Soul Vision

Vision is "the faculty of sight, or as something that is or has been seen." Vision also means "unusual competence in discernment or perception; intelligent foresight"; it describes the manner in which one sees or conceives of something.
  A vision is "a mental image produced by the imagination, or the mystical experience of seeing as if with the eyes the supernatural or a supernatural being."—The Oxford English Dictionary

To vision (envision) something is to see it in or as if in a vision, to envision.Vision is a physical and spiritual faculty: Clairvoyance, literally "clear" seeing, enables perception of sight beyond what is considered the normal human range. Some call this faculty psychic ability or extrasensory perception. It is perception of only a limited range of light and sound, bound by the truth of appearance and subject to illusion.

Beyond clairvoyance lies a higher order of vision, seership and prophecy. Seership, the ability to foresee the future, includes mastery of interpreting symbols. Prophecy, foretelling the future, includes inspired teaching. Spiritual or soul seeing is based on the physical endocrine and central nervous systems’ development and degree of function, which is a measure of our present soul expression. The clarity of seeing depends on the degree of conquering or sublimation of self-subconscious mind already accomplished, which is also a measure of present soul expression.

Vision is a Via Christa Degree: On the Via Christa, Vision is seeing the truth of reality as opposed to remaining blinded by the truth of appearances. Vision, with Fact and Legend, forms the Via Christa’s seventh lesser trinity, whose keynote is Relationship.

Edna Lister on Soul Vision

Visualization relates to the process of visioning. Soul vision deals with the unseen invisible spiritual realms. After you put a vision on paper and build its objective form, then you may reproduce it. You are no longer seeing an abstract vision, but reproducing an object. You vision with the spirit, but it is no longer a vision when it has taken form in your mind and you reproduce it. You must "see" the thing you want. You cannot add objectively real items in your life if your mind is blank about them. When you ask for God to pour His abundance upon you, and for the power of love to go forth, you must give the equivalent (in love) for every desire of your heart.

Always see the Christ before you when asking for perfection. The imagination is the faculty that produces pictures. Look upward for visualization; look outward to reproduce things. People usually build pictures of what they do not want, but should visualize only the things they do want. When you can no longer see anything but perfection in the world, then you have reached the plane where you need no longer bother about visualization.—Edna Lister, January 16, 1933.

Do not back down from your high soul vision.—Edna Lister, February 2, 1933.

The follower of the Via Christa asks: What is my soul vision? Where will it lead me? Am I seeing only truth? Do I follow imagination instead of true vision?—Edna Lister, The Sunlit Way, January 5, 1935.

Opinions distort your soul’s vision.—Edna Lister, Prayer, the Broad Highway, May 15, 1935.

God teaches by waking visions and dream visions.—Edna Lister, The Fifteenth Degree, August 17, 1935.

Let nothing of darkness or self hold back your full vision and illumination.—Edna Lister, August 19, 1938.

The fulfillment of your dreams, your visions, reaching your goal, it all depends on the quality of your desire to sacrifice the little self to the growth of the soul.—Edna Lister, September 28, 1938.

To open the vision of the mystic third eye, you must fulfill all the laws necessary for that purpose. This means becoming like the Master, not only thinking about him or praying to him, but actually following him all the way. You redeem all the darkness that the little self has sent forth, which is paying the soul debts created by the little self. You assume all responsibility for all past actions. You know and accept that the place you occupy is one that you have chosen and so never blame anyone for anything that happens, always sending Light to lift and overcome all disharmony. You accept your place as your own kingdom and become fully responsible for lifting it. You follow the Master, making a ladder of your cross, and ascending ever higher while still on earth.—Edna Lister, January 2, 1939.

That which you desire and once have envisioned must come forth, though you might lose sight of it until another lifetime; still, it must come forth.—Edna Lister, September 1, 1939.

Let your thoughts, emotions and your imagination’s "picture molds" be pure, simple, yet high, noble and as abundantly great as you can vision yourself being for God, here and now.—Edna Lister, November 10, 1939.

"How can you say to your brother, ’Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye."—Matthew 7:4-5. The tiny specks are what block your soul vision.—Edna Lister, March 3, 1940.

Your visions shall grow and become outer form under God’s protection in His time and way.—Edna Lister, November 20, 1940.

Do not allow any darkness from any source to disturb your vision, your inner wisdom or shake your surety of faith.—Edna Lister, December 11, 1940.

The true mediator knows truth instantly. The mediator is based on the foundation of pure law. Others often consider them hard and unsympathetic, and accuse them of having no understanding. They called Jesus the Christ a mediator. He saw and heard beyond the ability of physical eyes and ears. Mediators accept their responsibility to live as nearly as possible the life portrayed by the Master while he walked earth. Mediators know that God created them to obey law and be used by Power.—Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

From the Light comes our ability to function the first and highest of your five physical senses, vision or "seeing." Without Light, your physical eyes, as windows of the soul, could not use vision on earth. Without Light, you could never "see" through the mists of matter into heavenly realms. The soul sees, not the physical eyes. Inner vision or seeing is merely a matter of focusing the eyes. Your eyes work on the same principle as any camera lens. You focus on what you want to see. If you want to see the glass in a window, you focus your eyes on the glass. To see the yard beyond, you focus your eyes on the yard. To see the houses across the way, you focus your eyes for more distant vision. If you want to see the unseen, which is all around us, you just focus your eyes on the so-called "empty" space between the window and the house across the street.

It may take weeks to break through the silver-grey fields, the rainbow fields of color into the mist and Light beyond. Still, the golden Light is there, waiting for you to penetrate it with your soul vision. During the rainbow phase of seeing, all sorts of lovely, kaleidoscopic patterns may form to fascinate the inward eye. If you continue to look through them into the misty Light, the door to heaven must open to the soul.

The physical eyes cannot "see." The soul, using the physical eyes, does the seeing. You, however, must use the physical eyes by focusing them properly. Only the Light of God shining on the neurons nestled in the midbrain will unfold their tight, scroll-like cells. Only the unceasing heat of the white Light of the Christ moving over the neurons will open them. They close automatically when you dim or remove the Light.—Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

Singing brings high vision and we see the Light so clearly that nothing the world presents can stand before our discerning eye. The walls fall down. The bonds of self fall away. All negativity dissolves and we are free.—Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

You must lift the seven veils of illusion that are seven ascents of the creative fire from the sacrum plexus center at the base of the spine to the crown. Each ascent results in clearer vision. We call this process 7 x 7 = 49 remembrances of our eternal identity.—Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

Unquenchable Love is that vision that can see no darkness anytime anywhere in any thing, especially no darkness in anyone.—Edna Lister, May 29, 1941.

The higher your vision, the longer it takes to bring it forth into the outer where it can be seen by others. It takes longer to build a cathedral than it does a five-room house. If your vision is cathedral-size, others may finish their dreams before your foundation is complete. Waste no time watching others, for it will take more time and effort of labor to build yours from foundation to roof.—Edna Lister, Life in a Nutshell, "Bite Your Tongue," 1942.

When you delight in law, your joy opens the way for all visions, dreams, prayers and plans to be made manifest to you.—Edna Lister, February 8, 1942.

Study, sacrifice, burn the midnight oil necessary to hold your vision. God cannot trust you with more than you can see and can hold up.—Edna Lister, April 30, 1942.

Lifting the seven veils of illusion are the seven ascents of the creative fire from the sacrum plexus center to the crown. Each ascent creates clearer vision. Any self-desires allow it to sink, which causes deeper blindness, leaving only smug ideas about past knowledge, self-righteousness because of past understanding of law, and a sense of always-being-right because of past obedience. Finally, self descends into "I AM always right and you are always wrong, and you’d better be prepared before you tell me."—Edna Lister, January 6, 1943.

You must analyze and interpret visions properly, lest the "little me" misinterprets. Safety comes from checking and rechecking. If another cannot verify, or you resist checking, beware, a cross-vibration is entering.—Edna Lister, November 2, 1943.

No one can work for self-gain on earth and have soul vision at the same time. To use any of the powers gained through exceeding high vows made under deep travail of soul while vowing to serve only God forever, is illegal, unlawful and contracts a great debt.—Edna Lister, July 19, 1945.

When you really want to see, with a burning desire, you’ll kick your self to see every detail. Every time you climb, step by step, God takes your vision a little higher to show you the peak, but you go only as high as you earn. Some day you’ll step past ice, water, vapor and the steam stage, to stand bathed in the purple light of devotion. You will take another step and stand in the golden Light, then in the white Light of blinding Shekinah Glory. You shall no longer be able to look into the face of God and live after our former way of existence.—Edna Lister, July 31, 1945.

By sticking to the Path of Light, you can go to the highest point of your greatest vision. That is all you must do—follow the Light.—Edna Lister, August 12, 1945.

You have been given the power of full vision. Look up.—Edna Lister, September 24, 1945.

To "believe to see" while praying in joy when only darkness is visible to earthly vision, brings great rewards in soul vision.—Edna Lister, June 7, 1946.

The soul who really wants to progress, will consciously evict the hidden devils and stop going to sleep afterward, will suffer travail of pain, grief and sorrow in overcoming self to reach the sunlit Way of Glory, full vision, full hearing. The rewards for full self-surrender are past computing when there is no thought of self.—Edna Lister, June 20, 1947.

You can have no vision on the inner unless you use what you have on the outer. You see on the inner just as you do on earth.—Edna Lister, June 24, 1947.

The only way to open vision is while you are serving selflessly and doing.—Edna Lister, December 13, 1947.

You receive exactly what you envision, minus your deductions of fear, doubt, worry, rebellion, gossip, self-pity and false pride, which all dissipate the Power of your decree.—Edna Lister, Fulfillment, June 6, 1948.

Your self is the only thing that blocks your vision of oneness with God.—Edna Lister, Getting or Letting, Self or Soul, June 27, 1948.

You become what you think, vision, and feel about others.—Edna Lister, December 5, 1948.

As creators of Light, it is a tragedy when we do not confirm what we envision.—Edna Lister, June 25, 1951.

All of us have looked for something that is right before our eyes, but was invisible because we wear the blinders of self, the veils of illusion, which delude vision. See past the illusion: For instance, declaring justice can avert injustice in a legal case.—Edna Lister, The Flaming Sword, July 29, 1951.

Love sustains all visions and creations.—Edna Lister, The Golden Silence, September 28, 1952.

Yesterday’s ideals and visions become today’s opinions and prejudices, unless you add tomorrow’s ideals and visions to today. The minute ideals and visions crystallize, they become opinions and prejudices.—Edna Lister, October 23, 1952.

When imagination ascends, you have great vision of new goals to become Godlike.—Edna Lister, Ye Are Gods, November 30, 1952.

Vision is imagination turned upward. Move up in consciousness first, think of what you desire to see, and extend your vision to it. It is a mental effort to see with the all-seeing eye, the imaginative faculty. You can turn the imagination down or up; people waste 90 percent of their physical energy by imagining silly things. For true vision, turn your camera lens up; when you extend your imaginative faculty for good, you can accomplish anything.—Edna Lister, December 4, 1952.

The difference between criticism and instantaneous vision to lift darkness is the speed with which one recognizes a soul-empty place and looks up to become the instrument through which love fills the space.—Edna Lister, October 3, 1953.

Today’s selfless vision becomes tomorrow’s exalted expanded living.—Edna Lister, October 5, 1953.

Righteousness is vision in action, a state of living right.—Edna Lister, Seeing the Salvation of God, November 22, 1953.

You can release the love and wisdom of God only from a high place of vision.—Edna Lister, Seeing the Salvation of God, November 22, 1953.

Everything of the River of Life is in this room. You tune into the vibration you desire. You must go up and extend your consciousness as vision to penetrate the outer shell to the inner essence.—Edna Lister, December 10, 1953.

When Christed consciousness takes charge, imagination, which you used for imagery in the past, turns upward and becomes your guardian of life as vision.—Edna Lister, Your Life’s Plan, May 16, 1954 .

According to imagination, vision grows.—Edna Lister, Our Life’s Goal, May 30, 1954.

Imagination carries us down and out as imagery, or up and in as vision. You must hold your vision on something great enough to carry your desires and will with it. Imagination as imagery takes you to the basement gallery of self’s sad, angry pictures of pain and conflict. Imagination as vision takes you to your tower room, a gallery of beauty.—Edna Lister, I Arise, June 20, 1954.

"Seek first the kingdom of God" and put your high vision into action and "all these things shall be added unto you."—Edna Lister, I Surrender, July 4, 1954.

Imagination becomes vision in action.—Edna Lister, December 19, 1954.

Your vision and love of God is your armor of Light, surrounding and protecting you.—Edna Lister, June 22, 1955.

Those who see spiritually use of the faculty of imagination differently than those who don’t. The magic secret lies in whether you use imagination turned down to see pictures, light or dark, or turned up as the all-seeing eye of soul vision. Without vision, nations perish, and the individual crystallizes.—Edna Lister, Jesus, the Ascended God, June 26, 1955.

As you walk the Path of the Master, you receive a mantle of the Christ, of Messiahship. If you can hold your high vision consistently, following the Master all the way to become as perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect, your functioning of this high Christed Power is unlimited. As you forget or repudiate the Christ, you lose your vision, and the mantle shrinks. This mantle shrinks and grows, according to your soul vision.—Edna Lister, July 4, 1955.

"Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life."—Revelation 2:10 refers to the death of the old opinions and prejudices. The "crown of life" is open vision, the ability to see around corners, which becomes a crown of knowing.—Edna Lister, The Second Death, Smyrna, January 15, 1956.

Mystic vision will open wide when you love enough. It takes driving, steadfast and continuous effort, a real struggle, to close out earth’s clamor, distractions, frustrations, the obstacles and hurts long enough really to see clearly just once. After experiencing clear seeing, forgetting the outer hurts and fears is easier until you finally lift them forever.

The soul rides free on its wings of Light to soar above all petty hindrances of earth. No one can take this glory from you, and it is more than worth the effort and letting go of every personality that seeks to tie you to earth. "Letting go," does not mean letting down; you hold them higher than ever, above, where they cannot touch you.—Edna Lister, October 1, 1956.

You earn your place by fulfilling your vision of devotion to God. Anyone can pay the price, surrender of self for the pearl of great price. Failure is quitting before you arrive, and springs from mental, emotional and physical laziness. Lazy souls don’t want to visualize the goal, but to escape the effort, because it’s just too much trouble. Subconscious mind allies with laziness, but can’t set aside what the conscious mind chooses. Each time you envision a new place, you draw an invisible magnetic circle that squeezes when you have reached its limits; then you know you need more room, a new place.—Edna Lister, Your Devotion to God, December 16, 1956.

The thalamus lies above the hypothalamus; it is a chamber near the midbrain under the cortex. It is composed of a group of optic muscles and nerves that cross above the hypothalamus, those of the right eye crossing to the left, those of the left eye crossing to the right. This creates what we call the optic chiasm, the all-seeing or mystical third eye. Without breathing the three higher spiritual dimensions of breath that inflate the brain cells, glands, and nerves in the head, without thinking of the source, you do not have perfect spiritual vision. You can have perfect physical vision but unless Light fills the optic chiasm you have no illumination for soul vision.—Edna Lister, The Brain, Your Servant, October 8, 1957.

Discernment is the art of high vision and is based in perception (or insight). With discernment you may say no or yes correctly. Heed it. There is no way to explain your lack of discernment.—Edna Lister, Your Capacity for Freedom, November 17, 1957.

At some time each of us must be brought before the goal of our vision, before some Council to meet that vision, and they will ask us, "Where did you keep your vision? In moth balls? In deep freeze? In a safe, warm place?" To hold a vision, you work out your salvation where you are and law brings you to that goal.—Edna Lister, What Money Cannot Buy, December 1, 1957.

You must hold a mental, emotional and spiritual stillness, or you cannot extend your soul vision to see.—Edna Lister, December 19, 1957.

Seeing with mystic vision is natural when you live by divine law. The mystic eye reveals the original substance in cells, molecules, atoms and electronic charges. When you turn your imagination upward to vision, it becomes the mystic eye. You see all pain and disease with the physical eye; look beyond the pain with your mystical eye, and direct your vision to what God can do if you stand.

You see someone as wearing horns and a tail, but look behind his mask to see the beauty and the love, see them as perfect. The world may accuse you of wearing rose-colored glasses, but the mystic eye is the promise of all romance. You find no romance without using your mystic eyes. Physical eyes see all the detriments, but the source of love is the mystic eye.—Edna Lister, February 17, 1958.

The secret of successful prayer in the golden silence is to be single-minded and oblivious to the world’s noise and distractions. A Source of Light lies at that highest point where we extend your soul vision. Space is endless, so you need not all go to the same place. Our Father has arranged that each has his own individual Source, a "secret place" in which to expand and commune with Him. Turn your imagination upward to see a vision of Light as you ascend to the Source. Look up, think of this Source of Light, envision a room of Light, and you are there. Enter the Source as your personal room of Light. It’s as simple as that. After you extend your vision to eternity, tighten your focus. Remain in the golden Light and praise God.—Edna Lister, Come Ye Apart, April 20, 1958.

When Jesus broke and blessed the bread, he saw it as a "seed." He comprehended the law of increase, to bless and to praise the seed, no matter how small. For example, the giant redwood trees, which grow three hundred feet tall and live for 3,000 years, throw tiny winged seeds. You can have no miracle without a vision of what the seed can grow. Vision is seeing the results of increase and expansion while holding the seed in your mind’s hand and blessing it.

If your miracles are partial or delayed, you have clogged our channels of increase and expansion. You must release something, some opinion or prejudice. People are afraid to let go, for they fear giving away something they "might need." You must give to start increase and expansion flowing. Jesus never taught to sit and concentrate to produce "something from nothing," out of thin air. Bless and praise the new seed, put it on a cloud of Light to grow, never forgetting to sustain and nourish it, then go about your business.

Jesus saw more than five loaves and two fish. Wheat fields produce millions of loaves of bread; oceans produce billions of fish. Five thousand needed to eat of the loaves and fish, and they were waiting expectantly. Jesus added their need to his vision to draw Power into visibility as substance. You never ask for self, or say "my" or "mine" to draw on Power; however, you may use another’s need to envision enough for all and to draw it through you. When you think you are giving too much, you stop giving, cut the draw on the Power moving through, and sag at the seams. Your vision must be great to start the increase flowing. No one has touched the fringes of what "might be."

"Ye are gods, and it does not yet appear what you shall be."—1 John 3:2. God’s vision is universal; He is all you see, all you shall see, all you shall use. Only you limit the power of increase. You must "see" only the results of your vision, not the need. Let your vision be great enough, and never stop nourishing that vision.—Edna Lister, The Miracle of Increase, April 27, 1958.

Yesterday’s most beautiful idealistic visions become tomorrow’s opinions and prejudices unless you add something or renew your vision today.—Edna Lister, May 30, 1958.

Running wild and uncontrolled, imagination can be devastating; it may become a source of secret fear, dread and doubt. Imagination controlled, directed and turned upward as vision draws everything else with it. That is the law. It is a matter of choice. You may not use Power but you are free to use imagination as much as you desire.—Edna Lister, As I See God, June 1, 1958.

High Mastery is righteousness, living up to our highest vision of God.—Edna Lister, As I See the World, June 15, 1958.

When your vision is way out there, it takes doing to catch up to it. See to it that your vision extends to a higher level in your becoming or you will sprout little wings of self-satisfaction. Never become self-satisfied.—Edna Lister, September 4, 1958.

The difficulty for many is high vision and low living.—Edna Lister, September 17, 1958.

"If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is profitable for you that one of your members perish than for your whole body to be cast into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell."—Matthew 5:29-30.

"Right" in ascension work means up; the right eye here symbolizes your two physical eyes becoming the single mystic Eye of God. The left eye represents imagination and vision. If it causes you to sin, pluck it out, and brainwash yourself. Cast out the prejudice, the negative emotional influences, the opinionated thinking that drags down and interferes with soul vision. Brainwash your little self into casting the darkness from your left eye. Don’t "try" to cast it off. "I’ll try" means you did not intend to do it.—Edna Lister, Brainwashing, Inc., October 19, 1958.

Anything of the little self fogs your heavenly vision and you can’t see with the mystic eye.—Edna Lister, October 21, 1958.

You ascend from the Land of Egypt [the three lower centers in the abdomen] by your acceptance, and enter the Promised Land, represented by the stomach (assimilation and acceptance), heart (love) and lungs (expansion, inspiration, and aspiration). Soul vision opens in the Promised Land, the land of perfect Mind (education has nothing to do with this Mind).

As your vision expands, you broaden your assimilation and love. Acceptance ascends you to the higher centers [throat, brow and crown] and the Garden of Eden, the head. The throat is the "I-me-my" center. Many get stuck on "I don’t care. I can’t"—I. I. I. No one can ascend without sacrificing "little self" at this center. From blindness of self to soul comprehension, this is the Path.—Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958.

"Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all things shall be added to you."—Matthew 6:33. This law covers everything. It shows exactly how to keep your soul vision focused.—Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958.

Righteousness is applying higher vision to everything you do.—Edna Lister, Constancy in Obedience, October 26, 1958.

"Whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."—Matthew 16:19. You loose imagination from inducting things of earth and find that you have loosed vision in heaven.—Edna Lister, Oracles of God, November 16, 1958.

Visualization means to recall what you have received as a vision or seen on the outside. Moses is an outstanding example of visualization. Someone had to visualize Israel’s future strength and glory. If Moses had not visualized the freedom of Israel, they would never have left bondage in Egypt.—Edna Lister, Visualization, May 17, 1959.

Visualize your contact with God, yearning to be close enough to Him to express what He has to say. This is very important. An image in your consciousness becomes vision.—Edna Lister, Visualization, May 17, 1959.

To have a "hunch" means the interpreter of self has taken over, not the vision that expands comprehension.—Edna Lister, Desire Is Your Glory, June 14, 1959.

You have just an instant between seeing negativity and turning imagination up as vision, to see Light absorb and lift evil as smoke disappears into the sky. You can use imagination to close the camera’s shutter and the Christ Light flash will flood the situation. The eye of vision covers the person in Light, perhaps before they know they have done anything negative.—Edna Lister, Imagination Is Your Crown, June 21, 1959.

If you live but one day according to your supreme vision, God will hold you until you reach that vision as a worthy citizen of the kingdom.—Edna Lister, Your Philosophy of Freedom, June 28, 1959.

Loved ones seldom want to accompany you on your climb to soul vision. They rebel because they feel they are being forced to ascend. If you live up to your vision, Power uses you and Light melts and dissolves all intolerance in the other fellow’s heart.—Edna Lister, I AM the Way, October 4, 1959.

Vision reflects uncreated Light, and is the power to commune with God. Vision raises the vibration of soul to think as God. When you add Vision to Fact and Legend, you are unlikely to misinterpret. People misinterpret vision because they do not know God. Vision makes itself at home in purity of heart, mind and purpose. The soul with vision teaches no punishment, knowing that each plants his own thorns in his own path, and must pull them out by hand, the hard way.—Edna Lister, The 33 Degrees of Soul Conquering, November 3, 1959.

Virtue is the exercise of every God-given faculty or talent, and all turned upward as vision.—Edna Lister, What Is Virtue? July 12, 1960.

You never see a thing you don’t believe you will see.—Edna Lister, The Gift of Discernment, December 11, 1960.

An initiation consists in an illumination or a vision to achieve a higher goal, praying, and recognition of the law and what we must surrender. A new vision demands that you throw out more ballast of self so you can go higher, then vow to practice the new law.—Edna Lister, May 27, 1961.

Every abstract theory begets a picture as the thinker ponders it. The vision becomes concrete when you lower the substance in vibration to fill that vast mold. An abstract theory requires an experiment to make it visible. Scientific miracles are hard work. Mystical miracles are easy; in your devotion, you see a vast picture. At some point in here, God takes charge. That point is where your love, courage, faith, and devotion grow to match your new vision. Pondering the vision releases the Power needed to fulfill it.—Edna Lister, God Takes Charge, June 11, 1961.

Judging a person’s potential is different from justly appraising his ability to perform. You pay a debt for holding another accountable beyond his "potential value" appraisal level.—Edna Lister, July 25, 1961.

You get just what you envision.—Edna Lister, Life Triumphant, May 27, 1962.

You can extend your vision all over earth to lift. Imagination, lifted as vision, enables you to use what you have.—Edna Lister, June 7, 1962.

Conquered imagination becomes vision. When you turn imagination up as vision, your creative prayer molds are stronger than steel.—Edna Lister, March 18, 1963.

Rebirth is a mystical term. "Re-" means to go back to; "birth" means something new. Rebirth is a mystical statement meaning that you have fulfilled some goal or vision.—Edna Lister, The Rebirth, June 9, 1963.

Sliding down the greased pole is losing your vision and rhythm. Thinking of these things twenty-four hours a day is not possible. You can’t be objective and counting all the time, but through imagination you can glance up a thousand times an hour. You can thus see your vision.—Edna Lister, The Void and the Light, June 18, 1963.

Vision and hearing depend upon the height, breadth and depth of devotion.—Edna Lister, November 4, 1963.

When you turn imagination into vision, you open the optic thalamus into seeing and hearing. You tune in on a light wave and hear the voice of God; you cannot see or hear spiritually except on a light wave. No wonder it takes so long to see and hear. You must ascend to close the physical and mental sound waves, and to escape earth’s gravity. You hear physical sound with physical ears, and mental sounds like telepathy with a combination of the desire and mental bodies.

When negative emotions take over, you register them as you do earth sounds. They are more difficult to erase when you allow them to register on your mental body equipment. Atoms in the brain cells register telepathic thought. If personality and emotions fog your mental equipment, ideas from the mental world are unclear.—Edna Lister, November 18, 1963.

Once the Christ consciousness takes over the life, imagination, which has been used for imagery, turns itself upward and becomes the guardian of life known as vision. Vision reveals law, and intuition and illumination become the interpreters of what vision grasps from divine Mind.—Edna Lister, Five Keys of the Kingdom, 1964.

Righteousness is our high vision in action.—Edna Lister, Five Keys of the Kingdom, 1964.

The Light from above, made by God in the beginning, shines down upon the "inner eye" awakening the faculties of "seership" and "prophecy," which make of us mediators of the Legions of the Christed Ones. When we sank down into the land of Egypt for experience, we turned the kingly faculty of imagination downward on its axis, using it for clairvoyance and clairaudience as mediums. In this inverted position, imagination perverts Power into selfish channels for greed and gain.

Imagination cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven above until it reverses itself, and once more turns its face toward the Light. Imagination cannot contact the Christed consciousness without giving up self and fully surrendering the soul to be possessed by the Love of God with no thought of personal gain. As we turn imagination upward once more and use it as vision, instead of "thought pictures," it functions as both attributes of the mediator, intuition and illumination, which form themselves into comprehension, the combined Wisdom and Love of God in action.—Edna Lister, Five Keys of the Kingdom, 1964.

No "lip service" will ever ascend us to the high place or give us a balanced vision.—Edna Lister, Five Keys of the Kingdom, 1964.

Imagination will picture the relative, but only pure vision can show you the Source.—Edna Lister, Omnipresence, the Father’s Primacy, November 24, 1964.

Faith is the ability to use inner vision, a "seeing to believe" that law will work.—Edna Lister, Eternity Is Now Mine, May 9, 1965.

Stop seeking causes, which is the self-enjoyment of analysis. Analysis produces malnutrition, which obliterates your vision. Declare it good and you will see the picture of your taints. You will see black changed to Light. Look and accept, saying, "Let there be Light" to ascend. You need nothing else.—Edna Lister, November 1, 1965.

The Christos Degree requires us to develop extended vision, the mediator’s vision, seership, and prophecy.—Edna Lister, December 15, 1965.

As you enter the golden silence, use the first few moments to look around, extending your vision and hearing.—Edna Lister, May 20, 1966.

Visualization is a combination of coordinated imagination, thinking, and desires. Imagination is our kingly faculty, to build pictures. It is a creator’s God-given attribute. God has created us with a special set of brain cells fashioned as a lens through which the soul sees.—Edna Lister, May 24, 1966.

You must turn the senses upward to open vision, receive a symbolic vibration through sight, hearing and smell, then each must find its proper place for comprehension.—Edna Lister, August 4, 1966.

It is easy enough to achieve the vision of the whole. It is another thing to let go of the weaknesses and taints of ages past.—Edna Lister, September 25, 1966.

Our work is ascension to live by Oversoul, to open seeing and hearing. We may have illumination and visions, but these cannot be compared to breaking through to the Source.—Edna Lister, November 15, 1966.

You hear only as high as you can consciously see and know. We call it your highest point of contemplative comprehension. This has nothing to do with meditation or thinking; contemplation takes us up and out of intellect. When you immerse yourself in contemplative receptivity, comprehension comes as a flash of soul-knowing in devotion, in oneness with God always. Power uses you with every thought, conscious or unconscious. Everywhere is here. Time and space have collapsed. Your vision collapses time and space.—Edna Lister, January 5, 1967.

Your world is as broad, long, deep and high as your vision can make it.—Edna Lister, March 10, 1967.

Have the firm conviction that nothing limits what God can do, nor your potentials or what you can do. Stretch your vision to meet the greatness that lies ahead. Your own idea is the limit of your horizon, but no limit to God, nor you. Don’t put up a barrier, despite the past or what anyone on earth may say. Come above it.—Edna Lister, November 12, 1967.

Let your vision accept the highest, and your ears hear only God’s Voice, and speak the Words of Light to all evil. It shall be absorbed according to your vision, your hearing and your words.—Edna Lister, February 25, 1968.

Seeing challenges before you, know that they are a result of what you have done, and thank God for the faith, vision and courage to know and to face them.—Edna Lister, March 13, 1968.

God has not given everyone full vision because in some cases viewing the horror of their words and acts would be too ghastly to bear. In His mercy, He veils their records until they can bear to look at themselves.—Edna Lister, May 12, 1968.

Dreams are symbolic; you are supposed to move up in consciousness to soul vision.—Edna Lister, May 23, 1968.

When you open your soul vision, danger lies in the fact that you return with the vision and think you have it all. You want it to happen right now out here. No matter what, you must start at the bottom by climbing the stairs, enduring, standing, holding, applying what you know of the practical to what God gives you, never losing sight of the vision, and enduring while you wait upon the Lord.—Edna Lister, August 9, 1968.

You will be searched and tried until all your words follow the vision of your soul, until your words are those the soul speaks.—Edna Lister, September 15, 1968.

Power shall never tear down what is created until it is condensed with Light to become vision to rebuild anew on earth.—Edna Lister, October 21, 1968.

Your forty-four mentalfaculties must be functioning and the thousand-petaled crown lotus must be awake to vision infinity, to be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.—Edna Lister, December 9, 1968.

Soul ascension of consciousness automatically leads you into extended soul vision.—Edna Lister, September 10, 1970.

Do not block your vision; only the self can block the soul’s vision. No matter how black it looks, say, "This is good," and believe it. If it looks black, we still declare it good and it turns white.—Edna Lister, April 15, 1971.

We must sharpen and strengthen our vision of and standing in the absolute vision of God, not the relative seeing of earth.—Edna Lister, May 20, 1971.

Your strength and the Power moving through you grow according to your vision.—Edna Lister, June 4, 1971.

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Treatments for Soul Vision

When you go to bed, think yourself out of your body before you sleep. This is how to gain full consciousness of what you are doing, for your soul vision and your hearing. Give yourself ample time in the morning to recall.—Edna Lister, April 11, 1938.

"I see with the eyes of God. My eyes are the eyes of God now. My vision is the extended vision of God and I see all things as perfect and very good. I AM. I can. I do accept. I surrender to be the servant of all the power. I arise. I ascend and stand worshiping Thee in the heart of the fire. This is good. Let there be Light."—Edna Lister, October 1950.

You move through cross-vibrations all day every day. Unless you are always God-conscious, you become scattered and have no visions or soul-flights at night. Before you sleep, ask the Father to gather together your scattered soul parts.—Edna Lister, I Ascend, July 11, 1954.

Never let go of your vision. Don’t complain about people who block your way as you walk toward it. Declare, "You are no block; you are part of the greatness of the plan. You have made it greater." Act as if you have your glory now. Ignore the outer and see your vision.—Edna Lister, What Is Compassion? May 6, 1962.

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Stories That Illustrate Soul Vision

Those Who See Yet Do Not Perceive: And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.—Matthew 13:10-17.

Saul: Struck Blind to Learn How to See: And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, and desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I AM Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I AM here, Lord. And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, and hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake. And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.—Acts 9:1-18.

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New Testament on Soul Vision

If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.—Matthew 5:29-30.

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!—Matthew 6:22-23.

Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.—Matthew 7:3-5.

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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 – 1971
The original Christian Pioneering Mystic,
Platonist philosopher, American Idealist, Founder, Society of the Universal Living Christ, minister, teacher, author, wife, and mother.

Edna Lister

Etymology of vision: Latin visio, vision-, from visus, past participle of videre, "to see."

Soul Vision is a physical and spiritual faculty.
Soul Vision is a Via Christa Degree.


The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. Compact Edition Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

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