Laws as First Principles

Linda Mihalic

The Via Christa has existed from before time and shall last eternally. While it includes all ancient wisdom teachings, we who consciously walk the Via Christa focus our study on the wisdom traditions of the Western world, which form the framework of our ethics and moral law. You can use what you find here as the basis for studying the rules that govern the personal, religious, moral, business and social aspects of your life. We include certain non-standard teachings to rattle complacency and to encourage curiosity.

“The universal first principles form the framework of absolute reality as its laws.”–Edna Lister

  “Ye are the light of the world.…Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”–Matthew 5:14-18.
  Universal first principles form the framework of absolute reality as laws. You, as an individual soul, can fully comprehend no process unless you first know and understand the rules governing it. One size does not fit all on the Via Christa; no single study plan exists. Life requires that you be adaptive, and so do learning and study. However, if you simply must know the rules first, start with Laws in Sacred Literature.
  Others prefer to begin with a preface or at the back of the book with the endnotes, to better understand context and the origins of a particular topic. We live in a time, in a culture that likes to pose as being expert, fully matured and transcendent, but this is nonsense. Unless you understand the history of philosophy and the development of man’s ideas and beliefs, you are doomed to an endless looping replay of intellectual illusions and delusions. If understanding context is essential to you, read Philosophy, which includes Ethics and Moral Law, first.
  Many children and adult souls like to dive into the middle right now. As travelers of the Via Christa, our chief sources of inspiration are Scripture, the teachings of Jesus the Christ and his great disciple and servant, Edna Lister. Her forty-plus years ministry, recorded by those who wrote what she said, provides a rich spiritual legacy from a life spent in service to Christ.
  Christ came and taught us what we must do and how we must be to inherit the Kingdom of God. Edna Lister came and taught us how to do what Christ taught, how to be and how to act to return to God, our Source. If you prefer the holographic and synergistic approach, applying the genius of common sense, start with the Christ Laws for Today.

“The thinkers and mystics in every age must review and renew
their comprehension of law.”

  Divine law is a dynamic structure, upholding the dynamic system that we call the universe. Thinkers and mystics in every age must review and renew their comprehension of law, discussing it and restating it in the language of their era to refresh our understanding.
  The search for truth always begins with the desire to know more than you have been taught. You fervently believe that more truth really is available, if you can just find it. Great souls often come to earth with a vision of purpose and a sense of “mission.”
  Edna Miriam Lister said, “I came to earth with one idea: I knew everyone could walk with Jesus! I desired a career in grand opera and the political world, but a stranger asked, ‘What is that to thee? Follow thou me.’ Then I saw the Master, who said, ‘God is deathless, ageless and abiding. Follow me and avoid the appearance of evil.’ All I have given you has come from this.”
  In the body of her work, Edna Lister has given us an astonishing legacy of practical and spiritual wisdom. We have drawn from her personal papers, outlines for sermons and lectures and from her student’s notes taken in private classes and counseling sessions.
  What follows is a general outline for approaching your spiritual journey on the Via Christa, the path of conquering self and ascension of soul consciousness. You can drink as deeply as you desire, or take only a sip at a time from Wisdom’s Well.

The Categories of the Via Christa Laws


The Emanations: Wisdom, Love, and the Logos

Absolute Principles

Abstract Principles

Formal Initiations


Laws of Being

Laws of Doing

Seven Sacred Degrees: Neophyte, Disciple, Adept, Mystic, Master, Priest, Christos


Soul Faculties

Soul Taints

Speaking the Word


Via Christa Degrees


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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


In 1940, Edna Lister asked Edna and Ruth Bender, of Buffalo, New York, to compile the spiritual laws and principles she was teaching into a textbook of laws. They created hundreds of typed file cards, but never completed a book. Eighty-plus years later, we are fulfilling her desires, although in electronic rather than printed form.

The Via Christa is and will forever remain a work in progress. The resources we provide are by no means exhaustive, and we revise and expand them continually.

If you have specific questions about topics or concepts on the Via Christa, or would like to request prayer, you can contact us here.