Laws of Doing (Expression), Relative Principles

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. The laws of doing apply to visible, material things and living souls, and deal with personal expression and action.

Doing is the action of the verb "to do, action, proceeding, conduct, performance or execution of something." The abstract principles of doing or expression are equilibrium, harmony and balance. What you do either maintains or disturbs the universal equilibrium. What you do either creates harmony or dissonance. What you 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.






Acceptance is a law of doing, a soul virtue and an initiatory degree rooted in the principle of nonresistance. As ascending souls, acceptance is how we apply the principle of nonresistance in our lives and relationships. However, do not accept anything, to take it into your being or consciousness, unless you lift it first.
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Agreeing and adjusting is all about how to handle the difference between the truth of appearances versus the truth of reality. You must practice agreeing and adjusting daily.
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Asking, seeking, and knocking are laws of right action, three legal pursuits for the ascending soul.
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Attention to details is an accurate measure of your degree of consciousness, or lack of awareness. It is the key to ascension of soul.
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Balance is poise and equilibrium in your service to God and your fellow man. You must balance the scales of life, personally and within your sphere of influence, as you are able.
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Controlling and manipulating your own behavior is acceptable to a point, to strengthen your ability to conquer. Controlling and manipulating others for self-gain is strictly illegal from a moral and ethical position.
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Controlling the self is but the first step in conquering self, and it begins with bridling the tongue. Controlling self is what you do until you conquer. However, most Adepts practice controlling the self without caring to ascend higher, which is akin to being a big frog in a small pond.
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Death is strictly a phenomenon of the material universe. So long as the immortal soul inhabits the body, as its vehicle in the material world, that body remains "alive." When the soul leaves that earthly vehicle, the body dies, having lost its animating vitality.
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Discipline of the self is the primary activity of the Disciple Degree. Perfect discipline is command over the self until the self is utterly subordinate to the soul, urging no disobedience.
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Duty: Your duties are the moral and ethical attitudes and actions required of you in discharging all the responsibilities of your various roles in life — mother, father, son, daughter, sister, brother, cousin, aunt, uncle, grandparent, grandchild, friend, coworker, supervisor, employee, etc.
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Earnings, wages, and rewards are all effects, as under the law of cause and effect, reactions under the law of action and reaction. Thus, they are all results of acts under the laws of doing.
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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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Harmony, equilibrium and balance are the fundamental abstract principles of doing or expression. Harmony is an abstract principle and a law of being and of doing. God has brought us forth from the universal equilibrium, placed us here to create harmony, and tor return to Him as balance.
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Ignorance is caused by a lack of observation, definite lukewarmness, indifference, or failure to care after observation has taken place. Ignorance is a relative law of doing, or in this case, of not doing by not obtaining wisdom.
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Kinship is relationship by nature or character, as affinity. Kinship is rooted in the principles of Spirit and Love or substance; kinship must obey the laws of doing.
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Letting is a law of doing under the absolute principle of nonresistance. Letting is the individual's application of the principle of nonresistance. Letting, without attempting to control the outcome, is usually a stiff initiation.
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Lifting is the right response to any negative thought, emotion or situation, the right use of imagination by seeing on a cloud of Light every person, place, situation or thing on your lines of Light, and speaking the Word for their healing: "This is good. Let there be Light."
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Lifting the Creative Fire: To lift the creative fire, you release Power to descend the spine unhindered, to ascend again, without being dissipated through the sacrum plexus. Dissipation of the creative fire includes all darkness, negative thinking, speech and actions, not just promiscuous sex.
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Marriage, Family and Relationships: Every human relationship is a facet of your relationship with God. To master relationships on the outer, you must seek a more perfect relationship with your Creator, then learn to love as God loves.
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Orders and Commands usually come to the individual through the voice of conscience, according to the internal moral compass; rarely, one will have a strong impression or hear a voice. Commands and orders are relative laws of doing, principles modified as guides to right action, to meet the needs of a single soul or a family, a group, a tribe or a nation.
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Perseverance, a soul virtue and an initiatory degree, is continuance in a state of grace, leading finally to a state of glory. You may characterize your perseverance with dogged determination or deliberate joyousness; the former makes your task grimly onerous, the latter a pleasure.
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Promises are pledges or vows to do something or to act in a certain way, and they are based on your sworn word of honor. Some people make promises lightly, with little or no intention of keeping them later. However, the promise does not know that you did not mean it and so binds you to perform the promise no matter how long it takes, or what it ultimately requires of you.
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Restraint is an abstract principle under the principle of contraction, a law of being (you must be restrained in conduct), a law of doing (you must act in a restrained manner), and a soul virtue. You generally practice restraint as a law of doing, called self-control.
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Spiritual debts fall under the great law of action and reaction, cause and effect. In Oriental philosophies and religions, karma is universal indebtedness. We classify creating and paying spiritual debts under the laws of doing. Spiritual debt is a burden of honor and discharging it is an initiation.
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Standing, holding, and knowing are laws of doing and initiations of poise, endurance and conscious awareness. You stand on principle always as you hold fast to the Light of God in truth, and you know that "This is Good. Let there be Light" is the perfect declaration in all cases of need.
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Sublimation is the process by which you consciously redirect, purify, refine and focus the baser desires of the embodied appetitive soul. Sublimation is an abstract principle and a law of doing that leads to a new state of being.
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Success on the Via Christa: We find the goals of freedom and success in the mundane sense to be inadequate. We desire soul freedom and hold it paramount, above the world's taint. We measure success in how completely one becomes like unto Jesus the Christ in soul stature, as a Christed one.
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The Ten Commandments that God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai are the original laws of doing, which apply to visible, material things and living souls, and deal with personal expression and action. The Ten Commandments 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 unrecorded laws.
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Vows are laws of doing and initiations. Vows are promises you make to God and to yourself; they are dynamic declarations of intention to become some new state of being or to act in a new way. With every vow, you invite the universe to test your resolve until you have made your change complete.
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Worship goes hand in hand with prayer and praise to form the stable threefold bond of your inner personal relationship with your Creator. When you add singing, you make your own foursquare foundation of reality in the world of appearances. Prayer, praise and singing are all verbal expressions of our love for and faith and trust in God, while worship combines them all into a finally silent, wordless adoration and awe.
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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 5:30.


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
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."

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."


References

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).

The Nag Hammadi Library. James M. Robinson, editor. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1981.


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