Poise is the weight; gravity; that which causes a body to descend or tend to the center; a state of balance or equilibrium, stability, a balanced or hovering condition, a pause between two periods of motion or change. The mind may rest in a poise between two opinions. Further, poise is graceful and elegant bearing in a person; composure and dignity of manner; to be or cause to be balanced or suspended. Its opposite is instability or awkwardness. Poise is also a regulating power; that which balances.The Oxford English Dictionary

“Poise results from surrender to be possessed by God’s Power.”—Edna Lister

Spiritual poise requires utter and complete flexibility in all you are and do, imagination, thinking and desires. Poise and joy are the great crown jewels adorning the devoted servant of God. While poise is highly valued as a social grace, emotional and mental poise are invaluable in protecting you from inner conflict. Poise is an absolute and an abstract principle, a law of being and of doing, and a virtue. You must be poised to act in a poised manner.

Edna Lister on Poise

You find all strength through Power, praise, poise and peace.—Edna Lister, Baptism and Its Authorization, October 14, 1934.

Wait upon the Lord in the high place of sanctuary and poise while you work out your salvation below in your daily affairs.—Edna Lister, August 2, 1940.

Wait upon the Lord in the high place, the City of Peace, the place of poise and power, while you work out your own salvation here. This is the supreme test of your faithful confidence in God’s ability to fulfill His promises to you.—Edna Lister, August 9, 1940.

Live high, agreeing with the Light at the place of poise, then you will express the necessary patience in peace.—Edna Lister, August 9, 1940.

Establish your embodied soul consciousness in the Oversoul’s heart center of poise.—Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

To remain poised for twenty-four precious, golden hours every day you must hold your center of balance.—Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

You must be in the balance of perfect poise always, allowing nothing to shift you from your rod of Power, the axis of balance.—Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

Rest in poise and peace and the fullness of all Power will lift you up forever.—Edna Lister, January 15, 1941.

Stand steadfastly and poised under all conditions.—Edna Lister, January 16, 1944.

Ascend in consciousness, into the high place, the tower room, the sanctuary and live as poise. Then peace will express itself as you on the outer.—Edna Lister, June 5, 1944.

Poise is born of open-mindedness, consideration for others, and true strength expressed as gentleness.—Edna Lister, October 15, 1946.

Poise is dynamic powerful action. Many mistake lukewarmness for poise, saying, "Nothing bothers me anymore." Of course he can’t be bothered; nothing ever disturbs someone who is half asleep.—Edna Lister, The Word Made Flesh, January 5, 1947.

Peace, patience, tolerance, and compassion come from poise, from moving up in consciousness.—Edna Lister, Jesus’ Prayer for the Ages, April 27, 1947.

You can look in five directions and see as poise only when you use the faculties and thinking process from above in the Oversoul’s Star of Being. From there, you see.—Edna Lister, June 20, 1947.

Balance is poise and equilibrium in your service.—Edna Lister, Pentecost, the Way of Ascension, May 7, 1950.

Patience operates up to the brow center, but Power and poise work at the crown.—Edna Lister, November 26, 1951.

Ascend into poise, peace, serenity, and patience. Stand in poise and you will need no peace or patience; you will have become law.—Edna Lister, Gifts and Giving, June 14, 1953.

Poise is standing in harmony.—Edna Lister, Do You Always Wear Your Armor? November 15, 1953.

Poise results from surrender to be possessed by the Power of God.—Edna Lister, I Surrender, July 4, 1954.

As you lift desire into immovable poise, Power descends. Peace and patience are the children of poise and Power.—Edna Lister, July 12, 1954.

The only way to prepare for peace is to become a child of poise and Power.—Edna Lister, The Ambassador, October 16, 1955.

Move up in consciousness on your rod of Power for balance, and cultivate a formal, complete poise, which is true dignity.—Edna Lister, The Glory, Your Ascension, November 11, 1956.

Hold your highest point of surrendered poise as you walk through life’s outer pressures.—Edna Lister, September 5, 1957.

Stand on your center point of poise to hold.—Edna Lister, September 5, 1957.

Poise consists of equal parts of love and wisdom.—Edna Lister, Soul Integration, December 8, 1957.

Stand in perfect poise. Let no self take you down.—Edna Lister, October 5, 1959.

True love is always poised in Light.—Edna Lister, Steadfastness Through Vigilance, June 19, 1960.

The love of God is the poise of God using you.—Edna Lister, Realization Through Praise, June 26, 1960.

Live in a state of poise, a high contemplative point of serene poise, not peace.—Edna Lister, When Prayer Is at Work, June 4, 1961.

Be subservient only toward God. Carry yourself regally, but walk softly, speak gently in a golden voice, and use wise silence. This will subdue the power of the Word you speak to the point where it is bearable to others.—Edna Lister, December 6, 1962.

When you ascend into Light, you enter that place where all is poised, unwavering, with no shadow of turning. You feel needy only when you do not enter the place of poise often enough.—Edna Lister, August 15, 1963.

When you comprehend the need to stand in the Light, as the Light, always steadfast, unwavering, poised and powerful, then the Power will go forth through you in its completeness.—Edna Lister, January 17, 1969.

Poise forms a balance within the body, centered in the heart center to keep you from being shoved around by another’s pushiness, rudeness, or idle words. Once you establish this peculiar strength of poise, you are never surprised by a solar plexus blow of force, since poise gives you an unassailable, immovable, untouchable attitude. Once gained, nothing can disturb it.—Edna Lister, December 3, 1969.

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Treatment for Attaining Poise

"I am now radiant with the perfect Poise of God. I am now living in the poise of God’s kingdom. I am now happy in the use of the poise that is of God. I am now ready to receive the Poise of God. I am now accepting the complete Poise of God as part of my present life. I am now safely held in the Poise of God. I am now confirmed in the continuous use of God’s Poise. I am now poised with the Spirit of the Living God. I am now poised under every outer condition. I am now calm with the perfect Poise of God."—Edna Lister, Great Britain Tour, 1931.

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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 poise: from Anglo-French pois, peis (noun), peser (verb), from Latin pensum ’weight’, from the verb pendere ‘weigh’, or pensare, ‘to weigh, consider.’ From the early senses of ‘weight’ and ‘measure of weight’ arose the notion of ‘equal weight, balance’, leading to the extended senses of ‘composure’ and ‘elegant bearing’.

Poise is an absolute principle; God is poise.

Poise is an abstract principle, rooted in The Logos Emanation.

Poise is a law of being.

Poise is a law of doing.

Poise is a soul virtue.



For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.—Audrey Hepburn

To bear defeat with dignity, to accept criticism with poise, to receive honors with humility—these are marks of maturity and graciousness.—William Arthur Ward


Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary, 2023.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV). Public Domain.

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

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