Laws of Doing (Expression)

  The laws of doing apply to visible, material things and living souls, and deal with deliberate and harmonious personal expression and action. We form laws of doing to temper abstract principles to suit individual intelligence and consciousness, to control and govern soul unfoldment, behavior and relationships, according to our present degree of understanding and development.
  Doing is action, proceeding, conduct, performance or execution of something.The Oxford English Dictionary The abstract principles of doing or expression are equilibrium, harmony and balance. What you say or do either maintains or disturbs the universal equilibrium. What you say or do either creates harmony or dissonance. What you say or do will create either balance or imbalance in your affairs and relationships.

“What you do either maintains or disturbs the universal equilibrium.”

  The laws of doing include every instance in the Bible where God commands us "Thou shalt" (248 times) or "Thou shalt not" (365 times). Every law of doing directs the soul to the right choice for action; apply this rule to discover many more as yet unrecognized laws.
  Your freedom to choose is the underpinning of every law of doing. Each action or expression as "doing" grows from a choice you have made.

Laws of Doing (Expression)

New Testament on Doing

All things whatever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.–Matthew 7:12

It is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days.–Matthew 12:12

Whoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.–Matthew 12:50

Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.–Matthew 25:40

I can of myself do nothing.–John 5:3

I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.–John 13:15.

This one thing I do now.–Philippians 3:13

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Doing in Other Sacred Writings

Wisdom is more moving than any motion: she passes and goes through all things by reason of her pureness, for she is the breath of the power of God, and a pure influence flowing from the glory of the Almighty: therefore no defiled thing can fall into her. She is the brightness of the everlasting light, the unspotted mirror of the power of God, and the image of His goodness. Being but One, she can do all things: and remaining in herself, she makes all things new: and in all ages entering into holy souls, she makes them friends of God, and prophets.–Wisdom of Solomon 7:24-27

Do not refrain to speak when you can do good, and do not hide your wisdom in her beauty; for by speech, wisdom shall be known, and learning by the word of the tongue.–Wisdom of Ben Sirach 4:23-24

The knowledge of the commandments of the Lord is the doctrine of life: and they who do things that please Him shall receive the fruit of the tree of immortality.–Wisdom of Ben Sirach 19:19

A wicked man hangs down his head sadly; but inwardly is full of deceit, casting down his countenance, and making as if he heard not: where he is not known, he will do thee a mischief before you be aware. If for want of power he is hindered from sinning, yet when he finds opportunity he will do evil.–Wisdom of Ben Sirach 19:26-28

Do nothing without advice; and when you have once done, repent not.–Wisdom of Ben Sirach 32:19

In every good work trust your own soul; for this is the keeping of the commandments.–Wisdom of Ben Sirach 32:23

If you are oppressed and persecuted, and you do His (i.e., the Father’s) will, He will love you … and reckon you to have become beloved through His providence by your own choice.–The Apocryphon of James, Codex I, 2

If one has knowledge, it is from above; if he is called, he hears, he answers, and he turns to Him who is calling him, and ascends to Him, and he knows in what manner he is called. Having knowledge, he does the will of the One who called him, he wishes to be pleasing to Him, he receives rest.–The Gospel of Truth, Codex I, 3 and XII, 2

When the Word appeared, error was upset, not knowing what to do; it was grieved, in mourning, afflicting itself because it knew nothing when knowledge drew near it; this is the downfall of error and all its emanations; error is empty, having nothing inside.–The Gospel of Truth, Codex I, 3 and XII, 2

Do not strengthen (those who are) obstacles to you, who are collapsing, as though (you were) a support (for them). [Do not mistreat them, either.] Do the will of the Father, for you are from Him.–The Gospel of Truth, Codex I, 3 and XII, 2

Christ said, "It is to those [who are worthy of my] mysteries that I tell my mysteries. Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing."–Gospel of Thomas, Codex II, 2

The dark ones thought that it was by their own power and will that they were doing what they did, but the Holy Spirit in secret was accomplishing everything through them as it wished.–Gospel of Philip, Codex II, 3

Let us dig down after the root of evil which is within, and pluck it from our heart from the root. It will be plucked out if we recognize it, but if we are ignorant of it, it takes root in us and produces its fruit in our heart. It masters us. We are its slaves. It takes us captive, to make us do what we do not want; and what we do want, we do not do. It is powerful because we have not recognized it. While it exists, it is active.–Gospel of Philip, Codex II, 3

It behooves whoever understands the works [of the Christ] to do the will of the Father.–The Dialogue of the Savior, Codex III, 5

There is no sin (of the world), but we make sin when we do the things that are like the nature of adultery, which is called sin. That is why the Good came into our midst, to the essence of every nature in order to restore it to its root.–Gospel of Mary 4:26-27

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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.

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

Etymology of doing: "perform, execute, achieve, carry out, bring to pass by procedure of any kind," etc., etc., Middle English do, first person singular of Old English don "make, act, perform, cause; to put, to place."


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