Edna Lister’s Lectures

Edna Lister based some of her lectures on a field of study that she called Human Spectrology, 1 the study of the human spectrum. No fact or bit of evidence was too insignificant to serve as grist for her mental mill as she sought to synthesize knowledge into wisdom. Think of this wisdom as she has described it, as a series of nested concentric spheres, the outermost shell being God as the All That Is, enclosing a sphere called mysticism, moving inward as philosophy, metaphysics, science, and to the heart of the individual soul — psychology.

In addition to Edna Lister’s written outlines, we have included transcripts of her students’ notes wherever available. Her outlines appear before the transcripts on any given date, and in many cases they are quite different. While the outlines may seem sparse, a transcript of a lecture is generally much longer; her lectures were typically an hour or more in length. Ponder what you read in the silence, and you may tune into the living record, which exists eternally in Divine Mind. You may best savor these records of her work by reading them aloud.

— Linda Mihalic, Via Christa site editor

Lectures 1930s

Lectures 1930
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Vivere ut Gaudium

Edna Miriam Lister ascended to the Father August 3, 1971.

Crossing the Bar 2

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Sunset and evening star,
  And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
  When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
  Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
  Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
  And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
  When I embark;

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
  The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
  When I have crost the bar.



1^ Spectrology (the study of spectra) is called spectroscopy, the field of study that measures and interprets the electromagnetic spectra that result from the interaction between electromagnetic radiation and matter as a function of the wavelength or frequency of the radiation. Matter and acoustic waves are forms of radiative energy. Spectroscopy is the precise study of color as generalized from visible light to all bands of the electromagnetic spectrum. Spectroscopy is a fundamental exploratory tool in the fields of astronomy, chemistry, materials science, and physics.

2^The sandbar that usually separates shallower coastal waters from the open sea.

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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


Her students’ notes are of inestimable value in publishing Edna Lister’s lectures, which were not recorded. Our gratitude and thanks to the following for their faithful attendance and note-taking: Kay Wilder Abstein, Elizabeth Barnes, Molly Doan Bellamy, Edna Bender, Susan Bender, Ferne Chapman, Victor and Ruth Bender Collord, Joan Bender Dinse, Margaret Pratt Doan, Ruth Johnson, Lillian Kondash, Lotus Judson Landis, Linda Hildebrand Mihalic, Edward Pembroke, Darcea Schiesl, Florence Waldorf, Clarissa A. Watkins, Irene White, Ross and Virginia Whitehead, and May Wilder.

Many thanks to our proofreaders: Christi Carlson, Sherry Abstein Gordon, Sandra L. Gustavson, Barbara Imboden Martien, David P. Mihalic, Roberta Parsons, Mona Rainwater, Judith Weiss, and M. C. Whyman.

Merriam-Webster. s.v. “spectrum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary.

Definitions.net. "spectrology." Definitions.net, STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Accessed March 8, 2023.