dividends. Honor, loyalty and integrity are your watchwords. – Edna Lister, May 14, 1964.


The world need leaders of honor, loyalty and integrity of soul who do not think of what is due that self, which has come up through the mass of evil. – Edna Lister, September 13, 1964.


The unwavering one, who covers nothing of the self and stands firmly for honor, shall enjoy the overwhelming victory of loyalty. – Edna Lister, October 29, 1964.


You cannot explain honor, loyalty or integrity to one who does not know the Universal Father. – Edna Lister, Omnipresence, the Father's Primacy, November 24, 1964.


The devil minds his own business and works unceasingly twenty-four hours a day. When you do the same and contemplate the highest heavenly vibration, seeing nothing below, save honor, loyalty, integrity, you will know this is so. – Edna Lister, May 9, 1966.


You must live by honor, integrity and loyalty, but first by honor above all things. – Edna Lister, January 10, 1968.


All must have honor and integrity. – Edna Lister, November 4, 1968.


Honor, loyalty, and integrity are the high points of God consciousness. Logic, reason, discernment, discretion, and discrimination are how you apply your God consciousness. – Edna Lister, November 7, 1968.


Your character is the result of how you live by honor, integrity, and apply law. – Edna Lister, How to Make a Just Appraisal, May 14, 1968.


When you plan your day in the morning, use desire, thinking and imagination with honor, loyalty and integrity. – Edna Lister, November 7, 1968.


You can miss the mark on awareness by holding onto the hurt or insult in the other fellow's words, giving power to his idle words. This has reached the point of no return. You are responsible, so lines of responsibility and Light should be sagging. If you wish to use overwork and outside pressure as an excuse for lack of awareness, then remember that it leads to the black pit of regression.

Even the world says, "If you want something done, give it to a busy man." It takes no time to treat words another spews out, saying, “Let there be Light.” Your whole life must be founded on a burning, consuming desire to be multiple-minded in awareness. It is all a matter of practice. You have a picture of how not to do it and of how to do it in complete awareness and integrity. – Edna Lister, October 30, 1969. Top ↑


Integrity: Your Great Anchor 1

This Edna Lister Easter Sunday sermon outline is dated April 22, 1962, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: Matthew 28:1-10.

"In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: and for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulcher with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshiped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me." – Matthew 28:1-10.

There is a special glory, a brightness about the thought of Easter. What is this glory? What causes it? To be in glory is to be in an exalted state of heart and mind. Easter creates this extra special state of a joyous exaltation of the soul.

Just as the sun's rays entice winter from its thousands of tiny deaths to put on green garments and jewels of flowers, so does the same power of nature's brightness entice the soul from the tomb of winter into the Light and glory from above.

From Ash Wednesday to Ascension Day there is a tremendous upward drawing for more life and Light. Easter Power is the power of illumination and illumination is ascension. There are forty days in Lent, forty days for Ascension, but only one small week for Resurrection. Lent's forty days of sacrifice make the Holy Week possible. It was the longest week in the world's history.

Jesus recapitulated his thirty-three years of life. From his Palm Sunday exaltation, through the seven Words he spoke from the cross, he made the principles for a completed Christed life available to us and workable for us.

Three outstanding events were responsible for making him the world Messiah, for opening the new Christed age vibration. First was Palm Sunday with its joint lessons of humility and exaltation. Second was the seven Words Jesus spoke while on the cross.

Third was the sign Pontius Pilate posted on the cross. [INRI is an acronym for the Latin Iesvs Nazarenvs Rex Iudaeorvm, or "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews."] Profane history reports that the Temple priests rebelled because they wanted the sign to read that Jesus had claimed he was king. Yet Pilate was adamant, and opened the vibration of the greatest crusade of all ages. He inaugurated the real reign of Jesus as the head of Christianity with the sign, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews," written in three languages, Latin, Greek and Hebrew.

Latin was the business language of the ancient world, the tongue of merchants. Greek was the mental-intellectual language. Hebrew was the language in all religious dealings, exclusively. The Roman soldiers spoke in Latin. The priests and social leaders were aligned with the Greek, the language of intellectuals and philosophers, because their religion was intellectual. The Hebrew sign, witnessed by disciples and followers of Jesus, was the only expression of devotional religion.

There is a mystical magical quality in three threes. To be binding, you apologize three times and promise three times. So Jesus established the three vibrations as he opened the Gates of Light. Imagine his followers' gloom, and grief of Friday and Saturday. Imagine the glory of that Easter morn. Imagine their joy in finding the stone rolled away.

From birth to death, you are always traveling the way of Ascension. True, you may have "seasons" until you are crucified and resurrected. Too often your love gets buried under someone's old leaves or the falling branches of treachery and gossip. As Paul said," I die daily."

From grade school to college, from baby to adult, from being an assistant to being the manager, everyone works under ascension. Everyone practices going up and down and up again. Some go up more often than they go down. This is the difference, the choice of conviction. Some forever choose the lesser of two evils. Only one choice works for me, and that is up in ascension. When made, let your choice deepen into a strong conviction, a flaming burning glory.

You make your own soul record, a golden mesh given to you at birth, all beautiful and shining. How it looks when you compare it with the Master's at transition, the death of the body, depends upon your choices in life. They hang your mesh beside his at the crossroads of choice and separation, for you to see. Yours may be tarnished and black, sometimes ripped and torn. Your privilege is to weave it over again, into beauty.

You find there is only one right way to ascend from the crystallized tomb of your past. When you do, you cry, "Roll the stone away!" Each builds his own stone from hardness of heart and stubbornness, from doubts, fears, opinions and incessant "whys." You must roll the stone away, then stand and stick it out to the end. You may choose either the self way or the soul way. Then you must defend your choice. Christ is risen. He wears a crown with wings of glory. Your soul's destiny is to wear one, too.

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Integrity: Your Great Anchor 2

This Edna Lister Easter Sunday sermon transcript is dated April 22, 1962, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Ruth Johnson and Irene White. Scripture: Matthew 28:1-10.

"In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulcher with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshiped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.Integrity: Your Great Anchor 1 – Matthew 28:1-10.

Condensing the beauty of the Resurrection is a difficult matter. One must choose the Scripture carefully, yet even then, none tell the story in full. There's a special glory about Easter, and all outer signs remind us of this. People buy new clothes, which symbolize the inner bestowal of robes during the first three days of Holy Week. As above, so below. The sun entices us from winter and its many "little deaths" into life, the green robes of spring, jewels, flowers and fruits.

Before Lent, people enjoy parties, and special music during Lent, despite initiations. Those who bear witness to the love of God know a special Power is coming through during Lent. The transports of joy during that season bring excitement and anticipation of boating, baseball and summer fun.

Jesus had performed so many miracles that his disciples didn't believe he would allow the Romans to crucify him. When they crucified and entombed him Friday afternoon, it stunned the disciples. They were despairing and awake all night because they could not anoint his body on Saturday, the Sabbath.

"And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you." – Matthew 28:5-7.

According to the version in Matthew, the angel of the Lord came with an earthquake on Easter morn, rolled away the stone and overawed the three women who had come to anoint Jesus' body. Yet they did not understand how he could have been resurrected.

Jesus expanded his great vibration to inflate his molecules and atoms to rise again. The simultaneous positive and negative manifestation of Power, his expansion and the angel's arrival, rolled away the stone. To this day, you all live under this Power of Ascension.

Something in your life is always moving up or down, ascending or descending. Most people don't know how to strike a balance and walk upward calmly, but react when another spits on them. The Elect, who are descended creator gods, are still this stupid, and to go down in consciousness is unnecessary and unworthy.

So many people hibernate from Christmas to Ash Wednesday, which is pointless. Hibernation by a conscious being is descension. From Ash Wednesday to Ascension Thursday is a climbing period. Each of these periods lasts roughly forty days, and following them, nature regenerates with buds and foliage.

Holy Week is a cleansing period, when the heavenly Father asks how much pressure can you take before Easter. Then, in new and higher ways, from Easter to Ascension Thursday, the Power redoubles, and He ask us again. How much pressure and tension can you take during this period?

From Palm Sunday to the Resurrection, Jesus recapitulated his entire life. He taught parables and law. Matthew, chapters 22, 23 and 24 contain all his warnings for us, which he condensed during Holy Week.

Three catalysts during that week contribute to the keynote of your life: First, the vibration Jesus opened on Palm Sunday, second, the seven last words that Jesus spoke from the cross, and third, the sign, I.N.R.I., which Pontius Pilate had painted in three languages and posted on the cross.

Jesus accepted humility by riding the white colt of a donkey on Palm Sunday. He did not ask God why his triumph must be lowly. He did not ask, "How could God honor me, then pull me down with a Crucifixion?" Jesus did none of this, but people do it often. You may never ask "why."

Kipling said that you must reach the point where neither praise nor blame affects you. What is your business? To be a living ensample of God, as was Jesus the Christ, to "be as perfect as my Father in heaven is perfect." People say it can't be done, yet you can do it!

Jesus spoke seven last Words from the cross, and each set a new vibration on earth for the coming 2,000-year Christed Age. Gold and silver trumpets were sounded each time he spoke to set a keynote from the cross.

His last Words set seven world vibrations to ponder and learn. Each is a promise he made for us to fulfill, and an attitude to become. The lesson is that by assuming the attitudes of the Master, mastery exalts you into humility.

Pilate covered his debt by washing his hands, but he acknowledged that Jesus was King. The sign he had made — I.N.R.I. [the acronym for the Latin Iesvs Nazarenvs Rex Iudaeorvm, or "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews."] — proclaimed that Jesus is king of three worlds: the commercial (Latin), intellectual (Greek) and the religious (Hebrew). Within these three worlds were ordinary people, the priests and intellectuals, and devotional ones.

Jesus came to live in the world to give and to add his love. Each individual, according to his or her attainment, sees this quality in Jesus. Jesus set the keynote and is still king of the commercial world, where they worship money. He is still king of the intellectual world, where they worship words. He is king of the devotional world, where you ascend in devotion. This is how Jesus has saved us. This statement wipes out earth's evil. Stand on this truth.

Jesus taught several laws that warn against hypocrisy, and often called those of the religious establishment hypocrites. He taught where you can go wrong on law in the last chapters of Matthew, which perfectly integrates with his first teachings, the Sermon on the Mount.

Christ ends his tribulation by reigning on high. Some think he will come again, but he has already come in many ways. In truth, he never left. The Spirit of Christ consciousness is within many today.

That Easter, the angel rolled the stone from his tomb. This Easter, the angels are rolling the stone from the world's hardened heart. The stone of stubbornness that interferes with ascension also causes earthquakes and disasters in this world, then people get together to serve and help.

You hear of promotions and demotions everywhere; all are initiations that stir up the dirt now in the world. The darkness spews from under the surface as the Light of God enters. The Easter Resurrection is no myth, but is practical.

You create your own soul record in the Hall of Records. Light shines on them under initiation, and you can see your past. The Father gave you a golden mesh when you first descended to earth. As you grow, you add to it, a thread here, a thread there. The Master himself wove a golden mesh of his life. When you go across, hanging next to Master's perfect gold, you see yours, torn, perhaps spotted, blackened with tarnish.

The heavenly Council showed me these meshes to see what different ones had done in conquering. I told the Council how hard it would be to tell you of what I saw. I didn't want to be guilty of criticism or blame. The Council asked, "Are you afraid to tell the truth? Are you afraid you will fill only small halls and be unpopular? No one can serve God unless he tells the truth of each one's mesh, and is willing to tell the truth always."

If you are honorable in heart, mind and purpose, the Father will put the proper words on your lips. You hold people on your lines for millennia. You hold them with your arms of Light and save them from the brink.

You can weave a new mesh. You can create a new mesh, or repair the moth holes in the old. Choose to hold fast and go up in consciousness as never before! Serve the Father with a whole heart, mind, soul and forget the past. Praise God straightway for whatever comes your way. Straightway means "upward": Straightway declare everything good for God to move in, especially your initiators, those who would bury the beauty and glory of your life.

From this hour through Ascension Day, release Power to heal in all ways. You, your loved ones and those you hold on your lines can have miracles. Someday the world will know these forty days of Ascension as days of miraculous healing. Roll away your stone once and for all, and the Power of God will touch your tongue when you speak. You cannot afford to fail in your releasing of the Power, and those near you need it.

The Council rewards all your past service with soul substance, and as a winged crown of glory on the inner. Your integrity is your great anchor to the Source of the Living God, a lifeline to the trinity of Mind, Substance, and Power.

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Old Testament on Integrity

He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known. – Proverbs 10:9.


The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them. – Proverbs 11:3.

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

Edna Lister


Etymology of integrity: Latin integritas, from integer "entire."


Integrity is an absolute principle.

Integrity is an abstract principle.

Integrity is a law of being.

Integrity is a law of doing.

Integrity is a Via Christa Degree.

Integrity is a soul virtue.


Quotes

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. – Samuel Johnson, Rasselas

The integrity of men is to be measured by their conduct, not by their professions. – Junius

If in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer. Choose some other occupation, rather than one in the choosing of which you do, in advance, consent to be a knave. – Abraham Lincoln, Notes for a Law Lecture

To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man. – William Shakespeare, Hamlet


References

Johnson, Samuel. The Works of Samuel Johnson. Robert Lynam, editor. London: George Cowie, 1825. VI. 273-285.

Junius. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical, line 43. Charles Noel Douglas, compiler. New York: Halcyon House, 1917; Bartleby.com, 2012 [accessed February 26, 2017].

Lincoln, Abraham. "Notes for a Law Lecture," Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, volume 2. Roy P. Basler, editor. Abraham Lincoln Association, 1953 [Last update September 11, 2008; accessed February 26, 2017].

Shakespeare, William. "Hamlet," Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Hamlet in Act I, Scene 5, lines 185-186. W.J. Craig, editor. London: Oxford University Press, 1914; Bartleby.com, New York, 2000 [accessed February 24, 2017].

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, ed. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).


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