Integrity is wholeness; entireness; an unbroken state; the entire, unimpaired state of any thing, particularly of the mind; moral soundness or purity; incorruptness; uprightness; honesty. Integrity comprehends the whole moral character, but refers especially to uprightness in mutual dealings. The moral grandeur of independent integrity is the sublimest thing in nature, before which the pomp of eastern magnificence and the splendor of conquest are odious as well as perishable. Purity; genuine, unadulterated, unimpaired state." Integrity is related to the word, integer, which is defined as "the whole of any thing; particularly, in arithmetic, a whole number, in contradistinction to a fraction. To integrate, also related to integrity, is to renew; to restore; to perfect; to make a thing entire.Webster’s American Dictionary

“To have integrity, you must be integrated—body, mind, and soul.”—Edna Lister

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 in a syzygy of consciousness. Integrity is a law of doing; you are required to 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 plus your loyalty to God.”
—Edna Lister

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. Your personal integrity is the sum of your honor plus your loyalty to God.—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 needs 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. For you, this has reached the point of no return. You are supposed to be responsible, so your lines of responsibility and Light should not be sagging. If you wish to use overwork and outside pressure as an excuse for your 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.

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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
The original Pioneering Mystic,
Christian Platonist philosopher, American Idealist, Founder, Society of the Universal Living Christ, minister, teacher, author, wife, and mother.

Edna Lister

Etymology of 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.


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

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

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


Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary, 2024.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

Johnson, Samuel. The Works of Samuel Johnson. Robert Lynam, ed. 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.

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.

Webster, Noah. “Integrity,” Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language. New York: S. Converse, 1828.

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