To let is defined as to give permission, to allow to pass, to loose one’s hold of, let go, to desist, forbear, to set free, liberate, to abstain from interfering with or paying attention to a person or thing, to abstain from doing an action.Oxford English Dictionary

Self regards letting as being a passive doormat. Yet to let means to cause or to command dynamically, as in the soul commanding the self and causing it to ascend. 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.

Edna Lister on Letting

Speak the Word and send it out, radiate it out over the whole world. The word "let" is the release of the Power. Your closing declaration should be something like this: "These words are spirit and they are life. These words are now established. These words are now finished in the kingdom and they shall become visible. Let them come to pass. Let them come into manifestation. Let them be established, Let these words go forth and do the work."—Edna Lister, January 20, 1933.

Prayer gives you the will to stand still long enough to "let" the Power move forth and create.—Edna Lister, The Lord’s Prayer, September 26, 1934.

Your outer actions show whether you are really letting the Power use you.—Edna Lister, Learning to Live at Peace, November 11, 1934.

Will is forcing, but determination is letting.—Edna Lister, The Foundation of Life, September 29, 1935.

Let the Power lift and serve as you.—Edna Lister, July 31, 1938.

The spoken Word of "let" shall open the vibration to pour forth.—Edna Lister, September 6, 1938.

Use this magic wand of Power, the spoken Word, "Let." No misuse can occur when you use "let" in love and joy. The Power awaits you. To speak the Word, "let" is enough, provided you continually send the prayer forth.—Edna Lister, December 14, 1938.

Speak the Word, "let," for all your creations and nothing doubting, stand.—Edna Lister, February 19, 1939.

Stand surrendered before the altar, letting the Power move forth through you, becoming a perfect instrument for the Power.—Edna Lister, October 26, 1939.

You work by letting God do the work unobtrusively, taking no credit to self but giving God the whole and complete credit.
  All you need do at any place along the Path is to become aware that being healed is possible. Healing is "letting" the Mind of God operate as your thinking and planning. Healing is "letting" the Power of God quicken you into a divine desire for activity. Healing is "letting" the substance of the Spirit vitalize the very cells into the ability to change.
  Letting is the cleansing, purifying process of Spirit. The thinking and planning phase of "letting" changes subconscious habits of illness, lack or any limitation into a flaming desire to be whole. "Letting" opens the physical cells or affairs to the Power-filled recreation of their substance into perfection.—Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

Have you sunk from letting the Light do the work and using you?—Edna Lister, February 13, 1941.

Feel no undue concern at letting go of a worn-out vibration.—Edna Lister, March 28, 1941.

Stop trying, and just "let God" do what He knows is right for His chosen work at this time.—Edna Lister, May 7, 1941.

Release Power by "letting."—Edna Lister, September 23, 1941.

You can create by letting love fill all law full of itself.—Edna Lister, November 12, 1941.

The magic key is "let." Ask for Light on problems you must handle. Ask for Wisdom when you must speak, and Love, the greatest of all, sustains all that you create or do. Love shall smooth your path. Light, Wisdom and Love will come forth only when joy is in your heart.—Edna Lister, May 27, 1943.

Let love be your prayer, your Light, your path and your goal.—Edna Lister, June 28, 1943.

Let, do not command or force, even slightly. You cannot fail with letting.—Edna Lister, June 30, 1944.

For spiritual seeing and hearing, ask not, only let. Self asks to see and hear. Going slowly, step by step slowly is best, while letting the great powers awaken your mediator abilities.—Edna Lister, October 26, 1944.

Cease clamoring for what you already have, and declare, "Let it be so," for all your desires.—Edna Lister, January 2, 1945.

The law is, when you bring human will to bear on Power it becomes force. You must be ascended in consciousness to speak the Word, "let," which is the only open sesame for Power. Surrender and let.—Edna Lister, June 29, 1945.

God has given the soul the power of conscious direction and control through the spoken Word. God has given universal substance only the power to become the vibration the spoken Word decrees. "Let" is the only spoken Word that substance recognizes.—Edna Lister, June 29, 1945.

Obedience to the laws of "letting" and "lifting" will cause the dross to be consumed unto the complete purifying and full ascension of the body with the soul.—Edna Lister, July 25, 1945.

The right use of Power is letting. To "let" means to become unconquerable, fully invincible law.—Edna Lister, September 24, 1945.

You are the perfect expression of God when you lift, let the Power go forth, praise God and release more Power.—Edna Lister, December 13, 1945.

You prove God’s miracles by letting God use you.—Edna Lister, January 25, 1946.

Change the "get" and "keep" for "me" attitude to the "let" and "hold" for God attitude.—Edna Lister, July 26, 1947.

Your declaration of "Let" means you surrender to God’s will of love.—Edna Lister, November 13, 1947.

You can easily determine whether self or soul is the motive of your activity. Self is always on the getting, taking, hating side, while soul gives and loves, which is letting.—Edna Lister, Getting or Letting: Self or Soul, June 27, 1948.

Push on toward the Light, letting it pull you toward your goal.—Edna Lister, Pentecost, the Way of Ascension, May 7, 1950.

You apply the spoken Word by making declarations, decrees or statements to open a vibration of action, which you preface by "Let" and complete with "This is good" to energize substance.—Edna Lister, Is Mind Important, June 15, 1952.

Only a hair’s breadth separates your legitimate uses of your faculties, and the "letting" Power of universal Mind. You learn by the process of "trial and error," bumbling along.—Edna Lister, How to Relate Mind and Power, June 22, 1952.

Doing the "greater works" (John 14:12) is letting Light, joy and faith move through you.—Edna Lister, Manna From Heaven, August 21, 1955.

Nonresistance is "letting" all things be added, to inherit the earth and all good.—Edna Lister, The Beatitudes are Be-attitudes, February 12, 1956.

Decree and declare, then "let" the Power do the work while you remain busy doing the next thing next. Never let go or let down while waiting upon the action of law to do the work.—Edna Lister, The Lord Has Need of Thee, March 25, 1956.

Surrender is letting, always giving up selfish will to God.—Edna Lister, August 4, 1956.

You have tried to use Power long enough to learn the difference between "making" the Power work and "letting" the Power do the work. "Letting" is your present task. Now you must let Power use you.—Edna Lister, The Comforter, August 19, 1956.

The agents to open the way to success have always accompanied anyone who comes to earth with a mission. If you love enough and leave manipulation behind for "letting," the agent must be there. Everyone faces this initiation at some point in life.—Edna Lister, May 29, 1957.

"Let" is the only legal claim. All adepts believe that God made the laws of the universe for their use, but no one may make a demand on God’s law. Adepts, who love to control, must accept that they must "let" God use them.—Edna Lister, June 6, 1957.

Declare, and your consciousness will determine your outer results. As a creator, you use the word "let" (see Genesis 1, "Let there be Light"). You use no force when you declare the release of Power, for God is then directing it.—Edna Lister, February 4, 1958.

There is a proper use of Power. It is completely, openly legal when prefaced with "let": "Let this Power move forth. Let this Power do." It is completely illegal to demand the Power to do anything. No limit is placed on the amount of Power a soul may release, nor may the use of "let" be curtailed.—Edna Lister, June 13, 1958.

Soul expression is "letting" mastery work. Let. Let. Let.—Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.

If you practice letting the law do the work, you experience less grief for disobedience.—Edna Lister, May 28, 1959.

You can do the "greater works" that Jesus did only by letting, standing steadfastly and letting God do the work as you with no force of self-will. You may not use Power but let Power use you. Standing is conquering by becoming the Power released to go forth and do the work.—Edna Lister, Eight Great Powers of Being, June 23, 1959.

Every Power in the universe backs the one who will stand and know without any inner conflict, letting Power do the work.—Edna Lister, January 28, 1964.

Nothing is weak or passive about refusing to be moved while "letting" nonresistance bring good to pass from evil. All things do "work together for good" when you stand still and wait to see what God will do about it.—Edna Lister, January 28, 1964.

Never let go of God or His Light, but always let go of self and the world.—Edna Lister, August 26, 1964.

You must increase our knowledge of "let." To declare "let" is a right thing to do. However, you may set no time limit on the "let," for even God does not know how much time it will take for individuals to change or be ready. Power works through barriers, consuming opinions and prejudices, and finally God slips in a hooked poniard of truth. For your one "let," your Guards say it for you a hundred times in another direction.

When your nose rubs it, you are ready to say "let." An inadvertent word or tone can change the vibration, under earth law; sometimes cross-vibrations delay you. Say one little "let" and God says it ten times more, and His "let" has chronological age. Call the delay good, keep saying, "let," and you will see visions of many more and higher "lets."—Edna Lister, October 23, 1967.

Know that Light does the work and stand, letting it do the work.—Edna Lister, November 14, 1968.

The law goes into operation only under the spoken Word but you should speak only as a servant of all Power, letting Power use you.—Edna Lister, June 5, 1969.

When you speak the Word, you must use "Let" to absorb and consume all evil to make way for any miracle.—Edna Lister, The Miracle of Water into Wine, November 1, 1970.

"Let" expands the Power of faith, sending the full Substance forth. Use strong words to make your declarations, assume responsibility for the triumph of Light, and the Power does the work.—Edna Lister, Faith Complete Now, November 15, 1970.

Let your love of God be your defense.—Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

Any declaration preceded by "let" releases Power to carry it through.—Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

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New Testament on Letting

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.—Matthew 5:16.

Let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.—Matthew 5:37.

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.—Matthew 16:24.

Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.—Matthew 19:14.

Whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant, just as the Christ did not come to be served, but to serve.—Matthew 20:27-28.

O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.—Matthew 26:39.

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.—John 14:1.

So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.—Romans 12:5-9.

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.—Romans 13:1.

It is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day.—Romans 13:11-13.

Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.—Romans 14:13.

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.—Romans 14:19.

As God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk.—1 Corinthians 7:17.

Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.—Galatians 6:9.

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.—Ephesians 4:31.

Let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.—Ephesians 5:33.

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.—Philippians 2:5.

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.—Philippians 3:13-16.

Let your moderation be known to all men.—Philippians 4:5.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.—Philippians 4:6-7.

As the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long suffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection, and let the peace of God rule in your hearts and be thankful.—Colossians 3:12-14.

Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.—Colossians 3:15-16.

Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.—Colossians 4:6.

Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.—1 Thessalonians 5:5-8.

The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.—2 Timothy 2:19.

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.—Hebrews 4:16.

Let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.—James 1:4.

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.—1 Peter 4:11.

Let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.—1 John 3:18.

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.—1 John 4:7.

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Old Testament on Letting

Let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.—Psalm 5:11.

The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.—Psalm 10:2.

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.—Psalm 19:14.

O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.—Psalm 25:2-3.

O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.—Psalm 25:20-21.

Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.—Psalm 33:8-9.

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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 letting: Old English lætan "to allow to remain; let go, leave, depart from; leave undone; to allow; bequeath," also "to rent," from Proto-Germanic letan (cognates: Old Saxon latan, Old Frisian leta, Dutch laten, German lassen, Gothic letan "to leave, let")."

Letting is a law of doing.

Letting is an initiation.


Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary, 2024.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

The Nag Hammadi Library. James M. Robinson, ed. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1988.

The Oxford English Dictionary: Compact Ed., 2 vols. E.S.C. Weiner, ed. Oxford University Press, 1971.

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