Laws of Being, Relative Principles

Every absolute principle becomes many abstract laws of being and laws of doing. Being is all that God is as potential Wisdom, Love and Energy. Doing implies action and is kinetic thinking, sustaining and activity, derived from being.


“Every law of being embodies the foundation of a soul virtue.”


Laws of being are abstract principles as states of being and consciousness; all are facets of conscience and direct us to action, right or wrong. In dealing with "being" as it applies to spiritual laws, we are always concerned with states of consciousness, which are states of being.

The laws of being include every instance in the Bible where God commands us to "be" some soul quality. Every law of being embodies the foundation of a soul virtue, and leads the soul toward an ideal state of being "like unto God" that we are destined to become.


Aura (Lights): The aura (lights; Hebrew urim) is a law of being and a law of doing. The aura is our personal sphere of spiritual influence, the Light that emanates through us. It is a vibration of Light that radiates from the soul, containing all spiritual, mental and emotional attributes of Light modified by our present state of consciousness.
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The Beatitudes are the declarations of blessedness that Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount. They are attitudes toward life, and set a keynote of gentle good manners in the world. The Beatitudes are laws of being, rooted in the principle of nonresistance. The Beatitudes are also laws of doing, and we must do as they instruct. We "do" the Beatitudes until we become the states of being they describe.
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Body: The body expresses our personal law of being, rooted in the principle of substance. The body is our relative expression of the principle of form; thus, the body is a law of doing. You are not your body. You are a soul, who has a body. If you follow your soul desire, you will take your body along.
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Character versus Reputation names the contrast between the soul and the self image. Character is the outgrowth of your accrued inner qualities, the objective truth of reality of your being. Reputation is a worldly assessment, based on the subjective truth of appearances.
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Degree and Kind: The law of degree and kind explains why all people do not have the same talents, skills, ability and intelligent comprehension. All are created with the equal right to become, but the equality ends with their choice in what kind to become and to what degree. The law of degree and kind is rooted in the principle of nonresistance; it is an abstract principle, a law of being and a law of doing.
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Desire is rooted in memory; you cannot desire anything without first having known it. Desire is the central building faculty of consciousness. You get nowhere in life without desire for something different from what you have. Desire is your motivation for all change and gain.
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Energy: We derive all energy from only the One infinite cosmic Power, called omnipotence, which is transduced down from its absolute potential state to become all subsequent forms of relative kinetic energy in cells, molecules, atoms and subatomic particles.
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Equilibrium is the state of equal balance among all parts of a complex unity, or in the living soul, an expression of the Logos. Equilibrium is an absolute and abstract principle and a law of being.
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Expectancy: Living in a state of fervent expectancy of the good is how you are always ready for a miracle. Expectancy is an abstract principle, a law of being, and a virtue; an expectation may reveal a taint.
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Faith is an absolute and abstract principle, a law of being, a law of doing, a virtue and a faculty. Complete faith fulfills the law of materialization and the law of progress, because faith is the divine substance of all things hoped for. The law of materialization is "believe and know, nothing doubting"; the law of progress is "one step at a time in unalterable faith."
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Form is the principle of concrete reality or expression, a law of being. Form is Light at its outermost point of solidity, held together by the universal law of Mind.
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Freedom is liberty, a law of being. God created you with the freedom to choose your own course in life. People often feel as though they are in bondage to family, a job, etc., but you can be a slave only to self.
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Heritage and Birthright: Perfection is our divine birthright and heritage. The character that Jesus portrayed in the Beatitudes is our birthright. It is our heritage to become perfect servants of Love.
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Increase and Growth: Gratitude is the first law of increase. All growth comes under the great law of appreciation, or gratitude, which causes all good to expand.
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Joy is energy; joy is love in action. Joy is an aspect of the Logos Emanation, an absolute and abstract principle, a law of being, a soul virtue and a spiritual faculty.
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Personality is how God the One expresses as many individualized souls. Personality is the indwelling living soul's personalized outer expression. God speaks as personality through personality to personality. Individual personality is what the world sees of soul, the synthesis of emotional experience and developed intellect.
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Repentance (Penitence) is a law of being (you must be repentant), and a law of doing (you must repent). Repentance is your sole avenue to redeeming misspent or unwisely invested soul substance, amending the foolishness of your past choices, and your request to be permitted to repay any debts of force that you may have created. Thus, repentance is also an initiation.
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Soul: The soul, often called the living soul, is your individuated ground of being. The soul is a portion of the divine Mind, which God condenses as life sparks of Substance and animates (Power) by breathing it into a physical form as a vehicle of expression, what we call an individual.
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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 –1971
The original Pioneering Mystic
minister, teacher, and author

Edna Lister


Etymology of law: Old English lagu, from Old Norse lagu "law," collective pl. of lag "layer, measure, stroke," literally "something laid down or fixed," from Proto-Germanic lagan "put, lay."

Etymology of being: Middle English ben, from Old English beon, "to be."



References

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


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