Thinking and Thought

  Thinking is defined as thought, cogitation, meditation, mental action or activity.Oxford English Dictionary
  To think is to form in the mind, conceive (a thought); to have in the mind as a notion, an idea; to do in the way of mental action; to reason about or reflect on; ponder; to decide by reasoning, reflection, or pondering; to judge or regard.Oxford English Dictionary
  Thought is the act or process of thinking; cogitation; a product of thinking; the faculty of thinking or reasoning; the intellectual activity or production of a particular time or group; consideration; attention.–Oxford English Dictionary
  Thinking is how you apply all your mental faculties, using logic, reason, discretion, discrimination and discernment to chart your course in life. You may think on a continuum ranging from utterly selfish and subjective to sublimely objective and Godlike. Thinking is an abstract principle, a law of doing, and a faculty.

Edna Lister on Thinking

If you have an enemy, that one is your master; one whom you hate is your master. Obtain mastery, which is freedom over hate and negative thoughts.–Edna Lister, January 16, 1933

You are always releasing Power; you determine what it does in the outer world by how you use it, and the nature of our thoughts, emotions and pictures in imagination.–Edna Lister, January 29, 1933.

The thoughts you send out, clothed in words, judge you. You create something with every thought you hold. Your every word judges you.–Edna Lister, Sermon on the Mount, February 1, 1933

Every thought, emotion and picture of imagination creates helps to build the body you wear.–Edna Lister, Personality Plus, February 20, 1933

Adultery includes any unclean thought or emotion. A negative thought is an adulterated truth.–Edna Lister, Recognizing Your Good, April 22, 1934

All thoughts are constructive or destructive, and you must bring them all before the judge of conscience, for self-review.–Edna Lister, The Dividing Line, May 27, 1934

Thought has no power in or of itself. The power in thought is the power behind that which formulates thought, mind. The degree of the one Mind back of thought determines its power and conviction.–Edna Lister, Desire, September 5, 1934

The Word is that thought within, which is changeless, Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.–Matthew 24:35.–Edna Lister, The Word, September 18, 1934.

There is one God, one Mind, one Power, and one Substance. Thus, the whole world, the whole universe is related. One act affects the world. The vibration of thoughts and of words permeates the earth’s atmosphere within twenty-four hours. You cannot even think alone.–Edna Lister, Psychology’s Relation to Metaphysics, September 24, 1934

You can train the muscles of the body. You must learn to train the thoughts of the mind and practice the presence of Christ.–Edna Lister, Vicarious Atonement, March 20, 1935

Words are first ideas and thoughts, which you must work to interpret to present as words. Thought is the medium between the idea and the word. Your thoughts must be of the truth of reality, of realization, and recognition. Develop the habit of right thinking, and using the right words. Every man’s word shall be his burden.–Jeremiah 23:36, so make yours as light as a balloon. Prayer can remove mountains when you fast from habits of negative thinking, and negative words. Opinions distort your vision. Faith as clear as glass is perfection. Opinions are obstructions that distort your glass.–Edna Lister, Prayer, the Broad Highway, May 15, 1935

Logic treats the law of normal thinking or the science of thought.–Edna Lister, What Philosophy Deals With, September 3, 1935

Thought produces all form, in your body and the world. As you develop your medium of control, you understand that back of all form is the corresponding mental structure. You build the mental structure first. A word is a description of a thought impression. A sentence is a group of thoughts expressed in words, as symbols. You extend thought into materiality through words and with outer expressions. All life is made up of a series of thinking in affirmation and denial. Everything you say infers the opposite. Thought is intelligent acceptance of the desirable, an intelligent rejection of the undesirable.–Edna Lister, Affirmation and Denial, September 11, 1935

When you succumb to an emotional jag, you have allowed yourself to become the dumping ground for others’ thoughts.–Edna Lister, Affirmation and Denial, September 11, 1935

Being, in any form, determines thought; thought does not determine being.–Edna Lister, Philosophy, September 16, 1935

Finite thought must find its object, while infinite thought creates its object by becoming that object. Therefore, the universe is the self-creating organism of the Infinite Intelligence. It is an organism because it lives and grows, whereas a machine neither lives nor grows.–Edna Lister, The Theory of Knowing, November 4, 1935

Creation always proceeds from the unseen to seen, from thought to thing.–Edna Lister, The Theory of Being, November 25, 1935

Creation is God’s thought manifest in form. The action originating in God’s Mind results in the reaction in man. Man’s every action is a spiritual reaction.–Edna Lister, Philosophy, December 9, 1935

Principle forms the framework of thought. All thinking involves a set of mental principles. You think just as you walk, without consciousness of the process. You must distinguish between thinking and the principles involved. you cannot see law, but you can see its effects.–Edna Lister, Philosophy, December 23, 1935

The stream of thought is a psychological and mental process that has no spatial qualities. You may hold ideas of weight and size in mind or in a dream, yet ideas and dreams have no weight or size. You may hold ideas of space and distance, but no distance or space exists between ideas. Your thought of square is not a square thought. Your thought of sour is not sour. Your thought of freezing is not cold, nor is your idea of fire hot. The distance from earth to the sun is 92 million miles, but that thought is not 92 million miles long. You must distinguish between the qualities of thought considered as a mental act and the qualities of the thought object, which the thought grasps.–Edna Lister, Philosophy, December 30, 1935

As a being in existence, you must first become conscious and aware, you must know that you exist before you can do any thinking. In a world of Platonic Ideas, any sort of concept, idea or thought has an existence on its own plane of consciousness. Imagination grasps the Platonic Idea. Children live in an imaginative world; adults usually do not.–Edna Lister, Philosophy, January 27, 1936

When you have completely given up thinking that you are a postage stamp that someone licks and says Do this, do that, you will have arrived as a master of your own mind. However, this is not the same as becoming a mere arguer!–Edna Lister, June 13, 1938

Always strive to be more tolerant in your thoughts and statements.–Edna Lister, August 25, 1938

Remember, recall, keep in mind always what you have earned through deep sacrifice of self. Allow no self-centered thought to creep in and take it from you.–Edna Lister, October 31, 1938

Let all thoughts be of constructive nature, always ascending into the Light, their Source and substance.–Edna Lister, January 1, 1939

You have moments of mental malpractice when you think negative thoughts about others.–Edna Lister, February 2, 1940

Think only upon the things of good repute.–Edna Lister, February 29, 1940

You store every thought, everything seen or heard, all the pictures an unguided, unbridled imagination can build in this realm of subconscious mind. It all lays waiting for something outside to knock at the door, for self to push it open and come trooping out, much to your unsuspecting, unprepared surprise. This process is natural: Vagrant thoughts swarm into consciousness, often shocking the self-satisfied person. The subconscious also holds many records of matters you have only seen or heard and in which you have not actively participated.
  Self has only one method of releasing itself, which is exactly as a seed or bulb opens and sends shoots to the surface for light. The doors of memory open—dreams being the most common door-openers—and out and up shoots that which needs release—old repressions, old memory impressions of thought, emotions or imagination. In the past, when such thoughts finally reached your surface consciousness, you probably repressed them, immediately disowned them and closed the door to their release without asking to whom they did belong, if not to you. You hide such thoughts again because you do not like them, they embarrass you, you fear them. Ignoring, denying and pushing such thoughts back and down gives the past power over you today.
  If old thoughts and fears arise for lifting while you are praying, instantly stop and lift them. The secret of freedom is to never again try to close these old ideas into the subconscious darkroom. Lift the old into the Light and continue lifting while such thoughts come into the conscious mind. Until you completely erase them from memory, you will remember them. You forget old thoughts and fears when you completely erase them. You gain true mastery by conquering, not by just controlling your thoughts, emotions or pictures of imagination. Yet control of self is the first step in conquering.–Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941

Think not of self or things of earth. Think of God.–Edna Lister, June 30, 1941

Every thought, desire and picture of imagination is a seed. Some produce weeds, others make flowers.–Edna Lister, Open Doors, March 15, 1942

The Word is mental, a thought before it is spoken.–Edna Lister, The Word Became Flesh, April 26, 1942

Hasty thinking, even if lifted immediately, is not good enough. Your thoughts must be only of good instantly. Lift each dark thought then refuse them the use your faculties. No more entertaining dark thoughts, imaginings or petty self-centered feelings about the world or others.–Edna Lister, September 4, 1942

Let your mind rest in joy, so that even your thinking may be full of the joy of the Lord.–Edna Lister, December 9, 1942

You have mental powers of induction, deduction and analysis. Your job is to analyze as you go, without concentrating on the subconscious, which will always induct from the outer.–Edna Lister, June 30, 1944

You think you appreciate. You think you know law. You think this and that in your conceit of still unredeemed self.–Edna Lister, November 2, 1944

Be constant in your thinking and determination to strive and struggle with life itself until you have won.–Edna Lister, January 8, 1945

The thoughts and emotions behind the words are what needs lifting.–Edna Lister, July 4, 1945

The only difficult action in soul ascension is thinking about it.–Edna Lister, September 29, 1945

You train your muscles and nerves to be obedient servants to your will, and so must you train your thoughts and emotions in obedience.–Edna Lister, Atonement, January 5, 1947

Guard your thinking. Take a split second to lift what comes to mind into the Light. Let it become automatic as you work. Lift each thought so that you are not guilty of negative creations.–Edna Lister, January 14, 1947

The Light of God finishes what began as a thought or idea in the mind of man. Light sets the keynote in the mind of the one who is lifting.–Edna Lister, Jesus’ Prayer of the Ages, April 27, 1947

As you ascend in consciousness, you occasionally enable the Oversoul to o’ershadow you. Consciousness is an essence in the body, the fluid substance of tone with which you do your thinking.–Edna Lister, May 26, 1947

When high in consciousness, in the five-pointed Oversoul Star of Being, you can see in five directions spiritually. When you use mind, the faculties and thinking process from above, you see and are poised.
  Unless you lift the self before you use mind and faculties, they are clouded and the stream is muddied.–Edna Lister, June 20, 1947

Some people never get beyond the pages of a book. They hold themselves between the covers and pack themselves down inside to think about it.–Edna Lister, June 27, 1947

You use the same brain cells, glands and emotional life to pleasure self or to create. Ascend and think above your hair. The world is in chaos because we have not acted as creator gods. The choice of action is ours. Someone must start thinking as a creator god.–Edna Lister, August 10, 1947

For the overly analytical soul: Self takes over when you constantly stop and think about it. Instead of an automatic I think, ask Oh, Father, what is the answer? with no fear of I hope I give the right answer. Remain confident, stay up, and know that the Father will help you. This is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.–John 6:39. Declare, All that the Father hath is mine to use!–Edna Lister, November 9, 1947

Do not permit emotions to rule when you choose. Apply logic, reason, discretion, discrimination and discernment to all the facts in the case.–Edna Lister, November 13, 1947

You have been in bondage to what I think, which closes your mind. Then you fail to move up in consciousness to learn anything new.–Edna Lister, November 15, 1947

Think, do not emote! Ascend and think in the Light, first.–Edna Lister, December 13, 1947

The sub-atomic substance of electrons fills the brain cells as the mental substance that carries and holds thought. Most thinking begins with a series of pictures flashing in your mind so rapidly that you can hardly recognise them as such. Thus, an electronic wave of substance carries the essence of thought, which you hear with your mind just as you hear a radio. Your mind both sends and receives thought.–Edna Lister, Seven Breaths, August 2, 1949

As you move up in consciousness, you must lift the old thoughts, pictures and emotions, which lower your vibration. Clearing your thinking first is easiest, then deal with negative imagination and emotions.–Edna Lister, Pentecost, the Way of Ascension, May 7, 1950

No brain is stronger than its weakest think.–Edna Lister, October 3, 1950

Negative thinking forms a black cloud entity, like a vulture ready to feed on your misused mental substance.–Edna Lister, December 5, 1950

Thoughts travel faster than light.–Edna Lister, The Candle of Glory, June 24, 1951

If you want to live under your skull, you can continue to just think about it, but you do have the privilege of expanding and ascending. You easily lose your place in a contracting universe because it cramps your style within the endless universal space. Expand and conquer!–Edna Lister, July 27, 1951

When you center your thoughts on your needs, the needs multiply!–Edna Lister, The Challenge, March 15, 1952

You can stop the power of the negative thought a criticizer sends, if you don’t accept it. However, if you feel insulted or hurt, you are accepting the negativity. You give it a head, eyes, tail, stinger and power.–Edna Lister, The Golden Silence, September 28, 1952

Some things cannot coexist in the same place: heat and cold, good and evil, light and dark. You can’t hold dark thoughts or images and ascend.–Edna Lister, The Magic in the Sky, October 5, 1952

Rationalization stifles great thought.–Edna Lister, The Great Challenge, November 23, 1952

You are accountable for all your negative thoughts and imaginings. Thoughts orbit the world seven times and return to you. Negative people tune in on your negative thoughts and you become responsible for lifting what they add. You can tune in on others’ negative broadcasts, too. This process works for good when the thoughts are good.–Edna Lister, Gifts and Giving, June 14, 1953

Dissipation of the creative fire includes all darkness, negative thinking, speech and actions, not just sex.–Edna Lister, November 23, 1953

Turn your thoughts from the world toward abstract beauty.–Edna Lister, The Golden Silence, June 18, 1954

Acceptance of new ideas, thoughts and concepts means cracking the shell surrounding the old ideas, thoughts and concepts.–Edna Lister, I Arise, June 20, 1954

To believe in an enemy creates an adversary, a dark cloud entity of force that clings to you. If a single enemy thought remains in your subconscious, you’ll create an adversary.–Edna Lister, I Accept, June 27, 1954

When you have offended someone without knowing why, your mental malpractice thoughts have struck them like bullets.–Edna Lister, Jesus, the Son of God, November 21, 1954

Do not break the step whereon you stand by thinking of self. When you know it, you will believe it. When you just think you know it, you fall into the pit repeatedly. The only way to overcome selfisness is to love God more. Every time you take your mind off God, you sit in the quicksand. So you do not know it, you just think you do. When you know God, you will not think about how you know anything.–Edna Lister, July 23, 1955

You don’t have to hate your neighbor to make him ill. Your thoughts permeate the atmosphere around you. Others can walk by and pick up whatever your vibration is. Just as germs are contagious, you can catch stray thoughts also.–Edna Lister, Now Is the High Time, December 11, 1955

Thinking is based on facts. Ask when you do not have all the facts.–Edna Lister, June 26, 1956

Stop thinking about it and love God.–Edna Lister, June 28, 1957

You can do anything when you eliminate the subversive thinking.–Edna Lister, September 9, 1957

All thoughts are stored in terms of remembered sensations and images of the external world. All thoughts, dreams or feelings come to you as combinations of these [electrochemical] yes and no responses.–Edna Lister, Conquering Space, October 15, 1957

Only confusion can result from lowering your shades on God’s sunshine and dragging your thinking and vision down into the world.–Edna Lister, January 2, 1958

Yesterday’s ideals become tomorrow’s opinions and prejudices unless you add new thoughts to them today, because you outgrow the old.–Edna Lister, New Thought, a New World, June 29, 1958

Comprehension always comes as a flash of soul knowing in devotion, in oneness with God when you immerse yourself in contemplative receptivity. Power uses you with every thought, conscious or unconscious.–Edna Lister, September 17, 1958

When another wants to use you as the dumping ground for his troubles, neutralize his thought processes with Light. Ask him what he thinks about what he’s telling you. It doubles your responsibility to know too much about another’s problems.–Edna Lister, Brainwashing, Inc., October 19, 1958

"Quench not the spirit."–1 Thessalonians 5:19 by giving thought to that which is not part of your ideal.–Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958

The insignia of intellectualism is I think."–Edna Lister, October 30, 1958

We have only one Mind overall, that mind which was in Christ Jesus. You use super-conscious mind to register ideas from Mind and translate them into words, like turning a radio dial to tune in a station. Your conscious mind’s task is to listen to soul, but self is usually too busy asking why. Superconscious mind maintains contact with God and uses conscious mind’s faculties. Subconscious mind combines all your thoughts and impressions into a kind of mental food.–Edna Lister, Being Without Self, November 2, 1958

Thinking occurs in the Oversoul (super-conscious mind) just above the head. When you just think you are thinking, you close the crown lotus center like a trap door. Open the trap door. As you observe from above, using your soul equipment, the Light flows through your faculties. However, Power cannot penetrate the mental muddle unless you ascend to your Oversoul to stand and become an instrument for Light to use.–Edna Lister, Love Unquenchable, December 7, 1958

Every thought builds a mold that follows you in the universal record. Send love to melt and dissolve the less than perfect. If you could see all your thought-forms, you would be horrified!–Edna Lister, Love Unquenchable, December 7, 1958

Never say, I think this is so. Say, I wonder if it is, because I think easily leads to a swelled head and loss of soul vision.–Edna Lister, December 15, 1958

Be aware of speaking the words I think.–Edna Lister, December 15, 1958

Increase in knowledge.–Colossians 1:10 to open the door to wisdom and understanding. Study opens brain cells, exercises the mind and leaves little room for idle thoughts. This a good method of working out your own salvation.–Edna Lister, Desire Is Your Glory, June 14, 1959

To attain the higher degrees of initiation, you must be mature enough to keep your conscious thoughts clean.–Edna Lister, The Mystical 33 Degrees, October 13, 1959

Purify your thinking by fixing the consciousness in the super-conscious Oversoul, leaving the lesser mental faculties free for God to use under your complete surrender to be an instrument of the Almighty.–Edna Lister, November 2, 1959

It’s a great waste of mind-power not to practice multiple thinking. You can think of many things at a time when you declare, I AM shall never miss an opportunity today!
  Everyone has the capacity for multiple thinking, seeing and hearing.–Edna Lister, February 22, 1960

If you think negatively, you drop in consciousness to the land of Egypt.–Edna Lister, March 11, 1960

The noblest thoughts can run along the surface of the conscious mind while the subconscious runs on a subway of its own fears, using imagination for its picture building. This proves that you can live on at least two levels at once.–Edna Lister, What Is Healing? May 17, 1960

Take no thought for your life.–Luke 12:22 means to spend no time worrying about it, just continue to climb. Your life is the doubtful, selfish little me<.q> disconnected from the almighty divine Mind of God.–Edna Lister, Consider the Lilies, May 29, 1960

The undeviating desire, the attitude, the picture created, the thought formed, the gesture and more important, the spoken Word, you create these in the now, for the now to come, which you perceive as the future.–Edna Lister, Eternity Is Now, June 1960

A cloud of loveliness and beauty forms for every good thought.–Edna Lister, Realization Through Praise, June 26, 1960

Every strong, vitalized, quickened thought, every burning desire is a prayer.–Edna Lister, Increase Through High Prayer, July 3, 1960

Thought is the liaison between the Idea and its expression or action through you.–Edna Lister, Miracles Through Comprehension, July 10, 1960

Grab your negative thoughts, ascend them, and exchange them for Light.–Edna Lister, The Ladder of Faith, December 18, 1960

When you say to truth, I never thought of it that way before, you have not really thought about it before at all!–Edna Lister, The Key to Integration of Soul and Spirit, June 6, 1961

When you need an answer, ascend into the Light. Don’t stop to think about what you want to say. The place to think is in the Light. And if you are in the Light often enough, long enough at a time, Holy Spirit will teach you everything you will need to say.–Edna Lister, July 24, 1961

You unconsciously radiate pictures, emotions and thoughts from imagination, desire and thinking. People get you, and you get them back without a word being spoken. Likewise, you may give others a piece of your mind or unasked advice.–Edna Lister, Your Key to Right Action, October 1, 1961

Think right, act right, discard the negative thoughts and fill your mind with positive ideas. When you think with God, you act with God, as God would have you act.–Edna Lister, Identity, Your Hope of Glory, April 29, 1962

John 1 tells how principle became personality as the vibration was lowered. God thought a form and created it: The Word became flesh and dwelt among us through the three great principles, Mind, Substance and Power.–Edna Lister, God as Personality and Principle, May 20, 1962

When you say, I think to hearing law, you are not in the Light.–Edna Lister, June 7, 1962

Do not permit the subconscious to rule an inefficient metabolism by practicing wrong thinking.–Edna Lister, January 24, 1963

When you say, I thought after a reprimand, you have already regressed into making excuses for self.–Edna Lister, March 25, 1963

Those who have been trained in law are held responsible and accountable. Your negative words will return to you instantly. You may find yourself being kicked before you speak because the reaction of law is now so fast that even a thought may trigger it.–Edna Lister, Your Sacred Light, November 10, 1963

Lifting the soul comes from working by thought rather than the spoken Word, which might be argumentative. Think the good thought to the person when the spoken Word might be offensive.–Edna Lister, Heaven Is a State of Consciousness, November 19, 1963

As you comprehend what you think you know, you will be loving God enough.–Edna Lister, April 12, 1964

When you allow another to cause an emotional earthquake within you, it’s your self! No one can get in to touch you, only what you think touches you.–Edna Lister, September 20, 1964

Examine every thought and word to see if it will be of value or a detriment to you later.–Edna Lister, What Is Nonresistance? May 23, 1965

General statements of truth are a useless waste of time unless you back them with action and study. No body can make spiritual contact; you, the soul, are the instrument of thought—the Mind of God.–Edna Lister, Your Live Wire of Omnipotence, September 7, 1965

When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place.–Matthew 6:6. To enter your room and close the door means to close out the sound of outer noise. Then close out emotional sound waves, the pull of others’ feelings, sorrow, anger or emotional pain. Then close out their mental sound waves, the conflicting or demanding thoughts. Finally, stand in the golden silence, using your open sesame of praise.–Edna Lister, Eternal Youth Through Breathing, October 21, 1965

When you reach as high as you can stretch for the Source, the wings of the Holy Spirit fan you into mental activity, awakening sleeping brain cells into complete thinking activity.–Edna Lister, January 17, 1966

Think up when going from the mundane world to the heights of consciousness. Always declare, I AM in my Father’s House.–Edna Lister, April 25, 1966

Let no one else do your thinking for you. Senility results from a lack of using your mental power of recall to do your own independent re-mind-ing. The instant you depend on another to be reminded of details, senility begins to encroach and spread.–Edna Lister, April 2, 1967

Let there be Light!–Genesis 1:3. You must think God’s thoughts, if you expect to have miracles.–Edna Lister, Right Action Through Obedience to Spiritual Laws, June 20, 1967

Light absorbs darkness. Invoke Light and fill your aura as a protective sheath, or you may be bedeviled by everyone’s thoughts.–Edna Lister, The Religion of Jesus, October 22, 1967

You can be translated from the darkness of the little self: You can’t think low thoughts when you stand ten feet tall, reaching for the Light!–Edna Lister, The Future of Religion, October 29, 1967

Emotions and thoughts intertwine, and either lift or make you heavy.–Edna Lister, Creating My Own Divine Security, November 19, 1967

You need intellect in the mundane world, but if you find yourself thinking too much along horizontal lines, just take stock, move up in consciousness and stand at the Source, free in the Light, and praising God. Remember who and what you are, and from which center of consciousness you are thinking—self or soul.–Edna Lister, March 16, 1968

Every good thought is a challenge to darkness.–Edna Lister, Awareness and Becoming Law, May 26, 1968

Since the state of your consciousness has definitely caused your present condition, you must accept full responsibility for your present state. Picture only that which you want to manifest in your body and affairs. Think only positive, constructive thoughts of what you desire to express. Stand and know that divine Mind desires perfection for you far above all your desires, and let your new molds be filled until they condense and become visible.–Edna Lister, What Is Principle? June 1968

Your thoughts can be no higher or better than your standard of action. If you think great and noble thoughts, they must purify and refine your body and soul.–Edna Lister, Philosophers and Mystics: Pythagoras and Plotinus, November 26, 1968

Wherever you center and focus your attention, your thoughts will cause the object of your thinking to increase—joy and health, or sorrow and weakness, if these are the subjects of your mind’s thoughts.–Edna Lister, Let There Be Light, March 16, 1969

Every thought sends out a line of Light. If you have scattered thoughts and ideas, you create a mess of tangled lines of Light for others to trip over.–Edna Lister, Wings of Glory, June 22, 1969

Thought is an electronic vibration, which is why people find it so difficult to control their thinking. You cannot think one thought or speak one word without opening a vibration. What are you creating?–Edna Lister, The Seven Breaths, July 8, 1969

Each thought or word is a thing, made of Light.–Edna Lister, The Light, October 28, 1969

Every thought is a prayer, and sometimes you are praying to the devil.–Edna Lister, The Secret Place of the Most High, November 16, 1969

Every decision begins with desire, thinking and imagination, which are your creative tools. You must direct and control them and their action within you.–Edna Lister, Laws for Divine Living, February 19, 1970

When you believe it, you think it. If you know it, you live it.–Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1924-1971

Watch the tone of your thinking.–Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1914-1971

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Treatments to Heal Your Thinking

Peppermint oil and peppermint tea work directly on the endocrine glands and vital centers. Pure peppermint awakens the creative fire, lifts it, and is conducive to clear thinking; it pulls you into your body and eliminates fuzzy thinking.–Edna Lister, December 6, 1965

Think up when going from the mundane world to the heights of consciousness, always saying, I AM in my Father’s House!–Edna Lister, April 25, 1966

Ten times a day practice the following declaration, voicing it out loud if possible: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.–Philippians 4:13. This magic statement is the most powerful antidote on earth to inferiority thoughts.–Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1924-1971

To lift the subconscious mind, reach out, call on the Father and pray: Father, send forth Thy clouds of glory and banners of Light to draw in all I have ever sent out by word, deed, desire, thought or picture and let it be refashioned by Thee into new soul substance to be used and added now. Review all episodes and periods of your life and treat them.–Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1924-1971

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Laws on Desires, Thinking, and Imagination

[The laws of the soul include this primary set, designed to clarify the right use of imagination, thinking and desires.]
  God gives each soul enough substance of Light, stored in his Oversoul star, to fill all his molds of desire full and to bring to pass all his needs promised him of God. Each soul must release his soul substance by transforming it from invisible Light to a lower form of substance which can be seen, from storage in Oversoul star to earth mold. Your obedience to the fullness of God’s great love is your true safeguard, success and dream fulfillment. Love is the only true fulfillment of law.
  To you, God has given the power of right thinking. Use it.
  God has given soul the power of right love. Use it.
  You have the power of right seeing. Use it.
  You have the full power of right hearing. Use it.
  You have the power of right discrimination. Use it.
  You have the power of right reason. Use it.
  You have the power of right use of Light. So use.
  You have all power over darkness. Use it.
  You have the full power of all discretion. So use.
  You have the power of right faith. Use it.
  The right use of Power is letting. To "let" means to become unconquerable, fully invincible law.–Edna Lister, July 1945

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Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.–Matthew 12:22-25

And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?–Matthew 9:2-4

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New Testament on Thinking

Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.–Matthew 6:25

Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?–Matthew 6:27, Luke 12:25.

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.–Matthew 6:34

Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts.–Matthew 15:19

From within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts.–Mark 7:21

The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts?–Luke 5:21-22

The scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the Sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him. But he knew their thoughts.–Luke 6:7-8

Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by him, and said to them, Whoever receives this little child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all will be great.–Luke 9:46-48

Some of them said, He casts out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons. Others, testing him, sought from him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them: Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls. If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub. And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.–Luke 11:15-20

Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, "Peace to you." But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. And he said to them, "Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?–Luke 24:36-38

The Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two‑edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.–Hebrews 4:12

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.–James 1:8

My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; and ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?–James 2:1-4

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Old Testament on Thinking

As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.–Proverbs 23:7

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Thinking in Other Sacred Writings

Love righteousness, think of the Lord with a good heart, and in simplicity of heart seek Him.–Wisdom of Solomon 1:1

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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.

Edna Lister

Etymology of think: Old German thunken, to seem, to appear.

Etymology of thought: Old English thoht, to think, feel.

Thinking is an abstract principle.
Thinking is a law of doing..
Thinking is a mental faculty.


Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary, 2024.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

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

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

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Ernest Dimnet, The Art of Thinking