Rebellion is open or determined defiance of or resistance to any authority or controlling power. Thus, rebellion is an act or a show of defiance toward authority, a fight or struggle against any kind of control.Merriam-Webster Dictionary
  The etymology of rebellion is particularly to the point: the word comes from the Latin rebellio. Bellona was the Roman goddess of war (bellum). To the Romans, rebellion was a revolt or open resistance to their government by nations they had subdued in war; thus it was a renewed war, re-bellio.

“Rebellion is refual to obey; hence it is disobedience.”

  The soul who refuses to obey law is a rebel, one who is given to resisting authority or another’s control. To rebel is to be contrary, defiant, disobedient, insubordinate, rebellious, unruly, wayward, or willful. Those who rebel are often called: uncooperative, hardheaded, obstinate, opinionated, pigheaded, self-willed, stubborn, disorderly, undisciplined, discourteous, disrespectful, ill-mannered, ill-natured, impertinent, impolite, impudent, inconsiderate, insolent, rude, and uncivil.–Merriam-Webster Dictionary
  Rebellion is a soul taint akin to disobedience and repudiation. The above synonyms comprise a veritable catalog of the selfish soul’s traits and taints. Do not let another’s display of self breed rebellion in you. A rebel is always against some manifestation of authority or control, most commonly some law regarding behavior, actions or moral restraint; hence is considered to be a lawless adversary.

Edna Lister on Rebellion

Many great souls fall because of rebellion, and the lethal cup of sensation.–Edna Lister, April 17, 1938

Some rebel and tear down lines, but those who do find themselves suddenly powerless.–Edna Lister, April 19, 1940

You are indeed free when you acknowledge your rebellion against others’ unjust actions.–Edna Lister, December 1, 1942

You are of no use to the Master until you have completely lifted all pride, resentment, grief, rebellion, etc.–Edna Lister, July 16, 1945

A revenge motive is the root of self-pity, rebellion, resentment, frustration and pride.–Edna Lister, August 1, 1945

Dictatorial attitudes, rebellion, and resentment reveal themselves in the tones of voice.–Edna Lister, April 15, 1950

There is no room in love for blame, doubt, rebellion or resentment.–Edna Lister, April 27, 1951

If you cannot accept without rebellion or inner conflict, you limit the Power you breathe.–Edna Lister, November 21, 1955

Evil is always based in hatred and rebellion.–Edna Lister, December 1, 1955

Prejudices are born of emotional rebellion.–Edna Lister, June 18, 1956

Lift all pride and arrogance, rebellion and frustration.–Edna Lister, August 13, 1957

When you erect false gods of self-pity and rebellion, you do not permit God to send the Power through you.–Edna Lister, September 30, 1957

When you make an excuse, you rebel.–Edna Lister, March 5, 1958

Resistance includes rebellion, impatience, lack of peace and irritation.–Edna Lister, August 28, 1958

Why? is most often considered an unconscious rebellion, resentment, irresponsibility or desire to escape responsibility for our own creations.–Edna Lister, November 15, 1958

Rebellion results when you do not put grief and resentment on the altar.–Edna Lister, November 24, 1958

If one is willful and demanding and has an unconscious desire to make others in his own image and likeness, he will aggravate others. You must desire to lift rebellion and willfulness.–Edna Lister, June 18, 1959

When you refuse an initiation in rebellion, only a shock breaks through such stubbornness and pride.–Edna Lister, November 27, 1959

Jesus said to Peter, When you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.–John 21:18. When Peter was old, a young boy led him. Jesus was teaching Peter that if you are rebellious in youth and shackle yourself to the self-will, you squander your soul substance doing it your way. As you age, youth’s wants become your musts.–Edna Lister, Follow Me, November 29, 1959

A taint of rebellion is infectious.–Edna Lister, December 12, 1960

You must have room to expand under free choice. You create about yourself an area of choice equal to the size of your giving in prayer. No outer vibration can penetrate this wall, unless you open a line of criticism against another. No one can enter or breach the wall unless you open a valve. Nothing can push the wall in on you. This is your base of operations. Outside interference can enter on your rebellion, irritation and resentment.–Edna Lister, September 7, 1961

The world does not want to accept responsibility. The result is stubbornness in conquering, resistance to hearing a new law, and rebellion. This is the truth for the world. No matter how far you have climbed, when you delay accepting the law you have heard, you draw upon the magnetic currents of earth, which feed the will. Even mild resentment or rebellion pulls up the magnetic current that reinforces the self-will.
  Further, your reactions draw the magnetic currents through family, friends and coworkers, and add their force as momentum to push emotional and mental fatigue poisons past your navel to the crown, causing migraine headaches. Conversely, the etheric currents divinely protect the one who sees God in everyone, and declares it all good.–Edna Lister, June 7, 1962

Rebellion and repudiation are under the surface when one’s thinking is confused or disordered. Start with logic, reason, discernment, discrimination, and discretion as your multiplication table for mental clarity.–Edna Lister, March 25, 1963

Repudiation, rebellion, resentment and self-pity generate blame.–Edna Lister, September 5, 1963

Rebellion against obedience is against the responsibility that must be assumed. The very firmness and stubbornness of the rebellion reveals the depth of ability inherent within the soul to stand firm upon principle under need. Let Light go forth to absorb rebellion.–Edna Lister, January 13, 1965

Your Guards always shield and hold you unless you commit some atrocious act of rebellion that tears you from their arms.–Edna Lister, October 17, 1966

Soul cannot rule when self drags it to the cellar of rebellion.–Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1924-1971

You face tests and trials by fire to purge you of rebellion and resentment of how others treat you.–Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1924-1971

When rebellious self divides itself from soul and Oversoul, no unity is possible. Subconscious mind separates itself from rational, thinking consciousness, super-conscious inspiration and illumination, and no understanding is possible, for only confusion can result. While rebellion against the authority of law is the factor at work in such a situation, several unpleasant side effects will result: The inner conflict between self-will and divine will surely does manifest as arguing and confrontation, leading to outer conflict among the parties involved.
  Thus, self becomes the thief of peace among the members of a family or other group, which should operate according to the law of unity of purpose, to serve the Light. When one applies logic, reason, discernment, discrimination, and discretion, one can see that acting as the thief of peace in any situation will eventually lead one into becoming an agent of conflict, ending in war, which is the ultimate physical conflict.–Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1924-1971

Every agent of conflict stands in terrible danger of being the unwitting tool, the helpless pawn of darkness. This is no path for a Son or Daughter of Light to walk. To dedicate oneself to being an agent of Light will cause one to become the agent also of peace, love, compassion, wisdom, understanding and all other divine virtues of the soul. The choice is always thus: Light or dark, good or evil, peace or war. You may choose which shall be your Master, self or soul, but you must serve.–Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1924-1971

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Treatment for Rebellion

To train a rebellious child, say, This is the way it’s going to be, and walk off. Then lift all rebellion from his heart. Declare, Let the Light go forth and consume all rebellious taints in Name. Declare into the child’s room, All darkness is lifted. Let Light fill Name’s aura and consume all rebellion. Let there be Light.–Edna Lister, January 24, 1966

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Old Testament on Rebellion

God sets the solitary in families: he brings out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.–Psalm 68:6

Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of Me; and that cover with a covering, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin.–Isaiah 30:1

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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 rebellion: Latin rebellio, rebellion, from rebellare, to rebel.

Rebellion is a soul taint.

Lucifer in Starlight
On a starred night Prince Lucifer uprose.
Tired of his dark dominion swung the fiend
Above the rolling ball in cloud part screened,
Where sinners hugged their spectre of repose.
Poor prey to his hot fit of pride were those.
And now upon his western wing he leaned,
Now his huge bulk o’er Afric’s sands careened,
Now the black planet shadowed Arctic snows.
Soaring through wider zones that pricked his scars
With memory of the old revolt from Awe,
He reached a middle height, and at the stars,
Which are the brain of heaven, he looked, and sank.
Around the ancient track marched, rank on rank,
The army of unalterable law.
–George Meredith

The Twilight of Earth
The wonder of the world is o’er:
The magic from the sea is gone:
There is no unimagined shore,
No islet yet to venture on.
The Sacred Hazels’ blooms are shed,
The Nuts of Knowledge harvested.

Oh, what is worth this lore of age
If time shall never bring us back
Our battle with the gods to wage
Reeling along the starry track.
The battle rapture here goes by
In warring upon things that die.

Let be the tale of him whose love
Was sighed between white Deirdre’s breasts,
It will not lift the heart above
The sodden clay on which it rests.
Love once had power the gods to bring
All rapt on its wild wandering.

We shiver in the falling dew,
And seek a shelter from the storm:
When man these elder brothers knew
He found the mother nature warm,
A hearth fire blazing through it all,
A home without a circling wall.

We dwindle down beneath the skies,
And from ourselves we pass away:
The paradise of memories
Grows ever fainter day by day.
The shepherd stars have shrunk within,
The world’s great night will soon begin.

Will no one, ere it is too late,
Ere fades the last memorial gleam,
Recall for us our earlier state?
For nothing but so vast a dream
That it would scale the steeps of air
Could rouse us from so vast despair.

The power is ours to make or mar
Our fate as on the earliest morn,
The Darkness and the Radiance are
Creatures within the spirit born.
Yet, bathed in gloom too long, we might
Forget how we imagined light.

Not yet are fixed the prison bars;
The hidden light the spirit owns
If blown to flame would dim the stars
And they who rule them from their thrones:
And the proud sceptred spirits thence
Would bow to pay us reverence.

Oh, while the glory sinks within
Let us not wait on earth behind,
But follow where it flies, and win
The glow again, and we may find
Beyond the Gateways of the Day
Dominion and ancestral sway.
–George William Russell


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The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

Meredith, George, "Lucifer in Starlight," A Victorian Anthology, Edmund Clarence Stedman, editor. Cambridge, MA: Riverside Press, 1895.

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s.v. “Rebel, Rebellion.” Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Accessed 11 Sep. 2022.

Russell, George William. "The Twilight of Earth," Collected Poems by A.E. London: Macmillan, 1913.

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