“You can tell where you are going…”

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From Neville Goddard’s lecture “Walk By Faith.”

Your sight registers what is before you right now. If you do not like it, you have an “I” within that is Christ in you. He is the power of imagination which, through faith, can change your life.

As the operant power of your imagination, you can tell where you are going and what you are doing by watching your thoughts. If certain events in your past are unlovely and you remember them, you are ordering their experience. But if you turn your back on the past by forgetting what lies behind and stretch forward to what lies ahead, you will order your conversations aright and become what you behold. This truth will never be disproved, but you are its operant power and must live by it. You need nothing on the outside, but can start just where you are; but you must walk in the direction you set up in your imagination.

Ask yourself this simple question: What would it be like if it were true that I am now the person I want to be? Then reach for its feeling, its spiritual sensation.

What is that? I’ll show you in a very simple way.

Feel a piece of glass… now feel a baseball. Does the baseball feel like glass? Can you feel a tennis ball? Does it feel like a baseball or a piece of glass? Can you feel a piece of cloth, a violet, a piano? Do they all feel alike? Of course not. That’s spiritual sensation – a vivid way of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and feeling reality.

A few years ago I gave a similar lecture in New York City and a lady in my audience decided to test me. While sitting in her chair she embraced a large bunch of roses. She smelled them, felt their velvety petals, and saw their beauty in her mind’s eye. Then, breaking the silence she left my meeting and returned to her hotel room at the Waldorf Astoria.

The next day the queen mother, Queen Elizabeth, was given a party at the Waldorf Astoria, with two thousand people in attendance. After the reception the maitre d’, not wanting to discard the flowers there, instructed his men to take three dozen roses up to this lady’s room. And when she came home that evening, all she could smell were those lovely roses. She had embraced and lost herself in the feeling of the possession of beautiful roses. She walked by faith and not by sight, and the next day her room was filled with the heavenly aroma of roses.

Now, perhaps because of its memory, you find yourself continuing to look back at what you were (and are) and not ahead into what you want to be. If you will order your conversations aright, right now, their truth will happen in the simplest way.

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“Tell me what you want…”

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From Neville Goddard’s lecture “The Law of Identical Harvest”:

The whole vast world exists within the human imagination, and if you are as intense as that woman, I have never met anyone more intense than that woman.

She said to me: “We got notice, we had to vacate our business”, that is the building on 57th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison. A most expensive neighbourhood, where you pay fifty, sixty, seventy thousand dollars for an area not as big as this a year in rent, certainly not as big as this room, one floor. He is a couturier; he has his factories in London and Paris, factories in New York, factories in Puerto Rico, and here an area not as big as this, it’s long and narrow, and could not, if I took the square measure of this room, it could not… that place could not be this big, and he was paying $65,000- $70,000 a year rental. In his own place for living, he paid $1250 a month for that thirty-third floor apartment that he had. That’s a lot of money, plus running a business, and paying a payroll to maybe 150 or 200 people every week… that runs into a fortune.

He received notice that they’re going to terminate his lease because the IBM- The International Business Machine bought the building to demolish it and build a huge big building for themselves- headquarters in New York City. He had to get out.

He began to give her all kinds of reasons why he couldn’t find a place. She said: “Don’t tell me what you don’t want, don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want. You name them, I don’t care how many you name, you just simply name them.”

Well, he said: “I want a building, on 57th Street, between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue, and they say there is no building for sale, not even for rent, but certainly not for sale.”

She said: “Don’t tell me what is not, tell me what you want.”

Now he said: “We have eighteen months to go on our present apartment, it’s $1250 a month, I would like to move and reduce our rent, alright, but who is going to pay $1250 and take over my lease?”

“Don’t tell me who’s going to do it, tell me what you want.”

“Well, that’s what I want: I want to get out of that lease, and find a place just as nice, as tall as that” –they were on the thirty-third floor– “up in the thirties, where I can have a view and not pay that sort of money.”

He gave her twelve things. She has the capacity to go into these states, and bring them out, and they are objective to her. Every one!

He found a place, number 41 West 57th Street, an eight-story building. It wasn’t for sale.

She didn’t concern herself with what is, or is not for sale. She got it! They are there now.

Someone came in, after she released the apartment in her mind’s eye and actually moved into another one, right next door to this one on 57th Street. Someone came in and said: “I’ll take over your lease at the same rent” $1250. And then she found the place on the thirtieth floor, right adjacent to where they own now the eight-story building, for $650 a month, reducing it by $600.

Everything that he requested, she did it! That’s her intensity!

Transcription of this lecture by Ashlee McCabe.

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Assumptions and reality

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From a talk by A. Ramana entitled “Water Into Wine.”

Let me urge you to use these processes, to use these principles that work, and have been working in your life… and from my point of view, I can see it with humor that whatever it is you’re now assuming to be the way that it is for you…wonder why it’s that way? Would you think that your assumptions would have anything to do with it? (laughter)

A mind filled with concepts, opinions, beliefs, is going to manifest those concepts, those opinions and those beliefs. It may look to you as though events outside of you are doing it. But events outside of you do not have any effect on you unless you assume them to have an effect on you, and draw conclusions with regard to them.

Where did the definition of the event… where did the classification of the event… where did the naming of the event as being this or that… where did it come from? To whom is it occurring?

Can it even BE there apart from the ‘I’ that is seeing it?

How would you know that it is there apart from the ‘I’ that is assuming it to be there the way it appears to be?

And it doesn’t matter what it is. You may have a mind that is filled with all kinds of reasons why it ought to be this way or that way… your doctor told you so, your accountant told you so, your attorney told so, your mother-in-law told you so.

But without YOU there as being the one that is conscious of that, acknowledging that in the way you are acknowledging it to be, tell me how it could have any effect upon you without you being there GIVING it the effect that it is having upon you by your assumption of it being the way you’re assuming it to be, or you’re seeing it to be? In other words, the way you’re THINKING it to be.

You see, our thought is what creates our reality… our IMAGINING is what creates our reality. Not from the past. Our IMAGINING. Our ASSUMPTIONS… our felt and held assumptions is what creates the manifestation of our apparent reality.

That’s my realization. That’s not my belief, that’s not my theory, that’s not my opinion… that is my REALIZATION… this is simply the way it is, and I am only here to share it with you.

If you want to ARGUE with me about it… OK. I’m not going to argue with you about it. If you have legitimate questions and doubts I will be with you in your questions and your doubts but I am not here to argue with you. I ALREADY know the way it works. I have no questions. I have no doubts.

If you want to live in the limitation of your conditioned mind, and you’re the one who has accepted it to be that way, then you’re the one who has to suffer the consequences of that, but you CAN revise… you CAN transform your life. You can revise your life and transform your life IF YOU CHOOSE TO. Are you with me?

The question is: are you ready? Do you choose to?

Or would you rather be “right” and suffer?

“A kindergarten for image-making”

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From Neville Goddard’s book The Law and the Promise

“We must use our imagination to achieve particular ends, even if the ends are all trivia. Because men do not clearly define and imagine particular ends, the results are uncertain, while they might be perfectly certain. To imagine particular ends is to dsicriminate clearly. ‘How do we distinguish the oak from the beech, the horse from the ox, but by the bounding outline?’ Definition asserts the reality of the particular thing against the formless generalizations which cloud the mind.

“Life on earth is a kindergarten for image making. The bigness or littleness of the object to be created is not in itself important. ‘The great and golden rule of art, as well as of life,’ said (poet William) Blake, ‘is this: That the more distinct, sharp and wirey the bounding line, the more perfect the work of art, and the less keen and sharp, the greater is the evidence of weak imitation. What is it that builds a house and plants a garden but the definite and determinate? … leave out this line, and you leave out life itself.”

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“There is no one to turn to but self”

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From Neville Goddard’s lecture “Faith In God.”

In the Hebraic world, the rabbi is the father of his congregation. (The apostle) Paul called his followers his little children, saying: “Although you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. I became your father in Jesus Christ through the gospel. I urge you then to be imitators of me”

Defining Christ as “the power and wisdom of God,” Paul tells us we have many guides. In fact, there are as many guides to your success as there are people in the world. Ask someone how to get a job and he will say you must know the right people. Another will tell you that you must have an education, and still another that you must join the right club, or live on the right side of the street. You will be given as many directives towards your objective as there are people you ask.

Although our guides in the operation of this law are countless, as we apply it our creative power will become personalized and take on form, as it did in Paul. And when that happens there is no one to turn to but self.

That is why Paul urges everyone to test himself, otherwise he will not realize that Jesus Christ is in him and fail to meet the test.

Paul tells us that the world was created by the word of God, and John says Jesus Christ is that word. (Revelation 19) Jesus Christ is he who created the world and all things within it, be they good, bad, or indifferent. And who is He? Your own wonderful Human Imagination! God’s creative power – as pure imagining – works in the depth of your soul, underlying all of your faculties, including perception. He streams into your surface mind least disguised in the form of creative fancy.

This is what I mean when I ask you to test Him.

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“I thought I could never live without them. Now I confess I could not live with them.”

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From Neville Goddard’s 1948 lecture “Consciousness Is The Only Reality.” This was one of five lectures given over the course of five nights, part of a series that is often referred to as Neville’s “core lectures.” 

“If I now know what I want to be, and assume that I am it, and walk as though I were, I become it and becoming it I so completely die to my former concept of self that I cannot point to any place in this world and say: that is where my former self is buried. I so completely died that I defy posterity to ever find where I buried my old self.

“There must be someone in this room who will so completely transform himself in this world that his close immediate circle of friends will not recognize him.

“For ten years I was a dancer, dancing in Broadway shows, in vaudeville, night clubs, and in Europe. There was a time in my life when I thought I could not live without certain friends in my world. I would spread a table every night after the theatre and we would all dine well. I thought I could never live without them. Now I confess I could not live with them. We have nothing in common today. When we meet we do not purposely walk on the opposite side of the street, but it is almost a cold meeting because we have nothing to discuss. I so died to that life that as I meet these people they cannot even talk of the old times.

“But there are people living today who are still living in that state, getting poorer and poorer. They always like to talk about the old times. They never buried that man at all, he is very much alive within their world….

“Knowing this law by which a man transforms himself, I assume that I am what I want to be and walk in the assumption that it is done. In becoming it, the old man dies and all that was related to that former concept of self dies with it. You cannot take any part of the old man into the new man. You cannot put new wine in old bottles or new patches on old garments. You must be a new being completely.

“As you assume that you are what you want to be, you do not need the assistance of another to make it so. Neither do you need the assistance of anyone to bury the old man for you. Let the dead bury the dead. Do not even look back, for no man having put his hand to the plow and then looking back is fit for the kingdom of heaven.

“Do not ask yourself how this thing is going to be. It does not matter if your reason denies it. It does not matter if all the world round about you denies it. You do not have to bury the old. ‘Let the dead bury the dead.’ You will so bury the past by remaining faithful to your new concept of Self that you will defy the whole vast future to find where you buried it.”

Neville Goddard

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“There are adjustments to be made…”

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From Neville Goddard’s lecture “Catch The Mood”:

I don’t think it will disturb anyone, but there are adjustments to be made concerning what man believes God to be, and what God really is.

We are told in scripture, in the birth of the twins, which begins the great drama as told in Scripture: “In your limbs”– and I am speaking now, not of any one, but of you individually:

In your limbs lie nations twain
rival races from their birth;
one the mastery will gain,
the younger o’er the elder reign
(Genesis 25:23, Moffatt translation)

These are in you individually. We are told that the younger, which naturally is the second– the “second man”– is the Lord from Heaven. That’s the Second Man. He sleeps in you. You will rouse Him, and He will become the master. He will reign.

At the moment, in the majority of the world, they are totally unaware of it. So, He sleeps, and so He doesn’t reign. That one known in scripture is called Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ is your own wonderful human imagination. That is God!

Now the whole vast world, and all within in, is nothing more than the appeasement of hunger. That’s the whole of life, the appeasement of hunger. And there are infinite states from which the Lord may view the world to appease that hunger. The “first man” can’t do it. He can only feed upon what his senses dictate. Wherever he is, he feeds upon the facts of life as he sees the facts.

It takes the “second man” to disengage himself from that restriction and enter into a state– any state in the world– and feed upon it, and then, in time, bring the “first man” to feed upon it…

I am standing here, and my senses tie me here in this room; but I don’t want to be here. I want to be elsewhere. I know my bank balance. I know my obligations in life. I’m tied by what I “know.” The “outer man” feeds upon that, but he wants more than that. There is something in me– the “Second man,” who is born from Heaven– who is telling me there are “unnumbered mansions” into which I can go…

Now, how do I do it?

…My imagination can do it.

In my imagination, I go and prepare the state. I actually go into the state and fill that state with my own being, and view the world from that state. I don’t think of it; I think from it. When I think from it, I’m actually preparing that state.

Then I return to where I left.. the outer man, and once more fuse with (him); and we become one, once again. Now I take him across a bridge of incidents– some series of events– that takes me towards the thing that I’ve prepared, and I take him with me and enter into the very state itself. He feeds now, literally, upon that state.

This is what I call “prayer.” I don’t vote for it; I don’t petition. I ask no being in the world– no one, including what the world would say is God. For when you find God by being still, and know that I AM is God, then to whom can you turn for anything in this world?

…So I tell you, I have found him. “Who? Found who?” I have found the Lord Jesus Christ? “You did? What does he look like?” He looks just like me! Have you found Him? Well, don’t look at me, because when you find him, he’s going to look just like you. That’s the Lord Jesus Christ– just like you. There is no other Lord Jesus Christ.

He actually became you, that you may become the Lord Jesus Christ. And when you see Him, He is just like you.

So, do not turn to anyone in this world and say, “There he is,” for that’s a lie; or “Here he is”– that’s a lie. So, anyone telling you that Neville is the Lord Jesus Christ– your Jesus Christ– deny it! Deny it completely! Neville is not the Lord Jesus Christ for you. But I have found the Lord Jesus Christ in me as my own wonderful human imagination. And I share with you what I have found. One day you will find Him as your own wonderful human imagination. Then will come the day that everything said of the Lord Jesus Christ in scripture, you are going to experience in the first-person singular present-tense experience– everything said about Him. Then you will know who the Lord Jesus Christ is. Then you will know who the Father is, who –really– God is.

Meanwhile, test Him. Go to the extreme test. I tell you, you will find Him never failing. He’s your own wonderful human imagination.

(Neville Goddard, lecture, “Catch The Mood”)

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